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Saturday, July 31, 2010



Paul and Barnabus
Two and three year old 5-7 minutes lesson
Paul was very angry. He hated people that loved Jesus
‘I must do something to stop them talking about Jesus,’ Paul said.

So Paul gathered some others to help him. If Paul heard that people were talking about Jesus, he found them and took them off to prison.



Paul heard that people were talking about Jesus in a town called Da mas cus. Paul gathered others to help him and got ready for a long journey. ‘I’ll stop those people talking about Jesus,’ Paul told his helpers.

As Paul walked along the road, he kept thinking about how he would find some people that loved Jesus and put them in jail.. Suddenly, a bright light flashed on him. Paul fell down, blinded by the light. Paul heard a voice saying , ‘Why are you so angry with me, Paul?’

‘Who are you?’ Paul asked.Very scared!

‘I’m Jesus, the one you’re angry with. Now go along the road into Damascus. I will tell you what to do.’

Paul got up. He had met Jesus and he felt different now he loved people that talked about Jesus. Paul went along the road into Damascus. When Paul got there, he met a man called An a ni as who helped him understand more about Jesus. Soon Paul was talking about Jesus to everyone he met!

‘God had been with Paul all the time when he was angry and upset. God was with Paul now that he was different.’ God is with us all the time.
Paul started preaching the people were angry with Paul they thought he was still mean.

Paul seen a man his name was Barnabus
Barnabus wanted to help Paul
Barnabus said to Paul come with me I will tell the people to listen to you
you are not scary any more
The people listened to Paul
Barnabus was a good helper.
Barnabus asked Paul Can I go with you too i want to help tell people about Jesus too.
ok said Paul but God wants us to be missionaries
Wonderful said Barnabus I will bring my nephew Mark too
Off they went telling everyone about Jesus
Mark Barnabus and Paul
I Dont want to go anymore said Mark
ok said Barnabus stay behind then.
Barnabus stopped he listened to people talking about bad things
Is it good to talk about bad things?

Barnabus listened to the bad things
I Dont want to go anymore unless my nephew will go said Barnabus

You know your nephew dont want to go with us Barnabus said Paul
I want my own way or Im not going said Barnabus
Just like a baby Barnabus wanted his own way.
Barnabus made God sad
God dont let us help when we do things our own way.
We have to do what God wants.
God told Paul he was the leader missionary but Barnabus did not want to follow.

Pray and fast


Esther
4:16 Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and fast ye for me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night or day: I also and my maidens will fast likewise; and so will I go in unto the king, which is not according to the law: and if I perish, I perish.
Mark 9:29 And he said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting
My prayer is this morning is God teach me to pray.In a world full of sin if we dont pray who will?
I believe we have fallen short of prayer with all the cares of the world.We need to pray more now than ever to make up for the ones that are not praying,We are a Martha or a Mary.God placed everyone of us in a church as it pleases Him.Some have to pray longer not to be seen of men but to make up for the ones that are sleeping.Some cant watch for a hour because they want to do things their own way.Jesus being spotless prayed how much more do we need to pray.I thank God the veil of the temple was torn for us that any time we need or want we can accept the invitation to pray,
God never closes the veil we forfeit on our own to go beyond the torn veil
anytime we feel the need What can be more important to do with our idle time.if not pray than the idle time the devil will steal.There is no clock behind the veil.There is no tv computers xbox or other cares of the world The Holy Spirit is waiting to go in with us before the Great and powerful all mighty God.I wonder if the timbers could speak louder if we could hear the past and present of the prayers of the saints
Or would their be no need for incense.I pray this morning Holy Spirit come! Let nothing hinder me from the need of prayer some have fallen a brother needs my prayer someone sick needs my prayer my family needs my prayer my pastor needs my prayer my church family needs my prayer How can some believe there is a time limit on our prayers when we have little time left to pray.
What would it do for God to go to and fro through out the earth and find all the churches unlocked and every knee bowed calling out to God save our land?

Friday, July 30, 2010

Beauty contest

Esther 2:17 And the king loved Esther above all the women, and she obtained grace and favour in his sight more than all the virgins; so that he set the royal crown upon her head, and made her queen instead of Vashti.
As I was reading this morning I wonder what would happen if Esther didnt give her gift of beauty to use for Gods glory.
Everyone has a gift but not everyone can be trusted with their gift some hide it some abuse it (pride)could be singing or....and as Esther some use I
I pray that God will show me the gifts He has given me and use it for Him.I Can tell alot of times what is about to happen I went to the horse races when I didnt know it was wrong and I Would tell my husband what horse would win and end up happening I knew if I used the money God entrusted me with to gamble I knew God would take the gift away and get someone else to do the job He wanted done.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

leadership

I Thank God this morning for my Pastor who is responsive, gentle, and genuinely filled with compassion loves his people knows them all by name Spirit filled soulwinner. These characteristics are needed for a leader of the flock than academic degrees, church growth numbers A Pastor has to give an account for our life.In many ways they are our coach.They want the best for us,A Pastor spends alot of time with his people our Pastor deserves joy over our growth.

The following verse is what happens to a leader that wont lead in the right direction.

Matthew 15:14 Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch

Wednesday, July 28, 2010






Missing Church Excuses
God is watching you!


why people miss church. I'm sure there must be a million. You could start with, I missed church because I had to go fishing. Or how about, " I missed church because junior had a cold. I guess the whole family had to stay home just to blow that poor kid's nose! Or another would be, I missed church because I got up late, again. I could go on and on. This would make a great page!


Well...I could not come to the church last Sunday...;)I Tried driving in but the lady in front of me drove too slow. besides there was a sermon on the radio... sometimes I had to miss Church because the kids wanted to sleep in.
Last week my baby had the sniffles I just cant win.
My husband worked all week he is too tired to go.I give all my money away and nothing to show.The pews are too hard they made me fill out a visitor card.I got up to late






* 3. I had to miss Church because the kids wanted to sleep in. Excuse: I couldn't go to church today because I had a flat on the car and didn't think we could all fit in the truck.


* 4. Excuse for skipping church: Real Mysterious Sounding "I just had this feeling I shouldn't be there."

Walking in the newness of life putting off the old...


Church tonight people prayer pews Pastor pulpit power program
1 John
1:1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life;
1:2 (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;)
1:3 That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.
1:4 And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.
1:5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.
1:6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:
1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
1:8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
1:10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.



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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Growth of a Christian

I was listening to a good sermon a few weeks ago.The subject of growth caught my attention,There are many stages of growth in people just like school you have five subjects one child is better in math than another but both in the same grade,Christians are in the same class but some excel in different areas the reason for this is when a child is born they grow and sometimes they have not grown in attitude or social skills or other areas because they are still like a two year old in attitude because they have not grown yet past the stage of a two year old even though they are an adult sometimes something happened as a tragic that stunned their growth.

Christians even the elect will fall away......

Matthew 10:16 Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves
Some of these sheep are being led right into a slaughter – all because their parents and their churches did not give them the basic and fundamental knowledge from God’s Word.


Be Wise as Serpents – Harmless as Doves
He says that we are to be wise as serpents and harmless as doves because He is sending us out as sheeps and lambs in the midst of wolves. The third verse comes from 1 Peter where it says that we are to be sober and vigilant because our adversary, the devil, walks about this earth seeking who he is going to try and devour next.
we have all been born into a cursed and fallen world as a result of what happened with Adam and Eve, and we are all stuck with having to deal with the reality of a demonic spirits, and other people who are living this life in the flesh.


1. “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.” (Matthew 10:16)

“Go your way; behold, I send you out as lambs among wolves.” (Luke 10:3)

“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” (1 Peter 5:8)


Beware of Dogs and Evil Workers


These people are the ones who are selling drugs to your kids in school, trying to work themselves into your families so they can gain your trust to try and set things up where they can molest your kids.

Many of the pedophiles are masters at manipulation and deception and gaining the trust of you and your child so they can set things up to do their thing. If more parents would have been more alert, more vigilant, leadings of the Holy Spirit – many of these pedophiles could have been stopped before they can destroy the child.
Until Jesus comes back, we are all going to have to keep our radars up and watch out for these types of people – not only for ourselves, but also for our friends and other family members.


“Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the mutilation!” (Philippians 3:2)
“Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of God.” (2 Corinthians 6:14)

“For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of the light … And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret. But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light.” (Ephesians 5:8)

“The righteous should chose his friends carefully, for the way of the wicked leads them astray.” (Proverbs 12:26)

We must be aware of unbelievers of this world.
We should choose our friends very carefully in this life – and that if we do not, and we get hooked up with the wrong type of people – that these wicked people can then lead us astray from our God, from our family, and from our real friends in this life.





In the bible it reads



1. “Do not be carried about with various and strange doctrines.” (Hebrews 13:9)

2. “If anyone comes to you and does not bring this doctrine, do not receive him into your house nor greet him; for he who greets him shares in his evil deeds.” (2 John 1:10)

3. “Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons.” (1 Timothy 4:1)

4. “For false christs and false prophets will arise and show great signs and wonders, so as to deceive, if possible, even the elect.” (Matthew 24:24)

5. “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits.” (Matthew 7:15)

6. “Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ.” (Colossians 2:8)

7. “Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not be partakers with them.” (Ephesians 5:6)

We are not to be partakers with these kinds of people, and that we are not to even let them step foot into our houses.

This is not to say that we cannot witness to them to try and get them saved as the Holy Spirit will lead – but we still have to stay on our side of the fence until we can get them saved and delivered. from the bondage they have been in all of this time. You can witness to someone who may be living in a false cult, but that does not mean you have to be going to their meetings, to their churches, or to the actual organizations they may belong to.

The verse from 1 Timothy 4:1 that it says that the Holy Spirit is giving us warning that in the latter days there will be some Christians who will be falling into some of these false doctrines and beliefs, and that they will literally be falling away from their faith in the Lord Himself. The verse from Matthew 24:24 says that the signs and wonders coming in from some of these false prophets and false christs will be so good, that even some of the elect are going to be fooled and duped.

All of this is enemy territory – and any believer who starts to follow after any of these other false doctrines and belief systems will not only be opening up the door to demonic activity to start coming into their lives – but they will also incur the wrath of God.The very last verse says that the “sons of disobedience” will have the wrath of God come upon them if they ever start to partake in any of these kinds of activities.

A man who needed to be born again NIcodemus


A man who needed to be born again
NIcodemus
You are special God gave you a family 


Your Mommy and Daddy are your family sisters and brothers are your family
God made Mommy and Daddy
God made you
God wants you to be part of his family


Nicodemus WAS A MAN
Nicodemus wanted to be in Gods family
He looked and looked for Jesus

NIcodemus waited for it to be dark out so no one would see him

There he is! Jesus is right there said
Nicodemus
Jesus how can I be in your
Family? you are Gods son you make people that are sick all better
How can I have a home in heaven?
What does it mean the word born again?
How do you do this and that JEsus talked back to Nicodemus you must trust
me and be born again
What is that word said NIcodemus do I have to go back in my mommys belly
No said Jesus you do that just one time you trust me and When you die
I will give you a home in heaven but you have to ask first
you can't take it you trust me and ask me and then you can have a home in heaven
some day I went up up in the sky to get to heaven and when I come back said
JEsus I will take you and your families to heaven with me but you have to trust
and ask
Do you want to have a home in heaven? No one wants to go to a bad place where there is fire called hell.
Pray and ask Jesus to give you a home in Heaven.

Why are you so troubled? God is not our enemy,neither is our Pastor.


Bible Study Archives‎ > ‎
Tuesday devotion July 27
posted Jul 16, 2010 7:58 AM by Diane Price

Matthew 10:16 Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves

Why are you so troubled? God is not our enemy,neither is our Pastor or our church family.

Luke 24:38 And he said unto them, Why are ye troubled? and why do thoughts arise in your hearts?
So many cares of the world our enemy uses to keep us off the good path.

34:7 The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.
34:8 O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.
34:9 O fear the LORD, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him.
To know God has given each of us a body guide.

Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
Matthew 10;30 He counted my hairs on my head.
Heb.13;5 He will never leave us..
He prayed for us.
Luke 22:32 But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.
Matt.14;27 He walks beside us on the troubled waters.
And to know He stretched out His arms on the cross as He asked for God to forgive us.

He left sending us the Comforter.

John 14:16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;

John 14:26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
John 15:26 But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me
He loves me He loves you!
Why must I be like Martha? I have read his promises.I sin when I have unbelief building up in my mind.I Know He cares .
I love Him because He first loved me.He is the highest greatest all mighty all knowing most powerful and my God and savior.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

And they stood up in their place, and read in the book of the law

Another day to bless God He is worthy I love Sunday
We read in the bible the things they pass on to all generations We Are blessed.

Nehemiah

9:3 And they stood up in their place, and read in the book of the law of the LORD their God one fourth part of the day; and another fourth part they confessed, and worshipped the LORD their God.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

My Bible

This book My Bible God left it for me
today tomorrow forever will be
I must read before my day to start,
I press it dearly to my God given heart
For the good news will never end,
I Have found my very true best friend
Knowing that God gave his only begotten son
I will forever fight a battle that will be won
My Bible that I will hold up high,reads Im free!
My Savior forever , He dying gave it to me.
Though one day I Will be with the silent dead,
No more pain or suffering I Know what lies ahead
That will be my body my soul is living still.
I might not leave a fortune as it reads in my will
But I will leave what I owe just send me a bill
All I have to offer is my very best
Please pass on to others while Im at rest
You`ll find it by my bed post
It kept me out of trouble My bible I love the most

Written by Diane Price
Please feel free to pass on to others
Also Please keep the Email coming so I wont get discouraged thinking all my labor is in vain I also love your comments please keep them coming.I love to hear from you.

churches that rule well

We have many churches that rule well and we have some that dont I remember when I was younger I was over my aunts and uncles house for the summer my uncle was an Episcopal who ruled a church.I can remember every meal he drank wine not fresh off the vine I was very offended as I watched him thinking how can he rule a church?
I Thought in my mind church people dont drink.

that rule well

1 Timothy 5:17 Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine

Romans 14:21 It is good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor any thing whereby thy brother stumbleth, or is offended, or is made weak
Proverbs 18:19 A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city: and their contentions are like the bars of a castle

Mark 9:50 Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his saltness, wherewith will ye season it? Have salt in yourselves, and have peace one with another.
1 Timothy 2:2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.
Galations 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
5:23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
5:24 And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.
5:25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
5:26 Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.
Alot of churches today are not friendly new people will go to a new church and complain no one talked to them they want to be accepted .
When a new person starts a job the first thing the boss usually will do is introduce everyone.
I Went to a church long ago for the first time as the service ended I was in a hurry A long line was formed to shake the Pastors hand I tried to avoid the long line to leave and the Pastor there stopped shaking hands and would not let me out the door until he shook my hand and said I hope you enjoyed the service I hope you come back soon.I have never forgot his meekness and kindness to show he cared.He served the people he was the ruler of that church.He showed the love of God as he looked in your eyes.

Friday, July 23, 2010




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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Fasting


The bigger the mountain the more need for prayer and fasting

1:4 And it came to pass, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned certain days, and fasted, and prayed before the God of heaven,

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Whatsoever is commanded by the God of heaven




Ezra 7:23 Whatsoever is commanded by the God of heaven, let it be diligently done for the house of the God of heaven: for why should there be wrath against the realm of the king and his sons?
Daniel 6:10 Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime David prayed when the King gave orders not to.
IF YOUR PASTOR TELLS YOU TO STOP PRAYING WHO DO YOU LISTEN TO?
IF A PASTOR TELLS YOU TO READ A BIBLE THAT IS NOT KJV WHAT DO YOU DO?

Acts 5:29 Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men
Trust and obey
When we walk with the Lord
in the light of his word,
what a glory he sheds on our way!
While we do his good will,
he abides with us still,
and with all who will trust and obey.
Refrain:
Trust and obey, for there's no other way
to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.

