Archive for May 2014

“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 defeat him. 

Suddenly, The Apostle John received a vision of Christ and was 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 saw an open door into heaven and heard 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, in my revelation, 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 Ready To Go To A Higher Level In Your Faith?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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Are You Ready To Go To A Higher Level In Your Faith?”

The Lord wants to take you to “another level in faith,” but are you ready to go?  Many of us are just like Martha in John Chapter 11.  When she heard that Jesus was coming, she ran out to meet him.  Martha loved Jesus, had faith in him, and she trusted him.  But her life had been shattered, her heart torn, and her spirit crushed because of the pain and grief she was experiencing as the result of the death of her brother Lazarus.

Regardless of what she was feeling or going through, Christ came to take her to another level in her faith.  He walked into their situation to do something and to reveal something that they had never before encountered.   She, just like many of us today, don’t fully recognize just how AWESOME our Lord truly is.  We’ve limited or restricted Him to what we only can comprehend.  But He wants to take your faith to an entirely new level in Him.

Jesus, who was more aware of the distressing circumstances than Martha and Mary knew, came, and upon engaging Martha in a brief conversation to enlarge her expectations and take her faith to another level, declared Himself to be the Resurrection and the Life.  Are you believing and trusting Christ regardless of what you’re physically seeing or experiencing?

At first when Jesus told her that her brother shall rise again, she was thinking about the end-time general resurrection from the dead.  Christ knew exactly where her thinking and heart were, but He entered into her situation to draw her out, broaden her expectation, elevate her faith, and heighten her understandingby demonstrating His Authority, Power, and Grace over all the circumstance regarding man.

In John 11: 25-26 NASB Jesus uttered these most inspiring words,“I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die.”  Do you believe this?”

The Lord knows what you’re experiencing at this very moment.  He’s more aware of your adverse circumstance, negative situation, hard time, and painful condition than you will ever know.  But despite the dictates of your intellectual mind, emotional condition, natural thoughts, or even the Satanic suggestions, He’s come in the power of His Living Word and Holy Spirit to take your faith to another level by trusting Him despite all the things that you see surrounding you.

Are you open to Jesus Christ as The Resurrection, your true and only source, the main substance, the first fruits, your redeemer, and our everything?

Our greatest comfort can ONLY be found in Christ Jesus, in His Eternal Words, and in the power of His Holy Spirit.  Today HE STILL IS “THE GREAT I AM” and forever will be.  Will you trust Him even if you don’t understand or can’t see what He’s doing in your very midst?

Ephesians 3:20 NLT reminds us that God is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.”

THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!

 

“Do You Believe That Jesus Is Able To Do It For You?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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Do You Believe That Jesus Is Able To Do It For You?”

Are the biblical stories of Jesus Christ and the promises of God just cute fairy tales to read or the true actions and words of The Living Savior?

Are they the words of a lunatic, faker or deceiver?  Or are they the promises from the lips of a loving and living Savior?   Is the Cross real or is the Resurrection just another religious myth?

These are important issues to resolve in your heart because if you don’t believe that God is able to save, deliver, heal or meet your need, then truthfully, you are wasting your time and shouldn’t proceed any further.

But with over 7,000 recorded promises throughout The Bible, there’s a special word of inspiration or revelation for you regarding salvation, deliverance, healing, provision, forgiveness, guidance, grace and assurance of eternal life. 

But the main question or issue at stake is:  Do You Believe That Jesus Is Able To Do It for You?”

In Matthew 9:27-30 NIV we read the amazing account which says, As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed him, calling out, “Have mercy on us, Son of David!” When he had gone indoors, the blind men came to him, and he asked them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” “Yes, Lord,” they replied.  Then he touched their eyes and said, “According to your faith let it be done to you”; and their sight was restored.

The Lord had just performed another miraculous healing in the home of Jairus.  After He departed with his disciples, immediately two blind men followed Him crying out aloud “Thou Son of David, have mercy on us.”  After crying out aloud publicly to Him, they still remained blind as Jesus entered into another house.  

But just like our faith can often be tried, as we’re also instructed to always pray and not faint when the answer doesn’t immediately come, they persisted in following Christ into the house, seeking Him.   Whether they were directed or assisted by others or they cautiously and slowly proceeded on their own, they pressed forward to find Christ.

