Hosanna Reflection, May 5th, 2019

 

God is Over All
May 5, 2019
Hosanna Reflection
Careful You Have Backslidden
Novice Minister Brittany Franklin

Jeremiah
Rev. 3:15-16
Hot water sanitizes, cool water has no benefits
Water that has been sitting still can make you sick
Things that demonstrate luke warm Christians
First sign – don’t want to be saved from sin, just the apprearance
Second sign – moved by those who do radical things for Jesus
Third sign – they equate their partially sanitized lives with sin
Fourth sign – rarely share their faith, not excited about their faith
Fifth sign – think more about earthly things that heavenly things
Loving physical things
Sixth signs – they do not live by faith, satisfied with things other than Jesus
Seventh sign – these people give God their leftovers not their first
Invest our life in God
Matthew 25:14
The servant with the talent
No middle ground with God, you are either all in or not
You are either a sheep or a goat
Remember. Repent. Do the first works
Rev. 2:5
Have I offered my life to the kingdom?
Do my works back up my love for God?
Time to return to our first works!
Remember. Repent. Do the first works!

 

 




OA

Hosanna Reflection

Minister Karen Emery

4-28-19

 

Title:  “Remember, Repent, Do The First Works”

Foundational Scriptures:  Revelation 2:1-5

 
  1. REMEMBER

  1. Our Relationship With God, When We First Believed

  2. What We Use To Do, When We First Believed  (Acts 2:41-47)

 
  1. REPENT

  1. What Happened?  Examine Ourselves And Be Honest  (Galatians 5:7-8) Did we hinder ourselves or did someone else hinder us from obeying the truth?

  1. We Can’t Fool God  (Hebrews 4:12-13) (We forgot our first love)”For the Word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.  Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.”

  1. Return To The Lord- Repent-(1 John 1:9) THEN  Be On Fire For God Again!

  2. Put God First Again  (Mat 22:37-38) “Jesus said unto him, Thou shall Love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind”.

  1. What does putting God first look like in your life?

  2.  Remember Love is an Action Word, What are we Doing for God?  What have we’ve done for God lately?

 
  1. DO THE FIRST WORKS

  1. Pray, Ask God, How can you get back to Him the way you were before

  1. Seek God, and Listen.  God will Speak to your Heart

  2. It will take some sacrifice and some denying our flesh and what we want to do, to get back to where we were in God.

  3. If you still need a little more help in returning to your first Love, which is God, Seek out a Chat with Apostle David and/or your Pastors.  They will make it plan for you, and confirm with you what the Holy Spirit is telling you in your heart.

(Ephesians 4:11-13).

 

CONCLUSION

  1. It’s Never Too Late To Come Back Stronger!

  2. Remember Who We Are In God

  3. Remember that we are a Different Church, and if you are Called here by God, It takes All That and More

  4. Grace Covenant, Remember, Repent, and Do The First Works Again!









GOA
Preached Word
Sunday, April 14, 2019 (Palm Sunday)
“Jesus’ Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem”
Matthew 21:1-11
From: Assoc. Pastor Jerri Harrison

Today, we celebrate the day called “Palm Sunday”! This is the day in the week before His crucifixion that Jesus made His triumphal entry into Jerusalem. It is called Palm Sunday, because in the gospels it shares that the crowds that were all gathered together in Jerusalem to celebrate the annual Passover feast came out to greet Him, and had palm branches that they either waved or strewed on the ground with their clothes in His path as Jesus processed into Jerusalem. This event is so significant that it was recorded in all 4 gospel accounts of the life of Jesus!
It is important to note that in ancient times palm branches symbolized goodness and victory! Thus the name the TRIUMPHAL entry into Jerusalem! Because truly our Lord, even in His death and especially in His resurrection, is victorious and triumphant!
But, in those days, when the people were thinking of a king, they were looking for a warring king who would come in an conquer the Roman government that had been oppressing them for so long, and in their minds, they tried to make Jesus that kind of a king. But Jesus was not trying to be that kind of a king, because His kingdom was not of this world.
In fact, the very way that Jesus chose to enter into Jerusalem showed that he was King whose kingdom was not of this world! For all throughout His life on this Earth, Jesus was fulfilling the prophecies that had been spoken of Him from the foundation of the world and His triumphal entry into Jerusalem was just another example of the fulfillment of the prophetic purpose that He had to fulfill.
Did Jesus just decide on a whim to tell His disciples in Matthew 21:2 to “go into the village and there you will find an ass (donkey)tied and a colt with her and to bring them to Him”? No! The bible says in Matthew 21:4-5 that “all this was done, that if might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, Tell ye the daughter of Zion, Behold, thy King cometh unto Thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt, the foal of an ass.”  These words were spoken by the prophet Zechariah in Zec. 9:9: “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout O daughter of Jerusalem, Thy King cometh unto thee: He is just and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, an upon a colt, the foal of an ass”. So, as in everything else He did, even in this Jesus was fulfilling the prophetic purpose that His Father had set for Him since before the beginning of time.

