7 Priceless Blessings That Come from Having A Church Home

I often speak with young men and women who are working hard to live a good and upright life. In each believer’s life, there are specific challenges, but overall, we are confronted by only one deficit. That deficit is the ability to hear God clearly and know how to proceed. No matter what we are experiencing, God is not confused. He knows the immediate road to peace, provision, and success.  

Before I got saved, I refused to attend church. I wasn’t ready to change, and I didn’t want to confront my issues. I wasn’t sure I’d fit in. I was scared and concluded that attending church was an annoying waste of time. I told myself that it was full of hypocrites anyway. Today, I realize that Satan planted all of those lies in my mind to keep me miserable, isolated, confused, and deceived. 

Once I hit rock bottom and decided to be right and do right – I literally ran to a church to get help! I have been in church for almost twenty years now. I have never regretted having an intimate relationship with God, increasing my wisdom, and befriending genuinely loving people. All of this and much more has come from my church attendance. Through our local church, God restored my peace of mind, my hope, and my direction. Most importantly, I gained the dignity that comes from our knowing that we are in right standing with God and everyone else

In times of crisis, the Lord gave us His Word (in the Bible) for wisdom and His local church, where we receive practical support. The benefits of having a local church home are too numerous to mention! 

If you don’t currently have a church home, ask yourself, “Would growing in wisdom, understanding, knowledge, and discernment help me out here? Would I benefit from the peace of mind of belonging to a family of truly loving and generous people who are devoted to supporting our family and my life purpose?” 

Please join me in this prayer, “Father God, thank you for sending me help! I ask that your Holy Spirit direct me to a local church where my family and I can thrive. Remove all barriers from our lives and grant us peace of mind. Lord, please guide me and give me the ability to trust You in everything. Amen.” 

Seven Priceless Blessings From Having a Church Home

  • TO BE BORN AGAIN (saved) and baptized. To significantly enhance our knowledge of God and to please God through praise & worship.
  • TO DISCOVER OUR DIVINE PURPOSE in life by taking our predestined place in God’s family. To be discipled, developed, and to serve when we feel we can be a blessing.
  • TO CHANGE OUR LIFE COURSE and the direction of our marriage and family through Biblical wisdom and practical support from other believers.
  • TO DEVELOP NEW FRIENDS by fellowshipping with believers that are loving, caring, generous, and loyal. Some people meet spouses in various church ministries.
  • TO RECEIVE SUSTAINED HELP in times of need in the form of free counseling, prayer for healing and other concerns, direct financial assistance from member care, comfort, and spiritual guidance.
  • TO RECEIVE HEALING in our body, heart, and relationships through the application of wisdom from the Word of God. Access to the power of prayers of agreement.
  • TO ENABLE GOD’S DIVINE PROTECTION over our family, health, and finances as we learn to live by faith and to be directed by God’s wisdom.

If you don’t currently have a church home, ask God’s Holy Spirit to guide you and ask people in your community for referrals. Visit local church websites and see if you can stream their live services online. Perhaps you can preview the Pastor’s messages on YouTube. Most importantly, don’t put it off. Step out and actually visit churches on Sunday or weeknights. As stated before, having a loving church home is one of the best decisions you will ever make!

5 Questions to Unveil Divine Direction

In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths (Proverbs 3:6, NKJV).

Below, I have shared five steps that help us receive divine direction in any matter. Of course, the Word of God is most prominent. This explains why all believers are admonished to read the Bible daily. Second, while we read the Bible, the Holy Spirit has an opportunity to speak to us and point out scriptures. Just recently, I started to study one topic in my Bible but found myself meditating a new scripture that was given to me (impromptu by God), in answer to my prayers. The scripture that was shown to me turned my life around!

A well-known pastor, the late George Muller, was known for keeping a prayer request journal. Most importantly, he was known for the fact that so many of his prayers were answered. He was truly a man of faith. When he explained his method for seeking direction, he stated that our reasoning must include the Word of God (as stated in the Bible) and what the Holy Spirit is telling us (in our hearts). The Word of God and the Spirit of God never contradicts themselves.

