Sermon Notes Sunday, Feb 18th, 2018
God is Over All
February 18, 2018
Apostle David Watkins, Preaching
Topic: “Getting into the Spirit”
We talked about taking inventory and what we need to do to get closer to the Lord
We talked about getting our hands up and the power in lifting up our hands before the Lord!
Every Sunday we set aside our work so that we can worship the Lord on the Sabbath day!
Why am I here? I was made to worship the Lord!
Either we’re going to live eternal with God or live eternally in the lake of fire.
God does not send us to hell. We choose to go there.
The way that man thinks is righteous, but it leads to destruction. Very few find the narrow to God…and it is the ONLY way.
There are many people on the wide road.
Mark 3:29: foundation scripture
If you don’t know a church don’t talk about it. You could be blaspheming God by calling their works of Satan.
You can’t talk about His Spirit!
People have to get to know your spirit. We must get to KNOW the Spirit of God and get into it.
A boxer had to psych himself up before he goes into the ring. He has to get into the spirit of it before he gets into the ring.
Even a preacher has to get into the Spirit before he comes into the pulpit.
I must get into the Spirit and become 100% of what I am in God! I must get into the Spirit of praise and worship!
Satan LOVES to come to church and talk to you and to distract you from getting things from God!
Getting into the Spirit of praise and worship attracts people and can cause them to want to lay hands on you. Pastor David has his armor bearers to protect him if this happens.
God has come to give us liberty!
How does one get into the Spirit? Focus on the scriptures and on what you have learned all your life. You must also apply all that you have received in your life.
To get air out of a cup, you must only fill it with air. Likewise, to get sin our of your body, you must fill it up with God’s Kingdom. But it will take time, because there is none good. WE are all defective cups.
People wrongly think that being good can get them into the Kingdom, but there is none good but God! (Mark 10:18) Being good is not enough!
Our flesh that holds the Spirit of God is not good. The flesh is a cell.
God is with us and in us!
We want Jesus to come when things are difficult and hard!
But some don’t want Jesus to come back because things are good for them here right now.
Not everything good is godly. (Ex: Million Man March)
Peter declared, “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God” and Jesus said that flesh and blood did not reveal that to him.
Mark 3:29: “but he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation.”
Come to church and be ready to get into the Spirit! Sometimes you must be ready to give a sacrifice of praise if you don’t feel that you are in the Spirit.
Don’t let the enemy take your mind off of getting into the Spirit.
The people we go out to witness to are in need. We must give them Jesus!
Our works will be tried by fire!
We are the bait, but the Word of God is the hook! Even if they are not “your type”, let God use you to lead them to the Lord...we are only the bait!
God is Over All
February 11, 2018
Apostle David Watkins, Preaching
Get Your Hands Up
Don’t allow the enemy to trick you out of praising God
I come to church to worship the Lord on a Sunday
Valentine’s Day is a good time to remind spouse that you love them
Every morning is a Valentine’s Day!
Tell your family that you love them, tell your brother
Exodus 17:8 then came the Amalek, and fought with Israel in Rephidim.
Exodus 17:9 I will stand on top of the hill with my rod
The place where they were resting a war broke out
When you are trying to rest, remember that we are in a war
The Red Sea experience
Exodus 16:15 This is the bread which the LORD hath given you to eat
They got sick of the manna
This miracle food that comes from heaven
Quail came, a bird that they used for food
They were thirsty and needed water
God told Moses to strike the rock and water would come
They became confident, Rephidim a resting place
We should not look forward to resting until Jesus comes back
We are at war!!
You join the army of the Lord, you are at war!
You are a soldier of the Lord, on the front line
We cry out day and night. He will come speedily to help you
II Timothy 4:2
We ought to fight on our own ground or foreign ground
Joshua did as Moses said to him and fought
Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill
Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed: and when he let his hands were steady the Amolites began to win
I will he a helping hand, do you need a hand with this?
I can only help you with my mouth
We need hands to help, use your hands to help
Give God a helping hand
As long as he held up his hands he prevailed
When he got tired, his people began to lose
His people died when his hands went down
God gave them skill, they began to fight with skill
It reminds me of how it was, war movies
Everyone is fighting, keep your hands up!
God gave us a shield, a sword, a breastplate, armor to fight
Not to set it up at our home
He gave it to s to fight, we are suppose to go forward
The sword is not really long
Vikings had the big, hard swords
Moses got tired and his arms got heavy
God did this, he allowed the people to lose just because Moses hands were down
You need to put your hands up!
You have asked God for blessings, healings, etc.
You will not even put your hands up
A secret of war, put your hands up!
You want a blessing? Put your hands up
Oh Jehovah, we are losing the battle
Aaron and Hur realized that things were going down
They set Moses on a rock, they stayed up his hands
His hands were steady until the going down of the sun
Get your hands up, until the war is over!
