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“Be Honest With Him”

One of the things the world, the flesh, and the devil wants to do is take away all that God has given you when you accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior. As a matter of fact, the reason the enemy keeps you on the run is because if you ever understood all that God has given you as his son or as his daughter, the enemy would no longer be able to attack you whenever he felt like it. He would have to plot and plan a strategy against you. Let me ask you a question. Do you know what God has given you when you accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior? Many would say He gave me life; He gave me hope, He gave me love, or He gave me peace. And all those things are true. If you were able to answer one or two things that you got from God by accepting Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, you only got a taste or a part of what God has given you.

Let me open the eyes of your understanding thru the Word of God what God the Father has given to you as His Child as a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ. It is found in II Peter 1:3-8:

3 According as his divine power (not according to man’s power) hath given (that is past tense it has already been done) unto us (this means you to) all things (let me say it again just in case you missed it all things (let me say it one more time ) all things that pertain unto life and godliness (remember you are being conformed into the image of Jesus) (How?), through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue (which means the more you get to know Jesus the more you become like him): 4 Whereby are given us (again this means you) exceeding great and precious promises: that by these (promises) ye (yes, He is talking to you) might be partakers of the divine nature (begin to be like Jesus), having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. 5 And beside this, giving all diligence (when you do all you can to get to know who Jesus you will), add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; 6 and to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; 7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity (Love). 8 For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

You see God has already given you everything you need in this life in the knowledge of Christ Jesus. The Word of God did not say God will give you everything pertaining to life and godliness. The Word of God says “hath given,” which means it is already done. You got to get this in your spirit. You have access to all that God has given you through the knowledge of Jesus Christ. This world, who does not believe in Jesus, the Christ, the Son of the living God, is quick to tell you that you can never be like Jesus. This is why the world, the flesh, and the devil come at you so hard. They want to steal your identity in Christ. They want to take your inheritance from you.

I know you will not like what I am about to say, but I care more about your soul than your feelings. The reason why the enemy can come at you any time he wants is simply because you have not been honest with God. You simply say all the things that you think God wants to hear, so that He can move on your behalf. And, the Spirit of the Lord says to you today: “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee (I God set you apart) . . .” (Jeremiah 1:5) I know everything about you. And all that I ask of you is to be honest with me, says the Lord God Almighty. I am not asking you to be spiritual and say the right things; I am asking you to be honest with me. I gave you those feelings. I gave you those emotions. And when you are honest with me it is then that I can come into your life and manifest your inheritance. If you are scared, tell me that you are scared. If you are worried, tell me you are worried. If you are frustrated, tell me you are frustrated. Because when you are honest with me, your honesty gives me permission to come into that area of your life and help you.

Religion will tell you that you cannot tell me that you are mad at me says the Lord. But I say: “Come now, and let us (you and God) reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” (Isaiah 1:18) I do not know who I am talking to , but if you want to begin to see the things that God has for you, you are going to have to be Honest with God. Stop telling God what you think He wants to hear and tell him the truth. That’s what Jesus did in Luke 22:42 when he said, “. . . Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless, not my will, but thine, be done.” Jesus spoke the truth about what He was feeling to the Father. He was saying, “Father I do not want to go through this but nevertheless not my will but thine be done.” You must be honest with God. Turn to Him and tell Him how you are feeling. Tell him what you think. Tell Him your heart. Because it is when you are honest with God, it gives him permission to come into that area of your life and show you what He has for you. It is written: ” 11Behold, I say, how they (the enemy of your soul) reward us, to come to cast us out of thy possession, which thou hast given us to inherit (they come to take what you have already given us). 12O our God, wilt thou not judge them? for we have no might against this great company that cometh against us; neither know we what to do: but our eyes are upon thee.” (II Chronicles 20:11-12) When all of Judah turned to God and was honest with God by saying we have no idea what to do, God responded to their honesty and said, “ . . . Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God’s.” (II Chronicles 20:15)

I came by on way to haven to inform you, that when you are honest with God and share with Him all that is in your heart, and not just tell God what you think He wants to hear, it is then that He will arise from the throne of your heart and reveal to you what you already have in Christ Jesus.

