Archive for September 2013

Daily Devotional – “Are You Aware That God Has Special Plans For You?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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Are You Aware That God Has Special Plans For You?”

If you are a believer, God has made you a joint heir through Jesus Christ and He has special plans for you.  You’ve been called out of darkness, set free, filled with His Spirit for a purpose and He’s given you the potential to fulfill His Will.

It’s not in the mentality of God for you to think that you’ve been saved just to go to heaven when you die and just sit around idle until then.  You’ve been called into fellowship with God Almighty, to experience the power of His Spirit living through you and to make changes in your home, community, city, country, and even the world by standing up in faith through Jesus Christ.

Now Satan will lie and try to make you think that you’re a failure, that you can’t amount to anything, that you’re useless, that you lack the courage, that you’re situation is hopeless, and that you don’t have what it takes to be used by The Lord.   He will tell you that you’re not saved, anointed enough, or have not been saved long enough to do His Will, but that’s a lie from the pit.

For God chooses and uses ordinary people, just like yourself, to be a witness and example before the world regarding the power of God through Jesus Christ.  He enables you to serve Him and He’s the one you are to look to for your guidance, wisdom and strength.  You  must learn and remember that wherever the Will of God will take you The Grace of God will keep you.

In 1st Corinthians 1: 26-29 NLT, The Holy Spirit said through The Apostle Paul, “Remember, dear brothers and sisters, that few of you were wise in the world’s eyes or powerful or wealthy when God called you. Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful.  God chose things despised by the world, things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important. As a result, no one can ever boast in the presence of God.”

Gideon was afraid, Moses complained that he couldn’t speak well, Barak, the general refused to take his army to battle until Deborah the Prophetess accompanied him, Samuel was just a child, and the Pharisee’s called Peter and John ignorant and unlearned fishermen.  And just like them, the world often taunts and views us Christians as “losers.”

But our victory and success is not dependent upon our human wisdom, physical might, natural talent, or resources.  God has always shown His power by choosing and using the under-qualified, the abandoned, the weak, the obscure, and the unlearned.  To all those who will humble themselves, be pardoned by His Grace, filled with His Spirit, and stand on His Word to be mightily used by Him.

Christ has even used young children and teenagers that are led by Him to silence the mouths of some elite infidels and those that believe they are in the highest ranks of humanity. 

The flesh of proud men always stands in opposition to The Spirit of God and the opinions of the world are in contradiction to the divine wisdom and the anointing that comes from above.

By bestowing His Grace on the humble, The Lord has a lengthy history of confounding the wise to bring to them to shame, just to reveal to them how little their wisdom contributes to the success of His Divine cause.

God has redeemed you and wants to elevate you through His Word and the power of His Holy Spirit to do things that the world cannot understand or resist.

Will you surrender, submit and commit yourself to Jesus Christ and His Will for your life?

 

Daily Devotional – “Are You Ready To Leap Into Action?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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Are You Ready To Leap Into Action?”

Can you think of anything so valuable or worthwhile that is keeping you from either immediately coming to Christ or doing His Will? 

In Mark 10:46-52 we have the wonderful account of Bartimeus, a blind and improvised beggar who after hearing of Jesus and His miracles, learned that He was passing by and hoped to recover his eyesight.

Verses 49-52 NIV says:  Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” So they called to the blind man, “Cheer up! On your feet! He’s calling you.”  Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus. “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him. The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.”  “Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.

In reading verse 50, I began to pause and wonder why that verse didn’t just say, And he came to Jesus.”  

The Apostle Peter was an eyewitness to this event, and in his recalling this story to Mark to record it down, he placed great emphasis on this blind man’s immediate action of throwing off his outer garment and the speed that he came to Jesus.

In his excitement of being noticed and called by Jesus, with full joy at the prospect of being healed, blind Bartimeus quickly threw off any restriction, impediment, bondage, entanglement or weight that would prevent him from running to Jesus.

Not only should this be the manner in which a sinner first comes to Jesus Christ but in every aspect of our lives thereafter, from conversion until our translation into eternity, we must learn and continue to put down, cast away or throw aside any weight that would prevent you from walking in obedience to Christ.  (Read Hebrews 12:1)

As his outer garment was cast away, we too must “put off the old man” which represents our former conversation, life-style, mentality, and fleshly walk.  And answer to the calling of The Holy God, to deny sin, to renounce Satan and the works of the flesh, to a walk in holiness in our heart, be robed in the righteousness of Jesus Christ and be filled and led by The Holy Spirit.

You Are Being Summoned By Our Loving God!   

Are You Ready To Spring Into Action By Coming To Christ, Drawing Closer To God And Surrendering To His Will?  

Delays can have long lasting or devastating effects and serious consequences as you’re being sought, drawn or led by The Holy Spirit of God.  

Is there really anything worth missing out on the fellowship and blessings of Christ Jesus?

THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!

 

Daily Devotional – “How Real Are The Promises Of God To You?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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How Real Are The Promises Of God To You?”

It has been said that the national paper currency in any country is only as good as the amount of gold in it’s treasury that backs up it’s paper money.  While this is not a lesson on economics, this same principle is extremely important in the arena of faith because God’s Word is backed up by His Character.

The issue at stake is not if “GOD CAN?”  The issue at stake is “Do you really believe His Character and His Promises?”

The thing that stands in the way of so many people is their very own sense of reasoning or human logic.  While the person of faith does not reject the capability of human reason, he’s learned that there are things that human reason just cannot do or comprehend.

