Lead us Lord in the Right Path

Psalm 119-105

“O give thanks unto the LORD, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever” (Psalm 107:1).

“Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!” (Psalm 107:8).

“And let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare his works with rejoicing” (Psalm 107:22).

Don’t think for a minute that the Lord is anxious and fretful about world events. He is not. We must go through the journey that the Lord has given for us to take. Sometimes the journey may lead us down unfamiliar paths that may not have all of the provisions we think we need, readily available; however, even then, God is still in control of your circumstance.

For more times than I care to count, I lose sleep trying to plan out my life. I always think, if I do this, then God will do that, or my mind doesn’t stop thinking.

The Lord has called us to pray, and he has called us to rest. If we neglect doing either one of these two, our lives will get out of balance, and it will take us twice as long to complete simple tasks. I can put my whole confidence in Jesus Christ. because he has already paid the ultimate price for my salvation.

I can rest, because I know that he is not forsaking me on my journey, but he is taking me on my journey to prepare me to receive the blessing that he has prepared just for me. If God released his blessings too soon, we may not be adequately prepared to receive it, so it is best to learn what we need to learn, and then, we will be more than ready when he brings it to pass, and fulfills his will for our lives.

Before I turned my life over to God, I was keenly aware of the risks that I was taking with my soul. I was raised in the church; although I was the only one who attended for a long time. As a product of the bus ministry, I was hungry for the Lord, and to be saved. It would be years before I found the truth of Jesus Christ, but during the time I was growing up, I never stopped searching for something more. When I gave up control of my circumstances, and turned my life over to Jesus Christ, I found a peace that passes all understanding, and life.

Separate by Choice

No one is forcing me to live for God in the spirit of truth and holiness. I made a free will choice to do so. I live to worship an Almighty God who loves me, unconditionally. While he does chastise me when I wander away from his presence, it is not for my detriment, it is to encourage me to stay behind his glory shield and be protected. In the process of separating myself from the things of the world, I can receive his forgiveness as he gently strengthens me. When I am weak, he is strong for me; when the world tries to attack everything that I believe, he carries me until I can stand on my own, and I am determined in my heart to fulfill his purpose for my life.

The world tries to contain God in a box, so that he can be used on demand: don’t have enough money for more tech gadgets—open the box and pray for God to give it; need a new car; just open the box and ask; the list goes on and on—isn’t that how it’s supposed to work? Prayer. Ask, seek, knock?

Sure, on occasion we may have this approach with God, but it’s not the best way to build a relationship with the King of kings, and the Lord of lords. If all you ever did was tirelessly, seek more stuff from God or people for that matter; soon they would grow weary of your constant begging for more, instead of being content with the things that the Lord has placed in your hands.

What will you do with the talents that he has given to you? Bury them in the sand? Put them at the back of your list of priorities to develop later? Forget that you even had them in the first place? Or, will you treasure the things that were bought with his very life at Calvary?

It’s not wise to take the gifts that the Lord has blessed us with, lightly. He doesn’t have to give us anything, because we surely have done nothing to deserve his abundant grace and mercy. It’s time to consider the treasures that he has given to us without expectation of anything in return.

In this week’s Lattereign,we ask: lead-us-lord-in-the-right-path.

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This Too Shall Pass…We Have This Hope


“For from the rising of the sun even unto the going down of the same my name shall be great among the Gentiles; and in every place incense shall be offered unto my name, and a pure offering: for my name shall be great among the heathen, saith the LORD of hosts.” (Malachi 1:11)

From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the LORD’S name is to be praised. (Psalm 113:3)

Abiding Under the Shadow

“Hast thou not known? Hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? There is no searching of his understanding. He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. Even the youth shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk and not faint” (Isaiah 40:28-31).

Have we forgotten the God that we serve? There is nothing impossible with God.

No situation is out of his control. When the storms come, we must learn to trust him. Maybe you have forgotten or you are so overwhelmed with the pain and frustration that you can’t see God at work through the turmoil. When I face the storm, I find him in my prayers. Sometimes, I don’t even know how to pray I am so consumed with the problem, but if I’ll remember to worship him he begins to work out his perfect plan in my life.

