The House that Faith Built – by Sis. Sharon

2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NIV)

16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God[a] may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.


My exhortation today is regarding building God’s house. We want enlargement, but are we building His temple? What or who is God’s Temple? How are we building His Church?

Expansion is not just a transformation of the mind, but a willingness and drive to build oneself on the foundation of God’s word through proactive Faith with works. Advancement and Enlargement came at a cost and that is through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection. If we are no longer existing and living in His word with a renewed heart of flesh and not of stone, then we must seek to build His temple (i.e. ourselves) for God to live and dwell with us.


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A house is built on a foundation of God’s Peace

1 Kings 5:1-5 (NKJV) – Solomon Prepares to Build the Temple

5 Now Hiram king of Tyre sent his servants to Solomon, because he heard that they had anointed him king in place of his father, for Hiram had always loved David. Then Solomon sent to Hiram, saying:

You know how my father David could not build a house for the name of the Lord his God because of the wars which were fought against him on every side, until the Lord put his foes[a] under the soles of his feet.

But now the Lord my God has given me rest on every side; there is neither adversary nor evil occurrence.

And behold, I propose to build a house for the name of the Lord my God, as the Lord spoke to my father David, saying, “Your son, whom I will set on your throne in your place, he shall build the house for My name.”


During David’s reign there was a lot of civil unrest and war on all sides. His own family and people would plot against his demise, but David still had the heart to build the Temple for God’s sake. However, God passed on the responsibility to his son, Solomon who would later reign as king during peaceful times. In reflection of this, are you experiencing attacks on all sides that you cannot focus on reading your Bible? Are you experiencing oppression in your life and circumstances that your soul knows no rest?

This is indicative that you are experiencing a level of Spiritual Warfare that is overwhelming you and your ability to see beyond those circumstances for you lack the knowledge, the wisdom and the faith to breakthrough that situation. Deliverance is key to gaining your breakthroughs in such situations and one of those weapons you already have at your disposable is prayer and fasting. Prayer and Fasting will help increase your faith and spirit power that is incomparable to human reasoning in order to confront your oppressive situation and circumstances with wisdom and understanding through God’s word.


God can send a foreigner/unbeliever destiny partner to help Build His house

2 Chronicles 36:22-23 (NKJV) – The Proclamation of Cyrus

22 Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the Lord by the mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled, the Lord stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, so that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and also put it in writing, saying,

23 Thus says Cyrus king of Persia:

All the kingdoms of the earth the Lord God of heaven has given me. And He has commanded me to build Him a house at Jerusalem which is in Judah. Who is among you of all His people? May the Lord his God be with him, and let him go up!


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King Cyrus was a foreigner who was chosen by God to help the children of Israel build God’s temple in Jerusalem. The Children of Israel were not in the best position to focus on building God’s temple as they lacked resources and were disorganized. In the previous verses before this one, we saw that the Children of Israel had fallen prey to the Chaldeans and some were enslaved in Babylon because they did not heed God’s commands. However, God did not give up on having His house built. God will choose the most unlikely person(s) to come help you build His house and your own. Our bodies are the temple of Jesus Christ, therefore, we must consider how we build ourselves for the Holy Spirit to dwell with us. We must not be superficial in our pursuit to attaining the networks, wisdom, knowledge, understanding, faith and resolve to build ourselves up to the Glory of God. In other words, do not be super spiritual in your way of thinking when God asks you to learn a skill from a non-believer. Non-believers also have knowledge (that have biblical principles written all over it) to gain wealth, health and wisdom to achieve your goals and dreams.


There are people who make things happen and there are people who watch things happen, but there are also a people who wander what is happening. Which one are you in these categories?

Are you a doer? Are you a passive observer? Are you a person who has no clue what is happening around you?


King Cyrus was a doer. He was stirred to act and he performed the duty of building the Temple in Jerusalem for the Children of Israel to be able to worship their God as required.


The house must stand on a solid foundation of Faith

Matthew 7:24-25 (NKJV) – Build on the Rock

24 “Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: 25 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.


When you build your faith on a solid foundation in God’s word, you will not be swayed by human opinion, logic, reasoning or schools of thinking that do not align with His word. As you renovate the house called “You”, please consider the foundation your house is standing on. If the foundation is weak, your house will have no place to stand on and will flatten to the ground. If you are not born-again, it is time to demolish the house of lies and rebuild on the new foundation of Faith, which is in Christ Jesus – the Solid Rock on which we stand. Shaky belief systems lead to ruined homes when the Holy Spirit comes to appraise the value of your House. However, firm belief in the foundation of God’s word allows the Holy Spirit to asses and increase the value of your house, which is called “You”.


increaseHave you ever gone to an Open House to view a prospective home you want to live in? What are some of the things you look for in the House you want to live in? Likewise, the Holy Spirit is a prospective home owner that will judge the value of His prospective home and will do the necessary to make sure that His house is renovated to the Image and likeness of His taste. However, some of us look like derelict/desolate buildings in the projects with bullet holes from drive by shootings and graffiti splashed on them.  Are you up for renovations?


The House of God can only be built on a firm conviction of who Jesus is to Us

Matthew 16:17-19 (NKJV)

17 Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. 18 And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. 19 And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed[a] in heaven.”

In this scripture we see that Jesus chose His rock on which His house will stand. He promises the Church that He will give us keys to His house and we can get rid of the junk in our house and put new furniture to increase the value of our property. Are you ready to change your Home’s street name from Doubt Court to Faith Avenue? Then give the Holy Spirit the keys and title deeds to your house today!

 

 

 

 

 

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The Battle is for Your Mind – by Sis. Sharon

2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NIV)

16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God[a] may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

Without Revelation there is no Manifestation.

