Do Not Lose Hope!

Do not lose hope!

January 8, 2021
From Pastor Dennis:

Today, I am writing to encourage you, child of God, “do not lose hope!”  There is only one way to do that, and it is to keep the faith delivered to us through the Holy Scriptures.  Discard all else, but keep the faith!  In Paul’s letters to Timothy  – 1 Timothy 1:18-19 (NCV) – Paul encouraged Timothy to remember the words spoken over him.  Here is what he said: 18)Timothy, my child, I am giving you a command that agrees with the prophecies that were given about you in the past. I tell you this so you can follow them and fight the good fight. 19)Continue to have faith and do what you know is right. Some people have rejected this, and their faith has been shipwrecked.

God has not changed His mind about you!  He loves you and what He has done and still doing in your life is real.  Agree with Him!  His encouragement to us all is to keep trusting in Him with all of our heart and do not lean upon our own understanding.  Acknowledge Him in all we say and do and He will direct our pathway in life.  The power of darkness is surging in the earth as I write.  But, we can fight the good fight and still win the victories that are important to God and to us!

Continue to live life by faith, not sight!  Do what you know is right according to the manual on faith, the Bible.  There may be many who turn from the way of the Lord in all that is happening in our nation and in our world.  But, this will only cause trouble and disaster to come upon those who abandon the principles of faith as presented in the Word of God the Bible.  Here is a final word…

Inasmuch then as we [believers] have a great High Priest who has [already ascended and] passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession [of faith and cling tenaciously to our absolute trust in Him as Savior]. For we do not have a High Priest who is unable to sympathize and understand our weaknesses and temptations, but One who has been tempted [knowing exactly how it feels to be human] in every respect as we are, yet without [committing any] sin. Therefore let us [with privilege] approach the throne of grace [that is, the throne of God’s gracious favor] with confidence and without fear, so that we may receive mercy [for our failures] and find [His amazing] grace to help in time of need [an appropriate blessing, coming just at the right moment].     (Hebrews 4:14-16 AMP)

May His Grace, Peace, and Love be upon you…in Jesus’ Name!  AMEN
-Pastor Dennis Langford

Christians have a form of “Night Goggles” powered by Faith in God

Christians have a form of “Night Goggles” powered by Faith in God

Christians have a form of “night vision” goggles. We have the Holy Spirit to lead us through all the dark and unknown places. Our faith activates these goggles. When we chose to trust God, He releases the answers to us. I remember hearing Corrie Ten Boom at a camp years ago. One thing she said has stuck with me all through these years.
She was worried about whether or not she could face persecution and stay faithful to Jesus. Her father, a very wise man in the things of God, asked her when he gave her the ticket for boarding a train. She thought a moment and answered him that he gave them to her at the time of boarding. He replied back that was the way God did us in times of trial. He gives us the “ticket” to go through it at the time of need, not before.
We can trust Jesus through the days ahead with joy and peace, knowing He sees ahead and has already made a way through it for us…1 Corinthians 10:12

Let’s Go Into 2021 Living by Faith

Let’s Go Into 2021 Living by Faith

Hebrews 11 New Living Translation 
Great Examples of Faith

11 Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see. Through their faith, the people in days of old earned a good reputation.

By faith we understand that the entire universe was formed at God’s command, that what we now see did not come from anything that can be seen.

It was by faith that Abel brought a more acceptable offering to God than Cain did. Abel’s offering gave evidence that he was a righteous man, and God showed his approval of his gifts. Although Abel is long dead, he still speaks to us by his example of faith.

It was by faith that Enoch was taken up to heaven without dying—“he disappeared, because God took him.” For before he was taken up, he was known as a person who pleased God. And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.

It was by faith that Noah built a large boat to save his family from the flood. He obeyed God, who warned him about things that had never happened before. By his faith Noah condemned the rest of the world, and he received the righteousness that comes by faith.

It was by faith that Abraham obeyed when God called him to leave home and go to another land that God would give him as his inheritance. He went without knowing where he was going. And even when he reached the land God promised him, he lived there by faith—for he was like a foreigner, living in tents. And so did Isaac and Jacob, who inherited the same promise. 10 Abraham was confidently looking forward to a city with eternal foundations, a city designed and built by God.

