SET FREE FROM FEAR

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Week of February 16, 2018

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”  (2 Timothy 1:7, NKJV)

The only fear that God encourages in a Christian’s life is the fear of God. The fear of people does not come from God but many Christians fear people more than they fear God. Consequently their fear hinders them from pleasing God because their efforts are spent on trying to appease other people. Timothy knew of Paul’s trials and persecutions throughout his entire ministry. He knew that he too might suffer those same kinds of trials. Paul reminded him that fear of others doesn’t come from God.

Most often our fear is the fear of the unknown. We do not know what lies ahead of us, so we can become apprehensive. Our imagination can magnify problems until they seem unsurmountable.  We need a sound mind to see things in proper perspective.  Fear will enslave you but Christ has come to set you free. Ask God today to free you from any fear you are experiencing and to open your eyes.  He will reveal the realty of your situation and make a way for you to continue your Christian walk.

 

God Bless, Pastor Rick

JUST BE YOU

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Week of February 9, 2018

“But whatever I am now, it is all because God poured out His special favor on me – and not without results.” 1 Corinthians 15:10

God wants you to be you.  Now, of course, God wants you to be you full of Him.  You don’t have to try to pretend to be someone else.  The most attractive people I know are not the best looking; rather, they are the authentic, those that have no pretense about themselves.

You can relax knowing that being yourself is exactly what God wants of you.  You bring glory to God just by being yourself because He created you to be just the person you are led by His hand.

No one else has a vote on who you are.  You are free to be you instead of imitating someone else.  You are free to use your unique, God-given gifts and there’s no need to compare your gifts to the gifts of others.  Are there areas in your life where you are trying to be someone else?  Remember you are fearfully and wonderfully made.  God is happy with you being you.

 

 

God Bless, Pastor Rick

GOD IS WITH YOU

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Week of January 19, 2018

“The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves.  He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.”  Zephaniah 3:17 (NKJV).

Many people harbor anxiety because the future is unknown and consequently people can become pessimistic and discouraged.  Be assured that your life and future are in God’s hands.  God is in control of every situation in which you find yourself.  He knows your needs and will provide for you and for the asking, lead you every step of the way.

As our faith grows stronger and as you start trusting Him more, you will have the calm assurance, even in troubled times, of how trustworthy God is.  He is the rock upon which you can build your life because His grace is sufficient to get you through each day.

So, whatever the circumstance you find yourself in and despite the problems that confront us always remember that God is with you.  Place your faith and trust in Him, and He will give you the victory.

 

God Bless, Pastor Rick

MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN 2018

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Week of January 5, 2018

But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s delicacies, nor with the wine which he drank; therefore he requested of the chief of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.”  Daniel 1:8 (NKJV).

As you begin 2018, would you dare to believe God, who has equipped you with His spirit, to work mightily through your life?  Have you made the connection between the time and place in which you live and God’s call upon your life?  He placed you precisely where you are for a purpose.

Daniel did not let the temptations of His day interfere with his relationship with the Lord.  Regardless of what the most powerful King in the world demanded, Daniel refused to compromise what he knew God required of him.

History is full of examples of Christian men and women who believed that God would work through them to make a significant difference for His kingdom.  For example, God placed Esther strategically in the king’s court so she could save the lives of God’s people. Joseph is also a good example. When God positioned him to become the adviser of Pharaoh in Egypt, Jacob was able to save his people and his family from the severe drought.

Are you allowing your surroundings to determine how you invest your life?  I suggest that this year we all allow God to use us in such a way as to make a difference through our lives to the people in our lives.  Ask God to reveal His purposes for your life for 2018.  Stop right now and ask Him!

 

God Bless, Pastor Rick