- “Obey My Voice, and I will be your God”
- John 3:16-An Easter Story of Love, Faith, and Hope
- There’s Nothing too hard for God
- Abraham and David: Men of Faith and Hope
- The Royal Bloodline
- When It’s Hopeless, Hold on to Hope
- El Reporte Del Senor! Los Pentecostales del Condado Greene
- The Report of the Lord! Newsletter for The Pentecostals of Greene County
- Taking Time to Meditate
- Bigger than Big; Closer than Close
- The Sacrifice of Praise
- God loves me; God loves you
- Restore unto me thy Will
- Restore unto me Praise
“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
“Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle.
Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts, he is the King of glory. Selah.
“Judah mourneth, and the gates thereof languish; they are black unto the ground; and the cry of Jerusalem is gone up. And their nobles have sent their little ones to the waters; they came to the pits, and found no water; they returned with their vessels empty: they were ashamed and confounded, and covered their heads” (Jeremiah 14:2-3).
The little ones were sent to get water but when they couldn’t find water they had no choice but to come back empty-handed and they were so ashamed that they covered their heads. How many times do we search for water only to not find the water that we seek? Do we give up our search and take our empty water pots back to our seats? It’s time to prevail and stay, until we are filled to overflowing. I am guilty of accepting less than God’s best for me. Help me, Lord, to expect more of you and not to settle with a surface touch. If we are to build a relationship with you, it’s going to take more than just a short trip to the altar to dip our cups into the fountain of living water.
It will take our whole spirit and everything within us to be covered by his spirit and anointing. We can’t make it alone. We need God. If pride stands in our way and hinders our worship, that same pride may cause the anointing to stop cold without reaching souls in need of a touch. Thirsty souls need the living water. Don’t stop the flow of God’s spirit. Let’s worship from the overflow of God’s Spirit. We invite you to enjoy the presence of the Lord and to drink freely from the wells of living water. We are glad that you are here today to worship with us.
Have you offered up a sacrifice of praise enough that the living waters can flow freely in this sanctuary? Now is the time to supply the waters of refreshing through prayer and worship. Have faith in God, trust him for all that you need, forget not his benefits, he’s the one who saved us from destruction and he is also the same one who will take us home. If you have grown weary of praying every day with little or no results, maybe it’s time to take a good refreshing drink of water. The anointing will break every yoke.
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you,” saith the Lord, “thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you an expected end. “Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. “And ye shall seek me, and find me when ye shall search for me with all your heart.” (selected scriptures from Jeremiah)
Let’s leave with our vessels filled to overflowing.
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“They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength.”
“The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell” (Psalm 27:1-2).
“When my father and my mother forsake me, then the Lord will take me up. Teach me thy way, O Lord, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies. Deliver me not over unto the will of mine enemies: for false witnesses are risen up against me, and such as breathe out cruelty. I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord” (Psalm 27:10-14).
How long will you wait to be delivered from your enemies?
One of the most challenging things to do as a Christian is to wait on the promises of God to be fulfilled in our lives. Sometimes the promises we cling to the tightest are the same ones that the Lord desires for us to have in our lives; but, for a season, he requires us to relinquish our control over to his will, so that he is able to strengthen us.
When we are willing to lose our life; we will save it. It is so easy to get caught up into the pleasures of this world, and forget that we are subject to Jesus Christ. We have a modern thinking, and we know that if we truly want something, we can go buy it. If we are so easily satisfied with obtaining our own goods by our own means: do we still need to pray? Absolutely. The Bible says to “Pray without ceasing.” It is imperative that we pray because it is our prayers that fight the spiritual battles that keep ministering angels in flight to meet the needs of every person.
As a child of God, I need the daily communication and fellowship that prayer rewards to those who take the time to bask in his presence. It is more precious to me than food. It will keep me winning in the good fight of faith. I know that I can be victorious, because I know that I pray. My prayers never fail. I may fail; people may fail that surround me; but, my prayers will never fail to reach the attention of a God who loves me with an everlasting love. He is merciful to me and his promises are dependable. He knows how to give good and perfect gifts, and he knows when is the best time for me to receive them. If he supplies a need too early, I may forget to ask for his guidance the next time I have a need.
If I will learn to wait on his promises—he said that we have need of patience—there is nothing that I need that he won’t supply. Faithful. My God is faithful and he is working on my behalf, even when I can’t see it; even when the situations that I face look impossible from my perspective. He will do it; he has not abandoned us or forgotten us; he is working all things for our good so that we will be fit for the master’s use.
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“And these are they which are sown on good ground; such as hear the word, and receive it, and bring forth fruit, some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some an hundred” (Mark 4:20).
It seems like yesterday that I was filled with the Holy Ghost and baptized in Jesus’ Name. In reality, I have been in Pentecost for twenty-eight years, now. I have watched the children grow up and get married! There have been births and deaths; weddings, anniversaries, celebrations, trials, divorces; miracles of healing, miracles of finances; miracles of land; and miracles of churches and sanctuaries. Deeper works of the Holy Ghost have changed us for a lifetime.
Evangelists have revived us, ripped us apart spiritually, and then repaired us with the balm of Gilead. Ministries have been created and absolved, and lives have been renewed and reborn by the power of God. I have seen souls saved, baptized in Jesus’ Name and filled with the Holy Ghost. I have witnessed the power of the death angel as it swept into a service when we interceded for a soul who lost out with God. I have been a part of a mighty sweeping revival when we were thrown to the floor face first in the spirit, falling like dominos throughout the sanctuary; I have heard the rustling of angel’s wings as our worship saturated the place.
Through hurricanes, and floods, and 911; through national tragedy and sorrow we as a church have put our trust in God. I’ve made up my mind, that no matter what we are called to face, I will not let go of the hem of his garment; I will hold to the horns of the altar as it says in Psalm 118:27:
“God is the LORD, which hath shewed us light: bind the sacrifice with cords, even unto the horns of the altar.” I will refuse to doubt his promises, and now through a pandemic, I stand on God’s word, and refuse to listen to the enemy.
In John 10:10-12 the bible tells us:
10 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.
11 I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.
12 But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep.
The church will stand; will you?
In the best of times, we have experienced victory marches, and in the midnight hour we have groaned in the spirit for the lost. We have had angels encamped about us; we have been commissioned to go, to give, and to heed the Spirit. We have been captivated by the preaching of a Jonathan Edwards’ message—“Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God,” by Pastor Lappin, and we have been humbled by the power of a loving God full of mercy and grace.
In the sanctuary, we have been allowed to take a spotlight to our own souls, and the Lord has afforded us many once in a lifetime opportunities—messages from God delivered by many messengers of God—ministers who have stood behind the pulpit prepared to preach from notes, only to be stopped in their tracks by the Holy Ghost. The Lord had a different message to deliver to the church in Greenville, the messengers, in obedience to the Lord, set their notes aside and delivered the message of the hour: that the Lord loves us with an eternal love.
Today is the day of salvation. I am blessed to be here, in this place. Twenty-eight years. Has it really been that long? Not compared to eternity. Thank you for welcoming me into the church family over twenty-eight years ago. My life has been changed for eternity. I am truly blessed. This is just the beginning of what the Lord desires to do in Greenville.
Let’s Keep the Dream Alive!
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