Archive for January 2014

“Do You Really Know Just How Much The Father Loves You?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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Do You Really Know Just How Much The Father Loves You?”

We had just returned from visiting and playing with our 2 year old grandson who’s a strong bundle of energy and a human dynamo that completely wore us out.

 

While his language only consisted of words like, “No” or “Mom,” he would grab me by my finger and pull me until I would get up and follow him to the piano. There he climbed upon the bench and again pulled on my finger until I sat down next to him. Then he began to “bang away” on the piano keys and try to loudly sing.

 

Then, I struck one key and began to sing that note until he joined in. With his head tilted back, his eyes brightly shinning and his wonderful smiling face, we then seemed to sing together in almost absolute perfect harmony.

 

Suddenly, as I looked down into his face, I sensed My Heavenly Father say to my heart, Just like you love Him, I love you more than you will ever know.”

 

Immediately, I was completely overwhelmed and tears began to rapidly flow as I meditated on those words and continued to gaze down at my grandson. As I was greatly blessed during this moment of revelation, I no longer could sing and began to tightly hug and love on my grandson.

 

Suddenly, I recalled those dear famous words from John 3:16-17,“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through him might be saved.”

 

DO YOU UNDERSTAND THE POWER OF HIS LOVE FROM THE CROSS?

 

Many people don’t know, don’t care, or don’t understand the love that God has for them. But God has your best interests always in His heart and desires to do great and wonderful things in you, through you and by you in this world.

 

But many shut The Lord out of their lives after breathing His air, drinking His water and enjoying His sunshine, by deceiving themselves by acting as if God doesn’t exist, no longer cares, isn’t important, or that He’s even dead. They just don’t care or can’t realize what great extent God went to in order to reconcile people back into fellowship with Him.

 

Salvation may be offered free to us but it surely didn’t come cheap. A price greater than any of us will ever understand was paid in order to redeem us out of darkness and sin. Jesus Christ died a very real shameful, horrific and bloody death on that cross, but many live their lives as if they only consider it as just a cute story of fantasy, a fairy tale for children, or an archic fable for the aged just before dying.

 

But, The Heavenly Father loves you so very much that He has chosen to save you from your sins when you call on Him. He has chosen to hear and answer your prayers when you seek after Him, to be your strength during times of weakness, to be your peace when you’re experiencing heart-wrenching struggles and inner conflict, and to anoint you to perform your daily walk and Christian service.  And all of these things plus much more were only provided or given to us through the death and resurrection of His Son, Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

 

THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!

 

“Are You Not Saved if You Struggle with Sin?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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Are You Not Saved if You Struggle with Sin?”


If a genuine believer continues to struggle with any sin after confessing it to God and asking for forgiveness, does that mean he was never saved?   The answer is no.

When you open your heart and accept Jesus Christ as your savior you are saved from the power of sin.  You are born-again, you’ve become a new creature in Christ, your name is written in the Book of Life, you become a child of The King and are washed in the blood of Christ.

You are now A Redeemed Spirit Living In An Unredeemed Body.”  You now have a dual nature, in which your new spiritual man will seek to commune with God, serve Christ, read the Word and be led by The Holy Spirit.  But your old fleshly man or fallen sinful nature will, throughout the rest of your life, be at war against your spirit.

Galatians 5:17 tells us thatThe sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions.

Romans 7:23 NLT says, “But there is another power within me that is at war with my mind. This power makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me.  This clearly speaks of a “war” going on inside the believer.   

Christians traditionally have spoken of three great enemies they face: the world, the flesh, and the devil. The world is “out there” and all around us. The “flesh” is inside and loves to answer the call of the world. And it seems like the devil is everywhere, like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:8).

This ongoing inner battle, is a continual siege with repeated attacks against our minds, with harassing, battering, oppressive and never ending tenacious assaults against our new spiritual man.

Learning to resist temptation, overcome sin, and live a victorious Christian life are all part of the constant common experience of all believers everywhere.

While the Spirit of God would lead us one way, our carnal or fleshly nature would lead us another, thereby producing an ongoing struggle which exists in our minds.  They are opposite in their nature and will never harmonize.  Which are you yielding to?

