Wednesday, 27 January 2016
Power up 1-27-16
WAIT what does wait mean anyway.
Well I think wait is a pretty common word don't you? I hear it a lot in counseling, but wait Pastor you don't know what I have been through or but wait Pastor you don't understand what that person has done to me. We do that a lot to God as well. But wait God you don't understand how hard my life has been. But wait God you do not understand all the pain I have gone through. I am of the opinion we have misused the word wait. In Isaiah 40 the people of Israel were having trouble connecting some of the things they were experiencing in life with the choices they had made. The Prophet Isaiah was telling them to wait on God. No not to complain or make an excuse but to really wait on God. Just read the following Scripture and then be prepared to wait.
"O Jacob, O Israel, (Put your name here) how can you say that the Lord doesn't see your troubles and isn't being fair? Don't you yet understand? Don't you know by now that the everlasting God, the Creator of the farthest parts of the earth, never grows faint or weary? No one can fathom the depths of his understanding. He gives power to the tired and worn out, and strength to the weak. Even the youth shall be exhausted, and the young men will all give up. But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength. They shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:27-31 TLB
WAIT Please take a moment today to be encouraged to wait. Wait is actually learning to agree with God and His plan and timing for your life. It does bring me pain when I see or hear of people getting hurt. The hardest thing for us to see is that even in the hurt Jesus was there. It is hard to understand because if Jesus is love why did He let it happen? Why did He not stop it? My friend today Jesus hurt when we are hurt, Jesus created you and I with our own free will. When we realize that maybe moments, days, weeks or years after the hurt Jesus desires to free us of the pain of that moment that is when freedom can begin. When we forgive we give up our right to justice in the situation and let Jesus do it in His timing. That is what the true meaning of wait is and then we join God in His timing not ours.
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There are some ways to learn how to wait. One begin today to thank God in the moment. Take moments out of your day to stop and thank God for the times you sense He is with you. Start a list daily of how God helps you and encourages you through out the day. This can become addicting in a good way. When this starts to happen you will be amazed at the people who will notice your joy.
Two ask Jesus to reveal to you who He is. Jesus is the one who takes the tired, worn out, weak, exhausted and the ones who want to give up and gives them strength, renews them.
Third wait on God's timing for situations in your life. Ask God show you His best plan for your life. Then be willing to join Jesus to enjoy the life of freedom and joy.
May God bless you and may you be encouraged as you wait on the Jesus with the freedom He gives.
Posted on 01/27/2016 7:59 AM by Pastor Dan
Wednesday, 20 January 2016
WHAT ABOUT LIFE?
Roe v. Wade Decided January 22, 1973
Bless the Lord, O my soul, And all that is within me, bless His holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget none of His benefits. Who pardons all your iniquities. Who heals all your diseases. Who redeems your life from the pit. Who crowns you with loving kindness and compassion. Who satisfies your years with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle. Psalm 103:1-5 NASB
Power Up this week is not a debate or written to discuss that decision forty three years ago this week. Power Up is written this week for a two fold purpose. To pray for our country as well as those who are hurting. My desire is to talk more about the second than the first.
The first is to pray for our country. This Friday is forty three years since Roe V. Wade and we are in great need for the message of God's forgiveness and grace. January is known as sanctity of life month and so we want to get the message out. This Friday we challenge you at home or your place of work would you take time to pray with family and co-workers that our country would be restored to a God centered country.
King David wrote what we now know as Psalm 103 and in that he called to God by realizing where his benefit of pardon, healing and redemption comes. These benefits brought David an awareness of God's love, kindness and compassion. My challenge in this week of Power Up is that you begin to pray for those who have lost a child from miscarriage or abortion. The power of your prayers can bring healing and hope to the lives of others. Please pray for the women who have been holding the hurt and pain of the loss of a child. If you know of someone like this pray and ask God to direct you, maybe you are the one to call or go pray with them. They may be in need of God's love, kindness and compassion. It is my heart and belief that God wishes to restore them. After a little more than 25 years as a Pastor, I have come to realize that abortion affects women of all ages in all aspects of life. If you are one of those women please read on.
It does not matter what your choice or decision was at the time of the abortion you still suffered a loss. The thought or idea that you can make a decision like this and it does not have any affect on your mind or heart is a lie. This loss carries with it pain and disappointment for years, even an entire life if you let it. Please do not carry this around with you any longer. Reach out to someone who can help you.