Today’s exhortation will deal with you and your mind. How we think about things will determine how we may or may not experience enlargement. What is holding us back? What can we do to break out of the old mindset and experience the transformed one?


We manifest what we believe about ourselves.

Proverbs 23:7 (NKJV)

For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.
“Eat and drink!” he says to you,
But his heart is not with you.


We had a women’s breakfast at that Le Chateau de Jardin in Woodbridge and Dr. Patricia Bailey talked about how she had a quote from Harriet Tubman who was an abolitionist. Basically, Tubman was a free slave who went on to free other slaves from slavery and she never failed to save each one. The favorite quote that Dr. Bailey still has on her wall from Tubman states this, “I would have freed a lot more if they knew they weren’t slaves”. There are a lot of people who think they are better of being imprisoned in a certain line of thinking, but there are people who would like to be set them free. The unbelievers are the one’s in prison and the Believers are the abolitionists who want to take them out of prison by evangelizing the Truth, which we know is wrapped up in the one who saved us and that is Jesus Christ.


God promises to give you a New Heart made of Flesh.

Ezekiel 36:26 (NKJV)

26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.


As previously mentioned before, you think with your heart. What happens when your heart turns to stone? When your heart is made of stone, it means your body has been petrified. You are dead in the eyes of God. You are cold and there cares of this world hold no meaning for you. However, with a heart of flesh, you are revived from death. You are given new Life and to live again means to have purpose in your existence. However, there are people who are suffering because they do not know of this truth. These people who are cold to the truth are living an existence that is equal to death in God’s eyes. You can say that they are not living, but just simply existing. People who are oppressed, depressed, stressed and hopeless.


The Actions of Death and Life Manifest from the Way we Think

Proverbs 13:11-13 (NKJV)

11 Wealth gained by dishonesty will be diminished,
But he who gathers by labor will increase.

12 Hope deferred makes the heart sick,
But when the desire comes, it is a tree of life.

13 He who despises the word will be destroyed,
But he who fears the commandment will be rewarded.

 


  • Gathering wealth by dishonest means will diminish, this is the way of death.

  • Laboring for increase is the way of life.
  • Deferred Hope leads to sickness and ultimately death (suicidal thoughts manifesting into action).
  • Having hope revitalizes you to live a long life and hope for tomorrows blessings.
  • Hating God’s Word will lead to ones ruin.
  • Having a reverential fear and respect for God’s command will allow you benefit and reap the rewards of His Truth.

 Transformation of the Mind will reap New Life where Abundance is sure

Romans 12:2 (NKJV)

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

Our mindset must align with God’s word so that our old life can be resurrected in the knowledge and faith of Jesus Christ and His finished work on the Cross. Our belief that we are the sons of the Resurrection means that our transformed mind must also transform our lives. If our lives are not transformed, what is this old thinking that is holding us back from our abundance and increase? You cannot put old wine in new wineskin. Death and Life cannot mix.


Old ways/patterns of thinking do not open new doors.

The battle for your Mind is not a physical fight, but a spiritual one. You have a real enemy who Hates you and does not want to see you prosper.


Ephesians 6:12 (NKJV)

12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age,[a] against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.

If you have ever watched the movie, Fallen with Denzel Washington in it; you will remember that there was an evil spirit that would transfer itself to many people by touch and its wickedness would manifest in those people. Likewise, you as a believer are surrounded everyday by people who do not believe in what you believe. The enemy will use these people to destroy you. However, God wants to remind you that you were once like these people. He also wants you to remember that the Truth you have in you is the very same truth that will rebuke the Spirit of Unbelief out of these people. They will not know how to handle you as you stand firm in the Truth that you know, which is found in the person we call Jesus who is the King of us, his kings, and the Lord of us, His lords.

Enlargement Requires Endurance for Increase

James 1:2-8 – Trials and Temptations

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,[a] whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.

When you seek enlargement you will face trials and temptations.

  • Verse 3 – Testing your Faith produces perseverance;
  • Verse 4 Perseverance causes you to mature and become complete as a person, not lacking anything

make things happenWhat is Perseverance?

  1. steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose, a state, etc., especially in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement.
  2. Theology. continuance in a state of grace to the end, leading to eternal salvation.

 

  • Verse 5 If you lack something, this is where you ask God for wisdom and He will provide it to you. You have not if you ask not (James 4:1-3)

 

  • Verses 6-8 – When you ask you must believe and not doubt
    • If you doubt, you will not receive anything from the Lord
    • Such a person is classified as a double-minded man unstable in all that they do
      • They are neither here nor there;
      • You can consider such a person to be a lukewarm individual. They are neither hot or cold and worthy of being spat out (Revelations 3:16).

 

focus-on-your-goalIf we seek Increase and Enlargement we must be groomed for it.

Look at Joseph in the Bible. He was a slave, a servant, a prisoner and then eventually after all those trials and tests he endured, he eventually became a prime minister (2nd in command) in all of Egypt under Pharaoh. He was groomed through those tests and trials and endured humiliation, temptation, disappointment and discouragement that could have made him lose focus off of his dream, that he would one day rule over his family.

 


You will require – Integrity, Wisdom, Maturity in Faith and application of your faith through Action.

You must understand that Faith requires you to listen, and then do what you hear.

 Romans 10:17

So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.


df97a7852398fe9ae1ff346a811f53bcJames 1:19 – 25 – Listening and Doing

19 My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, 20 because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. 21 Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.

22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 23 Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror 24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 25 But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.