And this ass, or donkey, that Jesus rode in on symbolized peace and meekness whereas the people were looking for a warring King who would have ridden in on a horse. And the sought to try make Jesus this kind of King, but Jesus did not yield to their promptings because He knew what His Father had Called him to do and that His kingdom was not of this world. And so sadly…many people missed who Jesus really was because they were looking for another kind of King. A take away for us is that we do NOT want to miss the blessing of God that He has for us because we are looking for only one thing or one way for Him to come. Have you ever been seeking God for one something so bad that that is all you look for and you find out later, once you get your head out of the sand, that God came to bless you in another way, but you missed it and thought that God had forgotten about you. I remind you of the story of the man who was drowning in the sea and he prayed for God to help Him, but He was looking for specific way for God to save Him. God sent a boat, a helicopter and a cargo carrier to save him, but each time he said “No thanks, God’s going to save me!” He drowned and when He stood before God he asked Him “why didn’t You save me?!”and God said, I sent a boat, a helicopter and a cargo carrier to save you. Why did not you see that that was me trying to save you?!”

Like us sometimes, the people in Jesus’ time were looking for something different from God. They wanted a King who was going to bring a revolution and overthrow the roman government, but God sent a meek and lowly King who was bringing restoration and salvation and who came to overthrow and destroy the sin in our lives! Don’t miss God, by looking for Him in a way that He is not coming!   
And so a multitude, hundreds of thousands of people had converged on Jerusalem from all around to celebrate the annual Passover Feast. Think about the times that conventions like Comic Con come to San Diego and there are so many throngs of people that traffic is congested, hotels are filled, parking is extremely difficult and costly and getting a reservation at a restaurant is only a dream! That is how it was in Jerusalem when Jesus made His triumphal entry! Multitudes of people pushing into the holy city!
And because they were expecting a warring King and did not really fully know who Jesus was, they did what we do for celebrities that we idolize at BIG events like the Emmys and the Grammys…they ROLLED OUT THE RED CARPET for Jesus as He made His triumphal entry into Jerusalem. But this time the big event was the Passover Feast and the red carpet was the palm branches and their clothes that were strewn in the as Jesus entered the city.  The Bible says in Matthew 21:8: “And a very great multitude spread their garments in the way; others cut down branches from the trees, and strawed them in the way.” The multitude rolled out the red carpet and cried out to Jesus, Hosanna to the son of David! Hosanna in the highest!” They rolled out the red carpet as if JayZ and Beyonce were stepping the Grammys because most of them were expecting a celebrity, a King who would conquer the Roman government, but God sent a meek and peaceful King bringing salvation! IF there were cameras back then, lights would have been flashing. If people had autograph books back then they would have been clamoring for Jesus’ autograph! But our Lord as not about all that and He rode in on a donkey meek and lowly, knowing that most in the multitude did not really know who He was. Like Jesus, we must learn to now let a others pull us out of our godly character and purpose no matter how much they clamor for us to do so.     
Next, the Bible says Matthew 21:9-10 says “And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried saying, Hosanna to the son of David: Blessed is He that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest. And when he was come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, Who is This? HOSANNA means “SAVE US NOW!” and it is a phrase of adoration and praise! But we know from knowing now what already happened that the same crowd that cried for him to save them and praise Him one day was the same crowd that cried with an evil furor just a few days later, “CRUCIFY HIM! CRUCIFY HIM! CRUCIFY HIM!” When you don’t really know Him and trust Him with your whole heart, you find yourself being double minded and praising Him one day and turning your back on Him the next! The prayer that we cry out to the Jesus today and everyday is “LORD, HELP US ALL TO KNOW YOU AS YOU REALLY ARE SO THAT WE CAN REMAIN FAITHFUL TO YOU!”   

And the bible says in Mathew 21:11 that the multitude said, “This is Jesus the prophet of Nazareth of Galilee.” And this shows us that being able to say who He is does not necessarily mean that you know who He is. Many people say “I’m a Christian”, but they have not really saved…and so this same multitude was also asking “Who is This?”
But today, I’m so glad to say that we here at GCCC have been taught who Jesus is and we can answer that question from the multitude of “Who is This?” WE KNOW JESUS!
 “Who is This?” He is our Lord and Savior, Jesus the Christ 
“Who is This?” He is our Lord and King
“Who is This?” He is the Prince of Peace
“Who is This?” He is the Mighty God
“Who is This?” He is our Joy and Strength
“Who is This?” He is our Redeemer
“Who is This?” He is our Jehovah Jireh, our provider
“Who is This?” He is our Way Maker
“Who is This?” He is our Doctor in the sick room, our healer
“Who is This?” He is our GOD!

And we say “HOSANNA IN THE HIGHEST!” AMEN! 


                         

      
 








Good Morning,

This morning, I want us to take a look at a scripture that is near and close to a verse we quote often, but may often overlook because we don’t continue to Read the rest of the verses below and connected to it.

I want us to Look at Galatians Chapter 5:22-24 - 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 

Verse 24 in the Message Bible says this - Among those who belong to Christ, everything connected with getting our own way and mindlessly responding to what everyone else calls necessities is killed off for good—crucified.

The title of my message today is “There is Power in the Sacrifice.” There is power in the sacrifice.

Last week Apostle encouraged us as it mentions in Revelations 2:5 to go back to the first works. Jesus was saying to the church that He had somewhat against it because they left it’s first love. The time when the church focused more on God and loving and serving God. We were encouraged to Remember where we fell, Repent & Do the First Works. Remember, Repent, & Do the First Works.