Keep moving towards the light of his presence. In the still of my night, I find him embracing me. I shall not fear the darkness. Although every sign tells me that it’s hopeless, I still hold on to hope that he is sovereign and he has already answered my prayer even before I speak the problem in prayer. It takes time. When I feel so impatient waiting for your promise, Lord, calm me down enough that I enjoy the day that you have prepared. Take me back to simplicity, life before schedules and deadlines, when we’d catch lightening bugs in the backyard and put them in mason jars. I miss it, and yet I thank you for today.

I have not been promised tomorrow, and yesterday is just a memory. The only thing that I desire from you is another today. A moment in time, Now. In my now, let me not miss opportunities to share about your goodness. Jesus Christ: His mercy endureth forever. Life is too short to spend lamenting over what might have been. Let me live in the now. Today, is the day of salvation. While I am living, help me to learn to walk in your shadow.

There is safety in the shadow of the Almighty.

“Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.” (Isaiah 60:1-2).
“Blessed are they that dwell in thy house: they will be still praising thee. Selah. Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee; in whose heart are the ways of them. Who passing through the valley of Baca make it a well; the rain also filleth the pools. They go from strength to strength every one of them in Zion appeareth before God. O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer: give ear, O God of Jacob. Selah” (Psalm 84:4-8).

We have been in a season of testing in the last few months, now the Lord is preparing us for a new work that he desires to perform in us. These things must come to pass before we are prepared to do the work that the Lord has called us to do.

Can he trust us to be responsible and faithful to the calling that he’s placed on our lives? Will we reject God’s hand at work in our lives when the master plan conflicts with our vision? Never will we know the blessing of Almighty God in its fullness, if we don’t understand that in order to know Christ, we must be willing to know him in the fellowship of his suffering. That’s sometimes hard to handle, because we don’t want to suffer. We want everything to run smoothly and get praise from all of our faithful friends and coworkers. We want to be accepted, and enjoy the blessings of God.

The Lord beckons us to take up our cross and follow him. I can’t take up your cross, and you can’t take up my cross; but if we are to fulfill God’s eternal purpose for our lives we must be willing to take up our own cross, just as he carried his to Calvary. If we aren’t careful, we’ll go days without spending time in his presence. It used to be that we couldn’t wait to get into his presence; now, too often, we push aside the Lord for work, the empty social gatherings, or our own entertainment. How long will we limit God? He can only prosper us as our soul prospers.

So, we wonder why we stay so stressed out with fear and anxiety as we go through the redundant routines of daily living. It is because we have forgotten that we need God! I can’t do this on my own, but if I’m called to bear that cross, I will make it because I’m learning how to abide under the shadow.” I know that I need God to direct my steps.

When I move through my day, I want to know that he has gone before me to make the way. He promised to set before me an open door. By the way, you don’t have to preach on the job for people to know that you’re a Christian; they’ll know that you’re a Christian by the way you live your life. If the Lord has placed his anointing on you; they will know.

“O satisfy us early with thy mercy; that we may rejoice and be glad all our days. Make us glad according to the days wherein thou hast afflicted us, and the years wherein we have seen evil” (Psalm 90:14-15).

“He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust” (Psalm 91:1-2).

“Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God” (Psalm 90:2).

In this week’s Lattereign, I offer encouragement to those who have been living through a time of testing of your faith, and I want you to know that, This Too Shall Pass, and you will come out stronger.

Image credit: The image used in this week’s Lattereign was on Mayor Allen Thomas’, facebook page. It is captioned, “Light Rises on the Tar River this Morning,” after the recent Hurricane Matthew waters are beginning to recede. It lets me know that God does have everything in control. Thank you for showing true leadership during this difficult season of our lives.
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Keep Praying for our Nation

“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14).

The only avenue to save this nation is seeking God in prayer. We don’t have the resources or the zeal, or the drive to bring this nation back to God. Only he alone can help us. What we are facing today is in part a result of our rejecting the Lord’s mighty hand in our lives. So many have sold out or settled for less than what the Lord has laid before us in his riches and blessings, because it requires a commitment, it is conditional. The big “IF.”

Give me one reason why the Lord would bless a nation that has turned their back or taken a knee, or pushed away the traditions that have kept us safe for centuries? If you disrespect this nation, and the people who have fought so hard to pave the way for your right to do so, then, God being a gentleman will lift his hand, and allow you to fight for yourselves against the powers of darkness.

