May 22, 2018

Well, That Helped

Our words are so important. Scripture says that the power of life and death is in the tongue. Going through this ZIP IT study, it has become more real to me just how powerful our words are. When we get angry we morph into these dark un-Christ-like creatures who will say anything and use words unbecoming a child of God. And words hurt. In all of our years of couples ministry I have heard story after story of one spouse going off on a tirade and just manifesting something unholy on the other spouse. They confess what they said and the words they used and do you know what I have never heard? I have never ever in nearly 22 years of ministry heard the other spouse say, "I was listening to their tirade and the light came on and well, that helped!" Nope! Not once have I heard those words. What I hear more than anything (and my husband can testify to this) is this: "Your words destroyed me." 

Choose your words carefully. Matthew 12:34 says "Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks." So when we "go off" and those words flood out of our mouths what we are really doing is vomiting the darkness that resides in our hearts. That is why Proverbs 4:23 says:
23 Guard your heart above all else for it determines the course of your life. (NLT)

Check your heart. What do you find there? Selfishness? Pride? Bitterness? Negativity? Anger? Or do you find joy that overflows, peace that subdues, patience that endures, kindness in action, a life full of virtue, faith that prevails, gentleness of heart, and strength of spirit?

What is the condition of your heart? How are you going to use your words? The power of the life of your family, friends and circumstances, or the death of your family, friends and circumstances is in your tongue.

December 15, 2017

PEACE

Matthew 8:23-27King James Version (KJV)

23 And when he was entered into a ship, his disciples followed him.

24 And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves: but he was asleep.

25 And his disciples came to him, and awoke him, saying, Lord, save us: we perish.

26 And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.

27 But the men marvelled, saying, What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him!

 

“Peace is often perceived as a gentle breeze, but what kind of force is needed to still a storm?”  I was listening to a lady speaking yesterday, and sadly I did not catch her name to give her credit for this.  It did make me stop and think.  So I looked up this scripture.  Have you thought about the word rebuke?  Nobody likes to be rebuked.  It has a very negative, yet powerful implication.  It means you’re in trouble.  You did something wrong.  You needed correction.  Something is out of order and is being brought back into order with force.  Rebuke sometimes brings a feeling of shame for our behavior but is intended to cause us to repent and come back to peace with God and our brothers and sisters.  

 

In this scripture, Jesus rebuked the winds and the sea.  I imagine that His words carried the force of an atomic explosion that day. The winds stopped the sea stilled-immediately.  There was no questioning or arguing with the power in the words of the Savior. BUT then there was peace!  

 

My dear friend, no matter what size storm you are going through, understand this:  God says in Malachi 3:11 “And I will rebuke the devourer for your sake, and he shall NOT destroy the fruits of your ground…”  That means that God is going to use His atomic force to stop the enemy from destroying you and what He has given you! 

 

Be encouraged today!  God’s peace is more powerful than the chaos going on around you.

 

With much love

Pastor Wendy

December 18, 2017

Not for Sale

One of my favorite stories in the Bible is found in 2 Samuel 23: 9-10. I have preached a couple of sermons on this scripture, but I woke up praying for a specific person this morning and this was the scripture that kept running through my head so I thought I would share! It says:

 

9 And after him was Eleazar the son of Dodo the Ahohite, one of the three mighty men with David, when they defied the Philistines that were there gathered together to battle, and the men of Israel were gone away:10 He arose, and smote the Philistines until his hand was weary, and his hand clave unto the sword: and the Lord wrought a great victory that day; and the people returned after him only to spoil.

 

Eleazar was one of David’s top 3 mighty men. The Philistines had invaded but when his own army ran, Eleazar stood and defended what was rightfully his. He fought until he was tired and then he fought some more. He fought until his hand clave unto his sword. That’s an old word that means that his hand was joined together with his sword. He was a warrior. He was familiar and accurate with his weapon. It was not some foreign object that he was slinging around. It was HIS sword. It was part of him and when he needed it most it became and extension of who he was. That is pretty awesome! But there is more to the story that I want you to see.

 

First, he was under attack. As we move forward for God we are going to come under attack. It is going to come in the form of the expected - people who are against the move and body of Christ, and the unexpected. In Eleazar’s case, he was abandoned by those who swore to fight by his side! You will notice in life that you are never betrayed by your enemies. Only those closest to you have the opportunity to betray you. Israel was under attack and they were gaining ground, but even in the face of the attack of the enemy, Eleazar would not give up.

 

Second, he was determined not to give up what was rightfully his. I don’t know what is going on in your life today, but don’t budge! What God has given you is yours and you need to plant your feet, square your shoulders, give a war cry and raise your sword for battle! There will be a battle for your mind, your emotions, your will, your family, your church, your country, and maybe even for your life. Mark my words - the battle WILL come! How determined are you to stand and say to your enemy “THIS LIFE OF MINE MAY NOT LOOK LIKE MUCH TO YOU BUT IT IS NOT FOR SALE AND I WILL NOT LET YOU TAKE IT!!!” ?

 

Third, he fought more than one Philistine. Often times the enemy of our soul will come at us with more than one thing at a time. We have to learn to take dominion over the enemy and kill the Philistines in our lives. There are the Philistines of anger, fear, unforgiveness, rage, greed, bitterness, pain, betrayal, deceit and manipulation just to name a few. These are ugly creatures and in my mental picture they are very similar to the Orcs in the movie “Lord of the Rings”. Can you picture it? Eleazar was in a battle not just for the land but for his life. He had been left alone by his army and was facing a literal battle for his life! The Philistines were not going to just taunt him to death. They were not going to tease him until he ran away. They were going to physically kill him and take what was his. All of the Philistines we face have the opportunity to do the same thing to us - UNLESS we take dominion over them!

 

Fourth, he fought until they were all dead and God gave him a decisive victory that day. We cannot give up! You will get weary. Weary is a fancy word for tired. Eleazar did not stop until all the Philistines that came against him were dead. Don’t give up until you have defeated your enemy! You can’t leave a single one of them alive! Chances are that once you show your strength that some of them will run. But the odds are just as good that they wont let up until they have stabbed you in the heart, maimed your calling, injured your emotions, and left you as a corpse on the battlefield. The enemy doesn’t play fair and he is not a graceful loser.

 

Oh daughters (and sons) of the Most High God! It is time that we Esther up! We are to hold our heads up high, square our shoulders, adjust our crown and declare THIS IS MY LIFE AND IT IS NOT FOR SALE! Clean your property and don’t leave it littered with the enemy’s trash. The enemy is treading on holy ground! Swing God’s promises like a sword to defeat your Philistines! Then walk in the freedom that follows, and rest in the peace that the good fight brings!

 

 

With all my heart I love you

Pastor Wendy

January 01, 2020

Signs of LIfe!

Signs of Life!

We are seeing signs of life everywhere!  We are watching people grow; we are watching the church body grow; and we are watching the Kingdom of God grow!  As women, we are naturally nurturers and we use this natural inclination to help our children grow into young men and women.  As women of God, we use this desire to nurture to grow young christians into the godly men and women they are destined to be!  May God hold us personally to HIS standard so that we can raise up the next generation to walk in holiness!

Seeking His Face
Pastor Wendy

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