Be Aware of The Tenses
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ.” Ephesians 1:3
In this New Covenant there are some small, subtleties that we must remain conscious of because of the role that they play in the accuracy of our prayers and in our standing in faith and in our proficient receiving from the Father. We must renew our minds to the tenses in which certain things are written to us in the New Testament. The redemptive work of Christ is a finished work; nothing can be added to it neither can anything be taken away from it. That speaks volumes to us. It tells us that everything that we could ever want or desire that is good in this life has already been paid for and accomplished in the finished work of Christ. His resurrection from the dead declares that. Basically, that is telling us that we are not trying to be blessed, nor are we trying to get the Father to bless us. WE ARE ALREADY BLESSED! Our approach to receiving or appropriating our blessing is to approach the Father with thanksgiving in these areas of blessing. Not seeing and understanding little things like this become detrimental to the accuracy of our prayers and our receiving what the Bible says is ours. I want to challenge you today to become acutely aware of the past tense as seen with regard to our blessing and position in Christ in the New Testament. This slight adjustment in your focus will revolutionize your vital life in Christ.
Scripture reading: Ephesians 2:1-10
Boast In The Lord
“But of Him are ye in Christ Jesus, Who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: that according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.” 1 Corinthians 1:30-31
Keep this simple truth in mind: no matter how good you are at something or what it is that you accomplish, remember that your ability and success is all because of Jesus. Our boasting is not to be in our accomplishments, but in the Lord. Refrain from pride, for it will lead to destruction and from haughtiness, for it will cause one to fall. Remember to give God the glory for every one of your successes, no matter what sort they are.
Scripture reading: Proverbs 16:18; Jeremiah 9:23-24
Greetings To All of You at CLCC who served in the Armed Forces of our country and to those of you who have relatives and loved ones that have served. We extend our thanks to you and we honor you for being willing to commit to stand for America and do what you knew to do to bless the people of our land. May you receive honor from the Most High God and may His great peace be yours in abundance for every day of the rest of your lives, in Jesus’ Name!
Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Pastors Nick and Germaine
Watch Your Step!
“It is inevitable that stumbling blocks should come, but woe to him through whom they come.” Luke 17:1 New American Standard Bible
In this time that we live, opportunities to be offended are in abundance. As you walk this pathway of Christian living, you will have to be acutely aware of what is in your path. There will be little things and big things that the enemy will attempt to use and magnify through the actions of others. There is a very simple solution for you and that is TO CHOOSE NOT TO BE OFFENDED! Someone might say, “How is that possible?” The way to do it is to get to know God as love, follow His example and receive His commandment to walk in love. If you will do this you will find the Holy Spirit lighting your path in such a way that you will see how to deal with these things and some of them you will see even before you get to them. It will take time and dedication. You can do it!
Scripture reading: Psalm 119:165; 1 John 2:1-10
Keep Hope Alive
“Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit Who was given to us.” Romans 5:5 NKJV
Have you ever wondered why real Bible hope can’t disappoint you? The answer is simple: because God loves us and He has poured out His love in our hearts by means of the Holy Spirit. Hope, from the perspective of the Word of God, is a joyful, confident expectation of something that God has promised. Of course, the things the Father has promised are found in the Bible. Since God cannot lie, there is no reason for us to doubt what He has spoken. Therefore, since He said it, we are to rejoice about His promises, looking forward to their manifestation in our lives with the same kind of expectation that a child has about receiving something that he or she has asked their parents for as a present for Christmas. Now, here is the icing on the cake: God demonstrates His love for us through what He did for us through Christ Jesus. On top of the fact that He cannot lie, He has assured us of every good thing through the love He has shown us by Jesus Christ. This is the love that He poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit. It’s time for us to believe and receive with joyful, confident expectation everything that is already ours in Christ Jesus. KEEP HOPE ALIVE!
Scripture reading: Romans 5:8; 2 Corinthians 1:20
Build It On The Rock
“Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: and the rain descended, and the foods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand. And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.” Matthew 7:24-27
Be a doer of the Word! Every time that we act on the things that we are told in the Bible, it contributes to the strength of the house called our life. Storms will come. The storms however, are not what will destroy our lives. It is the lack of ability of our lives to stand up against the storms that allows destruction to happen. No matter how strong the storms are; no matter how difficult the challenges, if your life is founded upon obedience to the Word of God, the storm will pass, and when it does, your house will be standing…it will not fall!
Scripture reading: James 1:22-25
Sowing In Famine
“Then Isaac sowed in that land, and received in the same year an hundredfold: and the Lord blessed him.” Genesis 26:12
Kingdom principles, if we will look at them closely, will always be in exact opposition to carnal thinking. One would not naturally think that a time of famine, a time of shortage would be the time to sow seed and expect a harvest. The carnal mind would reason that this is a time to store up and keep everything to oneself because surely starvation and “not enough” is right around the corner. However, when we see how the kingdom of God operates, that it operates on seed, plant and harvest, it doesn’t seem like a strange thing to sow in famine and to expect a harvest. If you are dealing with what seems to be a time of famine in your life, whatever you do, DON’T STOP SOWING SEED! Look for something to give away – find something to sow into the life of someone else. Find a way to be a blessing – be creative. Then on purpose, believe God to do His part in multiplying your seed sown and increasing the fruits of your righteousness.
Scripture reading: Mark 4:26-29; Galatians 6:6-10; 2 Corinthians 9:6-15