Free to Worship!

It is a privilege to be able to worship the Lord in Spirit and in truth. We are blessed to live in a free nation, where we don’t have to fear being persecuted for our faith. As the days  before the coming of the Lord draw near, it would be wise for us to cherish our freedom. Thanks be to God who always causes us to triumph in his name.

Our freedom to worship did not come without a price; however. Jesus Christ paid the ultimate price for our salvation at Calvary. Men and women of God have fought for our rights to enjoy a freedom of worship in this nation; yet, we so often take it for granted that it will always be easy to have access to the Lord and to worship. So far, no one has blocked our path to get to church and fellowship with others who believe, but for how long will we have this blessing, without interference?

On the surface it may seem that we are losing our rights to have an opinion and to demonstrate our faith to others, yet, there is one thing that no matter how restricted our world may become, we will always have: that is access to the Lord through prayer. We can call on his name anywhere, anytime, and in every situation. There will always be prayers that go up before the Lord as a memorial.

It is our last hope of defense against the enemy who has only one thing on his mind: “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” (John 10:10).

I am blessed. I am blessed. I am blessed, and most of all I am thankful that I have a freedom to worship. In this week’s Lattereign, we look at that freedom. Free to Worship

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Be Instant in Every Season

I am thankful that I have an opportunity to be raised in the United States of America. We do face our situations, but if you will take a moment to think about it, most people will agree that living in the U.S.A. is a blessing. Don’t get me wrong we do have our challenges, but that is called life.

I feel that it is my obligation to live a life pleasing to the Lord, considering that he has done so much for me. He died for my sins and the sins of the entire world. He rose from the grave victorious; he is my comforter, my shelter in the time of storm; he is my high tower, the rock on which I stand, the one who never fails; is always consistent, ready to show his kindness towards me when I call, and even when I fail to call on him, he stands at the door and knocks waiting for me to open the door and let him in. When I am weak, he is strong; and when I weep, he is there to offer a shoulder for me cry on. Nothing is too hard, or too insignificant, or too great for him to accomplish on my behalf.

Even if I push him away, he doesn’t leave me abandoned, he waits for me to reach out to him. That time does happen, maybe after all the rest of my so called friends have turned away because they couldn’t console me from the deep hurts of my soul; I can look to him the author and finisher of my faith, he’ll be waiting with open arms.

Believing in God has given me hope that even in dark times, I can rise above it. Have we offered up our sacrifice of praise, lately? If not, why not? The world is changing on a daily basis, and if we aren’t mindful of those changes we may be left behind. My prayer today is this, that we be found faithful to the cause of Jesus Christ in every season.

You never know whose life your testimony may impact, so be careful that you stay ready to be the difference that you want to see made. I know that my thoughts are more like rambling tonight than usual but I trust that you sense the urgency of keeping our focus on what truly matters: our relationship with Jesus Christ.

We all have decisions to make about many life choices. Be instant in season and out of season. Stay focused as we move forward in him. Follow the link for this week’s Lattereign.

Instant in Every Season

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Have Faith In God

So many times people feel abandoned in their walk with God, and forfeit peace of mind because they haven’t learned the art of trusting God. If God doesn’t answer a prayer immediately, we get flustered and discouraged and allow Satan to plant thoughts of doubt and defeat in our minds. I am here to remind you that God is in Control.

It only takes a mustard seed of faith to believe God to remove the mountains that we can’t overcome. If we only realized that the Lord is on our side in this battle: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) (2 Corinthians 10:4).

It is time that we let our praises be loud, and triumphant, our prayers be shouted out with victory and faith, and that we come to the throne with boldness.

In this time it will take a deep inner conviction and commitment to this truth to survive. “So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him” (Isaiah 59:19).

This week’s Lattereign is about expecting a miracle. Are You Expecting a Miracle ?

How many times have we overlooked the goodness of the Lord until after a difficult season has passed? I am thankful that the Lord reigns in my life in every season.

 

 

 

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There is Something About my Praise He Loves

You are certainly in his will  when you praise God, because we are commanded to praise him. Psalm 150 begins in the sanctuary and goes through a list of places to praise him, and how to praise him. So many times people are hesitant about worshiping the Lord, and instead of yielding to worship they make excuses for why they can’t worship.

As long as I have breath in my body, I will praise him. I know what it feels like to be lost and hopeless; but God gave me a second chance to live life more abundantly and nothing will separate us. The first time I walked out trying to discover who I was;  only to discover that I had left who I was for something less satisfying (the world). Years later I left a second time searching for something more than what the world had to offer, and my search was futile, because the most important part of my existence was left behind when I walked away. One day in prayer the Lord promised to direct my steps back to the truth.

I thought that not being under his wing of protection really didn’t matter that much, but I was so wrong. My God is faithful to supply all our need according to his riches in glory. We may not always understand his will or his plan, but he knows the beginning from the ending and he promises to never leave or forsake us, and that’s enough for me.

It’s a blessed day and we are ready to worship. This week’s Lattereign emphasis worship.