Keep your hands up until you get that house
Fight until your blessing comes
There is power in the palm of the hand
God gave us hands to help our brothers in defense
When you are about to be struck with poverty put your hands up and block it
Some war techniques
Give God 100%
Give God 100% God wants to bless you
God was upset with those who came against his people
They were attacked at a place of rest
When his hands were up Joshua discomfited him
It did not matter who held his hands up
They called you crazy, back in the day
We would help others to worship the Lord
Example of crowding into cars
Danced and danced before the Lord
Someone would get too excited and start dancing also
Getting so tired and heavy into my praise
We would hit the ground, keep on praising the Lord
What a mighty God we serve
I need that job, I need that house
When you begin to praise no more energy
You remember something else that you were asking for
We had Sunday clothes, we only got Easter clothes
God wants 100%
You must keep going until you were tired!
You leave church and just fall out
You worshipped the Lord, we did not need music to worship
Don’t let the adversities keep you from serving the Lord
Do not let what you are gong through determine your praise
Get your hands up anyway
I get excited with some songs, but others no
I praise the Lord anyway
I give God praise, I clap, I raise my hands, I praise the Lord
I want to thank God, because he has been so good!
All of sudden, they shout glory, hallelujah!
They felt something and let out a scream
If you ever felt the hand of the Lord!
He Touched Me!!!!
God is Over All
February 4, 2018
Deborah B. Williams, Preaching
Who Is First in Your Life?
Foundational Scripture: Deuteronomy 6:5
And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul and with all thy mind.
Inspired by “Is God First?”
Moses giving a Word to the children of Israel
Deepening their relationship with God
Moses strives to encourage the people
They seemed to lack faith
Moses was a strong and courageous leader
God had brought them out of bondage
What does God require of us?
We are commanded to love God
Flesh gets in the way of our obedience
God is like a parent who wants to bless their children
Learning over the shoulder
What are some of the things that get in the way of our love for God?
Money Matthew 6:24
Looking back Luke 9:62
Being double minded James 1:8
Family Matthew 10:37
Material Wealth Matthew 19:16
Seek God first
Who is first in your life?
There is evidence when God is first
You will be working for God
I Corinthians 15:58
Must be a doer of the word
There are promises to those who work for God
We are alive with a purpose
If God is first, do something!
Love the Lord thy God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind!
God is Over All
January 21, 2018
Pastor David Watkins, Preaching
Being Over Taken In The Church
God made a way
We have reasons to be grateful
Example of his friend that laid down and died
Learn to be grateful, you are sitting here when others cannot
How hard it is to be what God has called you to be
It is not easy to live the gospel
Christians follow the teachings of Jesus Christ
We live a certain way
We are judged harshly because they expect a certain thing
Christianity is a lifestyle
People say, I thought you were a Christian
Christianity is about morals
You gave Solomon wisdom and knowledge; can you give me this wisdom and knowledge?
I kept saying this is not wisdom, just something that I have
I denied it
I know that it isn’t me
People kept saying, you have something special
God moved mountains
God gave me a seer, giving you something that will happen in the future
Some things that God gives me I don’t want to share
I asked God if he was going to take my mother
He did, she needed to know that I could handle the ministry
There were people on the street, doing nothing, why not take them?
I had to take the first to establish the second
You won’t fight to support yourselves
Does God have to take away the first to establish the second
I am the Son of a Prophet, until God revealed some things to me
Some things won’t be good because of disobedience
It is hard hearing the word of the Lord and then saying something
We ask what will God do?
I asked God, would you bring my Mother home? I want you in this crazy world with me
You don’t know how much you will miss it, until they are gone!
It doesn’t matter that you do not get along
The parent is trying to help you!
I love you Mother, I love you Father!
There is always someone who has suffered more that you
It is hard having the gifts of God
I am grateful, I have peace, in spite of what I have done he still loves me
God will forgive me!
Galatians 6:1 Brethren if a man be over taken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one n the spirit of meekness; considering thyself lest thou also be tempted.
Your neighbor are those with you in the church
If a person has been taken before he is aware
Caught off guard, have you ever been caught off guard?
We say or do harmful things that we do not plan on
In the church, we are overtaken
We don’t plan on saying anything that will hurt others
There are times when hurtful things are intentional, deliberate
You find yourself caught off guard, saying something that you should not have said
Someone who is strong will let you know that it is wrong
I got into the flesh, learn about your brother or sister
You must understand why this is important
Some want to hurt you on purpose
Most of the time, it is an emotional reaction
I did not mean to hurt you, I was overtaken
Who has overtaken you? The enemy
The one who is spiritual can restore the other
Married couples go through this a lot
Parents with children, children with parents
Co-workers get overtaken, never intending to hurt the other
Ye which are spiritual, how are you to be spiritual?
If you still know the gospel, do as the gospel says to do
How long have you been saved?
Saved at twelve years old, born again, preached at an early age
Preaching the gospel, ordained and messing up a lot
Learning over and over and over again
Understanding God’s word again and again
I became spiritual
Are you spiritual? You should be if you are saved
You can’t restore if you do not have the gospel
Bring the man back into his place
Example of a shoulder getting knocked out of place
Only an experienced person can restore someone
It is not for you to try to restore
You are letting them stay in their suffering
You can use wisdom
In the spirit of meekness, having a quiet and gentle nature
Not wanting to fight or argue
If a person is overtaken, they are already humbled
Instead of restoring, they do no know how
To restore someone in meekness, is not to walk up and saying you have been overtaken
Everyone has been overtaken by the devil!