Then Romans 8:13 NLT commands us,  “to put to death” the deeds of the flesh. We as believers are not to go around “practicing sin” and premeditatedly or purposefully taking advantage of God’s grace.

Therefore, fight the good fight of faith and walk in the Spirit, but if you fall, repent and by God’s grace get back up, put on the armor of God and keep on fighting in Jesus’ name.

“Have You Ever Felt As If God Has Forgotten You?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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Have You Ever Felt As If God Has Forgotten You?”

Are you in a place where it seems as if God has forgotten all about you?  Are you crying out, “Lord, are you there?”  Are you wondering what’s going on and if God really cares about your situation, struggle, or the trouble that you’re dealing with?

 

Yes, God cares, and it’s always during those dark, difficult or trying times in our lives that God will show Himself to be all that you need and more as you turn to Him in your dismay.  It’s through those dry places in life that you’ll come to realize that God has been invisibly orchestrating in your affairs and working things out for your benefit and His glory. 

 

In Genesis 8:1 it says,And God remembered Noah, and every living thing, and all the cattle that were with him in the ark: and God made a wind to pass over the earth, and the waters subsided.”

 

Noah, who having heard nothing from God for five months and having been in the ark longer than he originally expected, might have begun to think that he had been forgotten by God. 

But when it says that God remembered Noah,it wasn’t because God had forgotten all about him and all the animals aboard the Ark.  No, God always honors His covenant and word to man, but it meant that God is now taking steps to deliver him from the waters through certain divine measures.  God sent an electrifying wind to promote evaporation and aid in the retreat of the waters and was preparing to bring them all to a safe place for landing and a new beginning.

In Ephesians 3:20 The Bible says that “GOD is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think.”   HE IS ALWAYS ABLE.   And we must walk by faith, believing that He will do all that He said He would do.   God will not abandon you, and you must not abandon him, but remain steadfast to His Word.   He will never leave you or forsake you and is always there for you.  God will even show up with might, power, and grace which will surprise you in ways that you never could’ve even imagined.

Hannah wanted a child.  She wept greatly and was in anguish over the fact that she could not get pregnant.  But she continued to ask God in faith for her need to be met.  And Samuel finally was born.

Joseph did not see his life changing after he had been sold into slavery by his jealous brothers.  But he continued to pursue the faith he had known as a child; he continued to keep a positive attitude and trust God through his circumstances. And God mightily took him from the pit to the palace.

Ruth had lost her husband.  She did not know what to do, but trusted the God of her mother-in-law that He would be faithful and take care of them.  And she was obedient to honor Naomi and go with her, believing in the promises of God to take care of her.  Ruth was finally blessed with a wealthy and loving husband and became an heir in the very lineage of Christ because of her faithfulness.

Daniel was going to be thrown in the lion’s den for his faith.  But he chose to continue worshipping God in spite of the edict that he would be killed when he prayed to God and not the king.  He persisted by faith, knowing that God would make a way.  And God miraculously closed the mouths of the lions and brought great victory to Daniel.

The truth is that trials will come and life will not always be easy.  You will experience or encounter times when it will appear as if your faith is being tested. But through it all, God is faithful.  He is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

No, my friends, God has not forgotten you, for the only thing that He’s promised to ever forget are our confessed and repented sins.   Therefore, keep walking and standing on God’s promises to deliver you.

Trials are going to come and go, but always allow them to help you grow and enjoy the grace of God.  In everything give thanks, so don’t just praise Him when you see the victory coming, learn to praise Him beforehand and rejoice that there’s “Nothing Impossible For God!”

THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!

“Are You Experiencing the Opposite Of What You’re Believing God For?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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Are You Experiencing the Opposite Of What You’re Believing God For?”

In a world filled with unthankful bosses, unsympathetic relatives, screaming kids, unkind drivers, unfriendly church members, demanding bill collectors, and many other endless problems, what’s the secret to standing in faith and believing The Lord?

In life, you will encounter times when you’ll feel like giving up and throwing in the towel because your present situation may appear as if all hope has eluded you.  But you’ll need to learn and remember the importance of seeing things the ways God sees them and rising up to take authority over those conditions.