11 It was by faith that even Sarah was able to have a child, though she was barren and was too old. She believed that God would keep his promise. 12 And so a whole nation came from this one man who was as good as dead—a nation with so many people that, like the stars in the sky and the sand on the seashore, there is no way to count them.

13 All these people died still believing what God had promised them. They did not receive what was promised, but they saw it all from a distance and welcomed it. They agreed that they were foreigners and nomads here on earth. 14 Obviously people who say such things are looking forward to a country they can call their own. 15 If they had longed for the country they came from, they could have gone back. 16 But they were looking for a better place, a heavenly homeland. That is why God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.

17 It was by faith that Abraham offered Isaac as a sacrifice when God was testing him. Abraham, who had received God’s promises, was ready to sacrifice his only son, Isaac, 18 even though God had told him, “Isaac is the son through whom your descendants will be counted.” 19 Abraham reasoned that if Isaac died, God was able to bring him back to life again. And in a sense, Abraham did receive his son back from the dead.

20 It was by faith that Isaac promised blessings for the future to his sons, Jacob and Esau.

21 It was by faith that Jacob, when he was old and dying, blessed each of Joseph’s sons and bowed in worship as he leaned on his staff.

22 It was by faith that Joseph, when he was about to die, said confidently that the people of Israel would leave Egypt. He even commanded them to take his bones with them when they left.

23 It was by faith that Moses’ parents hid him for three months when he was born. They saw that God had given them an unusual child, and they were not afraid to disobey the king’s command.

24 It was by faith that Moses, when he grew up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. 25 He chose to share the oppression of God’s people instead of enjoying the fleeting pleasures of sin. 26 He thought it was better to suffer for the sake of Christ than to own the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking ahead to his great reward. 27 It was by faith that Moses left the land of Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger. He kept right on going because he kept his eyes on the one who is invisible. 28 It was by faith that Moses commanded the people of Israel to keep the Passover and to sprinkle blood on the doorposts so that the angel of death would not kill their firstborn sons.

29 It was by faith that the people of Israel went right through the Red Sea as though they were on dry ground. But when the Egyptians tried to follow, they were all drowned.

30 It was by faith that the people of Israel marched around Jericho for seven days, and the walls came crashing down.

31 It was by faith that Rahab the prostitute was not destroyed with the people in her city who refused to obey God. For she had given a friendly welcome to the spies.

32 How much more do I need to say? It would take too long to recount the stories of the faith of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel, and all the prophets. 33 By faith these people overthrew kingdoms, ruled with justice, and received what God had promised them. They shut the mouths of lions, 34 quenched the flames of fire, and escaped death by the edge of the sword. Their weakness was turned to strength. They became strong in battle and put whole armies to flight. 35 Women received their loved ones back again from death.

But others were tortured, refusing to turn from God in order to be set free. They placed their hope in a better life after the resurrection. 36 Some were jeered at, and their backs were cut open with whips. Others were chained in prisons. 37 Some died by stoning, some were sawed in half,[d] and others were killed with the sword. Some went about wearing skins of sheep and goats, destitute and oppressed and mistreated. 38 They were too good for this world, wandering over deserts and mountains, hiding in caves and holes in the ground.

39 All these people earned a good reputation because of their faith, yet none of them received all that God had promised. 40 For God had something better in mind for us, so that they would not reach perfection without us.

God is Most Holy

God is Most Holy

We are living in perilous and trying times.  Our hearts must look toward God our Creator and Lord.  There has never been a better time to get our lives right before God.  Cleansing our hands and hearts before Him should be a priority.  He is always available to His children.  His heart is open to their cry.  Nevertheless, when we are in rebellion and anger towards Him, we cannot walk in faith toward Him.  Our own hearts are not open to hear His response to our cry.

God does not get angry at our anger against Him.  He knows our understanding is darkened in some area causing us to see through a veil of anger and bitterness.  We cannot see Him as He truly is.  It is when we have a contrite and repentant heart that we see who He is and what He has planned for us.

Let us take this time of trials to check our own life out through His eyes.  Let Him clean out the places of pain and rebellion in us, so He can heal us, forgive us and the flow of relationship become restored between us.  When this happens those prayers and declarations we speak in faith will be answered quickly.

Psalm 2 Easy-to-Read Version 

Why are the nations so angry?
    Why are the people making such foolish plans?
Their kings and leaders join together
    to fight against the Lord and his chosen king.
They say, “Let’s rebel against them.
    Let’s break free from them!”

