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November 5th 2019 – Battle Wounds

“Now the apostles and brethren who were in Judea heard that the Gentiles had also received the word of God. And when Peter came up to Jerusalem, those of the circumcision contended with him, saying, “You went in to uncircumcised men and ate with them!” But Peter explained it to them in order from the beginning, saying:” (Acts 11:1-4)

Christians love to discuss their differences and compare their battle wounds. While I do think some things need to be discussed, I think we spend way too much time and energy on these discussions. There is so much to do for the Kingdom that we can’t afford to waste this time. At the end of this brief season we call life, God will not ask how many arguments we have won, but rather how many souls we have won.

Believers accomplish little when arguing with one another. Instead let’s focus on loving each other as we are commanded, otherwise we are distracted by other issues and possibly giving a bad witness. Let’s not over emphasize our differences but join together and serve side by side. Let’s be careful not to continually compare battle wounds and scars, all we are doing is reminding each other about the pain and suffering we endured. Instead, let’s serve God alongside one another. (John 13:35) reads, “By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

“I am blessed to be surrounded by people I love. I thank you Lord for their patience and grace.”

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, Help me to love the people You have placed around me in life. Help me not to get caught up and enter into strife with brothers and sisters. While there are some things worthy of argument, there are many things that are not. Lord, please give me the wisdom to know the difference. Please forgive me for any pain I caused, look after my friend and heal any broken hearts. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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November 2nd 2019 – Why Would God Choose Us (Part 4 of 5)

“Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things–and the things that are not–to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him. It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God–that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. Therefore, as it is written: “Let him who boasts boast in the Lord. (1 Corinthians 1:26-31)

I love the way this verse speaks of US. Yes, not many of us had everything going for us, but God still chose us for this great salvation.  As we continue to read the Word of God we find some that maybe had it, then lost it, and then got it back. I think of Joseph, Here’s a young man that is living a good life, enjoying the blessing of being his father’s favorite.  Yet this put him at odds with his brothers.

Many of you know his story but here is a quick synopsis of it.  He is the son of Jacob, born from the wife that Jacob truly loved.  At this point, He is their firstborn son and Jacob distinguishes Joseph by giving him a special multi-colored coat.  His brothers get jealous and sell him into slavery.  From there he is working for Potiphar and receives favor from God.

He is lifted up as a slave, and then Potiphar’s wife (Potiphar – Is captain of the palace guard) gets eyes for him, and when Joseph says no, she cries rape.  So he gets thrown into prison, but God is still with Him. Then Pharaoh has a dream and Joseph interprets it and gets lifted to the place of second in all of Egypt.

So, as we can see today, if we stay faithful to God, no matter who lets us down, even our family, God has His eyes on us and will get us out of the pit and lift us to a high place. No matter who hurt you, forgive them, and let God take you to the place that He has prepared for you.

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, Today, I forgive those who have hurt me and I thank you Father, for taking me to a higher place, a good place of blessings in you. Give me the faith to trust in those promises regardless of what I am feeling or what I see in the world around me. I believe with my whole heart that You are God, that Jesus is my Savior and that He will return very soon. Give me the power to share this message of hope with all those around me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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October 27th 2019 – Church, Hospital For Sinners or Museum for Saints

“And to the sons of Aaron they gave one of the cities of refuge, Hebron; also Libnah with its common-lands, Jattir, Eshtemoa with its common-lands, Hilen with its common-lands, Debir with its common-lands, Ashan with its common-lands, and Beth Shemesh with its common-lands. And from the tribe of Benjamin: Geba with its common-lands, Alemeth with its common-lands, and Anathoth with its common-lands. All their cities among their families were thirteen.” (1 Chronicles 6:57-60)

I was recently discussing with an acquaintance about how aweful it has become to receive the proper healthcare since the creation of the affordable healthcare act. I explaind that I was personally speaking from experience after having to deal with health related problems myself the last few years. I was basically verbally attacked by this guy, he attacked my character, my faith, he absolutely lost his mind. All of this for sharing my personal experience.

I have a strong beleive system and alot of faith. I love the Lord Jesus Christ, and I love our Country. But I am also still a sinner, I am still dealing with many thorns in my side. This was one of these moments where my flesh and my faith met at a crossroad. I had to walk away from my conversation with this guy because if I had stayed there, he may have had to seek medical attention himself.

In my quiet time this morning repenting for my actions the Lord corrected my heart.

Jesus equated hating someone with murder because murder is what lurks in the heart of all who hate. Jesus also equated lust with adultery because adultery is what lurks in the heart of all who lust. It is a heart issue. Without physically committing murder, we have still done so because it is in our heart. Sin has many tentacles and it will find its way into all the cracks we leave open in our lives. Who can say they have never hated? Who can say they have never lusted, lied or stolen? We all need a refuge.