They showed a determination to persevere because they believed without any doubt or hesitation in their minds that Jesus Christ was able.  They had heard some of the wonderful stories about His Power and the marvelous testimonies about many miraculous healings.  So they were driven by their faith to believe and pursue Christ.

Upon entering the house, Jesus asked them one simple question, “Do you believe that I’m able to heal you?”  They replied, “Yes Lord.”   Then Jesus touched their eyes and they were miraculously healed and left seeing.

It’s clearly evident that Christ required an open profession of faith in Him just prior to them receiving their blessing, but there was not an expression of doubt anywhere in this true story.  THEY BELIEVED! 

Don’t allow doubt or unbelief to rob or defeat you.  HAVE FAITH IN GOD!   Faith and love are of The Lord but fear, doubt and unbelief are of the devil.

The Bible presents more than enough evidence for you to trust God, believe in The Lord Jesus Christ and to rely on The Holy Spirit to meet your needs.  Therefore, discover what Christ says about your situation.

Instead of being discouraged by what you naturally see, isn’t it time for you to be moved by what God has said in His Word?

 

“How Can I Develop A Victorious Attitude?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills           

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How Can I Develop A Victorious Attitude?

  

The brief story was told of a husband and wife entering into a small plane which they piloted.  After strapping themselves into their seats and immediately after the take-off, the wife heard the sound of a rattle and found a live and deadly rattlesnake in the cockpit with them, directly by her feet.

 

In a great panic, she told her husband and he shouted, “Don’t worry honey, snakes can’t handle high altitudes, so I’ll take the plane up a little bit higher.” 

So after immediately climbing up a few thousand feet he said, “Honey what’s happening now?”  She nervously replied, “The snake is starting to curl up into a ball or small circle.” 

So he shouted a second time, “I’ll take the plane up a little bit higher” and he pulled back on the throttle and climbed upward a few more thousand feet.

Once again he said, “Honey, what’s happening now?” 

And she replied, “it’s curled up into a tighter ball, its tongue is hanging out of its mouth, it’s having trouble breathing, its eyes have rolled upwards into its head and its body is starting to shake.”

Again he shouted, “Hold on and I’ll take the plane up a little bit higher.”  So, after climbing upwards another few thousand feet to an even higher elevation, he again asked, “Honey, what’s happening now?”

She excitedly responded, “Nothing!  That snake is now DEAD!  It’s no longer a danger or a threat to us.” And she opened a little side window and threw its lifeless body out of the plane.

Are you aware that Satan cannot stand or survive the high altitude of your praise?  Or that an increased elevation of prayer, study of God’s Word and obedience to Christ will heighten or lift your attitude and destroy the works of the enemy in your life?  One of the most important steps in learning how to develop a victorious attitude is discovering the importance of Praising The Lord.

Through praise, you’ll sense a new burst of spiritual energy and receive new insight as your time with God both increases and becomes more intimate.  You’ll begin to sense the presence of The Lord, feel the pulse of His heartbeat and hear His voice speaking to your heart.  It will appear as if you’re walking around on higher ground. 

Acts 16: 25-26 says, “At midnight Paul and Silas prayed and sang praises unto God and the prisoner heard them.  And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s bands were loosed.”

It has been said, That when praises go up, blessings come down.” Praise to our Lord always results in piercing through the surrounding darkness and see the invisible hand of God mightily moving in your midst.  So whatever you do, don’t give up, JUST CLIMB HIGHERTrue worship is your way of attacking back.

Remember, the next time that fear, temptation, or any type of adversity comes knocking at your door, LET FAITH ANSWER IT AND BREAKTHRU IN PRAISE TO THE LORD JESUS CHRIST.

 

“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’re a believer, God has made you a joint heir through Jesus Christ and has special plans for you.  For you’ve been called out of darkness, set free and filled with His Spirit with 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 and to experience the power of His Spirit living through you to make changes in your home, community, church, 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 and Barak the general refused to take his army to battle unless Deborah the Prophetess accompanied him.  Samuel was just a child when called by God, the Pharisees called Peter and John ignorant and unlearned fishermen and just like them, the world often taunts us Christians as “losers.”

