Does God see you the way you see yourself spiritually?

Hi, spiritual family. Do you know what it means to be Laodicean? The Laodiceans were physically comfortable and thought they were spiritually with the program. The problem was that they saw themselves through their own eyes and not as God saw them. He saw them as spiritually blind, naked and poor.

Could there be a similar gap in how you see yourself and how God sees you? Does what matters to Him matter to you or do things matter to you as long as they fit within your comfort zone? For instance, take your thoughts and behavior about the election and Halloween. Do you think it’s okay to bash the candidates when that’s not something Jesus would do? Even though you know that Halloween in no way honors God and instead honors and celebrates the kingdom of darkness, death, witchcraft and satan and the demons, do you tell yourself that letting your kids or grandkids play dress up is harmless and is okay with God on that day?

God wants you to honor and love Him first. That means sometimes changing the way you think so that it falls within Godly parameters. Remember, scripture says that there are ways that seem right to us, but the end thereof is (spiritual) death. Be physically and spiritually safe and be blessed.

Proverbs 14:12 (NKJV)
12 There is a way that seems right to a man,

But its end is the way of death.

2 Timothy 3:1-5 (NKJV)
3 But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: 2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, 4 traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!

Jeremiah 5:25-31 (NKJV)
25 Your iniquities have turned these things away,
And your sins have withheld good from you.
26 ‘For among My people are found wicked men;
They lie in wait as one who sets snares;
They set a trap;
They catch men.
27 As a cage is full of birds,
So their houses are full of deceit.
Therefore they have become great and grown rich.
28 They have grown fat, they are sleek;
Yes, they surpass the deeds of the wicked;
They do not plead the cause,
The cause of the fatherless;
Yet they prosper,
And the right of the needy they do not defend.
29 Shall I not punish them for these things?’ says the Lord.
‘Shall I not avenge Myself on such a nation as this?’
30 “An astonishing and horrible thing
Has been committed in the land:
31 The prophets prophesy falsely,
And the priests rule by their own power;
And My people love to have it so.
But what will you do in the end?

 

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Be God’s instrument of blessing today and every day

Hi spiritual family. Do you live Matthew 25:31-40? Do you provide food, clothing and shelter for those who need? Do you do so on a regular basis like we are exhorted in James 1:27? Here in the US, we are a few weeks away from Thanksgiving, and many do contribute to a special meal for the homeless and those who don’t have the funds to buy what’s needed to celebrate. That’s wonderful, and I know God is pleased. But what about ongoing needs? Do you seek to help on a regular basis year round? If you do, you are God’s instrument of blessing to those “have not” souls. If you don’t, you can start now. Why not contact your local food bank or homeless shelter and find out what their most pressing needs are and supply those needs, say, on a monthly basis? God works through human instruments. May He work through you. Be physically and spiritually safe and be blessed.

Matthew 26:11a(NKJV)
11 For you have the poor with you always.

James 1:27 (NKJV)
27 Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.

Matthew 25:31-40 (NKJV)
31 “When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. 32 All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. 33 And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. 34 Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 35 for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; 36 I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’

37 “Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? 38 When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? 39 Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ 40 And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’

Proverbs 10:12b (NKJV)
12 Love covers all sins.

Matthew 22:37-39 (NKJV)

37 Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’

 

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How Ready are you for Christ’s Return in Power and Glory?

Hi, spiritual family. Time is short. Events worldwide point to Jesus returning soon in power and glory. Are you ready? Are you being and doing what He wants you to do and be? Are you being transformed daily by His love? Did you know that just like salvation is a lifelong process, being transformed by love is also a lifelong experience?

Did you notice Matthew 24 where it speaks of people going about the daily business of their lives and one is taken and the other is left? It is my fervent prayer that all who read these words will be among those taken and will be those to whom God opens the door to eternity for.

Spiritually, what is the business of your life? What is it that Jesus will find you doing and being? Will you truly be about the Father’s business like He was when He was among us? If you haven’t wholeheartedly focused on the spiritual, there is still time. May you all read and heed.

Be physically and spiritually safe and be blessed.

Matthew 25:31-40 (NIV)
31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.

34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

James 1:27 (NIV)
27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.

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Do you expect a miracle?

Romans 8:28(NKJV)

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

 

Matthew 6:33(NKJV)

33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

 

Spiritual family, life has its challenges, to be sure.  Sometimes we can look at our life’s circumstances and truly wonder how things will work out positively, for our benefit.  How do you respond to these situations?  Do you say “God has this” and mean it from the bottom of your heart?  Or do you worry?  Do you trust God to make good on His promises or do you try to figure a way out of circumstances on your own power?  In other words, do you expect the promised miracles in Romans 8:28 and Matthew 6:33?