Earlier in this same 5th chapter of Galatians, Paul says 7 Ye did run well; who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth?... 

We have been distracted and focused on what everyone else calls necessities. Having “me Time” - Yes God desires balance, but we have believed the lie of the enemy by not asking God first when to take times of Rest, and relaxation. We take it on our own without consulting God, and sometimes these times of rest that we decide occur during times when God would desire that we do something else - such as prayer, praise, worship, going to church, calling a friend and checking on them, getting into the presence of God at church, reading the Word at home, fellowshipping with the body of Christ at church… we have chosen other things and prioritized God out of many things in our lives, and even the first works we used to do, because we have valued other things that the World has placed high value on.

What happened? We got tired of sacrificing, and our spiritual strength and walk began to slowly decrease. We don’t see it all at once, because it breaks down slowly, one choice at a time… our choices became our actions, actions of not sacrificing for God in one area or more became our habits, our habits then became our character, ... And watch your character, for it becomes your destiny. 

Let me give you an example. One week we decide not to fast. The next week it becomes easier not too. One Sunday we decide not to go to Seeker’s class. The next it becomes easier. After so many times, we make a habit of waking up later and not going to Seeker’s class. And then we don’t event think about attending, because we have made excuses in our minds and ignored the Holy Spirit’s tug on our hearts to where we don’t even feel it anymore. It becomes apart of our character not to attend Seeker’s Class. We become known for it to the point where people don’t even say anything to us to encourage us to go, because they are used to you not coming -  and what have we done… We have decided not to sacrifice and attend, so we have now affected our destiny because we are missing the Golden Nuggets God has for us during those times. We have made a habit of not sacrificing, and lost the power and the blessing that came from the sacrifice - and our destiny is affected. For me, the times of great breakthtrough and life change didn’t come through Sunday services. They came through the less popular times of fellowship. Bible Study, Tuesday Night Prayer. We cut off the power and opportunity.

The same with being late to church - we miss the opportunity to get into the presence of God and have God hear and answer our prayers. The same with Tuesdays. The same with praying on our knees at home. The same with obeying the Holy Spirit when He tells us to get up in the morning. The same with tithes and offerings. It is the small sacrifices for God that we neglect, which become the habits that affect our destiny and future.

Jesus said in Luke 16:10 - He that is faithful with little will be faithful with much, and He that is unfaithful with little, will be unfaithful with much… How can we expect God to trust us with great things and great works, if we can’t be faithful with the little things.
Maybe some of us have been held back from greater blessings because of the lack of Faithfulness that we have to God in the small things. Maybe some of us aren’t where we think we should be because of the lack of prioritizing God and the spiritual habits that we don’t keep. We see them as small, but remember that God’s ways are not our ways. God sees things as great that we see as small. Daily prayer - The Jewish culture prayed often, because though we see prayer as small, they understood that regular and consistent prayer with God as often as possible was Key to being strong and close to God. David praised God often. 
Daily prayer, Remember, God’s ways are not our own. The things which seem not as important to man, are important to God. 

I will never forget Apostle led a Boys Locker Room at church when I was a teenager. Today we call them Arise meetings for our teens… he asked us, where do you want to be in God? Do you want to be able to lay hands on the sick and they be healed. Work the miracles in the bible? Do we want to be on Elijah and Moses level… Well if we do, it will take sacrifice. We may bot have these desires anymore - to be stoing in God and change the World for Him. To do mighty things for God - Not for the fame or Glory, but simply to please God. to make him Happy and bring others to the Joy and Amazingness of Christ and please God also -- maybe we need to check our priorities. Maybe we have been distracted by the nothings the World calls necessities and placed them in Priority over Christ in our lives.. Check Yourself

If we want to grow in God. If we want to go to the next level in our Faith, it is going to take sacrifice. It is going to take being uncomfortable in places we desire comfort the most, or have made habits of comfortability.

There is Power in the Sacrifice

We must become comfortable with not getting our own way. We must become comfortable with not getting our own way. As the verse says in Gal. 5:24 again in the MSG bible - Among those who belong to Christ, everything connected with getting our own way is crucified. This takes practice. 
Realizing as a Christian I am not entitled to getting what I want, but as a soldier for God, I am mandated and tasked to be on His time schedule and do what he wants. So I shouldn’t focus continuously on getting my own way. 
I don’t have the rights of an unsaved civilian, as I am under the hand and leadership of God.
Being ok with not saying mean things back to people. Being ok with sacrificing for others when we are tired or sleepy - As the bible tell us to be concerned for the welfare of others. Being ok with going to bed later, to pray, read our word, or even do non-church responsibilities so we can make it to Bible Study on Thursday. 

Becoming ok with being uncomfortable, I may be tired and having a lot of work to do, but I'm gonna still go to church bc It's something God would desire I do for our relationship. 
We sacrifice for work for work & school. When will we give God the same if not more effort in what we do? We go to bible study to build our relationship with God. 