I do not come to church to be told what to do
I will explain to you what to do with your sister or brother
Consider thy self, so that you will not be surprised as you could be
Consider that you have been over taken at some time
There is a beam, let’s check out that there could be a beam in your eye
Keep a good look out
Lest you also be tempted. Consider the mercy that you want to have for yourself.
What would you want someone to say to you?
Understand one another, we have new persons here
The purpose we come to church to get closer to Jesus
We come to church seeking Jesus, we find people showing love
I love this church because of the love
We have all fought with our family, we did not quit!
Your desires and wants have changed
In laws, they are only in because of the law!
Can you have patience with one another?
You have people that you care about, every now and then they are overtaken
They did not come to Thanksgiving to hurt you
They start packing the food up for the third Thanksgiving
Learn to calm down when you are overtaken
I will not let the devil steal my joy!!
My joy is not in my car, it is not in those things, those things are dirt!
Proverbs 18:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue:
Speak it, believe it and it shall be!
Things are not happening because someone is praying for you
I thank God that you are watching over the things that we do
Some choices that you make are not good
You can share your testimony!
Sunday, January 14, 2018
Sermon Title: “It’s Time to Sit at the Table!”
Min. Reginald White, Sr., Preaching
Scriptures: Psalm 23:1-6, Matthew 15:27, Psalm 24:1, Matthew 7:7, Matthew 7:11, Proverbs 10:22, Habakkuk 2:2, and Romans 11:17
- God has a personalized table for each one of us with all the things that we like for our edification and growth.
- God knows the hairs on our heads…He knows us intimately and He knows what we like and need.
- Prepare means to make ahead of time or in advance. God prepares and plans for us!
- My table is my table and my blessing is my blessing! What God has for me is for me!
- Stay focused on your own table so that you don’t miss out on your own blessing!
- I am a King’s kid and royalty flows through my veins. I have rights and privileges as a King’s kid.
- Even though the Bible says in Matthew 15:27 that “yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their master’s table”, don’t just have a crumb mentality!” How many people want more than just a crumb from the Lord? God is saying, “I have more for you @table!”
- God has NO shortage on His blessings for us! “The Earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof; the world and they that dwell therein.” (Psalm 24:1)
- The Bible says in Matthew 7:7 “Ask and it shall be given…” What are you asking God for?
- “If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?” (Matthew 7:11)
- Money is the smallest of God’s blessings! Wouldn’t you rather have favor, love, joy, peace, etc. more than money?
- Pull up a chair and begin to sit @table!
- Reminder: At our New Year’s service, Pastor David anointed our heads with oil. In Psalm 23:5 the Bible says “thou anointest my head with oil, my cup runneth over.” Our heads were anointed so our cups can run over in 2018!
- Blessings often come in sources and ways that we don’t expect!
- We are often our own worst enemy and our fears can stop us from stepping into our blessings.
- God already knows that giants we’ll face in our lives and He’s prepared us to overcome them and get our blessings. We are able to win!
- “The blessing of the Lord, it maketh rich, and He addeth no sorrow with it” (Proverbs 10:22) God’s blessings do not bring sorrow!
- NO MORE CRUMBS, ya’ll!!! No more crummy jobs, no more crummy apartments or houses, no more crummy relationships, etc.!
- God promised us that as far as our eyes could see, He would bless us. And whether or not you are one of the Chicago/Detroit families who obeyed God and moved out here to CA to serve Him or whether or not you were grafted in (Romans 11:17) to the family when you gave your life to the Lord here at GCCC, this promise is for you! WE are under the umbrella of blessings!
- ACTIVATE the faith that’s been given to you! I BELIEVE GOD!
- Hold on to the vision! (Habakkuk 2:2)
- Eat well children! It’s time to sit @ table!
God is Over All
January 7, 2018
Apostle David Watkins
“Taking Spiritual Inventory 2017”
Foundational Scripture: Philippians 3:12-13
Just before the beginning of the year businesses take inventory
To see if they made a profit that year
Christians must take spiritual inventory as well
How did we do this year?
Our goal is to grow closer to God each year
You ought to be closer to God than last year
I John 3:1-2
Job, finances and health prosper if we keep God first
How do you know when you are giving your all to God?
If you feel that you can give God more you are not giving your all
Sunday is the Lord’s day
If Sunday is the Lord’s day why aren’t you in church?
We go to Disneyland.
If it is the Lord’s day and you are a child of the Lord why aren’t you in church?
Every Sunday is the Lord’s day, we seek the one who is the King!
We have come to worship the Lord!
We should come to church every Sunday to worship the King
The Wise Men went to find Jesus
Do you know the scripture? Have you read the scripture?
I am not where the Lord wants me, but I m moving forward
I am forgetting about what has happened in 2017
Forgetting about those things was a difficult thing for Paul
He found out that he was very wrong, Paul killed thousands of Christians
I press on! Don’t give up this year because you made some wrong decisions!
