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“Two open arms fueled by love, as opposed to two arms fueled by ridicule, can make a difference in someone’s life”. Co-Pastor Teresa Goggins

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Word for the Day- Consider it an Interruption

We know that Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:2). As believers in Christ, we should also be confident in the fact that God has the final say so in our lives. Compare your life to a story being read aloud. Think about where you are in your life right now. The place you’re in may not feel good but that’s okay. Now consider anything that the enemy throws your way as an interruption during your story. The story is still finished, the author hasn’t changed and the ending is still the same. You just haven’t read that far yet. You may have to pause your story to deal with the interruption, i.e., financial hardships, marital problems, frustration, doubt, loss of job, lack of faith, or death of a loved one, but when you resume reading, the story will end the same way God intended it to; for your good.

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Amen.

Yielding leads to discovery

Finding yourself isn’t the hard part about life’s journey. It’s allowing yourself  to be discovered that renders a challenge. We’re free to take the measures we deem necessary for self discovery but the problem with that is that our resources are limited. Searching on your own leads to dependency on your own understanding (Proverbs 3:5), your own logic and your own tools. We dig, we prod, and we experiment but often times then not, we get results that we’ve settled upon; results that don’t quite fit us or results that lead us to more searching. Some of us spend a lifetime searching and sadly that equates to a life of wasted time.

Freedom is wonderful concept. We’re free to live where we want, eat what we want, buy what we want. We don’t need permission to stay out after midnight and for the most part, within reasonable bounds, we’re free to live our lives how we choose. But…that’s also where freedom becomes a concept, an idea of are we really free? The Bible tells us that man makes  many plans regarding his life but the Lord is who directs him and makes them true (Proverbs 16:9). So in layman’s terms, we can spend hours, weeks or even years planning and orchestrating our next moves in life but the Word tells us that God’s will for our lives is the only thing that will prevail. So again, we’re free but our freedom comes with a lease.

Fighting against God’s will with your own is a lost battle from its start. However, yielding to God’s will is the start to discovering what He’s already prepared for your life. Man’s will is dangerous when left on it’s own but yieresentment-depressionlding to God’s will always lead us to peace,welfare and hope in our expected end (Jeremiah 29:11). 

The desire to yield stems from pressure to seek results. You normally don’t wave your white flag until you’ve exhausted all your other options. Yet a surrendered will, will produce a harvest. Those desires that are lined up to what God has planned for you will begin to manifest. Your yielding will allow you to discover who you are in Him. It will give you the confidence to declare, not my will Lord, but yours alone . Yielding to God will reassure you of the purpose He designed you for.

Check Out Co-Pastor Goggins on AskDrO!

Dr. Dwight A. Owens of Atlanta Georgia, mentions Co-Pastor Goggins in his mental health and relationship blog entitled, AskDrO! Read his article and watch the video of Co-Pastor Teresa Goggins here!

Encouragement for the Day

No one’s life is ever perfect. We never truly get all the things want out of it and sometimes not even the things we need. Sometimes we’re short on bill money, and sometimes we have to cut back. The kids may not be able to get the latest trends right now and you may not be able to get your hair done as often as you’d like. The pantry may only contain rice and beans and maybe you’ve had to downsize more than you initially planned. Everything may be going left when you want to go right but that’s okay. No matter what happens, we should always put or trust in Him and praise in or through whatever we’re facing. Because truth be told, with God in control, we will essentially always have what we need to survive. The Lord is worthy to be praised in every aspect of our lives. The hills and valleys, the peaks and plummets and even the backwards and sideways. So, rejoice in Him today 🙂

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Though the cherry tress don’t blossom and the strawberries don’t ripen, though the apples are worm-eaten and the wheat felds stunted, though the sheep pens are sheepless and the cattle barns empty, I’m singing joyful praise to God. I’m turning cartwheels of joy to my Savior God. Counting on God’s rule to prevail, I take heart and gain strength. I run like a deer. I feel like I’m king of the mountain!

Habakkuk 17-19 (MSG)

Production Over Promise

During my time of reflection, I was just thinking why church/ministries feel that the Word of God needs a production in the pulpit to convey His Word. The Word tells us in Hebrews 4:12 that the “Word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any two-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart”. So if the Word of God is already alive and working on its own, why would man have to pump it up with fancy clothes, extravagant church service regimes and secular additives? The word of God doesn’t need pyrotechnics, smoke and elaborate light shows to convey it’s power to the people on a daily basis. The Word is the light, all by itself, just the way God spoke it.

 

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If we did indeed need all this in order to preach the gospel, how did Christ accomplish the task of speaking to thousands without the use of a microphone and a stage play featuring the twelve disciples? There’s nothing wrong with having special programs and somewhat adjusting to what works for your audience/members at times but all we really need in order to deliver God’s Word is to “seek the Kingdom of God, above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need” -Matthew 6:33.

-Pastor Thomas Goggins

 

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Just Keep Pushing!

Never get tired of pursuing what God has placed on your life! The awesome thing about it, God knows your time of arrival to your ordained destiny. Don’t grow weary you shall reap if you faint not. It takes a tremendous amount of faith to follow the invisible, but that is exactly what God requires of every believer! We are constantly tested in our day to day activities the key is never give up!  God will always provide what you need during the process or path to your purpose. I encourage you on today to enjoy the journey on your way to your purpose being fulfilled; remember that is called LIFE……your are given that everyday!

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Co Pastor Teresa M. Goggins

 

Picture source: http://www.watchmegorun.com/2012/02/how-perseverance-pays-off-love-story.html

What Kind of Fruit Are You Bearing?

But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness….

2 Peter 1:5-6

In order to grow and mature spiritually you must be willing to stay planted in the ground long enough for your fruit to come forth and be the kind that will remain. You are known by the fruit you bare; stay connected to the right tree and you will produce fruit of the same kind as your faith continue to grow in Him!

 

 

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Picture source: http://www.godlywoman.co/2011/06/characters-and-fruits-of-christian-life.html

Verse of the Day

 

If only you would prepare your heart and lift up your hands to him in prayer!

Job 11:13

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