The church is a hospital for sinners and not a museum for saints. The perfect church does not exist because all churches are made up of people and all people have sinned (Romans 3:10, 23).

The church is a refuge where murderers, adulterers, liars and idolaters come to the One who can forgive our sins, Jesus. When the church puts on an air of righteousness and unobtainable holiness, we cease to be a refuge and become a museum instead.

“So God has given us both his promise and his oath. These two things are unchangeable because it is impossible for God to lie. Therefore, we who have fled to him for refuge can take new courage, for we can hold on to his promise with confidence.” (Hebrews 6:18)

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, Thank You for loving me. Thank You for providing Your Son as a refuge for my sins. Lord, I need You. Through You, I can lay down the chains of my past and lay hold of the hope You have set before me. Help me to be strength to others. Give me the ability to use my gifts and talents to draw others closer to You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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October 16th 2019 – Cast Your Burden on the Lord

“Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.” (Psalm 55:22)

“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7)

Ever go through a day or a week when you’re discouraged and it seems like nothing’s going right? Well, be of good cheer, you’re not the only one.  When we look through the Bible we see many of the great people of faith having times of discouragement.

Moses had it right to the top of his head with the children of Israel, yet he got through it.  Elijah, after his great victory on Mount Carmel, had to fight a great bout of depression when Jezebel said that she wanted to take his life.  He said (1 Kings 19:4)”… And he prayed that he might die, and said, “It is enough! Now, Lord, take my life, for I am no better than my father’s!”

Here is this great man of God, who just had this great victory over the prophets of Baal, and one lady, Jezebel, so intimidates him that he wants to die.

And it can be the same with us, we forget what the Lord did yesterday and we look at today and see this problem or this situation and we get discouraged.  But this verse tells us to “Cast your burden on the LORD, and He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.”

God will sustain us as we make a decision to give it over to Him.  So today, try it.  Give it to God.  His shoulders are a lot bigger than yours and He is a loving and caring Father.  Trust Him and He will see you through.  Remember, He did it in the past and He will do it today and in the future.

Prayer:

Heavenly  Father, I put my trust in You Lord and I know that today, You will get me through what I’m going through.  Your living word has told me to cast my cares on You Lord and that’s what I’m going to do, trust and obey. Thank you for always being there for me. I love and Praise You. In Jesus’ holy and precious name, Amen.

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Rob Lavallee

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October 13th 2019 -God Will Always Meet Our Needs

“And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19)

God promises to meet the needs of every one of His followers, but sometimes, it might seem like those needs are not being met. If this is the case, then we must evaluate ourselves, because without realizing it, we may be hindering the answer to our prayers. What might be the cause of our unmet needs?

An important thing to understand is that not everything you want is a need. When you need something, you have to have it. It’s essential to life, and you can’t live without it. When you want something, you wish for it, but you can live without it. If your needs don’t seem like they are being met, evaluate whether your request is a really a need or actually a want. Ask God to help you distinguish between what you desire and what is really essential to your life.

Don’t be like them, for your Father knows exactly what you need even before you ask him!” (Matthew 6:8)

God allows you to come before him and make any and all requests. Have you brought your request before the Lord? If not, you cannot expect to receive those things from Him. Also, be sure your motives are pure, because the Father does not reward selfishness.

“And even when you ask, you don’t get it because your motives are all wrong—you want only what will give you pleasure.” (James 4:3)

God has given each person certain abilities and talents to use. He has equipped you with the ability to do certain things that will help meet your needs. He will not do for you what you can already do for yourself. For example, you should work and provide for your family. God has made it so that you can, so don’t expect him to do it for you.

Sometimes we want things done in our own timing or in our own way and are not willing to wait on God. Don’t rush or try to force the Lord. Don’t tell Him how to meet your need. It will be done in His way and in His timing, not yours, but it will be done. Be patient, sometimes God will provide through others or in ways you don’t expect.

If you are a follower of Jesus, you have a Heavenly Father who is committed to meeting your needs. Jesus promised that if you believe that you will receive what you prayed for then it would be granted you. If God has confirmed He’ll meet your needs, then you can be confident that He will do it. If it doesn’t seem like God is working on your behalf, then pray.

“Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.” (Matthew 7:7)

Ask God to show you where you are going wrong and to give you patience to wait on His timing, then trust God! He will meet your needs!

“It may be at the last minute or provided in a way that we have not considered, but He will always provide for our needs.”

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, I love and praise you for this day, for my family, my dear friends and all of the blessings that you have poured into my life. You have always provided for me especially in the difficult times. You have always been faithful to me even when I have not to you. Today I ask that your presence will overwhelm us and refill us with Your Holy Spirit into every corner of our soul. I love You. In Jesus’ name Amen.

