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Bruisin’ #5 – 24 kids, a humble request, eVANgelization & Holy Ghost B.O.

I am so excited about what God is doing in our church! Great things are happening. Yesterday we had 24 kids in children’s church. That is a new record for us. They had a great time too. It is the end of the quarter, and Sis. Kolej prepared a Jeapordy like game to help review the things that they have been taught. This last quarter focused on doctrine and Christian living. Those kids were answering correctly too, which shows that they have been listening.

I mentioned in a previous post how a couple of weeks ago, God filled a lady with the Holy Ghost on a Sunday morning.(That was the same morning when someone from a supposed church of satan left a desecrated Bible in front of our doors.)After service yesterday morning, she came up to my husband and said, “Pastor, I would like to humbly request that you would baptized me in Jesus’ name.” I know this is one of those things that is thrilling to the heart of a pastor. Today Linda will be having a Bible study concerning baptism, and next Sunday we will be baptizing her in that name above all names!

Last night during service, my husband let us know that God had answered a prayer request of ours. In my last post, I mentioned how we had need of a van, because we now have a whole passle(spelling?) of kids that want to come to church. God laid it on the heart of a pastor friend of ours in Georgia to have his church take up an offering for us. The offering that was received will be plenty for us to buy a good used van. Hallelujah! We are going to eVANgelize our community and bring more souls to the house of God!

Finally, we had a glorious service last night. There was just such an atmosphere of faith from the very beginning of service. Pastor preached on Whose Report Will You Believe. We had a tremendous move of the Holy Ghost, chock full of dancing in the Spirit, tongue talking, running the aisles, earnestly seeking God and praying with visitors. So many were truly ministered to and touched by the spirit of God. You know it’s a good service when everybody is commenting afterwards on how much they stink and how a shower is going to feel so good. :lol: LOL If you are not apostolic, you might not understand this, but I assure you, it happens. The best kind of B.O. to have is Holy Ghost B.O. which is brought on by giving our best in praise and worship.

So………………………………..take that, devil!!

 

 

Bruisin’ #4 – Blessings in spite of death

Last month, we had a good man from our church who was hit by a car while riding on his bike. He was on life support for a few days with no evidence of brain activity. His family made the decision to take him off life support, and he passed away a short time later. About a week later, we had a memorial service for Bro. Mike at our church. Among his family members that attended were his niece, Rebecca and her children. Rebecca talked to my daughter afterwards about her daughters coming to our children’s church, and arrangements were made to bring them to church the next Sunday. They have been coming every Sunday since that time! The 2nd or 3rd week they came, it was my turn to teach, and the lesson had to do with being a witness for Jesus. I gave all of the kids some invitations to pass out to their friends. These 2 girls were so excited about inviting people to church. The following Sunday, my daughter picked them up along with 2 of their friends. The 2 friends have been coming for the past 3 weeks. Last Sunday morning when they came, there was also a 19 year old young lady that wanted to come to church as well. God touched her in children’s church and she was crying and praying. The 19 year old girl wanted to come back for the evening service, so my daughter went to pick her up. I got a call from my daughter asking me if I could come by too, because there were more kids that wanted to come, and she didn’t have enough room in her car. I was on my way, but then I got a text saying that I did not need to come because transportation had been worked out. One of the girls that wanted to come actually came with her dad who stayed with her through the service. It just seems like the apartment complex where Bro. Mike’s great nieces live is a mission field.

We have a problem now, but I know it is not too big for God to solve. We need a van. Many of us are already using our cars to transport people, but a van would be ideal for bring kids to children’s church. Our church is praying and believing God to supply the need.

One of my favorite Scriptures is found in the book of Romans.

Romans 8:28

 

  And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

One of my prayers(and I know there were others that prayed this way too)concerning Bro. Mike’s passing is that God would bring something good from his death. Indeed He is! It is a good thing to have these new souls coming to the house of God, who otherwise, would not have been exposed to our church.(which preaches the truth!) So, take that devil!!

 

Bruisin’ #3 – Holy Ghost Ho Down!

First of all, if you don’t know what I am talking about when I say “bruisin'”, click here to get up to speed.

