Hosanna Reflections Feb. 18th, 2018
God is Over All
February 18, 2018
Minister Michael Smith
Is God First and Get Your Hands Up
The power in raising your hands
Here on Earth there are occasions where we find persons who ask us to raise our hands have authority
I was given a command to raise my hands
I had to decide whether they had the authority to ask me to do it
He discerned that they had the authority to request that he raise his hands
I surrendered, although I felt that I was not wrong
Kept my hands up, got my driver’s liscense
You have to decide whether the authority asking you to raise you hands
If God is first then we ought to obey and keep our hands up
When we press and push and choose not to acknowledge God
When I am bearing Jesus yoke things are easy
We take on the righteousness of Jesus, he died for our sins
A yoke, was placed on animals to restrict them
If we allow the yoke of Christ to be upon us
If I am bearing the yoke of Christ, I have my hands up
When I bear my own yoke, I put my hands down
I get off the path, because the yoke is no longer balanced
With my hands on the yoke, it is balanced and easy
When the yoke is tilted it is difficult to bear
We find distractions in our lives, worry about food
If you do not worry about these things, God has a plan
Wait on the job that you are looking for
I surrender to your will God!
I acknowledge that Jesus was sent to take away my sin
Those things that worry us, do not if we keep our hands up
Putting your hands up is more than physical, it is a mindset
Everything that is within we ought to give to the Lord!
These things blur our vision!
We only need to surrender
We have been tricked by this world, that we have to be strong, not cry
These things are deceptions
When you should be raising your hands you sit with a blank face
It is a relationship! God wants to be first! There is none greater!
God must be first, surrender all to God!
His yoke would be easy
God is Over All
February 11, 2018
Novice Minister Brittany Franklin
Overtaken In The Church
Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.
Mark 10:35 James and John wanting to next to Jesus
If a man be overtaken in a fault
Like Peter, you are confident that you will never doubt God
The natural reaction, this is wrong, or we are not perfect
The Word of God’s stand on sin never changes
We all sin and fall short of the glory of God
Ye which are spiritual, examine yourself and find out if you are spiritual
Your desire to understand that you have fallen
If you are a charature that you are spiritual like the Pharisees
God gave us a message of reconciliation
To Restore is to bring back to a state of health
Our job is to help our brothers and sisters to get back to a state of health
In a spirit of meekness, meekness is a humble attitude
Meekness is power under control
Your job as a spiritual person is to dust yourself off and keep going
Considering yourself, condemning others should be hard if you consider yourself
Example of the king who wanted to be repaid his money
The man owed one dollar, the king threw him is prison until he could pay
We are sinners and we owe so much to God!
Yet, others have transgressed against us and we hold it against them
It is not our job to condemn and judge, it is our job to say, it is just Jesus
When we see someone who has fallen, put on the spirit of meekness and restore them.
God is Over All
February 4, 2018
Is God First?
Minister LaTonia Powell
Did we really put God first in 2017?
Look at our brothers and sisters what they were doing
are they putting God first?
Is there evidence of God being first in your home?
There are many things that need to be done in the house of the Lord
Heaven is always better for us
We ought to be working in the vineyard
The house of the Lord needs to be tended too
This is our church and our ministry
We have to serve in our church
Don’t think that it is strange to see someone else serve all day long
Don’t think that it is strange or evil
Joshua 24:15 And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.
We are a performing arts ministry
People who are putting in the time in our ministry
We have gotten so un personable until we are trying to fit God in our schedule
We tie God’s hands when we choose not to serve in God’s vineyard
How will we put God first, Matthew 6:33
If we put God first you can get ready to be blessed
He will give you the power to be blessed
Exodus 20:3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
No other gods first!
God is Over All
January 21, 2018
Minister Deborah Tate
Making Peace With Our Past
Inspired by Pastor David’s Taking Spiritual Inventory
Christians must take spiritual inventory
Paul was an example
We made resolutions for the new year
Some of us have not done what we said we would do
We may have started out well.
You did run well, but who did hinder you
We have time before 2019
Apostle David said that whatever you started don’t give up
Paul had a difficult time in forgetting about the past
Saul made havoc of the church
Paul was a wild man and mad man
Paul would take all Christians to prison
They had reason to fear him
The road to Damascus he was blinded
What was the number of persons that you killed?
His inventory was a disgrace
Look at what you did Paul
He should have given up and counted himself as a failure
He could not turn back the hands of time
We could have done better
Studied the word, gave tithes and offering, etc.
Paul said, I forget about the things that are behind.
He made peace with God
Some are holding onto past failures
Some are stuck in the past
Some have quit already
Stop allowing the enemy to discourage you.
