Big Seed Day

Sunday, March the 25 has been set aside as Big Seed Day.  Big seed day is a time where we seek God to find out what he was have us sow into His kingdom.  This year the seed will go toward our building fund. Remember that the acorn if full of potential, but it can not be discovered until it is planted, just like the seed you hold in your hand is full of life changing potential but you will never reap its ability until it leaves your hand.

June 4, Day 50 Pentacost: Time for An Awakening

 

6/04 - Time for An Awakening

“The field is the world. The good seed are those who belong to the Kingdom, while the weeds are those who belong to the evil one. The enemy who sowed them is the devil, the harvest is the end of the world and the reapers are the angels.” Matt: 13:38-39

In 1734, a young man named Jonathan Edwards pastored a church in Northampton, Massachusetts. After months of fruitless labor, a young woman of ill repute was saved. The fires of revival broke out and within six months, 1,300 souls were saved in a town of 1,100 people. Before long, revival spread to over 100 towns in the American colonies and continued until 1743. This was the first great awakening.

By the year 1800, our nation had once again become spiritually cold. Only one in fifteen of America’s population attended church. Under the ministry of Rev. James McGready, strange spiritual manifestations began happening in Kentucky. People came by the thousands to camp meetings where the Spirit of God fell in tremendous power. What is known as America’s Second Great Awakening continued until 1840. Approximately 500,000 people were saved under the ministry of Charles Finney. In Rochester, NY alone, 100,000 accepted Christ. Church attendance increased by tenfold during this time.

Between the Civil War, Darwinism and theological liberalism, America declined into a nation ignorant of God by 1900. The Welsh Revival of 1904 spread to America and in 1905, revivals blazed in many parts of the country. People came from all over the world to the Azusa Street Revival in Los Angeles, CA. Daily meetings continued for three years as multitudes were saved, filled with the Holy Ghost and healed. From there, the Pentecostal Movement exploded all over the globe.

The 1940’s saw the Healing Revival and the Latter Rain Revival. With the 60’s and 70’s came the Jesus Movement and the Charismatic Renewal. Finally, the Brownsville Revival in the 90’s recorded 100,000 conversions in two years.

Over twenty years have passed since a great move of God’s Spirit somewhere in our nation. Moral decay is all around us. The only hope is a spiritual awakening. We must have revival!

Prayer - O Lord, I cry out to you in behalf of a lost and sinful people. I know that you are not a respecter of persons and that you are always the same. So I ask you, Lord, once again; send revival. Awaken this people to your Presence and eternity, in the name of Jesus, amen!

June 3, Day 49: Free From the World – Part 2

6/3 - Free from the Wold - Part 2

“Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. What has a believer in common with an unbeliever? Come out from among unbelievers and separate yourselves from them, says the Lord, and touch not any unclean thing and I will receive you.” II Cor. 6:14,15,17

Usually when anyone starts talking about holiness and living a life separated from the world, they are quickly reminded that “Jesus ate with sinners.” That is true. Jesus was often seen among the lost people of his day. The real question that needs to be addressed is, why? Was he hanging out with them having fun or was he reaching out to them with the love and power of God?

The Word of God commands to sever everything that hinders our walk with God. Some of these things are sins, others are weights that hold us back from reaching the mark that is set before us. Often it’s people we’ve allowed into our lives who don’t share our faith.

Every person in your life is on one of three levels.

  • The same level as you
  • A level below you
  • A level above you

I’m, of course, speaking of spiritual levels. The one equal to you is for fellowship. The one above you can lift you up. The one below you might pull you down. Friendships should be chosen wisely and never should we allow anyone or anything to come between us and God.

Paul wrote to the church in Corinth, telling them not to associate with people who are immoral. He warned them that, “a little leaven leavens the whole lump.” He didn’t mean that they should altogether shun these people, since that would require leaving this world. Rather, they were not to associate with them, partaking of their sins or even be influenced by them. Paul exhorted the believers not to eat with those living immoral lives. We would do well to heed this warning today. Let us keep ourselves from anything or anyone that would stop us from getting closer to God.

Prayer - Heavenly Father, I acknowledge that your Spirit lives in me. I ask for wisdom to make right decisions for my family. Help me to find a balance between loving people and protecting ourselves from the world’s influence. As a Christian, I want my light to shine. As a parent, help me to say no when I should, in order to protect my children from ungodly people and their influence. In the name of Jesus, amen!

