Monday, August 24, 2009

In An Instant

I read a great devotional recently that I wanted to pass along to you. I know that you'll be encouraged. Regardless of what you're going through, stay in faith & know that God can turn things around in an instant! Enjoy the devotional!

TODAY'S SCRIPTURE
"…And in an instant, suddenly, you shall be visited and delivered by the Lord of hosts…" (Isaiah 29:5-6, AMP)

All through the Bible, we have examples of how God suddenly showed Himself strong on behalf of His people. But sometimes when we've struggled in an area for a long time, it's easy to just give up and accept things the way they are. One of the enemy’s favorite lies is to tell you that nothing is ever going to change. He’ll tell you that you’re never going to get well, that your marriage isn’t going to work out, that you’re never going to break that addiction. But I want to tell you today, it doesn’t matter how long you’ve been in those circumstances, God can change things in an instant! In a split second of time, He can turn it all around. One touch of God’s power can heal your body. One touch of His favor can promote you. One touch of His goodness can solve that problem. Just one touch from Almighty God can instantly change your life.

I encourage you today, keep believing, keep standing, and keep hoping. Don't let the enemy drag your thoughts down because God is working behind the scenes. Your time is coming, and I declare that your breakthrough is going to happen suddenly–in an instant!

A PRAYER FOR TODAY
"Father in heaven, I choose to trust that You are working things out for my good. I choose to stand in faith, believing that my season of breakthrough is coming. Give me Your strength and peace as I patiently wait on You. In Jesus' Name. Amen."

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Kingdom Culture- "With Everything"- Part 2

This past weekend we had an amazing encounter with God as a church. It was one of those, "you had to be there" experiences! I spoke briefly from the story found in Luke 18:18-29 (click here to read) It talks about a rich man that really didn't want to give everything to God. He wanted to do just enough to get by. I see myself in that story more than I would like to admit. We often do everything that we can to keep from giving everything to God. God commands us to put Him first in our time, talent & treasure. Scripture is littered with stories of people that did not give everything to God & it cost them everything. Here are a few...

GENESIS 4-- CAIN- Didn't give God His Best.
JOSHUA 7- ACHAN- Didn't put God First.
ACTS 5- ANANIAS & SAPHIRA- Didn't give God Everything.


Do you have a passion & fire for the things of God? Do you enthusiastically love others & have a desperation to reach others with the good news of Jesus Christ? If you don't it's because you are holding something back from God. God wants to fill you with His power, passion & His Holy Spirit! If you are going to receive everything from God, you need to give everything to Him. Give God your heart (time, talent & treasure) & you will experience the joy of walking with Him. When you give everything to God, God will give you everything that you need!  Here are some final scriptures that I want to challenge you with so that you will reflect a kingdom culture with your life!

LUKE 14:25-33, "...any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be my disciple."

Matthew 13:44-46, "The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field. 45"Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. 46When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it."

Romans 12:10-12, "never be lacking in zeal & passion when serving the Lord."

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Kingdom Culture- "With Everything"



"Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might…" (Ecclesiastes 9:10, NIV).

If you desire to reflect a Kingdom Culture with our lives, the question that we need to ask ourselves is simply this, "Are you giving everything?" Seriously, are you being faithful & fruitful right where you are today? Are you doing everything the very best with your ability? A lot of times we think, "As soon as I get a better job, then I´ll start working harder." "As soon as I get over this sickness, then I´ll trust God & have a good attitude." "As soon as my spouse changes, I´ll put some serious effort into my marriage." Or, "As soon as I have more, I'll give more... time, money, and so on."

But really, God wants us to do everything with all of our might no matter what the circumstances & regardless of what we have to offer. He wants us to be faithful & fruitful today! He wants us to have a good attitude and do the right thing even when the wrong thing is happening to us. If you´ll keep doing the right thing with your "everything," in spite of the circumstances, then you are sowing a seed for God to bring a harvest of His goodness into your life. You are opening the way for Him to bless and prosper you in every area of your life! Jesus told us to, "count the cost." (see Luke 14:25-33) The Apostle Paul told us to, "never be lacking in zeal & passion when serving the Lord." (see Romans 12:10-12) If the little boy who gave his lunch to Jesus could speak to us today, he would probably remind us to hold nothing back from Jesus! Because that boy gave his entire lunch (loaves & fishes), Jesus fed multitudes. If we give God our "everything," not our leftovers, we will always have more than enough left over. (see John 6:1-15)

Enjoy this new song that we will be introducing this month here @ Freedom Life and make a decision to live your life by offering yourself to God with a "with everything" Spirit! In doing so, you will please God and bring the Kingdom of Heaven to earth!