2. Not a burden we bear,
not a sorrow we share,
but our toil he doth richly repay;
not a grief or a loss,
not a frown or a cross,
but is blest if we trust and obey.
(Refrain)

3. But we never can prove
the delights of his love
until all on the altar we lay;
for the favor he shows,
for the joy he bestows,
are for them who will trust and obey.
(Refrain)

4. Then in fellowship sweet
we will sit at his feet,
or we'll walk by his side in the way;
what he says we will do,
where he sends we will go;
never fear, only trust and obey.



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Monday, July 19, 2010

Do you believe in a Higher power?


I Was looking up the word higher this morning thinking about where we are not supposed to think higher of ourselves we are who we are only because of Gods grace.Where are all thine accusers?We have no right to judge and think why someone is going through in life we are not God we have no right to put ourself on the judgement seat there is only one true judge.
I Found this verse below I have never seen before I have been out soulwinning and have heard the statement I believe in a higher power but not in God!
The bible reads only a fool hath said in his heart there is no God.If only I could get this following verse across the power is of God!

Romans 13:1 Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.

Judge not
Im not the judge
I didnt cause the thigh rot
Judement brings out sludge
Let God be true
And every man be a liar
Let God do what He wants to do
Hes the only one to save us from Hells fire

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Great Sunday with my Grandson from Pennsylvania




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Sunday great day today

What a wonderful God we serve to know we are part of what we call blue prints.


1:2 Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:
1:4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Council or correct? Is it worth a relationship for winning someone?

Correcting I ask is it because of pride or am I trying to help the other person! I remember when I first got married 36 years when our parents would voice their opinion it would cause a wall or discord,I always remember what it was like to have their opinion,when we wanted advice that was different but to give an opinion when not asked was not a good relationship so I have always made an agreement unless I am asked I don`t need to voice my opinion.I Know alot of times if I remember the verse on withdraw yourself from your neighbors house unless he become weray of thee and hate thee is also another thing to remember.If its more than yea or nay its usually sin.and let the words be few and to think before you answer so many times I am the problem by not living by Gods word.



In todays generation correction or council isn't always easy. Will the correction be needed or profitable to the person?If I don`t correct will it make a difference?




I Worry about huting the spirit of a person sometimes it can close a door that can close all communication it will depend on your relationship to the person who apparently is needing correction.






Proverbs 29:17 Correcting a child is always the case until they are out of our care.

A person that thinks he knows everything knows nothing yet as he ought to know...




Before I think about correcting someone I have to ask myself some questions and look to the Holy Spirit for the right answers.



Does this person need some help in the way of correction from someone or is this best left through prayer to a work of God's Spirit?
If help is needed, am I the right person to be approaching this person about the wrong behaviour I am observing?
I have found in a church if I am not in charge of a department then dont get involved go to my Pastor if it needs an attention.
My husband is a security officer he has been trained never get involved if someone is found doing something out of line he is to report it to authority only that saves him alot of trouble.
Department stores and other work areas tell their employees the same thing report to upper branch I was at walmart a while ago a door greeter was arguing about taking a wheelchair outside in the parking lot instead of paging her boss she took matters in her own hands chasing the person in the wheelchair in the parking lot leaving her post unattended.I Like the idea of reporting it to someone else it saves a relationship a brother offended is so hard to win them over.



James 1:5






Am I wanting to correct this person just to satisfy my own self to feel I'm righteous by correcting the person?
Or, do I want to help this person from wrong doing so that they do not end up suffering bad consequences?





I Need to humble myself and bring myself down to where they are standing and remind my self I Have done wrong in the same area in my own experience.








If we Confess what we do wrong , and pray for one another in James it reads that ye may be healed.
James 5:16








The wrath of man worketh not the righteosness of God.
Galatians 6:1 we are to correct with gentleness My self I find it very difficult to have a relationship with someone thats giving me advice i dont want.I Wish they would stay out of my business unless I ask their opinion or if I am needed correction in relation to my God.


2 Timothy 2:24-26

Friday, July 16, 2010

make a difference live for others

My prayer and hope is this morning that i can say the same to live this life to make a differerence in someones life not mine,


2 Chronicles
34:2 And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, and walked in the ways of David his father, and declined neither to the right hand, nor to the left.
even to serve the LORD their God. And all his days they departed not from following the LORD, the God of their fathers.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

The Enduement of Power

THE BAPTISM OF THE

Holy Ghost
by
Asa Mahan

To Which Is Added
The Enduement of Power
by Charles G. Finney

The Electronic Editions

Containing Both Publications

[NO COPYRIGHT]

by Charles G. Finney



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Chapter 1

REASONS WHY THE POWER IS NOT RECEIVED

In my first remarks, I would call attention to the mission of the Church to disciple all nations, as recorded by Matthew and Luke, and state that this commission was given by Christ to the whole Church, and that every member of the Church is under obligation to make it his lifework to convert the world. Upon this I raise two inquiries: 1. What do we need to secure success in this great work? 2. How can we get it?

Answer -- 1. We need the enduement of power from on high. Christ had previously informed the disciples that without Him they could do nothing. When He gave them the commission to convert the world, He added: "But tarry ye in Jerusalem till ye be endued with power from on high. Ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence. Lo! I send upon you the promise of My Father." This baptism of the Holy Ghost, this blessing promised by the Father, this enduement of power from on high, Christ has expressly informed us, is the indispensable condition of performing the work which He has set before us.

2. How shall we get it? 1. Christ expressly promised it to the whole Church, and to every individual whose duty it is to labor for the conversion of the world. He admonished the first disciples not to undertake the work until they had received this enduement of power from on high. Both the promise and the admonition apply equally to all Christians of every age and nation. No one has at any time any right to expect success unless he first secures the enduement of this power. 3. The example of the first disciples teaches us how to secure this enduement. They first consecrated themselves to the work, and continued in prayer and supplication until the Holy Ghost fell upon them, on the day of Pentecost, and they received the promised enduement of power from on high. This, then, is the way to get it.

"If ye, then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him." (Luke 11:13.)

1. This text informs us that it is delightfully easy to obtain the Holy Spirit, or this enduement of power, from the Father.

2. That this is made a constant subject of prayer. Everybody prays for this, at all times; and yet, with all this intercession, how few, comparatively, are really endued with the Spirit of power from on high. This want is not met. The want of power is a subject of constant complaint. Christ says, "Everyone that asketh receiveth;" but there certainly is a "great gulf" between the asking and receiving, which is a serious stumblingblock to many. How, then, is this discrepancy to be explained? The answer may appear in some one or all of the following statements:

1. We are not willing, upon the whole, to have what we desire and ask.

2. God has expressly informed us that if we regard iniquity in our hearts He will not hear us. But the petitioner is often self-indulgent. This is iniquity, and God will not hear him.

3. He is uncharitable.

4. Censorious.

5. Self-dependent.

6. Resists conviction of sin.

7. Refuses to confess to all the parties concerned.

8. Refuses to make restitution to injured parties.

9. He is prejudiced and uncandid.

10. He is resentful.

11. He has a revengeful spirit.

12. Has a worldly ambition.

13. He has committed himself on some point, and become dishonest, and rejects further light.

14. He is denominationally selfish.

15. Selfish for his own congregation.

16. He resists the teaching of the Holy Spirit.

17. He grieves the Holy Spirit by dissension.

18. He quenches the Spirit by persistence in justifying wrong.

19. He grieves Him by a want of watch fullness.

20. He resists Him by indulging evil tempers.

21. Also by dishonesties in business.

22. Also by indolence and impatience in waiting upon the Lord.

23. By many forms of selfishness.

24. By negligence in business, in study, in prayer.

25. By undertaking too much business, too much study, and too little prayer.

26. By a want consecration.

27. Last and greatest, by unbelief. He prays for this enduement without expecting to receive it. "He that believeth not God hath made Him a liar." This, then, is the greatest sin of all. What an insult, what a blasphemy, to accuse God of lying! I conclude by saying that these and other forms of indulged sin explain why so little is received, while so much is asked. Someone may ask, "What is the other side?" The other side presents the certainty that we shall receive the promised enduement of power from on high, and be successful in winning souls, if we ask in faith and fulfill the plainly revealed conditions of prevailing prayer. "But if we first get rid of all the forms of sin which prevent our receiving this enduement, have we not already obtained the blessing? What more do we need?"

