GET TOGETHER- Faith and Wisdom

GET TOGETHER- Faith and Wisdom
Joh 7:1 ¶ After these things Jesus walked in Galilee; for He did not want to walk in Judea, because the Jews sought to kill Him. (NKJV) Lu 8:23-25 But as they sailed He fell asleep. And a windstorm came down on the lake, and they were filling with water, and were in jeopardy. And they came to Him and awoke Him, saying, “Master, Master, we are perishing!” Then He arose and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water. And they ceased, and there was a calm. But He said to them, “Where is your faith?” And they were afraid, and marveled, saying to one another, “Who can this be? For He commands even the winds and water, and they obey Him!”

I don’t know about you, but there have been times when the enemy has tried to convince me that my faith was lacking when there was something that God had given me wisdom about. Then on the other hand we can sometimes try to lean on our own understanding of how things look in the natural and not move out or exercise our faith.
The good news for us who serve in the Kingdom is that faith and wisdom are not in competition with each other. The Bible tells us in Pr 2:6,7 “For the LORD gives wisdom; From His mouth come knowledge and understanding; He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk uprightly.” It also tells us in Heb 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. (NKJV)
Sometimes God call us to step out in faith and to maybe take some type of risk that we will know that it is only God that could have made it happen and only God can get the glory from it. At other times God gives us the wisdom of how to avoid a situation that might be very dangerous, or life threatening to us.
In the passage from John hatred for the Lord Jesus had really began to fester among the Pharisees and others in Judea. He knew that it was not His time. Surely, He could have called angels there to protect Him. But He exercised wisdom and stayed out of Judea until it was the appointed time.
In the passage from Luke, we see Him exercise His power over the winds and the stormy seas. He chastised the disciples about their lack of faith. So, we can see here that in this situation it is a time for the disciples to have faith in the Lord Jesus to calm the storm and to know that He would bring them through the storm. He asks them “where is your faith?”
This week I felt like the Holy Spirit gave me a picture that if I am on the bank and I see it lightning out on the water that He is going to give me the wisdom to stay there and to wait until the storm is over. Now an exception would be if there was some reason that I absolutely had to go out, or across that water for some reason. And then I would have to walk in faith that God would protect me from the storm until whatever had to be done was done. And the same would be true if I was out in the water and a storm came up. I would walk in faith that the Lord would take care of me.
Summing this up what I am trying to say is that from time to time as Christians we are called to take risks and we will have to walk in faith. On the other hand, as the Holy Spirit gave Jesus the wisdom to stay out of Judea until the appointed time. We can trust that the Holy Spirit will give us the wisdom to avoid dangerous situations. He may have us take a detour to avoid a life-threatening situation. Or there may be many other things that He gives us the wisdom to do, or not to do so that we can fulfill our destiny here upon the earth. So, for all of us today may we know that operating in faith is not lacking in wisdom. And that using wisdom is not a lack of faith.

Let Us Pray
Lord Jesus, we thank You that you impart faith to us to help us to see You do great and mighty things in Your Kingdom. We also are so thankful that You give us wisdom. We pray that we will walk so closely to You that we will hear the Holy Spirit guide us in using wisdom and exercising our faith.
In Jesus Name
Amen
Love You All
Your Friend/Kinfolk
Preston

GET TOGETHER- SPEAK TO THOSE DRY BONES

GET TOGETHER- SPEAK TO THOSE DRY BONES
Eze 37:1-4 The hand of the LORD came upon me and brought me out in the Spirit of the LORD and set me down in the midst of the valley; and it was full of bones. Then He caused me to pass by them all around, and behold, there were very many in the open valley; and indeed, they were very dry. And He said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” So I answered, “O Lord GOD, You know. “Again He said to me, “Prophesy to these bones, and say to them, ‘O dry bones, hear the word of the LORD!

Over the past few months some of my brothers and sisters in Christ sent me the worship song Rattle by Elevation Worship. These past few days that song has really been going through my spirit. And as I was asking the Holy Spirit what to do today that song went through my spirit again. Last night we shared the passage from Eziekiel 37:1-10 with our group at Jesus Now Overcoming the Power of Sin and Addiction in your life. We also played the song right before J.J. read the passage and shared from it.

Ezekiel was a prophet in Mesopotamia that had been carried into Babylon during the Babylonian captivity under King Nebuchadnezzar after the fall of Jerusalem. All seemed hopeless for God’s people who had lived in Judah and had experienced the judgment of God upon a nation. But for God’s people there is always hope.

I believe as New Covenant believers in Jesus Christ that we can begin to speak to the dry bones and see life come again. I believe that we can speak to the dry bones and see our nation spared from judgment. I believe that we can speak to the dry bones and see hope come to the hopeless.

