“Did You Know That You Cannot Run With The Turkeys If You Want To Soar With The Eagles?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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Did You Know That You Cannot Run With The Turkeys If You Want To Soar With The Eagles?”

Have you ever heard it said that, “Birds of a feather, flock together?”  That’s just a parabolic way of stating that the people and the things you associate with are either adding to your life or taking away from it because it’s impossible not to imitate those who are influencing you from becoming just like them.

Achieving or winning is a continuing lifestyle that’s filled with good choices and discipline.  So, if you’re unhappy with your lifestyle and you really want to change the direction of where you’re going, one of the first steps is to carefully consider who you’re hanging around with or what you’re allowing into your spirit. 

The people who you’re associating with the most are the ones who are speaking into your life either by what they say or by what they do to influence you.  They are either using you as a dumping site for their negative and pessimistic comments, their critical and discouraging ways, their counteractive and ineffective ideas, and their corrupt and deprave manners……

Or they’re impacting your life, family, finances, and your futurethrough their constructive, spiritual, optimistic, positive, desirable, upbeat, faith-filled, acceptable and edifying ways, ideas, instructions, advice, assistance, guidance, wisdom, and manners.  Good role models are those people who refuse to accept their current conditions when they knew they were created for so much more.

God says in Proverbs 13:20 NIV,He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm.”  Isn’t it interesting THAT IT’S NOT GOD who will bring down the harm or destruction into your life?  NO, it’s following the advice, instructions, ways, influence, input, and companionship of the foolish and unwise people.  It will bring untold misery, depression, and destruction upon your own head during this lifetime as well as for eternity.

Not only does it apply towards who you’re associated or involved with, but it also pertains to the type of television, radio, or Internet programming that you watch or listen to.  The movies you see, the books, newspapers, magazines, and other literature you read will also have a great impact on your life.

But God is now saying that You Have A Choice Or The Decision Is Yours.”  So, choose carefully whose advice you’ll follow and what you’ll be influenced by.  If a person gets out of prison only to go back to his or her old environment, he has set himself up for re-incarceration.  You must escape the environment in order to have a brand new beginning or fresh start.  You can overcome anything if you’re first willing to be transformed.  Learn to regulate and control your conduct and behavior by rising up, trusting The Lord, and reaching higher.

So select your friends and associates carefully and be led by The Holy Spirit.  Take on the mindset of champions, the attitude of those who’ve achieved in the field that you’re interested in, and learn from their wisdom and commitment to excellence.  Develop the lifestyle of a winner simply by associating with those who are what you want to become. Learn from their character and re-shape your habits in order to become a high achiever and a good role model yourself.

Become a leader.  Make prayerful and wise personal, career, family, and financial decisions.  Remember, IT’S YOUR LIFE, and it’s just too precious to waste.

THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!

“How Bad Do You Really Want It?”

Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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How Bad Do You Really Want It?”

How Great Is Your Desire To See God Move In Your Life? 

The miraculous works of God are always the result of a deep, inner and insatiable desire for a change.  God isn’t moved to orchestrate in our hearts or affairs because a person quickly mumbles some “off the cuff” prayer without any thought behind it. 

No, God is always moved to intervene from those who diligently, passionately, intimately and faithfully seek Him.  And this kind of prayer usually involves both sacrificial time and hard work as one seeks to pierce through their darkness, prevail through their pains and persevere right into the throne room of God’s grace.

We are given an excellent example of this in 1st Samuel 1: 9-18 in the brief story of Hannah.  Hannah was childless and couldn’t take being barren anymore, so she pleaded and poured out her soul before God.

Here In verse 11, Hannah’s prayers being mingled with tears cries out, “LORD Almighty, if you will only look on your servant’s misery and remember me, and not forget your servant but give her a son, then I will give him to the LORD for all the days of his life, and no razor will ever be used on his head.”

Her vow here implies that he would be consecrated to the Lord from his infancy to his death, to serve him, and minister unto him in the sanctuary, fully dedicating him to the tabernacle service;  and that he should not only act as a Levite, but as a Nazarite, on whose head no razor should ever pass.

