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Search Me

searchmeogod By Pastor Mike

Psalm 139:23-24

Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:  And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”

There’s scripture that asks JESUS to search our hearts. JESUS can see what’s in our hearts, mind, soul and spirit. HE knows our thoughts. Things we give the highest priority in our lives will be what’s in our heart. What you always put before your eyes will be in your heart. Things you listen to will be in your hearts. Things you read will be in your heart. If you’re asking JESUS to search your heart then get ready. There might be some changes coming.

Jeremiah 17:9-10

The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?  I the Lord search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.”

JESUS knows what’s in our hearts. When you follow HIM and get born of the water and the Spirit, you will get a new heart. He’ll remove the heart of stone and give a heart of flesh. A heart that wants to be like JESUS. That loves like HE does. That cares like HE does.

Do you realize the most precious thing you possess is your Salvation. It is more precious than anything else you will ever have.

Mark 8:36

“What shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?”

God is looking at the soul, at the heart, at the real you. This is what really matters: is my heart right with God? If it is, that’s what matters. If you feel yourself getting complacent with your walk with God, all you have to do is light yourself back on fire for JESUS. Get someone to help you if that gets you back on fire for HIM.

1 Samuel 16:7

But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.”

The old saying, don’t judge a book by its cover. Look in someone’s eyes and you’ll see that’s the window to their soul. You’ll see how people are, not by the outward but by the way they treat people. The way they act towards others.

I wanna end with this scripture.

Numbers 6:24-26

The Lord bless thee, and keep thee: The Lord make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.”

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Where are the Intercessors?

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By Pastor Jeff

Isaiah 59:16, “And he saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor: therefore his arm brought salvation unto him; and his righteousness, it sustained him.” Ezekiel 22:30, ” And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none.”

We are in a time in which intercessors are desperately needed in the church, God is calling and seeking anyone who will answer the call. Most are familiar with 2 Chronicles 7:14, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” Though this is referring to the nation of Israel, we see that many people are calling on the church to stand and pray for our nation and I will agree that we indeed need a move of God from the church up to the leaders of this land.

But when we talk about intercession it is more than just praying for our nation; it also is that individual prayer for each other that is missing from most of our assemblies. I got involved in intercession many years ago at a bible study about intercessory prayer when the power of God fell very heavily on a small group that assembled together one friday night. It forever changed my prayer life, but I will be the first to admit that I have done this type of prayer for a while, backed off, entered into it again and once again backed off. I can look back at my walk and see when ever I pursued intercession in my life big changes happened around it.

So I find myself excited that God seems to be directing my path and I hope others will join me in interceding for others. There are a couple of things we should know as we enter into intercession and one is that we need to be sensitive to the Spirit of God as He prompts to intercede for others, we also need to have discernment to recognize if it is a spiritual, physical, or emotional issue. We also need to have tenacity, that never giving up until we get the victory, and most important LOVE, Romans 12:9-15, “Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality. Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not. Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.”

When was the last time you weeped for a brother and sister? For if we intercede for them when the victory comes we can also rejoice with them as well, 1Corinthians 12:26, “And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.”

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Forgive and Forget

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By Pastor Jeff

Forgiveness is one of the most important and the most difficult things for us Christians to accept and do. The word of God is filled with examples of the problems that occur when we do not forgive, remember Cain and Abel? how about Ahitophel and David? We also have the good examples of what happens when we do forgive one another such as Jacob and Esau, Joseph and his brothers.

The most supreme example is Jesus when after being betrayed, beaten, sentenced to death, and nailed to the cross said this in Luke 23:34, “Then said, Jesus, Father, forgive them for they know what they do…”

When Jesus’ disciples came to Him one day asking Jesus to show them how to pray, Matthew 6:9-13,Our Father which art in heaven Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.” Jesus then says in verse 14 and 15, For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”

I need to forgiveness so I need to follow this example Jesus gave us; we christians all agree that forgiveness is very important. But I would like it to take it a step further and state that we should not only forgive but learn to forget!

How can that be you ask? God gave us plenty examples such as in Jeremiah when telling the Israelites of the “New Covenant” to come He says in verse 34, “And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.” In Psalms 103:12, “As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.” That’s pretty far isn’t it? But you say how does God do that? Well He chooses to and I believe just as forgiveness is a choice for us, to forget is also a choice we choose to make.

A line in Matthew West’s song “Forgiveness” says about forgiveness, “It clears the bitterness away, it can even set a prisoner free, There is no end to what it’s power can do, So, let is go and be amazed, By what you see through eyes of grace, The prisoner that it really frees is you” Unforgiveness can hold us back from being all we can be in Christ Jesus and if left unchecked can destroy our relationship with others and as well as with our Savior. Lets not only forgive but also forget as Jesus has done for us!

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How God Feels About You

jesus-hugging-man-in-heaven-clouds-god-hands By Pastor Mike

This is something we really need to know. How does GOD feel about us. I remember growing up and thinking GOD was mean and never gave me anything I wanted. Never realizing that HE will supply all of our needs. Things I wanted was not things I really needed. There’s still tons of people that don’t know how JESUS feels about them. They still get mad when they don’t get their way. They don’t understand the Love JESUS has for them. That’s our job to tell people about JESUS.