  • Verse 19 – Be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to anger – A person who lacks self-control is unable to listen nor take advice, is argumentative, unwilling to obey instruction and therefore becomes unteachable. This verse highlights how pride can get in the way of doing what you have heard and been instructed to do, not on just a biblical basis, but also on practical basis with what you do in your everyday life.
  • Verse 20 – anger does not produce a right attitude that the Lord wants us to have
  • Verse 21 – get rid of the arrogance in order to obtain the promises of God that is contained in His Word which should be planted in you if you believe. What you ultimately believe in, is what you end up becoming.
  • Verse 22 – do not be just a listener of instructions, do what you have been told to do. You must apply what you learn and put your faith into action.

Example: It’s like learning how to swim, you can be told verbally what to do in the water, but simply hearing the instructions and then not applying those instructions into action are of no effect for you if you don’t get into the water to practice what you have been taught to do.


Those that practice doing what they hear (or have been instructed to do), will eventually become experts in what they repeatedly do and elevate to new levels from being just a beginner to a professional standard. This is how God wants us to apply our Faith in life. You may be a beginner at first, but you can only increase when you continue doing something repeatedly by practicing your faith and putting it into action.


 

  • Focus ConceptVerses 23 – 24 – If you do not put the instructions given to you into practice, you will forget and will therefore become useless and undependable to anyone’s standard. No one wants to waste time with someone who cannot follow basic instructions. Laziness is a vice to your quest for increase.
  • Verse 25 – Those that act on and obey instructions will be rewarded in all that they do. Any teacher enjoys a student dutifully practicing what they have learned in the classroom and attempting to apply what they have learned into action. Those that practice continuously on the basis of that instruction will be able to move to new levels and new heights.

Yes, you will face adversity from others who will be jealous of where you are going, but the first hurdle of adversity that you must conquer is yourself.

No one can make you act on faith. No one can force you to listen to basic instructions, no one can cause you to move and apply what you have learned into action. These things are non-transferable responsibilities. If you cannot change your pattern of behavior and thinking to match what it says in God’s Word, you will not go anywhere if you yield to the temptation of laziness.

The just shall live by faith, however, the slothful shall die by inaction.

Therefore, choose life, and life more abundant if you want to get to the next level.


 

John 10:10

The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

 

Focus on what’s in front of you rather than dwelling on what is irrelevant and behind you.

45e84cbcf7c40a80e0dcb61a63403c08Philippians 3:11-13 (NKJV)

11 if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.

Pressing Toward the Goal

12 Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. 13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead,

You cannot move forward if you have the old-mindset. Think big, focus ahead, move forward towards the goal. Do not allow yourself to get distracted from what is happening around you. Be like Joseph who focused on his dream. Be determined and remain focused. You can achieve great things when you have God by your side. Remember what the Bible says about you. When you are weak, focus on the Word that tells you “you are strong”.

Ephesians 6:10

[ The Whole Armor of God ] Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.

 

 

 

 

Does Your Faith Impress God? – by Sis. Sharon

2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NIV)

16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God[a] may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

The instructions that you are willing to obey, will determine the miracle that you shall receive.  

The exhortation today is to provoke you and your mind into serious introspection regarding your faith, your belief system and pattern of thinking.  How do you think, believe and exercise your faith in God? How are you applying your faith so that it produces desired results? What have you been doing that causes desirable results to manifest in your life? If you are not manifesting results, then how has unbelief shaped your pattern of thinking? These are questions that you must ask yourself daily so that you do not yoke your belief system to a pattern of thinking that goes against God’s word. Knowledge is Power and Knowledge of God’s word is the Key to unlocking Faith producing results for your life. 

Defining What Faith Is 

Hebrews 11:1-3 (NKJV)

By Faith We Understand

11 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. 2 For by it the elders obtained a good testimony.

3 By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.

 The Consequences of Not having Faith 

Hebrews 11:6New King James Version (NKJV)

6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

Belief precedes Spoken Words 

2 Corinthians 4:13-14 (NKJV)

13 And since we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, “I believed and therefore I spoke,”[a] we also believe and therefore speak, 14 knowing that He who raised up the Lord Jesus will also raise us up with Jesus, and will present us with you.

Spoken Faith is obtained by Meditating on What you believe in, which is the Written word of God 

Joshua 1:8 (NKJV)

8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.


Proverbs 18:21 (NKJV)

21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue,
And those who love it will eat its fruit.


Deuteronomy 30:19 (NKJV)

19 I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live;

When you speak, you must be mindful of the words that come out of your mouth. The Lord keeps impressing me to speak life by choice. The words that you speak today have the element of death and life in them because your tongues is a creative force. Just as blessings and curses are spoken orally so can death and life. Choose your words wisely, with a reverential fear.


The Woman with the Issue of Blood exercised her Faith 

Matthew 9:20-22 (NKJV)

20 And suddenly, a woman who had a flow of blood for twelve years came from behind and touched the hem of His garment. 21 For she said to herself, If only I may touch His garment, I shall be made well.” 22 But Jesus turned around, and when He saw her He said, “Be of good cheer, daughter; your faith has made you well.” And the woman was made well from that hour.

The woman already believed before she spoke. When she performed her belief by turning it into action, the desired result of wholeness was returned to her in full measure. She was a woman on the brink of death, but she chose to speak life into her situation. When she chose Life she touched the fabric that was attached to the source of Life who was also the Giver of Life to obtain wholeness, who was Jesus Christ

Luke 8:43-46 (NKJV)

43 Now a woman, having a flow of blood for twelve years, who had spent all her livelihood on physicians and could not be healed by any, 44 came from behind and touched the border of His garment. And immediately her flow of blood stopped.