I am thankful that not all have forgotten where the Lord has brought them out of. For without his hand and mercy, I would be lost. As a nation we can rise above the clamor, to stand in this evil day.

Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,

For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak. (Ephesians 6:13-20)



I am thankful that the Lord does promise to take of us, if we will allow it. Click on the link for this week’s Lattereign for more encouragement. the-lord-promises-to-take-care-of-us-2

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It’s a Matter of Respect


“Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time. Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man” (Colossians 4:6).

“Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6).

I get tired of hearing complaints about how bad it is in our world, but one day last week, I learned a valuable lesson about complaining. While I was praying (or was that whining) to the Lord, I was burdened in my spirit more than usual. He asked me something I wasn’t prepared to answer: when was the last time that you brought your sacrifice of thanksgiving before me? I pray, but when it comes to giving thanks… He opened my eyes. Thanksgiving is a sacrifice and we will not see the fullness of God’s blessings if we don’t cultivate a thankful spirit. Of course, I told the Lord that I always “enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise,” like he didn’t know it already.

He said, “You praise me when everything is going right, and every need is, by the worldly measure, abundantly met, but when are you going to thank me for the trials? I fumbled for an answer because I honestly didn’t know what to say. In the midst of a trial, it’s hard to think about the blessings that are being poured out, because we don’t see them. It is then, that we give thanks even when our cup feels sooo empty. That’s sacrifice.

“God is the Lord, which hath shewed us light: bind the sacrifice with cords, even unto the horns of the altar. Thou are my God, and I will praise thee: thou art my God, I will exalt thee. O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever” ( Psalm 118: 27-29).

Isn’t it time that we bind our “sacrifice of thanksgiving” with cords, even unto “the horns of the altar”? The Lord requires a “living sacrifice” every time that we enter into his presence. We may not always feel like committing our thanks to the altar. Every day we fight principalities that try to prevent us from seeing through God’s eyes. We don’t always recognize the hand of God at work in our lives, and that hinders us from being truly thankful. We must bind our sacrifice to the altar. When everything is going well, let’s don’t forget to be thankful for it, and when everything falls apart: be thankful, God is working it all out for our good. A sacrifice will cost you something.

The world’s prosperity distracts us; Satan tries to derail us. Pray! God’s mercy endureth forever. He is exalted above all the earth; he knows what we have need of. He will give us the desires of our heart in due time.

“I will walk before the Lord in the land of the living” (Psalm 116:9).

My prayer, today, is that I never get so caught up in events that are happening around me, that I forget what the Lord delivered me from. It’s so easy to condone what others are doing to get attention, without thinking through the consequences.

I pray that the Lord will always help me to check my spirit against the spirit of the world, and to never forget the freedoms that I have because others have paid the price for that freedom. America may not always be so free; may we not forget that we are a blessed nation only by the Grace and Mercy of God, and if we keep turning away from God, he may withdraw his hand of protection.

Our testimony should show love and respect for God, and for our country, and others who have made the sacrifices for us. I have always lived in America, so too often, I take my freedoms for granted, because it hasn’t cost me anything. There are others who know only too well, the price of our freedom. I want to give them honor, today. Thank you for your service.

The image shows a man in a wheelchair who has a deep respect for the flag. He is the only one who had an excuse to sit while the flag was passing, yet, he stood. You may say, oh the ones sitting were exercising their rights, and you would be right, but how much more honorable would it have been if they could have stood? What would it have cost them, other than a little effort to get to their feet?

Ghandi said, “Be the change that you want to see in the world.” If more people would do the honorable, our nation would experience a change for the better.

You have a right to stand and honor the flag and all that it represents; don’t take that right for granted, because one day you could lose it.


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It’s the 35th Pastoral Anniversary Celebration!


So, here we are getting ready to set sail again for the rest of this amazing journey. After 35 years at the Pentecostals of Greenville, NC, Pastor Ron and Mrs. Charlene Lappin are ready to continue in this ministry that has enriched their lives. As a church body, we can only say thanks for all that you’ve invested into our lives. You have worked through the storms of this life and still you can rest assured that Jesus Christ is guiding you every step of the way. We thank you for your commitment to reaching the lost, because we were lost until the Lord led us to this church. You led us to Christ through the preaching of the Word.