For Faith always has been and will forever be the mark of God’s children from the beginning of the world through eternity.

In the 17th chapter of 1st Samuel, we read the wonderful story of young David, who after going out to take provisions to the soldiers on the battlefield, he saw them mightily trembling before a massive giant in the opposing army that stood cursing Israel and God.

1st Samuel 17:26 NIV says,David asked the men standing near him, ‘What will be done for the man who kills this Philistine and removes this disgrace from Israel? Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God?’”

When King Saul and the Israelite soldiers saw Goliath, they believed he was too big to fight.  But when young David saw Goliath, he believed he was too big to miss.

There were two things which provoked David, one was the character of that uncircumcised and profane Philistine, and the other was the fearful king and frightened soldiers who represented the armies of the living God.  So David rose up in faith and believed that God would take authority of those conditions.

So challenges, problems, pressures, and troubles, “How Do You See Them When They’re In Front Of You?”

Hebrews 11:1 NIV saysNow faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”

There is scarcely any verse in the New Testament more important than this, for it reveals the true nature of faith, and it’s the only definition or description given in the Scriptures that Faith gives reality or substance to the things hoped for.

Regardless of any opposing or contrary being seen or heard, under the influence of faith, a believer allows God’s promises to impact our thinking and control our mind throughout all various situations.  Then, that faith enables us to act in ways to exert authority in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.   Faith gives us ability or force to continue to believe, stand, and move forward despite what we physically see or are experiencing.  Eternal life depends on the existence and the exercise of faith.

Are you aware that God always does great and mighty things through believers that others consider insignificant or unimportant? One person yielded to God’s Word and Holy Spirit through faith can accomplish more than 100 people without God.

Believers today have never seen God, never seen heaven, never seen Jesus physically and never seen a body raised from the grave after being dead 3 days.  But all the evidence is more than satisfactory to his or her mind and heart through God’s spoken word on these subjects, and along with the indwelling Holy Spirit, are more than enough proof that our SAVIOR LIVES and has power to enable us through all the circumstances we face in our lives.

Continue to trust in His name, rise up and look beyond your mountains, stand on His Word, and step out in faith and know that His Grace will always meet you there.

THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!

 

“Facing Your Problems On Your Knees Will Enable You To Stand On Your Feet”

A Special New Year’s Devotional From Pastor Andrew Bills

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Facing Your Problems On Your Knees Will Enable You To Stand On Your  Feet

As we enter this brand new year, many are searching for answers,  settings new goals, making new year’s resolutions or establishing new plans to take them through this year.

 

It’s important to remember that whatever’s ahead of you is never as great as the power that’s within you.  Never be willing to accept conditions the way they are because through consistent, prevailing and effective prayer, God always moves in dynamic and glorious ways.

 

In the book of 2nd Kings, chapter 19, the nation of Judah had been invaded.  Jerusalem was totally surrounded by a vicious, threatening, and blasphemous enemy.  King Hezekiah didn’t have the military strength to stand up against their opposition or might.

 

The enemy attempted to scare them into submission and tried to persuade them into surrendering by intensifying their opposition, tightening their grip around the city, bringing doubt, confusion, and unbelief to their minds, trying to paralyze them with great fear.

 

Their evil general shouted over the walls of the city, “Your god is deceiving you, look at all the other surrounding nations, see how they have fallen!  Their gods couldn’t save them and neither will yours!”  SURRENDER!!!  Then they dispatched a special letter to King Hezekiah, re-stating their threats and plans.

 

2nd Kings 19:14 says, “And Hezekiah received the letter by the hand of the messengers, and read it; and Hezekiah went up into the house of the Lord, and spread it before the Lord.” 

 

Now, may I ask you a personal question: “What do you do when you’re facing a difficult situation?”

