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Friday, August 19, 2022

THE POWER OF PARDON

 THE POWER OF PARDON

I want to go now into the power of pardon, going from a tight place to a for-

giving place. 


Jesus said it this way in Matthew 5:7, "Blessed are the merciful, for they obtain mercy." Mercy is just another word for forgiveness. Many of us have the opportunity to walk in unforgiveness, but Jesus is wanting us to walk guiltless before Him.


 He wants us to be free of any offenses that have come into our lives.


So, let's start in 1 Samuel 26:5-26. It recounts the story of David coming

to the place where Saul had encamped. David went down with Abishai and

they found Saul sleeping. Abishai said to David, "Today, God has delivered

your enemy into your hand; now therefore, please let me strike him with the spear to the ground with one stroke, and I will not strike him the second time."

But, David said to Abishai, "Do not destroy him, for who can stretch out his

hand against the LORD'S anointed and be without guilt? David went on to

say,

"The LORD forbid that I should stretch out my hand against the LORD'S anointed; but now please take the spear that is at his head and the jug of water ,

and let us go." 


David took the spear and the jug of water from beside Sauls

head, and they left. When Saul realized what had happened, he said,

"I have sinned. Return, my son David, for I will not harm you again because my life

was precious in your sight this day." 


David replied, "The LORD will repay each man for his righteousness and his faithfulness; for the LORD delivered you

into my hand today, but I refused to stretch out my hand against the LORD'S

anointed. 


Now behold, as your life was highly valued in my sight this day, so

may my life be highly valued in the sight of the LORD, and may He deliver me

from all distress." 


Then Saul said to David, "Blessed are you, my son David,

you will both accomplish much and surely prevail." 


The final verse tells us David went on his way and Saul returned to his place.


Reference from Prophetic Journey book

Pastor Joey  

 


Wednesday, August 17, 2022

God Appointed & God Anointed

 



David was the king because God made him king he was not the king because he was the most qualified person. 

God Appointed & God Anointed 


A person or leader is not doing what he is doing because he is the best at doing it he is doing it because God has put him there.   God Appointed & God Anointed 


  • Respect God authority to place someone in a position. 
  • Stay the Course. Journey of FAITH 
  • Learn from your mistake & others  
  • Empty yourself & Be willing to be pour into. New Wine Skin 
  • Cut those heavy weight that slow you down .  Start Cutting . 
  • Cut those Pretenders friends  that can’t wait to see you fail & fall . 
  • Get around some people that will encourage you & lift you up . 

Straight from the book Loyalty and Disloyalty.




John 16:33

"In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world."



Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)

"So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."


Psalm 34:4–5, 8

I sought the LORD, and He answered me and delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to Him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed. Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!



Romans 8:28

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose.

Wednesday, August 10, 2022

What do you have that GOD can use ?

 

EXODUS 4:1-5

 Moses answered, “What if they do not believe me or listen to me and say, ‘The Lord did not appear to you’?  Then the Lord said to him, “What is that in your hand?”  “A staff,” he replied.  The Lord said, “Throw it on the ground.”  Moses threw it on the ground, and it became a snake, and he ran from it. Then the Lord said to him, “Reach out your hand and take it by the tail.” So, Moses reached out and took hold of the snake and it turned back into a staff in his hand. “This,” said the Lord, “is so that they may believe that the Lord, the God of their fathers—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob—has appeared to you.

God uses the shepherd’s staff here for a very simple reason.

 Moses was holding one in his hand. He says to Moses what’s that in your hand? What do you have that God can use?

God then says to Moses, take it and throw it on the ground…. And when he does it becomes a snake. Moses does what many of us would do…he runs from it. God tells him to pick it up and then it turns back into a staff.

Notice this, as long as Moses kept the staff in his hand it was useful, but the moment he laid it down, it became something that was useless…even harmful. When God gives you a gift, don’t ever put it down.

