I submit to you that basically Acts 4 is an account of A PRAYING CHURCH. In Verses 23-31, Luke records the epitaph of A CHURCH AT PRAYER. The pattern that we find in the early church is that they prayed and prayed often! I believe with all my heart it is time for us to enter into the Spirit of Corporate Prayer, to rediscover the power of prayer. Just as individuals are to pray, we are to pray as a church body.
Some wonderful things happened when this church prayed. Some marvelous and great things occurred when all of the members of this church got on one accord and prayed. I am led of the Lord to believe that God’s power is released in and through a praying church. All throughout scripture we see clearly that the power of God operates through a praying church. Signs and wonders, salvation and healing, praise and adoration, all take place within the context of a praying church. We can either pray, believe and receive or we can pray, doubt and do without! But God’s power operates in and through a praying church.
Let’s come together as a church for a night of corporate prayer:
PELLISSIPPI & UT
Friday March 22nd 6-10pm in Satellite
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Friday March 22nd 7-10pm at Blount Campus
As you look at life and your daily experiences and encounters have you ever take a moment to stop and say what is there that is impossible to accomplish today? Many times we face things and we never stop and say God you said, “nothing is impossible with you”. I may not know what has happened in your life to leave you with nothing but ashes, but I do know that my God specializes in turning impossible situations around! It is His delight to take ugly and painful circumstances and make something beautiful out of them. We see Jesus offering words of comfort in Mathew 19:26 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
We see so many instances in the scriptures where God shows that he specializes in impossible situations. In Exodus 14:15 Then the LORD said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to me? Tell the people to get moving!” (NLT) The red sea seemed like an impossible mission but God encouraged Moses to take him at his word and “get moving”! There are so many stories in scripture that expands on God’s working in the “impossible” realm but what about in your life? Have you taken a moment to see that on a daily basis “new mercies every morning”?Iis God at work? Reflect on the story of Jesus Feeding the 5,000, which seemed as an impossible plight and we observe the apostles getting nervous as they nudged Jesus to “send them away”. Again we Jesus stepping up to the challenge of engaging the impossible and doubling the resources they had. (Mathew14:13-21).
Can I encourage you to remain focus on all the promises of God and the knowledge that NOTHING is too hard for him to do in your life! God specializes in the IMPOSSIBLE!
Are you confident, assured and holding tight to the hand and promises of God in and for your life? Paul stated “I am persuaded of this. I am certain of this.” Paul was certain that the God who launched a good work in the Philippians would continue it. Paul is adding to the certainty we should have that if God started something, whether it was God starting to speak to you about something, or Him showing you something or His hand actively working in your life, God will place the “period” to the sentence He started in your life!
“Confidence” means to come to a conclusion based on a reasonable ground. God has taken care of billions of people over thousands of years and has not let one person down. Paul’s confidence was in the capacity of God, not in men. The Greek tense indicates that this was a settled confidence in Paul’s mind. Paul’s faith in God’s ability to finish what He starts did not waver. God will either work in us or He will work on us, but He will finish the job. He will finish it whether we want it finished or not! Once we have come to know Christ we cannot say, “Stop the process–I want out.” Paul says, “I am certain of this; this is not debatable; I am sure; I am confident.”
As believers we sometimes struggle with confidence not only in ourselves but in the hand and work of God in our lives. I want to encourage you this year to hold fast to the reality that GOD IS IN CONTROL and He has FULL CONTROL. As the Psalmist David encourages “The Lord will perfect that which concerns me” (Psalm 138:8). “ The active verb here is WILL this means there is no other option and that God WILL do what He said He will do! If you are a part of the many people who are overwhelmed by the idea that God may lose control of your situation, I say to you, God will not give up on us!
As we look towards this year have you stopped and asked yourself, “What is my outlook for this year?” When we look at what the definition of the word “outlook” is there are several definitions I want to expose. These are as follows; 1) a mental attitude or point of view 2) the probable or expected condition or outcome of something 3) the view from a place 4) view or prospect 5) the act or state of looking out.
All these definitions suggest a state of anticipation or place we must position ourselves in anticipation. With these definitions can I ask you then what is your view or state of looking out for all this year has in store? As we start this New Year 2012 we also can make reference to the biblical meaning of 12 which represents “perfection” or “completion”. Do you have the expectation of completion this year? Are you believing God will bring into fruition all those things he has been speaking to you and showing you in different ways? I want to encourage you to probe your “point of view”, raise your “expectancy”, find the place where you have a clearer “point of view” as this is a great time for you to change your outlook and expect great things from God THIS YEAR!
As Paul alluded to his OUTLOOK of what God was doing for the Philippians “And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” Phil. 1:6
STAY TUNED FOR PART II- OUTLOOK-CONFIDENCE IN GODS PROMISES
Check your Temp Lately? Part II
Rev 3:15-16 15 I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot; I wish that you were cold or hot. 16 So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth. NASU
Have you ever considered the process of cooking? One of the primary reasons meat is cooked is to kill any bacteria that may be hiding inside. We know that the best way to make food safe is to HEAT it to a certain temperature at which the invisible microorganisms cannot survive; in other words, we change the environment to one that is uninhabitable. Then can we make a spiritual implication here? We can place ourselves in the best spiritual environment where we discourage the growth of negative thoughts, habits and behaviors (microorganisms).
Our Spiritual temperature must be set to the place where we are able to make a lasting impact not on our personal spiritual lives but also those we come in contact with. For example, We were having vocal rehearsal in the conference room and the vocalist said “it is really cold in here…” others supported the sentiment that it was cold. The point here is the temperature in the room was set before we arrived into the room and it affected all those who came into the room and it called for an acknowledgement from those impacted. When we set the spiritual temperature in our lives there is undoubtedly growth in our lives and relationship with God. A lukewarm or neutral relationship with God is not what you were called to. Your spiritual condition should be one of fire at all times. You can have a fired-up relationship with God when you spend time in His Word, in prayer, and in worship. Then, when you speak His words, they are life to you (Prov. 4:20).
Have you checked your spiritual temp lately?
Stay tuned for the next blog: SPIRITUAL ARROGANCE-WHAT?
Checked your temp lately?
God desires a personal relationship with each of us. We should never be satisfied and stop growing in our relationship with Him, would you not agree? Most times when we are sweating, shivering, dehydrated, tired these are “signs” of a fever. Most times when we experience these we find a thermometer and “check our temperature” but when last have you looked at your vital signs as a Christian and “checked your spiritual temperature?”
According to the Mayo Clinic, normal human body temperature at the core is 98.6°F or 37°C. Of course there are variations of the temperature on factors the time of the measurement and where the body temperature is measured. The human body temperature is held in a narrow range and is automatically controlled to respond to environmental temperature. Internally all the body functions necessitate maintenance of the proper temperature among other things; thus any serious deviation from the normal body temperature is an indication of ill health.
So can we say this is the same for us spiritually? When we deviate from the range of spiritual health are we showing signs of spiritual illness? I believe as Christians we should be checking our spiritual temperature on a consistent basis and making sure we are doing what is necessary to keep/maintain a temperature that is in line with Where God would have us. Lets see what he says to us about where he would like us to be Rev 3:15-16 15 I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot; I wish that you were cold or hot. 16 So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth. NASU
Stay Tuned for PART II