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October 12th 2019 – God’s Word Is Alive!

“For the Word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.” (Hebrews 4:12)

God’s Word is alive. It has God’s very life and ability within it. Just as people are alive, and animals are alive, and plants are alive, so is God’s Word. The difference is that God’s Word has the Creator of all these other things within it. It is full of power to set us free, to heal us, and to deliver us. His Word created the very ground that we’re standing on and the air that we’re breathing. His Word is Himself.

So no matter what comes at us in life, it is His Word that has the power to release us from every situation. God has declared it, therefore it has to happen. You see, God and His Word are one.  If God’s Word doesn’t work, then God doesn’t work.  But God’s Word does work as we work the Word.

Faith is what activates God’s Word and as we take His Word and get it deep within our hearts and then speak it with our mouth, it will come to pass.  God is not a man that He should lie.  If He said it, then He meant it.  Think of it like this, The Bible has the very DNA of God within its pages.  If I were to blow up a balloon, it has my DNA within it, so it is with the Bible, God has breathed Himself right into those pages that we hold in our hand.

So today, make a decision never to look at the Bible as just a book, but to look at it as if it were God the Creator standing right there and saying, “If I wrote it in there, you can have it”. Just believe it and say it with your mouth. Truly our prayer life would never be the same.

“We need to encourage people to feed on God’s Word—it is nourishment for the soul.”

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, thank you for Your Written Word, Thank you for giving us your Holy Spirit. I pray that as of this day forward, we never forget the Power (from God) that we posses as Your children. I can only imangine the sound of the mighty wind as you first breathed Your Holy Spirit into the Aspostles, the same Holy Spirit that we, Children of the Living God have in our very bodies right now. I pray that Your Holy Spirit be so visibly apparent in our lives from this day forward, that we radiate that we are Your children. May we never forget that we posses Your very DNA in our blood, because you created us and breathed life into us. We are made in your Image, that we can do all things through You. From this day forward, may we start each day Claiming Victory over the strongholds in our lives, Claiming Victory over the very enemy that tries to opress us and to distort the truth. Today and everyday forward I will never forget that I am a Child of the ONE TRUE GOD! In Jesus’ name, Amen!

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October 11th 2019 – A Divine Purpose

“I preached first to those in Damascus, then in Jerusalem and throughout all Judea, and also to the Gentiles, that all must turn from their sins and turn to God–and prove they have changed by the good things they do.” (Acts 26:20)

We often describe our Christian walk by the things we don’t do. We may say things like, we don’t drink or do drugs, we don’t gamble or use foul language. In fact, for some of us, not doing these things is an incredible testimony of God’s supernatural work in our lives. But we should also consider the things that we do.

In (Matthew 22:37-40) Jesus told us that we should love God and love others. You are not an accident; you were created with a divine purpose to be a blessing to others. You were created to hear the call, respond and be fruitful. In short, you were created to help God change the world. We know the things we shouldn’t do because we would be ashamed of them. But why are we not ashamed of the things we don’t do? Jesus called the man who did not use his talent wicked and lazy. If you fail to do something, you choose to fail at God’s plan for your life.

“This is faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.” (James 2:17-18)

“Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.” (James 4:17)

“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.” (Matthew 5:13)

Please take a moment and reflect. What are you doing to spread Gods love?

“It is what we ‘do’ that shows we are followers of Jesus, as well as what we ‘don’t’ do.”

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, I love You and want to serve You by serving others. Please give me eyes to see where and how I may be a blessing to others. Give me love for those around me. Please forgive me for times when I’ve done nothing. Please forgive me for not always being a good witness to Your presence in my life. Help me be the Salt and the light! I pray this in Jesus’ name, Amen.

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October 7th 2019 – Eternal Security

“I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand.” (John 10:28)

There is a movement in Christianity that teaches and beleives that we as children of God, can loose our salvation if we should back slide or turns back to our old sinful habbits.

The Christian should never think or speak lightly of unbelief of what God Promises. For a child of God to mistrust the Father’s love, truth, and faithfulness, must be terribly displeasing to God. How we must grieve Him by doubting His upholding grace? It is contrary to every promise of God’s precious Word that you should even think that you will ever be forgotten or left to perish! If that could possibly happen, how could He be true at all? He Himself has said, “Can a woman forget to have compassion on her nursing child? Even if she forgets, still I will never forget you.” (Isaiah 49:15)

What is the value of His promise that, ”Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,” says the LORD, who has compassion on you (Isaiah 54:10)

Where is the truth of Christ’s words, “I give eternal life to My sheep, and they will never die; and no man will pluck them out of My hand… or out of My Father’s hand?”