We make time for what we value... Maybe we don’t value the things of God enough because of the sacrifice it causes. The hurt and pain we feel, and we shy away from the sacrifice. We shy away from coming to church when someone hurt our feelings. Kids and Adults - I went through a time I didn’t like coming to church, and it was because of how the people at church treated me when I was younger -- But I knew the sacrifice in coming to church, and praying, and praising God and getting in his presence when I was 10 years old, was more important than what people would say or do to me before or after church. I grew from that time of sacrifice, and it taught me lessons that I hold onto now. Don’t ever let someone else stop you from Getting what God has for you. Don’t ever let someone else’s actions affect your actions to God and effectively your actions affect your relationship with God, Don;t let someone else affect the time you spend with him… It ain’t that important. Whatever others do, Let it go… My teens - Kayla and Kevin - display their sacrifice and commitment to God EVERY SUNDAY, one that is not dependent upon their parents - every Sunday - when they voluntarily get themselves up for church without their parents coming. They don’t let their parents work schedules or life situations stop them from getting to church. 

We make habits of shunning sacrifice for God and for those he places in our lives... 

So what are the sacrifices that we can get back to making for God? 

The Bible says in Micah 6:8 - He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. - - To act justly - Do the Right Thing, To Love Mercy - Share Mercy towards others when they act crazy around you, and to walk humbly with your God - walk in fellowship and obey your God. 

What did we used to do?
Sacrifice More
Pray More
Praise More
Commitment to various ministries (Serving in church, cleaning, Dance & Drama)> if you have a gift, use it. Talk to the Pastors about how to use your gift. If you work, serve outside the times. One of our Novice Ministers used to have to work on Sundays often, but He was here on Mondays and Tuesdays when no one was looking cleaning, and fixing the church, pulling weeds and doing things. God will give you time to use your gifts if you are willing to sacrifice for him.
There is staying power in the sacrifice. Their is spiritual glue and connectedness to God in the sacrifice. As we give up our desires for God, God draws closer to us and tightens our bond of love for Him. When you fast for God and pray, there is closeness to God that occurs.
Parents were more committed to the ministry & Kids were as well
We valued the Words of the Pastor, and Now we have become familiar
A Prophet is not honored or listend to in his own country

Simply remember the time you were most on fire for God.... The time you wanted to be closest to him and serve him. What did you do? What did you try and do more of…. Where has that press and sacrifice gone, and more importantly what has taken up that time that we used to press and sacrifice? What has replaced the sacrifice?

What can we do now?
The bible tells us to be led of the Spirit.  – Galatians 5:25 NLT says - Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives. “
Don’t rebuke or quench the Holy Spirit. Sacrifice to do what you know is right for God. Start asking what God wants you to do each day, in ministry, in life. He will answer.

Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it. James 4:17 says Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin. -- --Don’t judge your walk in reference to others.  Listen, some of you can’t do certain things that other Christians can do, because the Holy Spirit is telling you not to do it. Some of you feel the Holy Spirit telling you not to watch certain shows, go to certain movies, hang out at certain places, wear certain clothes. Because God requires a different sacrifice from you, because your destiny is called to be greater and different than the others you see around you. Your destiny is called to be greater than the Christians you know and see that go to other churches and may not do half of the stuff you feel God has called you to do and sacrifice. Don’t look at other people’s walks and churches and try to apply their standards or lower requirements to your life. Because God hasn’t called you for that. They have their reward, but God has yours also. The people you must reach, the lengths you must travel are far greater for God. Each of us have a different length to walk with God, some have to go so many more miles for Jesus to make it in. Don’t try to cut down your walk for God to what you think it is, when God knows what it is. Imagine if the Disciples cut down their ministries looking at others. Imagine if Paul cut his down looking at others…

We can’t be choosy with our sacrifices. We know what God wants, we must do it. We know when God says to pray or be there for a brother or sister. How can we love God but not.love others... We have fooled ourselves into thinking it literally is possible. But to love others is to love God. It’s a piece of showing love for God. If you love your neighbor, than we will sacrifice for them.

Small Decisions become habits, habits become our lifestyles, our lifestyles determine our destiny and our futures. 
And by the rules of causation → Our small decisions of not sacrificing for God affect our destiny

When we shun sacrifice - we are telling God that we know what is best for us. God I know what is good for me, so I won’t fast. It’s better for me God not to do what I feel you telling me to do, because I’ll feel better and that’s what’s most important. I won’t do it God, I can still make it into your heavens. 

Don't shy away from sacrificing for God . He didn't shy away from sacrificing for us. Each day when we focus on other things in our lives outside of Hi,. God still patiently waits for us, blessing us with life, health, strength, and even good things when He could easily decide not too. God could be just in treating us the way we treat others who don't listen or show that they care about us... but instead He is merciful.

Don't you think that God deserves our sacrifice? That He deserves a lot more from us? Not to get even, but just to do what He has called us to do.

It would be a sad thing for someone to gain all the riches, all the fam, all the good things, and not live out the purpose God has called for them. What does it profit a man to gain the world and lose soul.... it profit a man, to stay home on sundays or hang out and do whatever they feel they have to do outside of prioritizing God, and going to Hell. Was it really worth it? Would it have been better tosacrifice, wake up and get into the house of the Lord?

God promised we would still have good days even when we sacrifice our lives to him... 

