The greatest miracle of all time: A changed life

Miracles are birth via desperation. Physical miracle are pleasing to the soul. For example, raising the dead. It is huge to us but it is nothing to God. The greatest miracle of all is a change life because God can’t make that happen. We have to make it happen ourself because it is our decision.
God wants to change us from inside out. We can easily change the outside self but its hard to change the inner self.
The curse of generation is very strong from the father to the fourth generation but we can only break it if we have a changed heart. It called the cursive generation and Jesus came to break those curses.
Human inherit certain behaviors and certain sins from our parents but there is something different within us which is the transforming power of the Holy Spirit. Do not be conformed with the things of the world but be transformed.
Jesus breaks bond but we have to offer him those bonds to him. We have to loosen ourself.
Forgiveness releases you. When you live with unforgiveness, it is like you drinking poison and expecting someone else to die. You will die!!!
Those situation doesn’t define you but God does.

What extent do we go to change the inside self?

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Preacher: Pastor Diana McKinnis.

Perseverance: The secret to generational breakthrough

There is nothing hidden except it is a secret and there is nothing found except it is a treasure. Col 1:26, Deut 29:29 .

You need an attitude attaining the altitude and what you grow with is what u flow with. Understanding perseverance is the attitude that you need to have to attain greater altitude in this world.

Perseverance involves doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success. Perseverance  means unrelenting persistence however, it is a choice.

Because of the perseverance of one woman, the name of a disarrayed family was restored. (Ruth). It takes only one person to make the stand in order for generational curses to be broken.

Inasmuch as perseverance is a choice, it still needs an approval. James 1:2 Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him/

Perseverance is the most difficult things in this world and therefore not meant for lazy people. Our natural tendency is to run while perseverance is the opposite of our natural self and requires supernatural intervention.

 

What encourages perseverance?

  1. Understanding of the word of God Psalm 119:11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee

For ever o lord your word is settled in heaven

Luke was not a disciple but he wrote a book consisting of 24 chapters in the bible because he understood the word. He did research. Luke 1:3 It seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write unto thee in order, most excellent Theophilus

Prov 1:7 Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding

John 1:1-3 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made

The sword of the spirit is the word of God Eph 6:17.

  1. Vision: Chase a target Ruth 1:11- 14 Turn again my daughters, Go your wayBut Ruth Clave to her.

What keeps you going is your vision. Ruth saw, she clave to her because she had a long time stay, though my husband is dead yet I still have a purpose. There is a reason why I am here which is not being fulfilled yet.

When you have a vision, there is a desperation. Phil 3:14 Paul Said: I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus

Vision has a price tag and has a prize to be won. Vision = Price + Price. The price for the prize is perseverance.

Hebrew 12:1-2 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,

Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God

The reason why Jesus endured the pain was because of the joy that was set before him: Vision.

When you loose vision , you loose mission. A vision that is not scary is itself a nightmare and a vision that’s too small is a wishful thinking

  1. Prayer: Before perseverance comes prayer. Ruth 2:2 Let me now go to the field and glean ears of corn after him in whose sight I shall find grace.

There are 2 types of perseverance: Carnal Perseverance and a spirit filled Perseverance

Carnal perseverance takes you a step further but the spirit filled perseverance takes you to the mountain peak.

Ruth prayed for grace before she thought of persevering. As a matter of fact, you pray to persevere. Without prayer there can’t be perseverance.

The breakthrough was eminent sprout in Ruth 2:10-12 Then she fell on her face, and bowed herself to the ground, and said unto him, Why have I found grace in thine eyes, that thou shouldest take knowledge of me, seeing I am a stranger?

11 And Boaz answered and said unto her, It hath fully been shewed me, all that thou hast done unto thy mother in law since the death of thine husband: and how thou hast left thy father and thy mother, and the land of thy nativity, and art come unto a people which thou knewest not heretofore.

12 The Lord recompense thy work, and a full reward be given thee of the Lord God of Israel, under whose wings thou art come to trust

Perseverance does not give your helpers good sleep…Keep knocking Ruth 3:18

Formula for perseverance = Prayer + work + tarrying (Extra effort) + FINO

FINO = Failure is not an option. After perseverance comes blessing and Fame Ruth 4:12-15

The name of Boaz and Ruth in the genealogy of Jesus according to Matthew appeared in number 11 while their name appeared in number 32 Ruth in the genealogy of Jesus according to Luke.

Number 11 means spiritual belongingness, refinement, balance or fulfilment while Number 32 means the totality of men on the earth. The number 32 is used 11 times in the Bible.

For every human action, there is God’s reaction therefore it is human action that produces divine reaction.
Preacher: Bro. Emmanuel.

