lørdag 8. juni 2019

You Can’t Out Give God

Guest Author; Missionary, Ed Tilley

You Can’t Out Give God

Proverbs 11:24 There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth; and there is that withholdeth more than is meet, but it tendeth to poverty.
:25 The liberal soul shall be made fat: and he that watereth shall be watered also himself.

(The Living Bible) 11:24-25 It is possible to give away and become richer! It is also possible to hold on too tightly and lose everything. Yes, the liberal man shall be rich! By watering others, he waters himself.

I’ve lived my life experiencing the blessings of God on our lives! Through all the years of serving Him we have seen that by giving to the work of the Kingdom Of God that He in return blesses us more abundantly. Our son, Shane asked as a young teen if he could have a missionary to support. He never failed all those years to not only support the missionaries, but was blessed in other ways. 

If you are in financial difficulties the way out is through giving to the work of God! Join us in receiving/sharing His blessings!

torsdag 6. juni 2019

Davids song (By Pastor Mike Dobbs)

A lone soldier walks down the long palatial corridor. Only the sound of his bronze armor clinking together in cadence with his military stride breaks the silence of the early morning. He pauses for a moment to listen in front of the massive cedar doors of the royal quarters.   He hears the gentle, melodic tones of the royal harp and the voice of King David as he sings to the God of Israel. The king is already up! The soldier rushes away to let the rest of the servants know to get ready for the day.

Inside the royal chamber, a lone figure in plain white linen leans over his old harp and sings before the window.  As usual, he is in the company of his two most dear and faithful friends. His God and the harp he saved up to buy when he was just a teenager- his constant comforting companion! His voice quivers from the emotion evoked by the unmistakable presence he feels in the room. He peers out of the lattice window and watches the sun slowly rise over the Judaean hills, lighting the sky with a myriad of vivid colors of the morning.
His masterful fingers pluck the strings of the harp, and with eyes tightly shut, he sings to the unseen guest in his room! He sings to the One who believed in him when he couldn't believe in himself. He sings to the One who was his Father during the years his earthly father rejected him and treated him as a lowly slave. He sings to the One that his mother told him about as a little child: "He will never leave you or forsake you!" He sings to the One who delivered the mighty Goliath into his hand and kept him unharmed for the many years he was hunted by his father-in-law, King Saul. His song· is intimate and from the very depths of his heart. He understands that his tears do not indicate weakness but ultimate dependence upon his God. His God is the king, and he is just the chief shepherd over God's people! He sings as his soul searches out direction and wisdom from the One in the room. He sings to the Lord, asking Him to order his steps and give him direction to lead the nation. He sings of the past victories God has given His people, and his praises echo off the cedar beams and resound through the halls of his stately palace.
As the sun rises higher in the sky, his voice is no longer a whisper but his voice begins to crescendo with the morning, and the palace of David becomes a source in the earth of heartfelt praise to the God who made it. His song rings through the halls of heaven and falls upon the ear of the Great Creator of All Things, the Ancient of Days. All of heaven is impacted by the sound of one man who has chosen to begin his day with a song of praise! The Almighty raises His hand for the angels to silence their continual song of adoration. All of Heaven stands and listens in rapt attention to the voice of this lowly mortal as he sings of his love for his God!
No wonder David was a man after God's own heart.   No wonder God would later choose to come in the form of a man from the lineage of David. How could God ignore such a man who so desired to be in His presence?  David gave his God the thing He wanted most, attentive love and affection. David provided a place for his God to dwell in his praise and worship! Somehow David realized the Tabernacle and its religious ceremonies of sacrifice was just a temporary substitute of what his God really desired. So he sang and wrote songs so others could sing. His psalms are still an inspiration and an example to us all, of how we can have an intimate relationship with God that is possible through heartfelt praise and worship. David met God every morning with a song and a praise. That special daily time in his royal chamber made King David the mighty man we know today. David gave God his heart in praise, and God gave David an anointed song to sing and share with his people. What a blessed transaction!
God is intently searching for the Davids of today, for those whose consistent morning praise will interrupt the worship service of Heaven and cause the angels to fall silent in awe of a human's love for his great God! I want to be a David!

onsdag 20. mars 2019

Are you the real thing?

In the Coca Cola war between Pepsi Cola and Coca Cola, Coca Cola launched a commercial campaign with a new slogan. The slogan was “It’s the real thing”. They wanted to reflect that Coca Cola was the first and original Coke and that all others were just copies and fake. 

We live in a day and time of copies and fake. When visiting the Philippines recently, they took me to a place called Greenhills. Here you could buy Gucci, Rolex, Louis Vuitton and all the expensive brands for a cheap price. It was all just counterfeit.  
The Devil will always try to offer a copy to those not willing to pay the full price. When surrounding Jerusalem, Rabshake gave them an offer, if they surrendered to him. He said: I will take you away to a land like your own land… 
Many people today have recieved the enemies offer, and recieved a Counterfeit salvation. They are ”plastic Christians” It is almost impossible to see the difference in a Plastic flower and a real flower, but given some time you will see it. Because a Plastic flower never changes. A real flower you would expect to change. If you don’t see any difference after your conversion, you may be a plastic Christian. Over time, if not given water, the real flower will start to loose leaves and eventually die. A real Christian is depending on Spiritual water. It depends on spirit filled services and anointed preaching. A plastic Christian needs non of that. Thats why they can sit in dead and dry services and seemingly not being effected by it. 
Over time a real flower will blossom and grow, if given water and care. A plastic flower will just stay the same, and never grow. Never produce more flowers.
Are you the real thing, or are you Conterfeit? Do you long for Spiritual things? Do you grow? Do you change, or are you still the same?

tirsdag 19. mars 2019

Are you addicted to his presence?

