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What it means to honor our God, our parents

Bishop is teaching on the nucleus that is our families. The latest in his series is on Honoring our parents. Here’s the definition of honor, according to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary.

Hon·or, noun

: respect that is given to someone who is admired; a good reputation; good quality or character as judged by other people; high moral standards of behavior.
: an academic distinction conferred on a superior student, a course of study for superior students supplementing or replacing a regular course.
: an exalted title or rank, badge, decoration; a ceremonial rite or observance.
: a keen sense of ethical conduct, one’s word given as a guarantee of performance.: respect that is given to someone who is admired; a good reputation; good quality or character as judged by other people; high moral standards of behavior.
: an academic distinction conferred on a superior student, a course of study for superior students supplementing or replacing a regular course.
: an exalted title or rank, badge, decoration; a ceremonial rite or observance.
: a keen sense of ethical conduct, one’s word given as a guarantee of performance.

Origin of HONOR

Middle English, from Anglo-French onur, honur, from Latin honos, honor. First known use was in the 13th century.

How to prevent identity theft

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The Youth and Young Adult Ministry discussed how to prevent identity theft at the January Milk 2 Meat. These are four preventative measures for protecting your identity from an enemy who seeks to steal, kill and destroy your life.

1. Put on your spiritual armour by giving God glory and getting in His word.

2. Hide the Word in your heart that “I might not sin against thee” (Psalm 119). The Word is your treasure.

3. If you find yourself victimized — repent quickly and get back in fellowship with God. Ask the Lord to “create in me a clean heart and renew a right spirit within me.”

4. Be ready to walk in liberty. When the enemy returns he should meet a new you. Be prepared to not fall the same way you fell before.

Prayer for 2014 is that we would know who we are and not have our identities stolen from us and that we would activate the word of God.

Be Holy!

Hebrews 10
We have to let the spirit of God rule in our lives. We must get to a place where we stop making excuses for our shortcomings so we can move forward in God. It’s not possible to backslide without overriding the Holy Ghost first. Be led by the Spirit. (see Jude 1:24) There’s no way to go wrong if you adhere to the word of God. (see Psalms 119:11)
If you get off track with God, accept all of the responsibility for it. Backsliding is no one else’s fault. Beware of the wiles of the devil, for he is your adversary. Be sober and vigilant so you can recognize who your enemy is. Do not fight your brother and sister in Christ but instead go against the devil who is trying to use them. You can defeat the spirit that causes division if you let the Holy Ghost rule.
We must also get to a place where we can go to the throne of God for ourselves. We can’t always depend on others to pray for us, especially if we don’t pray ourselves. Jesus died so we can have personal access to God. Jesus is our high priest and we can go to Him at anytime. Nobody can take care of your needs like Jesus can!
Since our bodies are temples of the Holy Ghost, we have to allow Him to dwell and rule. He sets the standards. He is the high priest over your “house,” which is your body. This means we can’t do anything we want to do with God’s house. We have to seek God to make sure we are following His will. (see Hebrews 10:22)
If we serve God in the beauty of holiness, He will give us the desires of our hearts. If our hearts are pure, the spirit can lead and guide us into all truths. We can’t go before God and doubt and expect God to move. (see Hebrews 10:23) Hold to the profession of your faith without wavering. Holiness is always right! God is calling for holiness. Holiness is not a religion; it is a lifestyle.
You can’t allow anyone to sway you from holiness because you then are being swayed away from God’s promises. Don’t lose out on what God has for you! Be holy!

The Company you Keep

I Corinthians 15:33; Psalms 1:1-6
Your appearance, activities, and people you associate with affects others’ opinions about you. Cliques and groups form with people who are comfortable with each other, who want to identify with each other, and who share common interests. We should ask God who He feels we should hang out with. Do the people we associate with the most share the same goals and beliefs we do? If they are not on the spiritual path you are, maybe you need to limit your time with them. If none of your company is striving to reach the same spiritual goals you are, you put yourself in danger of being drawn by them. You will pick up the characteristics of the people you hang around. (see story of Paul being blinded by God. Before he was blinded, he was leading others. After he was blinded, others had to lead him. He could rely on who was leading him.) Can you rely on your company when you can’t see for yourself to lead you in the right direction?
I John 2:15
How do you set keep yourself in the world? Set boundaries with your friends that will keep you from falling into sin. Set in your mind that you are going to represent God and be set aside for God’s purpose.
Let God be your best friend first and get close to Him. If you ask, He will bring people into your circle that will help you grow. Use your church community to develop relationships that won’t hinder you spiritually.
There will be a certain amount of unrest if you don’t fully commit yourself to God’s purpose for your life. Our lives can affect people without us preaching. But the Lord can prepare their hearts to receive the message of Christ if you continue to live a Christian life before them.
Even for the ones in the church and living for Christ, we have to support each other in love and share a spirit of unity.

How to survive perilous times

Scripture: 2 Timothy 3:1; Hebrews 10

Notes: God has given us a word to let us know how to survive perilous time. We need God on our side and we need the support of one another. In order to walk through this life, we have to maintain our faith in God. If you lose your faith in God, you lose your confidence. Every child of God must stand up to accomplish what God is calling them to do. The men of God moved by faith (see Hebrews 11, Hall of Faith).

Faith plays an important role in critical times. We may have a lot going on in our lives, but it should not affect our faith. What will affect your faith are the things that are constant that wear away your strength. A watery drip will eventually erode whatever it lands on.

The letter to Hebrews give us some specific things to do as we see the Day of the Lord approaching. One thing you must do is draw near with a true heart and full assurance of faith. You need a clear conscience and a clear mind. The Psalmist said they that are from thee shall perish. That’s why you want to get close to God.

We must testify about what God has done, and if I get close enough to the Lord I can tell you what the Lord is doing. God is a healer, a deliverer, a waymaker, a burden-bearer. Draw near to God and He will draw nearer to you. In critical times we have to get close to Him. Turn loose the things that are holding you back. Don’t sit under the drip. (more…)

One, one, one: Body, spirit, church

Scripture: Ephesians 4: 1-6

Notes: God’s church can’t be divided because there is only one God. United we stand, divided we fall. Together we are strong, we are one. Following the day of Pentecost, Jesus’ followers were all in one place together, because it is God’s desire for us to sit together and be quickened together. There is something about togetherness and church unity. God never intended for His church to be divided and He is coming back for one bride.

We are as a building, fit and framed together, that grows into a holy temple, a habitation of God through the Spirit. He wants His church to walk together and serve Him together. Paul talked about this in the book of Colossians, that their hearts would be knitted tight with the increase of God. The Lord is looking for a church that is not stagnant, but moving somewhere. (more…)