SO WHERE IS THE GOOD IN MY SACRIFICING? Where is the good in not giving someone a piece of my mind? Where is the good in showing up to church when I am tired from working late at night?

Now Are you ready for the Good News with your sacrifices to day? Are you ready to hear the truth about the good that comes from your sacrifice.

Sacrificing brings you blessings not intended - Solomon offered financial sacrifices and God asked whatever he wanted, and got wisdom and riches unimaginable.

Sacrificing puts away the consequences of your actions - In Jonah Chapter 3, the city of Nineveh fasted and turned away from their wrongdoing and God decided not to destroy them. He God did not let them receive the intended sacrifices for their sin. 

2 Chr. 7:14 says -  If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, (that is sacrifice) and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways (more sacrifice); then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. -- Does anyone need the land of their hearts healed, does anyone need thier finances healed.

Sacrificing moves the hand of God. - God sent Daniel his answer after Daniel decided to fast and pray, In Acts chapter 10, Cornelius lived a lifestyle of sacrifice, praying always with much prayer and giving of finances to the poor, he became the first non-jew to be baptized in the Holy Spirit.

It was after Abraham left everything he knew to Follow God,x after he left his family for the unknown, traveled until he made it to a place he knew nothing of, that he gained the impossible, a son in his old age, a land of his own, and the beginning of a legacy where he would be called the Father of faith for centuries to come.

It wasn't until Moses gave up the luxuries of living as the son of Pharaoh because of how people of his ethnicity were treated, and went to go live in the wilderness and herd animals that he obtained a calling that would set over 2 million people free and free others free from slavery.

It was after Ruth decided to support her mother in law that she gained her wealthy husband named Boaz.

It was after Shadrach. Meshack and Abendego risked their life in the face of death. deciding to be thrown into fire because they didn't want to dishonor God by blowing down and giving honor to a statue, that they became leaders over the kingdom.... of someone put a gun towards us and said they would kill us if we did not bow down to an idol, many of us would just do it...

It was in the midst of living out his calling that Paul suffered through being multiple times stoned, shipwrecked, kicked out of cities and imprisoned for Christ sake, that he maintained his power and witness to others which has been an examples for over 2000 years.  

It was after job suffered through loss of his 7 kids, losing all his wealth, and becoming extremely sick, that he gained everything back double fold.

It was after the Disciples left their jobs, left their family, left all their possessions, and lived as homeless nomads, traveling to be next to Christ, that they gained Supernatural power, influence, and even as some were killed for Christ, still gained in the long run having God.

It was after Jesus fasted & sacrificed that his ministry took off, and his entire lifetime he gave up his right as the son of God to be treated as such, and laid down his life for us that he gained glory and praise from others for the past 2 centuries and glory from God in an unprecedented way.

Today I say to you, there is power in your sacrifice for God... God will not penalize you for sacrificing for Him. It's the only risk you can take, that will always 100% work out in your success. It may not always feel like it, but it will.

Don't run away from the sacrifice. Don't shy away, don't put it off.... There is greater gain for you in sacrificing, than the temporary comfort you receive in not sacrificing.

Embrace the sacrifice. Do what God wants you to do. Do what you know is right, when it feels uncomfortable. Go the extra mile for God. He does it for us. He deserves it from us. There is power in your sacrifice, and you won’t regret making a lifestyle of sacrifice for God once you begin. It will please God, and God will please you..

Today, there may be someone who wants to please God. There may be someone who simply wants to get to know God. Wants to be in a relationship with God, knowing they are saved and not on their way to hell. 
 

Simply... 
We valued God & the Things of God over other things. We prioritized God. The simple lack of sacrifice, the small things for God were not looked over. They are now. We have made habits that exclude God out of our lives, which turns into excluding him in the Big Things. 





God is Over All

March 17, 2019
Hosanna Reflection
Pastor Linda Jackson

The Giving Hand of God

God has always been the greatest giver
What I the giving nature of God?
Nature means the inherent character or basic constitution of a person or thing
Look at the most important gift God has ever given
Ephesians 2:8
John 3:16
All we have to do is to accept this free gift
This is the greatest gift ever given
We could never obtain it through our own strength or ability
God gave us comforting and guiding hand of the Comforter
John 14:16
The Comforter Jesus was speaking of the Holy Spirit
God is concerned about the needs of his people
Some people put other things first before God
Matthew 6:31-33
God is good and giving His reward for those who obey his word
Deuteronomy 8:18
II Corinthians 9:10
God wants us blessed
God provides seed for the sower
The bible is full of God’s promises to His children
Follow your Father’s example of being a giver
Give with a joyful heart to others
Let the love of God flow from your life to others
Give to those who do not expect it
Then in thankfulness to God prepare a special offering
Appreciate Him being a liberal giver!

