Archive for December, 2007

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For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. James 4:14

We are all so polite. Me too, I’m guilty. Smile… As a courtesy, no one ever distinguishes a funeral from a Homegoing in our community. (That’s another whole series; but not now.) This goes on all over. Let me tell you about a powerful dream that I had. This is true.

I dreamed that Jesus had come back late one night and that all of the people who accepted him as their Lord and Savior had to walk down the main road of our metro area (about 20 miles or so long) towards the downtown area to meet Jesus. A lot of people got caught off guard. Now, at the point of the dream that I started fortunately I was only a few blocks away. I was walking not with a lot of people but people were all along the road and I had on my pajamas. Most people were carrying pillows and blankets. There was n o anxiety, there was peace. At the end of the road where we were all headed there was a huge light and it seemed to be drawing us all there. There was no conversation, no church signs, no divisions, no ethnic separations.

As we passed the side streets many were turning off in other directions. Every single side street was pitch black. I saw some people that I knew turn down one of those streets. I was very sad but by then there was nothing that I could do. It was too late.

I woke up.

Since that time, I have prayed for the people who were forced to turn down a dark side street. My prayers have remained consistent for their salvation.

As a bold saint, I ask you to examine yourself and decide if you will have a funeral or a Home Going service at the appointed time? It matters.

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* I didn’t just pick any altar call. This one is from Minister Hightower’s Church. I know the lady speaking is Evangelist Kathy. You will be Blessed to hear this.

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Isaiah 40:31

Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

A lot of people make a choice in their lives to walk with God. But, things start happening and they move away. Sometimes, these things are just pressures of life that just move in and take over. Pretty soon people begin to tell themselves: I can’t go to church, it costs too much money, I’m afraid to leave the house, it’s a bad time, my family doesn’t want me to leave, my clothes don’t look right, I don’t know anyone, I don’t like the church , nmy car doesn’t drive right or whatever else.

I’m not saying that none of this is true. I’ve been there. But, I know the author of the thoughts. It’s Satan. He’s always going to put thoughts in your head to move you away from God and put you in the wilderness roaming around. I assure you that it is in that wilderness where he strikes. Be proactive, get in the Word of God and begin to meditate and pray. Make up your mind that nothing will separate you from the love of God. Allow no distractions! In One year, you’ll be firmly persuaded that your life has changed for the better. Trust God.

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There are two different words used for salvation in the Old and New Testaments (ye shuw’ ah and soteria). but they both have the same meaning: deliverance, safety, healing and soundness. This may come as a surprise to some who believed their salvation only guaranteed them a place in Heaven. Let me quickly say that if it were the only provision that salvation offered, it certainly would be enough; but when God saved you, He had more in store for you. Many scriptures bear witness to this fact. Galatians 3:14, which tell us the blessings of Abraham are ours, is only one example. You can receive all the other promises of God the same way you received your deliverance from the kingdom of darkness.

Romans 10:9&10 states: “that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” That is the procedure for receiving all the other promises of God . . . . believing and confessing. When the confession of your lips harmonizes with the confession of your heart, you will then have the thing sought after. A search of the letters to the Churches in the New Testament will give you a vivid description of who you are in Christ if you are a believer. It may not be manifest in your life at this moment, but that is still part of your inheritance as a child of God. Let’s use an example. Philippians 4:19 proclaims “My God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” You might say this is definitely not true in your life because you have nothing but lack. Well I want to tell you there is a difference between “facts” and the Truth. God’s word is true regardless of what may be manifest at any particular moment in your life.

We should take God’s Word, personalize it, and begin to confess it. Our example from Philippians would then read, “My God supplies all my need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus”. Repeat it aloud and often because faith comes by hearing the Word of God (Romans 10:17). As you hear God’s Word, the belief in your heart will grow and, as we said before, when the confession of your heart harmonizes with the confession of your mouth, you will receive. We just used that Philippians scripture as an example. There are a multitude of other promises you should personalize and use. When you start this process you might encounter some difficulty. Your mind might balk at confessing things which haven’t been actualized as yet. You need to override those objections and boldly declare what God has said about you. In addition to that you must persist! Your confession is planting seeds of faith in your heart. They won’t bear fruit overnight. Just as the farmer must be patient, you must be patient. It may take weeks or months, but if you continue and don’t faint, your harvest will be bountiful!!!

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* I wish that I could tell you more about this Choir; only I don’t know much except that their singing will greatly touch your heart.

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Haitian born Canadian Recording Artist Sylvie Desgroseilliers