Every one of us has the ability to do certain things with our hands There is great power in our hands to do good. All we need is a heart of obedience. If we fail to use what God has given to us it can be rendered useless.

 

Tuesday, July 19, 2022

Stewardship- It’s Matter of Trust

 Definition of stewardship 

The  obligations of a steward, the conducting, supervising, or managing of something

especially : the careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one's care



    The stewardship of money

Money does not change people, it unmasks them “


Turn to the gospel of Luke, chapter 16, where were going to read verses 10-13 


““Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches? And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else’s property, who will give you property of your own?”

‭‭Luke‬ ‭16:10-12‬ ‭NIV‬‬


Jesus speaks these words immediately after telling the parable of the unjust servant or the unjust steward. 


In the parable the unjust steward is caught squandering his master's money and is called to give an account of how he has used his master's money. 

Realizing that he has been caught, he begins to use the master's money to make friends for himself so that when he no longer has a job, he will at least have friends.


 Read the chapter 


Meaning-Use the adjective shrewd to describe a person or thing that is smart or clever in a practical sort of way. The word shrewd is from a Middle English adjective formed from the noun schrewe "an evil person, a villain." King James “ wiser or cleaver 


 He says, "for the sons of this age are more shrewd in relation to their own kind than the sons of light."


Jesus does not condone the steward's dishonesty, but points to how clever and shrewd he is. The moral of this parable is that if the wicked can be this shrewd in the things which are temporal, how much more shrewd-wiser  should we be in our dealing with those things which are eternal?


Now, look at verses 10-13 (read text).


Jesus is saying that if we cannot be trusted with something as temporal and fleeting as money, He is not going to trust us with the truly valuable things of the Spirit. 


If we have not proven faithful with little, we will never be entrusted with much. If we are not faithful with that which belongs to someone else, who will give us something of our own? Then Jesus tells us that you cannot serve two masters, you cannot serve both God and money.

Think about money in these four simple terms.


1. It is a trust – It is something God has entrusted to our care, something which belongs to Him but which He has given us to invest on His behalf. The idea here is that He will get a good return on His investment.

 If He trusts us with a little, and we use it wisely, He will trust us with more. That's why He says, "He who is faithful in a very little thing is faithful also in much…" Money is something God has entrusted to us. It is a trust.


2. It is a tool – He expects that we will use it to further His kingdom here on Earth, using it as best we can to reveal His glory and to relate His gospel to those around us. To the one who is spiritually minded, money is never something which should become an end unto itself, but rather it is merely a tool, something which is to be used to accomplish a greater good.

Like a rope thrown into the water to save someone from drowning, the rope is not what is of real value, the life being saved is what is of real value. So it is with money. It has value, but only to the degree that it is used properly, only to the degree that it is used to further the kingdom of God.


3. It is a test – God often gives us something of lesser value to see if He can trust us with something of greater value. If He cannot trust us with something as fleeting as money, why should He trust us with spiritual things of eternal value?


If He cannot trust us to make good decisions with the small amount of money that we have, it stands to reason that we cannot be trusted with the large amount of money that we may want.


And just for the record, God can give you as much money as He wants to give you and He can leave you with as little as He wants to leave you with. When we are dealing with someone who has our very heart beat in His hands, we shouldn't quibble over something as temporal as money. We should seek to pass the test and use it as He commands.


4. It is a thermometer – How we spend our money reveals the truth about our spiritual lives.



Conclusion 

Now let's just take the gloves off for a moment. If you do not at the very least tithe, if you are not investing at least a portion of the money God has entrusted to you into eternal causes, you are not a growing Christian and you probably need to take a long hard look at your life through the lens of scripture to see if you are even a Faithful at all. 


That may sound like a harsh statement, but Jesus makes it abundantly clear that you cannot serve God and money. He talks about money more than heaven and hell combined.