Don’t quit the business of drawing closer to God
Some will try to open a new business
I train ministers and the way that God has given it to him
Surrender your wants for their wants
I don’t care if they are stiff-necked and rebellious
I will do what the Lord wants me to do, no matter what
After training they get gifts, God is moving them on somewhere
They tell Pastor that God told them to leave
God told Pastor I need you to train them so they can preach the gospel
It is not so, God would not have you do something and then change
What God has given you, he has given you that forever
You have armor, weapons, don’t give up on God
This is war! Don’t quit because it is not going your way
Trying to invent the wheel all over again
The bible is giving us instructions
We don’t have to try to get out of it
We came here to get to God
We came to worship the Lord
I love this church because they love me
I love this church because they don’t mind my baby crying
It could change
Accept the gospel
If you come to worship him, it will not ever change
If you come to bear gifts, the opportunity is always here
They gave to baby Jesus at two years old
God honors your tithes and offerings it goes to the church
Don’t give up!
Look back at 2017 and take inventory on trying to attain the perfect will of God
Did we do better in 2017 then we did in 2016
Let us try to improve ourselves
I walked around saw toilets that did not work, I saw the breezeway
I saw the push broom, where it could get wet
I need to walk my 500 Strong around the building
What can you do this year that you did not do last year?
The Lord’s day is busy, you may need o come on another day
Pray a little more! How about fasting on your own!
Take a day and not eat your snacks
Go on a spending fast! I won’t buy anything that is not necessary!
Go to the gas station and don’t buy snacks
Put the money that you would spend away!
Obey the Holy Spirit when he leads you
Study the sermons on the MP3
Read some scriptures on your phone
Give more time to God in 2018 than you did in 2017
Get more committed to the church
This one thing we do, forgetting about those things which are behind
Forget about all the trials and tribulation
Do more this year than last year
If you will draw closer to God he will eat with you
The Lord will go on a date with you and give you what you need
God’s relationship with us is like a marriage relationship
God came up with that marriage thing
You ought to commit more to him
A husband, boyfriend, they ask you what you want
I want to bless you
God likes you and if you draw nigh unto him he will bless you
The joy of the Lord is your strength
If you can make God happy, he will bless you
Wives if you make your husband happy he will have something for you
He will bless you! Make God happy and see what happens
Keep drawing close to God and watch God bless you!
Thank God for where you are!
I wanted to be like Michael Jacksons, but he changed
We danced like Michael Jackson back in the day
I thank God that I lived back in the day and not today
We had big pants because they were hand me downs
We had holes in our jeans because we could not get any new ones
Let’s get further than we were before
PREACHED WORD for Sunday, December 31, 2017
Assoc. Pastor Jerri Harrison
Title: “New year, New you!”
Isaiah 43:18-19, 2 Corinthians 5:17, Isaiah 55:7 and John 1:29
- We are BLESSED to serve GOD who promised us newness in our lives! Things don’t ever have to stay old and stale with God! (2 Cor. 5:17)
- When we give our lives to the Lord and we are saved, born again and filled with His Spirit, he tells us that we are then a new creature and that all of the old things about us have passed away and that ALL things are become new!
- Do you remember how you felt when you first got saved? EVERYTHING feels and looks new inside and out!
- What a beautiful promise to hold onto and what an awesome calling to remember to walk in the newness of life everyday!
- And what I REALLY like is that this promise of newness is not just a one time thing that comes at the point of our salvation, but is something promised by God to us EVERYDAY! Even with our slips and falls and our bloops and blunders, which we ALL have…can I get a witness?! OUR FORGIVING AND MERCIFUL GOD STILL PROMISES THAT HE WANTS TO DO A NEW THING IN YOUR LIFE! Look out 2018…New year, New you!
- Isaiah’s word to the children of Israel came at a bleak period of their history. They were in captivity, they had lost everything that they thought they would have forever and they were homesick for their land that they had left and for the blessings that God had promised them…perhaps God’s word of newness has found you in the same spot as you reflect on 2017.
- Perhaps there have been some losses for you in 2017 that have left you feeling that you have lost something or someone that you thought that you would have forever…or perhaps you are wondering when the promises of God will come true for you. But, no matter what you’ve been through in 2017, hold on to God’s promise of newness! Look out 2018…New year, new you!
- The first step to embracing the new thing that God wants to do in your life is what was shared with us awhile ago in a sermon from Apostle David, “Moving Forward!” We must CHANGE OUR FOCUS AND QUIT LOOKING BACK AND START LOOKING AHEAD! Isaiah 43:18 says “Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old.” Or in more plain words, FORGET THE FORMER THINGS; DO NOT DWELL ON THE PAST…forget about it! Repent and move forward!
- If you are continually looking behind, you can’t see where you are going…Miriam, Lot’s wife, looked back into Sodom and Gomorrah when God was bring her out and she turned into pillar of salt and was unable to move forward into the new blessings that God had for her!
Why do we do that? Perhaps because what we have, although not perfect, seems sure and what God is moving us forward into we can not yet see. But moving forward into newness requires FAITH! Do I have anyone who is working on the fruit of Faith this year? We ALL need to work on our faith in order to move forward into new things in the Lord!
The 2nd thing that we must do if we are ever going to move on in the newness that God has for us is that we must learn that we can not depend on our past victories to sustain us. Isaiah 43:18 says “Remember ye not the former things…or forget the former things. If you remember only the good you’ll get stuck in the mode of “resting on your laurels” and you won’t move forward to the new good things that God has for you!
