Thoughts… Warning

September 25th, 2017

MATTHEW 7:13 (AMP)

“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad and easy to travel is the path that leads the way to destruction and eternal loss, and there are many who enter through it.”

Oh my, this morning so many thoughts are going through my mind concerning the church.   If we take the time to focus on the things of God and the Word of God, we will be careful about the  things that we associate with in this world. We cannot side with The Lord, and side with the world.  There must be a distinguishable line.

I read this passage over and over, and I think ‘how broad’ we are painting this line for the church to walk.  We keep adding ‘reasons’ to disagree with the people of God.  We use situations of this old world to guard our lives… giving excuses for acting ‘out’ of line with the Word of God.  We say we walk in love and yet we continue to sow discord in the church, in the nation.  It’s a shame. We seem to be picking battles, choosing our ‘own’ fights.  Yet we are not fighting the good fight of faith.

Maybe I’m shallow, maybe I’m wrong. But, I am very careful in the battles that I will fight. I am very guarded on the weapons of my warfare. I will not be moved by the things that I see or hear. I will rest in the care of My Father. I will stand boldly and declare His Love.  The church is divided by denominational walls. But the more we take up the fight against ‘issues’ of today, we lose our ability to stand and represent Him to a lost and hurting world.   People are looking at us… they are expecting us to stand and to say what the Word says.  We seem to be defending the ‘world’ more than The Word.  I am speaking for/to myself, yet I speak to the ‘church’… Be Careful!  Guard your heart!   Be alert, this world is watching us and we must not lead them to a ditch.

God is my witness, He is my Source.  I wanna be more like Jesus. I want to follow in His footsteps.

“Let my life be an example of His Love, His Mercy, and His Grace”

~Pastor Lovie

 

Stop Warring in the Flesh

September 22nd, 2017

2 Corinthians 10: 3  “For though we walk in the flesh [as mortal men], we are not carrying on our [spiritual] warfare according to the flesh and using the weapons of man. 4  The weapons of our warfare are not physical [weapons of flesh and blood]. Our weapons are divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses ” (AMP)

My heart aches for the ‘church’ today.  In times of upheaval and turmoil, we have turned to the world’s way of dealing with current issues. We have put on the’thinking’cap’ of this generation. We seem to have forgotten who we are, we’ve stood idly by and let the enemy infiltrate our camp. We are, and have been, entangling ourselves with the world’s way of thinking and acting.  (We are ‘in’ this ol’ world, yet we are not to be ‘of’ this ol’ world)

There is way too much division, and it’s crossed over in to the church. We march, we scream, we demand… but, we are not fighting the fight of faith. We somehow think that we must compromise the message of the gospel in order to reach the hurting.  We can NOT help them when we don’t present the message of The Lord.  We cannot share God’s Love when we argue and fight each other. We don’t represent The Father when we paint the road broader to include everybody.  I’m concerned… concerned that holiness, righteousness, and God’s power is not what we are teaching/living.

There’s a song, “People Need The Lord”.  Each time I hear it, each time I sing it, I am reminded that it’s not about ‘me’, it’s about Jesus. Folks, they pass us everyday… in the store, on our job, at school… hurting people everywhere. We may be the only ‘bible’ that many will read. I don’t think that they need us to stand and divide them with our bitterness and anger. The Love of God compels us to reach them with His Message.

Let our lives reflect Jesus!  Let our words present Jesus!   

Psalm 19:14 “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable and pleasing in Your sight, O Lord, my [firm, immovable] rock and my Redeemer.”
Ephesians 4:29
Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.  
30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.  31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: 32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”
I pray these scriptures daily,
My sole desire, My soul’s desire,
~Pastor Lovie

 

Declare Daily

September 21st, 2017

“God’s Word says I am blessed… so I am! I’ve got the Burden removing, Yoke destroying, Power of God in my life. Now, God’s Word says I am blessed… so I am.”

There is something to waking up with a song on your heart… All day long I will declare this.

I’m not moved by things I see, or even by things I feel. I choose to declare God’s Word… Why? Cause God’s Word is so very real. HE is faithful to perform His Word. He is faithful to me.

Blessing n Favour,

~Pastor Lovie

Thoughtful & Thankful

September 8th, 2017

I’ve been thinking on all the things taking place in this ol’ world.  But I am reminded continually that my God is greater, far greater, than anything that we see in this physical and natural world.

Church, we must begin to focus on His Word, and commit to living it out daily.  Guard your hearts and the words of your mouth. Check your attitudes and actions in the ‘mirror’ of God’s Word.  The Church needs to step up, calm ourselves and prepare our hearts daily. We need the compassion of Jesus Christ, we need the heart of The Father. We are to minister God’s Love.

I think the one thing that stirs my heart the most….

Too much of the church has taken up the worlds warfare. But we must go back to the foundation of The Word of God.  We must stand bold, and declare His Love and Mercy. We cannot link arms with the enemy and expect to win.  We are chosen, ‘called out‘ to be separate from this old world’s way of doing things.  We cannot walk, talk, and act like the ‘world’, and expect to lead them to The Father.  There’s something different about the Christian life.  They ought to be able to distinguish us from the rest of the world.  Church, check your love-walk.  Check your attitude.

2 Corinthians 10:3-5

For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:
(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)
Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

Psalms 19: 14

14 Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.

Matthew 12: 35-37

35  A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.
36  But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.
37  For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.

These are a few things that God has reminded me of. I am careful when I speak…

I want my heart and my words to reflect The Father,

Pastor Lovie

 

Thoughts For Our Future

September 5th, 2017

Jeremiah 29:11 (KJV)

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

Thinking back there were many nights I sat with pen and paper mapping out plans and finances.  Did I ever come up with the solution on my own? No. But I did realize that God was my answer. God was, and is, and will always be our source.

God knows the things that we are going thru, He knows the struggles and the pain. But I am reminded that He is ‘fighting for me’ on a daily basis.  I think on songs, Psalms, and hymns, and realize that I stand on the brink of a miracle.  I will not sell Him short. He is faithful to me.

So, I just want to encourage you to stand firm on His Word. Tell the devil, “No more, no more will I allow panic or stress to take my focus away from the Promise of God for my life, my family, and all that pertains to me.  I am who He says I am.  I have what He says I have.  I can do what He says I can do. I will follow after His Plan for my life.

 

God bless you,

Pastor Lovie