Faith and human reason are NOT contrary to one another, FAITH JUST OVERLOOKS, IGNORES OR DISREGARDS REASON, BY RISING ABOVE IT AND LIVING IN A HIGHER REALM.

While we are not expected to leave our minds behind or check our brains in at the door, we must not permit our reasoning to keep us bound.   We are to allow faith to arise in our hearts and enlighten our understanding.

Simply walking in your own intellect is NOT the same as walking in The Spirit of God.  Walking in your own natural intellect, is a life filled with unbelief as you attempt to reason things out or comprehend before trusting.  And unbelief always results in disobedience because you fail to act in faith.

Unbelief is NOT the failure of your human mind to logically understand God’s truths, unbelief is sin within the human heart that prevents or keeps you from believing Christ.

That’s the reason that there are so many unanswered prayers in many congregations today.  Many church members are living in their own opinions of what they think or how they view things rather than accepting and believing The Word and looking at the character of God, who cannot lie.

Numbers 23:19 NASB says “God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent; Has He said, and will He not do it? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?”

The character of God is Holy and Pure and thereby can be trusted.  Men change their minds and break their vows constantly, but God never changes His mind and never nullifies His promises.  The counsels of God stand forever.   God is faithful and true and “His promises in Christ are yea and Amen.”(2nd Corinthians 1:20)

Reason cannot explain or accept that Jesus Christ was born of a young virgin, but faith knows that He was.  Reason cannot explain or accept that Jesus Christ, upon the cross, became sin for all men, but faith knows it.  Reason cannot prove, explain or accept that Jesus Christ arose from the grave after being dead for 3 days, but faith knows that HE AROSE AND NOW LIVES.

By faith all believers KNOW that their sins have been forgiven and that Jesus is coming back again one day, but reason cannot comprehend these things.

By faith, believers believe that Christ saves, indwells, heals, delivers, strengthens, provides for, comforts and hears the prayers of His people.  But all of these things are above the realm of human reasoning, for indeed they are MIRACULOUS.

Faith believes that God and His Promises are far greater than the threats of any enemy, adverse circumstance, negative situation, painful condition or demonic activity, which is beyond any human reasoning.

His covenant and grace through Jesus Christ is a sure foundation to all that will believe and live in Him.  Nothing should assure us more of the faithfulness of God’s promises than the life, death, resurrection and ascension of His Son, Jesus Christ.  And nothing should confirm our faith more than the indwelling of The Holy Spirit of God within our hearts.

All of which are beyond human reason but believed and accepted by faith.

THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!

 

 

Daily Devotional – “Do You Recognize Authentic Love When You See It?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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Do You Recognize Authentic Love When You See It?”

In this world of selfishness, deception, materialism and greed, the greatest need of any person is not to obtain acceptance as a reward from his peers, but to experience real, pure and unselfish love.   

Inside the very soul of every person burns the necessity and desire to be genuinely loved for born deep within the bosom of every man and woman is the desire to express and to be the recipient of such affection that comes from a pure heart.

So, right in the very heart of The New Testament, The Holy Spirit of God inspired The Apostle Paul to write on this matter in 1st Corinthians Chapter 13 that we might recognize, know, understand, be led by and demonstrate authentic love.

1If I speak in the tonguesa of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,b but do not have love, I gain nothing.

4Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

8Love never fails  13And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

In 1st Corinthians 13:1-4 The Apostle Paul declares that without this type of love, even the most eloquent speeches, glorious gifts, vast intelligence, acts of faith or extreme physical actions all are of no account, of no value, are in vain and neither beneficial to us or in the sight of God.   

Even though good might be done to others, yet where the “motive” is wrong, it would not be gain for you, producing nothing,  if it’s destitute or void of real love.

It doesn’t matter if you’re in a romantic, marriage or family relationship, among friends, neighbors, colleagues or peers, on the job, in the school or wherever you are:  The love that God has shed in our hearts should be expressing itself outwardly with right motives and clear godly actions.

The word “charity” which means “LOVE” here first describes your supreme love to God,  out of which acts of love should be shown to those around us.  From a regenerated and Holy Spirit filled heart love, kindness, mercy, forgiveness, understanding and godly wisdom should be displayed in all of our endeavors.  There should be an indulgence of the opinions of others that disagree with you, not being filled with hatred or quick to pass judgment and a universal good-will to mankind.

The reason that The Holy Spirit of God inspired Paul to write this passage of scripture was that many people were performing outward acts but from selfish, wrongful and even sinister motives. 

Without a heart for God, many are frequently doing things only to impress or be seen by men or to deceive them.  They are wolves in sheep’s clothing for they have no love for Jesus Christ or for God’s people and are not walking in The Holy Spirit of God.

Then, in 1st Corinthians 13:4-7 The Apostle Paul begins to describe how this type of love is manifested, demonstrated, conducted and can be visibly seen.

To illustrate this, The Apostle Paul revealed that this love is the enemy of selfishness because it does not seek its own praise, pleasure or profit.  It doesn’t have a “hidden agenda,” conduct itself to be seen of men and doesn’t seek to benefit from the hurt or neglect of others.

There were contentions, strifes, judgments, jealousies, improper motives, envy, and boasting among them, all of which were inconsistent with God’s love.   Therefore Paul sought to expose these evil motives and actions.  Then he sought to educate, correct and inspire all believers to exercise and walk in the same love that was demonstrated towards us in Christ Jesus.

Paul taught them that no filthy or corrupt communication should proceed out of their mouths, they should be courteous and not harsh, and never be sour or ill-natured in their conduct.

So, what about your motives?  Are you touching or influencing others through the love of God or in a positive way through Jesus Christ?