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Intro: Imagine you’re crawling, scorched, near death, across a hot burning desert. You are dying of thirst and close to dying, literally. But, ahead, you see a sign that reads, “Cool, clear, life-giving water… only five miles ahead”. This sign gives you renewed energy, new hope and you continue your crawl across the dry scorching desert. As you arrive at the promised place, you see a magnificent building, radiant in its beauty, the sign outside invites you in, even beckoning you with the promise of life giving water.
Large crowds were traveling with Jesus, and turning to them He said: “If anyone comes to Me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, even their own life…such a person cannot be My disciple. And whoever does not carry their cross and follow Me cannot be My disciple. Continue reading
Let me say this from the onset…I’m a tongue talking Holy Spirit believing Charismatic Pentecostal and love to move with flow of the Spirit of God. I love it when Holy Spirit moves in a service but it grieves my heart when I hear of the rise of strange manifestations in the name of the Holy Spirit….manifestations that are certainly not of God. Wild fire or strange fire is what it’s often referred to. Let me tell you right from the start…. Holy Spirit is a gentleman, He doesn’t come to make us spiritual fruits, flakes and nuts. He’s not into making fruit cakes! The Holy Ghost comes to convict us of sin, and of God’s righteousness, and of judgment. He comes to comfort us, to counsel us, to help us. Holy Spirit makes us more stable, not less stable. He keeps us under control, He doesn’t make us lose control. Continue reading
I believe there may be something in each of us that desires greatness, that wants to be great, that wants to be special, that wants to stand out, that wants to be a person of distinction, that wants to be someone ‘important’. Martin Luther King, Jr. argued that we all have this desire and he called it the drum major instinct in one of his famous sermons. Some long to be the fire that starts the revival! To be a ‘star’ revivalist and have our name up in lights! To be on TV, be another Joyce Meyers, Beth Moore or T.D. Jakes..to have people come from all over just to hear us preach.
Discerning women don’t want to hear pastors twist and sugar coat God’s Word to suit their own needs. The Bible is not about us, our problems, and making all our hopes and dreams come true. God is not our ‘genie in a bottle’ nor is He Santa Claus. We don’t want to hear seeker-driven or ‘Word of Faith’ false doctrine. We don’t need self-improvement motivational speeches or a list of life tips to follow. We want to hear a pastor rightly handle God’s word and simply present the truth of the word led by Holy Spirit. If Holy Spirit is not in control we don’t want to be there. Continue reading
Scripture Reference: 2 Kings 19:1-37
First Hezekiah got alone with God. His prayer was immediate. (verse 14). When Hezekiah received the threatening letter, he immediately spread it before the Lord. There was no thought of calling a committee, his best friend or seeking the advice of friends on Facebook; Hezekiah knew what to do, as did Elisha (2 Kings 4:33) and Nehemiah (Nehemiah 2:4) in similar situations.
God Himself bridged the chasm between God and man!
In the darkness of an eclipsed sun, (Luke 23:44,45 “It was now about the sixth hour, and darkness came over the whole land until the ninth hour, for the sun stopped shining.”) He and a Lamb stood in the Holy of Holies. He laid the Lamb on the altar of the cross. Not the lamb of a priest or Jew or a shepherd but the sweet, holy and pure Lamb of God. The angels silently cried and warm tears fell down on their face, the first human emotion they have ever experienced, as the blood of this precious sacrifice (God’s only Son, the Holy Lamb of God) began to fall. Where had dropped the blood of lambs, now dropped the blood of life. Which had once brought death now was giving life! Where each drop of blood fell….love blossomed! Hallelujah! Thank you Lord! Continue reading