Usually the first person that arrives at church on Sunday mornings, is Sis. Kolej, our kid’s church coordinator. When she pulled up to church this morning, she found a beat up Bible propped up against the front door. Somebody had crossed out “Holy” on the front of it and wrote “satans”. There was writing throughout this Bible in black marker, and a lot of it was bad language. There was also some note attached to the Bible about whoever did this being from a church of satan down the street past the book store and something about them wanting to have a showdown with us. Later during the worship service, my husband told the church about this Bible that was found this morning and started talking about how the gates of hell shall not prevail against the church and how the Lord said he would give us power to tread upon serpents.(Luke 10:19 We prayed, praised and worshipped and went on to have a wonderful service.

We had a second time visitor named Linda that was in service with us. During testimony time, she talked about how the Lord had directed her to come back to our church. She lives about 40 minutes away but feels like God has spoken to her and told her that this is where she needs to come. The preaching of the Word of God was powerful this morning, and when the altar call was given, many came forward, including Linda. I was at the altar praying with another lady that was near Linda. After a season of prayer, I paused and looked over to where Linda was. I could hear her praying, and it definitely was not in English. She was speaking in tongues! She sounded so fluent that I thought perhaps she had already received the Holy Ghost and was just getting a fresh touch. However, as some folks were talking with her after service, she told us that she had never spoken in tongues before. Hallelujah!!! So take that, satan. Your kingdom is coming down!!

We also had 2 new visitors in kid’s church. Thank you, Jesus, for what you are doing at Cornerstone Pentecostal Church!! :-)

 

Bruisin’ #1

 

  “And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.” Romans 16:20 

 

This past Sunday night we had a very powerful service. The presence of God among us was so strong. There was also a tongues and interpetation given. The basic gist of the message was that God was telling us that He had heard our prayers and that satan would be bruised under our feet shortly.(just like this verse in Romans says).

A little over a month ago, a young mother began attending our church. Due to some allegations made against her by a relative, her 3 children were taken from her and put into foster care. With this going on, she has still been coming to church, and her, her mom and her dad have been in a home Bible study with my husband and I. This past Monday she had a court date to determine what would happen to her children. I am happy to report that her children are now back at home! Tonight is our weekly Bible study with the mom and her parents. While my husband teaches a Bible study to the adults, I will be teaching these 3 precious children. Thank you, Jesus!!

 

There you have bruising #1. I am believing God for more bruisings to follow. God has good things in store for His people!

 

I’m Expecting!

I’m expecting…………….

but probably not as you supposed.

I’m expecting that the 9 year old girl who received the Holy Ghost last night will be baptized in Jesus’ name on Sunday!

I’m expecting her parents to come and feel the touch of God in the service!

I’m expecting to have a good crowd in church on Sunday, some of them also being filled with the Holy Ghost with the evidence of speaking in other tongues!

I’m expecting that we will see even more baptized in Jesus’ name very soon!

I’m expecting God to work things out concerning our housing situation and my husband’s employment. I don’t know how He will do it, but I know that He will!

Doesn’t a woman in the natural have expectations for the child she is carrying before it is delivered? Nobody faults her for decorating the nursery, buying those cute little outfits and making arrangements for that new arrival.

So in the spiritual realm, I will prepare……………………

through praying

through fasting

through witnessing

through faithfulness

and through speaking my faith.

Yes, I’m expecting,

and I’m looking forward to seeing the birth of His promises!

 

He Knows Best!

God really does know best. Do we really believe that? I got this e-mail the other day from my sister-in-law that illustrates this point. The next time you or I are having a bad day or experiencing a series of events that we don’t understand, I pray the Lord will bring this to our minds.

 

Me: God, can I ask you a question?

God: Sure

Me: Promise you won’t get mad …

God: I promise

Me: Why did you let so much stuff happen to me today?

God: What do you mean?

Me: Well, I woke up late

God: Yes

Me: My car took forever to start

God: Okay

Me: At lunch they made my sandwich wrong & I had to wait

God: Huummm

Me: On the way home, my phone went DEAD, just as I picked up a call

God: All right

Me: And on top of it all, when I got home ~I just want to soak my feet in my new foot massager & relax. BUT it wouldn’t work!!! Nothing went right today! Why did you do that?

God: Let me see, the death angel was at your bed this morning & I had to send one of my angels to battle him for your life. I let you sleep through that

Me: (humbled) OH

God: I didn’t let your car start because there was a drunk driver on your route that would have hit you if you were on the road.