Don’t throw in the towel
Don’t quit on God’s business
Winners never quit, and quitters never win!
Resolutions mean nothing unless you give them to God
Only God can create a new you
Whatever we did or did not do in 2016-2017 forget about it
Make peace with our past
God knows all about it
The Psalmist says, 139th Psalm where can I go from your presence
Paul made a lot of wrong decisions
The Lord said, go for he is a chosen vessel
What God had given to Paul was forever
Regardless of our past inventory, we are God’s chosen vessels
Forgetting those things that are behind, I press
God is Over All
November 26, 2017
Minister Reginald White
“Do You Still Believe?”
- Based on the Word of the Prophet David Watkins that God is going to do something at Grace
- Isaiah 53:1
- Romans 3:4
- Hebrews 11:1
- Hebrews 11:6
- We have to believe that God can do above
- Do you still believe God?
- What have you asked God for?
- At the end of the year we ask God to do some things
- Are you still believing God for the same things with the same fervor?
- Do you believe that God is able to do that?
- What is stopping you?
- II Peter 3:9
- When you have God and he makes a promise you can take it to the bank and cash it
- When God declares some things, they will come to pass
- We must speak and confess what we believe
- Have you lost any hope or faith?
- If God is saying that you are rich, the head and not the tail
- Why do you talk about being broke
- You have to believe with the same zeal
- Mark 11:22
- We should not doubt in our hearts
- He shall have what he says, if he believes
- Do you still believe God?
- Romans 4:17
- Abraham believed God against hope
- You have to believe God in spite of what it feels like
- Even if you can’t see it or understand it
- God’s ways are bigger and greater than we can imagine
- We try to get into God’s business
- We gotta step back and say alright God you have to do this
- I will pour you out a blessing until there is not room enough to receive it
- The housing workshop, only heard two testimonies
- Did you change your mind?
- When God promised the children of Israel he knew that there were giants in the land
- The negative does not mean anything to God
- Give that prove me offering
- Stop saying that the blessing was not for me
- Just because you saw a giant in the land
- David slew a giant with five smooth stones
- You have to do something
- When will you let the blessings fall out of the sky
- They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength
- The waiter has to serve you
- You have to serve the Lord
- Do you still believe the Lord
- Write the vision and make it plain
- When we put the ideas on paper we see them come to pass
- Habakkuk 2:2
- Write the vision make it plain
- Though it tarry, wait for it
- Keep believing GOD until it comes to pass
- I believe you God!
- Look at the list of things that I am asking God to do
- God I believe you!
- Only six weeks left in the year, but it is not over
- James 2:17
- Even so faith without works is dead
- James 2:18-23
- The devil also believes and trembles
- Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God
- Are you willing to offer your time to God?
- Are you willing to sacrifice some things
- If you believe God then you ought to do something
- Faith without works is dead
- As we enter into these last six weeks of this year
- Remember what you were asking God to do
- I repent that I lost my faith
- There are six weeks left, I will get out of your business GOD
- I will put all that I have into it
- God loves doing the impossible, because God gets all the glory
- If you can figure it out on you own then you don’t need God
- I challenge you this morning, give it to Jesus.
- Give it to God, allow him to get involved in your life
- God needs an invitation to work out your problem
- Bartimaeus cried out to get Jesus attention
- He still had to ask you his eyesight
- He asked Jesus to be healed
- You have to ask God for what you want, invite him into your situation
- It is not over, put some faith behind your actions
- If you want that house go for it
- If you want the new job then fill out the application
- So many jobs that I am not qualified for I got
- God gave me the qualification
- If you want that new car, go by the dealership, sign some papers
- That debt that you want cleared up, you need to know what it is
- Whose report will you believe?
TOPIC: The Love Below
Galatians 5: 22-23
2 Peter 1: 5-7
James 1: 2-4
Apostle ministered on Identifying Spiritual Growth. Many times we need to supplement our actions with certain fruits of the Spirit. He compared them to taking supplements in real life for vitsmind and nutrients we may be lacking from our daily food intake. Are we growing in our knowledge and daily application of the Word?
Everything we see on Earth: buildings, clothes, jewelry, cars, airplanes came from the ground or below ground. Precious metals, diamonds, oil, water wells come from deep below the Earth's surface. The roots of trees stretch far beyond the dirt that we see. The foundation of a building cannot be laid just inches below ground level. Its not deep enough to support the structure. How deep is our Love?
I need more love. Is my longsuffering/patience reached capacity? What are our limits?
Why do we often say “I love you from the bottom of my heart!”?
What type of love is down there? What’s so precious underneath our convenient love?
-Lord increase my capacity for love. For Joy! For Peace!