The children of Israel had MANY victories in their past: leaving Egypt, conquering the land of Canaan, fighting off prospective conquerors and many more bur that did not mean that they could depend on those past victories to sustain them…they had move forward to the new things that God had for them.
Just like us…we have had many victories in 2017…overcoming the trials and tribulations in our lives, overcoming spirits that were trying to defeat us, gaining financial blessings…but can we live on those blessing alone in 2017? NO! We’ve got to get our 2018 blessings!
The 3rd thing that we must learn in order to move forward into the newness that God has for us in 2018 is that we can not allow our past failures to possess us. Isaiah 43:18 says “forget the former things…or do not dwell on the past” If we only dwell on our past failures, we will feel too discouraged and defeated to move into the newness that God has for us!
The children of Israel had failed God miserably, as we do too sometimes. Everytime He blessed them with good things, the returned to Him evil things!
God gave them the Temple-they gave Him idol worship; God gave them truth-they lived and proclaimed a lie; God gave them His commands-they lived like they were suggestions; God gave them wealth-they abused the poor and forgot to give their tithes and offerings; God gave them Himself-they, His chosen people gave Him nothing except rejection
The children of Israel, like us, did not deserve to receive anything from God, Yet He still loved them and He still love us and wants us to change and move forward into His newness! God’s message is CLEAR: “Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing; (Isaiah 43:18-19): God was not condemning them for their past. Instead He was holding out a hand of hope and saying, “Forget about your past…I am giving you an opportunity to start over!
And finally, the last thing that you must do in order to get the new blessings that God has for you is that you must DISCOVER WHAT GOD ALREADY SEES FOR YOU! Isaiah 43:18-19 says, “Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.” And what better time to take advantage of God’s do over that at the start of a new year?! Isaiah 55:7 says “Let the wicked forsake his way and the evil may this thoughts. Let him turn to the Lord, and He will have mercy on him, and to our God, for He will freely pardon.” We must repent and move forward into the newness that God has promised!
The word behold means to see, observe or fix your eyes upon something or someone that is especially of a remarkable or impressive nature. The bible behold when it says in John 1:29 “Behold the lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world!” for SURELY the Savior of the world is of an impressive and remarkable nature when we behold Him!
WE must be able to see and trust the things of God WITH OUR EVEYS OF FAITH! What do you see when you look at your life? Possiblilites or problems? Promises or problems?
God said in Isaiah 43:18-19: “Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.” DO YOU SEE THE WAY OR THE WILDERNESS? DO YOU SEE THE RIVERS OR THE DESERT? Sometimes we get so caught up in the wilderness and desert times of our lives that we don BEHOLD what GOD is doing in giving us the WAY AND THE RIVERS!
We must behold the lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! (John 1:29)
We must behold that all things are become new! (2 Cor 5:17)
We must behold the way in the wilderness and the rivers in the desert!
And We must behold that God is doing a new thing (Isaiah 43:18)
LOOK OUT 2018…NEW YEAR, NEW YOU!!!
Sunday, December 24, 2017
Sermon Title: “NO ROOM FOR US IN THE INN!”
Apostle David Watkins, Preaching
Scriptures: Luke 12:42, Mt. 6:33, Mt. 2:2, Lk 2:10-12, John 17:16, John 15:19, 1 John 2:16, Mt. 7:13-14, Mt. 12:28, Mt. 10:24, Mt. 9:47, Ps 37:34, Mt. 11:29-30, John 3:3, 1 Cor. 2:14 and 2 Cor. 4:3-4.
The Inn is the system of this world; ie, man’s way of doing things
The manger is the Kingdom of God and God’s way of doing things
Are we seeking status or faithfulness?
Seek God first rather than the things of this world (Mt. 6:33). If you do seek HIm first, all all things shall be added to you!
Why was Jesus born in a manger? Because there was no room in the Inn. “And this shall be a sign unto you: Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger” (Luke 2:12)
Jesus was not born in the system of this world. He came to die for the world, but He was not anything of the world.
The Inn loves those who compromise and come up with excuses, but hates true Christians!
The Sabbath day was set by God as s special day to worship Him!
The Inn is the things of the world (1 John 2:16)
Matthew 7:13-14: “But enter ye in @strait gate…few there be that find it.”
You are wise people…you have found the way!
The Inn won’t let you in if you’re a Christian!
IF you have a degree, a house, $, a high FICO score, etc. you’re in in the world’s system.
The Inn has a smoking room, same sex marriage, drinking, gambling, wild partying, picking your own god…just not Jesus, make up your religion, etc.
Some Christians slip away from the manger to the Inn as a “UCC” (Undercover Christian) to what’s going on at the Inn saying …”I wonder what they are doing at the Inn…”
WE DON’T BELONG IN THE INN! Some Christians are trying to be in the Inn when you KNOW you belong in the manger! There was no room for Jesus in the Inn and there is no room for us in the Inn!
The Kingdom of God does NOT cater to our flesh. It is not a place, but a way of life.
It is hard for those who trust in riches to enter into the Kingdom of God (Mt. 10:24)
Get rid of (pluck out) those things that keep you from the Kingdom of God! If you eye offends you, pluck it out! (Mt. 9:47)
Men, learn not to look a beautiful women! Women only dress a certain way so that men will look!
