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Walk Away

"And said unto him, Get thee out of thy country and from thy kindred and come into the land which I shall show thee." - Acts 7:3

It is dangerous to hold onto some things that need to be released. God wanted Abraham to establish a nation through his descendants by blessing him and by making his name great. He promised him that his future was going to be much better than his past. And when God began to reveal His plan to Abraham, the first thing He told him was to beware of his family ties.

God showed Abraham what he would inherit, once he was willing to leave everything and pull away from those who would be a snare to his destiny. The thing that gives us power to leave one thing is seeing something better that we are going to inherit. If you cannot see that you have a brighter tomorrow, it becomes far more difficult to leave your yesterdays.

When Abraham got ready to leave the "old" to inherit the "new" the Bible records that Lot went with him (Genesis 12…

Take Control

"For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds; casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ." -
2 Corinthians 10:4-5

I want to speak to you this morning concerning imaginations. The word "imaginations" in the Greek language is the word "logosimos," which denotes the mental reasoning or the emotions in direct response to a thought. When the apostle Paul insists that we cast down our imaginations, he is referring to the emotions connected to the thoughts we perceive. We are not instructed to quit imagining, but to destroy every imagination that is contrary to the will of God.

Emotions can be deceptive. How can you trust something that is not always consistent or reliable? And as far as imagination is concerned, it is God who gave it to us in the first place, so how can it, in …

His Word Works - Pentecost

1) And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 2) And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. 3) And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. 4) And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. Acts 2:1-4 Something happens when we walk in agreement! Did you know many theologians believe that the 10 commandments were given to Moses on Pentecost? Or that King David was born on Pentecost? Pentecost is a significant day for God to suddenly release “new things”! 2015 is the year of God’s favor and grace. He is going to do new things this year! The Day of Pentecost in Acts was a fulfillment of a promise – the promise of the Holy Spirit. “Keep my commands and you will live; guard my teachings as the apple of your eye. Bind them on your fingers; write t…

What does the Everlasting Love of God mean to you?

"The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, saying Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore, with lovingkindness, have I drawn thee." - Jeremiah 31:3

With each step in my walk with the Spirit of God, He has wrapped His loving arms around me. He walked me through the journey. He helped me die to old habits and ways of thinking. He enabled me to discover who God is not so that I could understand who He is. He forgave the unforgivable, delivered me from my past, and gently removed my masks so I could finally be myself. Like a master sculptor creating a fine piece of art, He replaced my useless empty fantasies with carefully designed life that continues.

Has the enemy ever tried to blind you and keep you from the love of God? Our adversary will try to distort our view of the love of God through damaged relationships, broken promises, and disillusionment. God's love is able to reach you this day, and despite the deepest pit of your life, He will pull you out of…

Pentecost - Know The Holy Spirit

“But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” Acts 1:8

Jesus gave a promise. He said it is expedient, which in the Greek means profitable, for you that He should go away. He said He is going so that the Holy Spirit, the Comforter will come. Jesus said, “I cannot physically be with you always but I will send One who will.” It might be your deepest, darkest hour, but you are not ALONE! God, the Holy Spirit, is with you! The Holy Spirit is a Person with whom you have a relationship – not a ritual. You must spend time with Him. Get to know Him. What He likes, and dislikes. What grieves him and what excites Him. Would you ignore your best friend? No – of course not. So I’m going to continue teaching about God the Holy Spirit. “And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.” Eph 4:30, KJV The Ho…

What Is YOUR True Calling?

"The gifts and calling of God are without repentance." - Romans 11:29

One evening I was invited to a friend's house for dinner. There was a missionary there who told adventurous stories of his life on the mission field. I was in awe of how God used him to win souls and change an entire nation for His glory. I was somewhat envious.

As I listened to his testimony, I ceased to glory in his success and began to realize that God had given me a vision years earlier that I was to go to the nations. But not only had it not taken place yet, I began to feel like a failure. How could God use me? The call of God on my life had long been all but forgotten, hidden, and buried in remorse and in excuses.

Then suddenly, while I was focusing on the failures in my calling, this missionary turned and looked right at me. It was if he knew the secrets God had shared with me. But because of my disappointments with the tragedies, I did not believe God would use me.

The faithful missionary told…

Do You Dare To Be Different?

"And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus." - Matthew 14:29

We are all familiar with the apostle Peter's attempt to walk on water with Jesus. I have heard all kinds of criticism about how Peter began to sink because he had too little faith. But Peter did something that the rest of the disciples failed to do. he got out of the boat!

When we look at this story the emphasis is too often focused on Peter's failure. Some have even tried to convince us that Peter got out of the boat with fleshly confidence in his fishing abilities, and that is why he was not afraid of the storm. One problem with that is that one other time the Bible records that there was a storm, and Jesus was asleep in the boat. The disciples woke up Jesus, fearful for their lives. I do not care how many times Peter went fishing previously, he never had walked on water.

Peter may not have made it all the way, but he made it farther than all …