45 And Jesus said, Who touched Me?” 

When all denied it, Peter and those with him[a] said, “Master, the multitudes throng and press You, and You say, ‘Who touched Me?’”[b]

46 But Jesus said,Somebody touched Me, for I perceived power going out from Me.” 

Jesus was among people who had little to know Faith in Him as the Giver of Life. However, the woman with the issue of Blood provoked a reaction in Him to warrant the question. Her faith was more noticeable in throng of people who were only filled with unbelief (and were only there to receive from the King of Kings ) because she had chosen to believe in the person name Jesus. Her faith pulled power from Jesus which such an intense force that only He could perceive the level of faith that could produce the desired result to the woman’s wellness. 


Peter responded to Faith as a Command 

Matthew 14:22-36 (NKJV)

Jesus Walks on the Sea

22 Immediately Jesus made His disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side, while He sent the multitudes away. 23 And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. Now when evening came, He was alone there. 24 But the boat was now in the middle of the sea,[a] tossed by the waves, for the wind was contrary.

25 Now in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea. 26 And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out for fear.

27 But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.”

28 And Peter answered Him and said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” 

29 So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. 30 But when he saw that the wind was boisterous,[b] he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!”

31 And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, O you of little faith, why did you doubt? 32 And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased.

33 Then those who were in the boat came and[c] worshiped Him, saying, Truly You are the Son of God.” 

Many Touch Him and Are Made Well 

34 When they had crossed over, they came to the land of[d] Gennesaret. 35 And when the men of that place recognized Him, they sent out into all that surrounding region, brought to Him all who were sick, 36 and begged Him that they might only touch the hem of His garment. And as many as touched it were made perfectly well. 

Faith is a command from God because it is the language that God addresses His word to His people. The command itself requires your willingness to OBEY it so that the result of it will be sure. What happens to you when you disobey God’s commands? The command is spoken with the expectation that the result will be effected. If you speak to God with expectation and declare and decree things to come into being for your life, then you have made a choice not to party with Doubt. Doubt does not produce results. 

The Cost of Enlargement

You will have people that will fight you.

Isaiah 54:2-3 – “Enlarge the place of your tent, And let them stretch out the curtains of your dwellings. Do not spare; lengthen your cords and strengthen your stakes;

Stop thinking Small. Get away from the small-minded mentality.

Proverbs 23:7 – For as He thinks in his heart, so is he. “Eat and drink!” he says to you, But his heart is not with you.

Don’t think small. If you want be a millionaire you have to think like a millionaire. You cannot think small in order to achieve greatness. Think big and represent yourself in a large way.

As you think, so you will become. You will take bigger risks if you think big.

Those that purpose enlargement in their lives, they do not think small.

Some people may think you are arrogant for thinking big, but you are just confident about where you are going.

Stop thinking small! Just because the people around you think small, doesn’t mean you have to think the same way as well.

1 Chronicles 4:10 – And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying, “Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain!” So God granted him what he requested.

tumblr_lxh1nbPzfS1r0j9r8o1_500.gifDon’t think Small, Don’t box your mind, don’t box God. Become unlimited. Be a barrier breaker rather than a caged person.

A person who can’t see where you’re going will have issues with you. Don’t let them stop you from pursuing greatness.

Relationships matter when you want to enlarge. Don’t surround yourself with small minded people.

1 Corinthians 15:33 – Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.”

If you have negative people around you, sooner or later you will exhibit the same bad tendencies.

You will be stretched, but you should not quit. You will defy the odds of wanting to quit.

Poverty creeps in when your sleeping, slothful and lazy.

…Lengthen your cords, and strengthen your stakes – this is all about your foundation.

You have to have a strong foundation. Solidify yourself, so that in times of crisis you will stand strong. When a tent is not staked deep into the ground, it can be blown away by a strong wind.

As a believer you need to strengthen your stakes so that you will not be shaken. Anchor yourself to the the Word of God as your foundation.

Psalm 11:3 If the foundations are destroyed, What can the righteous do?

Strengthen your foundation.  It’s the foundation that carries you, you don’t carry the foundation.

Your Foundation is found in Christ Jesus.

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Enlargement is a Command to Multiply the Seed Given by the Supplier

Isaiah 54:2 – “Enlarge the place of your tent,
And let them stretch out the curtains of your dwellings;
Do not spare;
Lengthen your cords,
And strengthen your stakes.

If you want increase in your life, you have to allow yourself to stretch out like a tent and be challenged to stand your ground with the Word of God as your foundation.

Genesis 1: 27-31

27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. 28 Then God blessed them, and God said to them, Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

29 And God said, “See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food. 30 Also, to every beast of the earth, to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, in which there is life, I have given every green herb for food”; and it was so. 31 Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good.

  • God commands man to multiply meaning we have everything we need inside of us to increase and grow.
  • God creates the environment for increase by providing you the ingredients that have a multiplication ability through the power of the Seed.
  • When God wants to increase you, He creates an environment that promotes:
    • enlargement,
    • Increase, and
    • Multiplication

meaning that you can double the outcome with the effort you place in applying your faith to increase in any area of your life.


Matthew 25: 14- 30 (NIV)

The Parable of the Bags of Gold (aka The Parable of the Talents)

In the NKJV vs. 14 says… “For the kingdom of heaven is like….

14 “Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his wealth to them. 15 To one he gave five bags of gold, to another two bags, and to another one bag,[a] each according to his ability. Then he went talents-600.jpgon his journey. 16 The man who had received five bags of gold went at once and put his money to work and gained five bags more. 17 So also, the one with two bags of gold gained two more. 18 But the man who had received one bag went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.

19 “After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them. 20 The man who had received five bags of gold brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five bags of gold. See, I have gained five more.’

21 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’

22 “The man with two bags of gold also came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with two bags of gold; see, I have gained two more.’

23 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’

24 “Then the man who had received one bag of gold came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. 25 So I was afraid and went out and hid your gold in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’

26 “His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? 27 Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest.

28 “‘So take the bag of gold from him and give it to the one who has ten bags. 29 For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. 30 And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’


What do you learn from this parable?