There is hope, there is healing, there is restoration and forgiveness
There are those who care and who understand the pain of loss and are willing to walk through this with you. The same blessing that King David is talking about is yours as well. If you need prayer or desire to find help please email us at 1Godofhope@gmail.com
Posted on 01/20/2016 7:08 AM by Pastor Dan
Wednesday, 13 January 2016
Forgiveness an extradition of a thought
Welcome to power up a weekly encouragement to grow you in your relationship with God and others.
Forgiveness an extradition of a thought
Our scripture for this week is 2 Corinthians 10:3-6
For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ, and we are ready to punish all disobedience, whenever your obedience is complete.
If you would like to learn more about forgiveness next month the first three Wednesday evenings we will be holding a forgiveness camp at our Barco campus, many people have been set free by the power of God through these camps. But may we get back to forgiveness an extradition of a thought. Extradition is simply the surrender of an alleged criminal usually under the provisions of a treaty or statute by one authority to another having jurisdiction to try the charge. Think about that for a moment, our verse this week says that we destroy our negative thoughts by taking them captive and putting them under the obedience of Jesus Christ. In the New Testament it is referred to an exchange program. You are getting rid of something to make room for something else. It is like going through your computer and erasing all those files you no longer want or need. So many times we think we have erased something on the computer but all we have done is deleted the shortcut that appears on the main screen, yet the program still exists on the hard drive of the computer. True forgiveness goes and erases that program completely. Here is the thing though, that program may have attached itself to other programs on the computer so that when you open another program you see traces or reminders of the program you thought you totally deleted. Right then and there it is time to say to self I may see a trace but I am not going to allow that thought or memory to draw me back to a time when that program existed. So we need to extradite that thought, get rid of it grab it and remove it. That is what forgiveness in Jesus Christ is all about. You see there are some verses that will help us today they come from Hebrews 12:1-2, and say this. "Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us" (By the way this means there are those around you that have struggled with this and are overcoming it as well) "let us also lay aside every encumbrance, and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God." Why would we fix our eyes on Jesus? I am glad you asked. Because Jesus is the authority who is able to try the charge. Jesus through the cross set up a treaty between God and you. When I capture a thought I can do nothing with it myself, my best effort is no match for that thought, and it will hound me and bother me until I give in to it again. But Jesus stands at the ready for an extradition of that thought. If I obey Jesus I can give Him that thought and in exchange He will give me a new and different thought. One that encourages me and challenges me to help others to the same thing I do. Please today start an extradition policy with Jesus. Find relationship at a local Church that will encourage your grow in Jesus Christ and with others you will never be the same. We are praying for you.
Posted on 01/13/2016 8:32 AM by Pastor Dan
Wednesday, 6 January 2016
New Years Resolution
Resolution what really does it stand for? The word resolution means finding an answer to a conflict. In and of itself it really sound like a cool word and something I can accomplish. Kudos for you to resolve a conflict in your life and I would like to encourage you in that process. To help you with that resolution may I remind you of a couple of things. The Apostle Paul in Romans 7 talks of his struggle with a resolution. He says the very thing I want to do, I don't do and the very thing I don't want to do that is what I do. Can you indentify with Paul? I can. There is a larger issue here that Paul would like for you and me to grasp. It was not about what he did or did not do, but it was about indentifying the correct issue to resolve. You see so often we look at a conflict to settle from the outside. In doing so we look at other people or situations as the conflict needing to be resolved. We are always trying to figure out how to change the situation or the other person. When that does not happen in our time frame or maybe not at all, then we get angry or give up. You see if we desire to resolve any conflict we need to resolve to look inside our self. Before I go on I would like for you to read Paul's resolve to settle this conflict within himself.
"There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace, because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so; and those who are in the flesh cannot please God. However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him. And if Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, yet the spirit is alive because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who indwells you. Romans 8:1-11
Will you please take into your heart and mind the same resolve that Paul did? Forgive your self first, stop condemning yourself for things in the past. I am not talking about just a short time out in accusing yourself of things in the past, I am talking about a one and done resolution. Forgive yourself and then forgive others. You may not be able to forget but you do not have to agree with the negative self-talk that comes after you receive forgiveness. The only way to not begin the negative self-talk is to ask God to fill that thought space in your mind and the feeling place in your heart with the power of His Holy Spirit. Now that is a real new year's resolution, are you bold enough to do that? I am praying for you.
If you would like to learn more about forgiveness we are holding a forgiveness camp this march here at New Life of Currituck.
May God bless you as you seek Him.
Posted on 01/06/2016 3:55 PM by Pastor Dan