Answer: There is a great difference between the peace and the power of the Holy Spirit in the soul. The disciples were Christians before the day of Pentecost, and as such had a measure of the Holy Spirit. They must have had the peace of sins forgiven, and of a justified state; but yet they had not the enduement of power necessary to the accomplishment of the work assigned them. They had the peace which Christ had given them, but not the power which He had promised. This may be true of all Christians; and right here is, I think, the great mistake of the Church and of the ministry. They rest in conversion, and do not seek until they obtain this enduement of power from on high.

Hence, so many professors have no power with either God or man. They prevail with neither? They cling to a hope in Christ, and even enter the ministry, overlooking the admonition to wait until they are endued with power from on high. But let anyone bring all the tithes and offerings into God's treasury, let him lay all upon the altar, and prove God herewith, and he shall find that God "will open the windows of Heaven, and pour him out a blessing that there shall not be room enough to receive it."

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Chapter 2

AN EXHIBITION OF THE POWER FROM ON HIGH

"But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth." -- Acts 1:8

In the present chapter I will relate an exhibition of this power from on high, as witnessed by myself. Soon after I was licensed to preach I went into a region of country where I was an entire stranger. I went there at the request of a Female Missionary Society, located in Oneida County, New York. Early in May, I think, I visited the town of Antwerp, in the northern part of Jefferson County. I stopped at the village hotel, and there learned that there were no religious meetings held in that town at the time. They had a brick meetinghouse, but it was locked up. By personal efforts I got a few people to assemble in the parlor of a Christian lady in the place, and preached to them on the evening after my arrival. As I passed around the village, I was shocked with the horrible profanity that I heard among the men wherever I went. I obtained leave to preach in the schoolhouse on the next Sabbath; but before the Sabbath arrived I was much discouraged, and almost terrified, in view of the state of society which I witnessed. On Saturday the Lord applied with power to my heart the following words, addressed by the Lord Jesus to Paul, Acts 18:9,10: "Be not afraid, but speak, and hold not thy peace; for I am with thee, and no man shall set on thee to hurt thee; for I have much people in this city." This completely subdued my fears; but my heart was loaded with agony for the people. On Sunday morning I arose early, and retired to a grove not far from the village to pour out my heart before God for a blessing on the labors of the day. I could not express the agony of my soul in words; but struggled, with much groaning and, I believe, with many tears, for an hour or two without getting relief. I returned to my room in the hotel; but almost immediately came back to the grove. This I did thrice. The last time I got complete relief, just as it was time to go to meeting, I went to the school-house, and found it filled to its utmost capacity. I took out my little pocket Bible, and read for my text: "God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life." I exhibited the love of God in contrast with the terrible manner in which He was treated by those for whom He gave up His Son. I charged home their profanity upon them; and, as I recognized among my hearers several whose profanity I had particularly noticed, in the fullness of my heart and the gushing of my tears, I pointed to them, and said, "I heard these men call upon God to damn their fellows." The Word took powerful effect. Nobody seemed offended, but almost everybody greatly melted. At the close of the service, the amiable landlord, Mr. Copeland, rose and said that he would open the meeting-house in the afternoon. He did so. The meeting-house was full, and, as in the morning, the Word took powerful effect. Thus a powerful revival commenced in the village, which soon after spread in every direction. I think it was on the second Sabbath after this, when I came out of the pulpit in the afternoon, an aged man approached, and said to me, "Can you not come and preach in our neighborhood? We have never had any religious meetings there." I inquired the direction and the distance, and appointed to preach there the next afternoon, Monday, at five o'clock, in their school-house. I had preached three times in the village, and attended two prayer-meetings on the Lord's day; and on Monday I went on foot to fulfill this appointment. The weather was very warm that day, and before I arrived there I felt almost too faint to walk, and greatly discouraged in my mind. I sat down in the shade by the wayside, and felt as if I was too faint to reach there, and if I did, too much discouraged to open my mouth to the people. When I arrived I found the house full, and immediately commenced the service by reading a hymn. They attempted to sing, but the horrible discord agonized me beyond expression. I leaned forward, put my elbows upon my knees and my hands over my ears, and shook my head withal, to shut out the discord, which even then I could barely endure. As soon as they had ceased to sing, I cast myself down upon my knees, almost in a state of desperation. The Lord opened the windows of Heaven upon me, and gave me great enlargement and power in prayer. Up to this moment I had had no idea what text I should use on the occasion. As I rose from my knees the Lord gave me this: "Up, get you out of this place, for the Lord will destroy this city." I told the people, as nearly as I could recollect, where they would find it, and went on to tell them of the destruction of Sodom. I gave them an outline of the history of Abraham and Lot, and their relations to each other; of Abraham's praying for Sodom; and of Lot as the only pious man that was found in the city. While I was doing this I was struck with the fact that the people looked exceedingly angry about me. Many countenances appeared very threatening, and some of the men near me looked as if they were about to strike me. This I could not understand, as I was only giving them, with great liberty of spirit, some interesting sketches of Bible history. As soon as I had completed the historical sketch, I turned upon them, and said that I had understood they had never had any religious meetings in that neighborhood; and applying that fact, I thrust at them with the sword of the Spirit with all my might. From this moment the solemnity increased with great rapidity. In a few moments there seemed to fall upon the congregation an instantaneous shock. I cannot describe the sensation that I felt, nor that which was apparent to the congregation; but the Word seemed literally to cut like a sword. The power from on high came down upon them in such a torrent that they fell from their seats in every direction. In less than a minute nearly the whole congregation were either down on their knees, or on their faces, or in some position prostrate before God. Everyone was crying or groaning for mercy upon his own soul. They paid no further attention to me or to my preaching. I tried to get their attention; but I could not. I observed the aged man who had invited me there, still retaining his seat near the center of the house. He was staring around him with a look of unutterable astonishment. Pointing to him, I cried at the top of my voice: "Can't you pray?" He knelt down and roared out a short prayer, about as loud as he could halloo; but they paid no attention to him. After looking round for a few moments, I knelt down and put my hand on the head of a young man who was kneeling at my feet, and engaged in prayer for mercy on his soul. I got his attention, and preached Jesus in his ear. In a few moments he seized Jesus by faith, and then broke out in prayer for those around him. I then turned to another in the same way, and with the same result; and then another, and another, till I know not how many had laid hold of Christ and were full of prayer for others. After continuing in this way till nearly sunset, I was obliged to commit the meeting to the charge of the old gentleman who had invited me, and go to fulfill an appointment in another place for the evening. In the afternoon of the next day I was sent for to go down to this place, as they had not been able to break up the meeting. They had been obliged to leave the school-house, to give place to the school; but had removed to a private house near by, where I found a number of persons still, too anxious and too much loaded down with conviction to go to their homes. These were soon subdued by the Word of God, and I believe all obtained a hope before they went home. Observe, I was a total stranger in that place, had never seen nor heard of it until as I have related. But here, at my second visit, I learned that the place was called Sodom, by reason of its wickedness; and the old man who invited me was called Lot, because he was the only professor of religion in the place. After this manner the revival broke out in this neighborhood. I have not been in that neighborhood for many years; but in 1856, I think, while laboring in Syracuse, New York, I was introduced to a minister of Christ from the St. Lawrence County, by the name of Cross. He said to me: "Mr. Finney, you don't know me; but do you remember preaching in a place called Sodom?" &c. I said: "I shall never forget it." He replied: "I was then a young man, and was converted at that meeting." He is still living, a pastor in one of the churches in that county, and is the father of the principal of our preparatory department. Those who have lived in that region can testify of the permanent results of that blessed revival. I can only give in words a feeble description of that wonderful manifestation of power from on high attending the preaching of the Word.