Being unwilling to let the Lord go until she received some sort of promise or satisfaction, she continued praying in her heart.  There, her distorted appearance with uplifted eyes and hands were observed by the priest, who not hearing any words but seeing her lips move, initially though she was intoxicated from wine.

Then in verses 15-16 it says,Not so, my lord,” Hannah replied, “I am a woman who is deeply troubled. I have not been drinking wine or beer; I was pouring out my soul to the LORD.  Do not take your servant for a wicked woman; I have been praying here out of my great anguish and grief.”

Out of the abundance of her heart, Hannah began to vent and make known her desires to The Lord.  And the Lord remembered Hannah and gave her the power to conceive and she brought forth a son and called his name Samuel.

Let us be reminded of the promise given in Matthew 6:6 by Jesus himself,But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”

Is there some place where you can go and have your secret devotions?  A place where you may be alone with God?  If you really need to speak with God then you will create the place and the time needed to really get before the Lord like Hannah.

There’s a reward, power and anointing that comes out of prevailing and persistent prayer that cannot be derived from anywhere else.

Remember the words from James 4:3 which declare that “You have not because you ask not or ask amiss.” When you ask, don’t ask with the wrong motives of self-indulgence or carnal gratification, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.  On some occasions you even if you do pray, you do it only that you may live in splendor to pamper your lusts.   No, always come before His presence with the right intentions and purpose of heart. 

Remember, whatever’s ahead of you is never as great as the power that’s with you.  And according to His gracious promises, He will move in your life and affairs, through the mighty name of Jesus Christ.

THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!

 

“What’s Holding You Back From Making Yourself Completely Available To God?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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What’s Holding You Back From Making Yourself Completely Available To God?”

Has God called you to do something but you make excuses and continue to procrastinate?  Why are so many people afraid to step out in faith and do God’s Will?  Fear of the unknown, doubt, and unbelief are the major challenges in the minds of many believers.  We as human beings always like to play it safeand want to know everything in advance and want God to move miraculously first before stepping out in faith.

I too had once struggled in this area as God had called me to full-time ministry.  I had a very good job with lots of responsibility, but was working 6 and often 7 days a week doing 15 -16 hours each day.  Doing God’s will was always in my heart and mind, but I continued to procrastinate, making excuses, until one day I just couldn’t take it any longer.  Then after crying aloud in the building and fully surrendering to The Lord, The Holy Spirit spoke strongly to my heart and said, “Believe my Word and don’t doubt in your heart!” And I left that job and I’ve never looked back. 

I encountered many naysayers along the way, but the blessings and grace of God were greater as I now continue to preach and teach the Word of God.

There are so many believers that have a burning passion to do something for the Lord or have a call to preach the Gospel globally, but they are afraid to step out in faith because of their job, their “benefits,” and they are more worried about how their bills (car note, cell phone, rent/mortgage, insurance, light bill, water bill, etc.) are going to get paid rather than learning how to fully yield themselves to Christ and trust Him to supply all their needs according to His riches in glory.

If you are passionate about winning souls for God’s kingdom, then stop worrying about how your bills will get paid and just start following Christ and pray for God’s will and direction for your life.   Then pray about your finances, since it’s usually the area that most people struggle with.

When you make Christ your priority and make yourself available for God to use, you will be surprised and amazed at what He will do in you, through you, by you, and with you.

In Luke 9: 57-62 we are given the story of 3 different individuals that Jesus dealt with regarding following Him.

Luke 9: 57-58 NIV says, “As they were walking along the road, a man said to him, ‘I will follow you wherever you go.’ Jesus replied, ‘Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.’”

This particular man was a Scribe, who was a teacher of the Law.  It was clearly evident that Christ saw that his motivation was to acquire worldly gain and build his reputation, so Jesus tested his sincerity by informing him of the hardships that surrounded him, and it appears that he wasn’t heard from again.

Then Luke 9:59-60 NIV says,He said to another man, ‘Follow me.’ But he replied, ‘Lord, first let me go and bury my father.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God.’”

Are you willing to follow The Lord even while going through the most trying circumstances?  This man sought for a delay.  Procrastination!  Jesus wasn’t against burying the dead.  If this man really believed, he would’ve asked Christ to heal or raise his father from the dead.

