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September 2020

Life Church Sept. 20th Service – Divine Directions

God provided specific instructions to Joshua on how to take Jericho. Likewise, God has specific instructions for you in taking your city. Divine Directions may not make sense or seem possible, but with God all things are possible. Walls which have prevented you from taking your city, will fall as you follow God’s orders.


Life Church Sept. 13th Service – “See It”

God told Joshua in Joshua 6 to “take the city” of Jericho. However, to take the city, Joshua needed clear vision. To take what God has promised you, you need clear vision and direction. Begin to see what God has for you with 20/20 vision through the eyes of God.


Life Church Sept. 6th Service – “Taming the Tongue In Tough Times”

In the conclusion to our August series, “Victory In Your Tough Times” is a powerful message on the power of your words. The Bible says there is death and life in the words we speak. We can speak life or death into our situations through our words. Discover how you can speak words of faith to see God bring a victory in your season of testing.




 
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“Tell Him So He Can Show You”

One of the greatest deceptions the enemy of the church has placed in the body of Christ which prevents many of God’s children from getting closer to Him is this lie: You cannot tell God that. Many have the mindset if you tell God what you said or did, He will punish you. Not understanding that when you attempt to keep things from God, you close up areas of your heart. And as those areas of your heart stay closed, darkness not only overwhelms you, but it also opens the door for fear, frustration, confusion, hopelessness, unbelief, and many things that come from the kingdom of darkness. The Word of God says, “. . . Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, . . .” (Matthew 22:37) How can you love God from an area of your heart  you are attempting to keep from him? The last thing the world, your flesh, and especially, the devil want you to do is go to God and tell him what you did or what you said. Why, Pastor Erick? How is me telling God all my issues, sins, and failures going to affect my enemies? If anything, it will give them more to work with in my opinion.

Here, let me put a couple of pieces of truth in your spirit. The Word of God says, “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we (this means you, too) may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:16 [emphasis added]) You see, the reason why you can come boldly to the throne of grace is the fact you know you serve an all knowing, all seeing, everywhere at all times God. There is nothing you can say to surprise him. There is nothing you can do to catch him off guard. The reason why the enemy of your soul wants you to hide what you did or said is because when you go to God there will be three things waiting for you at the throne of God: Mercy, Grace, and Help.

This is not human mercy, human grace, nor human help. Oh, no my brother; oh, no my sister! This is divine Mercy, divine Grace, and divine Help. And there is nothing in the world like it. His Grace will pick you up. His Mercy will turn you around. And His Help will plant your feet on a solid ground. If you are not convinced to tell God all of your heart, put this in your spirit and have a taste. God said it this way. “Come Now (do not wait until darkness floods your heart about the matter), and let us (this means 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 [emphasis added])

You see, when you go to God and are honest with Him, tell Him how you feel, what you did, and what you said. The enemy, though, really does not want you to tell God you are mad. What, Pastor Erick? I cannot tell God I am mad at Him. Listen to me! If you do not tell God the truth and you are mad at Him, the anger will build up in your heart. It will begin to spread to other areas of your heart which will shut down from talking to God as well. Telling God the truth of your heart – no matter how ugly – releases the things you did or said to Him. He, in return, will show you and give you His ways of dealing with the situation. And you know what His Word says. “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:8-9)

No matter how ugly it is or how bad it sounds, get before God and tell him what you did or said. He already knows the matter anyway. But by you telling God, the door to the area of your heart is open. Let Him in to clean up the area of your heart. He will share with you His ways of dealing with the situation. For it is written:

I have declared my ways (I have told you all my heart Lord good and bad), and thou heardest me: teach me thy statutes. Make me to understand the way of thy precepts: so shall I talk of thy wonderous works. (Psalm 119:26-27 [emphasis added])

When you are honest with God, telling him your whole heart no matter how ugly, the world, the flesh, and the devil will not have anything in which to torment you. Tell God the truth so He can show you the truth.

Be Blessed!
 
By
Erick Young
 
 

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“A Packaged Deal”

There is something a child of God receives when he or she gains this one thing in life. The world cannot do nothing about it. Their flesh (feelings and/or emotions) cannot overcome it. And the devil cannot stand it when they have obtained it. Those that say they know God but really do not know Him will call it arrogance. They that want to know God will desire this one thing that makes the world, the flesh, and the devil back up and choose its attacks. You will know it when you see it. You will know it when you hear it. And you will know it when you experience it through,  he or she which has it. When you obtain this one thing, lies will begin to manifest right before your eyes. Deception will begin to bow down at your feet. Hatred will begin to back up from you., Fear will flee, and doubt and hopelessness will have no place in you.

When you truly obtain this one thing in your life, it will also bring something else with it. You cannot separate the two. The one thing the world, the flesh, and the devil do not want is for you to have a personal relationship with God. Because when you truly have a personal relationship with God, it comes as a packaged deal. With a true relationship with God comes boldness. You will be able to see it, hear it, feel it, and experience it with the one who truly has a relationship with God. They do not have to drum up boldness. They do not have to summon up this boldness. They do not have to try to be bold. And boldness does not mean screaming at the top of your lungs.

