holiness

The Pentecostal Experience: 7 key verses

The Pentecostal Experience: 3 key verses

ICYMI, these are the key scriptures from Bishop’s sermon on “The Pentecostal Experience,” for Pentecost Sunday.

1. I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions. -Joel 2:28

2. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. -Acts 2:4

3. Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. -Acts 2:38

4. And when we were all fallen to the earth, I heard a voice speaking unto me, and saying in the Hebrew tongue, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks. -Acts 26:14

5. Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord. -Hebrews 12:14

6. Be filled with the Spirit; speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord. -Ephesians 5:18-19

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

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!

Follow God’s Instructions

Holiness is not a religion; it is a lifestyle. We come to Christ because we want something different than what we were used to, which means we have to change the things we were doing. We must adopt new lifestyles. (see 2 Corinthians 5:17)
God is very particular and wants us to follow all of His word. Life in Christ requires that we abandon lives of sin. What is sin? All disobedience to God is sin. When we decide to live for The Lord, the devil tries to get us offtrack and to make us backslide. We can’t be in backslidden states and take heed to the word. Backsliding doesn’t happen overnight. The enemy works on your mind for a while. You may not feel like going to church, reading your word, fasting, praying, etc. Don’t let yourself get into that state where you lose out with God.
God wants us to give all of ourselves to Him. (see Romans 12:1) Since we have been purchased by God, we cannot do just anything with our lives or bodies. Our bodies and lives belong to God. God cannot dwell in an unclean temple.
How do you present your body as holy? You deny anything that is unholy. This is not beyond your ability. God has called us unto holiness; to sanctification. Sanctification means that God specifically set you aside. You are so special to God that He hand picked you!
Living for God only requires that you follow God’s instructions. Not following God’s instructions brings shame upon you. If you feel like you are struggling in an area, ask God for help.
1 Corinthians 6:9-20 God is clear on what He accepts and what He doesn’t. Even if the government changes their law, God’s law is the same. We must follow God’s law. Even if you are guilty of straying from a godly lifestyle, God can still forgive you if you repent. (see Romans 6:1-2)
Living for God is not hard; it only requires following instructions. God’s yoke is easy and His burden is light! (see Matthew 11:30) Follow instructions and follow God!

Sis. Maya shines spotlight on TobyMac, Vicki Yohe


“Holiness is living a sanctified, separated, Godly, clean and upright life before God.”

Our Bishop has been preaching the need for us as believers to “be ye separate” from the ways and wiles of this world, and to cling to the Word and the perfect Will of God. As believers we are to live a lifestyle that represents the Lord, who is returning imminently for a Holy people. In accordance with this, we are launching “God picks,” a series of books, movies and music for fellow believers’ infotainment needs. Sis. Maya is back with another list of her favorite Christian artists, and recommended tracks for your MP3 or disc player.

1. TOBYMAC
Kevin Michael McKeehan, a.k.a. tobyMac, creates exciting medleys that draw young believers and are relatable to listeners going through tough times.

Download: J-Train” from Re:Mix Momentum, Phenomenon” from Welcome To Diverse City, and Made to Love” and “Lose my Soul” off the Portable Sounds album. Also check out “City on our Knees” on the recent Tonight release.

2. LINCOLN BREWSTER
Lincoln Brewster speaks to those who are hungry for non-traditional worship. Brewster’s lyrics are inspired by struggles that he had to overcome with God’s help.

Download: Everlasting God” off of the release Let The Praises Ring.

3. TODD AGNEW
Some tracks on Todd Agnew’s new album will make you want to lift your hands in worship, and others will make you want to dance. If you like rock, you will enjoy this.

Download: Give Me Jesus,” “Higher Ground” and “The Love of God” from the Need release. (more…)

MercyMe, Donald Lawrence and more God picks


“Holiness is living a sanctified, separated, Godly, clean and upright life before God.”

Our Bishop has been preaching the need for us as believers to “be ye separate” from the ways and wiles of this world, and to cling to the Word and the perfect Will of God. As believers we are to live a lifestyle that represents the Lord, who is returning imminently for a Holy people. In accordance with this, we are launching “God picks,” a series of books, movies and music for fellow believers’ infotainment needs. Sis. Maya kicks off the series with a list of her favorite soul-stirring groups, and recommended tracks for your MP3 or disc player.

1. DISCIPLE
Disciple was formed in 1991 by high school friends Kevin Young, Brad Noah, and Tim Barrett. The band’s lyrics are sincere in the search for humility.

Download: “After the World,” my favorite song off of the Scars Remain album, was a number one hit. Two other songs that I find excellent are “Whatever Reason” and “Savior” off the Southern Hospitality release.

2. DONALD LAWRENCE and the TRI-CITY SINGERS
Producer and composer Donald Lawrence reshaped the regional Tri-City Singers in the 1990s. Lawrence’s lyrics are something to you can listen to around the house or in the car with your parents.

Download:Encourage Yourself” from The Grand Finale album is a very good example of the “old school” church feel. (more…)

Bible study: Bishop defines ‘Holiness’

Scripture: 1 Peter 1: 13-16
Bishop encourages the youth and reviews the meaning of Holiness.

Notes: You cannot become what God wants you to be if you fail to follow instructions. The only way you’re going to get ahead is to follow instructions. Don’t try to circumvent the Word or take shortcuts. That’s why people don’t pass their tests — they don’t follow the instructions.

What is Holiness?
God is telling us to be holy and we don’t even know or understand what God is saying or asking of us.  Holiness is living a sanctified, separated, Godly, clean and upright life before God.

We have to keep in mind that Holiness has to be an active part of our lives, from the moment we get up to the moment we lay back down. That’s what God has given to shape us, to regulate us in everything we do, because we represent God.

We come to the House of the Lord so we can be prepared to meet the Lord. He is coming back for a Holy people. He is going to present unto himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle, or any such thing. God is not going to present to himself anything short of holiness. Don’t mistake the church for this assembly, because there are folks in the assembly that we look up to that don’t adhere to the lifestyle of holiness.

You are going to have to save yourself from this untoward generation. That’s why Paul said “Follow me as I follow Christ” or “If I’m not following Christ, don’t follow me.” After you preach to others you have to keep your body under subjection. Holiness is anti-world, and is meant to keep us separate by God, for God so that you don’t return to your former lusts. (more…)

Bible study: God is already working it out!

Word for the wise

Scripture: Acts 10
Bishop Pendleton shows us how God solves problems and exhorts us to be examples of holiness.

Notes:
What did we know about the centurion? He was Roman commander in the Italian band that feared God, had an influence in his family because they were all devout, and was generous (gave much alms). He represented the Gentiles, but he prayed to God always and had a good report among the Jews. What he lacked was the Holy Ghost. However, God already had a plan in mind. He started working on Cornelius’ condition hours in advance by preparing Peter.

We ought to be just as prayerful and committed to praying as Cornelius was — until God moves. God prepared Peter to receive Cornelius a day ahead of time. Imagine if Cornelius had grown discouraged. All he had to do was wait on the Lord. “Behold, I am he whom ye seek.” Don’t wait until you get the Holy Ghost pray now! (more…)