Archive for January 2014

“Did You Know That Your Darkest Hour Can Become A Place Of New Revelation?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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Did You Know That Your Darkest Hour Can Become A Place Of New Revelation?

 

Did you know that God can turn any bad day or low point in your life to a mountain peak experience with Him? An angry mob demanded her death but the power of God broke through and brought deliverance to her. Then her darkest hour became her brightest day.

In chapter eight of John’s Gospel, we read the story of the woman who was caught in adultery. In John 8: 10-11 NIV is says, “Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they?  Has no one condemned you?” “No one, sir,” she said. “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”

 

Jesus reached out to her at the lowest point in her life and when nobody else cared, HE DID. And Christ took her from disgrace and dishonor to faith in God.

 

Be it out of envy, jealousy, ignorance or hatred, our world is full of accusers, evil spirits, negative people, and others that always want to point their fingers and blame you.

 

But this Bible story should begin to persuade you that your lowest point or worst day IS NOT your end, IT CAN BE YOUR NEW BEGINNING. It’s then you should realize that you’re NOT a loser, but a learner as you come to understand that a greater work is being done in you than around you by God.

 

Up to this time, prostitution, fornication and adultery was more than a singular event, it was her lifestyle. Caught in the very act, she was separated from her money, her client or lover and her clothes, as she stood embarrassed, exposed, scared and all alone when she was dragged into the street after providing her sexual service.

 

Various accusations were being screamed, with many demanding her conviction and death as they threw her at the very feet of Jesus.

 

While many other crimes merited a far more severe punishment than hers, the Pharisees only brought her to Jesus to entrap Him in preaching against the Law of Moses.  But he stooped down as to write on the ground, not to become distracted by the devil but to allow The Holy Spirit to bring conviction through His Words.

 

He then stood and said, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.” And He stooped back down and wrote on the ground. He knew that realistically, He was the only one there that qualified to stone her but instead of harsh judgment and punishment He offered forgiveness, mercy and grace.

 

Christ came to bring sinners to repentance; not to destroy, but to save. He aimed to bring, not only the accused to repentance by showing her his mercy, but the prosecutors also by showing them their sins. While they thought to entrap him, he sought to convict and convert them through His Words.

 

Convicted, when the crowd left, Jesus arose and asked, “Woman, where are thy accusers?” Naturally speaking, it seemed as if He was referring to the members of the crowd, the Scribes and the Pharisees. But this was also a reference to the broken power, the dismissed influence and the destroyed control that the devil had over her.

 

Once stricken with panic and fear, the woman now stood in peace, alone before The Prince Of Peace. Free, liberated, delivered, healed and changed, she now had a new lifestyle of walking, talking and living.  After receiving her new instructions from Christ, to “Go and sin no more,” she headed off in a new direction. 

 

THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!

 

“Are You Ready To Take The Elevator To The Top?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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Are You Ready To Take The Elevator To The Top?”

 

Are you aware that a great change of scenery is required through an elevation process in order for you to hear from God and experience changes in your life?

The other night, The Holy Spirit awakened me from my sleep at midnight as He spoke a prophetic word to my heart.   He said, “Tell my people to come up higher where they will see things differently and receive from Me.”

As I meditated on this word from The Lord, Revelation Chapter 4:1 immediately came to my attention and likened to an elevator in a high-rise office building.

Revelation 4: 1 NLT says, “Then as I looked, I saw a door standing open in heaven, and the same voice I had heard before spoke to me like a trumpet blast. The voice said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must happen after this.”

The Apostle John had been exiled on the Isle of Patmos but instead of dying from his imprisonment, he continued to worship The Lord and would not allow the deplorable circumstances keep him down. 

Suddenly, The Apostle John receives a vision of Christ and is directed to write seven letters to the seven churches.

Then, having seen the glorified Christ and having written the seven letters to the seven churches, John sees an open door into heaven and hears a voice summoning him up to a higher elevation in order for him to receive a special revelation.

Upon this elevation, John was permitted to look upon the throne of God and was given a complete view of things from the first to the last.  Then he was instructed to write, in order to bring encouragement to the persecuted church and to show unto the people of God, the things that “must be” as decreed by God.

Suddenly all of this was “spiritually likened” to an elevator in a high-rise office building.

Have you ever realized that an elevator is completely full as people get on at the ground floor but the higher it rises, the thinner the elevator becomes?