We are blessed to have had your friendship through the years. The years have multiplied, and the challenges have strengthened our character, but our faith has kept us standing even when we might have fallen if we turned our eyes away to the left or the right. When the waves tried to overwhelm us, I remember you reminding us not to quit: to keep in this race. Thank you for giving us your confidence when we may have felt disillusioned with the onslaught of negativity in the world. It was always your prayers that touched heaven when the darkness surrounded us.

Thank you. It is the seemingly insignificant gestures of kindness that I am most grateful for. When I was in a trial, or confused about some direction that I needed to take, it was you who encouraged me to find the joy in the small things. Maybe it wasn’t even noticeable to others, but God knew exactly what I needed to put life in perspective. You could sense when a word was needed, and also, when all that was needed was a prayer.

My life is blessed beyond measure and I thank you that you obeyed the Lord to come to Greenville. The Lord’s timing is excellent. So many people have been touched by your ministry. Never forget how much you are appreciated. People may not always express their gratitude effectively, but the results of your compassion for others is evident. We may never know fully how our words have impacted others, until the Lord comes, but that is okay. As you have often spoken about planting seeds, it’s not for us to worry about who or how those seeds will thrive; it is our purpose to plant the seeds, because it is God who will give the increase.


Testimonies from the heart after twenty-four years

I entered the church in the old building at 11th and Forbes. I lived three houses down the street in a boarding house (the only female). I could sit on the front porch and hear the music from the church. I could not make out the words, but that was okay.

One evening (a Wednesday), I was in my room, and heard a voice telling me to get up and go to church. I obeyed. I knew no one there but felt welcome. I remember Zelma handing me a tissue as I sat in the pew crying due to the love I was feeling.  I do not remember what was sung, or what was said, I just remember hearing Brother Kenny Marshburn was the special speaker. It was the first day of revival. I was so touched by the feeling of God’s presence that all I could do was cry. I quietly cried throughout the entire service. When altar call was given, I may have been the first person to respond. I instantly received the Holy Ghost with evidence of speaking with other tongues.

When I returned the next night, Brother Lappin came off the platform to greet me personally. Service had already started. That night I was baptized in the precious Name of Jesus. I grew up Methodist, but God had other plans. It took running away from home twice, and ultimately arriving in Greenville to find my way home. I truly believe if I had not run away the second time, then, I would not be in a Pentecostal church. Who knows, maybe not in church at all. –Jill Miller


God Had Given a Sign

About this time of year 33 yrs. ago a girl named Mary White invited me to church. She knew me from a cell group (of marriage-troubled people) that I had formed as a catholic.

Wayne Huntley was preaching and had brought his newly formed choir to sing. When I heard the choir I said to myself, “they can’t sing too well but they’re very excited”. When I saw some in audience worshiping I said to myself “I’ll never do that”. After service I had no intention of going back. Later around Thurs or Fri I had a lingering lump in my throat such as I would get as a kid and left home for a time (i.e. homesickness). I had physical homesick symptoms for something I knew not what! So I was unable to not go back to that church.

Over the next few weeks the services worked on me. Finally another girl (from my cell group) named Edna said she thought I was going to be baptized that Sunday before sundown. Since it was October, sundown was before church time. I sort of thought she was a prophetess. So all day Sunday I prayed if I should get baptized. I told God if I did I wanted Him to give me a sign that it was right thing to do.

I called Bro. Lappin and told him I wanted to get baptized before sundown. He wanted me to do it at evening service but I was adamant (he didn’t understand why).

When I went into water (at 4:00) I felt so amazing I would not come back out except Pastor pulled me out. Then strange sounds started to come out of my mouth. (I now know that it was the Holy Ghost with the evidence of speaking with tongues).

God had given a sign.  Ken

God’s Way is Perfect

  1. God’s way is perfect.
  2. God is my strength and keeps me going.
  3. God is the foundation that I have built my salvation on and without Him, I wouldn’t feel like going on.

When I was first introduced to the Pentecostals it was probably in the late 70’s. I saw the differences in dress and attitudes, but I still knew nothing about what they believed. I knew that there was an emptiness in my life, but I didn’t know what it would take to fill it. I also knew it wasn’t being done in the church I attended as a child and adult. I finally stopped going to church.

