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August 2020

Life Church Aug. 9th Service – The Power of the Lord’s Supper

During the last week of Jesus’ life on earth, in the upper room with his disciples, Jesus instituted the ordinance of Holy Communion. As you watch this message, you will discover the purpose and meaning behind this ordinance as the Church continues to remember the death of Christ on the cross and experience the power His resurrection.



Life Church Aug. 2nd Service – The Good Soil

In this final message of the sermon series, “The Sower, The Seed, & The Soil” you will discover that for God’s lasting change to happen in your life, you must have the right soil. There are certain ingredients to have good soil. When God’s Word is planted in good, fertile soil, it will grow and develop lasting fruit in your life.



July 2020

Life Church SA – The Sower, The Seed, & The Soil – The Thorny Soil

God has a season of change for you, but change will not occur if you allow the seed of God’s Word to be choked or suffocated by the thorns in your life.  As you watch this message you will learn about the three thorns that attempt to choke out the truth of God’s Word in your life; and how you can ensure these thorns do not rob you of the season of change God has for you.





 
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“Say whatever You Want To Say”

In the coming days there will be a lie that the enemy will spread throughout the land. This lie will be sent to anyone who will listen, but mainly to children of God. The enemy will put you in a position that will tell you that you can say whatever you want.

They will hide this trap around what the world will call freedom of speech. They will convince you that you can say whatever you want. The enemy knows that if they can get you to you say what you want to say, it will prevent the Word of God from coming out of your mouth.

I do not know who I am talking to but as a child of God you cannot afford to say whatever you want. I know you are angry. I know you are upset. I know you are afraid. I know you are confused. But if you say whatever you want to say, you will fall right into the trap of the enemy.

You are made in the image of God. And, God said, “All I hear you say that I will do to you.” “. . .  As truly as I live, saith the Lord, as ye have spoken in mine ears, so will I do to you: . . .” (Numbers 14:28) You are a joint-heir to the throne of God, and the Word of God says life and death is in the power of the tongue. “Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.” (Proverbs 18:21) I know you want to give them a piece of your mind. I know you want to tell them just what they can do and where they can go. But the Word of God says, “The Lord shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.” (Exodus 14:14)

You see, what the devil knows is that you have not fully grabbed ahold of this truth, that your mouth is a weapon of mass destruction. You have to get this in your spirit. The Word of God says, “For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son (Jesus the Christ), that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. (Romans 8:29 [emphasis added])

Let me show you what that looks like. Come with me to Revelation 19:11-15.

And I saw heaven opened and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. And the armies which were in heaven followed upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean (and this is what I want you to pay close attention to as verse 15 says) and out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. (Revelation 19:11-15 [emphasis added])

Listen to me. As a child of God, you can no longer just say what you want. The enemy will use your words to tear down the things of God. They want you to say what they say. They want you to say what you feel. They want you to say what you are thinking, simply because if you ever held your tongue and say what God says about the situation, “No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; . . .” (Isaiah 54:17)

When you do not say what you are thinking, and hold your tongue and say what God says, it is then that God will show them that “. . . greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.” (I John 4:4) The Word of God says, “Whoso keepeth his (her) mouth and his (her) tongue keepeth his soul from troubles.” (Proverbs 21:23)

When you accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, he is not just the Lord over your life, He is Lord over your mouth. For it is written: The Lord shall cut off all flattering lips, and the tongue that speaketh proud things: Who have said, With our tongue will we prevail; our lips are our own: who is lord over us?” (Psalm 12:3-4 [emphasis added]

In this season you cannot afford to say what you feel, say what you think, and say what you want. Hold your peace and say what God says about the situation. Avoid being used by the world, your flesh, and the devil to tear down what God wants to build up in and around your life.

Be Blessed!
 
By
 
Erik Young
 

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“The Battle Is Not Yours, It’s God’s”

The last few Sunday’s, our pastors have been teaching on a series entitled, “Victory in your Tough Times”.  This series reminded me of one of my favorite battles in the old testament.  You can find the story in 2 Chronicles 20. God’s chosen people, the Israelites, found themselves in an impossible situation. The Israelite King Jehoshaphat got a message one day that there were three armies on their way to destroy Israel. Wow! What a predicament. Can you imagine. Three armies against one.

Have you ever been in a situation that seemed unfair or impossible? Ever felt like you were facing a problem so big that it seemed like you were completely outnumbered? Maybe you or your spouse had lost a job, and you didn’t know how you were going to pay the bills. Perhaps a close loved one has been touched by an unexpected illness, or your checkbook shows more withdrawals than deposits. Maybe you have been dealing with an addiction that you just can’t seem to break. Perhaps you’re confronted with a challenge where there is no resolution. See in life, you can start to feel totally outnumbered just like King Jehoshaphat.

Well, King Jehoshaphat found himself in an unfair or impossible situation and had to make a choice.  He could have choose to freak out, get angry, be fearful or even question God. However King Jehoshaphat didn’t do any of those things.  He made a better choice.  Lets look at the scripture to see what he did.  It is the same thing we should do when we are in an impossible situation. We should:

Remember God’s Power

King Jehoshaphat didn’t whine and cry about how hard his situation was. He looked to God and prayed, “O, Lord, God of our ancestors, you alone are the God who is in Heaven. You are ruler of all the kingdoms of the earth. You are powerful and mighty; no one can stand against you.” Do you know what Jehoshaphat is doing? He is remembering that God has MORE power than his enemy. WAY more power.

That’s what you need to do. When you face sickness, remember God’s power over sickness. When you face temptation, remember God’s power over temptation. When you face sadness, remember God’s power to give us joy. Remember God’s power!!!!