-I grow when I acknowledge that my Fruit has limitation! I would like to think im operating at the same characteristics of Jesus Christ. That’s my goal. But my faith had to be tried/pushed in certain areas for me to move into growth
- Do I want to grow, but skip the workouts? Do I want to be healthy but skip taking the supplements?
-Has the Fruit of the Spirit fast become a time where im just reminded that I need to eat fruit?
-There’s a Godly love that I can have Below the heavens! !!
by Nate Tate
This message came about from reflecting on the sermon titled about identifying spiritual growth. I want to speak with you for just a few moments on the topic “It Ain’t Over”.
The scriptures we are going to read can be found in Mark the 5thchapter verses 22-42. It’s a story many of us have heard before but I pray that today you see this story very differently and can use it to identify your own spiritual growth.
We’ll start with Mark chapter 5 verse 22 which reads, “And, behold, there cometh one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name; and when he saw him, he fell at his feet, and besought him greatly saying, ‘My little daughter lieth at the point of death: I pray thee, come and lay thy hands on her, that she may be healed; and she shall live.’ And Jesus went with him; and much people followed him, and thronged him.”
So here we have a father that has a young daughter who is dying. He is asks Jesus to heal her, Jesus agrees, then Jairus and Jesus head back towards Jairus’ house. But there is also a crowd of people thronging Jesus.
The definition of throng is a pressing increase of activity. So imagine hundreds if not thousands of people pressing to get to Jesus all at the same time. But Jairus was one that got Jesus attention.
Some of us are Jairus in our growth journey. We just want to get Jesus’ attention so we can tell him what we need and desire from him. And there’s nothing wrong with trying to get Jesus attention because that usually results in a blessing as you'll see later on in this story.
As we move on to Mark 5:25 this is the story most of us are familiar with. It reads, “And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood 12 years, and had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse, when she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment.”
Now we learned a whole lot about this woman from these few verses. She's been sick for 12 years, going from doctor to doctor, spending all her money, and instead of getting better she's getting worse. But remember that she is mentioned in the midst of Jairus story.
So notice this parallel. Jairus daughter was 12 years old as we will find out in verse 42. The woman with the issue of blood had been sick with her disease for 12 years. So for as long as the little girl has been alive, this woman has been hemorrhaging from a disease. A disease that would make her unclean if you read Leviticus the 15th chapter. That means besides having to suffer from this messy, painful, weakening physical condition that she spent all her money on, she was also considered unclean.
In those days being unclean was not something to take lightly as it affected your entire life. If she had a husband and children, they could not eat food that she cooked or sit on furniture that she sat on or even touch her without becoming unclean themselves. She couldn’t go to the worship services and be out with the people fellowshipping. And yet when she hears Jesus she responds with such faith.
Mark 5:28 she says, “If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole.” I don't know about you but that convicted me a bit because I know I have complained before about having to come to church and yet this woman, who was not allowed in the house of the Lord, has mountain moving faith.
So this woman of faith miraculously presses in from behind without being seen, reaches out, and touches the hem of Jesus garment. And immediately the flow of blood stops and she can feel in her body that she is healed. When everyone else would have been made unclean by her touch, Jesus was able to heal and purify her without becoming contaminated himself.
Now I want you to remember Jairus is still witnessing all of this. So he probably heard Jesus ask his disciples who touched him in a crowd of people and saw disciples are looking at Jesus like he’s crazy and then saw this woman falls at Jesus’ feet trembling in fear. And at that point Jesus looks at her and calls her daughter.
Now remember Jairus is still waiting for his daughter healing so I can only imagine how his heart constricted when Jesus called this woman daughter. But it's so beautiful that although Jesus was going to tend to Jairus daughter, he never forgot about tending for Gods other daughter on the way.
Then Jesus tells the woman that previously has the issue of blood, “Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague.”
Then the story takes another turn. If you go on to read Mark 5:34, it says, “While he yet spake, there came from the ruler of the synogogue’s house certain which said, “Thy daughter is dead: why troublest thou the Master any further?”
If you didn’t catch that, someone from Jairus’ house came and told Jairus that his daughter was dead and gone while Jesus was telling his other daughter her faith has made her whole. Can you imagine all the emotion Jairus was feeling? We don’t know how long this journey was taking or how long the interaction with the woman with the issue of blood took. But it was long enough that Jairus’ daughter didn’t make it and she passed away.
Jesus responded by telling Jairus, “Be not afraid, only believe.” Maybe Jairus had an increase of faith by seeing this woman press in for her blessing because he decided to continue walking with Jesus. In any case, Jesus has the crowd go away and only allowed Peter, James, and John to continue on with himself and Jairus.