Learn to pluck out the things that keep you from God no only when others are looking and can see you, but also when no one else but God can see what you’re doing!
“Take my yoke upon you and learn of me…” (Mt. 11:29) People who are blessed have been learning and walking in it!
“My yoke is easy…” (Mt. 11:30) God’s yoke become easy when we no longer resist the Holy Spirit. Don’t resist God’s way.
“Except a man be born again, he can not see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3)
“The blessing of the Lord, it maketh rich; and He addeth no sorrow with it” (Proverbs 10:22)
“But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God…” (1 Corinthians 2:14)
“But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them who are lost...” (2 Cor. 4: 3)
There is no room in the Inn for us!
God is Over All
December 10, 2017
I Love The Name Jesus
Pastor Deborah Williams, Preaching
Foundational Scripture: Isaiah 9:6
The prophecy of the birth of Jesus
Quotes from notable historical figures
James C. Hefley
Advent is the season we are reminded of God’s love
Jesus came that we might have life
Peter and John using the powerful name of Jesus
Jesus still holds all power
God anointed Jesus
Paul using the name of Jesus
Jesus name has been given power by God
This Is the season to celebrate the miracle working power of Jesus
No matter our circumstances we need Jesus
Now is the time to press into God and call on Jesus
Does anyone have challenges?
Now is the time to call upon the name of Jesus
The is something about coming into contact with Jesus
Matthew 9:20, Mark 3:10, Luke 6:19
Something about the name of Jesus
We need to call upon Jesus!
God is Over All
December 3, 2017
Apostle David Watkins
Recap: “Filthy Rags”
Some sin needs to go back into the closet
There are some things that you do not want to know
Pastor David has been called and been anointed to be the sanitation engineer
Don’t go and take your mess on your sister and brothers
They will go through
There is a demon out there, the don’t tell it spirit
Don’t tell anyone
Whatever you do, do not tell the pastor
Most believe that there is a loving God
The world believes just try to do the right thing
It is a dreadful thing to stand before a righteous God
Do you feel that you can treat your friend
I surrender all, we find it difficult to give our all
Some say, I am a holy man
The righteousness of the Senior Pastor of Grace Covenant Christian Church
God decided that he does not see this
This is what my good works look like
The blood covers the righteousness
The sin is not covered until you repent
We refuse to say that something is a sin that is a sin
If you refuse to acknowledge or repent you can not be forgiven
The good things that you do
Don’t claim to be in the family if you have not accepted Jesus Christ as Lord
The heaven that we are going to requires sacrifice
You have to confess sin and forsake it
There is no mercy with un repented sin
This filthy rag is unconditional, God accepts it as valuable although it is a rag
You need the blood of Christ
In your name, have we cast out devils, didn’t I do some things
Look at this filthy rag, we see it as so much good we brag on it
God looks at it as a filthy rag
People think that they will get into heaven with righteous works
All of our righteous works are as filthy rags
It is like a polluted garment
Sin has polluted and corrupted us
Philippians 3:8-9 NLS
Yes everything else is worthless when it comes to the infinite wisdom of knowing Jesus; yes I have counted it all as garbage. I no longer count on my own righteousness
I become righteous through faith
God wants us to know that what we think is valuable
It is the gift of God, my sons blood to cover your sin
Don’t think that you are all that
You think that you have the power
You take away from the power of the cross
Why do you love the Lord, because I see my works
I will give you a mansion, I will let you see me
Everyday angels of the Lord, holy, holy, holy is our God!
The angels are crying out before him
He can give them a wow effect?
Holy, mighty, wonderful is the God that sits on the throne
Example of a new car, spending 100k, but five years later realizes that it is a mistake
This is your righteousness
Don’t you know the value that I put on my sons life
Repent of your sin, the good will not get you in, only the blood of the Lamb
Galatians 4:5 KJV
Galatians 4:6 KJV
He wants you to know how his grace is for you
God is not asleep, he is forever watching
His tears are mingled with yours
We can’t get to heaven by doing good
No eyes have seen, not ears heard, nor has it entered into the heart of man the things that God has prepared for them that love him.
Isaiah did not explain how God looked, he explained how the angels looked
There were angels with six wings, to cover themselves
God gives them a wow effect!
Isaiah 6:3 Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts…
What do you need?
The forgiving power of the blood of Christ
There is no other way to get close to God except through the blood of Jesus
Matthew 22:11 KJV
Matthew 22:14 KJV
Many are called, but few are chosen
You think that you have time
Anything can happen to you at any time
Unforgiving sin, the things that you have not repented of
If you don’t come to church I will not support you
Thank God for your parents, they put something inside you that you will not depart
I am just trying to show you how God looks at what you do
Repent! Repent! When you curse, say that you are sorry!
With as much a lies in you, live peaceably with one another
Let it go!
Forgive your sister or brother, no matter how cold, forgive them and let it go!
Married people can tell you!
Single persons praying for that pain!
Love hurts; love covers a multitude of sins!
My heart has become immune
Thee is nothing you can do to stop me from loving you
The Father says, thee is nothing that you can do to stop God from loving you
Jesus says, if you don’t have the blood garment, you will be bound and there will be gnashing of teeth
God said, that you can’t come to God accept through Jesus!
