Sunday March 6, 2011

What sin particularly blocks the flow of kingdom power?

Lack of forgiveness blocks access to the kingdom and to its marvelous power.

See the parable of the unmerciful servant, Matthew 18:21-35; also Matthew 6:5-15 and Mark 11:22-26.

The first person you probably have not forgiven is yourself.

More people lack forgiveness toward themselves than toward anybody else.

They are unwilling to forgive themselves and to recognize that God says, “As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us” (Ps. 103:12).

If you are a believer, He has already cleansed your conscience from dead works so that you might serve the living God. God cleanses us for service in order not to leave us with the guilt of past sin. That should be dead, buried, and forgotten.

The second person we have to “forgive,” if we have bitterness, is God Himself.

There are people who blame God because a child died, because a husband ran away, because they have e been sick, because they have not had enough money. Consciously or unconsciously they think all of these things are God’s fault. You must ask yourself, “Am I blaming God for my situation?”

The third person you must have to forgive is a member of you family. You have to get rid of resentment, especially toward those closest to you.
Finally, there has to be forgiveness for anybody else who has ever done anything against you.

It may be that your resentment is justified. The person may have done a very evil, terrible thing to you. You may have every legal and intellectual right to hold a grudge and the hate that person.
But if you want to see kingdom life and power flow in your life, it is absolutely imperative that you forgive.

Be a blessing to another today,

Love in Christ, Pastor Louise

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Saturday March 5, 2011

The Word for today is found in Ephesians 2: 8-10

V8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God. V9 Not by works, so that no one can boast.V10 For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

Grace says that God did all the work and all you need to do is accept the free gift that he has for you by faith. God did not need or want your help in attaining your salvation, and you could not have done anything even if you had wanted to.

There are those who think that if they do enough good works, God will accept them and they would be saved. Your self-righteousness is as filthy rags to God (Isaiah 64:6). It is not your sin that is keeping you from being saved; it is the acceptance or rejection of Jesus. After you are born again, Jesus will clean up your flesh.

Works are not to gain favor with God. They are a result of the Grace that has been extended toward you.

But, faith without works is dead, because works is the outward expression of the faith that is in your spirit (James 2:20). The world cannot see your faith, for it is of the spirit. But they can see your works which are a product of your faith.

Walk in the spirit today and you will not fulfill the lust of the flesh.

Love, Pastor Louise.

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Friday March 4, 2011

The Word for the day is found in 2 Corinthians 2: 14, 15.

14 Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place. 15 For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing.

The world is looking for winners and too many Christians allow the problems and defeats in their lives to be the fragrance they give off.

You need to be stable in these troubled times, and you cannot develop the roots you need outside of your study in the Word.

I love perfume and am very picky what I chose to wear. I remember going on a date once and asked the boy I was out with if he liked my new perfume. He said he liked water if he was not drowning in it. We can overwhelm people if we wear our fragrance incorrectly.

Some people feel they have been spiritually overwhelmed, yet at other times they cannot tell if we have any fragrance on at all.

One of the best ways to wear your fragrance is to have the joy of the Lord when all around you is falling apart. That will get others’ attention faster than anything.

By the way my favorite perfume is called JOY, and I still wear it today.

Love in Christ, Pastor Louise.

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Thursday March 3, 2011

The Word for today is found in Psalm 62:2, 6-8

2He only is my rock and my salvation; he is my defense; I shall not be greatly moved. 6He only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defense; I shall not be moved. 7In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God. 8Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah.

David said several times that God is his only salvation and his defense.

Are you looking to God as your defender, or to your own flesh?

David understood the covenant he had with God, and that God would always uphold his end of the covenant.

We need to have the same kind of revelation in our hearts of what God is willing to do for us, and then rest in the finished works of Jesus.

If you want to fight your battles then God will let you, but I can assure you that you are no match for Satan. If you stay in the Spirit, then you will defeat him every time. But get in the flesh, and he will take you down.

As you understand the authority and the weapons that God has given you in the name of Jesus, you will not be moved. Paul said when you have done all the Word said to do, then stand and rejoice in the victory that is assured you.

Be of good cheer today, for if God is for you, then who can prevail against you?

Love in Christ, Pastor Louise

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Tuesday March 8, 2011

The Word for today is found in Matthew 10: 34-38

V34 Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. V35 For I have come to turn “a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law, V36 a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household. V37 Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; 38 Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.

Although Jesus Christ is called the “Prince of Peace”, and truth must always be proclaimed in love, there is a sense that his coming and the proclamation of the gospel will bring division, and this will come about intentionally.

Faith in Christ separates the believer from the sinner and the world. The proclamation of God’s Word and its truth will bring opposition, division and persecution.
A life lived according to Christ’s righteous standards will bring ridicule and scorn.

The defense of the New Testament Apostolic faith against heresy will bring division.

Chose this day who you will serve; as for me and my family we will serve the Lord.

Be a blessing, Pastor Louise

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Monday March 7, 2011

The Word for today is found in Luke 10:38-42

V38 Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house. V39 And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus feet and heard His Word. V40 But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.” V41 And Jesus answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. V42 “But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.”

I am speaking to women in general now, women who spend so much time doing busy work and never sit at the feet of Jesus. They are either running children from place to place, or chairing this or that. They do really good things, but what does it amount to in the end if you do not have a full knowledge of the Word in your life?

Doing good things (“works” in the language of Scripture) will not bring you stability in hard times, nor will they count for eternity.

The things we invest in spiritually by the study of the Word and prayer is what really counts with Jesus.