In verse 38 Jesus makes it to Jairus’s house and they were tore up from the floor up, weeping and wailing and full of grief. And Jesus says to this group of mourning people, “Why make ye this ado, and weep? The damsel is not dead, but sleepeth.”
And the people respond to this rebuke by going from weeping to mocking him in laughter. They’re probably saying things like, “Jesus, I know what a dead person looks like. This girl is clearly not asleep. You don’t think we know the difference between a girl who is asleep and a girl who is dead?”
So Jesus of course kicks them all out of the house except his disciples and the parents of the girl. And he reaches out to touch the girl’s hand. Another cultural no-no because touching a dead body meant the living person was defiled. But of course we know Jesus is above all of our laws and customs.
Verse 41 reads, “And he took the damsel by the hand, and said unto her, ‘Talitha cumi’; which is, being interpreted, Damsel I say unto thee, arise.” And this 12 year old girl that was dead rose up straightaway and walked. Jesus tells them not to tell anyone about it and of course to get this girl something to eat.
When I reflect on these 2 daughters that have been healed by the hand of Jesus, I am encouraged because I am reminded that Jesus cares for the disenfranchised, the under dog, the broken hearted, the disabled, the one with less resources, the one who doesn’t think they have anything to contribute to society. And Jesus says yes when everyone else says no.
When other people are telling you that that dream is dead, just give it up already, its over, Jesus is there to bring life back to that dream. When everyone else says that relationship can’t be saved, there's nothing left to salvage, it's over, Jesus says not yet and resurrects. When your family is saying you’ve hit rock bottom and you’re financially devastated, it's over and done, Jesus says you can make it.
So who are you in this story?
Are you Jairus, on a journey with Jesus and walking with him to your blessing?
Are you Jairus daughter, on the brink ok death and waiting for an answer?
Are you just part of the crowd of people attracted to the power of Jesus but not actually following him?
Are you like the mourners that have given up and are ready to grieve?
Are you like the messenger that says that dream or vision or job or opportunity is dead and gone so don’t bother God about that anymore?
Or are you like this great woman of faith, willing to press through the crowd and gain a miracle that you never could have expected? I pray that you can use this story to examine your own spiritual growth and know that it ain’t over until God says it’s over.
God is over all,
Extended Hosanna Reflection
Sunday, October 29, 2017
Assoc. Pastor Jerri Harrison
Title: “God will lead you to your blessing…but will you follow?”
Scriptural Foundation: Matthew 17:24-27
Recently, we have received a Word from the Lord that a great financial blessing and move of God is on the way by July 17, 2018. Do you remember and do you believe the Word of the Lord?
“Jehovah-Jireh” is one of the many different names found in the Old Testament. “Jehovah-Jireh” is the KJV’s translation of YHWH-Yireh and means “The LORD Will Provide”(Gen. 22:14). It is the name memorialized by Abraham when God provided the ram to be sacrificed in place of Isaac.
The story begins with an unusual command from God to Abraham, instructing him to offer his “son of promise,” Isaac, as a burnt offering. Has God every asked you to give up something that He gave you or that you have wanted for a long time…? If so, you understand how Abraham might have felt.
Early the next morning, Abraham packs wood and a knife, and he and Isaac travel to Moriah, the place God had specified. As they near the site, Isaac questions Abraham concerning the intended offering: “Where is the lamb?” With great faith and prophetic foresight, Abraham responds, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son” (Gen 22:1-8)
Upon reaching the place God had chosen, Abraham demonstrates his faith and obedience by building an altar, binding Isaac, and placing him on the wood. Before Abraham can finish the offering, the Angel of the Lord calls to him from heaven, and Isaac’s life is spared. Then, “Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son” (Gen 22:13). Abraham names the place “Jehovah-Jireh” because of God’s graciously providing of a substitute for his son, Isaac.
When God asks us to do something, He is leading us to our blessing and HE WILL PROVIDE! But, because what He is leading us to may require faith and trust or because we may not understand or like what God has asked us to do…will we follow Him to our blessing or will we miss it because of fear, doubt or disobedience?
Our foundational scripture passage Matthew 17:24-27 shows what Peter did in response to God leading him to his blessing.
In Matthew 16, Peter had just confessed that Jesus was the Christ, the son of the Living God. The tax had become known as a temple tax by the time of Christ.
Since the temple was the house of His Father He raised a question with Peter as to the necessity of taxing His Father’s Son.
Peter, as did everyone of that day, recognized that kings of the earth who levied taxes levied them against those who were not members of their family. Thus, Jesus would be exempt from the tax because, as Peter had recognized, he was the Son of God.
Even though Jesus had established his exemption, He proceeded to address the issue from another perspective – the tax should be paid so that his exercising his right would not be a stumbling block to the revenue officers and others. There are many things that we as the people of God can not do not because they are wrong but because it would cause someone else to stumble. In ALL we do, we must think of others as Jesus did.