We are the Sanctuary Give Him Praise

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Turning Back is Not an Option

So many times people feel like turning back and moving in a direction that is away from God rather than moving towards him. Life gets overwhelming, at times, but I have found a way to be an overcomer. The best way to overcome is to have a made up mind that no matter what, turning back is not an option. It doesn’t matter what the world thinks, or how others choose to live their daily lives. All I can do about that is pray for them. What does matter is whether or not I have been written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.

I knew that I could spend my remaining days focusing on the things that I don’t have, or I could learn to be thankful for the things that I do have, so I choose to be thankful. “In everything give thanks.” When you demonstrate an attitude of thanks, nothing can shake you from your purpose.

Today, the Lord has given us all today. Now, what will I do with it? Hopefully, I will not spend the day regretting yesterday, or worrying about tomorrow. Rather, I will choose to live in the moment, for it is now, that will make a difference in my life. The bible says in 2 Corinthians 6:2, “(For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)

We must continue to run this race of life with patience.

In this week’s Lattereign we celebrate 37 years of apostolic ministry at the Pentecostals of Greenville. Let’s Finish the Race

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God is in Control. Trust Him.

It is good to praise the Lord for the great things he has done. Sometimes it may seem that it is difficult when the storms of life come crashing in on you. Nevertheless, God is faithful. The fact that you are able to read this today confirms that the Lord is faithful. He will always make a way of escape, but we have to learn to trust him.

Living for the Lord doesn’t mean that you will not face dire circumstances that are out of your control, but I promise you that no matter what you have to face in life, it is much better to have the Lord directing your steps than to feel like you have been blindsided with circumstances meant to take you off course.

Yes, you may not always feel in control, but aren’t you thankful that God is in control, and he is working out all things for our good. I am reminded of a cartoon I saw once where a man was complaining because he had a fence blocking his path, and he was so intent on going in that direction that he decided to break the barrier and so he climbed over the top. What he didn’t realize was the fence was  there to protect people from falling off of the cliff. You may not see what lies before you, but God sees, and whatever it takes he will keep you going in a right direction. You can trust in him.

In this week’s Lattereign, we are reminded that at all times we must praise the Lord, even when we don’t see our way clear.  Praise him in the evening time

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What Can I Do? Am I Good Enough?

I can’t count how many times I have asked myself these two questions throughout the years: What can I do? and Am I Good Enough? These two questions are often viewed as being born out of frustration, and they are, because when I put the emphasis on the “I” in both, it shows a desperate plea to find purpose in my life.

What can I do? 

The scriptures say that “I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.”
That leaves nothing out: it means just what it says, All things. Now, we sometimes forget that the Lord is fighting for us and we venture out on our own to conquer the world, only to discover that we haven’t fully prepared for the spiritual battle that we must face, so we fail.

Does that mean that the Lord failed to fulfill his promise? No, it means that we didn’t wait on the Lord before we took up the sword to fight. If you are going to face a mob of opposition, you better take the proper steps to protect yourself. Never go out in the battle without praying first.

Isn’t it funny how we put words of defeat in our own mouths before we even start. It’s not surprising that we spend too much time thinking about what might have been if we had only obeyed the Lord and acted on his lead. It’s really not funny at all. Why can’t we have  a little faith in ourselves?

The second question that I ask myself is, “Am I good enough?” I don’t remember how this question got started, but the longer I walk with the Lord, the more I’m convinced, that no one will ever be good enough; so, instead of drilling that question in my spirit over and over again, I’ve decided that as long as I can live and breathe, that I will do my best to be the best me that I can be. I’m not perfect, and never will be perfect.

People will always find something to  complain about and to criticize. As loving as people can be, some people are those who can be just as hard to get along with, and that is okay. No matter what, I have decided to do my best to be the best me that I can be. Do I have to please man? no. The only one that I need to please is the Lord and if I do that, every other area of my life will fall into place.

In this week’s Lattereign, we talk about ministry and the seven steps to begin one. Seven steps

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Act on Your Faith and Watch What God Will do on Your Behalf

It is a known fact that wishing something to come to pass usually results in disappointment. Waiting on God is super important, but so is trusting God enough to act. There is a story about a man who went out on a small boat that capsized in the middle of the ocean. He was in peril with no help in sight, so he started to pray.

Dear, Lord, please send me a miracle. I need help. When he finished praying a boat not much bigger than the one that capsized, pulled up alongside him, and asked for him to get in, and he promptly replied, “That’s okay, I’m waiting on God for a miracle.” So, reluctantly, the boat left.

It was getting harder to stay afloat and he was really getting tired by this point, so he prayed to the Lord again, “Dear God, I can’t hold on much longer, I need help. Please help me.” No sooner had he stopped praying, when another slightly bigger boat moved up beside him, and said, “here, get in.” The man refused to get in, and said that he could manage, that he was waiting for a miracle from God and he told them to go on.