Dry bones can come in many forms. Dry bones can be in the lives of people that have allowed drugs, or other substance abuse rob them of walking in the plan that God has for their lives. Dry bones can be in the life of a man, or woman that is living in prison and in the natural there is no hope for any type of future. Dry bones can be the person that has bought into the lies of the culture and entered a lifestyle that is in opposition to the will of God.

Dry bones may be in churches that have grown cold and have forgotten the importance of corporate prayer. Dry bones can be in our churches where we got a little lethargic from the COVID situation. Dry bones can be in a nation, or culture that moves away from its Biblical foundation and roots. There are many ways that dry bones may exist all around us.

We might say that well we are not Ezekiel and you may not have the office gift of a prophet. But as children of God we can release life out of our mouths. Jesus said it like this: Mt 21:21 “So Jesus answered and said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but also if you say to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ it will be done.” Speak to those dry bones! Command lethargy and apathy to leave in Jesus Name! Command addiction to leave in Jesus Name !

The Apostle Paul said it like this in 1Co 14:1-3 Pursue love, and desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy. For he who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God, for no one understands him; however, in the spirit he speaks mysteries. But he who prophesies speaks edification and exhortation and comfort to men. Speak to that addict that God has a destiny for them. Speak to that dead church that God has an assignment for them. Speak to the dry bones of a nation that God has a better plan for a nation than any demonic human philosophy, or system.

This is what Ezekiel spoke to the dry bones : Eze 37:5 ‘Thus says the Lord GOD to these bones: “Surely I will cause breath to enter into you, and you shall live.’ We speak breath into the dry bones around us, in our churches, and in our nation!
Eze 37:6 “I will put sinews on you and bring flesh upon you, cover you with skin and put breath in you; and you shall live. Then you shall know that I am the LORD.”‘” We speak that the church will breathe life to the hopeless and to those who believe that there is no hope!
Eze 37:7 -9 So I prophesied as I was commanded; and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and suddenly a rattling; and the bones came together, bone to bone. Indeed, as I looked, the sinews and the flesh came upon them, and the skin covered them over; but there was no breath in them. Also, He said to me, “Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they may live.”‘” We declare and decree today that those who were baptized and have grown cold in their relationship with God will rise up and fulfill the commitment that they made when they put their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ to save them from their sins. We speak life today over the dead bones of Pharisees. We call forth that we will be people of mercy and grace who speak the truth in love!

I hear a little rattling! We are expecting a great Army of Holy Spirit filled believers to rise up and to advance the Kingdom of God upon the earth making disciples of all nations baptizing them in the Name of the Father and the Son, and the Holy Spirit! Eze 37:10 So I prophesied as He commanded me, and breath came into them, and they lived, and stood upon their feet, an exceedingly great army.
In Jesus Name
Amen
Love you all !
Your Friend/Kinfolk
Preston

GET TOGETHER- Walking with God

GET TOGETHER- Walking with God
Ge 2:25 And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed. Ge 3:21 ¶ Also for Adam and his wife the LORD God made tunics of skin, and clothed them. NKJV
Last week I had two special blessings with our children. Both of them took place while I was walking. I love to walk. The first blessing was one day when I was walking our son Jake called me on the phone. We had a wonderful conversation. And he was doing the same thing that I was he was walking for some exercise.
The next evening our daughter Jessye called me and asked me if I would go walking with her. We had a wonderful conversation. I thought about what a great blessing it was to be able to walk and talk with our children. Then I thought about how much that God desires to get into intimate conversation with His children. At one time in the Garden of Eden Adam and Eve had perfect fellowship and intimacy with our Heavenly Father until they succumbed to temptation and sin broke that relationship.
God has created us to walk in intimate fellowship with Him. However, Adam’s sin polluted the human race and that fellowship needed to be restored. For Adam and Eve an animal was slain. The tunics of the animal now covered their nakedness. The Bible tells us in Heb 9:22 And according to the law almost all things are purified with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no remission. (NKJV) The Greek term for remission here is aphesis, af’-es-is. It means release from bondage or imprisonment, forgiveness or pardon, of sins (letting them go as if they had never been committed), remission of the penalty. In remission God forgives the sin and restores the broken relationship with the sinner.
This is a type and shadow of Jesus Christ death on the cross at Calvary. By repenting and putting our faith in His precious blood we can have a restored intimate relationship with Him. Paul says it like this in Eph 2:13,14 “But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation.” So now we can walk with God and have intimate fellowship with Him. Just as it was a blessing for me to get to walk and talk with our son and daughter. God loves to walk, talk, and to listen to His sons and daughters.
Now that our relationship with God has been restored, He has a way that He wants us to walk. We are told in Eph 5:15 how that God wants us to walk “ See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise.” We are to walk carefully and diligently. The best way for us to do that is to spend time with God in prayer, in His word, and in fellowship with other Christians.
When we do that, we will have intimacy with Him that allows us to hear the small still voice of the Holy Spirit when He whispers things to us. When we walk with God like that He will be blessed just as I was blessed walking and talking with our children last week.
In the Book of Genesis we are told of two men who walked with God:
Ge 5:24 And Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him. Ge 6:9 This is the genealogy of Noah. Noah was a just man, perfect in his generations. Noah walked with God. (NKJV)
We won’t be as famous as them. We don’t have the same assignments that they had specifically. But one thing we can do is that we can walk with God and have intimacy with Him forever and ever. The Apostle John said it like this :
Re 22:1-3 And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him.
LET US PRAY
Lord Jesus, we thank you that You have paid the price for us to have an intimate relationship with the Father. We thank You that we experience that intimacy through the Holy Spirit. Help us to be constantly aware that we can walk with You moment by moment both now and forever.
In Jesus Name
Amen
Love you all!
Your Friend/Kinfolk
Preston