Jesus sent Peter fishing in a manner that demonstrated that he was in fact the Lord over creation – he had the power to know about a fish with a shekel in its mouth, enough to pay the tax for both of them! He told Peter to take the shekel and “give it unto them for me and thee.”
But let’s bring this story to 2017 and us…if we were a fisherman like Peter what might we say or think…
WE MIGHT THINK: I’ve been fishing all day because it’s my job. Why do I have to go again? Sometimes our intellect or our professional training can lead us to disobey God if we are not watchful…
WE MIGHT THINK: Jesus is a carpenter and not a fisherman. He doesn’t know that in ALL my years a professional fisherman that I have NEVER found a fish with a coin in it’s mouth! Sometimes thinking we know best can cause us to not follow God all the way to our blessing
OR WE MIGHT THINK: This idea is just plain dumb. IT WON’T WORK!
Saints, If God is telling us to do something, He is leading us to our blessing…but will we follow?!
The Bible says 2 Chronicles 20:20 “Believe in the Lord your God, so shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper”.
Have you ever had the Spirit of God or one of your spiritual leaders give you some spiritual instructions that you did not undertstand, did not like or did not want to obey? GOD was leading you to your blessing, but if you did not obey YOU MISSED YOUR BESSING! (Share the testimonies of our instructions from Pastor David while negotiating the purchase of our current house …if we had not obeyed, we would have missed out on our blessing!)
The Bible says in Deuteronomy 8:18 “But thou shalt remember the Lord thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day.” God has given us the POWER to get wealth, but OBEDIENTLY BEING LED BY THE SPIRIT is the key!
GOD’s hands are not tied to our jobs, or our SSI, or our spouse, or our retirement fund or our salary to provide for us! HE is Jehovah Jireh and NOT those things and HIS provisions may come in VERY unexpected or unusual ways:
In John 21:3-6 Jesus told the fishermen to cast their nets on the right side! An unusual commandment for an unusual blessing!
Testimony about leaving my credit card at the bank and getting 2 blessings when I went back to get it! “ALL things work together for good…”
In Matthew 27:17 GOD provided more than enough to cover temple taxes for Him AND Peter.
God, WHO IS THE GOD OF MORE THAN ENOUGH, will provide all for all your needs and wants and for you to give to His kingdom if you keep Him first and pay your tithes and offerings . (Matthew 6:33 and Mal. 3:8)
GOOD NEWS! Our God is our Jehovah Jireh and He will lead us to our blessing and provide MORE than enough for property taxes, income tax, new shoes, a house, a car, new clothes, dinners out, vacations, and our salvation! Our God is our provider of MORE than enough!
God is Over All
October 15, 2017
Youth Pastor Victor Brown
Message based on sermon: Identifying Spiritual Growth
The Supplemental Life
II Peter 1:5-6
Supplement your life with goodness
We will do all the good that we can to all the people for as long as we can
We told children to “be good”
Goodness focuses on being like God
We must strive to add goodness to every part of our life
Treat others as we want to be treated
Simply being good won’t get you into Heaven
Supplement your faith with goodness
The greatest commandment is to love God
The second commandment is to love one another
Supplement something that is added to enhance something else when added
You are incomplete if you do not add love
What does it mean to love your neighbor as yourself?
Supplements are not optional
Can’t have macaroni and cheese without the cheese
Without cheese it is just macaroni
We can’t live not adding goodness and temperance
You are good for nothing if you do not walk in your belief
II Peter 1:8-9
Walk in the newness of life
How do we use our supplements?
Faith in God we can pray three times a day
Be gentle to those with problems
Be humble and meek so that we are not overtaken in faults
Have self control, God endures our faults
We should endure with others
Single people and teenagers, hormones are raging
You do not want to let your flesh take over, obey the spirit
Have self control, look back at the word
Our youth, longsuffering with your parents
You may feel your parents do not understand
Don’t talk back and speak in a mean way
Watch what you are saying, remember that God placed you parents there for a reason
Hold our tongues when we are tired and hungry
When the Lord says put in more money, supplement it with faith
Exercise faith, God will bless you!
Intentional with our supplements, we do not take them by accident.
What are the areas that we are working on?
Don’t focus on the mistakes
We live the supplemental life
GOD SAID: “I AM”
Minister Carolyn Hunt
October 8, 2017
Scriptures: Luke 1: 28-38; Judges 6:12-23; Genesis 1; Isaiah 61:1; 2 Peter 2:9; John 17:21 and 1 Corinthians 1:10
On August 20th of this year, after 3 days of retreating with God, Apostle David upon ascending to the pulpit that Sunday declared these words: “Yes! I have some good news for you today, meaning Grace Covenant Christian Church of the Harvest!