Jesus knew that if he returned back home, his friends might ridicule, oppose him, or present arguments that would prevent him from following Him. 

Jesus taught that nothing should be allowed to divert the mind and be used as an excuse for not following him.  Not even the death of a father and the sorrows of an afflicted family should be used to keep a person following Christ or to put off the purpose for becoming a Christian.

Our Lord was not speaking disrespectfully of or against burying the dead, but that it would be more advantageous for those who were spiritually dead to handle the last rites and that he should be more concerned about following Him.  Since there were enough of his relatives there to take care of handling that burial, Jesus was revealing to him that there was no need why he should neglect the ministry of the gospel and attend to that affair.

Finally Luke 9: 61-62 NIV says, “Still another said, ‘I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say goodbye to my family.’ Jesus replied, ‘No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.’”

Here is another who is willing to follow Christ, but he first must have a little time to talk with his friends about it and take time to set his household in order.

Again, when you make Christ your priority and make yourself available for God to use, you’ll be surprised and amazed at what He will do in you, through you, by you, and with you in the mighty name of Jesus Christ, our Lord.

THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!

“Have You Ever Had A Negative Experience While Trying To Share Christ?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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Have You Ever Had A Negative Experience While Trying To Share Christ?”


One day while going door to door to share Christ, a woman answered her front door who was very interested in the gospel of Jesus Christ.  But, within moments she kept telling me to whisper because she didn’t want her husband to know that she was listening to a preacher.  So as I continued sharing, she constantly kept looking back over her shoulder in fear.  So, I finally inquired as to what was the matter.

 

She told me that her husband hates preachers, the Bible and God and even threatens Christians throughout the city and again she motioned for me to whisper to her.  As her face filled with fear and stress, I told her that Christ loved her and died to set her free.  The more I shared, she cried and began to reach out for Jesus Christ.  But, suddenly I began to hear this loud animal like growling in the background.  Then she screamed “please run” and quickly motioned me away from the door.   The sound grew louder, then as I backed up a few steps, her husband came bursting through the door like a manic to get me. 

 

I quickly thought about The Apostle Paul and how he went from city to city preaching the resurrection of Jesus Christ.  Some of the cities received his message but others threw him out and one even stoned him.  What compelled him to later return to those cities, even the more hostile ones?    It’s the love of Christ Jesus which is shed in our hearts that compels us to go onward and take the good news to the world, even despite the dangers of persecution.

 

Romans 10: 13-14 NIV says, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard?  And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?”

 

Rejection, slander, criticism, mockery, unkind words and ungodly gestures are just a few of experiences that no one likes having as you’re trying to share the good news of Christ to people.  Although you’re concerned about their eternal life, because they’re dead in their sins, they think that you’re trying to shove your religion down their throats and may even attempt to say or do ungodly things to scare or stop you.

Having preached on the streets, door to door witnessing, park rallies and through a variety of other methods, while I’ve encountered numerous negative experiences, none can compare with the overwhelming joy when you lead a sinner to Jesus Christ or encourage a person, whose faith has been shipwrecked, to return back to the church and begin studying the Bible again.

Are you aware that all Heaven rejoices when a sinner comes to Christ?  Heaven isn’t moved by the NBA Finals, the World Series, the Stanley Cup or even the Academy Awards.   No, all Heaven rejoices when a sinner opens his or her heart to Christ and a multitude of sins have been repented of and forgiven by God.

The reason for negative reactions to our witness is that people are bound in the sins in which they actually believe that they love or are held prisoner too and they don’t want to be told or reminded of God’s eternal judgment that’s to come.  They want to walk in their own will and have things their way, so they do all that they can, as they’re influenced or led by Satan to try to withstand the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Continuing with my experience, repulsed by my message, the husband came bursting through the front door after pushing his wife to the side, growling like a wild animal in an attempt to scare me.  He suddenly got right up into my face and angrily told me what he thought of God, the Bible, preachers and especially me.

I looked him straight in the eyes and told him about the love of Jesus and the blood that was shed on Calvary’s Cross just for him.  (I had earlier thought that if I’m going down, I’m going down lifting up my Lord and Savior).