There’s a sacrifice to make and a price to pay to go up higher. 

On the lower level, you’ll find the mail room.  But, if you want to be elevated, you’ll have to begin to do something that others usually don’t want to do to be promoted.

Exerted efforts, hard work, longer hours, education, and training, along with constant ridicule from those who want to remain on the ground floor, are a part of your experience as you advance upward to a higher level. 

On the top floor, the president and the senior executives meet to make corporate plans for the direction and financial success of the firm.

As you go higher, you’ll see things differently from being on the street level and position yourself to receive greater inspiration, revelation, instruction, wisdom and guidance from The Holy Spirit of God.

As you go higher, you’ll begin to see what others cannot see.  The things you’ll be called to do will be viewed as foolish, illogical and unpractical by those remaining on the ground floor.   God may even instruct you to do things that your very own intellect or flesh might question, but you’re constantly learning that obedience to Christ always results in the miraculous.

So, why is it that many won’t continue higher?   While everyone is called to come up higher, many are content and comfortable being on the ground floor or lower level, fearful of the changes in life-style, character and attitude that the higher elevation would bring. 

Then there are others who want to go higher but they don’t do anything to be elevated upwards and taken there.  They talk a good talk but won’t make the commitment and walk the walk to get there.

Christ is calling you to come up higher, are you ready to go?

“Are You Trusting The Lord Or Taking Matters Into Your Own Hands?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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Are You Trusting The Lord Or Taking Matters Into Your Own Hands?”

 

Do you really believe that God can handle your situation?  Then why do so many people try to develop and activate a “back up plan?”  Why are you always trying to figure things out instead of listening to Him guide and direct you?  Why do some try to manipulate, intervene, substitute or help out after declaring that they’ve taken all of their burdens to The Lord?   Are they not leaving them there for God to resolve?

On the night of His arrest, Jesus told his disciples that he would be betrayed, arrested and killed.  But He also told them about His Resurrection, the coming of The Holy Spirit, the new intimacy they would have with God and His Second Coming.

Jesus had just spent a brief time in agonizing prayer, when soldiers led by Judas came to arrest Him in the Garden of Gethsemane.  Just as they advanced to seize and apprehend Christ, Peter purposely thought that he had to somehow defend his Lord to prevent His arrest.

In John 18:10 -11 NIV says,Then Simon Peter, who had a sword, drew it and struck the high priest’s servant, cutting off his right ear. (The servant’s name was Malchus.).Jesus commanded Peter, “Put your sword away!   Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given me?”

Why did Peter draw his sword in the first place?  After hearing The Lord’s words, why was he trying to activate “plan B?”  Didn’t Peter realize that by trying to defend or trying to rescue Jesus was to prevent the perfect will of God from occurring and keep salvation from being made available to the world?  Had he not heard all of the promises and benefits that Jesus stated would happen through His death and resurrection?

The injured servant’s name was Malchus.  His name is not mentioned by any of the other gospel writers, nor did they reveal who was the disciple that delivered the blow by swinging the sword.  Only John provided us with the full account.

Now regardless, whether Peter was just not good at handling the sword or whether God turned Peter’s aim aside and only permitted the ear to be taken off in order to present this opportunity of giving them more proof of his Divinity in working an astonishing miracle on the occasion, we just don’t know.

But Jesus rebuked Peter’s rash, foolish, selfish, dangerous and unnecessary action and told him that if He wanted He could have summoned His Father to send more than 12 legions of angels to protect and deliver Him.  Peter’s bold imprudent action also had placed all the lives of the remaining disciples at risk, had not Christ immediately intervened by touching and healing the servant’s severed ear.

Yes, even though they came to destroy His life, Jesus Christ came to save the lives of all sinners that would call upon Him.  And then make the continual difference by orchestrating in the affairs and lives of all believers.

So, can you name a time that The Lord IS NOT completely worthy of your confidence or trust?  You are exhorted and encouraged to trust in or rely on Him AT ALL TIMES and not try to handle matters on you own.  Are you standing on God’s Infallible Word or are you busy trying to create your own back plan known as “plan B?”

In times of adversity, he can cause you to prosper. In times of affliction, He’s promised never to leave you or forsake you.  In times of temptation, you’ll find that His Grace is sufficient for you.  In times of darkness, He will be your Light and guide you through your wilderness season.  In times of danger, He’s able to protect us.  In times of need, He’s promised to supply us and make ways out of no ways.  In times of doubt or uncertainty, He’s able to birth hope in your heart and give you peace of mind and bring you through the most difficult situations.

THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!

“Have You Experienced The Transforming Power Of The Holy Spirit?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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Have You Experienced The Transforming Power Of The Holy Spirit?”

 

The disciples of Jesus Christ were just ordinary men.  While they all left their occupations to follow Jesus, the gospel stories reveal just how weak, confused, argumentative, fearful and doubtful they all were even as they followed The Lord.

But within weeks after the resurrection of Jesus Christ, exactly on the day of Pentecost, their lives were forever dramatically changed.  Not by reading self-help books, attending motivational seminars or participating in any 12 step programs to get rid of any bad habits.  They were all filled with The Holy Ghost!!!

In Acts 1:8, just before His Ascension, Jesus said, “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and in Samaria and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”

Their lives were not changed by the mere mental remembrance of Jesus’ earlier words to them, NO!!!   The same Lord and power that once walked among them, NOW DWELT WITHIN AND UPON THEM!!!    With His living words ever burning now within their hearts.

No longer weak, fearful, confused or doubtful, they now spoke with the same power, in the same Spirit and with the same authority that was in the earthly ministry of Jesus Himself.    They had seen Him crucified and buried, but they also saw Him in His resurrected body and then ascend into Heaven.  Now they no longer knew Him after the flesh but were filled and empowered by His Spirit, just like He had promised.

Now when talked about, misunderstood, lied upon and even threatened, they boldly stood preaching the resurrection of Jesus and the grace of God.  They rejoiced in the midst of suffering, believed in the power of prayer, received visions, experienced divine encounters with Christ and kept the scriptures in front of them.

As a result of their transformation and obedience, sinners were being saved, demons were cast out, the sick were healed, they shared their resources with one another, widows were cared for, the weak were strengthened, the church grew daily by the thousands and the very foundation of the Roman Empire and world were shaken to the core by the preaching of the gospel of Christ.

Throughout their ministries, even when they later traveled their separate ways as led by The Lord, they never recanted, denied or renounced their faith in Jesus Christ and continued preaching the gospel, leading many to God.  As a result, many of them suffered violent deaths by stoning, hanging, beheading, burning, stabbing and dying on crosses upside down.

While they were not criminals, the world was not worthy of their lives and the lives of their converts of whom many also died violent deaths at the evil hand of Caesar.  But they all looked beyond their suffering, to an Eternal Kingdom with our Glorified King.

Was their faith more real that ours today?  How far are you willing to go for Jesus?

With the exception of some 3rd world or hostile religious countries, few of us face the same type of persecution as the early Christians did.  But despite our freedom to worship and believe in our Lord, there is now growing opposition to deny, resist, reject and even rebel against the Church and the teachings of Jesus Christ.

So if Christianity were outlawed today and you knew you would be arrested and put in prison for worshipping or sharing your faith in Jesus, Would You?”

“What To Do When You Feel Like Quitting?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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What To Do When You Feel Like Quitting?”

Have you ever realized that the “Spirit of Quit” always attacks your mind when things didn’t go the way you’d  planned or hoped for?   

Well, I’ve personally discovered the way for “quitters” to turn things around and begin to start again and even prosper, where you’ve once came up empty handed, felt exhausted, discouraged, depressed or even a failure.

Often our greatest learning opportunities will emerge out of our mistakes, short-comings, defeats and failures.  But only if you are willing to take control of your emotions and  realize that where you are is not your final disappointment or your fatal breath of air.   

One of the greatest passages of scripture that can be used to help you regain motivation, change your focus, readjust your energy and reposition yourself is found in Luke 5: 4-7 NASB: 

“When He (Jesus) had finished speaking, He said to Simon, “Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch.”  Simon answered and said, “Master, we worked hard all night and caught nothing, but I will do as You say and let down the nets.”  When they had done this, they enclosed a great quantity of fish, and their nets began to break;  so they signaled to their partners in the other boat for them to come and help them. And they came and filled both of the boats, so that they began to sink.”

This biblical illustration is one of the most encouraging to me for many reasons.  Can you hear, feel or identify with Simon Peter’s absolute frustration?   Are you doing something and you’re not feeling appreciated, only to go to bed frustrated because of your empty net?   Do you feel overwhelmed with your challenges of trying to make a living, working overtime or 2  or 3 jobs to make it or struggling through your school or online classes?  Are you in a relationship that seems as if it’s not going anywhere?