Yes we did retreat, we sharpen old weapons, and we found new ones. We are going to go forward, we are going to beat the enemy, and we’re going to win. Someone told us as Christians we losing, we are losing these battles.
A brother said he was really discouraged about it, but then he said the Lord told him she didn’t said you lost the battle. That’s why we retreated, falling back and we are going to sharpen our weapons. We are going to figure out what we are not doing and what else we need to do to win. Then he declared that he wanted to talk about and who we are; “Mighty Soldiers of Great Courage!” Then he said our Battle Cry. “Grace Covenant Christian Soldiers, we fight until we died! Hooray! We fight until we died! Hooray! We fight until we died! Hooray!
This Hosanna Reflection is truly inspired by that Declaration and a beloved sister that always blesses me late in the midnight hours; therefore, the reflection this morning is; GOD SAID: “I AM!” It is meant to remind and encourage as to who you are.
This was based on the Biblical account of God telling man what he was even though he did not perceived it. As the story goes in Judges, it took about 10 verse before Gideon after declaring that He was the least in his father’s family before he believed and did what he was told and he became exactly what God said.
But I don’t want stay on Gideon this morning, I want to talk about someone else God sent and angel to declare who they were. Perhaps God sent the same angel. I want to tell about Mary, the mother of Jesus. He sent Gabriel to Galilee, name Nazareth.
God said: “I Am!” Wow! Can you imagine that, and the icing on the cake is that she was BLESSED out of all the women. Now if that wasn’t mind blowing and a mighty boost of encouragement and courage in that day and time. I don’t know what is.
God sent an angel to give Mary the same type of message He did Gideon. The greeting was very similar. He told her not to be afraid and God is with her. He pretty much told her that God was about to throw a little monkey wrench into her plan.
(I looked up the definition of Monkey wrench and it literally mean to: sabotage (something). I believe that this took a lot of strength. How many soon to be brides would just lose the minds completely if you tell them that you’re about to make some unsolicited changes to their life style. Not Mary, knowing like many of us how babies are conceived; she didn’t respond like Gideon. She didn’t ask for a sign. As Apostle said.
There are reasons why He doesn’t give us a sign, because then we would truly be held accountable. She simple asked in Luke 1:34; “How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?
I love her response after the angel explained it to her. She simply said in Luke 1:38; “Behold thy handmaiden of the Lord, be unto me according to thy word.” She didn’t ask for any signs, she didn’t say if I am this this, show me that! Mary simply said; “Behold the handmaiden of the Lord, be it unto me according to thy word.
There was something else declare to Mary that I believe cause her to just trust God’s plan for her. Gabriel said this in the Luke 1:37; “For with God nothing shall be impossible!” There for When God declares a things and calls something to be it is: God Said: I Am to Gideon I am man of valor. God Said to Mary; I am favored by Him, I Am Blessed among women. God said; I am not to fear. In other words be fearless because He is with you.
I want share with you what the Spirit of the Lord gave me while listening to Apostle Message, and while reading about the many people God declared a thing and told them to do it. Especially when it was as though the 37th verse just leaped in my spirit and said these words. “YES, WITH GOD NOTHING SHALL BE IMPOSSIBLE, BECAUSE WITH US, OUR IMPOSSIBLIES IS GOD’S REALITIES.
God has been declaring and decreeing what has been impossible for man to believe and conceive sense before Genesis 1; “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light”. So, If God said Carolyn you are a Cow right, guess what I would be: MOO!!
As Apostle David stated, it doesn’t matter what we see, it only matters what God sees in us. Many times God has anointed us and gifted us but, we haven’t found it yet or see it yet. We tend to think little of our selves or listen to the enemy tell us who we are not the minutes The Spirit of the Lords tells us, who we are, or a Pastor, the Prophet the Apostles or other ministers tell. (Enemy talks a lot at church)
When God says who you are, this is where we tend to lack faith. God calls you mighty, rich, and anointed, we see none of this; and just like we are not hearing what God is saying about us; He truly isn’t hearing any denials we are making about His realities. Then when we believe and start making excuses, He ain’t hearing it. What about when we tell God to wait until “I” I truly like what Apostle said; “Isn’t it good God didn’t call us to an “I want ministry!” God has sent us and it is a blessing that God does wait on us.