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Chapter 3

WHO MAY EXPECT THIS ENDUEMENT OF POWER

"If ye love me, keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you." -- John 14:15-17

I need not now give other instances of the manifestation of this "power from on high," since its existence is admitted, and has been witnessed in every age of the Church. The two instances given in the former chapter were exceptional in certain respects. But I could multiply to almost any extent accounts of instances of the manifestation of this power upon individuals and upon masses. This power has often been manifested in private conversation, in public exhortation, in public and social prayer, and in every manner of communicating truth. It is well understood that oftentimes an invisible but all-subduing power attends the communication of God's truth; and that the manifestation of this power is seen to accompany the labors of some individuals much more strikingly than it does those of others. If it would not try the patience of my readers, I should like to notice many illustrations of this remark, and name the persons who were manifestly endued with this power, and the places where such manifestations were made. But I pass to the consideration of the question: "Who have a right to expect this enduement of power to win souls to Christ?"

1. The command to disciple all nations was given to the whole Church, and not merely to the apostles. I believe this is generally admitted. The injunction to tarry at Jerusalem until they received this enduement was also given to the then existing Christian Church. The promise of this enduement appears to have been given to all whose duty it was to labor for the conversion of the world. The promise, as usual, was coextensive with the command.

2. The work to be done is many-sided, and a variety of gifts is essential to its accomplishment. These were richly bestowed by Christ on the day of Pentecost, and have been richly multiplied by Him in every age of the Church. But all other gifts are unavailing without the addition of this marvelous power to impress God's saving truth upon the soul. Are we to conclude that this power is a gift promised to and designed for only a select few; or was it promised as a gift common to all God's people? May they all be endued with this power from on high by fulfilling the conditions of its bestowment? This is a momentous question. For, if it is not promised to all, to whom is it promised? The promise is nugatory and void, for uncertainty, unless we can ascertain to whom it is made. 1. The promise certainly was not confined to the apostles, neither was the enduement confined to them; for in the apostolic age Stephen, with many others -- and, indeed, the whole Church -- possessed this power. Again, it was not then, nor has it been since, confined to ordained ministers of the gospel. It has always been possessed by laymen, and in many instances in an eminent degree. I have myself known a great many laymen who were marvelously gifted in winning souls to Christ. Who has not heard of Father Carpenter (mentioned by Dr. Mahan in another part of this volume) a layman, but little educated, and of quite limited natural ability? He labored in Southern New York and New Jersey as a layman; and hundreds -- I think I may say thousands were the seals of his labors. I could name scores of laymen whose exhortations and conversations have been instrumental in converting hundreds upon hundreds of souls. This enduement was not at first, nor has it been since, confined to the male sex. Women have possessed it, and very often in a remarkable degree. Paul had his female helpers in proclaiming the gospel, whose usefulness he was frank to acknowledge. In every age of the Church, and especially wherever revivals of religion have existed, this power has been given to women as well as men. I am rejoiced to know that the American Board is learning more and more the power and usefulness of female labors in the missionary field. However men may interpret the Bible, whatever prejudices may exist in any branch of the Church against the public gospel labors of females, the fact remains that God imparts to females, often in an eminent degree, the power to win souls to Christ. I have myself known a goodly number of women who have been amongst the most efficient laborers for souls that I could anywhere find. I could name women of diverse ages and culture upon whom this power from on high rested in a degree too manifest to be overlooked or denied. This enduement, then, is not confined to either sex. This power has been possessed by both young and old, by young converts, and by ripe Christians. Many have possessed it from their first conversion, whilst others have failed to obtain it until they had been in the Church for many years. I have known ministers, who had labored many years without it, at last come to possess it in an eminent degree. Facts undeniably prove that this enduement of power from on high is and has been a gift common to Christians of all ages and sexes, and of every degree of condition. So that all Christians, by virtue of their relation to Christ, may ask and receive this enduement of power to win souls to Him. It is evident that the promise was not originally made to any particular individuals, to the exclusion of others. It is also manifest that the bestowment of the gift has not been confined to office, age, or sex. So far as my observation has gone, I have found it to exist as frequently among laymen as clergymen, and nearly as often among women as men, and quite as often among young converts as older professors of religion. Were it necessary, I could summon a cloud of witnesses as proofs and illustrations of what I here assert.

I have said that Christians belonging to all classes possess this enduement of power savingly to impress the souls of men -- young converts, old professors of religion, ministers, laymen, women, old and young, and of every degree of human culture. The history of the Church affords evidence that there has always been a sprinkling of Christians, of ministers, and laymen and women, that have been peculiarly gifted in winning souls to Christ. Now, I must not fail to add, and that with emphasis, that these persons have been without exception, especially anointed for this work. After the first faith they have received the special enduement of power from on high. Men and women vary indefinitely in their natural powers of persuasion, but no human eloquence can ever convert a soul. Unless the Spirit of God sets home and makes the truth of God effectual, all human eloquence and learning will be in vain. And it is a fact worthy of all attention and consideration, that, with very little human culture, this enduement of power will make a Christian wise and efficient in bringing souls to Christ. The apostles, with the exception of Paul, had but little culture; and yet witness the effect of the fisherman Peter's first sermon, after receiving his first baptism of this power. I have referred to Father Carpenter. Whoever was acquainted with him, and has known anything of the results of his labors, must have been astonished at his success, considering his very limited culture. It is very humiliating to human learning and pride, and always has been; nevertheless, it has been Christ's method from the first to choose the weak things of this world to confound the wise. I have said that this enduement of power is often given to females. The Church has greatly erred in keeping them back, and not encouraging them in personal efforts to win souls to Christ. From my own experience and observation lam convinced that, were they encouraged by conversation, exhortation, persuasion, and every suitable method to make efforts to win souls, it would be found that there is in the Church a great host of women endued with this power. This enduement of power is sometimes bestowed immediately after conversion. It was in my own case. I possessed it from the very first as fully as I have done in any period of my life. It is not a thing into which people can gradually grow by forming habits of persuasion and conversation. It is a gift -an anointing, instantaneously received, and that may be enlarged or diminished as the possessor of it uses it more or less faithfully and intensely for the purposes for which it was given. It is oftentimes possessed and then lost, or its manifestation suspended by something that quenches the light of the Spirit in the soul. I have myself seen striking examples of this. I have said that this power often rests upon those who have very little human culture. This is a notorious fact; but it does not follow from this that culture is to be despised or to be little accounted of. Where this power exists, the more learning and eloquence the better. But it is painful to observe the constant tendency to substitute culture for this power, or human learning and eloquence in place of this Divine enduement. I fear this tendency is increasing in the Church. The churches are calling for men of great learning and eloquence, instead of men who are deeply baptized with the Holy Ghost. The seminaries of learning are much in fault in this thing. They do not lay half stress enough upon the possession of this enduement as an essential qualification for usefulness in the world. The manifest possession of this enduement of power should be considered an indispensable qualification for a professor in college or in a theological seminary, and the want of it should be regarded as a disqualification for a professorship, especially in a theological seminary. A theological professor who does not believe in this enduement of power, and who does not possess it in a manifest degree, cannot fail to be a stumblingblock to his students. If he does not urge it upon them as the most important of all qualifications for the ministry, if he does not speak of it and treat it as altogether indispensable to success in the ministry, his teaching and his influence will be vitally defective; they will be a snare and a stumblingblock. This must be true, or this whole question of the enduement of power from on high must be a delusion. This enduement is nothing, or it is everything in the sense of being wholly indispensable to success. It is a notorious fact and no delusion; and the want of it should be regarded by the churches as a disqualification for the pastoral office, or for superintendent of the Sabbath School, or for deacons or elders of the church, or for home or foreign missionaries. Pastors should urge the necessity of this enduement upon their churches, and raise up helpers in the gospel, and surround themselves with a host of men and women who are richly endued with power from on high. If a pastor has to work alone, if he has no members, or but a few, who are endued with t his power, it is generally because he does not possess it himself; or, if he does possess it, he fails in so presenting and urging it as to procure its acceptance by the members of his church.