GET TOGETHER- MORE THAN CONQUERORS

GET TOGETHER- MORE THAN CONQUERORS
Ro 8:37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.(NKJV)

I know that I have used this passage once already this week. But I feel like the Holy Spirit wanted to say more about it. So, I am going to walk in obedience. I never want to just sit here and think up something that doesn’t come from Him.
As Christians I know that we are to walk in humility. We are not to be prideful. We know that apart from him that we can do nothing. We know this and Jesus stressed it to us in Joh 15:5 “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. (NKJV) On the other hand if we abide in Him, we can be used in His Kingdom to bear fruit.
This is where being more than a conqueror comes in. If you read the Bible, you can see that there were some very powerful nations that conquered other countries. The Assyrians conquered the Northern Kingdom of Israel. They were conquerors, but they were not more than conquerors.
They got conquered by the Babylonians.
The Babylonians also conquered the Southern Kingdom of Judah. They were conquerors, but they got conquered by the Persians. So, they were not more than conquerors. You can look throughout history, the Persians, Alexander the Great, the Romans and many others were conquerors, but their dynasties didn’t last and they were not more than conquerors.
To be more than a conqueror means that our opponent has been vanquished. We have gained a decisive victory. We have this victory because Jesus Christ gained this victory for us by His death on the cross and His resurrection from the dead. Every demonic force of hell was defeated at the Cross of Calvary Col 2:15 Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it. (NKJV) Addiction was defeated. Shame was defeated. The accuser of the brethren, condemnation, and every one of Satan’s minions were defeated at Calvary’s cross. You and I can walk in victory over those forces of evil.
But as more than conquerors we do have to enforce the victory. We enforce the victory by having a faithful disciplined prayer life. For us as new covenant people I believe that we can stand on this principle from Le 26:8 to help us to walk in victory as more than conquerors over our spiritual enemies the demonic forces that under the control of Satan. . “Five of you shall chase a hundred, and a hundred of you shall put ten thousand to flight; your enemies shall fall by the sword before you.”
We enforce the victory through praise and worship. We enforce the victory by serving God in the calling that He has on our lives. We enforce the victory when we fellowship with other Christians. We enforce the victory through corporate worship.
As more than conquerors we also know that we will live forever. Jesus in His resurrection overcame death, hell and the grave. The Apostle Paul tells us in 1Co 15:55-58 “O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?” The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.(NKJV)
So today as a follower of the Lord Jesus Christ know that you are more than a conqueror. And if you are not a follower of Jesus Christ, take time now to surrender your life to Him and you can become more than a conqueror. And as more than conquerors we can rest and walk in this promise “Ro 8:38,39 “For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come,
nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (NKJV)

Let Us Pray

Lord Jesus, we thank You that You have made us more than conquerors. We pray today that every person who is reading this will begin to believe and walk in the fact that we are more than conquerors. Thank You for shedding Your Blood so that we can walk in victory over every scheme of the enemy. Thank You for sending the Holy Spirit to empower us. And thank You for showing us the love of the Father.
In Jesus Name
Amen

Love All of You More Than Conquerors Out There!
Your Friend/Kinfolk
Preston

GET TOGETHER- The Blood That Redeems.

GET TOGETHER- The Blood That Redeems.

