Archive for December 2014

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

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

“What Should You Do When You Feel Like Quitting?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Bishop Andrew Bills

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What Should You 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.

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.  But, 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.

THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!

 

“How Can A Loving God Send People To Hell?”

Today’s Daily Devotion from Pastor Andrew Bills

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“How Can A Loving God Send People To Hell?”
Unbelief is against God’s only divine cure or remedy for sin. For everyone born is automatically on the road to hell because we are all under the sentence of death, passed on from Adam, and thereby were born in sin and already condemned.
Yet Christ’s warning against this condemnation and the impending danger of hell was given and still remains in one of His greatest messages of love. It was never meant to be used as a scare tactic, but rather as God’s divine invitation to come unto Him through His Son. (Read John 3: 16-19)
But John 3:18 NIV records these words directly spoken from the lips of Jesus, “Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.”
God does not send anyone to hell, a person’s rejection of Jesus Christ does!  Even though it’s not God’s will that any should be lost, the Lord reveals that there is a certain condemnation that will result in the wrath of God being experienced, but it come from the result of one’s own heart that this condemnation will come.
How great will be the misery of the unbelievers!!! If a lost sinner does not believe in the name of the only begotten Son of God, whom God sent to be the Savior to deliver him from wrath to come; and there is no other name but His whereby he can be saved; how awful will be that damnation!
Jesus Christ suffered excruciating shame and brutality as they nailed Him to the cross. He so loves us that He alone paid the ultimate price and experienced hell that we might not go there ourselves.
Yet many take a whimsical attitude or have a twisted view or opinion about this when it should be taken extremely serious. Down throughout the history of man, God has always demonstrated His goodness, mercy and compassion. But time and time again, the heart of our Creator and Lord has been broken as man turned away from walking in His fellowship, which always resulted in disaster or destruction.
While lost sinners still remain under the sentence of this condemnation passed placed upon Adam from The Lord, he is guilty before God and this curse is still upon his head. The only way his immediate life and eternal destiny can be changed and made secure is through surrendering, submitting and committing oneself to Jesus Christ.

“What Should You Do When Your Prayers Seem Unanswered?”

Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills

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“What Should You Do When Your Prayers Seem Unanswered?”
When I was a young boy, I would always hear the older saints singing a song that was seemed to contradict itself. In their worship, they sang the words: “He may not come when you want Him, but He’s right on time.”

Over the many years, I’ve received divine inspiration regarding the mystery of prayer, God’s promises to His people and His wonderful assurances as we stand in faith.

For example, Ephesians 3:20-21 NIV says, “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”

In the Apostle Paul’s preceding prayer, he had asked for more and was even more confident that he would receive much more from The Lord because of God’s boundless and gracious mercies. Knowing what God had already done in raising Christ from the dead, Paul now knew that God’s power was beyond the infinite and His desire to impact, touch and bless our lives is even more real and abundant.

It is always a wonderful gesture to end every prayer with a doxology or gracious words of praise and thanksgiving for all God’s past, present and future blessings. Therefore, Paul began to celebrate the extensive, unmerited, and absolute power of God.

God knows what we want before we ask, He can do more than we ask, He has already made the provisions for His people before we ask, and He can even do more than we dare think, imagine, or can conceive in our minds to ask of Him.

But as believers in Christ Jesus, we have the responsibility of STANDING IN FAITH ON HIS WORD until we receive the manifestation of our prayer requests.

Despite any period of time, Standing shows patience and endurance. It is your statement of faith that you have made up your mind to continue trusting The Lord, even if the pressures still exists or even increases.

Standing means that you have set yourself to hold fast to the Word and promises of God and believe Him more than the dictates of what you are physically seeing or emotionally experiencing.

Standing reveals that you have heard the voice of The Holy spirit, received a revelation, and have the faith regardless of any adverse circumstance or negative report. Standing reveals that you know that God’s on your case, orchestrating things out for His glory, your maturity and your ultimate benefit.

It is vital to realize that because God is Spirit, it is not His nature to tip-toe around or go under things. He always breaks in, goes through or overcomes the barriers, conditions and impossibilities that you face. So, don’t allow your natural mind or earthly circumstances to contradict your faith from standing on God’s Word.

The Apostle Paul wants to encourage your heart today to not be moved by what you see or are experiencing, but be more moved by God’s love, grace and power through Jesus Christ.

For impossible situations are not impossible with God. They are challenges, which become stepping stones towards new opportunities.

THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD.