Be Encouraged

Exodus 14:13 – 14 And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will show to you today: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen today, ye shall see them again no more forever. The Lord shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.

The children of Israel were petrified when they saw the Egyptian army marching after them. With terror in their eyes, they cried out to the Lord to save them. The Lord in His grace and mercy heard the cry of His people and answered them. Unfortunately, they were very quick to complain to Moses about their situation. However, the Lord still answered them.

How often do we get upset and throw fits like two year olds when life does not go the way we plan. How often in our discouragement do we lose the joy of the Lord because our day is all in ruins because the rubbish did not go out, a plate was smashed, you had no ride to work, the baby won’t stop crying and there is no food in the cupboard. Stop; look at yourself and listen.

When the enemy is only one step behind you and the world is about to cave in, stop, pray and trust in the Lord. All these small things are foxes. Little foxes are what spoil the vine. If you let the little foxes get to you, then so will the enemy. Before you know it, you will have bigger problems than you did before. Let the Lord fight the battle, don’t try and do God a favor by fighting the battle yourself.

Do not try to do anything in your own strength, because I can guarantee that you will break, but if you put your hope and trust in the Lord, He will give you His strength, which is joy to endure the hardships. Through His strength, you can trample down the wiles of the enemy. Let Him take control and enjoy the ride of your life.

The Lord is faithful. He being the Lord God Almighty will not let you go beyond what you can handle. All He asks is that you believe and trust Him. He will not leave your side.

The Lord provided manna for the children of Israel when they had no food. He poured forth water from a rock. Surely our God who gives and takes away can provide for you this day. Do not be discouraged by the bills that come flying in like a roaring lion. Do not be discouraged because your day has not or is not going the way that it was supposed to. The Lord is in control of you and I. He is the author and the finisher of our faith.

 

 

Social or Spiritual

There are two kinds of religion that dominate the scene today: one, as we have mentioned, is social; the other is spiritual.

The spiritual church is on fire for God, preaching a complete Gospel – salvation, the Baptism of the Holy Ghost, the power to heal and deliver the power to break the yoke of bondage and live victoriously.

It’s up to you. You have to decide if you want life. You have to look things over and make a choice. If you want spiritual life, you’re going to have to get out of that graveyard, and go where you can hear the Word of the Lord.

Don’t let loyalty stand in the way. Many are so loyal to a place filled with dry bones, a graveyard. They wouldn’t dare leave that cemetery – because they like that social form. But there is something much better than being loyal to a cemetery that does you no good. Such a place is lullabying souls off to sleep. They slumber away from week to week, never hearing anything that will stir conviction in the heart and cause them to go deep with the Lord. You can loyally serve such a place unto the Lord comes – but you’ll find out that such Luke warmness won’t get you into the kingdom of God.

Revelation 3:16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of My mouth.

A lukewarm church is dead, to the extent that life is no longer moving in it. It is just form. It is make-believe, a conscience soother – making you feel you’ve done a good thing by just being there.

You have to reach the place where your loyalty is to God. You must serve Him where there is life, and where there is freedom and liberty in the Spirit.

The pastor who wants the fire – yet his people wants to stay in the valley

Sometimes, a pastor may have to move on, because his people want to remain in the valley of dry bones – while he wants the fire of God moving in his life.

I knew a pastor who had pastored a church that was bound in social form for years. One day the pastor was filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to go deeper with God.

Every time he wanted to stir his church to move on with God, the board would give him the same answer: Listen, we’ve done it this way for years, and we’re not going to change now! They’d been dead for forty years, and they weren’t about to come to life just because the pastor had a fresh touch from the Lord. They just didn’t want to hear the Word. They had no desire to go deeper with God.

Well, the pastor got so discouraged that he resigned and took up another pastorate, where he might move on with God, and where he could minister life unto hungry souls.

The army of God -

Ezekiel 37:9-10 Then said He unto me, Prophesy unto the wind, prophesy, son of man, and say to the wind, Thus saith the Lord God; Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live. So I prophesied as He commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood up upon their feet, an exceeding great army.

Let us understand that this message in Ezekiel is basically speaking of the restoration of Israel in the last days. The day is coming when Israel will be fully restored back to the spiritual splendor she once had with God. That day is coming into fulfillment now. And, as time goes on, we will see it fulfilled to the letter.

But this restoration also applies to the Gentiles. God wants to bring men and women out of the dry, barren places, and give them fullness of joy.

Let’s look at God’s remedy to this dry place:

Acts 2:15-17a For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day. But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; and it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of My Spirit upon all flesh . . .

