MEDITATE ON THESE THINGS!!!
Phil.4:4-8, “Rejoice in the Lord (always) Again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentleness be known to all men, The Lord is at hand. Be anxious for nothing but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of a good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.” God has just given us some great instructions out of His Holy Bible. If we just followed these verses how happy we would be. Finally, brethren, wraps it all up. 2Cor. 10: 4 & 5, “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.” As we follow Christ and his word we find the secret of a happy life. Rejoice always, worry about nothing, and pray about everything. Let God’s peace guard your heart. Whatever things are, true, noble, pure, lovely, good report, praiseworthy, meditate on these things. Amen.
It is off to school we go!!!
School starts next week here in our part of Florida. We should pray for the safety of all the students, the teachers, the support groups, and the parents. The teachers today have to do what many parents do not. They will need to teach them more than reading, writing, and arithmetic. Every child needs to be taught to have structure in their lives. They need to be taught to have discipline, they need to learn how to be trained, and learn self-control, and etc. If they do not get it at home we pray some will be taught in school. The Bible gives us instructions on how we are to train up our children. The book of Proverbs is a good start. Pro.22:6 “Train up a child in the way he should go. And when he is old he will not depart from it. ”Pro. 9: 10 ”The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” Pro. 7:4 “Say to wisdom, You are my sister, And call understanding your nearest kin.” Pro. 5:12-14, “How I have hated instruction and my heart despised correction! I have not obeyed the voice of my teachers, nor inclined my ear to those who instructed me. I was on the verge of total ruin, in the midst of the assembly and congregation.” Do you identify with this last Proverb? I believe a lot of us do. Hopefully this young person began to understand. This is a life time job. Parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts, neighbors, friends, we all have a part. If we see a need, begin to seek God and pray. Ask what should I do, what can I do? We are part of God’s family. Then let us not fall short. God will give us wisdom and understanding. Hebrews 12:11, “Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.”
EARLY WII I SEEK THEE
PS. 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 glory. Because Your loving kindness is better than life, my lips shall praise You.” David longed for God Himself. He cried for more of God. David said, “My soul thirsts for you, my flesh longs for you.” David is desperate for more of God. And David finds God because God longs for more of David. In our busy world where the cares of the world and the need for more is always stealing our love relationship with the Father, we must seek for His kingdom first. His promise is, if we seek His kingdom first “all” these things shall be added. Seek God, long for more of God. We must guard our hearts in these matters. When do we seek Him? Early will I seek You. Where do I seek thee? So I looked for You in the sanctuary, To see your power and glory. David knows where to go in the quietness of Gods sanctuary. There he will see God’s glory and power. When David began to cry out for more of God, almost immediately he was caused to remember God’s loving kindness is better than life. David’s longing came from God. David praised him in the wilderness when he was running from his enemy, as he would praise God in safety. We are not alone, our longing, and our seeking is from God. And we have His promise that we will find Him whom our heart longs for. Jeremiah 29:13, “And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me will all your heart.”
Song of Solomon 3:1-4, “ By night on my bed I sought the one I love; I sought him, but I did not find him, I will arise now, I said, And go into the city; In the street and squares I will seek the one I love. I sought him, but I did not find him. The watchmen who go about the city found me; I said, have you seen the one I love? Scarcely had I passed by them, when I found the one I love. I held him and would not let him go.” Sister Claudia
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.