Faithless Generation

Faith is like a pilgrimage leading to God. Faith can be seen, faith gives. if you are making mostly wrong choices, then you don’t have faith.
The reason why there are different versions of Bible today is because we tend to change the word of God from its original meaning to what we feel it should be. Language is evolving and it is having a high impact on the translation of the Bible into different versions. As Christians we have to learn to work by faith and not by sight.

A wise man has 2 properties:
1. He can heal the sick
2. He can cast out demons.

Examples of wise men in the Bible includes Jesus Christ, David and Solomon.
All things are possible to those who believe. Our faith should be working in every part of our lives.
We purchase books like 5 steps to receive the Holy Ghost because we think we can work with God by formulas. Relationship is not a formula.

Your environment determines your your faith. It is easier to exercise faith in the church rather than in your house because the environment in your house does not tolerate faith. Therefore you need to make your house contagious to faith.
Sometimes we dwell in the romantic era i.e based on our feelings and not on truth. The most difficult thing in Christianity is not the preaching of the gospel but the passing on of the faith from the father to the children.
One of the major source of faithlessness is unguided and inappropriate contact with unbelievers. It is either we influence our generation or our generation influences us. Even as faith is contagious, unbelief is contagious.
The key to fight a faithless generation is to maintain a life that is totally dependent on God.
What kind of generation are you?

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Preacher: Dr. Jose Nacionales.

My Spiritual Journey

Our spiritual journey didn’t begin when we accepted Jesus but long before we were born. Jeremiah1:5 “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations”

When you read the word of God, 2 things are needful to have thorough insight of the word of God

1. Law of first mention: when was the word first mentioned in the bible before it’s new usage e.g Gilgal was first mentioned in Joshua 4:19-24.
2. Types and shadow : e.g Elijah was a type of God but not God. In 2 kings 2:1-6, the bible recorded that Elijah went with Elisha to Gilgal. When applying types and shadow, Elijah is a type of God which means that God was with Elisha throughout his journey.
God didn’t take a chance on us when creating us but he created us out of love. He loved to love us.
The new norm of Christianity in this day and age is not righteousness anymore but tolerance which is not in line with the precepts of God. God requires us to be holy as he is holy.

Spiritual journey can be categorized into 4 stages:

1. Gilgal: which means an entry place and the entry to the Christianity walk. In Joshua 5, God didn’t tell Joshua to circumcise the children of Israel in Gilgal but in Jordan. Most often we make the mistake of trying to convert unbelievers, all we have to do is to invite them to church and let God change them. You don’t live in your past but you learn from your past and therefore there is no more condemnation. We have to change our mindset. 1 peter 1:18-21. When you enter Gilgal, God want’s us to be responsible.

2. Bethel: After the entry place (Gilgal) comes Bethel which means the house of God. Applying the law of first mention, Bethel was first mentioned in Gen 28: 10-22. When you are in the house of God, you will have visions and dreams. The reason whyhttp://www.calvarytuenmun.com/wp-admin/post-new.php we don’t want to read the word of God is because we are afraid that it will read us. However, you have to belong to become.
When you are in the house of God, God will give u plans, purpose, principles and promises. God will never give you miracles but principles. The currency that is used in heaven is faith and principles leads you to miracles. God is not need-based but faith-based.

When you are in the house of God, you need commitment, dedication and you must bring your tithe to the house of the lord.

3. Jericho: means walk by faith. 2 Corinthians 5:7, Joshua 5:13-15. God doesn’t want to come and help us, he wants to  take over our lives. He demand total submission to his will. Joshua 6:1
The reason why things are getting hotter is because of who you are. The three Hebrew boys: Shadrach Meshach and Abednego fire was intensified because they chose not to bow down for the gods.  2 Tim 3:12, Gal 6:18. Faith means obedience. When God ask us to do something, it doesn’t make sense to us. Faithless people will always be on lookers of God’s blessing.

4. Jordan: speaks about death and resurrection. Every single day, you have to makeup your mind to be all out for God. Don’t be moved by man’s opinion. In Jordan, you have to deny yourself of worldly pleasures. John 12:24-26, Philippians 1:21. Christianity that is worth nothing means nothing.
Chesterton said- “Christianity has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and not tried”. 2 kings 2:10-12. Also in Jordan, you have to tear apart your old ways yourself.
You cannot see the new unless you tear the old.

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Preacher: Pastor John Malcolm.

The Importance of prayer Part 2

Understanding the true meaning of prayer brings a regenerative experience in you.
Prayer is not an act or just a command but prayer is a life style. Nehemiah brought change to the whole of Israel because he was a man of prayer. Workplace or environment is not an excuse to refrain from praying as Nehemiah was the king’s wine cup bearer yet before doing anything, he prayed.
The number of words or how loud we shout when praying is not important but our connection with God during prayers.
Vain repetition prayers are just like noise bell in the ears of God. Do not pray like the heathens do. Matthew 6:7. We cannot fast without intense prayer

What then are the prayers that pleases God?