Still he struggled until he could barely dog paddle. He prayed one last time, with every drop of faith that he had left. When he finished praying, a third boat pulled up and they told him to grab the life preserver, yet he refused and said that he was waiting on a miracle from God, and he waved them on.

It wasn’t long before he gave up and died. When he opened his eyes again, he stood before the Lord, and was a little bit annoyed, “Why didn’t you rescue me?” God said, “I tried three times to rescue you but you refused.”

We must learn to act on our faith. In this week’s Lattereign, we are encouraged to take that leap of faith.  It’s Time to Act on Our Faith

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Another Year to Make a Difference

This time of the year has always been exciting, stressful, and busy; however, one more emotion can be added to the list, hopeful. It gives us an opportunity to move forward and learn from the mistakes that may have been made in the previous year, and try our best not to repeat them in the coming year. For many students, school may be a dread, but deep down, it has a way of giving your life purpose again. After a long summer filled with boredom, students look forward to learning new things that will help them to grow. That sounds so wonderful in a perfect world, but for many students, it isn’t so.

We hope that this will be the year that we find our way. If students are not living for God, doing school may be more challenging. School may not always be easy, because while you are in school, you are also living life outside of school. I remember that in high school, the only thing that I wanted to do was to get good grades so that I could change my future. People said many hurtful things to me and didn’t even realize the impact that their words had on my life. It was enough for me to be determined to make a difference. If someone said that I couldn’t do something, I was bound and determined to prove them wrong and succeed. Do I regret their negative words? Not now, but then, oh then…

I had a secret weapon to fight their perception of me: it was the word of God. He said that I was worth saving. He cherished me enough to comfort me when I was going through the darkest days of my life. In the late night, pity parties that I had, that was supposed to be prayer, he let me know that he would never leave me or forsake me. He encouraged me to stand strong and to put him first in all things, and he would give me the desires of my heart.

I don’t regret the many tears that was shed while I waited for his promise to come to pass. I now know that those tears are stored in heaven, and he was able to pick up someone as broken as I was and shape me into a vessel of honor. For that, I am forever grateful.

It is my prayer that students will have a blessed year in school. Lord, keep them safe, and dispatch your angels to watch over them as they go through their day. In this week’s Lattereign, we are reminded that no matter what laws are passed, There will always be prayer in the schools.

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Chosen to Fight the Good Fight of Faith

“When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; What is man, that thou art mindful of him? And the son of man, that thou visitest him? For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour. Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou has put all things under his feet:” (Psalm 8:3-6).

“Thou whom I have taken from the ends of the earth, and called thee from the chief men thereof, and said unto them, thou art my servant: I have chosen thee, and not cast thee away. Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God; I will strengthen thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness” Isaiah 41:9-10).

We have been chosen for this hour to fight the good fight of faith. Let us not grow weary in doing the work of the Lord, because the time for us to become the light of our city has come. The work that the Lord has called me to do on the Lattereign has been a blessing to me, week after week. I feel that I have been called to this purpose. Do I feel adequately prepared? No. Have I ever doubted that the Lord would honor my desire to write? Many times. But I know that he has called me, and that his grace is sufficient enough to equip me with the words to write in order to get the job done.

What is ministry? A burden? A blessing? I’m not sure; sometimes it can be a mixture of both, but all in all, I know that I’ve been called to this purpose and that I must do the work that he has called me to do. I can’t back down just because the words don’t flow, I must press forward to do the work that he has called me to do. Quitting is not an option.

Is it always easy? A thousand times, no, but it is a passion and a calling. Reaching out to this community through words may seem specialized and perhaps not very important, since the paper is a disposable item, but I’m still called, I must press on and do the work that the Lord has called me to do. How do you continue when you don’t always see the results of your efforts?

“In the morning sow thy seed, and in the evening withhold not thine hand for thou knowest not whether shall prosper, either this or that, or whether they both shall be alike good: (Ecclesiastes 11:6).

You just keep on sowing the seeds. Keep on encouraging the discouraged. Keep on obeying the Lord to deliver the message as he gives it to you. Nothing shall stop you from moving forward when you have a single purpose in mind: to do the work that the Lord has called you to. I can’t do it in my own strength, I am not gifted in writing; I’m just available and trying to be open to the Spirit.

I want to be a vessel used by the Holy Ghost to share this truth: Jesus loves you, and he will not fail you. He is always faithful, and he is a God of provision and strength. He is the healer of all our diseases, and he loadeth us daily with benefits. He is our Savior and he is coming soon. We must get prepared to meet him, and while we are waiting, we must do the work that he has called us to do.

Don’t give up; don’t give in; don’t fall by the wayside in defeat. Get up; brush yourself off in Jesus’ name and keep moving forward.

He is still on the throne and in control of your circumstance, so you have no need to fear for he has already won the battle. It is up to us to learn how to follow in the shadow of his wings of protection.

“The Lord is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy” (Psalm 145:8). In this week’s Lattereign, we read some Thoughts on Prayer from E.M. Bounds.

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