But the one who rules in heaven laughs at them.
    The Lord makes fun of them.
He speaks to them in anger,
    and it fills them with fear.
He says, “I have chosen this man to be king,
    and he will rule on Zion, my holy mountain.”

Let me tell you about the Lord’s agreement:
He said to me, “Today I have become your father,
    and you are my son.
If you ask, I will give you the nations.
    Everyone on earth will be yours.
You will rule over them with great power.
    You will scatter your enemies like broken pieces of pottery!”

10 So, kings and rulers, be smart
    and learn this lesson.
11 Serve the Lord with fear and trembling.
12 Show that you are loyal to his son,
    or the Lord will be angry and destroy you.
He is almost angry enough to do that now,
    but those who go to him for protection will be blessed.

Matthew 3:2 King James Version 

And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

Acts 3:19 King James Version 

19 Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord.

Psalm 86:5 King James Version 

For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee.

Fix Your Eyes on Jesus

Fix your eyes on Jesus

Berean Bible Hebrews 12:1-3

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off every encumbrance and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with endurance the race set out for us.  Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”

Choose who you will listen to

It is our choice who or what we look to with intent.  Will we look at the newspapers, TV news programs, Facebook, Twitter, other media platforms, our family and friends?  When life gets really hard to deal with when there seem to be enemies all around us, who do we look to for help?

The book of Hebrews in the Bible tells us to fix or focus on Jesus.  He has already gone where we are going.  He already conquered sin, sickness, and death.  He has released his anointing through Holy Spirit to be used by his saints in His name.  It is time to stop looking around us and start truly looking at the Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.  He is the answer.

John 14:6 King James Version

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”

The challenge before us today is, follow Christ and be at rest and in peace.  Or follow the blast of negative words around us and walk in fear and distress.  There is such a wonderful place of rest once we choose to listen to the Bible instead of the world around us.  God loves us so much and wants the best of life for us.  When we can let Him lead us through the trial, we will succeed!  Praise God.  One of my favorite Scriptures which had led me out of so many places of fear and distress is:

2 Timothy 1:7 King James Version  

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”

When we confess the Word of God out loud, in faith, God steps in to answer us.  Let’s join in the “I believe God” team and start winning this battle!

 

 

God’s Love Breaks the Clawing Beast of Fear

The Love of God breaks the clawing beast of fear

Fear is like a raging, clawing beast, destroying peace and love in our lives.  It tears at us, rages and shoves against us.  It can come day or night without warning.  Sudden events can trigger it quicker than any other thing.  Learning about a serious disease, an accident, loss of job or relationship, money needs being more than the present supply can open the door for fear.

God has spoken over and over in the Bible about conquering fear.  He would come into a group of people or speak one-on-one and speak faith and life into a place of fear and loss.  We walk by faith and not by sight, yet that faith must be acted on to become alive in our hearts.  We can speak to fear and tell it to leave our presence in the Name of Jesus and the power of His blood-bought Covenant.  The only fear we are to walk in is the fear of the Lord.

Declare the Word of God to overcome fears voice

2 Timothy 1:7 King James Version 

7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

Romans 8:10-17 King James Version

10 And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.  11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.  12 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh.  13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.  14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.  15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.  16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:  17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.

Proverbs 19:23 King James Version

23 The fear of the Lord tendeth to life: and he that hath it shall abide satisfied; he shall not be visited with evil.

Isaiah 50:10 King James Version

10 Who is among you that feareth the Lord, that obeyeth the voice of his servant, that walketh in darkness, and hath no light? let him trust in the name of the Lord, and stay upon his God.

1 John 4:11-18 King James Version

11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.  12 No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.  13 Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit.  14 And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world.  15 Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.  16 And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.  17 Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.  18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.

We must pull down any wicked imagination of fear in the Name of Jesus

2 Corinthians 10:3-6 King James Version

For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:  (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds;)  Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;  And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.

Anytime fear tries to war against you with lies and temptations, choose to speak out against it by declaring what the Bible says about it.  Take your Holy Spirit given authority and send fear packing.  That sounds easy, doesn’t it?  It may take you a few times of declaring out loud the Word of God, but keep doing it until you see the victory in Christ Jesus!

I pray you rout fear out of your lives, one day at a time. Thereby growing in faith in God’s provision for all things in your life.