I cannot help others to obtain the really important things in life if I have not myself sought knowledge and understanding.

Proverbs says that to obtain knowledge and get understanding is better than getting silver and gold.

We all need to take the clutter out of our lives and sit our flesh down to study the Word.

Then you will build a foundation that will last for all eternity. It will take some real will power because your flesh would rather do busy work than to study the Word.

Study, that you will be a workman who will speak the truth and not be ashamed (2 Timothy 2:15).

Love in Christ, Pastor Louise

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Wednesday March 2, 2011

The Word for today is found in James 4:13-15

13Come now, you who say, Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a city and spend a year there and carry on our business and make money.
14Yet you do not know [the least thing] about what may happen tomorrow. What is the nature of your life? You are [really] but a wisp of vapor (a puff of smoke, a mist) that is visible for a little while and then disappears [into thin air].
15You ought instead to say, If the Lord is willing, we shall live and we shall do this or that [thing].
(Amplified Bible)

I remember so well all the times I used to get up in the mornings and never give the Lord the time of day: All the things I would plan for that day and the weeks ahead and never think to ask him if that is what he wanted me to do.

It was a self-centered, proud attitude that said I knew more than God, and I really did not need to check in with him at all. Of course when everything fell apart, then, boy, did I find time for God, but by then I was so deep in the muck that I could hardly find my way out.

God gives us each new day and we should start each morning rejoicing in it. Spend time with your Father and let him know how much he really means to you, and then spend more time listening to what he has to say than what you have to say. It will make your day so much better, and you can avoid the potholes that Satan has set up for you.

Seek God’s will for your life each and every day, for it is not you that lives but rather Christ who lives in you, and gave his life for you.

Be a blessing and pass the good news on to someone else today.

Love in Christ, Pastor Louise.

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Tuesday March 1, 2011

The Word for today is found in 2 Corinthians 4:8-11

8We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; 9Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; 10Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body. 11For we which live are always delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.

Does this sound like your life at any time in the past couple of years?

If so, then do not give up on yourself or God. Paul went through terrible afflictions and persecution, and he never lost his confidence or Joy. Jesus said if they persecuted me, they will surely persecute you.

Jesus told his disciples to get into the boat and they would go to the other side. He knew there was a storm coming and still went to sleep while his disciples worried themselves into a tither.

Storms are going to come, but God promises to always take you to the other side. How do I know? Because I read the Word.

Verse 10 speaks to the dying to self that we all need to do. I no longer belong to me, Louise. I am now a willing servant to Jesus, and as a servant His will comes first in my life.

I go where he tells me to go, I do what he tells me to do, and I say what he tells me to say. I have chosen to decrease so Christ can increase in me.

Verse 11 speaks to the crucifying of your flesh for the sake of the gospel.

It is your choice, but God has made it possible for you to put your flesh, or outward man, under the authority of the Word of God.

That is the only way one can develop a holy and sanctified life before God.

It is a day by day experience, but the Holy Spirit will come along beside you and take hold of you to be the person God has called you to be.

Stay with it and do not become discouraged when you do miss it, for we all do. Just get back up and keep pressing on.

Love in Christ, Pastor Louise

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Monday February 28, 2011

The Word for today is found in John 16:13-14

13Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. 14He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.

First off I would like to say that the Holy Spirit can only show you what you have taken in. He brings the Word back to you. If you do not study, then he has very little to bring back to your remembrance. The Holy Spirit always works in direct line with the Word.

He will also give you revelation knowledge of the Word. The Word is spirit revealed and you cannot process it in you limited mind.

God speaks to the Holy Spirit, the Holy Spirit speaks to your spirit, and then you receive it. That is pretty simple, so do not make it harder than it is.

If you will learn to listen to the Holy Spirit he will reveal to you upcoming events in your life. People could avoid a lot of bad things if they just learn to hear what the Holy Spirit is trying to tell us. He not only tells us things we need to be careful about, but he also want to give you a heads up on good things.

He is a great teacher and a comforter at all times. We do not need to run all over the place trying to get answers when we have the truthgiver living inside of us.

Don’t be like my Chihuahua, Weava, who runs in circles, screams and barks when in trouble. We can do better than that.

Love in Christ, Pastor Louise.

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Sunday February 27, 2010

The Word for today is found in Psalms 119:57-60 and 63-64.

57 Thou art my portion, O LORD: I have said that I would keep thy Words. 58 I intreated thy favour with my whole heart: be merciful unto me according to thy Word. 59I thought on my ways, and turned my feet unto thy testimonies. 60 I made haste, and delayed not to keep thy commandments.

63 I am a companion of all them that fear thee, and of them that keep thy precepts. 64 The earth, O LORD, is full of thy mercy: teach me thy statutes. (KJV)

Notice in these verses how many times David said I (he) would do something. We are not waiting on God to do something, but God is waiting on us to respond to what he has already done for us.

It is up to you and me to purpose in our hearts to keep his Word all the time, and not just when it seems convenient. That means that when we are around people who are not believers, we are not to shy away from being who we really are. Those are the times when your true colors will show.

Take a good look at yourself, examine yourself, and then deal with what does not line up with the truth of the Word.

Be sure that your thoughts are pure, for Jesus said sin starts in your thoughts. What you think and dwell on will eventually be played out in your life in one way or another.

David said he was careful who he spent quality time with. You hang out with those who are not walking in line with the Word and they will take you down. That means unbelievers and believers. We are not to separate ourselves from the world, but we are not to fellowship with the world.

Go find someone you can be a blessing to today and spread the joy around.

Love in Christ, Pastor Louise.

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