 



 

God is Over All

March 10, 2019

Hosanna Reflection

Minister Carolyn Hunt

 
  • Psalms 24:14

  • God’s Waiting Room, Be Still A Storm Is Coming

  • Title: The Storm in God’s Waiting Room

  • Many of us do not like to wait

  • He believed that God was waiting to teach us something

  • Fishing and how it measures our ability to wait

  • Learn to look for God in God’s waiting room

  • A storm may arise

  • Luke 8:24

  • You must believe that God is not asleep

  • Psalm 121:4

  • God is thee with you and will help get you out

  • Life is hard

  • Be still and know

  • Pray and fast when the storm comes

  • Jonah 3:7

  • Everything began to fast to change God’s mind

  • It is not always the devil it is life

  • Be Still and Know

  • I HAVE NEVER BEEN BROKEN LIKE THIS

  • Langston Hughes I have never felt like this

  • The worst storm in my life

  • This storm is effecting everyone that is connected to me

  • Your entire family is going through

  • You can’t ask for help because everyone is going through

  • It is impacting you physically, spiritually, emotionally

  • You can’t match what you are going through

  • Grabbing hold onto the horns of the altar

  • I am losing loved ones, the tempest is raging

  • Mark 1:41

  • The leper came to get healed

  • When you get into God’s face you move God’s hand

  • Daddy, make it stop!

  • I need a peace be still!

  • I need a will from you!

  • I am talking to the praiser’s and the worshippers

  • II Chronicles 7:14

  • In the midst of the storm that is a rainbow

  • The atmosphere around us has changed!

  • Shadrach, Meshach and Abdnego

  • Daniel had to go into the lions den

  • They had to go into the stom





Minister Deborah Tate
Hosanna Reflection
March 3, 2019
God is Over All

Desperate For Jesus

Luke 9:23
The cross is denying our will
To deny we must come after me and follow me
Follow me, Jesus asked the fishermen to follow him
Matthew 4:18
I will make you fishers of men
They left their nets and followed him
Luke 7:9
They followed him
Follow means to accompany or to assist
Before you follow me, you must come after me
After is place and order, to chase, to seek
Like a man who wants a particular woman
Jesus is not just looking for followers he is looking for commitment
If any one wants to chase me, seek me, catch me….
Jesus wants to know who will be with me
We must say no to ourselves
Being willing to suffer with him
It is more than denying shopping, television
It is saying no to yourself, your nature
Are we going to deny our bad attitudes, laziness, wanting our way, lust, forgiveness
We want to get closer to God
We want the anointing, to heal the sick, etc.
We have to say not to our will
What is your will for my life?
Galatians 6:2
Jesus is not a way! He is the only way to salvation
Psalms 42:1
My soul pants for God
When we are thirty we get up and find some water
We are here to seek God
Jeremiah 29:13
When you search for me
If any man come after me
You have to catch Jesus!







God is Over All
February 17, 2019
Hosanna Reflection
Minister LaTonia Powell

It’s Never Too Late to Come Back Stronger

Revelation 2:3
Illustration of a fighter in the ring Satan
We have been reminded that the fight is fixed
The Holy Ghost is the referee and Jesus is in our corner
Stay in the ring until the final round
What is the final round?
Three years? You are in the third round
Some are in the fifth, sixth, seventh, fifteenth round, etc.
Can I get a fifty plus years on the battlefield
There are times that we are in the ring and he socks us in the face
He demotes us on our jobs
He hits us below the belt, sowing discord in the church
The enemy hits us to hurt us or it makes us so mad we take a knee
We take a knee to catch our breath
When we stay down too long it takes us off our walk
We forget that the fight is still fixed
It is never too late to come back stronger
Stay in the fight no matter what round that you are in
Stay in the round
The Holy Ghost is judging the entire situation
God and Jesus is on your side
Revelation 2:4-5
You have left your first love
I will remove your candlestick or lampstand
Unless you repent
How do you come back stronger?
Start doing what you use to do
You need a personal relationship
Pray every single night
Think the way you use to think
We believed in the unity
We wore the same t-shirts
We went to TBN wearing the same thing
We went on revival, we worked at different places
Wal-Mart, Macy’s, some people had babies and went on the ship
Times have changed, things are not the same anymore
It don’t take all of that
Jesus is the same yesterday, today and evermore
Forget about yesterday and think on these things today
Another battle a multitude of people who forgot what God had done
The angel of death passed over their doors with blood
Moses took them to the promised land and they began to complain
The kingdom of God suffered violence
The wall of Jericho
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me
Moses was a strong leader
The people got up in the 40th round, they got into the promised land
They took it by force because there were giants in the land
It is never too late to come back stronger!






Nathaniel Tate
Youth Service Hosanna Reflection

The Purpose and Power of Our Pain

Pain indicates when something is wrong in our body. Medicine is used to make or stop the pain receptors from sending signals to our central nervous system. Pain can be in a physical form and an emotional form. 
The last Sunday of 2018 Apostle David prayed for those in Pain: physical and emotional hurt. He prayed that our hurt would go away. 
He mentioned “when you’re going, that hurt cannot go with you”

Exodus chapter 1-14 is about God using Moses to set the children of Israel free while hardening Pharaoh’s heart. The whole time the children of Israel were suffering. They were in bondage. ROMANS 9:16-17
God did all of that to show off power and glory amongst the children of Israel. God has a plan for our pain; an area to demonstrate power and create a testimony. 

HEBREWS 11:6
ROMANS 8: 36-37 
Overcoming our pain is a testimony and testament to the greatness of God. When we overcome we learn spiritual lessons and are able to help others. What God wants to bless us with, the pain is taking up space. 
Emotional hurt holds memories and resentment. Holding unto pain and emotional pain that is hindering our spiritual growth. God’s POWER is shown in our quest to overcome. 