Ex 33:11And the Lord spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend. And he turned again into the camp: but his servant Joshua, the son of Nun, a young man, departed not out of the tabernacle.

Joshua was addicted to the Presence of God. He had seen and felt the powerful transforming presence of the Almighty, and he did not want to leave it. It was the same kind of presence that Peter, John and James experienced on the mountain of transfiguration. Peter suggested that they should build three houses there. He did not want to go down from that mountain. It was the same kind of presence that caused David to write in Psalm 27 “One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to enquire in his temple….”
I have also been in his presence and felt his love, peace and joy so overwhelming, to the point that I didn’t want to leave ever again. I can understand the feeling of John the revelator when he wrote, come Lord Jesus. Come quickly.

mandag 18. mars 2019

Dont allow offense to steal your blessing

2 King 5:9So Naaman came with his horses and with his chariot, and stood at the door of the house of Elisha.
10And Elisha sent a messenger unto him, saying, Go and wash in Jordan seven times, and thy flesh shall come again to thee, and thou shalt be clean.
11But Naaman was wroth, and went away, and said, Behold, I thought, He will surely come out to me, and stand, and call on the name of the Lord his God, and strike his hand over the place, and recover the leper.

Naaman was a high rank officer from Syria, that had come to seek healing. He had heard that the Prophet Elisha could help him. He came to the door of Elisha with a lot of expectations. He had it all played out in his mind how it should happen. He thought the Prophet would come out and call on the name of the Lord, striking his hand over the sick place, and recover the leper.  But the Prophet didn’t even come out himself. He only sent his servant. And then he told him to go wash in the river Jordan… Offended and humiliated, he went away in rage. Then his servants convinced him to go back and at least try what the Prophet said, and he got healed from his leprosy. 
He almost lost his healing from being offended. I wonder how many have lost their healing, or lost their blessing because they got offended. Many have left church and left the will of God, because somebody offended them. Instead of swallowing their pride and go on, they have went away from the will of God in rage. Not knowing or understanding that their answer was right around the corner. 
Don’t allow the enemy to offend you away from Gods will and Gods blessing. It may not happen the way you had thought, or the way you had planned.  But stay in the Church, and stay in Gods will. Your blessing is coming in a way you had not expected.

søndag 17. mars 2019

Three things the blood of Jesus does

Luk 22:20Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you.

I grew up in a time where we often heard preaching about the blood, and sang about the blood. Songs like “There is power in the blood”, “Under his blood” and “The blood that Jesus shed for me” was songs that touched and stirred the heart like nothing else. Today in modern Christianity, there is little focus and preaching about the cross or the blood. We need to preach and sing it like ever before!

There are three things that we can liken our natural blood to the Spiritual blood of Jesus. Three things that shows the importance of having his blood flow through us every day.

1.    The blood Heals
a.    Whenever we get a cut or a wound on our body, the blood flows to it to heal the wound. It is to prevent infection to make it worse and hurt us.
b.    When someone or something hurt us, and we feel pain and disappointment. We need to take it to the cross, and there his blood will heal us and help us to forgive. It is to prevent anger, bitterness or jealousy to hurt us
2.    The blood protects
a.    When bacteria’s or viruses enters into our bodies, the white blood cells rushes to it and fight the enemies of our bodies.
b.     Everyday we are exposed to unclean thoughts, and attacks on our mind and faith through all we see and hear. We need to pleed the blood over our minds. We specially need to pleed the blood over our children’s minds for all the trash they hear in School and in social media. Lord let your blood protect their mind and faith.
3.    The blood brings LIFE
a.    It is the blood that transports the life-giving oxygen to our cells. Without the blood our cells will not receive this life-necessary oxygen.

b.    We need the blood of Jesus to transport his Holy Ghost into our lives. Before we can receive his power, we must pay a visit to the cross. A life in repentance and in Holiness opens the flow of his Holy Ghost power in our lives.

lørdag 16. mars 2019

Time to repair the altar

1 King 18:30And Elijah said unto all the people, Come near unto me. And all the people came near unto him. And he repaired the altar of the Lord that was broken down.

When I have preached and taught from this text, I have always said that Elijah built an altar. But the truth is that he repaired the altar of the Lord that was broken down. 
It once was an altar there, but for some reason it was now broken down. It could be lack of maintenance, or it could be that they had taken stones from the altar to build other things. We really don’t know. We do know that the people had drifted away from God, and didn’t care about the altar anymore. 
The altar represents your prayer life. Have you checked the status of your altar lately? Is it run down? Do you maintain it daily, or has it been too long since you prayed? Have you taken stones from it, and used it other places? The time you should have used in prayer, you now use for other things. Maybe it is time to build up the altar again, and bring back the stones where it belongs. 
When Elijah had repaired the altar, the same people that earlier didn’t want to listen to him was now ready for guidance and direction. Do you have family and friends that are unsaved? Do you have friends and family that don’t listen when you share the gospel? Take some time to work on your altar, and have it repaired, and you will soon find out that they will turn to you. Prayer will bring them home!