When Ezekiel prophesied unto the wind, the wind moved and life was given: those dry bones became an exceeding great army. So it is when God pours out His Spirit upon those who let Him fill them to overflowing. The next thing you know, He is raising up a mighty arm of Spirit-filled believers to stand with Him.

Acts 2:17b . . . and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams

This is what is it like for those who have come out of the valley of dry bones. This is what we are seeing today. God is pouring out His Spirit, and the gifts of the Spirit are in operation in and through His people. He is fulfilling His Word – just as promised.

Acts 2:18 And on My servants and on My handmaidens I will pour out in those days of My Spirit; and they shall prophesy

God gives us something far greater than a social, dry religion! He lifts us into the realm of spiritual blessing, where He will pour out His Spirit and grant an enduement of power from on high – that these mighty works might follow us.

What is God’s answer to that dry, barren place? His answer is to really get saved, and then go on to be filled with the Holy Ghost. You have to come to the place where you rise up to claim the blessing of God, the place where you get down to business and seek God to fill you with the Holy Ghost.

God will certainly honour His Word. He will pour out His Spirit upon you, if you want Him to. You will be baptized with the Holy Ghost and speaking in other tongues. When God said He would pour out His Spirit on all flesh, that word ALL includes you, as well as anyone else who will open his life to Him.

Acts 2:38-39 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.

Here’s a promise for every believer. God promises to take you deeper. He will breathe His Holy Spirit into you, and fill you to overflowing.

Claim the promise by faith -

Matthew 3:11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but He that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: He shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire.

John the Baptist was testifying Jesus would come and baptize with the Holy Ghost, and with fire.

If you will enter in and seek out the Baptism of the Holy Ghost, Jesus will add this to your experience. Exercise your faith in the promise of God, and claim it for your own life. Press your way in – and He will fill you.

Then you can go forth in the army of God to conquer the enemy, and live a victorious Christian life where His works will be evident.

 

Hannah in the Bible

Hannah’s Faith “My heart exults in the LORD; my horn is exalted in the LORD, My mouth speaks boldly against my enemies, because I rejoice in Thy salvation.” (I Samuel 2:1). An animal with large horns is thought to be powerful and beautiful. Hannah speaks of her strength and confidence in the Lord by using this figure of speech. She had a very childlike, trusting faith; the exact kind of humble faith that Jesus said we all need (Matthew 18:1-4). She had patiently waited for years, praying for what she desired so very much. It was in the Lord’s hands, she knew, and during those bleak years of hope she never gave up. And then, after at long last having received of the Lord’s goodness, she remembered Him with gratitude. Her joy was enriched because Samuel was the product of the Lord’s power. She spoke boldly in the midst of those who would ridicule her, not being ashamed because the LORD was the God of her salvation. May we also enjoy the same exultation, boldness and joy in the Lord today, for He is also the God of our salvation!

Hannah’s Song

“My heart exults in the LORD; my horn is exalted in the LORD,

My mouth speaks boldly against my enemies,

because I rejoice in Thy salvation.

There is no one holy like the LORD, indeed, there is no one besides Thee,

Nor is there any rock like our God.

Boast no more very proudly, do not let arrogance come out of your mouth;

for the LORD is a God of knowledge, and with Him actions are weighed.

The bows of the mighty are shattered, but the feeble gird on strength.

Those who were full hire themselves out for bread,

but those who were hungry cease to hunger.

Even the barren gives birth to seven, but she who has many children languishes.

The LORD kills and makes alive; He brings down to Sheol and raises up.

The LORD makes poor and rich; He brings low, He also exalts.

He raises the poor from the dust,

He lifts the needy from the ash heap to make them sit with nobles,

and inherit a seat of honor; for the pillars of the earth are the Lord’s,

and He sets the world on them. He keeps the feet of His godly ones,

but the wicked ones are silenced in darkness; for not by might shall man prevail.

Those who contend with the LORD will be shattered; against them He will thunder in the heavens,

The LORD will judge the ends of the earth; and He will give strength to His king,

and will exalt the horn of His anointed.” (I Samuel 2:1-10).

30th Wedding Anniversary

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Sarv & Ann Sohal

Thirty years have come and gone

But your love still burns brightly

Children are all grown up

Now we are grandparents

Feeling happy & content

Old marriage just turned thirty

May the Lord Jesus be glorified

He kept us safe and together

Thank God for His promise

Let’s celebrate our marriage

Feeling young and sturdy

Old marriages just turn thirty

Thank God for His loving care

Happy Anniversary

September 15, 2014

Silver & Gold have I none

Peter and John went to pray:

they met a lame man on the way.

He asked for alms and held out his palms,

and this is what Peter did say:

“Silver and gold have I none,

but what I have I give to you.

In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth,

rise up and walk!”

He went walking and jumping and praising God,

walking and jumping and praising God.

“In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth,

rise up and walk.”

Composer Joseph M. Scriven Writes What a Friend We Have in Jesus

Irish born Joseph M. Scriven (1819-1896) was 25 years old, in love and to be married. The day before his wedding, his fiancé died in a tragic drowning accident. Heartbroken, Joseph sailed from his homeland to start a new life in Canada. While in Canada working as a teacher, he fell in love again and became engaged to Eliza Roche, a relative of one of his students. Once again, Joseph’s hopes and dreams were shattered when Eliza became ill and died before the wedding could take place. Although one can only imagine the turmoil within this young man, history tells us that his faith in God sustained him. Soon after Eliza’s death Joseph joined the Plymouth Brethren and began preaching for a Baptist church. He never married, but spent the remainder of his life giving all his time, money and even the clothes off his own back to help the less fortunate and to spread the love and compassion of Jesus wherever he went. Around the same time that Eliza died, Joseph received word from Ireland that his mother was ill. He could not go to be with her, so he wrote a letter of comfort and enclosed one of his poems entitled What a Friend We Have in Jesus. Many years later a friend was sitting with Joseph, as he was very ill. During this visit, the friend was very impressed when he ran across his poems, including What a Friend We Have in Jesus. As a result of this visit, almost 30 years after his letter of comfort to his mother, Joseph’s poems were published in a book called Hymns and Other Verses. Soon thereafter, noted musician Charles C. Converse (1834-1918) put music to one of those poems: What a Friend We Have in Jesus. Well-known musician and revivalist Ira D. Sankey (1840-1908) was a great admirer of Joseph Scriven. In 1875, Sankey came upon the music and words for What a Friend We Have in Jesus. He included it as the last entry into his well-known publication Sankey’s Gospel Hymns Number 1. After Joseph Scriven’s death, the citizens of Port Hope, Ontario, Canada, where he gave so much of himself, erected a monument to his life. The seemingly sad and obscure life of one man resulted in so many lives being uplifted, both in his own time, and for many years after whenever the beautiful and comforting words of What a Friend We Have in Jesus are sung.

What a Friend We Have in Jesus

What a Friend we have in Jesus,all our sins and griefs to bear!

What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer!

O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear,

All because we do not carry everything to God in prayer.

Have we trials and temptations? Is there trouble anywhere?

We should never be discouraged; take it to the Lord in prayer.

Can we find a friend so faithful who will all our sorrows share?

Jesus knows our every weakness;take it to the Lord in prayer.

Are we weak and heavy laden, cumbered with a load of care?

Precious Savior, still our refuge, take it to the Lord in prayer.

Do your friends despise, forsake you? Take it to the Lord in prayer!

In His arms He’ll take and shield you; you will find a solace there. Blessed Savior,

Thou hast promised Thou wilt all our burdens bear May we ever,

Lord, be bringing all to Thee in earnest prayer.

Soon in glory bright unclouded there will be no need for prayer Rapture, praise and endless worship will be our sweet portion there.

Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.” ( John 15:13)

 

Victorious Living Through Christ

Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.” 1 Corinthians 15:57-58

“I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” Galatians 2:20

“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. For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are saved and among those who are perishing. To the one we are the aroma of death leading to death, and to the other the aroma of life leading to life.” 2 Corinthians 2:14-16

“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

“Lord, it is nothing [not too hard] for You to help, whether with many or with those who have no power; help us, O Lord our God, for we rest on You.”  2 Chronicles 14:11

Blessed are You, Lord God of Israel, our Father, forever and ever. Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, the power and the glory, the victory and the majesty; For all that is in heaven and in earth is Yours; Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and You are exalted as head over all. Both riches and honor come from You, and You reign over all. In Your hand is power and might; In Your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all.” 1 Chronicles 29:10-12

“Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.       “For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin.  For he who has died has been freed from sin. Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him.  For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:4-11

“Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves… [W]hen they deliver you up, do not worry about how or what you should speak. For it will be given to you in that hour what you should speak; for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you.” Matthew 10:16, 19-20

If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? … Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:31-39

“Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.” Hebrews 2:14-15

“For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome. For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world— our faith. Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?” 1 John 5:3-5

“Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed— in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.  For this corruptible must put on in corruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible has put on in corruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: ‘Death is swallowed up in victory.”      “‘O  Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?’ The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law.  But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Corinthians 15:51

“I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, ‘Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.” Revelation 12:10-11

“And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”   “Then He who sat on the throne said, ‘Behold, I make all things new.’ And He said to me, “Write, for  these words are true and faithful. And He said to me, ‘It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts. He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son.” Revelation 21:4

 

COLD, LUKEWARM OR HOT

“I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.”