Yes, there was a time we used to declare how blessed we were and God had done this and that; but now, because He is not moving the way we would like we think God is not with us. We complain by asking God why this and why that. We need to believe His Word in 1 Corinthians 2:9, which declares: “But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.” Or, when He states in Ephesians 3:20; “Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us,”
I come to encourage you today…..
that God said; “I am; bold and powerful because; “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; God Said; I am; “I am a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light; God Said, I Am; “That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me; God said; I am; “by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. And finally God Said I am; assigned to Grace Covenant Christian Church and we are a different church and Grace Covenant we FIGHT UNTIL WE DIED! HOORAY!! GOD SAID; “I AM!!!!
God is Over All
October 1, 2017
Hosanna Reflection Notes
Pastor Linda Jackson
“Turn Yourself Around and Press to be Blessed”
The woman with the issue of blood
She was considered unclean
There was no hope, she had been to doctors
Was headed home to die, when she saw a large crowd
There was a large crowd
When we go into the community for San Diego 4 Christ
Who is that?
Pressed into the crowd, it was Jesus
She wondered who it was, they said it is Jesus
They started telling her what Jesus had done
It was a message of hope
If I could just touch the hem of his garment, I could be healed
She died to herself, and said I have to touch it!
There was a crowd, she began to crawl and press
Then she touched him, he said somebody touched me
She was trembling, he said your faith has made you whole
We can turn our circumstance around in Jesus
Can you touch Jesus?
Do you have an illness, financial need?
Today you have the opportunity to touch Jesus
Place your feet on solid ground
John 12:24 Except a corn of wheat fall onto the ground and die
Give your life to Christ, you die to self and trust only in him
Get ready to receive God’s help
Learn to lean into God so he can give you your supply
God is Over All
September 17, 2017
Youth Pastor Victor Brown
Jehovah Jireh and The Power of Giving Thanks
“Having The Mind of A Soldier”
Any soldier who does not have their mind on the battle could be in danger
We are on the battlefield as Christians
Like soldiers fighting in the jungle we run into ran and storms
Testimony of soldiers, deep sadness can cause others
Courage is strength in the face of war
Joshua 1 reminds us to be strong
II Corinthians 4:8 We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair
If you are on the battlefield, trying to do right raise your hands
We as Christians have to fight on the battlefield
We must remind ourselves
I Kings 17: 1-7 Even Elijah had to endure a famine although he was not sinning.
God provided for Elijah in his situation
It my seem that you are missing something
God is still with you
God will bring forth your provision from unexpected places
Someone needs us to go through the storm so that they can get blessed
The widow woman needed the Prophet of God to o through the storm
Many corporations are built during the depression; Microsoft, Fed-Ex
I Corinthians 10:13 God is faithful
But trust God, he will provide the answers
Lift up a praise unto the Lord
Psalm 89:1 Sing of the mercies of the Lord
Lord I am being mocked by others, praise the Lord forever amen.
In your deepest storm, you have tried to encourage yourself, tell the Lord that even through this I will praise you!
Lord, I will praise you forever! It is based on who God is
Joy comes in the morning! Psalm 30:5
God has not left you
John 16:33 Be of good cheer, I have overcome the world
I am going to praise you in this! I give you the glory!
Jesus who has overcome the world is with me!
Hosanna Reflection by Min. LaTonia Powell (Sunday, 9/10/17)
Topic: “Walking in Truth” (Matthew 5:16-key scripture)
Golden Nugget from Pastor David: “The best evangelism is to simply tell people that you are a Christian and then walk in truth.
Jesus was the PERFECT example for us when He walked before us in TRUTH.
In Matthew 5:48 the Bible says, “be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.” God would not ask us to do something that we could not do.
Straight and narrow is the path that you have to walk in order to walk in truth.
In John 18:37 the Bible says: “Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.” Jesus came to bear witness to THE TRUTH and everyone that is of the truth hears His voice.
Are you obeying the truth and do you hear God’s voice?
Do you believe that there is a deeper truth and that he devil is a liar and the Father of lies? (John 8:44)
Lies always try to follow the truth to bring confusion, deception, etc.
Do you believe a lie in the truth’s clothing or will you believe the naked truth?
Because we are Christians we can’t put on the clothing of the world (lies, deception, etc.) but we must put on “the garment of praise”. (Isaiah 61:3)
Don’t let Satan bamboozle you! The definition of bamboozle is: to fool, to deceive, to mislead, to outwit, to outsmart, etc.
Satan comes to church and sits right next to you and talks to you.
Job 1:6: “Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan came also among them.”
One example of walking in truth is to come to church every Sunday. Don’t let the devil bamboozle you out of being at church every Sunday…walk in truth!
God is Over All
September 3, 2017
Pastor Brigid Bryant
Title: “A Mighty Soldier of Great Courage”
Scriptural Reference: Genesis 6:6-7
Noah called to care for God’s animals
Noah had to remain focused
Noah was a soldier of Great courage
Joseph was young, confident, father’s favorite
Joseph was groomed to be a mighty soldier of great courage
Personal testimony of how long we have to go through trials, about twenty years
I want to encourage you!