He ceased the growling and told me that he was a Muslim and rejected the foolishness that Jesus was God.  Again, I kept sharing Christ as his frightened wife kept watching from the door. 

He finally shook my hand but said that he didn’t want anything to do with Jesus, asked me to leave his premises, not to come back and walked away into the house.  I stood out on his walkway and prayed for a few moments then left.

That next Sunday, the wife came to church with her teenage son and they both gave their lives to Jesus Christ.  She told me that she knew her husband would be upset about it but she needed Jesus. 

Again, although some people will be repulsed by us and our message, we must continue to share our hope with gentleness and grace and believe that Christ will change hardened hearts and set people free from their sins.

THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!

“Who Told You That You Can’t When You Can?”

Today’s Daily Devotional From Pastor Andrew Bills

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Who Told You That You Can’t When You Can?”

 

Philippians 4:13 NASB says,

“I can do all things through Him who strengthens me..”

 

With confidence in God’s word and the help of The Holy Spirit, you can bear up under any trial, perform any duty, resist any temptation, pierce through any darkness, overcome any evil, start any dream and accomplish any goals that Christ has placed in your heart.

So, who told you that you can’t when you can!!!

You’re not too old to learn something new or not to young to serve The Lord.   He is the arm that we must lean on and the strength that we must trust in.  He alone is our way of escape through the wilderness journey, the only one that can restore that which has been devoured and our only hope towards victory.

“Yes You Can” for Christ will enable you to begin, conduct and perform all things by having faith and relying on Him.

This is one of the most memorized and quoted verses throughout the Bible, but do you really believe it?  Don’t doubt God in your heart for God still uses the “foolish things in the world to confound the wise and the weak things to confound the mighty.”  (1 Corinthians 1:27)

Even though The Apostle Paul was imprisoned, he wrote this passage of scripture because he knew that The Holy Spirit is almighty and has unrestricted, supernatural and divine authoritative power. 

So even while incarcerated, He continued to take care of the churches and to preach the gospel, while bearing afflictions and persecutions. Through the presence of The Holy Spirit, he endured continual slander, cruel  and torturing opposition all for the sake of Christ.   Not in his own strength, for even Paul was aware of his own weaknesses, but in his reliance upon the Spirit of God.

It is only through our spiritual union in Christ Jesus that we are made sufficient.  Through His Word and Holy Spirit, believers are strengthened, unrestricted, enabled and empowered to face and press forwarded despite the challenges, lack or hindrances.

Consider the other original Apostles and early Church saints, who without the benefits of our modern technology  or transportation, took the gospel of Christ to the world.  No telegraph, telephone, automobiles, jet airplanes or no comfortable ocean liners.   No computers, internet, printing presses, comfortable hotel suites and no credit cards.

Without any of our modern conveniences, while under great persecution and other horrific opposition, they took the message to the world, shaking towns, villages regions and nations with the message of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.  

How much more are we enabled, with the help of The Holy Spirit of God, to achieve a dream or accomplish a desired goal?

What a privilege it is to be a Christian!  To know and have God as our “Unchanging Father and Friend” in these rapidly changing and very tough times.

THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!

“What Do You Do When Things Don’t Go According To Plan?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills
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“What Do You Do When Things Don’t Go According To Plan?”

How do you handle disappointments in your life? What do you do when discouraging events occur and try to distract you away from where you want to go or keep you from doing what you want to do?

While we often can’t choose what happens to us in life, we can choose “The Attitude” that we’ll take towards the things that will happen.

You and I can see this kind of sorrowful attitude in Luke’s account of the two disciples whom The Resurrected Jesus encountered on the road to Emmaus. Unable to recognize their risen Lord, these two disciples expressed their broken heartedness and great disappointment with this “sudden stranger” regarding their shock and misery of how their hopes were all dashed when their Messiah was taken and crucified.

In Luke 24:18-21 NIV says, “One of them, named Cleopas, asked him, “Are you the only one visiting Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?” “What things?” he asked. “About Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied. “He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people. The chief priests and our rulers handed him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified him; but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel. And what is more, it is the third day since all this took place.”