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Chapter 4

THE CONDITIONS OF RECEIVING THIS POWER

"And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high." -- Luke 24:49

In this chapter I propose to consider the conditions upon which this enduement of power can be obtained. Let us borrow a light from the Scriptures. I will not cumber this chapter with quotations from the Bible, but simply state a few facts that will readily be recognized by all readers of the Scriptures. If the reader will read in the last chapter of Matthew and of Luke the commission which Christ gave to His disciples, and in connection read the first and second chapters of the Acts of the Apostles, he will be prepared to appreciate what I have to say.

1. The disciples had already been converted to Christ, and their faith had been confirmed by His resurrection. But here let me say that conversion to Christ is not to be confounded with a consecration to the great work of the world's conversion. In conversion the soul has to do directly and personally with Christ. It yields up its prejudices, its antagonisms, its self-righteousness, its unbelief, its selfishness; accepts Him, trusts Him, and supremely loves Him. All this the disciples had, more or less, distinctly done. But as yet they had received no definite commission, and no particular enduement of power to fulfill a commission.

2. But when Christ had dispelled their great bewilderment resulting from His crucifixion and confirmed their faith by repeated interviews with them, He gave them their great commission to win all nations to Himself. But He admonished them to tarry at Jerusalem till they were endued with power from on high, which He said they should receive not many days hence. Now observe what they did. They assembled -- the men and women -- for prayer. They accepted the commission, and, doubtless, came to a mutual understanding of the nature of the commission, and the necessity of the spiritual enduement which Christ had promised. As they continued day after day in prayer and conference, they, no doubt, came to appreciate more and more the difficulties that would beset them, and to feel more and more their inadequacy to the task. A consideration of the circumstances and results leads to the conclusion that they one and all consecrated themselves, with all they had, to the conversion of the world as their life-work. They must have renounced utterly the idea of living to themselves in any form, and devoted themselves with all their powers to the work set before them. This consecration of themselves to the work, this self-renunciation, this dying to all that the world cold offer them, must, in the order of nature, have preceded their intelligent seeking of the promised enduement of power from on high. They then continued, with one accord, in prayer for the promised baptism of the Spirit, which baptism included all that was essential to their success. Observe, they had a work set before them. They had a promise of power to perform it. They were admonished to wait until the promise was fulfilled. How did they wait? Not in listlessness and inactivity; not in making preparations, by study and otherwise, to get along without it; not by going about their business, and offering an occasional prayer that the promise might be fulfilled; but they continued in prayer, and persisted in their suit till the answer came. They understood that it was to be a baptism by the Holy Ghost. They understood that it was to be received from Christ. They prayed in faith. They held on, with the firmest expectations, until the enduement came. Now, let these facts instruct us as to the conditions of receiving this enduement of power.

1. We, as Christians, have the same commission to fulfill. As truly as they did we need an enduement of power from on high. Of course, the same injunction, to wait upon God till we receive it, is given to us.

We have the same promise that they had. Now, let us take substantially and in spirit the same course that they did. They were Christians, and had a measure of the Spirit to lead them in prayer and in consecration. So have we. Every Christian possesses a measure of the Spirit of Christ; enough of the Holy Spirit to lead us to true consecration, and inspire us with the faith that is essential to our prevalence in prayer. Let us, then, not grieve or resist Him; but accept the commission, fully consecrate ourselves, with all we have, to the saving of souls as our great and our only life-work. Let us get on to the altar with ALL we have and are, and lie there and persist in prayer till we receive the enduement. Now, observe, conversion to Christ is not to be confounded with the acceptance of this commission to convert the world. The first is a personal transaction between the soul and Christ, relating to its own salvation. The second is the soul's acceptance of the service in which Christ purposes to employ it. Christ does not require us to make brick without straw. To whom He gives the commission He also gives the admonition and the promise. If the commission is heartily accepted, if the promise is believed, if the admonition to wait upon the Lord till our strength is renewed be complied with, we shall receive the enduement.

It is of the last importance that all Christians should understand that this commission to convert the world is given to them by Christ individually.

Every one has the great responsibility devolved upon him or her to win as many souls as possible to Christ This is the great privilege and the great duty of all the disciples of Christ. There are a great many departments in this work. But in every department we may and ought to possess this power; that whether we preach, or pray, or write, or print, or trade, or travel, take care of children, or administer the government of the state, or whatever we do, our whole life and influence should be permeated with this power. Christ says: "If any man believe in Me, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water" that is, a Christian influence, having in it the element of power to impress the truth of Christ upon the hearts of men, shall proceed from him. The great want of the Church at present is, first, the realizing conviction that this commission to convert the world is given to each of Christ's disciples as His life-work. I fear I must say that the great mass of professing Christians seem never to have been impressed with this truth. The work of saving souls they leave to ministers. The second great want is a realizing conviction of the necessity of this enduement of power upon every individual soul. Many professors of religion suppose it belongs especially and only to such as are called to preach the gospel as a life-work. They fail to realize that all are called to preach the gospel; that the whole life of every Christian is to be a proclamation of the glad tidings. A third want is an earnest faith in the promise of this enduement. A vast many professors of religion, and even ministers, seem to doubt whether this promise is to the whole Church and to every Christian. Consequently they have no faith to lay hold of it. If it does not belong to all, they don't know to whom it does belong. Of course they cannot lay hold of the promise by faith. A fourth want is that persistence in waiting upon God for it that is enjoined in the Scriptures. They faint before they have prevailed, and, hence, the enduement is not received. Multitudes seem to satisfy themselves with a hope of eternal life for themselves. They never get ready to dismiss the question of their own salvation; leaving that, as settled.; with Christ. They don't get ready to accept the great commission to work for the salvation of others, because their faith is so weak that they do not steadily leave the question of their own salvation in the hands of Christ; and even some ministers of the gospel, I find, are in the same condition, and halting in the same way, unable to give themselves wholly to the work of saving others, because in a measure unsettled about their own salvation. It is amazing to witness the extent to which the Church has practically lost sight of the necessity of this enduement of power! Much is said of our dependence upon the Holy Spirit by almost everybody; but how little is this dependence realized. Christians, and even ministers, go to work without it. I mourn to be obliged to say that the ranks of the ministry seem to be filling up with those who do not possess it. May the Lord have mercy upon us! Will this last remark be thought uncharitable? If so, let the report of the Home Missionary Society, for example, 'be heard upon this subject. Surely, something is wrong.

An average of five souls won to Christ by each missionary of that society in a year's toil certainly indicates a most alarming weakness in the ministry. Have all, or even a majority of these ministers, been endued with the power which Christ promised? If not, why not? But, if they have, is this all that Christ intended by His promise? In a former chapter I have said that the reception of this enduement of power is instantaneous. I do not mean to assert that in every instance the recipient was aware of the precise time at which the power commenced to work mightily within him. It may have commenced like the dew, and increased to a shower. I have alluded to the report of the Home Missionary Society. Not that I suppose that the brethren employed by that society are exceptionally weak in faith and power as laborers for God. On the contrary, from my acquaintance with some of them, I regard them as among our most devoted and self-denying laborers in the cause of God. This fact illustrates the alarming weakness that pervades every branch of the Church, both clergy and laity. Are we not weak? Are we not criminally weak? It has been suggested that by writing thus I should offend the ministry and the Church. I cannot believe that the statement of so palpable a fact will be regarded as an offense. The fact is, there is something sadly defective in the education of the ministry and of the Church. The ministry is weak because the Church is weak. And then, again, the Church is kept weak by the weakness of the ministry. Oh! for a conviction of the necessity of this enduement of power and faith in the promise of Christ.