Be Honest and Be Blessed!
 
Erik Young

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“Let Me In”

You have asked God to come into your life to help you because you have come to the understanding of what the Lord meant in John 15:5 (NIV) when He said, “. . . apart from me you can do nothing.” And, the Spirit of the Lord says to you today: Yes, you have let me in your life but there are rooms in your heart that you have closed the door, and will not allow me into those rooms of your heart, because they are dirty. It is like when a person you respect comes to your home, and you had no idea they were coming. You clean up the area where you know they will have to come in and sit to talk with you, but you close the doors to rooms you do not want them to see. The Word of God says, “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man (woman) hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him (her), and will sup with him (her), and he (her) with me.” (Revelation 3:20, KJV [emphasis added])

There is a room in your heart where you keep all the lies you have told. But you will not let the Lord Jesus in that room because it is a messy part of your life you just do not want him to see. There is a room in your heart where you have committed adultery and when you let the Lord come into your life, you made sure the door was shut so he does not see that part of your heart. There is a room in your heart where you hold fear, doubt, and unbelief. You have closed that door of your heart because you believe if Jesus came into that part of your heart, he would leave your life because that room is so dirty. The devil has whispered in your ear and told you that you cannot let Jesus see that part of your heart. You cannot let Jesus know what is in that room because if you ever let the Lord into those areas of your heart the Lord will judge you. You cannot tell the Lord about the secret rooms of your heart that are dirty. Listen to me! The devil is a liar. The Word of God says, “Come now (do not wait until you have tried to clean up that area of your life for God), and let us (you and God) reason together (let Me in so we can clean up this room together), saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” (Isaiah 1:18, KJV [Emphasis added])

I do not know who I am talking too but you need to hear this truth. You cannot clean up the areas of your heart that are dirty for God. You must let God into those rooms of your heart you are so ashamed of and let him clean those rooms up for you. Yes, you have let the Lord Jesus into your life, but there are rooms in your heart that need to be swept and cleaned. Let the Lord into those rooms. But, Pastor Erick, how do I let him in? You let him in by telling him about that room in your heart.

Lord, I have let you into my life. I need to show you this room in my heart. I am ashamed of it, but I know you will help me clean it up. In this room is where I get drunk, Lord. In this room is where I curse, Lord. In this room is where I lie, cheat, and steal, Lord. In this room is where I keep fear, frustration, and anger; it is really dirty. In this room of my heart is where I hang manipulation and control so that nobody can see when I use it. In this room of my heart I keep unbelief and hopelessness. And I never ever let anybody in this room . . . in this room of my heart is where I keep the hurt.

By saying these things out loud to Jesus – not just within but out loud – you are opening the door to that room of your heart and allowing the King of King and the Lord of Lords in. And Exodus 12:23 (KJV) will come alive in your life and in your heart which says: “For the Lord will pass through to smite the Egyptians; and when he seeth the blood upon the lintel, and on the two side posts, the Lord will pass over the door, and will not suffer the destroyer to come in unto your houses to smite you.” [Emphasis added]

When you let the Lord Jesus into that room of your heart that is filthy and dirty, He will come in and clean it up. He will mark the door post of that room in your heart with His blood (his life, “For the life of the flesh is in the blood: . . .” [Leviticus 17:11, KJV) This is why the world, your flesh, and the devil tried to convince you that you cannot let Jesus into that area of your life. Because if you let Him into that room of your heart that is dirty, if you let Him into that room of your heart that is messy, if you let Him into that room of your heart that you are ashamed of, He will clean it up for you. And not only will He clean it up for you from that point on, He will help you keep it clean.

The Lord is saying to you today: LET ME IN! I will not judge you; I will help you. LET ME IN! I will not mock you; I will help you. LET ME IN! I want to help you. It is written: “And the priests went into the inner part of the house of the Lord, to cleanse it, and brought out all the uncleanness that they found in the temple of the Lord into the court of the house of the Lord. And the Levites took it, to carry it out abroad into the brook Kidron.” (II Chronicles 29:16, KJV [Emphasis added])

Don’t you know your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit? Let our high priest, Jesus, the Christ, into the inner parts of your heart so He can clean up the rooms that are messy. Watch the glory of God fill your life like never before.