 It is clear: Jesus thought the use of money was an important thermometer of your spiritual life. If you are truly His servant, and you have surrendered everything in your life to Him, one of the most elementary external visible signs of that internal transformation is that you will walk in obedience to Him with respect to money. 


Go through the scripture, from the Old Testament through the New Testament and you find the same message


Stewardship- It’s a matter of Trust 


“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”

‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭3:5-6‬ ‭NIV‬‬



Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Straight from the book Leadership Pain

 Straight from the book Leadership Pain 


Some Christians can be sneaky, some might say devious. Everybody is smiling when they walk through the doors on Sunday morning, but behind the smiles occasionally lurk lethargy, suspicion, distrust, and sometimes devious plots to undermine the pastor’s authority and destroy his reputation. 

In addition to personal conflicts, leaders face a wide range of organizational and cultural obstacles. Let’s look at the most common ones.

Betrayal
If you lead long enough, you’ll inevitably endure the deep wounds of betrayal. It’s a paradox of leadership: our efforts to help people experience the love and power of Christ create envy in the hearts of some who are watching (and receiving our love). 

Most people are grateful, but a few—and it only takes a few—undermine us with open opposition, lies, and gossip.

Criticism

Jesus said, “For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them” (Matthew 18:20). But it’s also true that where two or three are gathered in his name, someone is finding fault with the others. 

It’s human nature for people to try to build themselves up by putting others down, and ministry leaders are very visible, accessible, vulnerable targets. 

If they’re visionaries, they’re criticized for not being patient or valuing traditions or not caring for those who are hurting. If they’re devoted to the sick and make many hospital calls, they’re criticized for not being in the office enough to manage projects or failing to chart a bold path to the future. 

If their gifts are administrative, they’re criticized for not being a great speaker.

The point is clear: no matter what your gifts and style may be, no matter how much you pour your heart into people, and no matter how much time you devote to your ministry, you’ll face criticism.

The Complexity of the Job, Inheriting a Toxic Culture, Masks, Lies, and Deceit, The Conflict Between Vision and Tradition,Heartaches at Home.

Limited by Team Members

For years I’ve used the metaphor of a ladder to help leaders understand the influence of team members. 

In my book Who’s Holding Your Ladder? I explain that the leader’s vision is his ladder. As he tries to climb it, he doesn’t need any help to go a few rungs up a twenty-foot extension ladder. 

It’s stable and secure if he’s only a few feet off the ground. But if he wants to go higher, he needs someone to hold the bottom so it doesn’t come loose from its moorings. If the helper isn’t paying attention, the ladder could slip and the pastor could fall and be injured. 

So even to climb a short distance farther up the ladder, the pastor needs someone attentive and sturdy.

If he wants to climb to the top of his ladder, the pastor will need two or three people who are just as strong and attentive as the first ladder holder. What if his vision reaches fifty feet? Or a hundred feet? The people holding his ladder determine how high he can go.


It doesn’t matter how high the vision is; what matters is the quality of his ladder holders.

Monday, April 4, 2022

JACOB'S THREE JOURNEYS

 

 

JACOB'S THREE JOURNEYS

Text: Genesis 28:10-22 


Jacob had many journeys and struggles in his long and eventful life. From three Jacob’s journeys we would see the process of a sinful life turned godly.

 

I.                  FIRST JOURNEY TO BETHEL:  A VISION OF GOD (Genesis 28:12-13)

 

A safe place, A place of healing, restoration, A place where you and I receive and conceive what GOD has spoken. It’s a place of strength and possibility, Jacob needed his own experience with God to solidify his birthright and his blessing.

 

It was in that safe place where Jacob got the perseverance, motivation, and confidence to wake up and move toward his future

 

Bethel means “The House of God.” Calling it , The gates of Heaven and a place where God dwells.

 

 A truly godly life begins with a three-fold vision of God.

Upward, Inward, Outward  
Vision- upward to God, to worship & Exalt him.  Vision - inward search or motives, Vision= outward look on the multitudes, increasing.

