Pentecost Sunday

 

It is Pentecost Sunday and I am excited to celebrate!  I am thankful for the Holy Spirit in my life….I was reading Ephesians this week and read these words…
The Holy Spirit is the down payment on our inheritance, which is applied toward our redemption as God’s own people, resulting in the honor of God’s glory.”  Ephesians 1:14 

Can I ask you to ponder on one thing this week…If the Holy Spirit is the down payment…can you imagine what the inheritance looks like?

Don’t go through this week feeling stressed out and defeated, go through this week knowing that you are FULL OF THE HOLY SPIRIT AND POWER!

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Praying Prophets

There hasPrayer been a lot of talk about the new movie “War Room” that came out yesterday.  I have not seen it yet, but I will be going soon!  However, I have watched the trailer and read enough to know that it is a movie about the power and necessity of prayer.  I believe this movie comes at a critical time in our history.

Prayer and Bible Study are foundations of the Christian faith but the truth is most people only read their Bibles on Sunday when the follow along with the Pastor and they pray when a crisis arises and they need something. There is a prophetic stirring happening in me.  We are supposed to pray with God on a continual basis not just begging Him to help when we have a crisis.  Billy Graham says it this way,

“Prayer is simply a two way conversation between you and God.” 

We need to make our requests known to God but we also need to listen and ask questions and then wait on His response. Listen to what Jesus says to his disciples in John 16:5

“But now I am going away to the one who sent me, and not one of you is asking where I am going.  Instead, you grieve because of what I’ve told you.”

Did you just catch that?  This is what so many of us are guilty of.  We are walking around depressed and grieving because we are not asking any questions or engaging in real prayer…which is two way communication.

It is time we begin to take up our mantle as intercessors.  Our families, our city, our state, our nation and yes…our world needs us to communicate and actively participate in the spirit realm.

Who is ready to join me on this mission of taking the foundation of prayer to the next level and becoming PRAYING PROPHETS and the voice of God in the earth?

My Lord and My God

Jn20I love the book of John and today as I was reading Chapter 20 and I became so grateful!  I am grateful because these verses help me to understand that even when I am going through something that is totally gut wrenching hard, something I don’t understand, something I frankly just don’t like, God will still be there to comfort me and let me know everything is going to be alright.

Think about the story for a minute…In fact, it would help if you read it before we continue.

The disciples have walked with Jesus personally.  They have ate with him, traveled with him, gone to church with him, prayed with him, and simply spent time with him. And even though there were told this day would come, when the moment happened, and He was…GONE, the emotions were there.  It was a loss.  They were mourning. They were sad.  They had lost their best friend, the one they trusted, the one they counted on, the one they had given up jobs and family for.  It was hard to understand or even comprehend. It was gut wrenching, and painful.

Then Sunday evening happens.  Jesus shows up where the disciples are…all of them but Thomas.  He spoke with them, they were filled with joy, He commissioned them and then breathed the Holy Spirit on them.  It was truly a miraculous, remarkable, amazing moment in their lives and in history…and Thomas missed it!

Have you ever been there? You are frustrated, hurt, sad, going through stupid stuff and your friends are telling you they just had an amazing encounter with God. You’re like “Really God?!?!?!” Don’t you know that I need to see you?  I need to feel you!  Why, why, whine, whine.

So, when Thomas hears about this life changing, history altering, experience that his friends had he says he will have to see it believe it.  Better yet, he says, I will need to feel it too!! The Bible says that eight days later Jesus does return and this time Thomas is there.  Jesus spoke directly to Thomas and then said I want you to feel me too! Did you get that?  Jesus took the time to return just so He could let Thomas see and feel for himself!  He cares that much for us, even when we don’t feel like we are ‘leading the pack’ in our spiritual walk!

Most people preach this story from a negative perspective of “Doubting Thomas”.  And yes, he was doubting but please let’s be honest.  Haven’t we all encountered situations that have caused some doubt to creep in?  And the wonderful message here is that Jesus was willing to reach out to Thomas even in the midst of his unbelief.  He was willing to give Thomas an opportunity to hear Him, see Him and touch Him. I believe it forever changed Thomas simply because of his response in vs28 “My Lord and my God!” Thomas exclaimed!”  In that moment He was not just the Jesus that Thomas ate fish with or the Jesus he heard tell great parables.  In that moment, Jesus became HIS Lord and HIS God.  It was all very personal.

So, no matter where you find yourself today I hope that, like me, you will find yourself grateful because sometimes in the midst of our hardest struggles and our deepest doubts God will show up in a very personal way and we, like Thomas, can then say, “He is My Lord and My God!”.

New Day

There is something special about a new day.  The sun rises out of the darkness and the crisp morning air lets you know you have the opportunity to start again.

This past Snew-dayunday morning I heard the Holy Spirit say, “It is a new day”.  I even typed it in my notes.  After church is was even confirmed by a dear lady that shares a scripture every week with me, but this time she just pointed to the paragraph at the beginning of Genesis 1 and it was talking about God creating the day.

God is so good and gives us a new day every 24 hours. However, many of us never allow ourselves the opportunity to begin again, or take a fresh start.  We just keep going around the same rut and cycles with no end. I don’t know what season you have been in or what you are currently walking through but I believe it is time to close your eyes, take a deep breath, and reopen them proclaiming it is a NEW DAY
.  A time to walk out of darkness, a time to breath in the fresh clean morning air.  A time to start some things, maybe even re-start some things, a time to get a fresh perspective, fresh zeal and fresh excitement.

Don’t wait until tomorrow morning.  Stop what you are doing right now and thank the Lord that you don’t have to stay the same way, in the same place, doing the same things forever.  Stand and declare “It is a NEW DAY”!!