Col 1:13,14 He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.
Last night as we were worshipping the Lord in song outside the fence at the Hamilton A@ I Correctional Facility the Holy Spirit changed what I was originally going to preach from. I heard Him whisper the above passage into my spirit. A prison can be a very dark place. I know that from hearing men share what it is like in there for close to thirty years. On the other I know that outside the walls of a prison there can be some very dark places as well. There are some people living outside a physical prison who are actually living in a spiritual prison all around us. We can look around and know that there is much darkness in our culture and in the world today.
Sometimes the devil would like to get us to believe that the darkness is going to overcome the light. But there is good news! For the born-again believer in Jesus Christ, we can walk confidently knowing that we have been delivered from the power of darkness. We certainly know that the darkness will try to intimidate us and discourage us. But through the Blood of Jesus Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit we can walk in that deliverance from the power of darkness.
We can do this because God has done something for us that we could not do for ourselves. The Greek term for this is methistemi, meth-is’-tay-mee. It means a change of situation ,or place. God has changed those in Christ from a position of being condemned to hell and under the power of Satan to forgiven children of God who are no longer serving Satan, but serving the living God! I like the way this passage in Acts describes what takes place here:
Ac 26:18 ‘to open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.'(NKJV)
We now are redeemed from the power that hell has had over our lives and forgiven for the sinful things that we have done. Our sin debt has been fully paid. I can still remember the day that I knew that I had been born again and my sins had been forgiven. Thank God for the Blood of Jesus Christ!
Last night there were some men inside that prison hanging on every word that our various speakers shared with them. Although they are still in a physical prison their spirits have been set free. On the other hand, I wonder how many people pass by that prison each day that although they are not in a physical prison with concertina wire around it and other tough things that go with prison life are actually living in a spiritual prison.
How about you? Have you been set free from the spiritual prison that living in sin keeps you locked up in? If you have what is your response to the Lord? Is it one of joyful servanthood? Or is it one of ingratitude and religious wandering? If you have been set free ask God to continually give you a fresh anointing and a fresh desire to be in His presence and to live for Him twenty-four hours a day seven days a week three hundred sixty-five days a year. You will never regret it. If you haven’t been set free let today be the day that you repent from your sin and begin a new life in Jesus Christ. His Blood is sufficient to save you from the vilest sins and make you a new creation in Christ Jesus.
Never forget that mine and your salvation came at a very high price. But Praise God that if we repent of our sins and put our faith in the shed Blood of Jesus Christ, we can freely receive the forgiveness of our sins. We can be light in a world that wants to make us think that the darkness is winning. Jesus said it this way “Mt 5:16 “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”
Through the Blood of Jesus Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit we can be that light that the world needs to see and know where that it comes from so badly.

Let Us Pray

Lord Jesus, we thank You that through your precious Blood that we have been granted new life. We pray that through the power of the Holy Spirit that You will enable us to share this Good News with others! May we tell the person that is living in darkness about Your precious life-giving Blood. May we desire more of the Holy Spirit’s power so that we can be that light in a world that needs You so badly.

In Jesus Name
Amen!

Love You All
Your Friend/Kinfolk
Preston

GET TOGETHER- The Blood That Redeems.

Col 1:13,14 He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.
Last night as we were worshipping the Lord in song outside the fence at the Hamilton A@ I Correctional Facility the Holy Spirit changed what I was originally going to preach from. I heard Him whisper the above passage into my spirit. A prison can be a very dark place. I know that from hearing men share what it is like in there for close to thirty years. On the other I know that outside the walls of a prison there can be some very dark places as well. There are some people living outside a physical prison who are actually living in a spiritual prison all around us. We can look around and know that there is much darkness in our culture and in the world today.
Sometimes the devil would like to get us to believe that the darkness is going to overcome the light. But there is good news! For the born-again believer in Jesus Christ, we can walk confidently knowing that we have been delivered from the power of darkness. We certainly know that the darkness will try to intimidate us and discourage us. But through the Blood of Jesus Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit we can walk in that deliverance from the power of darkness.
We can do this because God has done something for us that we could not do for ourselves. The Greek term for this is methistemi, meth-is’-tay-mee. It means a change of situation ,or place. God has changed those in Christ from a position of being condemned to hell and under the power of Satan to forgiven children of God who are no longer serving Satan, but serving the living God! I like the way this passage in Acts describes what takes place here:
Ac 26:18 ‘to open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.'(NKJV)
We now are redeemed from the power that hell has had over our lives and forgiven for the sinful things that we have done. Our sin debt has been fully paid. I can still remember the day that I knew that I had been born again and my sins had been forgiven. Thank God for the Blood of Jesus Christ!
Last night there were some men inside that prison hanging on every word that our various speakers shared with them. Although they are still in a physical prison their spirits have been set free. On the other hand, I wonder how many people pass by that prison each day that although they are not in a physical prison with concertina wire around it and other tough things that go with prison life are actually living in a spiritual prison.
How about you? Have you been set free from the spiritual prison that living in sin keeps you locked up in? If you have what is your response to the Lord? Is it one of joyful servanthood? Or is it one of ingratitude and religious wandering? If you have been set free ask God to continually give you a fresh anointing and a fresh desire to be in His presence and to live for Him twenty-four hours a day seven days a week three hundred sixty-five days a year. You will never regret it. If you haven’t been set free let today be the day that you repent from your sin and begin a new life in Jesus Christ. His Blood is sufficient to save you from the vilest sins and make you a new creation in Christ Jesus.
Never forget that mine and your salvation came at a very high price. But Praise God that if we repent of our sins and put our faith in the shed Blood of Jesus Christ, we can freely receive the forgiveness of our sins. We can be light in a world that wants to make us think that the darkness is winning. Jesus said it this way “Mt 5:16 “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”
Through the Blood of Jesus Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit we can be that light that the world needs to see and know where that it comes from so badly.