But our victory and success is not dependent just upon our human wisdom, physical might, natural talent, or earthly resources.  God has always shown His power by choosing and using the under-qualified, the abandoned, the weak, the obscure and the unlearned.  Those that God uses are those who will humble themselves, be pardoned by His grace, stand on His Word and be filled with His Spirit in or to be mightily used of 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?

 

“What Are The Blessings Of Going Through Tough Situations?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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 What Are The Blessings Of Going Through Tough Situations?”

Genesis 46:26 NIV says, “All those who went to Egypt with Jacob–those who were his direct descendants, not counting his sons’ wives–numbered sixty-six persons.”

All the souls that went with Jacob into Egypt, “that came out of his loins,” were eleven sons, one daughter, fifty grandchildren, and four great-grandsons; in all, sixty-six. Jacob, Joseph and his two sons, are four.  So all the souls belonging to the family of Jacob which went into Egypt were seventy.

So, Why Is This So Important To Us And What Is God Saying To Us Today Through This Scripture?

God expressed this account with remarkable details.  When you consider the historical and Biblical fact that only 70 souls went into Egypt and nearly 2 million came out under the leadership of Moses 400 years later, you must pay attention to the blessings and the power of God.

It was now 215 years since God had promised Abraham to make of him a great nation, but now his descendants had only numbered 70 souls.  God now is preparing to increase this family of 70 into a vast multitude called the nation of Israel.

They entered into a foreign land and after a few brief generations, were left to experience harsh servitude and slavery. But, they continued to multiply as they held on their faith in the promise of God to return them back to their promised land.

The main though here is that while going through adverse circumstances, negative situations or painful conditions, God’s people still can grow, multiply, increase and flourish through faith in God.

Circumstances may not always be the very best that you would hope for, but remember, for believers – “This world is the only hell that you’ll ever know or experience.  And, you don’t have to look like the hell that you’re going through.”

So, don’t be moved by any tough experiences, be moved by the power and the grace of God.  Realize that the tough situations have drawn you closer to your God and have matured you in faith.  Great strength and blessings always come out of tough struggles and experiences.

Finally, remember that a day is coming “When He shall appear, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.  And every man that has this hope in him purifieth himself, even as He is pure.” (1 John 3: 2-3)

So be strong in The Lord, trust in our Redeemer, stand up tall in faith and know that His promises are yet “yea and AMEN.”   Believe that He still answers prayer and is able to supernaturally orchestrate in your life for His glory and ultimately for your best through Christ Jesus, AMEN.

THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!

 

“Are You One Of The Lord’s Heroes Of Faith?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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Are You One Of The Lord’s Heroes Of Faith?”

A hero is a person who, despite a dangerous, distressful or dismal circumstance, chooses to bravely respond or act in the midst of that dark situation. Heroes are not perfect people, but are those who choose to rise above and look beyond the present conditions and are driven to act.

 

Today, you too can be an example of one of God’s heroes, by allowing your life to be characterized not by your falling down, but by your rising up. Many people choose to stay down when they fall, but today’s heroes of faith realize that God has created them for better things, and make decisions to no longer allow their wounded pasts or hurtful present conditions keep them down or defeated.

 

Have you fallen?  We’ve all failed at some point in time and learned that failure was not fatal and refused to let it be final. But the distinction between victory and failure is in the getting back up as you allow God’s promises and The Holy Spirit to seize, resurrect, ignite and strengthen your heart.

 

You first begin by understanding that Proverbs 24:16 NIV says, “For though a righteous man falls seven times, he rises again.” Then secondly, you recognize that Christ daily grants mercy and grace to us. Lamentations 3:22-24 NIV says, “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.”

 

So today, who are God’s heroes of faith?  They are the people that struggle to arise each morning to go to work and return home to provide for their families. They are the drug addicts who have broken free, the teenagers who live responsibly in the face of parental alcoholism, the prostitutes who have become morally pure, the single mothers who chose not to abort, the students who chose not to drop out. These everyday heroes are the men who’ve chosen to be responsible role models and take care of their children, the healthy spouses that love and care for their ailing or dying spouse, and the fallen, broken and now resurrected preachers who now gratefully and mightily preach Jesus Christ.