Many are called and few are chosen, we should be thankful to Jesus for his redeeming blood
When you see me lift my hands, it is because my righteousness does not look good to me
I love you Jesus, not because I have been so faithful, or been so good! You were there in all that pain….it was you. You are to me my everything, this s why I sing, Jesus I love you, because you care…..
God is Over All
November 12, 2017
Apostle David Watkins, Preaching
I want to prepare you to face the Lord your God
Before the fall what God created was good
All our righteous works are as filthy rags, we are all in need of Jesus as our Savior. The world incorrectly believes that people are basically good.
They do not believe that they are unclean
Don’t judge unrighteously
Don’t have an abortion out of convenience
If a woman had an abortion because she was raped by someone deranged
Is it a sin if she wanted an abortion?
Choosing not to have the child is still convenience
You need to learn to recognize sin
Recognize sin, because sin is sin and it does bot change because we change
A lot of things today are accepted, and we looked at it as though it was awful. It was sin!
We must learn to recognize sin
Sin does not change, if it was wrong then it is wrong now
For that reason Jesus was sent to deliver us from the sin that we commit
The result is that they do not see the need for a savior
Most believe in a loving God and all we have to try to do is love everybody
Isaiah 6:1 ESV In the year of the King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple
Isaiah 6:2 Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings; with two he covered his face, and with two he covered
Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts
The house was filled with smoke
Isaiah 6:5 And I said woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts
The Prophet of God recognized that he was unclean
God himself has flown his Son down to touch us with his power
While we are in the flesh we are unclean
Jesus being in the flesh, there is only one that is good.
The Father is the only good one, don’t call me good
This weak, corrupted flesh, don’t call me good
God knows it
Wow to the man who thinks himself to be something
We have sinned
I have my ministers judge themselves, on a scale from 1-10 where are you in God?
The question was based on a recent sermon, “Is God First?”
Does anyone in this house feel that you can give God more? If you answer yes, it means that you can give God more
I Surrender All, let’s sing this song
I need to show you all of my righteousness
Pulls out his filthy rags, these rags are my righteous works
I have been preaching the gospel for about 40 years, I have counseled people, prayed for people to be delivered and blessed
Can you see it? I have been praying for you
I fall out on my way home
Let me help you, I have helped them
Do you want to touch it?
Some have the gall to go before the Lord
Your righteousness is like filthy rags
This is what God sees (our filthy rags). God is so just, look at what I have done for you
I died for you
You are supposed to throw this away. There is no condemnation in us
God convicts us and lets us know how good he is and how righteous he is
Pastor, I will touch your righteousness
What does my righteousness looks like to me?
He brought up the handkerchief that is white and clean he compares the two
Did not I prophesy in your name
We murmur and we complain, not realizing what God sees
I claim some things and it happened
You came and were blessed
We would go on TBN and we would be blessed
This is not it Lord, the filthy rag!
It is filthy and the entire pulpit is getting filthy
The question is now what do I do?
Realizing that my works are as filthy rags?
I bless the Lord! I will dance like David before the Lord! I will thanks in all things! After seeing my righteous works!
I will become a prisoner, a slave and a soldier
I will strive to become a living sacrifice
All because he has accepted my filthy rag
He has accepted my rag for a mansion
Bring you rags before the Lord and although it looks like something to be disguarded. I will give you a crown and a white robe
Mark 16:17 And these signs shall follow you
Mark 7:22-23 And then, I will profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me ye workers of iniquity
If this is my righteousness, what does my sin look like?
When I drink too much, when I rob my sister, when I hate on my fellow Christians?
When I touch others with my lips
Isaiah said, my lips are unclean
We are unclean, but God has a son for that
After the blood has been shed we need to learn that we are unclean
What happens when we stand before something that is unclean?
Moses could not look at God
He wanted to see his glory, God took him between a crack in the mountain. God walked by and put his hand up. Moses saw the back of him. He turned white and the people could not even look upon his face.
I am a dead man, I am in the presence of God
Angels stood behind him, six wings
Wings that covered the entire body, huge wings
That seraphim flew, prepare your self to see the Lord
No one can be left behind!
When I stand before the Lord, my uncleanness will be washed away
For every good work will be judged by God
Don’t think too highly of yourself
Your righteousness will make the white linen in heaven, but right now he sees the filthy rag
The Bible is letting us know what God sees
You have done some good things for people
God is Over All
October 22, 2017
Apostle David Watkins, Preaching
Recap: Identifying Spiritual Growth and Is God First?
Identifying Spiritual Growth
Recap of medical story, a nurse tried to give a patient medication, he placed it under his tongue
II Peter 1:5 ESV
Adding supplements to you faith with virtue, and with virtue knowledge
Working for the Lord and time for another supplement
You must take several supplements, every fifteen to twenty minutes
How often do you need to take a supplement?
