Prepare Yourself for a Blessing

Want to see God work wonders upon wonders? Consecrate yourselves and prepare to be ushered into the promised land God has for you! Consecration equals sanctification. Consecration requires separation for a holy purpose and suffocating hindrances that are keeping you from moving to the next level.

Joshua was a leader who understood the necessity of preparation through sacrifice to receive miracles from God (see Joshua 3:5). After Moses died in the wilderness, God chose Joshua, Moses’ right hand man, as the new leader of the children of Israel. Joshua’s faithfulness to God, along with his courageous, submissive, and wise traits made him fit to lead the people of God. In Joshua 3, God was preparing to take them into the Promised Land in three days. The number 3 signifies resurrection, change and miracles. In this passage, Joshua and all the children of Israel came to the Jordan river and prepared to cross. Crossing the Jordan River symbolized a baptismal experience, as they prepared to experience new life in the Promised Land.

After Joshua instructed the people to consecrate themselves and the priests to take up the Ark of the Covenant and go ahead of them, Joshua received a word from God for the priest to take the Ark and stand in the water. As soon as Joshua got the word from God, he went into action. We as children of God should desire to grow to the point where we are immediately obedient when God instructs us.

Even though God only told Joshua to tell the priests to stand in the Jordan with the Ark, Joshua added that God would stop up the river when they stepped in. Although God didn’t specifically say that He would stop up the river, Joshua used his faith and believed that God would clear a path in the Jordan River just as He had for them when they faced the Red Sea. Likewise, if we want to see God perform miracles and wonders in our lives, we must humble ourselves, commune with God and walk in faith as Joshua did. Just as we come to crossroads in our lives, the children of Israel were at a crossroad and had to be prepared to move forward. That preparation requires faith that after you consecrate and purify yourself, that God will take you into an abundantly blessed place.

God’s blessings come when we humble ourselves and are obedient to His word. 2 Chronicles 7:14 provides the basic formula for allowing God to turn situations around in our favor. It says to be humble, seek God, pray, and turn from sin. Humbling ourselves includes a willingness to suffer. Even though our flesh creates a constant struggle with sin, we must be willing to crucify our flesh so that Christ can rule in our lives (see Galatians 2:20). We must also remember that to see the glory of God, we must also be willing to share in His suffering (see Philippians 3:10; 1 Peter 4:12-13, Romans 5:3-5; Matthew 5:10-12; 1 Peter 2:9, 20).

Even though seeing God work miracles and wonders in our lives comes at a price, if we humble ourselves and pay the price by purifying our lives through consecration, God will bless us abundantly!


Experience communion service as it happened

Evangelist Walls leads worship with all the “Power in the Blood” songs.
Min. Gravette preaches the first sermonette from 1 Corinthians 11: 23-24 and John 6: 53-56, 58.
Notes: “By partaking of the break we have access to eternal life. Think about it. ” It should have been our bodies broken on the cross because of sin. He that eats of this bread lives forever. “Take of the cup and live forever.”
Deacon Morris preaches the second sermonette.
Notes: The blood makes an atonement for the soul. Remember when Abel’s blood cried unto God? The blood has a voice. It speaks. When God sees us He sees the blood of Jesus and “finds no fault.” All things are purged by blood, but it has to be pure. “He that eateth my flesh and drinketh my blood dwells in me and I in them.” (more…)

‘Why is it that God is not hearing my prayer?’

Saints answer an altar call for prayer.

Saints answer an altar call for prayer.

Scripture: Luke 11: 1-11
We consecrated and came together for prayer, and Bishop Pendleton gave us a sneak peek of a message to come. If we want to see a move of God, and answers to our prayers, let’s talk about the things in our lives that we can’t pass over.

-We are our own worst enemy, and often fail to deal with hindrances to prayer.
-We need to have persistence and importunity to prayer, and deal with the things that are standing in our way (1 John 5: 14-15).
-Have you stopped and searched yourself to see why your prayers haven’t been answered.
-If we want God to move when we want Him to move we must look at the things that we never look at in our lives that are hindering our prayers. Those are the things to focus on — the essentials.
-A few examples: Contention, strife, disharmony in our marriages and homes can affect our prayers (1 Peter 3:7), The act of engaging in sin and sinful activities (Isaiah 59: 1-2, Psalm 66:18), and also a tired body can be a hindrance. (more…)

Get ready to consecrate yourself

The scriptures and schedule for this year’s Fasting and Prayer focus:

Feb. 8-10: Pray for the sick and afflicted
Feb. 22-24: Prayfor church growth — spiritual and natural
March 8-10: Pray for our Council and organization
March 22-24: Pray for the souls in Haiti and all our families in the foreign field.
April 5-7: Pray for our children and neighborhoods.
April 19-21: Pray that God will give each of us a closer walk and a greater desire to serve Him. This is soul-searching time.

SCRIPTURES TO READ: The Promises of Prayer

Matthew 7:11: If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?

Matthew 21:22: And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.

Mark 11:22-24: And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. (more…)