I remember my former pastor, Elder W.F. Faust, Sr., telling a story about a bird and a telephone wire. He said, very short but powerful story, “A bird flew on a telephone wire. The wire began to shake. The bird flew off the telephone wire and the wire still shook in the absence of the bird.” The question he would ask us was, “How many of you are still shaking, BUT, the Spirit of God has left you because of sin? How many of you are still shaking but the Spirit of God has left because of the way you are living? Anybody can shout (dance.)”
Today I ask the same question. How many are yet shaking in the church? Preaching in the church? Running in the church? Speaking a tongue in the church, and the Holy Ghost is no longer there? The Spirit of God does not dwell in an unclean place. Once saved always saved is a LIE. You’ve got to continue to live Holy, read your word and pray to STAY saved. You must continue to stay separated from those things you used to do, that were wrong, to stay saved. It’s not give the preacher your hand and God your heart and you can do anything you want.There MUST be a difference in the way we live.
It’s amazing how we can point the finger at the drug addict, the prostitute, the adulterer, the homosexual, the drunkard, etc., while sin yet dwells in us.
Listen! Crying in the church means nothing if your life does not change. A good sermon, an emotional song can move almost anyone to tears. But after the tears are gone, CAN YOU LIVE HOLY?
Has your bird flown away and your wire still shakes? Don’t let the devil fool you. Your life depends upon it.
(Something I read this morning) Do you know why so many believers are losing the battles in their lives? They are fighting the wrong enemy! They have been deceived into believing that just because a person said or did something to hurt them, that person is the one they need to fight. But they are wrong.
The Bible says we don’t wrestle with flesh and blood. And since people are definitely flesh and blood, they are never the source of our problem.
Satan and his demons. They are your lifelong enemies! They are behind every personal affront you encounter. The people who hurt you and persecute you are only Satan’s tools. When he wants to strike out at you, he uses them to get the job done.
REMEMBER THIS: Persecution is not the manifestation of another person’s hate for you. It’s a manifestation of Satan’s fear of you. When you get into the Word and start swinging it around, using it like the sword of the Spirit it is, he gets scared. So he looks for some person he can send in there to stop you. Next time someone hurts you, don’t let yourself get sidetracked into fighting them. Bind the spirit behind them. Put flesh and blood battles behind and war with the weapons of the Spirit. Zero in on Satan with authority and the Word of God and bring your real enemy down!
Praise. According to the Word of God, that’s the most appropriate, becoming thing that you as a believer can do. Let me warn you though, God’s idea of appropriate praise and your idea of appropriate praise may be two different things. The praise he calls for is joyous and uninhibited. And, at times, it’s just plain loud! Anyone ever gave him a LOUD praise! That loudness can be so refreshing! If the angels, who are already in his presence, can shout until the doorposts shake what about us who are tying to get there? When they praise this way, the glory of the Lord fills the house. COME INTO MY HOUSE LORD! When we get to heaven, we are going to be praising like that too. You are going to be leaping and praising God with every part of your being. But don’t wait until then to start. Begin now. This is our practice room. Decide today that instead of praising God the way you like, you are going to start doing it the way he likes. Don’t worry about people and what they say. This is a you and God thing! He wants to inhabit your praise! Begin to release those praises joyously, uninhibitedly. Don’t wait until you get to heaven to praise God with all your being. Do it Now! He deserve it!
No weapon formed against you shall prosper. Isn’t that great news! No sickness, no circumstance, no problem that rises against you can successfully bring you down. You MUST believe this in faith. When the devil attacks you in some area of your life, don’t sit around crying and moping, and feeling sorry for yourself. Open your Bible to Isaiah 54:17, highlight it, underline it, read it, and then read it again. Remind yourself of what God has promised you. Use that promise to strengthen you against every attack of the devil. Don’t let the powerhouse of God’s protection go to waste. Put it to work in your life. It is your rightful heritage as a servant of the Lord. NO WEAPON! No matter what it is! You are a conqueror. You MUST believe this, in Jesus name.
True shepherds pour into the sheep and empty their hearts out to them without holdback or hesitation. BUT, who pours into the shepherd? Who stands with them in prayer and keep their arms lifted? Who encourages them and speak words of kindness to them? As long as Moses’ arms were kept lifted they won the battle. Let’s pray for our pastors and keep them lifted. In Jesus name! Say a kind word, do a thoughtful act or deed. It will encourage them to go a bit further. The enemy fights our leaders. Smite the shepherd and the sheep scatters. Sheep, let’s hold it together. Prayer and fasting for our leaders works.
(Something I just read and wanted to share)…It’s a little lengthy…
If you feel like you are under pressure these days, you are not alone. Satan is putting more pressure on more people right now than ever before. He’s pressuring us mentally, financially, emotionally, and every other way he can. The pressure has gotten so great everywhere that governments don’t know what to do. Businesses don’t know what to do. Families don’t know. Churches don’t know.
But, praise God, Jesus does! He says we can give our way right out from under any pressure the devil brings to bear.
Giving is always Jesus’ way out. Whenever there’s a need, He plants seed! In fact, in Mark 4, He compares the entire kingdom of God to a seed. Just think about the importance of seeds for a moment. Every living thing on this earth came from a seed. You came from a seed. Then you were born again from the seed of God’s Word. Jesus himself was The Seed planted by God. God sowed Him in sacrifice. He came forth and grew up into many brethren.
So, when Satan puts you under pressure, go to Jesus and let Him tell you how and where to plant. If you will do it, that seed will grow up until it breaks the powers of darkness and lack. It will release you from the pressure the devil’s been putting on you.
If the devil is pressuring you, don’t panic…plant! Plant your time. Plant your money. Plants the clothes off you back. When your harvest comes in, you can laugh and say, “Hey, Devil, who’s feeling the pressure now?”
This world is not getting any better, and we all see and know that. The day of the return of Jesus is closer than it ever was. The Lord is calling US ALL to come to Him. We all need and must develop a personal relationship with our heavenly Father. If we don’t we won’t make it. This is not just to you, it’s to all of us. Those who don’t do this will experience defeat and disasters in their lives. We’ve got to study the Word of God and get it in our hearts. We must develop a sincere prayer life; hear the voice of God for directions and instructions. Yes God yet speaks. Slow down and get before him in prayer, and listen. God will give you directions. This is NOT the time to look back, go back, slide back, or start into anything that is not of God. Those that are saved and full of the Holy Ghost, stay saved and increase your strength. Backsliders, God is calling you back to the sweet communion that you once had with Him. Don’t let the devil fool you. Jesus is coming back. Sinner man, woman, girl and boy, today you hear his voice. Don’t harden your heart. This may be your last chance to walk away from those things THAT YOU KNOW are wrong, and accept a new life in Christ. Many of you are tired of the way you are living. You are stuck and don’t know what to do. Jesus Christ is your answer. Bow down where ever you are. Ask the Lord to come into your hearts and change you; change your thoughts, change your walk, change your talk…take away the evil. And guess what? He will do it. Yes, we have been hearing it for a long time, JESUS IS COMING! I believe that we are in the last of the last days of this age. We are living in perilous times, and accept we are in Christ, and the Holy Ghost in us, we won’t make it. Today you hear his voice; harden not your hearts.