 

June 2, Day 48: Free From the World – 2

6/02 - Free From the World -2

“The field is the world. The good seed are those who belong to the Kingdom, while the weeds are those who belong to the evil one. The enemy who sowed them is the devil, the harvest is the end of the world and the reapers are the angels.” Matt: 13:38-39

In 1734, a young man named Jonathan Edwards pastored a church in Northampton, Massachusetts. After months of fruitless labor, a young woman of ill repute was saved. The fires of revival broke out and within six months, 1,300 souls were saved in a town of 1,100 people. Before long, revival spread to over 100 towns in the American colonies and continued until 1743. This was the first great awakening.

By the year 1800, our nation had once again become spiritually cold. Only one in fifteen of America’s population attended church. Under the ministry of Rev. James McGready, strange spiritual manifestations began happening in Kentucky. People came by the thousands to camp meetings where the Spirit of God fell in tremendous power. What is known as America’s Second Great Awakening continued until 1840. Approximately 500,000 people were saved under the ministry of Charles Finney. In Rochester, NY alone, 100,000 accepted Christ. Church attendance increased by tenfold during this time.

Between the Civil War, Darwinism and theological liberalism, America declined into a nation ignorant of God by 1900. The Welsh Revival of 1904 spread to America and in 1905, revivals blazed in many parts of the country. People came from all over the world to the Azusa Street Revival in Los Angeles, CA. Daily meetings continued for three years as multitudes were saved, filled with the Holy Ghost and healed. From there, the Pentecostal Movement exploded all over the globe.

The 1940’s saw the Healing Revival and the Latter Rain Revival. With the 60’s and 70’s came the Jesus Movement and the Charismatic Renewal. Finally, the Brownsville Revival in the 90’s recorded 100,000 conversions in two years.

Over twenty years have passed since a great move of God’s Spirit somewhere in our nation. Moral decay is all around us. The only hope is a spiritual awakening. We must have revival!

Prayer - O Lord, I cry out to you in behalf of a lost and sinful people. I know that you are not a respecter of persons and that you are always the same. So I ask you, Lord, once again; send revival. Awaken this people to your Presence and eternity, in the name of Jesus, amen!

June 1, Day 47: Free From the World -1

6/01 Free From the World - 1

“The children of Israel were assembled with fasting . . . and the offspring of Israel separated themselves from all strangers. All they who separated themselves from the people of the land to the law of God, their wives, sons and daughters entered into an oath, enforced by a curse, to walk in God’s law. They said, we will not give our daughters unto the people of the land, nor take their daughters for our sons.” Neh. 9:1-2, 10:28-30

If you’re anything like me, you want the best for your children. We look back at the mistakes we believe our parents made with us and promise not to repeat them with our kids, However, I’ve noticed that most people simply go from one ditch to another one.

For example, a person who feels they were physically abused has a tendency to withhold discipline. Many that were deprived of material possessions spoil their children to the point of excess. Christians often even allow their sons and daughters to engage in activities where they become friends with and learn the ways of the world. All of these is done without truly counting the cost.

Parents of teenagers often ask, “Where did I go wrong?” Ending up in the wrong destination only takes a small degree of error at the beginning of a trip. It may not seem like a big deal to start with, but after a thousand miles or eighteen years, it can end up in tragedy.

The Jewish people were forbidden by God to mix with the people of the lands surrounding them. Abraham sent his servant to find a wife for his son, Isaac. He made him promise not to take a woman that was a Canaanite, even though he lived  in Canaan. The Lord led the servant to Rebekah and soon she and Isaac were married. This statute was passed down but not always observed, much to the grief of everyone involved. After their two sons were grown, “Rebekah said to Isaac, I’m sick and tired of these local Hittite women! I would rather die than see Jacob marry one of them.” Thankfully, Jacob returned to his father’s people and walked in the blessing of Abraham.

Prayer - O Lord, my God, forgive me for where I have erred with my children. Help me to make the necessary corrections now. Give me wisdom and strength to  make right decisions for them. Show me my children’s inherent gifts and how to help develop them. I need your guidance to keep them unspotted from the world. In the name of Jesus, amen!

 

 

May 31, Day 46: Standing in the Gap

 

5/31 Standing in the Gap

“Moses said unto Aaron, take a censer and put fire in it from off the altar and lay incense on it, and carry it quickly to the congregation and make atonement for them. For there is wrath gone out from the Lord; the plague has begun! So Aaron . . . made atonement for the people. And he stood between the dead and the living, and the plague was stayed.” Numbers 16:46-48

The prophet, Daniel, said that God changes the times and the seasons. As I have looked out of my office window for the last couple of months, I’ve watched as winter turned to spring. Everything that was dead is now green and teeming with new life.

