HIS LOVE, HIS SON
John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his one and only Son, that whosoever believeth in him shall not perish, but have everlasting life.” As we are having our Sunday service down at the river, it seemed to be a perfect time to think on our witness. Some of the Lord’s last words to us, was to go into all the world and preach the gospel to all people. All are welcome. This is the wonder of the gospel. No good works will get you there. Reaching to a level of perfection achieves nothing. The key is in Jesus’ promise, Whosoever believeth in Him. I love that word, “whosoever” because it includes me. I don’t have to be smart, I don’t have to be young, and I don’t have to be rich. Isn’t it grand? For God so loved. “So” is another wonderful word in that verse. He chose to love me. There is no limit, because so great is His love for me. His love is great and is without measure. It is a gift that is free to us. But it cost heaven. God’ gift, that priceless gift of love when God gave his only-begotten Son to live and die for men. Then there is this great promise, that if we believe in Jesus we will not perish but have everlasting life. What a promise, and oh, what a Savior! Let us sing for joy, let us sing his praises. We are blessed. Let us tell the world this great news.
Brother Paul and sister Claudia
The Lowly Crepe Myrtle
Several years ago the Lord spoke to my heart about the Crepe Myrtle. It was after hurricanes Ivan and Dennis had come through. It seemed as if 10,000 trees had blown down. The mighty oak, the stately pines were uprooted. They lay everywhere for you to clean up. After hurricane Dennis, which was in July, I just happen to notice that the smaller trees had done better. Here the Crepe Myrtles were blooming and giving off their lovely colors. Not only were they blooming but they were thriving in the heat of summer. It did not seem to matter how hot it got they just kept blooming. As I was thinking about this the Lord spoke to my heart and said, Claudia I want you to be as this Crepe Myrtle, I want you to bloom in intense heat. I thought, I don’t know if I can bloom in that kind of heat but I did say I will try Lord. No matter what the day may hold, no matter what the circumstances I will bloom. People will be amazed and know that God had done this. Oh, I have known these people. When persecution arose for the gospel sake they stood firm. I think of Stephen the first martyr. Acts 6: 8-15, Acts 7:54-60, And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and signs among the people. Then there arose some from what is called the Synagogue of the Freedmen disputing with Stephen. And they were not able to resist the wisdom and the Spirit by which he spoke. (15) And all who sat in council, looking steadfastly at him, saw his face as the face of an angel. When they heard these things they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed at him with their teeth. But he, being full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. (59) And they stoned Stephen as he was calling on God and saying, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit”. Then he knelt down and cried out with a loud voice, “Lord, do not charge them with this sin.” And when he said this he fell asleep. What a wonderful example of Christian love. Did the stones hurt any less, did the death seem a little easier? I think not. I think Stephen felt the intense pain of every stone hitting his body. But he wavered not. Lord let me be a Stephen and stand strong.
Love Pastors Paul and Claudia
A word Victory Life Church received Sunday was, revolution coming to the church. I looked up revolution in Webster’s dictionary and one of the meaning is; a sudden, radical, or complete change. Let it be so Lord. To get ready for this he said he saw the word prepare, prepare, prepare as if a 1,000 people were coming. He said to have Jesus faith. Acts 10:38, “how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him.” What I did with Peter I will do with you and more, Acts 5: 12-16, “And through the hands of the apostles many signs and wonders were done among the people. And they were all with one accord in Solomon’s Porch. Yet none of the rest joined them, but the people esteemed them highly. And believers were increasingly added to the Lord, multitudes of both men and woman, so that they brought the sick out into the streets and laid them on beds and couches, that at least the shadow of Peter passing by might fall on some of them. Also a multitude gathered from the surrounding cities to Jerusalem, bringing sick people and those who were tormented by unclean spirits, and they were all healed.” Haggai 2:9, “The glory of this latter house shall be greater than the former; says the Lord of host. And in this place I will give peace says the Lord of hosts.” And in this place I will give peace says the Lord of host. What a wonderful promise. God has blessed us at Victory with an opportunity for change. He has a work for us and we need to move ahead and be open to the Holy Spirit. Let us pray, seek wisdom, strength, discernment. Let us move forward with renew vision and know God is with us.