In addition to studying the Word, it is vital to know and associate with trusted men and women of God. God is our Father, but His Spirit often leads us to an earthly spiritual father, such as a pastor at a local church.

Too many young believers avoid church, not knowing that through church membership, they can directly connect with loving spiritual fathers (God Himself, pastors, ministers, elders). Additionally, most churches offer free counseling from a pastor or associate minister.

Here are the five questions we can ask ourselves to unveil divine direction.

  1. THE BIBLE – What does the Bible say? What actual scriptures apply?
  2. THE HOLY SPIRIT – Have I prayed and asked God directly what I should do? What is the Holy Spirit urging me to do?
  3. CIRCUMSTANCES – Have I considered all the options? Write down the options and the pros and cons of each.
  4. WISE COUNSEL – Do I have all the facts I need to make this decision? Would additional information be helpful? Without procrastinating, should I get more information before I decide? Should I seek counsel from a spiritual leader or professional that I trust? What information would help me decide? Write it down.
  5. STEPPING OUT IN FAITH – If I made a decision at this moment (based on the Bible, God’s leading, and the facts I have), what should I do? Is this solution entirely honorable?

Finally, we must be careful to avoid procrastination. Faith without action is no faith at all (James 2:17). Too many of us have asked God for something but have been waiting on Him for months or years. Or worst still, we may have given up all hope. What?

We must go back to the drawing board and ask God, “Lord, what did you tell me to do? Where did I miss it?” He may want us to work on our character or do something that makes no sense at all.

Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding (Proverbs 3:5, NLT).

God may tell us to stop, to go forth, to obtain more information, to change directions, to wait or give us other instructions. Through prayer though, we give Him an opportunity to speak.I

have often found that even if I’m not able to start today, God will give me an interim assignment like preparation, taking baby steps, prayer, fasting, or giving. The bottom line is hearing God, which is not difficult if we are willing to sit down (quietly) and listen.

“Call upon Me in the day of trouble: I shall rescue you, and you will honor Me” (Psalm 50:15, NASB).

How To Find & Attract Love

Finding and attracting love is not as difficult as it seems. However, it is intentional. God is love, and He created all of us in His likeness and image (Genesis 1:27). At our core, we are intrinsically wired to give and receive love.

Here are four tips that help to find and attract love.  

1) Forgive – Unforgiveness repels love. Forgiveness helps to restore relationships. By forgiving quickly, we maintain the loving relationships that we currently have. All of us are tempted to be offended, but longterm, it robs us of life. Yes, there is a place for creating boundaries, but ninety-nine percent of offense is pride (Proverbs 13:10).

2) Be Loving – Loving people attract loving people. Loving people smile, are helpful, and care about the concerns of others. Friendly people look for ways to serve others and help them feel good about themselves.

3) Be Generous – Generosity isn’t always a matter of giving money. We can be generous in sincere appreciation and encouragement. We can be generous in doing small acts of kindness.

4) Make New Friends – Making new friends is paramount. As time allows, we should remain involved in groups. We may belong to a singles group, a ministry group, a reading club, etc. There are hundreds of local groups that are novel, exciting, and interesting. The point is that we should avoid isolation.

As believers, we should gravitate toward Christian based groups and activities as much as possible. Otherwise, we may find ourselves feeling detached as new friends exhibit socially acceptable behaviors like using four-letter-words.

Finally, the essential adjustment we should make toward finding and attracting love is to work at being loving – 100% of the time!  The Word of God says, “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins” (1 Peter 4:8, NIV).

YOU HAVE ENOUGH FAITH

Recently a darling friend said to me, “I don’t have (much) faith.” I explained to her that Biblically speaking, right now she does in fact have faith (Romans 12:3).  For instance if you ride in cars or on planes, you are using your faith to believe that it won’t crash. Each day we use our faith in hundreds of experiences that we take for granted.

It’s important for each of us to know that we do in fact have faith (Romans 12:3).  Our faith in God and His Word can be increased each time we hear the Word of God (Romans 10:17). If we don’t regularly hear Bible lessons or study the Bible personally, we may not have much opportunity to recharge our faith in God or His Word. Thus, we could began to falsely believe that we don’t have any faith or that we don’t have enough faith. To experience your faith, all that is needed is for you to use it.  Draw close to God and He will draw close to you. Your prayers are powerful.