That makes me think of all the people that are spiritually dead just waiting for something that will make them come alive. All of creation waits expectantly and longs earnestly for the manifestation of the sons of God. We’re the only hope for many who are lost in sin.

More than likely, you know someone that doesn’t know Christ as their Savior. It may be an acquaintance or even a family member. From outward appearances, it may seem like there’s no hope. However, with God, nothing is impossible. I learned long ago that it’s never too late for God to turn things around. All He needs is for you to be a mediator.

A mediator is one who stands between two beings that have considerable differences. Someone has to act as an intercessor in behalf of sinful men in order to reconcile them to a holy God. They are blinded by Satan lest they should believe the gospel of Christ and be saved. That’s why God’s people have been given authority to bind and loose through the Name of Jesus. We must combat the forces of darkness and stand in the gap by interceding for them night and day. Break the power of the devil off of their lives and claim their salvation. Plead the blood of Jesus and refuse to give up on them.

Prayer - Father God, you have given me access into your presence through the Blood of Jesus. I come boldly lifting up these lost ones to you. As I call their names, I pray for their salvation and deliverance from the kingdom of darkness. I commit to intercede for them until I see them born again, in the name of Jesus, amen!

 

 

May 30, Day 45: The Battle Plan

 

5/30 The Battle Plan

“Therefore put on God’s complete armor, that you may be able to resist and stand your ground on the evil day of danger, and having done all the crisis demands, to stand firmly in your place.” Eph. 6:13

I heard it said that “failing to plan is planning to fail.” If this is true in the natural realm, how much more does it apply to the spiritual realm? Most people make plans concerning work, vacations and even hobbies. What if we put as much time into scheduling our spiritual lives?

Throughout 41 years of ministry, I’ve noticed that most Christians try to work God into their lives if there is any time left after all the other activities are taken care of. Starting today, I encourage you to reverse that trend. Jesus said to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness. Here’s a plan whereby you can live in constant fellowship with the Lord and live in victory.

First of all, decide to pray without ceasing. How is that possible? There must be daily time with God alone. Then walk throughout the day in an attitude of prayer. Keep your mind focused on the Lord. Constantly thank and praise Him for his goodness. Ask for His input in every situation.

Secondly, by keeping on the armor of God, you can fight the good fight of faith. Post reminders of what God says concerning any and every situation you’re dealing with. Don’t get discouraged when it seems as if nothing is happening. Refuse to give up in the middle of the fight. Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning. Great victories come from great battles. In Christ, you are more than a conqueror.

Lastly, trust in the Lord. Feed your faith and starve the doubts that come to your mind. Know that God heard your prayers and He’s working to bring your answer. Angels harken to the voice of God’s word coming out of your mouth. Speak the word only! Hold fast to your confession of faith until you see the manifestation of your prayers. The just walk by faith and not by sight.

Prayer - Father, thank you for helping me to live a life of stability. I desire to prove myself faithful to you. Help me to keep my mind stayed on you. I praise you at all times, in the name of Jesus, amen!

 

 

May 29, Day 44: Getting Started in a Life of Prayer

5/29 Getting Started in a Life of Prayer

“Look at the proud, his soul is not straight or right within him, but the rigidly just and the uncompromisingly righteous man shall live by his faith and in his faithfulness. Hebrews 2:4

You have to start somewhere, sometime. Right now and right here is as good a place and time as any. Walking by faith is one of the greatest adventures in life. We simply take what God’s Word says at face value, believe it and act upon it.

I’m speaking specifically about beginning a life and ministry of prayer. When the disciples heard Jesus praying, they requested that he teach them to pray. Jesus started with the basics.

He said, when you pray, go in your closet and shut the door. Prayer is to be done mostly in secret. Just you and God! Most of Jesus’ praying was done in private, but the Father rewarded him openly.

Next Jesus said, “Pray like this: Our Father who is in heaven, hallowed or kept holy is Your Name.” How precious it is to be able to fellowship with Almighty God! How wonderful it is to know Him as our heavenly Father. So often God’s children rush into the throne room with their requests, never taking the time just to bask in His Presence. The Father longs for us to come with grateful hearts and reverence for His Holy Name.

Jesus continued, “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth, as it is in heaven.” We should desire only what God desires for us. Imagine a life filled with the peace, joy and blessings of heaven. Israel was promised days of heaven on earth if only they would obey the Lord and walk according to His Word. In heaven, there is no curse, no sin, sickness or lack.

