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Starting with praise and worship. Heading to the throne room. It's raining outside, but that hasn't kept people away from the House of the Lord. Great way to start your day.
Sister Vesta Mangun
Starting about the importance of spending time in prayer. Intercessory prayer. When we go to prayer with God, we are not asking just an expert. We are not just asking someone who cares for us. We are asking the God of the Universe. He is THE expert. He is THE one who cares for us more deeply than anyone else could ever hope to.
Ask. Seek. Knock. That is what we have to do to get into connection with God. Gratefully, God wants us to get into connection with Him. He desires our attention. He craves our affection. If we will humble ourselves and ask for help instead of trying to do things ourselves. If we will seek His voice instead of seeking the voices of the world. If we will knock, His attention will be all ours.
God can do anything, so why don't we ask Him? God's ways lead to fulfillment, satisfaction and true treasure. Why wouldn't we seek after Him? God has the keys to unlock our situations, our hopes and our dreams. Why wouldn't we knock after Him?
She turns her attention to living for God to the very end. She will never stop asking after God. She'll never quit seeking His favor. She'll continue knocking for opportunity in His Kingdom. And along the way, she will seek out as many souls as she can. She puts on a rain jacket with a message on the back:
"If men go to hell do you care? I do...but not enough."
How true that statement is. We must care for lost souls. We'll never care enough. However, the knowledge that we don't should inspire us to care all the more. Never forget that there are souls that are currently heading to hell. They need salvation. They need redemption. They need Jesus. Do you care?
Do we care enough to pray until it hurts? Do we care enough to fast until God breaks something in our loved ones, our churches and our communities? Do we care enough to get in somebody's way and stop their path to damnation? If we do, we can no longer remain bystanders in this life. We cannot witness this spiritual death march and not be moved. We must care and we must act!
Hell is still real and people are headed there. Don't listen to the modern voices that dismiss the truth of eternal separation from God. People will fall into a place of suffering and pain that will last forever. We must acknowledge this fact and get a passion to stop as many of those people from suffering that fate as possible. Christ climbed a mountain and hung on a cross to offer us an opportunity for freedom. He died for us to find redemption. What will we do?
Rev. Terry Shock
His focus is on the Pastor of the church. The need for them to be protected, guarded and guided by the Spirit. Even with the focus on pastors, his message speaks to all of us. We all need God’s protection. We all need to be guarded by His power. We all need to be guided by His voice. However, the enemy desires to pull us away from God’s Spirit. The enemy uses several methods to distract and create “noise” in our lives. Here are some of those “noise” tactics
Sin: The devil will try and bring sin and iniquity into our lives even as we serve God with passion and conviction. Temptation is waiting after every triumph. Transgression is just a careless moment away. We must make sure we are under the protecting arms of Jesus to keep us from the hour of temptation.
Comparison: It’s easy to look around and see what others are doing and wish we had what they have. Other times, we look at others and tear them down to make ourselves feel better. We get into a trap of pursuing things that are not necessary to try and keep up with others. We lose sight of the things that are important: prayer, fasting, diving into the Word. We must have God’s vision to keep from the comparison trap. Seeing as Christ desires us to see will keep us on the path to godly success.
Entertainment: We all need to relax, but our lives cannot be a constant switch between super spirituality and mind numbing entertainment. We must be constantly tuned into God and what He has to say, even when we are in fellowship and recreational moments.
Entitlement: We can’t just expect that because we are here that we’ve made it. Nobody has earned enough credibility. Nobody has done enough to get a pass. We all have a role to play in God’s Kingdom, but we have to show up and put the work in to fulfill that role. We cannot rest on past successes, but look to new opportunities to get involved and serve God.
Numbers: It isn’t all about the amount of what you have. The amount of people in our churches, in our Bible studies and in our social interactions isn’t everything. The amount of money and resources we possess doesn’t make us successful. It’s the quality of the connections we make with others. It’s the wisdom with which we use the resources we have.
Turning from the noise, Rev. Terry focuses on success. Success is knowing the Word of God and doing the Word of God. If we will do that, we won't get caught up in the noise and distractions. We will be focused on the work that God has given us to do. That will lead to be fulfilled in our purpose, our passion and our pursuits in God.
Rev. Wayne Huntley
God has given us everything we need to succeed. There is nothing missing from our faith and doctrine
We are not handicapped by our belief system. We are empowered by our faith and reliance on God.
God has given us all things for His purposes. We are complete in Christ. We don’t need luck. We don’t need mysticism. We have the Holy Ghost flowing through us. We don’t need a secret tome. We have the Word of God. We don’t need to seek a wise man far away. We have the ear of God through prayer.
People young and old are passionately seeking to grow in God. Anytime we see someone trying to grow, we need to water them with encouragement. When we see someone full of the anointing and willing to serve, we need to give them an opportunity.
We aren’t into addition or subtraction. We are into extension. We must stretch ourselves to the fullest extent of what God has given us. So many things are just out of our reach because we don't stretch ourselves a bit further. We don't go to the lengths necessary to serve and succeed.
Sometimes stretching can cause pain. It can make us uncomfortable. However, once we've stretched, we often times feel relief. Once we have extended ourselves in faith, prayer, servant hood and commitment, we feel the relief that can only come from God. Because stretching into faith brings us into the presence of God. Because stretching into prayer, brings us into greater intimacy with God. Because stretching into servant hood brings us deeper into the Kingdom of God. Because stretching into commitment to God brings us into a more solidified relationship with God.
Chris Farris is the author of The Way, a manual detailing how to implement the Beatitudes into your life. He review events and other media and offers other insights into writing and working for the Kingdom of God.