LET GOD ARISE
Ps. 68:1-6 “Let God arise, Let His enemies be scattered; Let those also who hate Him flee before Him, As smoke is driven away; as wax melts before the fire, so let the wicked perish at the present of God. But let the righteous be glad; let them rejoice before God; Yes, let them rejoice exceedingly. Sing to God, sing praises to His name; Extol Him who rides on the clouds, By His name Yah, and rejoice before Him. A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, Is God in His holy habitation. God sets the solitary in families; He brings out those who are bound for prosperity; but the rebellious dwell in a dry land.” Let God arise and His enemies be scattered. When we allow, God appears in our heart and lives we will see victory. We sometimes forget that we have an enemy and that enemy has come but to steal, kill, and destroy. But God says when I come the enemy will flee. Praise God, what a savior. As fathers, and as families, we have to put that old enemy on notice that we will not allow him to destroy what is ours. As wax melts before the fire, so let the wicked perish at the presence of God. Let the righteous be glad. Let us rejoice, sing to God, sing praises to His name. As we rejoice then God will arise and our enemies will be scattered. Verse five, “A father of the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in His holy habitation.” What a wonderful promise. How many fathers are not there for their children, but God says I will be there. I will be a father to them. There is a God in heaven who loves us. Now that is good news. Amen, let us let God arise today. God bless our fathers and families.
THE FAMILY, GODS PLAN
From Genesis through Revelation God talks about the family. He talks about a wedding, his bride preparing herself. He talks about his sons, his daughters. He talks about leaving and preparing a place for us. He says I wont leave you along I will send the Comforter, the Holy Spirit. He will tell you all about me. So we will never be along. Isn’t it wonderful that our heavenly Father loves us. We can trust him. Genesis tell us of Adam and Eve the first wedding, the first parents, the first family. Even though our first parents failed, God had already made a way for us. That way is the cross where his Son paid the price for us. When Jesus cried out “It is finished” Satan lost control of planet earth and Genesis 3: 15, was fulfilled. In Genesis 12:1-3, We meet a man who believed God and the Bible tell us that God consider Abraham righteous. Now the Lord had said to Abram: “Get out of your country, from your family and from your father’s house. To a land I will show you. I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you and curse those who curse you; And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.” This is completed in Gal. 3: 13,14-29, Gal .4:4-7. Revelation 19: 6-9, (7) “Let us rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come and His bride has made herself ready.” Rev. 21:2, “Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalam, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adored for her husband.” We the church is that bride. Lets make ourselves ready for his coming. For He says I come quickly. We have much to be excited about. Truly, the best is yet to come.
A fruit of the Spirit—“Kindness”
Gal. 5:22, But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. Luke 6:35 & 36, “But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil. Therefore be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful.” If our heavenly Father is kind to us when we our unthankful and evil and shows compassion can we do less. Proverbs 31 says in verse 26, “She opens her mouth with wisdom, and on her tongue is the Law of Kindness.” Eph. 4:32” Be kind to one another.” 11 Peter 1: 3 tells us, “His divine power hath given us all things that pertain unto life and godliness.” If not for that divine power working in our lives we could not produce this fruit. But it is praise God. As we allow the fruit of kindness to take root in our heart we will see the ex-ordinary become ordinary. The law of kindness will be on our tongue. What a joy for our mothers, fathers, children, neighbors, co-worker as we walk in the Spirit. We praise you Lord Jesus as the pattern Son who showed us how to walk in the law of kindness and the world will see. “Let there be kindness in your face, in your eyes, in your smile, in the warmth of your greeting…Don’t only give your care, but give your heart as well.” Mother Teresa. God bless us all.
THE VIRTUOUS WOMAN
Proverbs 31: 10-31, (1 &2, 26-30).
Who can find a virtuous wife?
For her worth is far above rubies. The heart of her husband safely trusts in her; so he will have no lack of gain. She does him good and not evil all the days of her life (26-30). She opens her mouth with wisdom, and on her tongue is the law of kindness. She watches over the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Many daughters have done well, but you excel them all. Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, but a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised. Let us walk in the law of kindness. Let us walk as this lady. Many have done well, let us be of those who excel. This speaks of a natural wife but it is also talking about the bride of Christ. We are that bride. The church of the living God is this wife. Let us again walk as that bride. Revelation 21:1&2, we see the bride adorned for her husband. Rev. 22: 17 says “And the spirit and the bride say, Come”
The spirit and bride together gives us the invitation to “Come”. And let him who hears say, “Come” and let him who thirsts “Come”. Whoever desires let him take the water of life freely. The bride, the church, has much to do. Let us be that virtuous woman. When the Lord comes let us be found doing His work. The invitations have been sent out. “Come” all are invited.