  • The master is the one who supplied the servants with what they needed to increase. This is exactly like what God did for Adam and Eve in Genesis 1.
  • 2 of them obeyed the command from their master who was also their supplier of that increase and put their faith into action and achieved double for their work since faith comes with works.0c55d70b1d30164516901120e5a32265
  • Faith comes by hearing, and then doing what you hear.
  • The reward for obedience is that for those that multiplied what they were given shared in the masters increase (meaning they were able to keep what they had multiplied and not only that, they were elevated to a new level of responsibility meaning that they achieved promotion).
  • Why did they achieve promotion?
  • They were trusted with a small task to increase what they were given, and then they achieved a double outcome, they were promoted to new ranks.
  • Enlargement comes when you obey the command to multiply what you are given.
  • If you do nothing with the task that is given to you, you will remain either stagnant or you will not only be demoted, you will lose every area of responsibility and be fired without a job to do. That is why the Bible warns those who are lazy that the very little that they have will be taken away from them if they do not obey the command to put their faith into action to increase what they are given.

 

Have you ever been at work and seen your boss give you a project to do with a team and only a few members of that team produce results with the task given while others do nothing assuming that they can just take credit for work they did not even put any effort to do. In the business world, that is unacceptable and it is the same with God. God rewards those that put their faith to work rather than remain lazy and still expecting a reward for doing absolutely nothing.

 

  • Why is this so important to understand? In all your getting you must get understanding.

Deuteronomy 8:1-3 (NKJV)

Remember the Lord Your God

“Every commandment which I command you today you must be careful to observe, that you may live and multiply, and go in and possess the land of which the Lord swore to your fathers. And you shall remember that the Lord your God led you all the way these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you and test you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not. So He humbled you, allowed you to hunger, and fed you with manna which you did not know nor did your fathers know, that He might make you know that man shall not live by bread alone; but man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the Lord.


The command to multiply means that there is an obedience factor. The instructions you are willing to obey will determine the miracle you are willing to receive.

  • God will give you a command to multiply what He gives you.
  • God will test your obedience and your willingness to put your faith at work
  • Those that obey what they hear receive a reward
  • That reward comes from obeying God’s Word.
  • Those that live by the Word prosper
  • God assess us by our hearts and what we think in our hearts is what we end up becoming.
  • If we believe that there is no need to work our faith like the disobedient servant that buried the talents/bags of gold, we will deserve nothing.

Those that do nothing, deserve nothing.

Those that sow nothing, get nothing,

Those that disobey instruction, reap corruption;

and that is why there will be a gnashing of teeth and a great weeping.

 


James 2:14-17

Faith Without Works Is Dead

14 What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? 17 Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.


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If you want to enlargement:

  • you need to work with what you’ve got.
  • Do not be jealous of your brother or sister that have 5 talents, 2 talents or even one Talent. You have something that God gave you, so work with the abilities that God has given you to increase.
  • Every measure that ever person has, has the ability to double if you just believe.
  • God (Who is the supplier) gives people according to their abilities and what you do with the little He provides you with will determine whether you will receive double the favour in your life.
  • Remember, if you do nothing you receive nothing. But if you apply faith with the little that you’ve got, you will receive double for your trouble. Faith is the key.

The Cost of Going to the Next Level

Everything on the face of the earth has a cost.

Count-the-costThere is a cost for:

  1. Unbelief
  2. the anointing; and
  3. the cost of going to the next level

The month of May is a month where you will have to expand

 

Genesis 32:26 – And He said, Let Me go, for the day breaks. And he said, I will not let You go except You bless me.

 

You need to go to the next level because this is your season to expand.

 

Isaiah 54:2-4 – 2 “Enlarge the place of your tent,
And let them stretch out the curtains of your dwellings;
Do not spare; Lengthen your cords, And strengthen your stakes.
For you shall expand to the right and to the left,
And your descendants will inherit the nations,
And make the desolate cities inhabited.

“Do not fear, for you will not be ashamed;
Neither be disgraced, for you will not be put to shame;
For you will forget the shame of your youth,
And will not remember the reproach of your widowhood anymore.

 

“You need to have a rhetoric that causes you to believe that you need to expand. If you don’t believe it you will not increase.” – Pastor Austyn

 


0c55d70b1d30164516901120e5a32265Do you want to go to the next level?

 

There is a price to the next level.

If you are not willing to pay the price to go to the next level, then you will not go to the next level.

There is a price to enjoy the next level.

 

The farmer has a seed. He has a choice of either eating the seed or sowing that seed. If he chooses to eat that seed, he will not go to the next level, because after he has eaten it, there will be no harvest. It does not come with ease.

 

“Do not be deceived by the “name it and claim it syndrome”. It’s not in the naming that you receive your blessing; it’s in the price that you are willing to pay to get to the next level.” – Pastor Austyn

 

Abraham left a legacy. Isaac, Jacob, Abraham were remembered for what? What will you be remembered for?

 

In your quest to go to the next level, what are you leaving behind?

 

Genesis 26:18-2618 And Isaac dug again the wells of water which they had dug in the days of Abraham his father, for the Philistines had stopped them up after the death of Abraham. He called them by the names which his father had called them.

19 Also Isaac’s servants dug in the valley, and found a well of running water there. 20 But the herdsmen of Gerar quarreled with Isaac’s herdsmen, saying, “The water is ours.” So he called the name of the well Esek,[a] because they quarreled with him. 21 Then they dug another well, and they quarreled over that one also. So he called its name Sitnah.[b] 22 And he moved from there and dug another well, and they did not quarrel over it. So he called its name Rehoboth,[c] because he said, “For now the Lord has made room for us, and we shall be fruitful in the land.”