ROMANS 8:38
No matter the cross we bear or the pain we face, God has a purpose and a testimony on the other side.






God is Over All
January 13, 2019
Hosanna Reflection
Minister Mary McDaniels

The Christian Struggle
The struggle is real as we walk with Christ
Philippians 4:13
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me
When we start out on this journey it is exciting
It is important to finish this walk well
Struggle is a violent effort to thort something
S struggle to free ourselves from the attacks of the enemy
Have you ever been attacks by the enemy
We have been through many struggles debt, sickness, health issues
Struggles of disappointment
Praying and what you wanted did not happen
Have you ever been broken?
The struggle is real
Struggling with the loss of a loved one
Pain and suffering
My God is real
I serve an awesome God
I serve an awesome God
A God that will never leave or forsake me
Through the struggle we find peace
Pride is a struggle
When you fight pride you get down on your knees and fight
Have you been short in your faith with God?
Things did not turn out your way
The finish is just as important as the beginning
To receive your crown you will have to hand in there
The life of a Christian will be filled with struggle
You will have joys and sorrow!
Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord
But the Lord shall deliver them
Psalms 34:19
In the midst of our struggle we choose to trust God
In the midst of our heartaches we choose to serve God
As long as we serve God he will be there for us
In order to survive you may have had to fight
In high school I had a few good fights
I was defending my self worth
I will have to defend your anointings
As Christians we must put on the whole armor of God
Ephesians 6:11
Staying on the right path
Stay on the straight and narrow path
It is a struggle to do good when your flesh wants to do wrong
Romans 7:19
The good that I would I do not
For every struggle there is a victory






Subject: Hosanna Reflection for Sunday, December 9, 2018 from Assoc. Pastor Jerri

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GOA
Hosanna Reflection
Sunday, December 9, 2018
Assoc. Pastor Jerri Harrison
Title: “Walk out or walk in: two responses to offense”
Scriptural Foundation: John 6:53-54, 60-61
Our Hosanna Reflection today is based on Apostle David’s sermon “Offenses will
come. Will you leave also?”
INTRODUCTION FOR THE BEGINNING OF THE HOSANNA REFLECTION
“We are offended because we don’t understand. We don’t understand what
was said or done or why it was said or done. We don’t take the TIME to know
the person that offends us because we THINK we already know them…(He’s just
like that…he ALWAYS does that…”) Many of us think we know God. For example,
we know that God is in control of everything that happens. But because we
don’t know Him as well as we think we do, when something horrible happens in
our life, we are offended because God didn’t stop it from happening. (Why did
God let my loved one die? Never really looking beyond our own selfishness and not
fathoming the true mercy of God in removing them from the life of unending pain
that they were in and taking them into the JOY of His presence) We leave the
church because of this and sometimes…we leave God also.”---Apostle David
In this sermon Apostle David asked this question: “What do you do when you
don’t understand and become offended?” His answer was “walk out!”, which is
what many of us do. Why? Because MANY times when someone says something
that we do not understand or that offends us, we don’t take the time to see if
that is really what they said and we definitely don’t take the time to know that
person well enough to really understand if what we think we heard, is what they
really said. Instead, we just WALK OUT. Some even walk out when GOD does

Page 1 of 3GOA Hosanna Reflection Sunday, December 9, 2018 Assoc. Pastor Jerri Harrison Title: “Walk out or walk in: two responses to offense” Scriptural Foundation: John 6:53-54, 60-61 Our Hosanna Reflection today is based on Apostle David’s sermon “Offenses will come. Will you leave also?”

INTRODUCTION FOR THE BEGINNING OF THE HOSANNA REFLECTION “We are offended because we don’t understand. We don’t understand what was said or done or why it was said or done. We don’t take the TIME to know the person that offends us because we THINK we already know them…(He’s just like that…he ALWAYS does that…”) Many of us think we know God. For example, we know that God is in control of everything that happens. But because we don’t know Him as well as we think we do, when something horrible happens in our life, we are offended because God didn’t stop it from happening. (Why did God let my loved one die? Never really looking beyond our own selfishness and not fathoming the true mercy of God in removing them from the life of unending pain that they were in and taking them into the JOY of His presence) We leave the church because of this and sometimes…we leave God also.”---Apostle David In this sermon Apostle David asked this question: “What do you do when you don’t understand and become offended?” His answer was “walk out!”, which is what many of us do.
Why? Because MANY times when someone says something that we do not understand or that offends us, we don’t take the time to see if that is really what they said and we definitely don’t take the time to know that person well enough to really understand if what we think we heard, is what they really said. Instead, we just WALK OUT. Some even walk out when GOD does something that we don’t understand… And this walking out does not only happen in the physical. Because we can still be coming to church but we have walked out spiritually. My momma used to say to me, “Being in a garage don’t make you a car”. BUT THANK GOD YOU ARE STILL HERE BECAUSE THERE IS HOPE THAT GOD CAN REACH YOU! The Bible says in Isaiah 29:13, “this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honor me, but have removed their heart far from me…” But hope is always here!