Then, my daughter introduced me to the Pentecostals in 1991, and they were located on the corner of 11th and Forbes Street here in Greenville. I was taught a bible study called “Exploring God’s Word,” and I have never been the same again.

When I was filled with God’s spirit it was the most awesome experience that I’ve ever had in my life; the more I studied the Word, the more committed I became. I don’t know of anything that is more important and fulfilling than living for God. I’m just in awe of Him. Sometimes I sit back and meditate on His greatness. In my little mind, I can’t begin to comprehend His greatness, love, grace, mercy, forgiveness and longsuffering and he does it for me and everyone.

When I pray, I ask God to put into my heart to be able to love as He loves, forgive as He forgives, and not to hold on to anger, bitterness, and resentment. In other words, I want to be more and more like Him every day that I live. It is down inside of me, that the most important thing in my life is God.

Don’t love the world or the things of the world, because all the world has to offer is death and destruction, and who in their right mind would desire to suffer for an eternity and on top of that, we can’t even comprehend something that never ends. I choose life with Jesus, and  I always study the Word of God, pray, and attend the Pentecostals of Greenville. If you decide to live for Him, you will never be the same again. –mc

Bible study student

In 1990, God had been drawing me and since I was pregnant, and I knew I was a sinner, I was ready to make changes in my life, so I began to cry out to Him. I wanted to know him and soon God sent Bro. Tom Miller with a bible study and while reading the scripture, God revealed His Oneness to me. As a child, I was taught trinity–baptism in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, and something never seemed right about that to me.  On the day of the bible study, God gave me the understanding and my life was forever changed–soon after I repented and was baptized in the Name of the Lord Jesus–There are not enough words to describe that day when a loving God sets you free and forgives you and then, fills you with His spirit. It really is Joy unspeakable and full of glory–He has never let me down, and he has always been good to me. Thank you, Jesus! – Marina Tate

In this week’s Lattereignthe-best-is-yet-to-come, we read more about my journey to Pentecost and what this church has meant to me.

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“I Have Set Before Thee an Open Door.”

church-picture“I know thy works, behold I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it; for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name” (Revelation 3:7-11).

I desire that the Lord should have confidence in me that if he asks me to follow him that I will do whatever he asks willingly and without complaint. When I can be trusted to do the will of God in the small things, he can have confidence in me and give me “an open door that no man can shut.” Before you can be a leader, you must become a humble servant. Even Jesus washed feet. There have been times when I have prayed for something that didn’t turn out at all like I had planned; but thankfully, the Lord already knew the plans that he had for me, and if it meant that some things had to change in my life, for those doors to open, so be it. Yes, no man can shut the door that God opens.

The Lord tells us “for thou hast a little strength”. He didn’t say that we were destitute and without strength, we have sufficient strength—not an abundance, maybe, by the way that we measure (If we had excess we’d probably waste it on frivolous things) but “a little strength.” It is enough strength to hold on to our relationship with God and go another step towards our destination.

When we continue to do the will of God in spite of our circumstances, it gets God’s attention, and even though we may only have a little strength, he reminds us that we have “kept the word.” Keeping the word requires a great deal of strength and determination. While Satan tries to rob us; the world and the cares of this life surround us; and the light of the gospel is being choked out of us; the Lord promises to “set before us an open door” one that compels us to come in and experience the opportunities and the blessings that he has prepared for us.

We are commended when he tells us that “thou hast not denied my name”. How many times people have denied the name of Jesus, the only name that will save us? They, in essence, are denying the only way of escape that is opened to them choosing rather to fumble through life alone.

When trials come we have many opportunities to deny the name. We could betray Jesus (and some do) like Judas Iscariot. While we may not require 30 pieces of silver we could sell out for much less: sports, drugs, prestige, vanity, worldly pleasures, position, fame, peer pressure, or acceptance by our so called friends. The riches of this life will melt with fervent heat, and we’ll all face God on Judgment Day to give an account of our lives.

Who can stand on that day? Those who have been found faithful who have kept the word and who have not denied the name. Our covenant is eternal and the benefits of that covenant can’t be bought, because they were already paid in full at Calvary. Our circumstances may look impossible because we only see the now, but keep holding on to God’s promise and in “yet a little while, it shall come to pass.”