Be Blessed!
Erick Young


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“The Seed — the Word of God”

This morning, I am thanking God for His presence and power in our services yesterday, thanking Him for doing what only He can do, thanking Him for shining a Light on what I (each of us) need to do to cultivate a heart of good soil. I’m asking Him to show me the rocks I need to remove (to be honest, I’ve seen them before, have inventoried them on many lists, but sadly, they are still present). I’m asking the Holy Spirit to increase my resolve and strengthen my determination to remove those rocks; tote those rocks to the rock pile, for the glory of God. Build a monument with them. Declare, “look what the Lord has done.” (OK, I’m chasing a rabbit. A message for another day.) And, I am thanking Him for giving me (each of us) the strength to fight off the enemy, not only in our lives, but in the lives of those we love as well; protecting the Seed that lays exposed on top of wayside soil. I am thanking Him for Living Water that softens the soil of my life. My dry and thirsty soul. And that’s when He nudged me, prompted me, spoke to me…to tell you this.

Seed has been sown in your life and in the life of those you love. The Seed — the Truth, the Word of God — contains within it everything necessary and required for the fruition (a mighty harvest) of the promises of God’s Word. And, for many of us, the required moisture is a combination of Living Water and tears. Many many tears.

“They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing sheaves with him.” Psalm 126:5,6 (I confess, I’m a King James girl, but look at a few other versions. It’ll make you shout. I promise.)

Check it out…God’s Word say, “shall doubtless come again.” That’s a guarantee like no other guarantee. Be encouraged. Be determined. YOUR HARVEST IS IN THE GROUND!
Regards,
Pastor Tina Richardson

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“The Power In A Name”

More Than a Dwelling Place
The Power in a Name.

Like many of you, the past few months have tested my faith and stamina. We are witnessing exponential cases of a deadly virus. The Fourth Estate reaches new heights daily with biased reporting. Places of business are closed or are operating at a reduced capacity. Mob mentality has raised its ugly head in major cities not only in the United States but around the world. Even our houses of worship have restrictions placed upon them as to the number of attendees allowed for a service. One thing, though, I have noticed. Through countless Facebook posts, conversations with family and friends, and tele-evangelism, Psalm 91 has become the stalwart and steadfast Scripture passage God’s children are standing on during this period of turmoil. Not since World War II has a passage of God’s Word been more quoted, typed, referred to, recited, and shouted.

Certainly, none of us are excited about the virus, or the mobs, or the media. And, we are saddened our church cannot meet as we did in 2019. But we must recognize God is in control. He is not sitting on the throne wringing his hands. His children, though, have a natural tendency to hunker down and become withdrawn, thereby missing what God is doing amid the situation. When we reach that point, our goal should be to reprogram the mind. Get rid of the negative. Stand up and shout: The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower. (Psalm 18:2) The louder we shout, the more the enemy hooks it out of Dodge City. The enemy cannot abide our offering praises of triumph to our God. This psalm reminds us we are wrapped under the wings of God’s splendor and glory. As we wrap ourselves in His majesty, His wings become a supernatural force field and a physical place of refuge. He spreads his wings across the heavens like a curtain. “1Bless, Adonai, my soul! Adonai, my God, you are very great; 2you are clothed with glory and majesty, wrapped in light as with a robe. You spread out the heavens like a curtain, . . .” (Psalm 104:1-2, CJB**) When we are feeling far from God, we can imagine wrapping ourselves with His light, His glory, His splendor as though we were dwelling in His sanctuary under His warm, protective wings.