As a man, I’ve often returned to this story because it’s here that I once again can hear The Holy Spirit speak and give me the guidance, direction and the encouragement that I need to get past any type of disappointment, discouragement or sense of failure.  It’s through listening to the directions from Christ, that the “Spirit of Quit” can be dealt with and overcome.  It’s here that you too will realize that “quitting is not your best option.”

It’s here that you too will learn that The Holy Spirit will often reveal and direct you to do something that either you’ve never done before or something that may even seem foolish to natural minds.  But obedience is your single key towards overcoming a nervous breakdown and receiving your spiritual breakthrough or blessings from God. 

Satan’s temptation is to always keep you defeated by looking at your empty nets and listening to thoughts of discouragement, defeat, failure and impossibilities.

But just like in Simon Peter’s situation, The Lord wants to speak to you in your situation and wants you to hear and follow His direction.  And no matter how negative, painful, or impossible circumstances may appear, He know the way out for you and faith comes by hearing and obeying His direction.

Isn’t that what Peter finally did?  And his experience can become yours also!  Why not try following the advice from The Lord?   It time to get rid of the “spirit of quit” by asking The Holy Spirit to help you arise.  Stand up and begin to worship God and stand on His Word.  For in doing so, you’re attacking back and admitting that you’re not the loser the devil or others want you to think that you are.

Hearing God always brings a fresh perspective that will inspire you no matter how many times you’ve struggled, been worn out or failed.  And just like in Simon Peter’s story, the final results will astound you and leave you transformed beyond measure.

 

“Don’t You Know That What You’re Dealing With Is Not Natural?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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Don’t You Know That What You’re Dealing With Is Not Natural?”

Biblical history has certainly revealed that God has a lengthy history of watching over His people and that GOD’S PRESENCE AMONG HIS PEOPLE HAS ALWAYS BEEN UNDERESTIMATED BY OUR ENEMIES.

On various occasions, demonic activity, Satanic entrapment, evil plans of destruction and ungodly plots have been spoiled or defeated as God’s people have stood in faith, looking to Him for victory over adversity.

Whatever you’re circumstances, God Is Able To Break Every Demonic Chain that will try to hold you captive and destroy you.

In 2 Kings Chapter 6, we learn that war had broken out between King Benhadad  of Syria and King Jehoram of Israel.  Many of planned surprised ambush tactics or sneak guerrilla warfare strategic maneuvers by the Syrian King were revealed, uncovered and brought to naught because the King of Israel received advanced knowledge, anticipated and then spoiled their secret attacks.

Realizing that the Israelites were aware of his every move and overwhelmed by the disappointing frequency of his failed secret plans, the King of Syria immediately called all of his chiefs of staff into an urgent meeting.   For he suspected treason, and believing that he had an informer within his ranks, he wanted the traitor exposed.  But he was wrong.

2 Kings 6:11-12 NLT says, “The king of Aram (Syria) became very upset over this. He called his officers together and demanded, “Which of you is the traitor? Who has been informing the king of Israel of my plans?”  “It’s not us, my lord the king,” one of the officers replied. “Elisha, the prophet in Israel, tells the king of Israel even the words you speak in the privacy of your bedroom!”

The words uttered and his plans of attack that were made in his private chambers under the cloak of darkness, were being revealed to the Prophet Elisha by God. Then Elisha would provide the king of Israel with the revealed information and Israel’s victory was made secure.

Faith in God doesn’t make things easy, BUT IT ALWAYS MAKES ALL THINGS POSSIBLE!   Then God’s presence and grace always makes the difference.  Seek His face and you’ll also see the mighty hand of God moving in your midst.

It proved to be a costly mistake for the Pharaoh of Egypt when he made the fatal decision to chase the Israelites into the Red Sea, but God was supernaturally directing Moses.  It proved to be a costly mistake when The Pharisees persecuted The Apostles in an attempt to stop them from preaching the resurrection of Jesus Christ, as God poured out great grace upon them the Word of God spread more rapidly around the world.   

No matter what situation you facing, if you draw close to The Lord, The Holy Spirit will begin to reveal wisdom and direction to you that could not be known without Him.  And whatever enemies you’re dealing with will once again be surprised, spoiled and overtaken because of God’s grace and awesome presence.