I Need Gods power along lifes highway

Please keep us in prayer tonight soulwinning tonight

I Believe God will one day call us home no one is exempt we all have a course to complete we all have a battle to fight.We all have an appointment with death until we have completed the work God has given us to do we will stay here on earth what a blessing to know God has entrusted us with the souls of men.
God will use the willing.We all have a job assignment.
The only way we can get the job done is fully depend on God.no one is better than another only Jesus is worthy.John 15:4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.
15:5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
15:4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.
15:5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

I Need Gods power along lifes highway
to bend the knee to humbly bow and pray
My eyes must stay shut my ears must stay open
Our God in Heaven has softly spoken
There is many a time an open door
if i wonder then wonder no more
when sin abides in the same old rut
the open door is no longer open but rather shut
The sin of unforgiveness the prayer of disbelief
brings dishonor and painfully no relief
written by Diane Price

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Wednesday church night

Great teaching tonight church service I thank God for our freedom to attend church on John 14 compare command and commit










John
14:1 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
14:2 In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
14:3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
14:4 And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.
14:5 Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way?
14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
14:7 If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.
14:8 Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us.
14:9 Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?
14:10 Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.
14:11 Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works' sake.
14:12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.
14:13 And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
14:14 If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.
14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
14:16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;
14:17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
14:18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.
14:19 Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also.
14:20 At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.
14:21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.
14:22 Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world?
14:23 Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.
14:24 He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father's which sent me.
14:25 These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you.
14:26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
14:27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
14:28 Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I.
14:29 And now I have told you before it come to pass, that, when it is come to pass, ye might believe.
14:30 Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me.
14:31 But that the world may know that I love the Father; and as the Father gave me commandment, even so I do. Arise, let us go hence.

church tonight

A Little member



James 1:19 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:
1:20 For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.
Proverbs 18:13 He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him

If we could apply this truth to our every day life we would have fewer battles.
James 3:5 Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! ...Read more

James 3:6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell. ...Read more

James 3:8 But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

i once was blind but now i see

As I Was reading this morning I think about the people that I witness to and refuse to accept Christ.My heart is broken but how much more would Gods heart be broken?Paul was not only physical blind but Spiritual blind as well.135:18 They that make them are like unto them: so is every one that trusteth in them.
I Pray this day for Scott to be able to see where he is now blind.

2 Chronicles 135:14 For the LORD will judge his people, and he will repent himself concerning his servants.
135:15 The idols of the heathen are silver and gold, the work of men's hands.
135:16 They have mouths, but they speak not; eyes have they, but they see not;
135:17 They have ears, but they hear not; neither is there any breath in their mouths.
135:18 They that make them are like unto them: so is every one that trusteth in them.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Please pray for Scott to accept Christ tonight.


Please pray for Scott to accept Christ tonight.

Does it do good to be angry?and stand up to the man of God?

Touch not Gods anointed they are granted double honor God has more she bears if people would understand the Holiness of our all loving knowing powerful God.How can one speak evil or stand up against Gods annointed men.My prayer is this morning is to honor and love the men of God with double honor
2 Chronicles26:5 And he sought God in the days of Zechariah, who had understanding in the visions of God: and as long as he sought the LORD, God made him to prosper.


2 Chronicles 26:16 But when he was strong, his heart was lifted up to his destruction: for he transgressed against the LORD his God, and went into the temple of the LORD to burn incense upon the altar of incense.

26:18 And they withstood Uzziah the king, and said unto him, It appertaineth not unto thee, Uzziah, to burn incense unto the LORD, but to the priests the sons of Aaron, that are consecrated to burn incense: go out of the sanctuary; for thou hast trespassed; neither shall it be for thine honor from the LORD God.
26:19 Then Uzziah was wroth, and had a censer in his hand to burn incense: and while he was wroth with the priests, the leprosy even rose up in his forehead before the priests in the house of the LORD, from beside the incense altar.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

my cup runneth over....



I love Sunday a great time of fellowship with other Christians.
23:1 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
23:2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
23:3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
23:4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
23:5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
23:6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

sin when it is finished brings forth death....

A great morning as I Was reading this morning I Know God never tolerates sin.I Believe there is a difference between sinning on purpose or slipping.Hebrews 10:26 For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins

2 Chronicles 21:18 And after all this the LORD smote him in his bowels with an incurable disease.

God has warned his people so many times.But with children today not being taught to fear God.and having possesions of worldly toys and still complaining their bored,I cant imagine what the next generation has ahead.
The children that have the most joy are the ones that have learned to be content without toys to the child that has nothing has much.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Thank you for your prayers


I had an exciting night last night a young lady 20 years old received Christ.
It was so sweet to have my husband with me last night He also helped my Pastor move around some pews downstairs in junior church that was donated it looks so much better than fold up chairs,
I miss my son Caleb at camp but he is coming home this afternoon.
As I Was reading this morning I think about so many homeless people I fear helping some knowing they cant get off drugs or strong drink.
19:2 And Jehu the son of Hanani the seer went out to meet him, and said to king Jehoshaphat, Shouldest thou help the ungodly, and love them that hate the LORD? therefore is wrath upon thee from before the LORD.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Please pray for the soulwinners tonight;

Please pray for the soulwinners tonight;
If only people would realize who God really is and his mighty power.

Phillipians 2:11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Psalms 99:1 The LORD reigneth; let the people tremble: he sitteth between the cherubims; let the earth be moved.
99:2 The LORD is great in Zion; and he is high above all the people.
99:3 Let them praise thy great and terrible name; for it is holy.
99:4 The king's strength also loveth judgment; thou dost establish equity, thou executest judgment and righteousness in Jacob.
99:5 Exalt ye the LORD our God, and worship at his footstool; for he is holy.
99:6 Moses and Aaron among his priests, and Samuel among them that call upon his name; they called upon the LORD, and he answered them.
99:7 He spake unto them in the cloudy pillar: they kept his testimonies, and the ordinance that he gave them.
99:8 Thou answeredst them, O LORD our God: thou wast a God that forgavest them, though thou tookest vengeance of their inventions.
99:9 Exalt the LORD our God, and worship at his holy hill; for the LORD our God is holy.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Wednesday another day to serve God!

Good to be in the house of the Lord tonight.from John our Pastor taught us the comforter The Holy Spirit teaches us brings things to rememberance and peace.

How can one piece of dirt say to another piece of dirt im better than you?

God hates pride as the Pharisees found out.No matter what ones position is or how much money we have or how good we think we are none of us can say we are better than another.God does not have favorites.Are we separate from the world because we think we are better than they or separate because we know we all are so easy to fall?
We have to be careful and not be a judge and play God we have no way possible to know what goes on the inside that only God can see,when we say we know why a person is suffering or doing wrong we put ourself in the judgement seat of God.And looking at the outside.We have no way of knowing who is saved accept by fruits that are produced even so there are trees made with false fruit,anyone can play the role of a Christian we are not God we can not judge,My prayer is that God will help me keep my big mouth shut and keep me out of other peoples business Jobs friends were wrong for judging him.Any one can walk the walk and talk the talk of a Christian just like an egg we can not tell the good eggs from the bad until we open the shell.
I Pray that my life on earth will make a differece in peoples lives not people making a differnce in mine.We dont live long we all have the appointment of death.What are the loved ones that are gone on before us looking down and seeing?

Baptist Youth leader sexually abusing a 15 year old girl.....

I Was reading this following article and i know the bible reads be sure your sin will
find you out.not might but will.The heart is so deceitful the flesh craves for sin and our heart lies to us i dont know how many cases of Christian leaders that fall into sin are falsely accused but if the leaders of churches would go by bible priciples they would not fall into sin or be falsely accused i dont worry about leaders falling as much as leaders falsely accused.My Pastor one time preached on evil appearance with an example if someone is walking down the street with a drink with a paper bag over it as he drinks what would you think?1 Thessalonians 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil
If the leaders would never be alone with a woman or minor they would be wiser.IT Should be the same rule out soulwinning we should never be alone so the devil (accuser)can accuse and bring an approach.My Pastor has never counciled alone he has a window in his office that we can see in as we walk by.The devil will attack Gods most active servants first.I Thank God I was taught this truth it protects and provides all things honest in a peoples trial in a court room.
Some people say it will never happen to them if only they knew how wicked and deceitful the heart and our flesh is.If David in the bible fell what makes us better than him?
In the bible it states a child that is left alone will bring his mother to shame...In the bible it reads Romans 13:14 But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.
Its a very hard job to train children.We will give an account one day on how we trained our children.
Why is this happening too many times in churches?If you were an enemy who would you go after to hurt God?When my children do wrong my heart bleeds and there are scars that never will heal.Dont we realize the way the devil can hurt God is to go after His children?and in Gods houses? People are not bad its the sin they do because of the sin nature.I Would rather be accused of over protection than falsely accused!
I Hate the fact of people using the therory of you dont have to worry because of looks or age that has nothing to do with our wicked deceitful heart that we inherited.There is no way possible for us not to sin 100% when we were born with a sin nature.If we never sin then Jesus would of suffered and died in vain.Some people are stronger than others but when we compare our self to Jesus then we can see ourself clearly in a mirror.
- A Tri-State youth minister has been arrested on sexual abuse charges.