1. Your prayers should be biblical. It must be inline with God’s word
2. If you want your prayers to be effective, you have to meditate on God’s word

The devil is not mad when you read the word of God but when you meditate on the word of God. How much you know determines on how much you meditate.

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Preacher: Pastor Z. Trevor

The importance of fasting and praying

Prayer is the power that generates, motivates and stimulates God’s word in your life. Prayer is what takes you to the level of maturity. It is what holds you and stops you from falling. Having an in-depth understanding of fasting and praying is the key to spiritual growth. A prayerless christian is a powerless christian. Jesus had to fast and pray in anguish such that his sweat was like drop of blood falling on the ground (Luke 22:44). So also Elijah and Moses before God could appear to them on a cleft of the rock. Without praying and fasting, strongholds cannot be broken. God takes a praying man and baptizes him in anguish. God restores a ruin situation through a praying man. When Jerusalem was in ruin full of iniquity and immorality, God used Nehemiah; a praying man. All true passion for Christ of born through baptism of anguish.

Is fasting and praying a command from God?

If there is a man to pray, there is a God to answer.

 

Don’t throw your confidence away: Experience sharing from South Sudan disaster relief mission

The most disastrous thing that could happen to a christian is on the judgement day and not the famine, starvation, natural disaster or war that we encounter in this world. Who we are is what matters not what we do. We take little things for granted since they are always forth coming.

Usually there are voices that makes us feel inferior or make you loose your self worthiness and yet there is a still small voice telling you that you can do it. The choice on the decision you make is yours because the longest journey is from your head to your heart. The fact that you know your identity does not mean you understand your identity and it is expedient to know that we don’t get confidence in other people neither do we get approval from other people.

How do you act in the face of trouble?

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Preacher: Sister Ann Lin

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Be Still: Elijah Series: Come out and Stand

Not only bad things could tie us down but also good things. The word Yatsa is an Hebrew word meaning Come out or Go forth. God was telling Elijah to come out of the cave. So also unto us, if we must do mighty things for God, we have to come out of whatever thing that is holding us back and stand for righteousness.
God gives specific instructions. After telling Elijah to come out, he told him to stand. The Hebrew word for stand is Amad which means to endure, God was telling Elijah to endure the pain for there are great manifestations to come. Sometimes God answer some of our prayers is ‘NO’ because they are death wishes just like the prayer that Elijah prayed for God to take his life. If he knew he will be taken with the chariot of fire to heaven he wouldn’t have prayed to be dead but thank God, God’s answer to that prayer was ‘NO’. Don’t try to comprehend God’s way because God  reveals only what our brain can take.
Many of us are spending ages, years to hear from God when God continually whispers to us daily. It takes a listening ear to hear the whispers of the lord to us daily.

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Preacher: Pastor Z. Trevor

Be Still: Elijah Series: The Cave

For unbelievers, a cave is a potential tomb but for believers, a cave is a potential womb. Jesus had to go through the cave experience in the garden of Gethsemane. where he said not my will but your will be done. So also Abraham and Moses. We all have to go through the cave experience before something new is birth in our lives.

Generally a cave is a lonely place or dead end or can be regraded as a place of temporary or emergency shelter.  It is a place where people are usually buried. Elijah ran from Jezreel which means “God sows” to the cave. God brought Elijah to the cave to bury all his fear and desires. God wants to bring us all to the cave to reignite the passion for him. The same question God was asking Elijah, he is asking us and we all need to think it over: what are you doing on this earth?

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Preacher: Pastor Z. Trevor

Be Still: Elijah’s Series: God is working behind the scenes

God provides us what he thinks will be enough to carry us through just as he gave Elijah bread and water which lasted him for 40 days. His plans are not ours and it is always a mystery because we are not seeing the big picture. Elijah is just a man like us and he also experienced fear. The wisest thing to do is not making decisions when you are tired. God does not take you to a place without preparing you. Three points to be noted:
1. Irrespective of Elijah’s wrong doing, God gave him food and rest. Simply put God still showed him love.

2. God was preparing Elijah for the great journey ahead to the mount of the lord (Mount Sinah)

3. God was not rebuking Elijah for what he has done but firstly listening to what he has to say

When Christians get depressed we are indirectly saying “God you are not doing enough”. We get frustrated because we don’t know what God is doing behind the scenes. All your prayers are not falling on deaf ears because God is orchestrating something great behind the scenes.
Would you dare trust God, would u dare to believe that God is doing the best job in your life?

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Preacher: Pastor Z. Trevor