Husbands, wives, children, co-workers
You need your supplements every day
As your doctor take your supplements as often as you need them
Add to your faith moral excellence, then knowledge and then self control
I was taking some self control, they do not know
When they do not know, take a self control supplement, you could get frustrated that they do not understand
Patience pill, then a gentle supplement, then some Godly brotherly affection, then love everybody
II Peter 1:7 ESV
These examples are not the movie The Ten Commandments
Read the bible to learn what took place
The Fruit of the Spirit
Add these things to your faith
Faith in Christ needs to be elevated
God is being elevated, we become smaller in our own esteem
Ask someone: Do you think that I am growing spiritually?
We would do all the good that we can, to all the people we can by any means that we can
Believe the bible is the Word of God
II Timothy 3:16 All scripture is inspired by God it is useful to teach us what is right
God uses it to prepare and equip us to do every good work
Pastors, prophets, evangelists are given to perfect us
The scripture is given to correct us when we are wrong
The Word of God is loved and hated because of the truth that is in it
Unless you are born again it is difficult to rightly divide the word
He kept spitting it out, he would not grow or become well.
Is God First?
If God was first, you would not put your husband first, children or what others think first
Why would I change my relationship with God because of others
The angels, ministers are trying to get you to worship the Lord
God did not make the angels to worship him, he did this so that he could share some of his glory
When he made them, they saw the splendor, power and glory
Daily the angels glorify God for his goodness and mercy
They are worshipping God constantly, he keeps showing them something different
The angels begin to worship him
He made us to receive the promises that he has for us
Are you ready to be the head? Will you go off?
Even when we have it we say no, they are not ready to handle what we want to bless them with
The question is why am I not ready to become the head?
If you were the head of this church, are you ready for those who sin?
Would you try to get rid of the sinner?
Satan knows God and trembles, he knows God
He visits and talks about you
Are you able to handle being the head? Are you ready to receive?
Are you ready to be the lender?
Example of a woman who won a large sum of money, she felt scared
Are you ready? How are you handling the money that you have now?
If you can be faithful with the little, you can be faithful with a lot
The promises are there are you ready to receive them?
Matthew 6:24 ESV
You cannot serve God and money
God is anything that you put before him is a god
They are false gods, but gods to you
God does not want you to put anything in front of him
You know things are in front, when you know that you should do some things for God but you do it anyway because you are unhappy, mad, hurt, etc.
I only serve false gods for an hour or so
How many people curse?
You serve the cursing god, it is alright because I will go back and serve God
You serve God when it works for you to serve God
They see the real you, the idol worshippers
The only reason you worship another god is to get something you want
If you love your own life more than God that is wrong
Matthew 6:33 NLT Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you
Power to get wealth, if you abide in him and his word he will abide in you
Psalms 37:4 ESV
Malachi 3:10 ESV I will open the windows of heaven and pour you out a blessing until there is no more room to receive
How many were here in 2004, building paid off from 150 persons who tithed regularly
1,450,000. We were able to pay this building off. We planted and pledged to pay off the building
If we pay out tithes and offering we will be blessed, people were debt free
I feel a financial blessing coming in 2018. I feel a financial blessing coming! I feel it, I feel it, I feel it! I feel it coming!!!
God is Over All
October 15, 2017
Apostle David Watkins, Preaching
Is God First?
Matthew 6:24 ESV
No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other or he will de devoted to the ne and despise the other. you cannot serve God and money.
Seeking the Lord is doing the work of the Lord
All these things will be added to you, the power to gain wealth
Don’t let money become first
Money will cause you to fall, you want things and you need money to get them
You can’t serve God and money
If you abide in me, and my words abide in you. Ask whatever you wish, and ot will de done unto you.
Why do the angels worship the Lord? They get excited!
We ought t get excited when we come to service
Once the Lord knows about your troubles then get excited
Now, oh Lord I come to you because you are holy
He is my high tower, he is my weapon and my strength, I will never forsake him
Let me feel your presence, oh God
Bring ye all the tithes and I will open the windows of heaven
Does God need money or our worship?
Have you stopped the work and still expect the pay?
I thank God for the parents who do not have much, they expect the child to contribute to the household
I hope one day, they will bring an offering of thanksgiving!
You want to get paid, but you don’t want to do the work!
God is not just trying to get you to work for the works sake
You don’t work you don’t get!
That’s just the way it is (Run DMC)
God is waiting us to get to work so that he can bless us
God wants to do for you
I have learned something being a parent, there are times when you want to bless the child and so you tell them they need to do something
You look for something, but you robbed me of that joy
The parent wanted to bless you
I felt disrespected, I have to hold back on what I wanted to give
You rob God of his purpose, to bless you above measure
To keep you happy and joyful each and every day
So many children who will not do right
Some leaders and other children, keep on doing the work, I will find a way to bless you
As long as you keep up the work
Love God with all….
Do you love the Lord for all?
Matthew 22:38 This is the first and great commandment
Apostle has been called to judge, I know that I do not love the Lord with all my heart, my mind, soul and intellect
I get talked about by my family, people try to commune with one another
It bothers me sometimes, something happens and then they come and ask for prayer
It is a struggle within my soul and heart
I have to fight to give my all
I can tell you about prophets that were killed because they did not obey, another prophet came and lied
This prophet called on God and asked God to heal him
I have trouble when people talk about me
What do you have troubles with?
Prophet, a man of God, lied. God gave him a word, because you disobeyed God you will die and not be buried with your family