See, JESUS shows us in HIS Word and in life all about GOD’S Power and HIS passion for the lost. When HE died and rose again HE was telling us that HE cares about us. I could end this sermon about how GOD feels about us with one scripture. I’ll give you the scripture.

John 3:16

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

People still feel that if they mess up and do something they think will make GOD mad, that JESUS is gonna punish them. That’s the way I used to think. There’s too many people still thinking that way. We serve a GOD that was with us when we went to the bars and the drug houses and other places we shouldn’t be. HE is with us now when we do anything in our lives. We can’t hide nothing from JESUS. Wherever you are, HE is right there.

We need to understand and help others understand that JESUS loves them and cares about them. HE loves and cares for everybody. That’s how GOD feels about you. That’s what we have to show to people and not just tell them about it. Showing JESUS to people is a lot more powerful than telling them. Actions do speak louder than words. But I’m also saying that telling them even after they JESUS in you is powerful. There’s a lot of people who never been to church. They don’t know JESUS. Remember back in the day when almost everyone went to church somewhere. Places were closed on Sundays.

Let’s go to Luke 15 Starting at verse 1.

Then drew near unto him all the publicans and sinners for to hear him.

And the Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying, This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them.

And he spake this parable unto them, saying,

What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it?

And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing.

And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost.

I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.

That’s talking about one sinner coming to repentance and coming to JESUS. We should rejoice when someone comes to JESUS and repents and gets Baptized in JESUS Name and gets filled with the Holy Ghost. Today is the day of salvation. No excuses.

Either what woman having ten pieces of silver, if she lose one piece, doth not light a candle, and sweep the house, and seek diligently till she find it?

And when she hath found it, she calleth her friends and her neighbours together, saying, Rejoice with me; for I have found the piece which I had lost.

10 Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.

Again it talks here about the lost being found. Please read.

11 And he said, A certain man had two sons:

12 And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living.

13 And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living.

14 And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want.

15 And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine.

16 And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him.

17 And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father’s have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!

18 I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee,

19 And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants.

20 And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.

21 And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son.

22 But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet:

23 And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry:

24 For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.

We were once lost but now we are found. JESUS holds us in HIS arms because HE cares for us. Don’t listen to devil and his lies. JESUS loves everybody. HE died for everybody. HE cares about us.

25 Now his elder son was in the field: and as he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard musick and dancing.

26 And he called one of the servants, and asked what these things meant.

27 And he said unto him, Thy brother is come; and thy father hath killed the fatted calf, because he hath received him safe and sound.

28 And he was angry, and would not go in: therefore came his father out, and intreated him.

29 And he answering said to his father, Lo, these many years do I serve thee, neither transgressed I at any time thy commandment: and yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends:

30 But as soon as this thy son was come, which hath devoured thy living with harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf.

31 And he said unto him, Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine.

32 It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found.

See, this son was always there and could have enjoyed all the Blessings that were there. JESUS wants us to build that relationship with HIM and enjoy all the Blessings HE gives us and HE gives us a lot of Blessings. Are we Blessed today?

You have a shepherd who lost a sheep, searched and found it. Brought it back and everyone rejoiced. The sheep can’t chose to return because it’s an ignorant animal.

A woman lost a coin, searched for it, found it and rejoiced. The coin is just an object so it can’t chose anything.

A dad who lost a son because of self-will. He doesn’t go searching for the boy, he stays home waiting every day to see if his son will return home. The dad didn’t looking for the boy because the boy chose to leave. When we choose to leave JESUS even for a short period of time, HE is right there waiting for us to return to HIM. It’s our choice to leave JESUS and to return to HIM.

Always remember that JESUS gives us everything we need. HE gives us breathe, life, knowledge, understanding, wisdom, food clothing, and shelter among many other things.

Lots of people think they are unworthy to be loved by JESUS. That they are not good enough. We need to understand that GOD don’t make no junk. The devil lies to us and tells us we have no value. That we are no good to anyone. That we are garbage.

We have a GOD that says HE is the world’s recycling plant. We have so much value to HIM that we are the reason for the cross. HE will never dump us aside. JESUS takes what the world calls trash and makes us treasures. HE makes us whole and makes us count. HE shed HIS Blood and paid the price for us to be HIS. JESUS has never, never, never, ever stopped loving us. That should make us rejoice. That’s how GOD feels about us.

Luke 19:10

“For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.”

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God’s Nevers

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By Pastor Jeff

A popular phrase that many of us have used in the past is “Never say Never”, it is a term with many a good intention that most, if not all of us have failed to keep. Many of us grew up saying we would never do this or never do that with very little success in keeping that pledge. The apostle Paul put it this way in Romans 7:18-20, “For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.” 

It doesn’t take us long to see events with people in the bible that also had this issue of not being able to keep the “never’s” they promised, I’m sure Adam never intended to eat of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, Moses probably never intended to one day go back to Egypt, David never thought he would be guilty of adultery and murder. Peter said he would never deny our savior but one evening he not only did it once but three times just as Jesus said he would, and Saul of Tarsus never had any intention of one day becoming a Christian.