Jesus told His disciples that even a mustard seed (tiny bit) of faith could move a mountain (Matthew 17:25).  We don’t need great faith to be saved, delivered, healed or rescued by God.  Our loving Father God meets us where we are.  God is eager to hear and answer our prayers.  Step on out knowing that right now you possess enough faith to please God and to move a mountain!

JESUS HAS NEVER LOST A CASE! (Physical Healing)

Too many of us are living with pains, aches and sickness when God is ABLE and we KNOW it. If you are a believer, put your foot down about this. God wants to heal us more than we want to be well. He will tell us what to do. SAINTS, NEVER GIVE UP! 

Four things we can do right now to be healed: 
1) PUT GOD FIRST. Many of us are ill because we are relying on everyone/everything but God. 
2) STAND ON THE WORD. The Word of God tells us that believers are already healed and can walk in divine health now. In order to experience this, we must believe it (1 Peter 2:24). Review the scriptural promises of God for healing. Let them sink deep into your soul and memorize them if you must. The Word cannot work (within us) if we don’t know it. 
3) ASK GOD FOR DAILY GUIDANCE. We’ve got to have a prayer life. If our prayers have gone unanswered, we can ask God, “Lord what do I need to do for my complete healing?” He will tell us (James 1:5). 
4) UNDERSTAND YOUR AUTHORITY IN CHRIST.  Thousands of wonderful believers live with pain and are sick because they don’t feel righteous before God. Repent of any ongoing sin of commission or omission that has you feeling unrighteous.  Once you’ve sincerely repented, you are restored to right standing – immediately. No guilt. There is never a reason for a believer to feel unrighteous when we can repent of anything. We are covered in the blood Jesus and set free. We are not in bondage. Nothing can bind us – especially not sickness!.  

Claim your God-given right to health! God wants you well!

NO WORRIES! (What To Do Instead – 3 Steps)

1 Peter 5:7 is one of the most profound scriptures in the entire Bible. Everyone should commit this scripture to memory: “Casting all your cares [all your anxieties, all your worries, and all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares about you [with deepest affection, and watches over you very carefully].”  

In this scripture, God is telling us how to retain our joy, how to stay healthy, how to live longer, how to walk with Him, and most importantly – how to achieve answered prayer!    

Believers are never to worry about people, money, careers, spouses, children, parents, death or even catastrophes. We are never to indulge the sin of worry.  Worry does not make anything better – few people realize this but naturally and spirituallyit makes matters worse.    

The downside of worry is that (through stress), worry harms the health, it kills our joy, it can cause rash unwise decisions and it dishonors God by provingwe do not trust Him. Worry invites stress, doubt, unbelief and a host of evil outcomes. Worry is closely associated with fear and FEAR is not from God. 2 Tim 1:7 tells us that, “God did not give us a spirit of fear, He gave us the Spirit of power, love and sound judgment.”    

What DO we do when we don’t know WHAT to do? (Phil 4:6-7) gives us the Biblical response to problems in 3 steps: First, it reminds us not to be anxious about anything or 1) Do not worry, 2)   Pray & tell God what you need and 3) Thank Him for what He’s already done.    

Let me explain. We are not thanking God for the dilemma; we are counting our past blessings and giving God heartfelt praise (ahead of the outcome) for His Presence and His Power to help us! The Bible tells us that praise unites believers with Almighty God and it is the ultimate evidence of our faith.    

Once we give a matter to God, we can expect a miracle.  But we must never allow anyone’s opinion to quench our faith – even authority figures with “so called” evidence.  Don’t even agree with other’s negative statements. Remain silent or tell them outright, “I’m trusting God.”    

After you’ve prayed, no matter what happens, remain positive, talk positive and refuse any worry or anxiety.  When tempted to worry, say out loud, “Jesus, I love you and I trust you!”    

For the rest of your life – NO WORRIES!  You will please God, enjoy greater physical health, and see miracles!Attachments area

Physical Healing – Game Changer

Can you feel it?  Something is different.  We are literally walking in the fulfillment of Joel’s prophecy repeated in Acts 2:18, “In the last days, says God, I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh”…  This pouring out of the Holy Spirit is becoming more potent by the day so that it has become near impossible for Satan to deceive any believer. 