 

We are the forgiven and the redeemed in Christ who are setting an example for many others to follow, knowing that the only thing that lasts forever is His Mercy and Wonderful Loving Grace.

 

THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!

“When Will All The Pieces Come Together?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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When Will All The Pieces Come Together?”

A Sign, vision, revelation or some kind of assurance is what many want during times of uncertainty.  I once was told by a person, “I don’t want just a piece of the puzzle, I want to know and see the whole plan.”  But, if there’s anything the Bible teaches believers, it’s that “The Just Shall Walk And Live By Faith.”

Jacob had just been informed that his son Joseph was alive and in charge of Egypt, sitting on the right hand of the Pharaoh and that he and all of his family were being summoned to go.  But Jacob after hearing all of this news, was very troubled and perplexed.

Genesis 46: 2-4 NIV says, “And God spoke to Israel in a vision at night and said, “Jacob! Jacob!” “Here I am,” he replied. “I am God, the God of your father,” he said. “Do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for I will make you into a great nation there. I will go down to Egypt with you, and I will surely bring you back again. And Joseph’s own hand will close your eyes.”

Jacob was troubled about going to Egypt for various reasons:  1) How could his son be alive after all these years and was this real?    2) Jacob remember that going to Egypt only resulted in troubles from Abraham when he ventured there. (Genesis 12: 14-20).  Earlier his own father Isaac was forbidden to go there by God. (Genesis 26:2).  Finally, he remembered the prophesy given by God to Abraham, that Egypt would become a place of great suffering and servitude for his descendants.  (Genesis 15:13).   5) Jacob feared that going to Egypt might be too great of a journey for him in his old age, or that some evil may overtake them on this trip.  6) He also was troubled that Egypt was a land filled with idolatry and once there his people may forget about the promised land of Canaan and forsake the worship of the true and living God.

Jacob was so apprehensive about going down to Egypt, that God spoke words of comfort, giving him direction to go with the assurance not to be afraid because He was with him.

God assured Jacob that He wasn’t a “local deity” just over Canaan, but He was God over all the earth, all knowing and that all the future events are in His hand.

God’s words silenced all of Jacob’s concerns and fears, but the question now is: Does His Words And Promises Have The Same Effect On You?”

When believers are facing adversities, uncertainties, hard times and even painful conditions, we need to remember that God is “Our All Sufficient Protector.”

Over 150 times under various stressful or impossible circumstances, God spoke to His people to Fear Not Because I AM With You.” 

Today, as you trust in the grace of Christ Jesus and the power of God, you are NOT trusting in something brand new that just happened yesterday.  God has a lengthy and faithful history of saving, healing, delivering, protecting and providing for His people.  As you stand in His presence, his mercies are new and exciting each and every day.

As you daily walk and live by trusting Christ, the pieces of your life will begin to appear more clearly.  You will learn to take each mountain, one step at a time.  You will begin to visualize your difficult spots becoming your stepping-stones.

So, cast away the doubts from the enemy that try to persuade you differently.  Look to Christ, obey His Word, follow The Holy Spirit and declare victory over your circumstances through faith in God. 

Believe him for your daily bread, daily strength and insight and wisdom through the difficult situations.  His promises are still more than true towards us today.  He still reveals Himself at the point of your need and knows just how to encourage your heart.

His words are still a “FACT” regardless of what you’re encountering or the skepticism that you’re hearing or the criticism that you’re experiencing.  God’s words and promises are very true and The Holy Spirit of God will lead and direct you as you continually look to Jesus Christ.

THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!

“Are you aware that prayer doesn’t make things easy, but it always makes things change?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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 Are you aware that prayer doesn’t make things easy, but it always makes things change?”

Have You Really Asked The Lord To Help You?  There are many different Scriptures throughout the Bible that encourage believers that are experiencing a variety of stressful circumstances and painful situations to PRAY.

While prayer is one of the most talked about subjects in Christian circles, it’s the least performed or often conducted with the wrong motives.  God declares in  James 4: 2-3 NIV that “You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.”

But, with correct motivation, Jesus gave us one of the greatest promises for obtaining whatever we need as He was concluding His Sermon On The Mount.  In Matthew 7:7 Jesus said, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.”