When one studies Psalm 91, you encounter the author’s use of four distinct names of God. In Verse 1, Moses wrote: He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. Most High, or in Hebrew, Elyon, suggests a Supreme being – one who is above all things – signifying his majesty, sovereignty, and pre-eminence. This name was first used in Scripture in Genesis 14:18, which describes Abraham’s encounter with Melchizedek. In lait terms, the “secret place” speaks to protection. Are you protected where you dwell? Is your gate firmly closed and locked, repelling the enemy of self-doubt, anger, or those pesky “what ifs?” Or is your dwelling place with the Most High who promises to protect and keep you? One of the most significant things to realize is God’s refuge is for everyone, no matter how meek or powerful. King David is the epitome of this statement. He was undoubtedly the most powerful man in Israel, and yet he often wrote of his need to flee to God as his refuge. In Psalm 61:4 (NIV***), David, at one of the lowest points in his life, wrote: “I long to dwell in your tent forever and take refuge in the shelter of your wings.”

The second name in this verse is the Almighty, or in Hebrew, El Shaddai. The primary meaning suggests a God more powerful than a human’s imagination can possibly fathom. And, this God is undoubtedly and unequivocally capable to supply every need. Whatever you may encounter in life, through His name and His power, there is no circumstance or situation He cannot overcome. The Almighty is a strong, mighty, powerful God. He is the One whose great wings carried His people out of Egypt. “Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I bare you on eagles’ wings, and brought you unto myself. (Exodus 19:4) This is the God that parted the Red Sea. He controls all of creation. He provided manna for the Israelites as they wandered in the desert. Once the Israelites reached safety, the Almighty gathered them to Mount Sinai and placed them under His wings of authority. The Lord protected, provided, and nurtured the Israelites because He had great plans for them. “5Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine: 6And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel.” (Exodus 19:5-6) Simply stated, there is no disease (physical or emotional), especially COVID-19, no financial situation, no relationship problem (marriage, family, friendship, employee/employer) that the Almighty considers too hard. Remember, He has your name written in the palm of his hand.

In Verse 2, Moses wrote: I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. The third name Moses uses, the Lord, is personal. Relational. Deep, personal meaning. A personal and relational God? How is that possible? Conceivably, it is the same way one develops familial relationships and friendships. Many of us have nicknames we use for certain people in our lives. A nickname is special, holding a different meaning, and indicating a different type of relationship. In Judaism, the Lord was considered a sacred name. Moses met the Lord at the burning bush as described in Exodus 6:2. Let your imagination expand for a moment. You are Moses, once a prince in Egypt, now shepherding sheep on the backside of the desert. Something in the distance catches your attention so you decide to go look. You find a bush burning . . . well, at least you think it is burning. Suddenly, a voice comes from the bush, telling you first: “Take off your shoes. You are on holy ground.” The Voice continues, giving you instructions regarding His people. He then declares he is the “I Am.” God – Yahweh, Jehovah, or the Lord – stepped down from heaven to personally speak to Moses. It would not be the last time Moses and the Lord would have an encounter. The Lord – omnipotent, omniscient, all-powerful, divine ruler – not only knows how many hairs are on our head, what makes us joyful or scared, and who bottles our tears – desires an intimate relationship with His creation. The Lord is our good, good Father. “(For the Lord thy God is a merciful God;) he will not forsake thee, neither destroy thee, nor forget the covenant of thy fathers which he sware unto them.” (Deuteronomy 4:31)

The fourth name in this passage is my God, or in Hebrew, Elohim. This name appears in the first Scripture of the Bible in Genesis 1:1: In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. God. The first and the last; the Alpha and Omega. He is the Trinity (Father, Son and Holy Spirit). Moses declares my God in whom he trusts is the same God who created all things, and my God is forever faithful to His creation. His promises are yea and Amen! This is when my heart begins to sing: All my life you have been faithful. All my life you have been good, so good. With every breath that is within me, I will sing of the goodness of God. (Goodness of God; Written by Ed Cash, et al).

Within two Scripture verses the beauty of God is displayed. He is the merciful God, the God who never fails and never forsakes. For the Lord will not forsake his people for his great name’s sake: because it hath pleased the Lord to make you his people. (I Samuel 12:22) The fact that the Lord is pleased to make me his people makes my feet dance. But did you know that Psalm 91 also holds promises? Follow me in my next blog as we traverse along the Promise Trail.

Under His Wings,
Marilyn Emswiler


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