Page 2 of 3p.2 Have you ever had a good friend say something you that REALLY offended you or that you did not understand? But you then took the time to step back and look at both the situation and the person and you realized that this was not how your friend usually interacts with you. And with an even deeper 2 nd glance you realized that they had just had a VERY bad day and just took it out on you? In psychology it’s called transference or in laymen’s terms it’s called spreading your “emotional germs”. And then you see that you could have walked out on a very important relationship, just because your friend was having a bad day! Don’t walk out before you really wake up and thoroughly read a situation. But, this is exactly what happened when the disciples heard Jesus’ teaching on eating His flesh and drinking His blood. The Bible says in John 6:66 that “many of His disciples went back and walked with Him no more.” THEY WALKED OUT ON JESUS. The disciples were hearing in the flesh and thinking cannabilism and thinking that Jesus had lost His mind, but the reality was that Jesus was speaking in the Spirit and talking with them about the deep things of God that they could not comprehend. This is why the Bible warns us in John 6:63 that “It is the Spirit that quickeneth (gives life); the flesh profits nothing.”

We CAN NOT understand the things of the Spirit while we are in the flesh! We try to figure out what God is doing with our natural understanding or our intellect and WE CAN’T! 1 Cor. 2:14 tells us that “the natural (fleshly) man receiveth NOT the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned” FLESH DOES NOT GET THE SPIRIT, SO STOP TRYING TO OPERATE IN YOUR FLESH TO GET THE THINGS OF GOD! It won’t work for you! Instead of walking out, walk in! Our famous passage of scripture that we always study when we talk of the fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5 clearly says to us “Walk IN the Spirit and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.” So, instead of Walking out on God, Walk IN to the Spirit so that you can deal with offenses in the Spirit and NOT in the flesh. And it takes obedience and discernment to walk IN the Spirit and stay WITH GOD…whichever way He goes, you must go.

Page 3 of 3p.3 Instead of walking out on God, walk in the Spirit and ask God to help you understand the thing SPIRITUALLY that has offended you. Instead of walking out on God, walk in the Spirit and choose to operate in your fruit of love, joy, peace, etc. instead of walking in the works of the flesh like adultery, fornication, idolatry or strife! Instead of walking out and leaving the church because you’re not happy with how things are going for you personally, walk in the Spirit and choose to suffer the loss of that which makes you happy and make GOD happy by staying put where you’re called to be! Instead of walking out of a committee meeting and being mad because your idea was not used, walk IN the Spirit and humble yourself before almighty God and think more highly of others than you do of yourself. If we all walked out every time one of us got offended, the church would be empty. We better learn that offenses WILL come. Suck it up soldiers and learn to take a punch, get back up and keep walking for Jesus! DON’T WALK OUT, WALK IN!






Title: Hold On to Your Hope! – It’s a Mustard Seed 

General Take Away: It doesn’t matter how small you are or how big your problem is, if you have hope/faith, God will provide!

Major Points: 
When Apostle preached on Biblical Hope, I was encouraged so I looked up what the bible said about trying to keep my faith, because although I have hope & faith that God will answer my prayers, I too like many others get discouraged at times. 
Matthew 17:19-21 – faith can move mountains
Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and asked, “Why could we not drive it out?” 20 He answered, “Because of your little faith [your lack of trust and confidence in the power of God]; for I assure you and most solemnly say to you, [c]if you have [living] faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and [if it is God’s will] it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you. 21 [d][But this kind of demon does not go out except by prayer and fasting.]”
The disciples had been unable to cast out this demon, and they asked Jesus why. He said their faith was too small. It is the power of God, plus our faith, that moves mountains. The mustard seed was the smallest particle imaginable. Jesus said that even faith as small or undeveloped as a mustard seed would have been sufficient. Perhaps the disciples had tried to cast out the demon with their own ability rather than God’s power to act. If we feel weak or powerless as Christians, we should examine our faith, making sure we are trusting God’s power, not our own ability to produce results. 
A mustard seed is generally about 1-2 millimeters small, it takes only 24 hours from the time of planting the seed (if done correctly) for the plant to start sprouting. Mature mustard bushes/trees average between 6 -25 feet tall. Exceptional plants can reach 30 feet tall
Apply that spiritually 
Matthew 13:31& 32 – unto the kingdom of heaven
31 He gave them another parable [to consider], saying, “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field; 32 and of all the seeds [planted in the region] it is the smallest, but when it has grown it is the largest of the garden herbs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air find shelter in its branches.”

The mustard see was the smallest seed a farmer used. Jesus used this parable to show that the Kingdom has small beginnings but will grow and produce great results
God doesn’t care how small your faith is…he just wants something
Mark 4:30-32 – starts as the least and grows to the strongest
30 And He said, “How shall we [c]picture the kingdom of God, or what parable shall we use to illustrate and explain it? 31 It is like a mustard seed, which, when it is sown on the ground, even though it is [d]smaller than all the [other] seeds that are[sown] on the soil, 32 yet when it is sown, it grows up and becomes larger than and, at that age, it’s enough to hold them. As they grow up, they are conditioned to believe they cannot break away. They believe the rope can still hold them, so they never try to break free.” The man was amazed. These animals could at any time break free from their bonds but because they believed they couldn’t, they were stuck right where they were.
Like the elephants, how many of us go through life hanging onto a beli