So never allow yourself to be depressed or overcome by difficulties.  Remember that you have unlimited resources in The Word of God and The Holy Spirit through Christ Jesus.  Even though all Satanic attacks are orchestrated from hell, our strength and victory comes through the cross of Christ which was orchestrated from the throne room of God.  

Therefore, realize that the greater the difficulties, the greater God’s grace will be in your midst as you trust in Christ.

“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, 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 your life thereafter, from conversion until our translation into eternity, you should continue to put down, cast away or throw aside any weight that would prevent you from walking in obedience to Christ. 

Hebrews 12: 1 says, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.”

Just like he cast his outer garment away, you too must “put off the old man” which represents your former conversation,  life-style, mentality and fleshly walk.  Then answer to the calling of The Holy God, repent sin, renounce Satan and the works of the flesh,  be robed in the righteousness of Jesus Christ, walk in holiness, be filled and led by The Holy Spirit.

You Are Being Summoned By The Holy Spirit of God!   Whatever’s a hindrance to your surrender, fellowship, work and service to The Lord, whatever’s restraining your heart, a yoke of bondage or preventing your worship, lay it aside or cast it down.  Don’t allow anything that’s useless, unprofitable or full of pride or vain glory to keep your from Christ or doing God’s will.

Are You Ready To Spring Into Action, Draw Closer To God And Surrender 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!

“Is The Way You’re Going God’s Way?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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Is The Way You’re Going God’s Way?”

Do you ever remember playing a game called, “Tug of War?”  It’s a strenuous contest between two sides, in which participants holding opposite ends of a rope try to pull each other across a dividing line into their area or zone.

In their struggle for supremacy, the physical strength, mental will-power and firm resistance of every player is fully engaged, as both teams on opposite sides utilize all their energies and efforts, digging their heels into the ground and screaming their lungs out in the process, just to win.  But, just like in this physical entertaining game, many are tugging, withstanding and struggling spiritually against The Lord for direction and full control over their lives and circumstances.

Are you opposing, resisting or quenching The Lord in your life?  Are you procrastinating by putting off those things that God’s calling you to do?  Are you doing whatever you want to do, without the consideration of others around you and despite the dictates from God?

Are you walking in the strength of your mind, exerting your own way, even if it comes to things within your church or religious community?  Are you tugging against The Holy Spirit of God?

In Matthew 9:9 NASB we are given one amazing verse which says, “As Jesus went on from there, He saw a man called Matthew, sitting in the tax collector’s booth; and He said to him, Follow Me!” And he got up and followed Him.”

Christ is always calling for an immediate surrender to the will and work of God.  Where there was an invisible void in Matthew’s heart,  the power of Christ’s Words and the tugging of The Holy Spirit now overwhelmed him, summoned for a reaction and he fully surrendered. 

Never again would he allow his occupation, his infamous ways or his deceptive financial profits detain him after Christ called him.  

Without telling him what work he was going to do, Matthew immediately arose.  Without consulting with flesh and blood, he stood up and followed Jesus.  He left the place where he collected the taxes which were levied by the Roman Officials against the Jews and never again looked back or returned to that place.

God’s calling you to surrender everything that’s evil, every weight that would hinder your complete commitment, fellowship or service and arise to follow Him.  He’s calling you to walk in agreement with Him and be led by His Holy Spirit. 

So, without any further delay, are you ready to surrender and willing to do things God’s Way?

“Are You Willing To Fight In Faith Or Will You Settle For Something Less?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

 

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Are You Willing To Fight In Faith Or Will You Settle For Something Less?”

 

Even when you’re feeling overwhelmed by opposing circumstances, are you willing to fight in faith or are you just merely hoping for anything to happen, even if it’s much less?

 

What would you say to a high school or college student that studies extremely hard, disciplines his time and behavior, but still finds it hard to achieve a passing grade?

 

While we’ve all had to deal with circumstances that didn’t produce the hopeful results that we were looking for, many are continuing to learn that settling for something less doesn’t produce the outcome or give you the joyous satisfaction that you’re seeking after or desire.

 

An employee, who worked very hard to get ahead in his career, is unexpectedly handed a pink slip layoff notice and now must face unemployment during the recession.  A mother proudly delivers a beautiful bouncing baby boy, only 16 years later has to struggle to get him off drugs and has to bail him out of jail.

 

Many of your attempts to be successful or victorious will be met with situations that will try to beat you up and take you down no matter how courageous you might be.So, What Should You Do When You’re Facing Any Difficulties Like These?