The Lord’s prayer continues by asking God for our daily bread. We are to be totally dependent upon Him for all of our supply. In prayer, we ask for forgiveness and receive grace to forgive others. We seek God’s help to overcome temptations and trials. Finally, we spend time praising the Lord, acknowledging that the Kingdom, the power and the glory all belong to Him. Praise His Holy Name!

Prayer - Father, your name is Holy! As I come into your presence, help me to be patient and to slow down. I want to enjoy my time with you, Lord. Above all else, I want your will to be done, not mine. You know what’s best for me. My trust is in you, in the name of Jesus, amen!

 

 

May 28, Day 43: The Sin of Prayerlessness

 

5/28 The Sin of Prayerlessness

“And they all said to Samuel, Pray for your servants to the Lord your God, that we may not die . . . And Samuel said to the people, Fear not, you have indeed done all this evil, yet turn not aside from following the Lord, but serve Him with all your heart. Moreover, as for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord by ceasing to pray for you.” I Sam. 12:19-20,23

The Bible makes it very clear that “to him that knows to do good and doesn’t do it, it is sin.” We all know that praying for others is the right thing to do. Samuel, the prophet, actually said that the failure to pray for God’s people is sinning against God. How can that be?

When we understand the heart of God and His goodness, it’s not hard to realize how much He wants to bless humanity. Yet, He has set spiritual laws in motion that must be obeyed for His will to be carried out in the earth. When we fail to pray for people, we rob God of His opportunity to help them.

The ninth chapter of Daniel records his prayer to the Lord. He acknowledges that because of Israel’s disobedience to God’s law, “the curse is poured upon us.” The main reason for this tragedy is summed up in these words, “As it is written in the law of Moses, all this evil is come upon us, yet made we not our prayer before the Lord our God, that we might turn from our iniquities and understand your truths.” John Bunyan once said, “Prayer will make a man cease from sin, as sin will entice a man to cease from prayer.”

Like Israel, prayerlessness has become one of the major sins of the church. Satan wants us to cease praying and surrender our authority. He knows that without prayer, the church can’t stand against him and God’s blessings cannot flow from heaven to earth.

Wouldn’t you like to make the best of your time? We all have twenty-four hours in a day. A steward is required to be faithful with that which God gives him. Ephesians 5:16 commands us to redeem the time, make the most of it, because the days are evil. What better way to spend time than with the Lord?

Prayer - Father, I acknowledge that I am not my own. I belong to you! You purchased me with the Blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. I repent of excuses and busyness. All I have is yours, including my time. I commit to spend time praying for the church and the world, in the name of Jesus, amen!  

May 27, Day 42: Prayer: A Place of Authority

5/27 - Prayer: A Place of Authority

“Daniel answered, Blessed be the name of God forever! For wisdom and might are His! He changes the times and the seasons, He removes kings and sets up kings. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding! He reveals the deep and secret things, He knows what is in the darkness and the light dwells with Him!” (Daniel 2:20-22)

When God created man, He gave him dominion over all the works of his hands. “Now in putting everything in subjection to man, He left nothing outside of man’s control.” (Hebrews 2:8) Paul goes on to explain that even though at present we don’t yet see all things subjected to man, but we do see Jesus. It’s only through Christ that we have access to God’s power and the right to exercise authority in the earth.

“The heaven, even the heavens, are the Lord’s, but the earth has He given to the children of men.” Yes, the earth is the Lord’s, He created it. Then He made man and made him the steward of His creation. The purpose of the Son of God coming was to destroy the works of the devil. Jesus defeated and disarmed Satan through His death on the cross. His work being finished, Christ restored man’s lost authority back to him.

God awaits the prayers of His people so that He can move in the earth. Because of His faithfulness, the Lord will not break or alter His covenant, nor the word that is gone out of His lips. (Ps. 89:34) He has not reneged upon His original plan for man to rule. No power, neither heavenly or demonic, has the right to operate in the earth without man’s permission.

When we pray in faith to our Father, heaven’s power is released. Using our authority to resist the devil, his works are destroyed. Hannah prayed and her barren womb conceived. Hezekiah prayed and God gave him fifteen more years to live. When Paul and Silas prayed, God’s power shook the prison so hard that the doors flew open and their chains came off.

Are you facing a situation that seems impossible? Do you want to see a great revival? Take God’s Word and enter into the secret place with Him. He’s waiting on you!

Prayer - Bless Your Holy Name, Lord! I’m so thankful that your eye is upon the righteous and your ear is open to our prayers. Today, I come into your presence and make my requests known with thanksgiving. Teach me, Lord, to walk in places of authority and to be always watching in the Spirit. In the name of Jesus, amen!