 

 

II. JOURNEY TO PENIEL: AN ENCOUNTER WITH GOD (Genesis 32:24-30)

 

Jacob had a personal encounter with God at Peniel (“I have seen God face to face”). Whether you encounter Him on the beach (Andrew & Peter), tax collection office (Matthew), the road to Damascus (Paul), beside the well in Samaria (Samaritan woman), or at the altar of the church... it is always a new and fresh start for an old life! Note the change in name from Jacob (“supplanter”) to Israel (“prince of God”). In troubled times do not forget your personal encounter with God for it will strengthen you and help you realize that God is faithful and still very much under control!

 

  

 

III. SECOND JOURNEY TO BETHEL: WORSHIP OF GOD (Genesis 35:1-3)

 

His first stay at Bethel and his stay at Peniel were brief but his return to Bethel was to build an altar to worship God and he was instructed “to dwell there.”

 

There is an end to our many “walks” and travels in life. There comes a time in the life of the believer when he finally finds rest and peace from God as he seek and do God’s will (cf. Prov. 13:15).

 

CONCLUSION: Life is a journey with the Lord. How far have we gone? Where have our striving taken us? Our entire life should be one continuous seeking of God’s will, worship experience, and giving of praise to God for everything.

Wednesday, March 9, 2022

Prayer Target financial breakthrough

 

Prayer Target financial breakthrough

 

Heavenly Father, I ask for forgiveness for the poor financial choices I’ve made. I gave only when I had excess not when it was my first fruits.

 I was fearful and insecure about how I would be able to provide for myself and my family. I repent of my sins and ask for Your provision in the mighty name of Jesus.

I pray for debt cancellation and financial breakthrough to come upon my finances.

 Please give me the tools to strategically make lifestyle changes financially. Please help me steward what You’ve given me. Please use this situation as a powerful testimony of Your provision and mercy. I ask for a financial miracle. In the mighty name of Jesus I pray, Amen. 


Proverbs 3:9-10 Amplified Bible
Honor the Lord with your wealth
And with the first fruits of all your crops (income);
Then your barns will be abundantly filled
And your vats will overflow with new wine.

 

Father God , I come to You with my financial problems. The bible says that nothing is impossible in Christ Jesus.

 I pray for financial breakthrough over my present and over my future. I declare miracle prayers for money to help me with my debt.

Please help me see Your heart and know Your ways so that I may receive a total recovery with my debt. I declare that You are more than enough. Through this prayer for prosperity and financial release, I also ask that You will bless me and enlarge my territory to be a blessing to others. I pray all these things in Your wonderful name, Amen. 


1 Chronicles 4:10 English Standard Version
Jabez called upon the God of Israel, saying, “Oh that you would bless me and enlarge my border, and that your hand might be with me, and that you would keep me from harm so that it might not bring me pain!” And God granted what he asked.

 

Holy Spirit, just as Paul and Silas prayed and worshiped at an hour where it was most weary, I come to You to declare these midnight prayer points.

I declare Your provision over my finances just as You’ve provided every element in my life. I declare Your favor upon my finances with checks in the mail, debts paid off, sales increasing, I pray all these midnight prayer points for breakthrough in the powerful name of Jesus Christ, Amen. 


Acts 16:25-26 English Standard Version
The Philippian Jailer Converted
About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them, and suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken. And immediately all the doors were opened, and everyone’s bonds were unfastened.


In the Name of Jesus Christ , I ask for supernatural strength to stand firm in Your truths.

Please help me navigate through the unknown as I hold fast to Your word. Holy Spirit, I declare Your protection over my life – over my money.

Your truth gives me discernment so that I will not be manipulated by the enemy’s lies. I find refuge in You and will choose to worship You. In Your almighty name I pray, Amen. 


Ephesians 6:10-12 New Living Translation
The Whole Armor of God
A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.