23 Then he went up from there to Beersheba. 24 And the Lord appeared to him the same night and said, “I am the God of your father Abraham; do not fear, for I am with you. I will bless you and multiply your descendants for My servant Abraham’s sake.” 25 So he built an altar there and called on the name of the Lord, and he pitched his tent there; and there Isaac’s servants dug a well.

26 Then Abimelech came to him from Gerar with Ahuzzath, one of his friends, and Phichol the commander of his army.


The Meaning of the 3 wells:

 

  1. Esek – the well of “Contention” (Genesis 26:20)

water_well_wallpaper_rn5g0Your next level will be contended with. There will be a fight with your friend or foe for your expansion. Something will be there to stop you from going to the next level. Isaac understood this and did not back down.  There is a grace that comes upon you when you seek to pursue the next level. People will frustrate, malign you, be jealous of you and will fight you, but you have to persevere. You have to pray a price for the next level. Jesus paid the price – he was bruised, humiliated, tortured and killed to set you free. Are you willing to contend for your blessing?

 

  1. Sitnah – the well of “Opposition” (Genesis 26:21)

You will face opposition. You have to forget those things that are behind you and press forward towards the goal to the upward call of Jesus Christ in your life. There is something inside of you that says that “you refuse to remain the same”.

 

  1. Rehoboth – the well of “Broad Places” (Genesis 26:22)

You will make room for your enlargement. Enlarge your thinking, and thing big. As a man thinketh in their heart, so is he.  (Isaiah 54:2). Do not withdrawal, do not give up. Have this “I can do it mentality”.


 

thThe most difficult race to run is the race of the believer. You must put in the work for your blessings and believe God, and have the faith to work out what you believe.

 

Genesis 32:26 – And He said, “Let Me go, for the day breaks.” But he said, “I will not let You go unless You bless me!”

 

You may have to fight all night for your destiny (through prayer). You shouldn’t let God go until He blesses you.  You will find a “kind” that you will have to fight for this kind does not go except through prayer and fasting (Mark 9:29).


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During this Fast, when others are eating you will say no, you want to remain focused. It’s a cost. When others are tired of praying you say no, because you will pray.

 

When you sow in tears, you will reap in joy. You have to be tenacious. You should not quit.

The cost of the anointing, and the cost of unbelief.

 

What are you willing to pay?

Christianity is a fight.

 Jabez sought to enlarge his territory. He prayed to God and received increase. Jabez was a mockery to others but when he sought God, he received his breakthrough and received blessings that overtook his expectations.

 

There is a difference between being free, and being free indeed. You can be enslaved and be set free but still have a slave mentality. When you are free indeed, you receive your breakthrough and increase. You receive results when you are free indeed and no longer carry the slave mentality. You will see no limits and break barriers.

 

1 Chronicles 4:10 –  And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying, “Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain!” So God granted him what he requested.

 

When you increase, there are certain things and people that you must let go. The next level is not for everybody. It is for those who are committed and determined to pay the price.

 

1 Corinthians 13:11 – When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child;  but when I became a man, It t I put away childish things.

 

The next level means you must let go of certain things. It takes time to get results. When you work out your faith, it carries results. Christianity is a way of life.


 

The 2 keys to going to the next level are:

 

  1. Obedience to Instruction

Genesis 26:2-5 –Then the Lord appeared to him and said: “Do not go down to Egypt; live in the land of which I shall tell you. Dwell in this land, and I will be with you and bless you; for to you and your descendants I give all these lands, and I will perform the oath which I swore to Abraham your father. And I will make your descendants multiply as the stars of heaven; I will give to your descendants all these lands; and in your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed; because Abraham obeyed My voice and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes, and My laws.”

  1. Taking Action

Genesis 26:12 – Then Isaac sowed in that land, and reaped in the same year a hundredfold; and the Lord blessed him.


 

“The instructions you are willing to obey, will determine the miracle you are willing to receive.” – Pastor Austyn.


 

The next level comes with instructions and obedience. 

  • You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you.

 

  • You must have that belief and mentality that you may be challenged, but you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you.

 

  • Believe in the next level. The month of May is your month of the next level.

 

  • God is not a man that He will lie to you, nor is he the son of Man that he should repent. That which He said, is what He will do.

 

God will make room for you as your persevere against the opposition (Genesis 26:21-22).

 

“The desire of the next level must outweigh the pain of going to the next level.” – Pastor Austyn

Enlargement Starts with You: Learning to Hear Clearly from God

In order to enlarge your territory, you must increase in knowledge of the Word, increase in wisdom and humility. If you can’t do these three simple things, you will not be able to grow. In order to grow, you need to first learn how to hear from God and not only just hear from him, but do as He says with the Word as your foundation. You cannot follow someone You do not know. Therefore, how can you follow God if you don’t know His voice?

There are some of you that may say, I don’t know how to hear from Him. I don’t know His voice.

Why is that?

The truth is, Knowing God’s voice isn’t really as mysterious as it seems to be. You can hear from God clearly when you have the Holy Spirit residing inside of you. Why do you think God seeks for all of us to prophesy? It’s because in order to prophesy, you need to distinguish and learn to Hear and obey His Voice. In order to hear, you are forced to humble yourself before God in order to hear Him by meditating on His Word (the Bible). Everyone has the ability to Hear from God, but how many are willing to Obey His voice when it comes down to it?


John 10:27 [Full Chapter]
My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.

Revelation 2:29

“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”’

How many of you know the song Thriller, Heal the World, Beat It? Who sang it? How did you know that? You have to have meditated and listened to that song multiple times to know the words, to know who sang it and so that when you hear others singing it, you can identify immediately that Michael Jackson sang that song. In the same way, that’s how it is with God. When you read His Word, you are able to rightly divide the Word of Truth. You can tell when someone is using the word out of context because you know exactly what it says. You can tell when a word speaks to you because the Holy Spirit bears witness to the truth of God’s word. If you want to be successful, you must work on your hearing and your obedience to do what you hear.