Then, King Jehoshaphat prayed some more. He prays, “O our God, did you not drive out those who lived in this land when your people arrived? And did you not give this land forever to the descendants of your friend Abraham?” What’s he doing? The same thing we should do:

Remember God’s Promises

King Jehoshaphat was remembering God’s promises to His people, the Israelites. We can do the same thing. God has promised many things to us in His Word, the Bible.

* When you are sick, remember God’s promise to heal you.
* When you are lonely, remember God’s promise to never leave you. * When you are weak, remember God’s promise to be your strength.

God’s promises are true. He has never broken a promise. We can count on Him to always come through when He promises something. And that’s what Jehoshaphat knew. He remembered God’s promises. But, what he did next was totally amazing.

King Jehoshaphat told the singers to walk ahead of the army, singing to the Lord and praising Him. Can you believe that? He put the choir out front. Not the soldiers. Not the fighters. The choir. They sang and sang and sang praise to God. They worshipped Him. Why? Because they knew He was the only one who could bring them the victory!

And that’s what we need to do. After we remember God’s power, after we remember God’s promises, we need to Worship.

Remember To Worship

You wouldn’t think that singing and worshipping God could actually do anything to win a battle. But, the moment they started singing and worshipping God, the Lord caused the armies of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir to start fighting among themselves. By the time the Israelites got to the place where the battle was supposed to take place, the battle was over and their enemies were dead. That’s the power of worship.

You and I can have that same exciting result. When we are in a battle, all we have to do is begin to praise and worship the One who can win the battle. God will bring victory even in the midst of our worship. As long as we remember that He is the one who wins the battle, worship is easy. See the Battle or situation that you are in is not yours, it’s God’s, so turn it over to Him.
 
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Allen Martin
 

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“Spend More Time”

There is something hidden deep within you that is holding you back from being all that God called you to be. There was something that was spoken to you a long time ago that has stunted your spiritual growth, limited your strength and endurance to fight the world, the flesh, and the devil. This word that was spoken to you has stripped you of the power and the authority that God has given you when you accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior.

The world does not believe in Jesus. Your flesh (feeling and/or emotions) cannot understand that Jesus is all man and all God. The devil knows who Jesus is. And even though the world does not believe in Jesus, even though your flesh (feeling and/or emotions) truly cannot comprehend who Jesus truly is, and even though the devil knows Jesus, the one thing that all three of your enemies have in common is this: they will tell you that you can never be like Jesus.

Even though unbelievers do not believe in Jesus, the Christ, they will be quick to tell you that you can never be like Jesus. Because of your short comings and down falls, your flesh (feelings and/or emotions) will make you feel like you can never be like Jesus. But the Word of God says, “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:32)

The Word of God says, “And having spoiled principalities and powers, he (Jesus, the Christ) made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.” (Colossians 2:15 [emphasis added]) When Jesus “. . . said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.” (John 19:30), He went down into the pits of hell and defeated death hell and the grave. This is what He meant in Revelation 1:18. “I am he that liveth, and was dead; and behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys (authority over) of hell and of death.” [Emphasis added] The devil knows that Jesus has already defeated him, so he is doing everything he can to convince you that you can never be like Jesus.

Listen to me. No matter what the world, your flesh (feelings and/or emotions), or the devil says, you must strive, push, and most of all, make up in your mind and be determined to be like Jesus. Not because I said so but because God says so. But, Pastor Erick, I do not know how to be like Jesus. I am not smart enough to be like Jesus. Here, let me help you. I am going to give you the secret to being like Jesus. Are you ready? Spend More Time With Him.

You do not have to be smart to spend time with Jesus. For the Word of God says, “Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.” (Acts 4:13)

When you spend more time with Jesus you will begin to think like Jesus thinks. This is what Philippians 2:5 means as it says, “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.”

Jesus said, “. . . I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6) You want to know the heart of the Father? Spend More Time reading the Word of God for Jesus is the Word of God. Do not take my word for it. Go read John 1:1-14.

But, Pastor Erick, I still do not feel like I can be like Jesus. Listen to me! You cannot live your life by how you feel and/or by what the world, the flesh, or the devil tells you. You must get in God’s Word daily, pray (communicate with the Father) daily, and worship God in Spirit and in Truth daily. Be determined that you are going to be like Jesus. Because the Word of God says, “For whom he . . . did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son (Jesus Christ), . . .” (Romans 8:29 [emphasis added]) Jesus himself said, “. . . the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.” (John 14:12) If that is not enough, chew on this.

According as his (God’s) divine power hath given unto us (this means you) all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him (through Spending More Time With Jesus) that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us (this means you) exceeding great and precious promises: that by these (promises) ye might be partakers of the divine nature (be like Jesus), having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.” (II Peter 1:3-4 [emphasis added])

And, if that is not enough to convince you that you can be like Jesus, here chew on this for a few days. “Beloved, now are we the sons (daughters) of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.” (I John 3:2 [emphasis added])

The more time you Spend With Jesus, the more you will become like him. Do not let the world, your flesh, and the devil lie to you anymore. According to the Word of God you can live a divine life right here on earth, but you have to be determined to spend more time with Jesus. For it is written: “As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness.” (Psalm 17:15 [emphasis added])

Spend More Time With Jesus in the reading of the Word of God, in worshipping God in Spirit and in Truth, and in prayer (communicating with the Lord). And when the world, the flesh, and the devil tell you that you can never be like Jesus, you look them in the eye and say, “I am not perfect at it, but I am working at it.”

Be Blessed!

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Erick Young


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