Me: (ashamed)

God: The first person who made your sandwich today was sick & I didn’t want you to catch what they have, I knew you couldn’t afford to miss work

Me: (embarrassed) Okay

God: Your phone went dead bcuz the person that was calling was going to give false witness about what you said on that call, I didn’t even let you talk to them so you would be covered

Me: (softly) I see God

God: Oh and that foot massager, it had a shortage that was going to throw out all of the power in your house tonight. I didn’t think you wanted to be in the dark.

Me: I’m sorry God

God: Don’t be sorry, just learn to trust me…. in all things, the good & the bad.

Me: I will trust you.

God: And don’t doubt that my plan for your day is always better than your plan.

Me: I won’t God. And let me just tell you God, thank you for everything today.

God: You’re welcome child. It was just another day being your God and I love looking after my children…

 

It’s So Easy To Believe God………

for other people’s “impossible” situations, isn’t it? I know there have been many times when I have said things such as “Trust God. He’ll make a way” or “I’m praying for you, and I know God will work something out.” I have been pondering lately why it seems so easy to trust God to move in somebody else’s difficult situation but it’s a little harder when it comes to trusting Him with our “Red Sea perplexities.”

A favorite portion of Scripture that I have leaned on through the years is found in Proverbs 3:5,6

 

“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”

I think sometimes it’s easier to trust God to move in other people’s situations because we don’t have a complete “understanding” of all the details involved in their trial. My husband shared a story a few years back that will illustrate the point I’m trying to make. One day he got a phone call from a lady who was attending our church, and she asked him if he could come and pray for her Uncle “Joe” who was very sick in the hospital. When he arrived in Joe’s room, several relatives were there who seemed pretty downcast, and Joe appeared to be sleeping. My husband talked to these people a few minutes, sharing with them some things that the Bible has to say about faith. Then he asked them to join hands with him and pray for Joe. He just said a simple prayer, asking God to heal Joe and give him a chance to come to church and hear the gospel,and when he was done, Joe woke up and asked for some water. Not wanting to be in the way of things, my husband quietly ducked out of the room and left. A short time later, he got a call from Joe’s niece who had asked him to come and pray. She began to tell my husband that her uncle had been in a coma for 3 days, the doctors had said that he wasn’t going to make it, and a Catholic priest had actually come by and given him last rites before my husband was there. She said it was a miracle that her uncle had woken up, and her family was very excited. Joe was released from the hospital a couple of days later and did end up visiting the church. When my husband was relating this story, he mentioned that he was glad he did not know the full extent of Joe’s condition, because he may not have had the faith to pray as he did. It was a blessing that he did not have that “understanding” of Joe’s condition.

I think too many times when it comes to our own personal impossible situations, we feel we know all the details, all the ins and outs, and that “understanding” can limit us from trusting God. Our family is facing one of those situations now with our house that looks impossible. It’s either a short sale or foreclosure. We just had someone make an offer on our house, so it looks like we’ll be able to avoid a foreclosure, but we still have the situation of finding a place to live that we can afford. With bad credit and an income that is not always consistent, things do not look good, but I am not going to lean on that “understanding”. I know that God is able to make a way where it seems there is no way, and I have these promises in His Word.

 

Psalm 37:25

 

I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.

 

Philippians 4:19

 

But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

So I am praying(and I’m thankful for many others that have said they would pray for us)and believing God that He has a plan, and He will take care of us. He always has!

 

 

 

Simeon’s Secret

Psalm 25:14

The secret of the LORD is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant.

Simeon had a secret. It was something that God had revealed to him. We don’t know exactly how God told him. Maybe it was a dream. Perhaps he heard and audible voice. The Bible does not say, but the Bible does tell us what God revealed to him.

 

Luk 2:25,26

 

And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him.

 

 

And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord’s Christ.

Simeon had a wonderful promise that before he died, he was going to see the Messiah. How thrilled he must have been on that day, when that which he was promised came to pass! Sometimes, oftentimes, we are called to wait on God to see our prayer requests and petitions brought to fruition. God has a time and purpose for everything, and He definitely had a time in mind when He planned to manifest Himself in the flesh.

 

Galatians 4:4

 

But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,

I love the lyrics to the following Christmas song. It almost sounds like it could be a prayer of Simeon put to song and then his marveling at having that prayer answered.