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Remembering 9/11


Do you remember the day that it happened? Life before 9/11 had challenges, but after, I remember that people came together to help each other. Our world is a very different place, today, and even though we sometimes face an uncertain present, as a daughter of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, I can trust in my future.

At no time should I crumble when the enemy comes in like a flood because Jesus promises that I can lift up a standard against the enemy. It is difficult to take a stand sometimes and our natural response to hurt is usually retreat. During the times of retreat we learn how to wait on God and to trust him with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength. Being rejected isn’t easy to take sometimes, and living in the shadows tends to subdue our testimony and our effectiveness for the kingdom. We can be meek and still be strong in character. It isn’t necessary to give in or give up to the world. We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us.

It only took God’s spoken word to bring the worlds into existence. How great and mighty is the God we serve! I wonder why I limit God so when I struggle with the world? When will I begin to believe his word and act in faith without wavering? Sometimes we place the greatest obstacles in our own paths without any help from those who would despitefully use us. Obstacles of doubt, unworthiness, fear, intimidation. If only I could get a picture of the great things that the Lord has in store for me and for us as a body of believers. Not one of us would be here today without faith.

To reap good fruit, we must sow good seeds, and to allow the word to work for us we must act on the word and be in total obedience to the will of God. We can listen to God and stop his blessings from ever reaching us because we don’t abide in his word. We could sometimes be identified as haphazard Christians: when everything is going our way, we don’t have time to read the word and we enjoy the good life; when things fall apart in our lives, we turn to prayer and wonder why God allows things to happen to us while other Christians and the world in general are succeeding.

In all fairness, I must ask what makes me so different than the next person down the road? The Lord rains on the righteous and the unrighteous. He is no respecter of persons. He chose us to do his will and we need to take a good long look at life from God’s perspective. We will see the mighty hand of God at work in our lives. Maybe not during the test designed to strengthen us, but after we have overcome the trial, and pause to reflect on the goodness and mercy of God. We shall see how God will arise and his enemies will be scattered. People may mean it for evil, but God is working all things out for our good. He cares about us for all eternity.

“Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up” (James 4:10). Is any among you afflicted? Let him pray. Is any merry? Let him sing psalms. Is any sick among you? Let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he hath committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much” (James:5:13-16).

“By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit
of our lips giving thanks to his name. But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased” (Hebrews:15-16).

“Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, “The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me. Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation. Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever” (Hebrews 13:5-8).

In this week’s Lattereign we learn that being under the shadow of the Almighty is a place of refuge.




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God is Faithful


“Therefore, behold, I will this once cause them to know, I will cause them to know mine hand and my might; and they shall know that my name is the Lord” (Jeremiah 16:21).

While I don’t deserve a special place, did nothing for him to invite me in,   He gave me an open door and all I need to do is step in.”

“Now therefore hearken unto me, O ye children: for blessed are they that keep my ways. Hear instruction and be wise, and refuse it not. Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors. For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favor of the Lord. But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: all that hate me love death” (Proverbs 8:32-36).

I can see how the hand of God is weaving each intricate strand of our lives together to make us truly united and strong. Sometimes, I forget, and instead of knowing that God is always faithful, I cry out, “Where are you, God? My cries shout to the world that I’m up against a mountain and I’m too tired to climb. If only I could remember what you tell me, “God is Faithful.”

I beg for you to send your angels to help me out of the trouble, and then forget that you have a different timepiece than I do: yours is perfect will, and you don’t always rescue me “on the double.” I need to be reminded often, in your still small voice; “God is faithful.” When you do send your angels to take me to the top, before I even have time to complain or stop, you have set me on a hill and the way is made clear. And, what have we learned? To trust? To pray for wisdom? To have faith? We don’t understand how he could have allowed it to happen, but when we look at Calvary and realize that his sacrifice purchased our salvation: we know that it was his love that held him on the cross.

If we could only see the greater picture: God’s unfailing hand at work in our lives and circumstances. When we get to a place when God is all we have, we’ll find that God is all we need. God will make a way out of no way. Today, I pray that the Lord will remind me that he is faithful, again.