 

Worry doesn’t change things.  It just stresses you out.  Only God can literally transcend the physical (that’s what miracles are) and work all things out for your good.  Do you truly believe that?  I pray that you do and expect God’s miracles every day.

 

Let’s pray:  Father God, thanks for Your promises in Your word so that I can move forward with my life no matter what is going on.  I know You have blessed me with the gift of faith, but there are times I still falter and have doubts.  Like the desperate dad wanting his son to be healed, I cry out to You, Lord, I have faith, increase my faith.  Help me to expect Your miraculous touch and provision in my life every day and grant me the spiritual eyes to recognize them.  In Jesus’ name, amen.

 

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Your will or God’s Will?

Hi, spiritual family. To you, what does it mean when you pray “Your will be done” to God? What if what you want so desperately doesn’t happen and the worst you can imagine does? What if God decides to take a person home instead of physically healing him or her? What if someone else gets that job or promotion that you so wanted? What if everything you had were no longer yours? Would you be like Job and say “the Lord gives and the Lord takes away, blessed be the name of the Lord”? Would your mind be so focused on God and your relationship with Him that you don’t sin like Job didn’t?

Some people look at how the scholars translated “now I repent in dust and ashes” to mean that Job sinned. Nothing could be further from the truth. That word in Hebrew means something like “now I get it!” All along, Job wanted to hear from God what happened and why. God granted his request in code form, and Job understood who was behind his troubles like it has been shown in the first few chapters of the book. Yes, I know this seems like a digression, but it isn’t really. Job indeed looked beyond the physical but not completely. He discounted the kingdom of darkness.

Have there been times when your trial got so intense, so hard, that you didn’t look beyond the physical? You just focused on your present circumstances and pleaded with God to deliver you. You didn’t sink into the water like Peter did when he focused off Christ and onto his surroundings, but you didn’t spiritually see what was going on. You just knew that things were bad, and you knew God could take them away if He wills. Like Job, you may have done nothing wrong and still had to deal with awful things.

Can anything separate you from God, His love and His will? Did you truly surrender all when you asked Jesus into your life as Lord and as Savior?

May God grant you spiritual sight. Be physically and spiritually safe and be blessed.

Matthew 6:9-10 (NKJV)

9 In this manner, therefore, pray:

Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
10
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.

 

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Pastor George’s encouraging word of the week 7/17/16

The news we have been hearing about the last few years shows a sharp increase in reports of violence and natural disasters. Not in the news very much is a sharp increase in the persecution of Christians including being martyered. Ahead of us is a time when Christians will be living in a world that is many fold worse than the one we live in today.

Matthew 24:6-13 (NKJV)

And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places.All these are the beginning of sorrows.

“Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. 10 And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. 11 Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. 12 And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. 13 But he who endures to the end shall be saved.

 

How can we be and do what is in God’s will for us? Will that be by our own human strengths and abilities? That will not even get us through the world we live in today much less the time of tribulation that lies ahead. Only by turning to our loving all-powerful God who is in us through the Holy Spirit can we be in His will to endure to the end. Remember what Jesus said to His disciples then and to us His disciples today,  in the last part of Matthew 28:20 …”I am with you always, even to the end of the age”Amen.  God is always ready, willing and able to be with us and intervene in our lives to strengthen us, guide us, teach us, protect us, provide for us so we can  endure until the end of our life or the end of the age when Jesus returns.

 

In His love and service,

Pastor George

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To my prodigal spiritual daughter

My heart broke when you told me you were far from God and decided to remain as you are now.  Somehow, you have become a Marxist.  Thing is, there is no God in Marxism nor is there real love.  One day, I pray you truly get that.

You are like Eve who believed lies from the kingdom of darkness.  Only God and His ways soothe and bring peace, happiness and joy.  One day, I pray you get that, too.

Like I will always love you, God will always love you.  You can choose to return to Him and resume right living.  You can choose to see truth for what it is and lies for what they are.  God does not make you change, but He does make you choose.  I pray you choose Him.

Do you remember the day you  said you were ready to pray the sinner’s prayer and ask Jesus into your life as Lord and Savior?  With joy, I welcomed you to our spiritual family.  With joy, I will welcome you back.  You might have given up on God, but He never gave up on you.

 

Romans 8:35, 38-39 (NKJV)

35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?  38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 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.

 

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