 

The Hand of Sweet Release

 

Come thou long expected Jesus,
Come illuminate the mysteries of life.
Come redeem us from the refuse,
Bring an end to endless suffering and strife.
Be the star that shines so brightly
That it draws our weary eyes to the sky,
to Heaven’s sky.
Dearest child of new beginnings,
Be the start of something beautiful, I cry.

 

There’s an end to all the waiting,
There’s an answer to the “who?” and “where?” and “why?” . . . tonight.
All the years anticipating,
Are surrendered to a tiny baby’s cry.
There’s a dawn to follow darkness,
There’s a face to fill the title, “Prince of Peace.”
What he promised, he delivered

I am saved by the hand of sweet release.

 

In this war I’ve been a captive,
Just a sinner seeking life and liberty.
But these hands that hold me tightly
Are the hands that set my shackled spirit free.
Blessed Jesus, meek and lowly,
You have come into my life and made it new,
Now I’m new.
Out of bondage into everlasting light,
I owe everything to you.

 

Words by Suzanne Jennings

 

Although it’s been many years since the time that God first came to earth in the form of a baby, we do have the promise that He is coming back again. 

 

Hebrews 9:28

 

 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.

 

Titus 2:13

 

Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;

 

1Jn 3:2,3

 

Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.

 

 

And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.

 

I believe many missed the first coming of Jesus, because, unlike Simeon, they weren’t looking for it. I’m sure many in his day studied the law and knew a lot about the Messianic prophecies, but I wonder how many were really looking for the Messiah and living their lives in a way(through prayer, devotion, dedication, obeying God’s Word)that said that they were longing and waiting for His coming?We many not know the day and the hour when Jesus is coming back, but just as He assured Simeon that He was coming the first times, so we have that confirmation through His Word that He is coming back.  May we have that spirit of Simeon where we live our lives in such a way that God knows that we are His and that we are waiting for His coming!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prayer’s Unpopular Sidekick

Fasting!

 

The Bible has a lot to say about it. It certainly isn’t emphasized or taught on as it should be. Do I look forward to doing it? To be honest, no I don’t. It is denying this flesh, which is always uncomfortable, but there certainly are benefits and blessings attached to it. Our church recently went on a 3 day fast(all those that were physically able), and I can see how God is blessing the sacrifice. There is a greater liberty in our services, and it seems people are responding more to the preaching and coming to the altar and being touched by God. It is wonderful to see! I’m no expert on the subject of fasting, but I just want to share a few quotes I came across that have some good information about it.

 

Fasting confirms our utter dependence upon God by finding in Him a source of sustenance beyond food.

Dallas Willard

Is fasting ever a bribe to get God to pay more attention to the petitions ? No, a thousand times no. It is simply a way to make clear that we sufficiently reverence the amazing opportunity to ask help from the everlasting God, the Creator of the universe, to choose to put everything else aside and concentrate on worshiping, asking forgiveness, and making our requests known-considering His help more important than anything we could do ourselves in our own strength and with our own ideas.

Edith Schaeffer

 

Prayer is reaching out after the unseen; fasting is letting go of all that is seen and temporal. Fasting helps express, deepen, confirm the resolution that we are ready to sacrifice anything, even ourselves to attain what we seek for the kingdom of God.

Andrew Murray

 

Fasting is important, more important perhaps, than many of us have supposed,… when exercised with a pure heart and a right motive, fasting may provide us with a key to unlock doors where other keys have failed; a window opening up new horizons in the unseen world; a spiritual weapon of God’s provision, mighty, to the pulling down of strongholds. (God’s Chosen Fast)

Arthur Wallis

 

In Shansi I found Chinese Christians who were accustomed to spend time in fasting and prayer. They recognized that this fasting, which so many dislike, which requires faith in God, since it makes one feel weak and poorly, is really a Divinely appointed means of grace. Perhaps the greatest hindrance to our work is our own imagined strength; and in fasting we learn what poor, weak creatures we are – dependent on a meal of meat for the little strength which we are so apt to lean upon.

James Hudson Taylor

 

Our greatest victories are won on our knees and with empty stomachs.

Julio C. Ruibal

 

When the devil, the foe and the tyrant, sees a man bearing this weapon [fasting], he is straight-away frightened and he recollects and considers that defeat which he suffered in the wilderness at the hands of the Saviour; at once his strength is shattered and the very sight of this weapon, given us by our Commander-in-chief, burns him.