Here, our Lord not only encourages us to pray but promises that God will respond to our petitions.  While prayer is the process through which we are to obtain things from God, this verse has special significance because believers are given the three different methods of how we are to obtain things that we need from God, which are through “Asking, Seeking and Knocking.”

Ask implies a simple request or petition, in humility but with confidence, where believers ask for things that are consistent with His promise to give, that which will be best for you and that which will bring Him glory and praise.

Seek denotes application.  It means to earnestly pursue after and to be diligent in your search.  This does not mean that “every now and then” you haphazardly look for when you are seeking.  No, it denotes a “passionate and on-going” quest at all costs.  If you want to see the hand of God moving in your life then seek His face, for those that diligently seek Him shall find Him.  (Read Hebrews 11:6)

Knock shows endurance, persistence or perseverance despite any hindrances, obstacles, opposition or barriers of any kind.

While this verse indeed is a wonderful promise from our Lord, it is not to be considered as a “blank check” type of doctrine regarding prayer.  The point here in this passage of scripture is not that God will randomly give us anything that we foolishly, lustfully, selfishly or sinfully want but that we are to be diligent to ask in faith without doubting and to make full use of the means by which He grants blessings.

Therefore, we are encouraged to always ask God for His help through prayer and not faint.   Remember that prayer doesn’t make things easy, but it always makes things change.

THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!

“Are You Allowing Fear To Hold You Hostage?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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Are You Allowing Fear To Hold You Hostage?”

The Black Panthers, a radical militant group of the 1960’s and 70’s, began to threaten the City of New York.  They declared that they would start blowing up all the bridges through the city unless their demands were met.  The authorities responded by imposing curfews, conducting roadblocks and massive manhunts, scouring the city for them without any initial success. 

The leaders of the FBI appealed to a very prominent Black Pastor, Dr. E.V. Hills in Watts, California, to speak to the black community throughout the country to help stop the threats of this siege.  When Dr. Hill met with J. Edgar Hoover, he asked, “How many are involved in that radical movement?”   Hoover replied, “There are 89 militants involved.”  Dr. Hill responded, “89 people are holding two million people hostage in New York City?  How is that possible?”

Fear had brought the city into being held captive, not the 89 militants.  They were being held hostage in their minds, and fear was producing unlimited possibilities of mischief and destruction in their thoughts. 

When fear holds you hostage, it will appear to be more powerful, soul-shaking and life threatening than your ability to try to rationally deal with it or spiritually overcome it.

2 Timothy 1:7 says, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love and of a sound mind.”

God has not given us the spirit of fear, but the spirit of love, power, and courage to face any difficulty and overcome all danger.   Through The Holy Spirit, we will be strengthened and enabled to confront and go through all opposition with a sound mind which is guarded by the peace of God which defies all understanding.   

Being fearful is a matter of choice.  You may not be able to choose what will happen to you in life, but you clearly can choose the attitude you’ll take in responding to things that happen.  You will either choose to be fearful or stand in faith, believing God for His assistance.

The Apostle Paul exhorted Timothy to hold fast, to stand strong upon, and to trust the Holy Scriptures.  In doing so, you too will come to realize the unspeakable value of The Word of God and experience the divine and gracious intervention of Christ in your midst.   

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear or a cowardly spirit, to be afraid of sinful wicked men or evil demonic forces.  We must not be distracted or detoured from living our lives, doing God’s will, preaching the Gospel, speaking out against false teachers, reproving people for their evil deeds, and touching the world with the love of Christ.

Fear is a tormenting spirit that bombards your mind, creates mental anguish, and wants you to surrender control over to others.  It causes people to become frightened, stressed-out, and even paranoid.  But God wants you to stand strong against this spirit, resist Satan’s temptations, to endure hardness as a good soldier, and be victorious over “the spirit of quit.”

Through Christ, you’ve been given the power to stand up under all the various trials and be triumphant under persecutions.  Though your faith might be tried with fire, we are kept by the power of God through the shed blood of our Lord and should know that the love of Christ Jesus will enable the weak to be strong and stand up in a world that’s fallen down.

Christ has given us His Holy Spirit with many precious promises in His Word.  Without Him, we can do nothing, but with and in Him, there’s nothing that we cannot do.

THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!