Romans 10:17

So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.


 Joshua 1:8
This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.


Psalm 119:15

I will meditate on Your precepts, And contemplate Your ways.


Psalm 119:23

Princes also sit and speak against me, But Your servant meditates on Your statutes.


14670-ThinkstockPhotos-465151829.1200w.tn.jpgYou can only repeat what you meditate on.

The definition of meditation is:

to engage in thought or contemplation; reflect.

 

When you meditate on the Name of the Lord you will be remembered.


Malachi 3:16

[ A Book of Remembrance ] Then those who feared the Lord spoke to one another, And the Lord listened and heard them; So a book of remembrance was written before Him For those who fear the Lord And who meditate on His name.

 


1 Timothy 4:12-16 (NKJV)

Take Heed to Your Ministry

12 Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit,[b] in faith, in purity. 13 Till I come, give attention to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.

4 Do not neglect the gift that is in you, which was given to you by prophecy with the laying on of the hands of the eldership. 15 Meditate on these things; give yourself entirely to them, that your progress may be evident to all. 16 Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine. Continue in them, for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you.

 

 

 

 


The Church must be in Unity in order to overcome adversities that any brother or sister faces. You cannot groom leaders in a church if people do not know the Word of God. Every believer is called to minister in one form or another but the requirement is that you must know God’s Word.

UNITY in One Mind, One Spirit, One Cause


Philippians 1:27

[ Striving and Suffering for Christ ] Only let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of your affairs, that you stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel,


The power of the Praying church assembling as one, in one accord can break barriers, limitations, bring restoration, healing and deliverance and many blessings pour down from Heaven because of the unity found in the Church. A church that prays in unity prevents attacks from the enemy from succeeding and brings about uncommon victories.


Acts 12

Peter Freed from Prison

5 Peter was therefore kept in prison, but constant[a] prayer was offered to God for him by the church. 6 And when Herod was about to bring him out, that night Peter was sleeping, bound with two chains between two soldiers; and the guards before the door were keeping the prison. 7 Now behold, an angel of the Lord stood by him, and a light shone in the prison; and he struck Peter on the side and raised him up, saying, “Arise quickly!” And his chains fell off his hands. 8 Then the angel said to him, “Gird yourself and tie on your sandals”; and so he did. And he said to him, “Put on your garment and follow me.” 9 So he went out and followed him, and did not know that what was done by the angel was real, but thought he was seeing a vision. 10 When they were past the first and the second guard posts, they came to the iron gate that leads to the city, which opened to them of its own accord; and they went out and went down one street, and immediately the angel departed from him.

11 And when Peter had come to himself, he said, “Now I know for certain that the Lord has sent His angel, and has delivered me from the hand of Herod and from all the expectation of the Jewish people.”

12 So, when he had considered this, he came to the house of Mary, the mother of John whose surname was Mark, where many were gathered together praying. 13 And as Peter knocked at the door of the gate, a girl named Rhoda came to answer. 14 When she recognized Peter’s voice, because of her gladness she did not open the gate, but ran in and announced that Peter stood before the gate. 15 But they said to her, “You are beside yourself!” Yet she kept insisting that it was so. So they said, “It is his angel.”

16 Now Peter continued knocking; and when they opened the door and saw him, they were astonished. 17 But motioning to them with his hand to keep silent, he declared to them how the Lord had brought him out of the prison. And he said, “Go, tell these things to James and to the brethren.” And he departed and went to another place.

18 Then, as soon as it was day, there was no small stir among the soldiers about what had become of Peter. 19 But when Herod had searched for him and not found him, he examined the guards and commanded that they should be put to death.

And he went down from Judea to Caesarea, and stayed there.


 

If we want to increase, then we must first understand that enlargement starts with us. You need to equip yourself with the knowledge of the Word by meditating on it for yourself, rather than wait for a Sunday service to arrive to get fed. God is not in the business of pampering you with the word, He expects you to feed yourself with the Word and get stronger with other members growing in the Word. It is not enough to be hearer and not a doer of what you hear. You cannot follow what you do not know, so therefore, seek to grow by equipping yourself with the Word and learn to recognize and know God’s voice. You can only become his sheep when you recognize the Shepherd’s voice.

Are you ready for enlargement?

 

Reprogramming Your Mind: The Cost of Unbelief

Many believers have not been able to access their blessings because of unbelief.

Unbelief is the reason why some people do not receive results.

The power of unbelief is so powerful that Jesus couldn’t even minister in the place that He came from (Nazareth).


7ca42c7585083167a232221d87a65390Prince (the Famous singer) was a Jehovah witness could not take blood transfusion according to the belief system of the Jehovah witnesses and yet he took drugs and died of an overdose. He died because of unbelief.

You cannot afford to walk in unbelief.

You must serve God with your mind.


Romans 12:2 – And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

The old man cannot give what the new man can. You cannot put new wine in old wine skin. That skin will burst. The old man cannot handle where you are going. The new man does not see limitations. The old man will say that “It’s not possible”. As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.


faith-God-can-God-will-doubt-maybe-god-can-maybe-god-will-unbelief-god-cant-god-wontDo you need to rewire yourself?

Don’t remain with the old mind-set.

Ephesians 4:20 -2420 That, however, is not the way of life you learned 21 when you heard about Christ and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus. 22 You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; 23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds; 24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.


 

Put off the old man that pursues corruption.

“You may want many things, but if you don’t take action, you will remain the same and go nowhere.” – Pastor Austyn.

