Hey church we are in need of your best. God gave his best in giving us his son shouldn’t we do likewise.
If you have been following some of my recent posts you would have seen this concept of being faithful to the gifts and talents we have. I am convinced that God’s trying to position the church for a mighty outpouring.
Will your church be ready? If we don’t have the inter-structure for increase how can God entrust to us more? When the Lord assigns us a task or we have volunteered for a task how well do we perform that task? If you notice I didn’t say the pastor or the head of a ministry assign the task but in actuality it is the Lord who commits to use tasks that need to be done.
A church is much like a home where in most families there are shared responsibilities. Often we will ask our children to fulfill a task. How do we feel when our children come up with excuses as to why they didn’t do the task in a timely manor or in the manor we wanted it done.
It is vital that each of us carry a centurion sprit. You might recall that Roman centurion came to Jesus to ask him to heal his servant. He tells Jesus he doesn’t have to go to him but Jesus just needs to speak the word and his servant will be healed
Over my many years in ministry I have seen great people with great potential never receive what was ordained for them to have because they never discovered and implemented the principle of being faithful in little things.
Give your all, give your best…
Here is a truth:
The principle is we all believe based on what we hear. It is clear that all of us are influenced by what we are hearing/listening to. My question is what are we listening to? What are we allowing to affect our thinking?
I am not here throwing stones this morning but we cannot allow the media to shape what we believe. From my perspective we as a nation have been gripped by fear and even the church has been affected by what we are hearing.
Have we as a people asked the Lord what is He up too? Have we asked the Lord what should we believe? Have we asked the Lord what we should be saying to people? Are people hearing hope from us or are they hearing something else? Are we being the light he speaks about?
Forgive me but I am tired of hearing opinions. I am tired of the media being “experts” and what they say changes from day to day and much of it carrying a critical spirit.
Believe this…You are sons and daughters of God anointed to speak and declare what is on His mind, We are to be the trumpet sounding a distinct sound that will change the lives of people we meet every day. Here’s a promise…
We can only speak what we believe. So what are you believing?
This is taken from Luke 5:17 where it says that the Pharisees and teachers were coming from all over Israel to see the power of God… Wouldn’t you love to see that happen again?
In Acts 5 we read how God worked through the apostles and people came from surrounding towns to be healed? Do it again Lord…
Let’s rewrite this: "through the hands of God’s sons and daughters.” Yes, through each and everyone of you.
Father it says, “the power of the Lord was present - TO HEAL… Would you entrust to your children that same power?
A few days ago wrote that God had to develop the man/woman to carry the dream. We will look at the ministries of David, John the Baptist and Jesus and we will God’s preparation procedure.
In looking at King David we discover that he was anointed king of Israel as a teenager but didn’t assume that role for almost 15 years. Did we see that? We can have the anointing but it can take time for a person to walk in the purpose for that anointing.
After he was anointed David faced Goliath (we will face our Goliath), he was banished by King Saul, he hid in the desert, he lived on the run, forced out of Israel and fought many battles. It took 15 years to prepare David to become king. Are you being prepared for your destiny?
I also want us to look at the life of John the Baptist:
He grew up in the family ministry (father a priest). At age 14 took a Nazarite vow. At 30 he started his public ministry. His ministry covered a period of 15 months and then was put in prison. John was beheaded 2 years after being put in prison. John spent his entire life being prepared and postponed for a 15 month ministry.
Then there is the life of Jesus.
Jesus the Son of God but he too needed to grow, matured go through his own maturation process.
Then Acts 10:38 occurred and Jesus 3 year ministry begins.
Do we need long ministries or ministries that are filled with power? I just remembered that John the Baptist in his 15 months baptized over one hundred thousand people.
Learn to rejoice in the preparation process…
Perhaps better stated hold onto the dreams God gives you. It’s 4:10am on Sunday morning. As I sat to hang out with the Lord and wondered if he would give me something to write? I immediately had the story of Joseph come to my mind, You can go read the account in Genesis 37.
The story goes like this: Joseph was 17 years old when he had a dream about his future greatness. How awesome is that? The first mistake he made was to tell his brothers who despised him.He is sold into slavery, falsely accused of sexual misconduct, then thrown in prison. how long was Joseph in prison? It was some where between 7-9 years, that includes 2 years after he interprets the dream of Pharaoh’s butler and wine steward, Even Joseph manipulating didn’t expedite the early release from prison.
So how long was it between him getting the dream and the fulfillment? It was not quite 14 years Joseph. How long have you been waiting for your dreams to be fulfill? Why did it take so long? I was given a dream/word when I was 20 years old that I would have my own church. Twenty-two years later that word/dream was fulfilled. I had another word/dream that I would travel the world that occurred 25 years later.
I can’t even begin to tell you of all the circumstances that occurred during that time including liven on the floor for 3.5 years in agony with a back injury. Why? Why did Joseph go through all those circumstances? Because God had to develop the person to carry the dream.
We read this in:
Hold onto your dreams…
In Jeremiah 32 Jeremiah is in prison for giving a prophetic word that didn’t go over very well. So here he is in prison and God tells him to buy a field for the future.
Think for a moment Jeremiah is in jail for nothing he has done wrong. I wonder what Jeremiah was thinking? How about his emotions? There are all kinds of prisons we can find ourselves in, emotional, mental, etc.
So Jeremiah is in prison and God sends him a word. I wonder if in our prisons we have the capacity to be able to hear from God? What was the word he sent? You’re going to get out of prison? No, he tells him to buy a field. God shows up and tells him to buy real estate. That’s nuts living in a war torn country and knowing Israel is going to be taken over by Babylon; it doesn’t sound like thee optimum time to buy property.
Do you know what Jeremiah did? He trusted in the prophetic he received and he bought the field. The field represents the future. No matter where you are today God has a word for us and He has future for us.
Be encouraged if you fell locked up God has a word for you. If you listen carefully it might be something that is totally out of the box. Know this you have a future, IT’S AN AWESOME FUTURE…
In the middle of chaos God will step into your prison and speak about your tomorrow.
As I read this morning I lifted up my hands and I began to declare blessings over all of you…
Father, these are your children. Pour you love and affection over each one of them. Reveal yourself, make yourself know. Open as Paul wrote their eyes of understanding. Father, show us your ways. Make clear our path. Comfort and encourage those who are hurting, discouraged, dismayed and disappointed.
May your voice become louder and clearer to all of us. Help us discern what are “good” thoughts and what are “God” thoughts. Help us discern what You are doing and what the devil is doing. Make all the crooked places straight.
Father, bless your children. Watch over them and pour upon them a fresh anointing. Give us the grace that we need to face all the circumstances in our lives as well as the grace we need for others and for ourselves. Grant us the awareness of your presence and then the willingness to walk in it…
Blessings from 6 Damascus Road
Pastor Brian R. Weeks began ministering in 1972 and has served as a pastor to both youth and young adults. He also served as an associate pastor for eleven years, and then for 25 years as a senior pastor, apostolic missionary, and church planter. In March of 2017 he released his church Solomon’s Porch, but in order to remain part of the local church, continues to serve among its several pastors.