Revelation 3:15-16 (KJV)

 I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other!  So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth. (NIV)

You Are Cold

 You reject the idea that there is truly a personal God, and you live your life entirely for yourself.

This makes you a wild ass, because you are unruly, earthly oriented, and craving every green thing!

A merit for this choice is that sin does provide its own short-term, pleasurable rewards (Heb 11:25).

Denying God’s existence should result in total lasciviousness, since you are all that counts on earth!

 

1. God’s laws should all be denied, since they are just a reminder that others believe He truly exists.

2. Man’s laws should all be denied, since they are to limit your pleasurable exploitation of others.

3. This position is consistent only to the extent men dedicate themselves to unrestrained sin always.

4. Any restraint imposed other than self-preservation can be traced to God or a godly conscience.

 

This category is made up of those who show no interest in the things of God or religion (Ps 36:1-4).

Being cold is worshipping false gods (Jos 24:14-15; I Kgs 18:21; Ezek 20:39; Hos 4:17; Am 4:4-5).

God compares these unreasonable men (II Thess 3:2) to the beasts without faith (Psalm 49:6-20).

The cold man is single minded with affection only for himself and the things of this earthly life.

The cold man does not make a pretense to be religious; he is simply dedicated to his own happiness.

 You Are Lukewarm

 You profess that God and Christ truly exist, but you live a compromise between them and yourself.

You are worse than a wild ass, because you have chosen a course that totally denies true satisfaction!

This is the choice and course Jesus Christ hates the most, for it is profaning His glorious name: He hates hypocrisy, and He fought it among the Jews His whole ministry and warned His apostles.

But you are acceptable to the world! Because this is how most men live their miserable little lives!

 1. Most men make this perverse choice. Few choose either extreme. Most men are but hypocrites!

2. And you are compatible with the carnal Christian compromise of these perilous times by having a form of godliness but not giving it any authority and loving pleasures more than loving God!

3. And you are seeker sensitive … watering down God and truth to keep the wild asses happy!

3. We have all watched many that have professed Christ, but very few of them truly live like it!

4. Many profess Christ, are baptized, and attend church but never pursue Christ with holy passion.

 You Are Hot

 You believe God does truly exist, and you live your life according to the word of God in the Bible and depend on the Holy Spirit. Very few men in the world’s history have lived in agreement with this assumption (Ezek 22:30).

 1. Consider how God commended Moses, Samuel, Noah, Daniel, and Job (Jer 15:1; Ezek 14:14).

2. Consider the failures of Lot, Samson, Eli, Solomon, Jehu, Hezekiah, and many, many others.

 Proper view or vision of God will do much to initiate or encourage this assumption (Isaiah 6:1-8).

 1. Job got right ready to humbly submit, after God came and talked for a few chapters (Job 33-41)!

2. Nebuchadnezzar, the greatest wild ass of all time, got humble and reverent before God (Dan 4)!

3. The whole combined crowd of angels and men in heaven give God and Christ glory (Rev 4-5)!

4. Let God’s word in select places quickens you to this choice (Isaiah 2:6-22; 40:12-31; Nahum 1).

5. Emphasize God’s judgments (Ps 9:16; Ex 14:31), sovereignty (Eccl 3:14), and glory (Ex 20:20).

6. Take the time to commune about such knowledge (Psalm 4:4) and glory in it (Jeremiah 9:23-24).

7. Beg God for Holy Spirit power in your inner man to be filled with His fullness (Eph 3:14-19).

 Paul made this assumption when He met Jesus Christ: he counted all things but dung (Phil 3:7-11).

This assumption rightly made will create great zeal for the Lord (Gal 4:18; II Kgs 10:16; Dan 10:32).

The hot man is single minded with affection only for Christ and righteousness (Ps 73:25-26; Jas 4:8).

The hot Christian does not have a problem reading, praying, and singing; they are the joy of his life.

 

 

 

Victory in Christ

No more need fear, and no more need doubting,

No more need pride control in my life.

I may be free from all condemnation,

I can have victory now in the strife.

 

I take the life of victory,

Not I, but Christ Himself in me;

He conquers now, He sets me free;

I take, He gives—the victory.