You see, to be bold is to be willing to take a risk, and to have confidence or courage. It is the quality of having a strong, vivid, or clear appearance. You see ,when you truly have a personal relationship with God, the Father, through God, the Son, by God, the Holy Spirit, there will be something about you that stands out, even if you do not say one word. I believe with all my heart that we are right in the midst of Romans 8:19 which says, “For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons (daughters) of God.” (Romans 8:19 [emphasis added])

This dark world is longing for help. Those in prison by drugs, sex, alcohol, fear, frustration anger, and unbelief are waiting on the ones bold enough to stand up against those things and set those captives free. In these last days, those with a true personal relationship with God will begin to show a boldness not seen since the beginning of the church with the 12 Apostles. If you truly have a personal relationship with God, it will come with a boldness. The Word of God says, “The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion.” (Proverbs 28:1) If you truly have a personal relationship with the Lord, when you speak His word it will be with a boldness. The Word of God says, “And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.” (Acts 4:31 [emphasis added])

You have to understand this truth. When you accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, His shed blood is placed over the doorpost of your heart. This gives you access to go before the throne of God and speak to the Father yourself. “Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus.” (Hebrews 10:19 [emphasis added]) There are no “if, ands, or buts” about it. When you truly have a personal relationship with God, there will be a boldness about you. This is the boldness Paul had when he said:

According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death. (Philippians 1:20 [emphasis added])

And let me set this right here. The kingdom of God’s boldness is not just being loud; it means you have the confidence God is who He says He is, and He will do what He said He would do. When you have a personal relationship with God, you will have the boldness of God for it is a packaged deal. For it is written:

I called upon the Lord in distress: the Lord answered me, and set me in a large place. The Lord is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me? (Psalm 118:5-6)

When you have a personal relationship with God, you will have the boldness of God for it is a packaged deal. When you are one with God, there will be boldness. Let God arise in you today and let your enemies be scattered.

Be Blessed!
 
By
Erick Young
 
 

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“What Measure of Love Is This?”

“I love you.” Three words.  Powerful words. Words capable of soothing wounds and healing hearts. Conditional, unconditional, temporary, familial, agape – kinds of love. One word is missing: immeasurable. Step outside the noise for a moment. Ignore the media blitz of gloom and doom. Consider immeasurable love. “That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.” (Ephesians 3:17-19)

If you have known me for any length of time you know I love the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir. Whether a CD, YouTube video, or Facebook post, if the Tab is singing, it will be powerful and anointed. Regardless of what I am doing, my heart is pulled to stop and listen. (Ergo why my house is not always clean.) For the last few weeks, I have kept this song from the Tab foremost in/on my heart and mind:

Think about His love. Think about His goodness. Think about His grace that brought us through. For as high as the heavens above, so great is the measure of our Father’s love. Great is the measure of our Father’s love.

Through His grace and mercy, I did not awaken to the sound of blazing gunfire, the rumble of tanks, or the whine of jet engines dropping bombs on my home. “But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.” (Ephesians 4:7) Instead, the Creator has said “I love you” to me as only He can do. Stepping out to run errands or attend church, I have been, yet again, amazed at the greatness of my God. Azure blue skies. Some days without clouds – just the ball of yellow shining down. Other days there were wispy white clouds – some cotton balls you could bounce on; others, streaks creating unique forms, causing one’s imagination to ponder what it could be. Astounding crepe myrtles in deep, rich colors. Lantana, Mexican heather, cacti blossoms – all exploding in color, magnificently showing God’s love.

My heart is simply full for Him  . . .  His greatness, His majesty, His sacrifice, His grace, His mercy, His love. Isaiah (one of my favorite books of the Bible) declares Him as Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace. But He is even more than all of these. He is  . . . I Am. Do you comprehend that statement? Isaiah 41:10 says, “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.” Just as there are 365 “fear nots” (one for every day) in His Word, there are more than enough “I Am” for every day and every situation “Think about His love. Think about His goodness. Think about His grace that brought us through.”

I am fearfully and wonderfully made . . . and so are you. “I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are they works; and that my soul knoweth right well.” (Psalm 139:14) God does not do mundane. God does not do ordinary. God does unique. God does masterpieces. While He does use the ordinary and mundane, the result is something extraordinary and outrageous . . . all for His glory. “Think about His love. Think about His goodness. Think about His grace that brought us through.” Paul writes in II Thessalonians 2:15-17,

Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle. Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work.

Frederick Lehman wrote the beautiful hymn, The Love of God. The song is an incredible description  of the immeasurable love of God. Remarkably, Lehman wrote only the first two stanzas and the coda; the third stanza was found on the wall of an insane asylum.

The love of God is greater far than tongue or pen can ever tell.

It goes beyond the highest star, and reaches to the lowest hell.

The guilty pair bowed down with care; God gave His Son to win.

His erring child He reconciled, and pardoned from his sing.

When hoary time shall pass away, and earthly thrones and kingdoms fall.

When men, who here refuse to pray, on rocks and hills and mountains call,

God’s love so sure, shall still endure, all measureless and strong.

Redeeming grace to Adam’s race, the saints’ and angels’ song.

Could we with ink the ocean fill, and were the skies of parchment made.

Were every stalk on  earth a quill, and every man a scribe by trade.

To write the love of God above, would drain the ocean dry.

Nor could the scroll contain the whole, though stretched from sky to sky.

O love of God, how rich and pure! How measureless and strong!

It shall forevermore endure the saints’ and angels’ song.

I should not be – but I am – continually amazed at His greatness. My prayer today is as the I Am has my name written in His palm, and as He holds me in the palm of His hand, my words, actions, and deeds are established good words and work . . . all for His glory. My future is full of hope and an expected end. Why? Because My Father said so and I am precious in His sight.

Think about His love. Think about His goodness. Think about His grace that brought us through. For as high as the heavens above, so great is the measure of our Father’s love. Great is the measure of our Father’s love.

Be blessed, friends!
 

by
Marilyn Emswiler

 

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