Isaac of Syria

 

Do you have a hunger for God? If we don’t feel strong desires for the manifestation of the glory of God, it is not because we have drunk deeply and are satisfied. It is because we have nibbled so long at the table of the world. Our soul is stuffed with small things, and there is no room for the great. If we are full of what the world offers, then perhaps a fast might express, or even increase, our soul’s appetite for God. Between the dangers of self-denial and self-indulgence is the path of pleasant pain called fasting.

John Piper

 

 

God Honors Faithful Praying!

 

This is a repost of something I had written a few years ago. I pray it will be a blessing to you.

 

Have you ever prayed for something for a long time and have just grown weary of praying?  Have you ever prayed and asked the question, “God, when are you going to bring it to pass?”   I wonder if Cornelius ever felt this way.  The Bible describes the character of Cornelius in Acts chapter 10 and verse 2.

 

A devout man, and one that feared God with all his house, which gave much alms to the people, and prayed to God alway.

  I looked up the word “prayed” in this verse in Strong’s Concordance and the meaning was to beg, beseech or petition.  It appears there was something that Cornelius was desperately seeking God for, and he did it on a continual basis.  The Bible doesn’t tell us exactly what Cornelius was praying for, but it does tell us there came a day when an angel of God appeared to him and told him that God remembered all the times that he had prayed. 

Acts 10:3  He saw in a vision evidently about the ninth hour of the day an angel of God coming in to him, and saying unto him, Cornelius. Acts 10:4  And when he looked on him, he was afraid, and said, What is it, Lord? And he said unto him, Thy prayers and thine alms are come up for a memorial before God. 

 

 Although we may not know exactly what Cornelius prayed for, we do have the record of how God chose to answer his prayers.

 

 Act 10:5  And now send men to Joppa, and call for one Simon, whose surname is Peter: Act 10:6  He lodgeth with one Simon a tanner, whose house is by the sea side: he shall tell thee what thou oughtest to do. 

 

 Cornelius was told to send for Peter and that Peter would tell him what he needed to do.  Cornelius was about to have his Memorial Day!  In the meantime, God was preparing Peter to be the answer to Cornelius’ prayer as he showed him a vision and then sent 3 men to Peter who would escort Peter to the house of Cornelius.  (See Acts 10:7-24) 

 

After a brief discourse between Peter and Cornelius, Peter  begins to preach Jesus unto him.  While Peter was preaching to Cornelius and his household, the Bible records something wonderful that happened. Acts 10:44  While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word. Acts 10:45  And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost.  God’s spirit was poured out on Cornelius and those in his household that had heard the word of God preached.  They of the circumcision(in other words, the Jews)which were there with Peter were astonished because this was the first time that a non-Jew(Gentile)received the gift of the Holy Ghost.  How did these other Jewish men that were with Peter know that Cornelius and the others who were with them had received the Holy Ghost?  Verse 46 gives us the answer.

 

 Act 10:46  For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter,  

 

Notice though, that this is not the end, for this verse concludes with “Then answered Peter,”.    God still had more for Cornelius. Acts 10:47  Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we? Acts 10:48  And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days.

 

  What a glorious Memorial Day for Cornelius and his family!  If it was anything like the day that I was baptized in the name of Jesus and filled with the Holy Ghost, I know it was an awesome, unforgettable day.  I believe Cornelius’ prayers were answered in a far greater way than he ever expected.  God certainly honored the faithfulness of this man. 

 

 Is there something that you have been praying about for a long time?  Perhaps there is a loved one that you long to see come to God.  Maybe you are in need of a physical or emotional healing.  You may already have a relationship with God, but you are just desirous and so hungry for  more of Him.  May you be encouraged to keep asking, seeking and knocking.  God still answers prayer and He would love for there to be a  Memorial Day for you too! 

Memorial Day 

 

It’s coming – Memorial Day

 Cornelius, do not cease to pray

 Prayers sent up to God have been heard

  Every cry of your heart, each word. 

 

 Though answers may seem far away

   It’s coming – Memorial Day

   In faith keep on lifting your voice

   And soon you’ll have cause to rejoice. 

 

In our flesh we may groan, grow tired

   Let this grand thought keep you inspired

    It’s coming – Memorial Day

   In spite of the seeming delay. 

 

 Now brought to life, to fruition

    You have received your petition

   No longer do you have to say

   It’s coming – Memorial Day!

 
 
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