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December 19, 2014, 9:00 AM

Self Examination Time


Take a look inside! Is it really everyone else's fault or do I need to make some adjustments in my walk with Christ? Too many times we allow "little" things to eat away at our relationship with Him. Those "things" diminish our time invested in personal devotion (or its effectiveness) and therefore drives us further from His presence (when you don't pray, you will stray). The molehill looks like a mountain; the sprinkle feels like a downpour; the "no" looks like rejection; change feels like a challenge; and hope is replaced by hurt. Today, purpose in your heart to seek ye first the kingdom of God — let Him work! When we are led by our feelings, failures, or frustrations, we find ourselves in the realm of spiritual rejection and resentment. When we are full of the Spirit, we can be led by the Spirit, and we shall return in the power of the Spirit; no matter what the temptation or test (Luke 4:1-14). So, today, I challenge you to spend time in prayer and praise, and release the potential of His promises in your life. Don't let the enemy win; Christ is worth fighting your flesh for! Go and have a God day... 




October 23, 2014, 11:00 AM

The Importance of Discipline


 

 

The word disciple comes from the same root word that discipline comes from.  If we are going to be true disciples of Christ, we must learn discipline-bring our flesh under subjection.  2 Corinthians 7:1 says, "Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God."  This means we can't sit back and expect the Holy Ghost to do it all;  we must cleanse ourselves and make ourselves presentable to the Bridegroom.  How do I work on cleansing or subjecting my flesh to the spirit?  Prayer, fasting, study of the Word, and faithfulness to His house of worship are many wonderful ways we can more effectively cleanse ourselves and exercise control over our desires, thoughts, emotions, and behavior; then the Holy Ghost and work in us without interference. I want to be used of God in these last days.  To see that happen, I must be "Christ-like" in all my ways.  Help me Lord!




October 23, 2014, 11:00 AM

From the heart of Pastor


Finding sleep hard to come tonight; so, instead I am redeeming the time by praying for many in TAS who need to make some fresh commitments. We are close to the end and now is the time to put the shoulder to the wheel and give God what is right, not what is left! It is harvest time...

 

I wonder how many souls God wants to reach through you? How many opportunities are you missing because of your lack of dedication to the cause? Time is running out; what you will do for Him, you MUST do now!

 

Let's take a fresh look at Calvary and the sacrifice that bought our redemption; can you do less? Should we not give our all? Is there not a cause, a need, a reason for us to pray, fast, witness, worship, and be faithful?

 

Start seeing souls, instead of just a crowd of people. It is time to allow a passion for lost humanity to drive us to our knees; to cause us to be broken with compassion and lead by His Spirit in the mission that is possible!

 

TAS, we need to wake up and see what God is showing us! We aren't filled with His Spirit to cruise in; we are filled to be a witness! It is time to be the light to a dark world.

 

Whose life could you change, if you let Him change yours? Time is running out and we don't seem to have time for His work; something is seriously wrong with that. Lord, help us get our priorities in proper order...God must be first in all we do!

 

Get ready for a tremendous reaping of the harvest.  Don't be amazed at who God uses to facilitate revival and don't be shocked at who God brings in.  This is our hour, let's rise with Apostolic authority and take back our families, homes, schools, workplace, cities...let's "be church" and allow His church to grow by leaps and bounds! 




October 23, 2014, 11:00 AM

Lovest thou me (yourself)?


It will come as a surprise to some people, that according to Scripture (Mark 12:31; Ephesians 5:28), we are to love ourselves. It is God's will for us to do so, because we cannot love others until we learn first to love ourselves; we must possess self-esteem and self-respect, in the confines of His Word. The self-esteem or self-respect that is spiritually, physically, and mentally healthy for us begins with an awareness that God loves us; and He doesn't make junk! Come on, we all know that many of the dark and devious sins of this world are committed by people who have lost all respect for themselves. When you truly have a healthy self-image, when you can accept yourself as you really are, and as God sees you, then you will be free to forget yourself and reach out to others with the love of God. I know this sounds like a paradox? Nevertheless, it is true. When we lack self-esteem and self-respect, we are too preoccupied with our own feelings and guilt to really think of others. His Word is clear, as we are called, according to Acts 1:8, "...to be witnesses unto me (Jesus Christ)..." So, pray for God to help you "fall in love" with who He created; bring your flesh under subjection, and allow His Spirit to mold you into His likeness. Remember, "God so loved the world (you in your state of imperfection) that He gave His all!" So, you must give your all to Him in return...



October 23, 2014, 9:00 AM

I'll take the change


I absolutely love this time of year with the changing of the colors, the falling leaves, and the crisp air. Yes, I know it also is a stark reminder that winter is right around the corner. However, it also reminds us that change is part of life. My hair, my weight, my eyesight, my energy, and my stamina have all changed over time; I certainly am not as energetic as I was at 27. The bible says that time and chance happens to us all; but what we do, determines the final product. As we place our lives, dreams, past, and future in His Hands, we are assured He orders our steps and controls our destiny. In 1 Kings 2 it says, When David’s time to die approached, he charged his son Solomon, saying, “I’m about to go the way of all the earth, but you—be strong; show what you’re made of! Do what God tells you. Walk in the paths he shows you: Follow the life-map absolutely, keep an eye out for the signposts, his course for life set out in the revelation to Moses; then you’ll get on well in whatever you do and wherever you go. So, as we transition from summer to fall and fall to winter, remember we are also changing from who we are to what He wants us to be. Don’t be afraid of change, just trust in the One who is leading and guiding you into all Truth. 

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