Jesus thank God was never guilty of this same malady that man suffer from, Numbers 23:19, “God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?”

We are all familiar with the scripture in Hebrews 13:5 about how He will never leave us nor forsake us, but God has many more Nevers that we need to be thankful for. He told the Samaritan woman in John 4:13-14, “Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.” He told Martha the brother of Lazarus in John 11:25-26, “Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?” We are guilty of changing at seemingly every switch of the wind but Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever!

Jesus Christ ascended into heaven almost two thousand years ago and He told His disciples that He went to prepare a place for us and will return one day to bring us to live with Him forever. One last never I would like to remind you of is found in 1 Corinthians 13:8, “Charity never faileth…” Love never fails, His love for us is beyond what we can imagine and it Never, Never, Never fails! Thank God for His “Never’s”.

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Love Thy Neighbor

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Matthew 22:36-39, ” Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” 
I’m very grateful that Jesus didn’t say that we have to follow all the Old Testament laws for it’s been calculated that there are 613 commandments dealing with everything from what you could wear to what you could eat.

In the book of Luke another lawyer is on the scene and ask the same question, I don’t know if it is the same lawyer or a different one but the bible tells us that he wishing to justify himself ask Jesus who is my neighbor? It seems that this lawyer had a narrow vision on what a neighbor was as many of us also have. We think a neighbor is just the person or persons living in our immediate area but Jesus goes on here to completely change this mans view. In Luke 10:30-36 Jesus tells of on man heading from Jerusalem to Jericho who is attacked by thieves, robbed and wounded. Soon a Priest comes and seeing him lying there passes on the other side, after a short while a Levite comes with the same results. Jesus does not tell us why they passed by but don’t we likewise pass people by every day and many of those are hurting but we just don’t want to get involved for it may cost us time and money.

Soon after a Samaritan comes and based on the relationship between the Jews ond the Samaritans you would think that there would be no chance of any assistance. But Jesus tells us the Samaritan seeing the man had compassion and began to lend aid. He not only bandaged his wounds, he put him on his beast, took him to a inn, paid the keeper and told them if any other cost would be incurred he would make take care of it.

Jesus then asked the lawyer in verse 36, ” Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves?” Jesus then replies, “And he said, He that showed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.” Jesus addressed this mans bigotry straight on as the church ought to do likewise, there is no room for discrimination of any kind in the kingdom of God. This does not mean we will always agree with everyone on every issue and we cannot excuse sin as well.

But we if possible always need to have the compassion to help another human being if we are able and Love is always the key, 1 John 4:7-8 says, “Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.” After all Paul tells us at the end of 1 Corinthians 13 that the greatest of these is L.O.V.E. Let’s not ignore the hurting and rejected, let’s have a love that casteth out all fear!

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Our Most valuable Treasure!

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By Pastor Jeff

Matthew 6:19-21, “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”

Many will say that your greatest treasure is your children, others will say your salvation, some will say Jesus Christ is your greatest treasure. I don’t disagree of the importance as well as many other items we could include under this heading. But time is the one thing that once it is gone you can never get it back and it seems that the devil has seen fit to make sure we are so busy that we have little time for God, family, and relaxation! Statistics show that a great part of our day is used up by our work, some ten hours plus if you include getting ready, traveling and the actual hours you work. We sleep on average a little under eight hours so we already have 3/4 of our day used up. They say the average person watches TV two and a half hours and spends two more hours on social media. That leaves us about an hour and a half to prepare meals, eat, exercise, go to the kids games and so on. No wonder we are tired, frustrated, and feel or lives are going no where.

Ephesians 5:16, “Redeeming the time, because the days are evil” I think most, if not all of us would say the day we are living is “evil”, we have mothers killing their own babies, in the womb and also out of it, children killing their parents, the word terrorist has echoed in every ones ears and so on, we don’t want to watch the news or read the newspaper because of all the evil it speaks of.

Time is one of our greatest treasures and we need to realize that it is a gift from God. We spend so much time to obtain the American dream that we have so little time to enjoy it. We need to invest it not so much in material things that will rust, be devoured, and be stolen. But we need to invest our time in God, our spouses, children, our parents, brother and sisters, the family of God and our friends. The devil wants to steal everything from us and this includes what I consider our greatest treasure our time. I end with a poem that has no author called “No Time”.

I knelt to pray but not for long,
I had too much to do.
I had to hurry and get to work
For bills would soon be due.

So I knelt and said a hurried prayer,
And jumped up off my knees.
My Christian duty was now done
My soul could rest at ease.

All day long I had no time
To spread a word of cheer.
No time to speak of Christ to friends,
They’d laugh at me I’d fear.

No time, no time, too much to do,
That was my constant cry,
No time to give to souls in need
But at last the time, the time to die.

I went before the Lord,
I came, I stood with downcast eyes.
For in his hands God held a book;
It was the book of life.

God looked into his book and said
“Your name I cannot find.
I once was going to write it down…
But never found the time”

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My Thoughts about Revival

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