While this appearance of Christ to the two disciples going to Emmaus, happened the same day that he rose from the dead, they didn’t know that Christ was alive even though He was walking right with them because they were distracted by their disappointment, blinded by their sorrow and walking in unbelief. And when you become so disappointed in life, sometimes it’s too hard for you to even recognize Jesus in your very midst.

Their minds were so confused and distracted that it appears as if the more they talked about it, the more perplexed and disappointed they became.

There are those that become so overwhelmed with disappointment, hurt, misery and grief, that they begin to live as if Jesus never came out of that tomb.

Marriage troubles, family division, job layoffs, unexpected illness, unforeseen tragedy, financial hardships…. These are things that should lead or drive us closer to Christ and not further away. CHRIST IS THE ANSWER, not the problem! He’s our solution through the wilderness, not the author of our pains. In the worst of times, when it seems that all hope is gone, there’s still God’s Grace that you can count on.

Suddenly Christ began to preach The Word unto them, starting with Moses and the Old Testament Prophets. Then the Word began to burn in their hearts and open their eyes after they sat down to eat bread with the one they initially believed to be a stranger. Suddenly, they realized it was Jesus Christ!

There is a “blood stained scarlet thread” that runs throughout the entire Old Testament that ends at the cross and resurrection of Jesus Christ. But, all of His Promises are all still in effect even today.

My friends, when life delivers you a staggering blow, to the Word and Spirit of God you MUST go! Run to The Word, do not walk. RUN!!! For it’s there and only there that you’ll find God’s Grace and The Holy Spirit of God ready to receive, comfort, enable, deliver and guide you.

THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!

“Why Does It Seem As If Giving Up Is Easier Than Standing In Faith?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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Why Does It Seem As If Giving Up Is Easier Than Standing In Faith?”

The “Spirit of Quit” doesn’t want you to know that “You will win if you don’t give up!”    The second thing that the devil doesn’t want you to understand or realize is that “God’s grace is greater than the trial, hardship, heartache, sorrow or test that you’re going through.”

The Lord Jesus Christ is the only one that can break into your situation and take you from the place of being overwhelmed to the place of being overjoyed.  For His Grace is more than enough and more than sufficient once you determine in your heart than you’re going to trust The Lord through your circumstance, at all costs.

Listen with your heart as you read the words God has declared in Isaiah 43: 1-3 NLT, “But now, O Jacob, listen to the LORD who created you. O Israel, the one who formed you says, “Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are mine.  When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you.  For I am the LORD, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior. I gave Egypt as a ransom for your freedom; I gave Ethiopia and Seba in your place.”

Though originally the Prophet Isaiah’s prophesy was given directly to the nation Israel, God’s Word still remains and yields it’s strength to believers in the Church world today.  For God is still declaring, “Whatever problem, negative situation, painful condition or hard time you find yourself in today, I  have provided my Grace and if you will only believe and trust me, I WILL SEE YOU THROUGH.”

The Lord has always set apart THE REDEEMED for Himself.   Here, God not only revealed His divine word of commitment to His people but He additionally continues to assure His people not to have fear because HE’S GREATER THAN ANYTHING YOU CAN EVER EXPERIENCE OR THAT WILL COME AGAINST YOU.   

Now the terms, “Fire and water” not only speak of devastation, but “water” denotes an overwhelming destructive force and “fire” represents a consuming danger or attempts of annihilation.

When Our Heavenly Father considers the blood of Jesus Christ, His all-seeing eye is upon every believer and then we are found to be precious in His sight. 

Though we are subject to temptations and attacks from the forces of darkness as well as  pressures and persecutions from wicked people in this world, Jesus Christ is “Our Atonement, Antidote and Anointing” who enables us, through His Word and Holy Spirit, to prevail and persevere through to the very end.  Our victory is completely connected to God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ.

God had brought His people out from Egyptian bondage, through The Red Sea, through a wilderness journey, through the reign of evil kings and corrupt priests, through a Babylonian captivity and through various attacks from other jealous groups or ill-willed nations as they returned back to the promised land.  His lengthy and faithful history is just too wonderful to ever deny.

So today, the divine promise of being kept as we walk through the water and fire remains a special word of encouragement to the faithfulness of God.