 

In Mark 5: 24-34, we’re given the brief but wonderful story of the woman who had been hemorrhaging from a chronic disorder for 12 years. She had suffered many different treatments at the hands of many different doctors and fake healers, but even worse she had spent all of her money.  Then she heard about Jesus and allowed faith to arise in her heart to win against her battle against her painful condition.

 

Then Mark 5:27-28 says, “When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind and touched his garment. For she said, if I may touch but his clothes, I shall be made whole.”  She not only believed but acted on her faith by moving in confidence against all logic and the present circumstances and pressed her feeble body through the crowd and touched Him.  Then Jesus commended her for her faith and told her that she was totally healed from her painful and lengthy condition.

 

Like the woman with the issue of blood, you too must become relentless and tenacious in order to prevail over many of the adversities that you face. At first her secret act of faith was only known to the Lord. But finally it was revealed that she had the mindset of a champion and refused to accept anything else outside of being healed as she touched Jesus. Her faith became her strong assurance and confidence, which against all odds, drove her to press her way through the crowd, forward to extract what she needed from Christ.

 

You too can tap into Christ and harness and convert the storms of life into winds that will allow us to soar. Whenever you feel that you’re being pushed to the wall, then break through that obstacle or enlarge that room. When adversity tries to press in against you start pressing into God’s Word and draw closer to Him. Stand on His Promises, be filled with His Holy Spirit, and realize that Greater Is He That’s In You Than He That’s In The World.” (1st John 4:4)

 

Trust Christ to help you rise up and move beyond the limits of your past mistakes, wounded hurts or previous failures and be transformed by faith in His Word. Recognize that your battle scars have now made you tougher, smarter and now more resourceful.   Stand up and go forward in the power of His Holy Spirit and be convinced that He will see you through all the storms of life. 

 

THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!

 

“Is Jesus A Liar?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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Is Jesus A Liar?”

At first glance, the majority of you would say, “absolutely not” or shout “NO!”  Then do you believe that His words and promises are true even if you’re experiencing the complete opposite of what you’re believing God For?

Regardless of what you’re currently experiencing, 550 times throughout The Bible, from Genesis through the book of Revelation, The Lord declares “I AM WITH THEE.”

If you can believe that “The Lord Is With You” regardless of any adverse circumstance, negative situation, painful condition, hard time or demonic activity around you, then you’ll know that you have “His Blessed Assurance” that no evil or sin will ever out-do,  overcome or over-power His Grace in your life.

Let’s consider what God said to Jacob in Genesis 28:15, “Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.”

Jacob was on the run, away from his father’s house, traveling 500 miles on foot to the land of his grandfather Abraham, called Haran.  No friend to keep him company, no servants to aid him, tired, afraid, concerned about the possible dangers of beasts, thieves, robbers and the previous threats of violence from his brother Esau.  Uncertain about his future or any upcoming satanic entrapments, he fell asleep out in the wilderness using a stone for a pillow, when The Lord got his attention.

Here, the reality of God’s presence and grace was not just made known to him but was also recorded in scripture for our learning that, even in the worst of times and conditions, GOD NEVER FORGETS OR FORSAKES HIS PEOPLE.

Under the worst conditions, Jacob dreamed a dream and saw a ladder extending from heaven down to earth which had angels going up and down on it.  The Lord stood at the very top of the ladder and, speaking directly to him, declared His wonderful promise to him.

Even though heaven and earth had been separated by sin, The Lord revealed Himself as the mediator between God and man, using this symbolic ladder as a point of contact directly towards man below.  Jacob became the object of The Lord’s mercy, as He spoke His precious promise.

Just like He spoke unto Jacob, God in these last days has spoken to us in and through His Son, Jesus Christ.  His Word is filled with promises of comfort, protection, loving care, guidance, provision, support, strength, mercy, healing, deliverance, forgiveness, power and grace wherever we are throughout our journey.

The promise of His presence was proven to be more than enough throughout the life of Jacob.  Just like The Lord was working and moving in life of Jacob, in our very midst He’s often hidden, invisible or silent but yet the very presence and power of His grace is undeniable and wonderful.  For He’s constantly at work, maturing us through faith and giving us the victory throughout every opposition, obstacle, attack, barrier or persecution. 

Therefore, let’s all lift up our voices and firmly declare the words of Psalms 23:1, “The Lord Is My Shepard. I Shall Not Want.”