Where would the doctrines of grace be? They would be all disproved if one child of God would be lost. Where would the veracity of God be– His honor, His power, His grace, His covenant, His oath– if any of those for whom Christ has died and who have put their trust in Him should ever be cast away?

Tell those unbelieving fears to go! And put on your beautiful garments. Remember it is sinful to doubt His Word, since He has promised that you will never die. Let the eternal life within you express itself in confident rejoicing.

“God promises that we will be  Safe and Secure in His presence. We will in fact have an Eternal Security if we are a born again believer of Jesus Christ.”

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, thank you for walking with me and giving me peace. I surrender each day to you, and ask that you will use me to help others get to know you. Please continue to mold me into the person you have destined me to become. Thank you for for the love you have personally shown me. Thank you for the Faith you give me each day. I pray that the Holy Spirit will immediately reveil the false teachings within the church, may the leaders be corrected with love who misinterpreted your word.  May thier congregation  experience healing and not fall away. We love you Lord!  I pray this in Jesus’ name, Amen.

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October 3rd 2019 – Love God, Love Others

“A new command I give to you, love one another, as I have loved you, so you you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:34-35)

Christians can really be mean to each other. We are quick to point out faults. We gossip and envy one another. It is not a pretty picture, yet Jesus says when we love each other, the world will know that we belong to Him.

So, how do we fix this? I professor of mine taught on these two verses, he said, “Look. This is a new commandment. This is not just an idea of Christians loving each other just like Christ loved us. This is a commandment. It’s not a suggestion. We are to love one another.”

If you have you given your life to Christ, you realized at some point that your life was on the wrong path. And you turned and said, “Jesus is the right path.”You agreed to Him being the boss. So you said, “Thank you for saving me, but also thank You for being in charge of me now. I submit to Your commands.” So we are commanded, it’s not optional, that we as Christians love each other. He died for us, and He forgives us unconditionally. And He gives us chance after chance, and grace after grace. Then we mess up again and what does He do? He comes and holds us close to Him. Why can’t we love each other like that and say, “You know what? I know that you’re a mess, so am I” and then show them we love them as Jesus showed us?

Jesus is so concerned about us being right with each other that He said, “It’s better for you to stop worshiping and ask forgiveness than it is just to keep worshiping and doing your church thing.” Is there somebody you need to forgive? Somebody you struggle to love? Get it right, so folks outside the church can say, “Those people really love each other. I guess that’s what it means to be a Christian.”

“Be so busy loving God and loving others that you have no time for regret, worry, fear or drama.”

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, Teach me to love, Lord, as You love, Make it unconditional, honest, and kind, To ask nothing back in return, Lord, To encompass the whole of mankind. May I offer my love without speaking, May it radiate as it shines forth from me, May it be seen in my face and my eyes, Lord, May it be simple, sincere, and shame free. Show me how to forgive, Lord, as You do, To not burden another with guilt, To not play the role of the martyr, To be a rock on which trust may be built. Make my love for others be greater by far Than any love that is offered to me, Led by the Spirit, Inspired of God, As forgiving as Jesus…and free. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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September 27th 2019 – Provision of Strength

“Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong.” (1 Corinthians 16:13)

Christ has made every provision for us to be strong. He has given us His Holy Spirit, whose is to bring to our remembrance all the promises that Christ has made, that we may have peace and a sweet sense of forgiveness. If we will keep our eyes fixed on the Saviour, and trust in His power, we shall be filled with a sense of security; for the righteousness of Christ will become our righteousness. . . .

We dishonor Him by talking of our inefficiency. Instead of looking at ourselves, let us constantly behold Jesus, daily becoming more and more like Him, more and more able to talk of Him, better prepared to avail ourselves of His kindness and helpfulness, and to receive the blessings offered us.

“Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day.” (2 Corinthians 4:16)

As we live in communion with Him, we grow strong in His strength, a help and a blessing to those around us. If we would only do as the Lord desires us to, our hearts would become as sacred harps, every chord of which would sound forth praise and gratitude to the Redeemer sent by God to take away the sin of the world. . .

“Do not strive in your own strength; cast yourself at the feet of the Lord Jesus, and wait upon Him in the sure confidence that He is with you, and works in you. Strive in prayer; let faith fill your heart-so will you be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might.”

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, thank you for all the wonderful blessings you have put in my life. Family, friends, a roof over my head, and food on my table. Thank you for the blessings you give me every day. I am so grateful for all that you provide. I try hard, Lord, not to stumble in my walk with you. Today I ask for your strength. Your guidance. I cannot make my walk alone, Lord, and I know you are there to take my hand when I need you most. I know you are there to carry me when I cannot go on alone. I ask for that strength, Lord. I ask for your will and your way. I ask for the strength you had in facing the Enemy in the desert. Thank you, Lord, for being here for me when in my hour of need. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.

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