This morning, God said to me, “The spirit of fear is afraid of you.”  This is true for all believers. What God is saying is that His people are living in fear(sickness, debt, violence, political corruption) because we aren’t mindful of the fact that the devil is scared to death of us. If we resist him tenaciously, he will flee. That’s a promise from God (James 4:7). 

What does this have to do with physical healing? Men and women of God, we don’t have to tolerate pains, aches, sickness, diseases or relying on the arm of flesh to help us. Didn’t our Father say, “I AM the LORD Who heals you.”  He meant it.  We know that God watches over His Word to make it good and furthermore – God cannot lie (Jeremiah 1:12; Numbers 23:19). 

So what’s the problem? Why does it seem like ¾ of our churches are sick, crushed under horrendous diseases, living with pain and can’t even get a good nights sleep?

God sent His Word and healed them (Psalm 107:20). The promise of God in Isaiah 53:5 (if taken as regularly as medicine) will CURE us. Thank God for our wonderful doctors, medicines, procedures and painkillers. They are temporary Band-Aids – they were never intended to replace God Almighty.  I’m not under condemnation for taking medicine and you shouldn’t be either.  But personally, I’m not satisfied with drugs! I serve a God that promised to take sickness from among us (Exodus 23:25). 

God’s Word has creative power. 1 Peter 2:24 (By His wounds you have been healed) will mix with our DNA and change our genes. It doesn’t matter what disease runs in our family. Hello? It doesn’t matter what we ate. We can instantly cancel generational curses and repent of bad choices. The bottom line is that GOD SENT HIS WORD AND HEALED US. 

The Game Changer is the Holy Spirit. He is at work in us right now to effect our complete healing. I may sound like another voice crying in the wilderness, but the chains have already been removed.  If we will allowthe uncut Word of God to penetrate our cells and change our DNA, the healing anointing released in us can heal and free millions.  Enough is enough. Let’s take our places in the Body of Christ.

Reprograming Hacked Relationships

Just as a virus attacks a computer, the enemy attacks relationships. I believe that family relationships (parent/child, husband/wife, in-laws) are his favorite targets. Broken family communication and fellowship is very painful.  However, regardless of how long the breach has existed, it can be restored. Remember, nothing is impossible for God or for him that believes!  Although restoring relationships is a process, it can be a very rewarding journey. For my entire life, I’ve had to employ the same godly strategies that I will be sharing in my upcoming book on how to redesign your relationships. Four of the behaviors, skill sets and attitudes that we discuss include how to rebuild love, how to forgive, the importance of commitment, developing self-control and understanding humility. Most importantly, we must explore our own relationship with God. It’s our spiritual connection that provides the grace we need to achieve total success. In our upcoming posts we will go into more depth concerning how to heal any relationship!

Asking For Prayer

Most of us have a lengthy prayer list of persons we hold up in prayer. But many times, we neglect to ask anyone to pray for us!  Many Christians don’t believe in complaining or letting our brothers and sisters know that we need their help.  James 5:16 says that the prayers of the righteous have great power!  As we fight the good fight of faith and believe God for answered prayer, let’s remember to ask other believers to touch and agree for our needs too!  We know that God loves us and He hears our prayers. Not only is Jesus interceding for us, but (right now) His Holy Sprit is raising up individuals, teams and churches to left us as well.  Glory to God!

What Is Spiritual Abuse?

The Lord called many religious teachers (of His day) hypocrites, whitewashed tombs, snakes, sons of hell and vipers. He said they were full of self-indulgence, greed and wickedness. This is what our modern church considers “spiritual abuse.”  Jesus accused religious leaders of failing to practice JUSTICE, MERCY and FAITHFULNESS.  All of us have witnessed leading clergy prosecuted in the news, and God has condemned the behavior of religious leaders who use their position to abuse and rob God’s people. When we discover spiritual abuse, we must resist the temptation to simply gossip, but instead, stand up for what is right and sincerely pray for these lost souls.

 

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