Joseph was hated by his brothers
His brothers conspired to kill him
Joseph interpreted dreams and get them to the king
People were against Joseph
He did the best that he could do, he loved God
Potipar’s wife attracted to Joseph but he rejected her
He was strong and courageous
Joseph was impowered
The people today need the same God that Joseph served
When the Lord impresses us to talk to people
We obey, even when we feel push back
Joseph was a mighty soldier of great courage
Moses was a mighty soldier of great courage
Moses was well educated, he saw his personal flaws
The son of a prostitute, would get no inheritance
His assignment was to deliver God’s people
You are the Ruth’s, Moses, Joseph, Tabitha….
Be encouraged Mighty Soldiers of Great Courage,
this is who you are!!!
God is Over All
August 6, 2017
Minister Reginald White
“It Is Your Season To Prosper”• III John 1:2 Beloved, I wish above all things that thou may prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospers.
• God said, “It is time to move forward”
• Time to forget about the past, our hurts, etc.
• Time to return to our first works
• Tuesday prayer, Pastor prayed for God to bless us in spit of ourselves
• Walking in truth, understanding that our truth is what God called upon s to be
• We all have a truth and a purpose
• No one can fulfill your purpose but you
• Nobody can take your place, your place has been given to you by God
• Carrying our cross, all these lessons designed to set us up for this moment of blessings
• Ecclesiastes 3:1
• Ezekiel 34:26 there shall be showers of blessing
• Psalms 16:11
• I would that you would prosper as your soul prospers
• What is the season? A proper or suitable time
• God is saying let’s go, I am ready to bless you
• Our God is a God of seasons, he created fall, winter, summer, spring
• He set you up to endure these seasons
• Bears in the summer they fatten themselves up
• Farmers study the seasons, they plant certain seeds in a certain season
• Pentecost began a shift in the atmosphere
• It is your season for prosperity
• To increase, to grow, to have abundance
• We are moving into a season of growth only if we believe.
• God can’t you make me obey, love you, do what is right
• God has given us free will, he made us free moral agents
• How many want things that we have to demand someone to do?
• God will make the rocks to cry out
• God wants us to praise him because we want to
• We must move from selfishness to Godliness, walking in holiness and righteousness
• Moving to a place of discernment, I can’t do what I want to do
• I must do what God wants me to do
• Where in the bible does it tell you to follow you dreams?
• The heart is deceitful; the heart will make me think that I need something that I do not need.
• Following after God’s own heart.
• It is time to go and grow, if you are a part of this church God has called you here
• We must make a decision to grow in God
• God is not slack concerning his promises but is faithful
• We have been sitting on the fence for far too long!
• The land of indecision
• If he called you here, let’s go up to the holy mountain
• Let’s cry out with one voice!
• Are you ready to be blessed? To walk in the place where God wants you
• Aren’t you tired of living in pretense?
• Your season is here, it is time to be blessed
• You must be willing to pay the price for your blessing
• To whom much is giving, much is required
• Many want the anointing, but they are not willing to pay the price
• We do not know the price that people had to pay
• Joseph had to be lied on, put in prison before he received his blessing
• Paul had to be shipwrecked, he was beaten, jailed
• Peter was beaten, Denied Jesus, he had to go through because even his shadow healed people
• Example of great basketball players, they put in in time practicing, dieting, sacrificing to get where they want to be
• Are you ready to be blessed?
• Are you willing to pay the price?
• God can’t show you everything to get to your blessing
• There is a price to pay for the blessing that you want from God
• It is time! Either he is God or not!
• If Grace Covenant is where you belong get on board or go on!
• Proverbs 13: 4 You want fat blessings, get fat spiritually!
• Are you diligent about the work of the Lord?
• Stop throwing up our spiritual food! We eat don’t like how it is served!
• Even a crumb should be enough to give you a breakthrough
• If we want to get fat in God and want the spiritual blessings we have to eat
• Stop touching and judging. Touch not my anointed and do my prophets no harm
• Someone is coming to the altar and praying to grow!
• Be intentional about the work of God, we must get in and stay in the presence of the Lord.
• There is a blessing with my name on it, how do I get it? Through corporate worship. Speak to me Lord! Getting into the presence of God!
• God blesses with money to support the work of the Lord!
• Proverbs 10:22 The blessing of the lord, it makes rich, and adds not sorrow with it.
• Life is a journey, it takes time! You stop and look at the things of God.
• Get back into the presence of the Lord
• We have entered into a time of prosperity
• You will see the blessings of the lord falling upon you
• You will have peace! Let’s walk together!