 

Well, here’s a number of possibilities:

 

1.Try to figure out your own plan of action (creating plans B, C, D or more)

2.   Worry over it

3.    Ask friends, relatives, or different groups for their advice

4.    Attempt to work out a bargain with the opposition

5.   Ignore it and act like the problem will correct itself or just go away

6.    Try to get sympathy from those around you

7.   Plan revenge

8.    Run away from it all

9.     Have an emotional breakdown, cry, just give up, and die.

10.Stay in bed, pull the covers up over your head, and never leave the house

11.   Get high so you don’t have to think about it.

 

Perhaps you’ve already tried some of these negative things before and have discovered their ineffectiveness. 

 

Or you can do like Hezekiah did and Spread It Before The Lord

 

Might I strongly encourage you by saying that the absence of prayer will mean the absence of fruitful, rightful, positive, and Godly results in your situation and in your life.

 

Hezekiah spread it before the Lord, not that God needed to read it.  For God knew what was in it before Hezekiah did.  God was very much aware of the profane words that were being spoken outside the city’s gates and even in the council chambers of the evil king with his generals.

 

In spreading it before The Lord, Hezekiah was acknowledging God.  Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in The Lord with all your heart, and lean not unto your own understanding.  In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct your paths.”

 

Now, please take careful notice of the 4 things Hezekiah did when he spread it before The Lord:

 

1.    He first adored, worshipped, and glorified God, whom the enemy had blasphemed. I always suggest that you begin by giving worship and thanksgiving.  True worship is your method of “attacking back.”  It has been rightfully said that “when praises go up, blessings come down.”

 

2.    Secondly, his prayer appealed to God concerning the profane and evil letter.  He literally was saying to God, “Here it is in black and white!” We are to take our burdens to The Lord and upon presenting them to Him, leave them there.

 

3.     Next while acknowledging the enemy’s victories over the other nation’s and their heathen gods (which were the works of men’s hands), he clearly distinguished between them and the one true living God.  Now, just reflect for a moment, what has He done for you in the past?  Can you name a few things?  How many blessings can you count or remember?  Might I personally just share a moment in my life, when facing one extreme crisis, The Holy Spirit spoke to my heart and mind these words, “Can you ever name a time that I didn’t answer your prayer?”  Once said, the atmosphere immediately went from being stressed to being blessed and thankful.

 

4.   Finally, Hezekiah asked for God’s salvation, deliverance, intervention and power that His Name may be further glorified throughout all the world.  And God’s grace, mercy, love, divine intervention, spiritual guidance, and supernatural power are all still alive and very much at work today….   EVEN FOR YOU!

 

God always has HIS method of encouraging our hearts.  After praying, God immediately assured Hezekiah by sending the Prophet Isaiah with the special words of encouragement.

 

Please read 2nd Kings chapter 19, verses 20-34 to get the fullness of the impacting prophesy.

 

But, God was taking it Personal, as if saying, “When you attack mine – then you’re attacking me!  And He proclaimed that “not one arrow would be shot there!” (see verse 32) 

 

That night, The Lord supernaturally intervened by sending a destroying angel in the midst of the enemy’s camp, killing 185,000 soldiers  which was the majority of their troops. (read verses 35-37)

 

The rest that survived, fled in shame, never forgetting what happened to them.  Their pride was reduced to confusion and fear.  In flight, the evil king’s own 2 sons murdered him. (see verse 37)

 

 Yes, Hezekiah didn’t have the military force to attack or withstand them.  But, God is always ABLE to make a way, when there seems to be no way, for those that worship, serve, and love Him.

 

Psalms 20:6-7 says, “The Lord saves his anointed with the saving strength of his right hand.  Some trust in and boast of chariots and some of horses; but we will trust in and boast of the name of The Lord our God.” (The Amplified Bible)

 

In conclusion, may I just remind you that during the hard times or difficult situations, we serve the same True and Living God.  The very one that created everything out of absolutely nothing, opened the Red Sea, brought water from a rock, kept Daniel alive in the lion’s den, and raised Jesus Christ from the cold dark tomb for our salvation.

 

Our God IS Still Very Much Alive and just like the three Hebrew boys, He can bring you up from the ashes, without any evidence that you’ve been in the smoke, the flames, and in the fire.

 

Remember, fight all your battles on your knees and you’ll be able to stand on your feet.