Women’s Ministry, led by Sister Dr. Mary L. House, met before Bible Study last night and gave us homework. We were invited to study Hagar’s story, respond to the questions on a handout regarding past hurts, confess and pray. As I took a first pass at the exercise this morning, I was shaken by my answers to the question regarding consequences of unconfessed sins. Feel free to add to this list.
- Repeat offenses
- Stalled growth
- Failure to thrive and prosper
- Limited thinking
- Unharvested fruit
- Bad choices
- Distance in relationship to Jesus
But thanks to His grace and mercy, all such things can lead to brokenheartedness that leads to new relationship with Jesus! Oswald Chambers reminds us that while obeying Jesus is our spiritual destiny fulfilling it is our choice. Mind the gap between the “If…” of Luke 9:23 and John 14:15.
The Lord does not give me rules, He makes His standard very clear, and if my relationship to Him is that of love, I will do what He says without any hesitation. If I hesitate, it is because I love some one else in competition with Him, viz., myself. Jesus Christ will not help me to obey Him, I must obey Him; and when I do obey Him, I fulfil my spiritual destiny. Oswald Chambers
At about the darkest passage of your life, your personal midnight, Pastor Marvin Sapp reassured us today, hang on. It is at that very point that a new day is dawning. I’ve been treated to some experiences in recent days and weeks that can only be described as transformative. They confirm that I am in the right place, at the right time. The ceaseless attacks of the enemy similarly confirm that I am in God’s will. Dr. Sapp, the preacher who also has the gift of song, encouraged us – but sternly with the example of Paul and Silas in prison – to praise at the pitch that will bring prison walls down and liberate everyone around us. Go ahead, confuse the enemy: Praise The Lord right there, in the midnight hour, when nothing suggests your change is on it’s way.
After all, we serve an unconventional God and the Comforter:
The Holy Ghost did not come just so we could speak with other tongues, but to give you power to be a more effective witness.
Therefore, it’s on you to execute your praise. “Turn up the volume.” Walk in authority, function in your purpose, and decide to deny circumstances the power to change or block your praise. Yes, once you open your mouth the enemy will be right there to muffle it. Don’t think that just because you are in the will of God you’re not going to go through trouble. Just remember, trouble don’t last always and Praise Him in Advance!
Bishop Shelton Bady gave a powerful, inspired and anointed message at Mountaintop on Sunday. The core of this message provided an explanation of the following five weapons to overcome the enemy.
2. The word of God
3. Biblical confession
4. Praise and worship
aith in God