On our way to glory, there are pathways that we must go through but when the enemy tries to rise up like a great flood, believers MUST remember that “GREATER IS HE THAT IS IN US THAN HE THAT IS IN THE WORLD. 

Therefore, be mindful that NOT ONLY is Satan NOT equal with God, for God is the creator of heaven and earth, but that the existence of both the nation of Israel and THE CHURCH are in The Lord’s Almighty Hand.

 

“How Do You Act Or Respond When The Pressure Is On You?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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How Do You Act Or Respond When The Pressure Is On You?”

Though we’ve been saved by His Wonderful grace, all believers are still a work in progress and The Lord isn’t finished with you yet.  While you’ve come this far by faith, what’s more important now is to continue walking in The Spirit as you’ll face what’s still ahead of you.

As the storms of life come, we must remain aware that the world is watching and the forces of darkness are observing us. But more importantly, for our survival we must continue to look to Christ and keep the switch of faith turned on at all times.

In Genesis chapter 20, we begin to read in this entire chapter of scripture where Abraham, who started out in faith, entered into error.   Afraid for his own life, out of fear he began to lie declaring that Sarah, his wife, was his sister.

Your outward actions are always an indication of what’s happening on the inside of you.  Technically, Abraham may not have told a lie, because Sarah indeed was his half-sister, but his excuse did not justify his actions.  He was afraid and acted out of his fear.

Abraham’s best excuse for his conduct was to lie because he thought that the fear of God was not in the place that he had now journeyed.  He lied to simply escape danger from the powerful ruler who was attracted to his wife.

But it’s also out of this dark chapter in Abraham’s life that the question arises, What do you do or how do you act or respond when facing difficult situations?”

“Have you ever acted out of fear and lied?  Instead of admitting that you’ve done wrong, did you try to find an excuse that may have some degree of relevance to your situation and then attempt to stretch that truth?”

Whenever or wherever you might face a difficult situation, that’s when you’ll need Him most.  Call on The Lord, cry out to Him, seek His face, ask for His wisdom, and trust on the leading of His Holy Spirit.   Though the pressures in life may seem very real, GOD AND HIS LOVE FOR YOU ARE EVEN MORE REAL.

Now, to further aid you in your walking in faith and standing on the integrity of God’s Word, here are just a few important spiritual principles that I have learned that will help you at all times:

1)  Never allow yourself to become distant from God. Never come to the place in life where you no longer believe that He’s able to keep you, sustain you, or even bless you.

2)  You should never become so busy that you forget it’s not by your power or might, but by His Holy Spirit.  We must continue to trust in and rely on His Word, Anointing and Transforming power.

3)  You need to remember the revelation that Christ has set you free and not become negative or pessimistic about the lives that God wants to touch through you. 

4)  Your love for The Lord must always remain greater than your love for the world.  You can’t allow secret sins to harbor within your heart.  Nor can you allow disappointments to fill you with anger.

5) You must not allow a season of prayerlessness to creep in where prevailing prayers once were your stronghold in God.

6)  Doubt and unbelief will always attempt to distract you away from walking in faith and in the power of His Holy Spirit.  But resist the devil and he will flee.

Remember, CHRIST IS GREATERthan hard time, adverse circumstance, negative situation, painful condition, or satanic entrapment that you can ever experience or encounter.

THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!

 

“Has Your Soul Lost Sight Of Jesus?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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Has Your Soul Lost Sight Of Jesus?”

Has your soul lost sight of Jesus Christ?  Have you taken Him for granted?  Is He with you?  Have you become so busy or gotten so comfortable in living your life that you’ve just assumed that He’s with you when He’s not?  Have you lost the intimate fellowship of His Holy Spirit?   Supposing or thinking that He’s with you is really NOT sufficient enough.

In Luke 2: 42-46 NIV we read, “When he was twelve years old, they went up to the festival, according to the custom.  After the festival was over, while his parents were returning home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but they were unaware of it.  Thinking he was in their company, they traveled on for a day. Then they began looking for him among their relatives and friends.  When they did not find him, they went back to Jerusalem to look for him.  After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions.”