I know that if I’ll learn to keep my eyes on him, I will not fall. It takes a very special anointing to handle the major ups and downs in life. I want to thank the Lord for trusting me enough to allow me to have my share of them. You have faith in me—that I will stand still and know that you are God. Always remind me of the phrase—God is faithful. There is peace in knowing that you, Lord, are directing my life, and if I’ll continue to worship you no matter what the circumstances, I can depend on you to go before me to clear the way. Do you know Jesus? Why not today?

In this week’s Lattereign, we realize that we are the sanctuary. Click the link below to read more about how.

We are the Sanctuary Give him Praise

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Refined Through the Fire


In the dictionary, “refine” means several things: to reduce to a pure state, as with sugar, metal, or oil; to free from moral imperfection; to improve by pruning or polishing; or to free from what is coarse, vulgar, or uncouth, as with a refined person.

What does the Bible say about refining?

  1. Metal is refined and purified in a furnace; the Lord purifies and tests the heart. “The refining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold: but the Lord trieth the hearts” (Proverbs 17:3).
  2. We must be refined before our offerings are acceptable to the Lord. “But who may abide the day of his coming? And who shall stand when he appeareth? For he is like a refiner’s fire, and like fullers’ soap: And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the
    Lord an offering in righteousness” (Malachi 3:2-4).

  3. The Lord’s people will be tested in the furnace of affliction (or great suffering). (Read Isaiah 1:25, 4:4, 48:10 and Jeremiah 9:7)

  4. The Lord examines your heart and mind. “I the Lord search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings” (Jeremiah 17:10).

  5. Those who survive will be refined and tested by the Lord. “And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The Lord is my God” (Zechariah 13:9).

It is in God’s plan to take us through the fire. The fire is not a pleasant thing nor is it always easy, perhaps even most dreaded; but, it is necessary to go through the fire so that you can be refined.

If we never face adversity, we’ll not be prepared to overcome conflict in our lives. I am thankful that the Lord takes the time to help us to be prepared for spiritual warfare. He hasn’t abandoned us even though we may feel that we are very much alone. I know that the Lord is with us at all times, even when we don’t understand the circumstances that brought us to a place in the wilderness.

He knows the plans that he has for us; to prosper us, and to keep us in good health. If you obey the scriptures, you’ll know that you have authority in God’s word to overcome the adversary. Stand on the word of God, and expect God’s best.

Click on the link below for this week’s Lattereign, which shows how the Israelites stayed focused on God’s purpose, even when people tried to “frustrate their purpose.”

Stay Focused on Your Purpose





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In His Presence: The Lord’s Desire



“And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind. For all these things do the nations of the world seek after; and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things. But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you” (Luke 12:29-31).

It is the Lord’s desire that we be established in the faith and that we move beyond the infant stage (milk) and begin to desire (meat) of his Word. When we begin to get an appetite for the Word, and for Truth, we are ready to dig deep into our spiritual closets and allow the Lord to cleanse and change the things that would hinder us from serving him with our whole heart. When we search out the things that aren’t pleasing to God and get them under the blood, we’ll have revival in Jesus’ Name.

Preparing for His Presence

The more you plan; the less you stress

So stay prepared to pass the test

Pray, and when you’ve reached the end

Pray. YOU will, the victory win.

It’s up to you to take control

Of your life, your walk with God, your goals.

If they’re in line with God’s will

He’ll carry you every step up the hill.

Enter into this present joy, today,

And give the sacrifice of praise.

He’ll fill you ‘till you overflow

With blessings and the Holy Ghost.

Hold your head high and rejoice evermore

For your Savior is waiting, he is nigh the door.

Enter into his presence and you’ll be forever changed

As you reach toward heavenly places

As you learn to call on his Name.

It’s not too late to seek his face,

For he desires our worship in this place.

His mercy endureth forever, and

His grace does much more abound.

When we offer up praises; he loves the sound.

It is he who will establish and strengthen us

As we follow on to know him and learn to trust.

Never let others say that you can’t pass the trials and tests

For he has given us his very best.

“Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily he shalt give thee the desires of thine heart” (Psalm 37:3-4). It’s not about us; but it’s all about him and his purpose for our lives is for us to worship him in spirit and in truth.

Click on the link for this week’s Lattereign.  Are You Committed to God’s Purpose

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