Genesis 1:28 – And God blessed them. And God said to them, Be fruitful, and multiply and fill the earth, and subdue it. And have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the fowl of the heavens, and all animals that move upon the earth.

Whoever is born of God overcomes. You must renew your mind in order to obtain your deliverance.

If you want to possess your possessions, you must reprogram your mind. You can do that by the renewing of your mind through the Word of God.”  – Pastor Austyn

Joshua 1:8 – This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.


If you have a regenerated mind you have to consider these things:

  1. The word of your mouth – What is your confession?
  2. Do what you hear. You cannot simply be a hearer of the Word and not do what it says.
  3. Impossibility will become possibility to you
  4. You will face challenges but the challenge is not strong enough to change your new mind-set

“Take actions when you believe. Renew your mind and do not remain the same with the old mindset. How long you’ve surrounded yourself with Christians doesn’t make you a Christian. If you do not believe in the power of God, then you are operating in the realm of unbelief. You cannot carry the old man and live in the new lifestyle. You have to let go of the Old man in order to put the New man. The battle is in the mind.” – Pastor Austyn


“If there is no revelation, there is not manifestation” – Pastor Austyn

Guard your hearts, for out of it flow the issues of life.

“If you are a computer, and there is a virus of unbelief operating in you, then Jesus is your anti-virus and He can help you with your unbelief.” – Pastor Austyn


unbeliefYou are a new person. Seek order in your own house rather than criticise others if you’re still operating in the old mind-set. The power is contained in the Word. If you do not meditate on it, then you cannot received what it has for you.

You cannot talk about God and not do anything about it. Why did you not believe when the Holy Spirit prompts you to do or not do something?


Unbelief can paralyze a believer’s life.

They are unable to obtain the head position because they are operating in unbelief. Unbelief is dangerous. What will it cost you? Sarah waited how many years until she believed for Isaac.  Unbelief can cause someone to be barren. Isaiah 53 whose report will you believe?

Belief makes things happen.


 

Mark 9:23 -24 23 “‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.”

24 Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”


John 3:18-20 – 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. 19 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed.


We are not condemned when we believe. When you don’t believe you are condemned.

John 3:36 – Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them.


1 John 5:10 – Whoever believes in the Son of God accepts this testimony. Whoever does not believe God has made him out to be a liar, because they have not believed the testimony God has given about his Son.


f6881cf1082c7adff9ab377efb882d8bMatthew 8:5-10 – The Faith of the Centurion

When Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking for help. “Lord,” he said, “my servant lies at home paralyzed, suffering terribly.”

Jesus said to him, “Shall I come and heal him?”

The centurion replied, “Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”

10 When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him, “Truly I tell you, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith.


  • You need to believe in Christ in order to live abundantly.
  • If you don’t believe in Christ you are only existing.
  • Some miracles are not happening because of unbelief.
  • You do not question God, you just have to believe.
  • Your belief is what draws the invisible to your visible problem.
  • You must connect to the Word in order for you to believe.
  • In the beginning it was not so because of unbelief.

Genesis 1:28 – God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”


Let us go back to the original plan. Learn to Trust God and Believe that You are who God says you are and you will be what God says you’ll be. Do You Believe?

 

 

How Do We Pray? – Pastor Monica

tshirt_design_our_fatherThere is a difference between power and authority.

Power comes with position; however, the position does not hold the authority.

Authority comes from the people you oversee who accept you as a leader.


There is no point in knowing so much of the Word if you don’t know how to apply it.

Study to show yourself approved. Don’t just study the Word.

Ask yourself how do you apply what it is that you have learned?


When you have options (especially in North America), your level or understanding about prayer becomes “optional” meaning that you will not see prayer as a requirement and will pray whenever you “feel” like it.

As Christians, it is important to know that Prayer is a requirement and if we place it as optional, you will be disappointed when you don’t get the results you were expecting from your prayers. Prayer is your communication line with God.

Matthew 6:1 – “Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them. Otherwise you have no reward from your Father in heaven.

Charitable works are based on the intention of the heart.

Why are you giving what you give?

When we serve him, God wants us to check out intentions. Everything that you do in church is charitable. The church should not be treated as a buffet.


What do we do with the Word that we get?      

When Solomon gave 1000 cows as sacrifice it was his form of worship unto God.

Do not let your blessing pass you by because you are focusing too much on your limitations.

  • God does not call qualified people, He qualifies the called.
  • Do not compare yourself to someone else.
  • Everything about you is completely unique.
  • Go where God wants you to go.
  • Jesus is dealing with the intentions of the heart.
  • Pray unto God and not to be seen by men.

The woman with the issue of blood was in a closet and she crawled on the ground all the way to Jesus just to touch the hem of his garment. She pulled virtue from Jesus. God rewarded her for her faith.

prayer-hands.jpgWe should not practice repetitious prayers.

If an earthly parent can get annoyed if their child asks for the same thing over and over, why do we think that we can be this way to our heavenly father?

Jesus is talking about the intentions of our heart.

People always stop at the daily bread part of the Our Father prayer but people forget to keep God’s name holy.

When you are opening your mouth to pray, check yourself. 


Do you keep His name Holy?

As Christians we have to behave in such a way to keep His name holy.

Forgive us as we forgive those who trespass against us.

Forgiveness is not a feeling. However, do you believe?

1 Corinthians 13:1 – Though I speak with the tongues of men and angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass of a clanging cymbal.

We need to forgive. Forgiveness releases us from bitterness.

Hebrews 4:10 – Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall according to the same example of disobedience.

If you don’t forgive, God will not forgive you.

How can you obtain mercy if you do not extend mercy?

“Bitterness is sickness to the Bones” – Pastor Monica

Do not keep score of every offense.