During the Fall Session of the D.C., D.E., M.D., District Council of the PAW, Inc., Pastor Michael Barber, of Dominion Apostolic Ministries, discussed how to examine the Body of Christ. He advised that churches prioritize soul-winning, as the heartbeat of God, by inspiring the Body and putting people in a position to see God move and have defining moments.
As a Council, we’re in the process of becoming one and beginning to move as a unit, but we have to capture the heartbeat of God. And whether or not, there is growth, we shouldn’t have to wait until something dies until we have an examination. How many churches die because they didn’t take an autopsy? (more…)
James 4:10; 1 Peter 5:5-9
There are so many things God can do for and with us if we humble ourselves. Humility causes us to deny ourselves. God gives grace to the humble but He resists the proud (see James 4:6).
Sometimes we are our own biggest hinderances to allowing God to use and bless us because we don’t want to give over our will and control to God.
Humility is a sign of strength, not weakness. Don’t let pride keep you from obeying the Word of God. Pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall. Don’t allow pride to stop you from coming to God or from confessing and forsaking your sins.
We should be subject one to another and willing to work together in this world. However, we all must ultimately be submissive to the will and Word of God. God is trying to set us up so He can use us the way He wants to use us.
If we become more occupied with the cares of this world than with God, we become frustrated. We have to look at ourselves and know that we are nothing without God and cannot handle any situation without Him. Even when we are successful and accomplish things, we have to remember that God gave us the ability and opportunity to accomplish those things.
When we face difficulties, we have to learn to give them to God. The flesh does not want to suffer. But we have to be clothed in humility and yield to the power of God. He has all power and authority and there is nothing He cannot do. He knows what He is doing.
Don’t give into frustration. Frustration will make you lose control of yourself. Stay in control and cast ALL of your cares on The Lord. After you’ve given your problems over to God, examine yourself and make sure you’re in line with His word.
If you have truly humbled yourself, you will turn your problems over to God. Trust God!
Scripture: Isaiah 43: 18-19 – Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.
Philipians 3:13-14 – Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus
Notes: The enemy wants you to believe that you can’t make it so he can get a foothold in your life. Let nothing separate you from the word of God. We are living in perilous times and a lot of things are going on around us. Only God can solve these things. We have to move forward and go on in the Lord. You can live in the world, but not be of the world. You can be in it and around it and not be a part of it. Aren’t you glad that you have God in you, in this perverse and wicked world? Don’t worry about things you can’t change.
1 Corinthians 5:17 – All things are passed away, behold all things are new. All things are from God who has reconciled us to Him and we are ambassadors for Christ. God told the Israelites that He will make a way in the wilderness. Even in the dry places of your life God can move. (more…)