When Jesus was twelve years old, His parents took Him up to the Passover festival, according to the custom in The Law.  When the seven days of the feast of unleavened bread ended, Mary and Joseph left Jerusalem returning home while believing that Jesus was with them.

They had no inclination that Jesus had remained behind to hear and ask questions about the teaching of the doctors in the Scriptures, The Law and the traditions of the elders and priests.  Due to the large traveling crowds, they simply believed he was with other members of their traveling friends or family members within that large group.

After a full day’s journey, they finally noticed that Jesus was missing and frantically began to search for him throughout the crowd.

As tragic as it might seem, Mary and Joseph had traveled away from worshiping in the temple and from a great spiritual Passover feast, totally unaware that they were lacking the presence of Jesus.

Some have said that Jesus stands outside the doors of many churches, pleading to that congregation to let Him come in.  But, it’s even worse when, after worshiping and celebrating in a church service, to act as if you’ve left Him locked inside after you’ve gone home and are going about your daily business. Attempting to shut Him out of your daily lives simply reveals that your Sunday morning celebration experience is just emotional and Not “Christ Lived.”

Mary and Joseph had Jesus with them in the temple but they lost Him once they departed for home.  Mary was not only close to Jesus, she was His Mother, but she lost Him.  Not only did she lose Him, she didn’t even recognize that He was gone or not in her midst.  No matter how close you have been to Jesus, you must be very careful not to leave Him, take him for granted or move away from His presence.

Upon realizing their inexcusable carelessness and negligence, with a sense of great loss, they began to earnestly search for Him.  As their diligence increased, Mary and Joseph finally realized that they had lived three days without Him.

When they finally found Him, they found Him where they’d left Him, in the temple.  At first they blamed Him, but it’s never The Lord’s fault when you go off without Jesus.

He doesn’t just want to be with you in your church services, Jesus wants to be your life as you go into your home, school, place of business and everywhere else you may go.

He has promised to “Never leave you or forsake you.”  Will you speak these same words to Him?

 

“Are You Tuned In To The Voice Of The Holy Spirit?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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Are You Tuned In To The Voice Of The Holy Spirit?”

 

The true story happened back when the telegraph was the fastest method of long distance communication, as a young man applied for a job as a Morse code operator.

 

Answering an ad in the newspaper, he went to the office address that was listed. When he arrived, he entered a large, busy office filled with noise and clatter, including the sound of the telegraph in the background. A sign on the receptionist’s counter instructed job applicants to fill out a form and wait until they were summoned to enter the inner office.

 

The young man filled out his form and sat down with the seven other applicants in the waiting area. After a few minutes, the young man stood up, crossed the room to the door of the inner office, and walked right in.

 

Naturally the other applicants perked up, wondering what was going on. They muttered among themselves that they hadn’t heard any summons yet. They assumed that the young man who went into the office made a mistake and would be disqualified.

 

Within a few minutes, however, the employer escorted the young man out of the office and said to the other applicants, “Gentlemen, thank you very much for coming, but the job has just been filled.”

 

The other applicants began grumbling to each other, and one spoke up saying, “Wait a minute, I don’t understand. He was the last to come in, and we never even got a chance to be interviewed. Yet he got the job. That’s not fair!”

 

The employer said, “I’m sorry, but all the time you’ve been sitting here, the telegraph has been ticking out the following message in Morse code: If you understand this message, then come right in. The job is yours.’ None of you heard it or understood it. This young man did. The job is his.

 

Are your ears tuned in to The Voice Of The Holy Spirit? The Lord speaks through the Bible, The Holy Spirit and even to us through our circumstances, but are you listening to what He’s saying?

 

Many today have pre-determined in their minds what they want to hear, follow or ignore through the process of “selective hearing” when it comes to listening and obeying The Lord.

 

While recognizing His Voice is just the beginning, walking in obedience is what’s difficult and hinders many people.  In John 10:27 Jesus saidMy sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.”

 

Those willing to follow Christ  must yield themselves to his guidance, seek to be led and directed by Him as you tune in to The Voice of The Holy Spirit of God.

 

Is there anything that’s hindering you from hearing and obeying the voice of The Holy Spirit of God?  If so, then ask yourself, Is anything really worth missing God?”