Police say Jacob..... , is accused of sexually abusing a 15-year-old girl.

Police say the suspected sexual abuse took place at ......... Baptist Church
he is listed on the church's website as the current youth director.

,,,,,,, police detectives arrested him Wednesday.


Police have charged ... with sexual abuse in the first degree.

14 News called the church for comment but so far our calls have gone unreturned.
How many more reports are at a church?

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Please pray for our teens this week as they are taught the truth in New York youth gathering


As I was reading this morning I know through experience God has showed me there is no chance whatsoever that when I fight God that I can win.I Have found I am better off to just surrender to what God wants out of me because He has already won.
God has blessed me more for obedience than sacrifice.
The best and hard lesson I have ever learned Hebrews 5:8 Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered
I Thank God that He loves me enough to chastise me.I Wish the Chritian life was as easy to read the bible as to live it.

2 Chronicles 13 :12 fight ye not against the LORD God of your fathers; for ye shall not prosper.

Words: Jo­seph M. Scriv­en, 1855. Scriv­en wrote this hymn to com­fort his mo­ther, who was across the sea from him in Ire­land. It was orig­in­al­ly pub­lished anon­y­mous­ly, and Scriv­en did not re­ceive full cred­it for al­most 30 years.


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What a Friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer!
O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry everything to God in prayer.

Have we trials and temptations? Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged; take it to the Lord in prayer.
Can we find a friend so faithful who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness; take it to the Lord in prayer.

Are we weak and heavy laden, cumbered with a load of care?
Precious Savior, still our refuge, take it to the Lord in prayer.
Do your friends despise, forsake you? Take it to the Lord in prayer!
In His arms He’ll take and shield you; you will find a solace there.

Blessed Savior, Thou hast promised Thou wilt all our burdens bear
May we ever, Lord, be bringing all to Thee in earnest prayer.
Soon in glory bright unclouded there will be no need for prayer
Rapture, praise and endless worship will be our sweet portion there.

Monday, July 5, 2010

KEEP YOUR BREASTPLATE ON


August 8


KEEP YOUR BREASTPLATE ON



Faith is a shield. Will a soldier drop his protection unless he has been seriously wounded?







David expressed keen sorrow for the unholiness in his life: "O spare me, that I may recover strength, before I go hence, and be no more" (Psalm 39:13). He did not want to die until holiness ruled his heart again. Ungodliness is a poison which drinks up all serenity of conscience and inward springs of joy. If you throw a stone into a clear brook it will soon become muddy. "He will speak peace unto his people, but let them not turn again to folly" (Psalm 85:8).

Carelessness in the walk of holiness dangerously exposes your faith, which is kept in good conscience as a jewel is protected in a cabinet. Faith is an eye, and sin casts a hazy mist before it. To faith, a holy life is like pure air to the eye; we can see farther on a clear day. Thus faith sees further into God's promise when it looks through a holy well-ordered life.

Faith is a shield. Will a soldier drop his protection unless he has been seriously wounded? If faith fails, what will happen to hope, which cleaves to faith and draws strength from her as a nursing child takes nourishment from its mother? If faith cannot see pardon in the promise, then hope cannot look for salvation. If faith cannot claim sonship, hope will not wait for the inheritence. Faith informs the soul it has "peace with God" and then the soul rejoices "in the hope of the glory of God" (Romans 5:1-2).

Are you trying to use the sword of the Spirit? How can you hold it when unholiness has seriously maimed the hand of faith that must carry it? This sword has two edges-- one side heals but the other wounds. With one it saves and with the other it damns. The Bible does not speak a single kind word to the person who practices sin. Now-- think and then think some more-- is any sin worth all this confusion which will inevitably strangle and smother your soul?

The Bible

"An old writer said that some books are to be tasted, some to be swallowed, and some to be chewed and digested. The Bible is one that you can never exhaust. It is like a bottomless well: you can always find fresh truths gushing forth from its pages."

Days of trouble

"Days of trouble must be days of prayer, days of inward trouble especially, when God seems to have withdrawn from us; we must seek him and seek till we find him. In the day of his trouble he did not seek for the diversion of business or recreation, to shake off his trouble that way, but he sought God, and his favour and grace. Those that are under trouble of mind must not think to drink it away, or laugh it away, but must pray it away." Psalm 77:2

"Christians who owe their all to Christ, should be often talking of him." The Life Of The Reverend Matthew Henry,

Let duty be carefully done, and sin carefully avoided, considering that he who sees all now, will tell all shortly before angels and men, in the day w

"Though we cannot by our prayers give God any information

"Though we cannot by our prayers give God any information, we must by our prayers give Him honour." Experiencing God's Presence, p 22
"God's Word must be the guide of your desires and the ground of your expectations in prayer." Experiencing God's Presence, p 24
"The Bible is a letter God has sent to us; prayer is a letter we send to Him... Give Him His titles as you do when you direct a letter to a person of honour." Experiencing God's Presence, p 30
"Direct your prayer to Him in heaven... We must view Him as God in heaven, as opposed to the gods of the heathen, which dwelt in temples made with hands." Experiencing God's Presence, p 32

Thy word...

"The Word of God is called a light unto our feet, not to our tongues, merely to talk of, but to our feet to walk by." The Christian In Complete

The Christian's life is a continual wrestling... No duty can be performed without wrestling. The Christian needs his sword as much as his trowel." The

Put on the whole armour....

"Bathe thy soul with the frequent meditation of Christ's love." The Christian In Complete Armour,

"O ye saints, when reproached and persecuted, look farther than man, spend not your wrath upon him. Alas! they are but instruments in the devil's hand

"Borrow as much time as you can for communion with God, and communing with your own hearts in secret." The Christian In Complete Armour, Vol I, Epistl

several verses the word armour (armor)


As I was reading the bible this morning I noticed the word armor is also spelled armour.I am assuming from reading several verses the word armour (armor) has the same meaning unless proven otherwise.
Ephesians 6:13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand

Ephesians 6:13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand

In heaven we shall appear, not in armour, but in robes of glory. But here these are to be worn night and day; we must walk, work, and sleep in them, or else we are not true soldiers of Christ.
William Gurnall

Let your hope of heaven master your fear of death.
William Gurnall

Mercy should make us ashamed, wrath afraid to sin.
William Gurnall
In heaven we shall appear, not in armour, but in robes of glory. But here these are to be worn night and day; we must walk, work, and sleep in them, or else we are not true soldiers of Christ.
William Gurnall

It is not only our duty to pray for others, but also to desire the prayers of others for ourselves.
William Gurnall
Compare not thyself with those that have less than thyself, but look on those that have far exceeded thee.
William Gurnall
And while God had work for Paul, he found him friends both in court and prison. Let persecutors send saints to prison, God can provide a keeper for their turn.
William Gurnall
The sins of teachers are the teachers of sin.
William Gurnall

The soldier is summoned to a life of active duty and so is the Christian.
William Gurnall
"In a word, Christians, God and angels are spectators, observing how you quit yourselves like children of the Most High; every exploit your faith doth against sin and Satan causeth a shout in heaven; while you valiantly prostrate this temptation, scale that difficulty, regain the other ground you even now lost out of your enemies' hands. Your dear Saviour, who stands by with a reserve for your relief at a pinch, his very heart leaps within him for joy to see the proof of your love to him and zeal for him in all your combats; and will not forget all the faithful service you have done in his wars on earth; but when thou comest out of the field, will receive thee with the like joy as he was entertained himself at his return to heaven of his Father." The Christian In Complete Armour, Vol I, Part First