Only be strong and very courageous!!
God has giving us this New Year. I believe He has great things for us. As Joshua and the children of Israel were getting ready to enter the promise land. God told them over and over to be very strong and be of a good courage. We also have promises that God has giving us. We are to make ourselves strong and very courageous. Let us not be fearful and lose the promise. The greater One indwells us. We can do all things through Christ that strengthen us. We are part of the Army of God. Let us go forth in battle, knowing the battle has been won. Joshua 1:1-9(5-9), “No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life; as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you nor forsake you. Be strong and of a good courage, for to this people you shall divide as an inheritance the land which I swore to their fathers to give them. Only be strong and very courageous that you may observe to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go. This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall mediate in it day or night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Do you want to make your way prosperous and have success? Then follow the Book of the Law. Read verse (8) again, the law shall not depart from our mouth, mediate on the Word day and night, observe to do all it says, then your way will be prosperous and you shall have success. We must follow His way not ours. Let’s together see what God has for us in 2015. God bless us all.
Pastor Paul and Sister Claudia
KNOW YOUR ENEMY
John 10:10, “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” We are in warfare but Jesus gives us the key for success, the Word and Holy Spirit. We are the winner here. We are expected to fight the good fight of faith. Let’s know our enemy. The thief, Satan, has come but to steal, kill and destroy. So we should look at what is going on in our lives, are we walking in the abundant life, are we walking in holiness, are we giving the thief the right to work. Satan will come to us as he did with Jesus. He will temp us. Jesus said it is written to Satan. We have to be sure we give him no ground. We must know who we are in Christ. Rev.12:9-11” So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil, and Satan, who deceives the whole world, he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, “Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.” Are you ready to be about your Fathers business? God bless you.
Pastor Paul and sister Claudia
EARLY WILL I SEEK YOU
Psalm 63:1-3, “O God, You are my God; early will I seek You; my soul thirsts for You; my flesh longs for You in a dry and thirsty land. Where there is no water. So I have looked for You in the sanctuary, to see Your power and Your glory. Because Your loving kindness is better than life, my lips shall praise You.” This Psalm is about seeking God. This Psalm is about worship. Early will I seek You the Psalmist says. This month we are seeking God. We are making our election sure. We are to do this, and 2nd Peter tells us how to do this. Psalm 63 tells us how to as well. As we seek God early, we will long for God. We will realize that we are in a dry and thirsty land. This is our inner man longing after God. Nothing will satisfy us except a relationship with God. So I have looked for You in the sanctuary, to see Your power and Your glory. Because Your loving kindness is better than life, my lips shall praise you. Read all of Psalm 63 and 2Peter 1:1-11. As we seek God we shall surly find Him. “And my mouth shall praise you with joyful lips” All that we need is in God. Let God arise in this place and our enemy will flee. We will see great things this year as we seek our Lord and Savior. God bless us all.
Pastor Paul and Sister Claudia
PREPARE THE WAY OF THE LORD
Matt. 3:1&2,” In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!” Matt, 4:17, “From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” As we prepare for the New Year our pastor has asked us to pray and fast. I feel this is so important. God’s desire is to quicken us,”the church”. We must make ourselves ready. In the Old Testament there is a verse that tells us to plow up the fallow ground. God is telling us to plow, and us to repent. If you want my kingdom to come, you must prepare the way of the Lord. First we must repent. Pray, Search me, Oh Lord, and see if there is any wicked way in me. God will reveal those things to us that are hindering our walk. Repent, and let go of those things that hold us back. Love God more than your own will and your own way. If the Lord reveals a sin, get rid of it. The Holy Spirit will help us. This is a time for action. Prepare the way of the Lord. Jesus said, follow me. Not the world, or my own way, but we must follow Jesus. He is the pattern Son. Next we read, the Word. God’s Word is the standard. Not what we think. Not what the world says. God’s Word is the final say. God’s Word in how we live, it’s what we say, how we treat others. Let us be jealous of the Word. Let us guard the Word in our hearts. Next we pray. Pray every day. God not only wants us to pray. He will answer. First, let us repent. Second. Let us follow Jesus. Third, let us read the Word. Forth, let us pray. Father let us be good soldiers of the Cross. Let us be as Jesus was. Single minded about the things of God. Lord Jesus, help us to redeem the time. God bless us all as we go forward in 2015.
Pastor Paul and Sister Claudia
CHRISTMAS IS A SEASON OF PROMISE
Israel had not received a message from God since the prophet Malachi prophesied some four hundred years earlier, but God showed up and revealed Himself to two ordinary people. Simeon was a righteous and devout man, and it was revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he saw the Lord’s Messiah. He entered the temple complex and saw the baby Jesus; he took him up in his arms and began to praise God. Also in the temple that day, there was a widow; a prophetess was named Anna, who served God night and day in the temple. She also saw the baby Jesus because she believed God. The angel told Mary that with God all things are possible. Elizabeth full of the Holy Spirit declared to Mary, ”She who has believed is blessed and what was spoken to her by the Lord will be fulfilled”. God’s promises will be fulfilled. We can believe what He has said, not only the prophetic word but also the written Word. Christmas is a season of promise. As Mary believed, as Simeon believed, and as Anna believed, let our hearts be filled with wonder and let us believe what God has promised. Believe that there will be a fulfillment of those promises.
From Pastor Paul and family and Sister Claudia, may you have a wonderful, blessed and safe Christmas.
HE IS BORN
Luke2:14, “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth, peace, goodwill toward all men!” Pastor Paul has been preaching on peace during the Christmas season and for all year. It seems this world needs peace and goodwill now more than ever. On every hand there is war and rumors of war. Have you noticed that Gods Word is always on time. We pray for America, so that peace and goodwill can be here in her once again. We as the Church and the body of Christ have the answer. God has already come,” the Prince of Peace.” We must be fervent about our walk and our witness. This is not a time for the weak and fearful. God has equipped us with all we need to fight the good fight of faith. Saints we must put on truth. Saints we must put on Jesus. Let us go forward in this year of our Lord 2015 and conquer all our enemeies. Those private sins that hinder our walk that God says to put down and would give our enemy victory over our lives. Let us be strong in the Lord.Let us love more strongly. Let us not grow weary in well doing. We shall reap in due season if we faint not. Thank you for your faithfulness to Victory Life Church. All the members who represent this body of believers are the most wonderful, generous and kind hearted. We love you all.
Pastor Paul, Sister Claudia and family.
You Shall Call His Name JESUS
Matt.2: 1-2,10-11, “Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the day of Herod the king, behold wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.” When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy. And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.” The journey from what is modern day Iran to Bethlehem took over two years. The wise men in their quest to find the new born King were willing to pay whatever it would cost; time, energy, and money. They were seeking the King. The Word tells us that when we seek Him, we will find him. They believed that they would find the new born King. They kept their eyes on the star. They did not lose hope. When life is so dark, do we see hope or hopelessness? And they were filled with joy and worshiped the Child. Let us also be filled with Joy. I encourage us all to set aside time to praise and worship our Lord and Savior,” Jesus”. As the wise men did, so shall we. God bless you all.
Pastor Paul and Sister Claudia