Let Us Pray

Lord Jesus, we thank You that through your precious Blood that we have been granted new life. We pray that through the power of the Holy Spirit that You will enable us to share this Good News with others! May we tell the person that is living in darkness about Your precious life-giving Blood. May we desire more of the Holy Spirit’s power so that we can be that light in a world that needs You so badly.

In Jesus Name
Amen!

Love You All
Your Friend/Kinfolk
Preston

GET TOGETHER- The Blood That Redeems.

Col 1:13,14 He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.
Last night as we were worshipping the Lord in song outside the fence at the Hamilton A@ I Correctional Facility the Holy Spirit changed what I was originally going to preach from. I heard Him whisper the above passage into my spirit. A prison can be a very dark place. I know that from hearing men share what it is like in there for close to thirty years. On the other I know that outside the walls of a prison there can be some very dark places as well. There are some people living outside a physical prison who are actually living in a spiritual prison all around us. We can look around and know that there is much darkness in our culture and in the world today.
Sometimes the devil would like to get us to believe that the darkness is going to overcome the light. But there is good news! For the born-again believer in Jesus Christ, we can walk confidently knowing that we have been delivered from the power of darkness. We certainly know that the darkness will try to intimidate us and discourage us. But through the Blood of Jesus Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit we can walk in that deliverance from the power of darkness.
We can do this because God has done something for us that we could not do for ourselves. The Greek term for this is methistemi, meth-is’-tay-mee. It means a change of situation ,or place. God has changed those in Christ from a position of being condemned to hell and under the power of Satan to forgiven children of God who are no longer serving Satan, but serving the living God! I like the way this passage in Acts describes what takes place here:
Ac 26:18 ‘to open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.'(NKJV)
We now are redeemed from the power that hell has had over our lives and forgiven for the sinful things that we have done. Our sin debt has been fully paid. I can still remember the day that I knew that I had been born again and my sins had been forgiven. Thank God for the Blood of Jesus Christ!
Last night there were some men inside that prison hanging on every word that our various speakers shared with them. Although they are still in a physical prison their spirits have been set free. On the other hand, I wonder how many people pass by that prison each day that although they are not in a physical prison with concertina wire around it and other tough things that go with prison life are actually living in a spiritual prison.
How about you? Have you been set free from the spiritual prison that living in sin keeps you locked up in? If you have what is your response to the Lord? Is it one of joyful servanthood? Or is it one of ingratitude and religious wandering? If you have been set free ask God to continually give you a fresh anointing and a fresh desire to be in His presence and to live for Him twenty-four hours a day seven days a week three hundred sixty-five days a year. You will never regret it. If you haven’t been set free let today be the day that you repent from your sin and begin a new life in Jesus Christ. His Blood is sufficient to save you from the vilest sins and make you a new creation in Christ Jesus.
Never forget that mine and your salvation came at a very high price. But Praise God that if we repent of our sins and put our faith in the shed Blood of Jesus Christ, we can freely receive the forgiveness of our sins. We can be light in a world that wants to make us think that the darkness is winning. Jesus said it this way “Mt 5:16 “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”
Through the Blood of Jesus Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit we can be that light that the world needs to see and know where that it comes from so badly.

Let Us Pray

Lord Jesus, we thank You that through your precious Blood that we have been granted new life. We pray that through the power of the Holy Spirit that You will enable us to share this Good News with others! May we tell the person that is living in darkness about Your precious life-giving Blood. May we desire more of the Holy Spirit’s power so that we can be that light in a world that needs You so badly.

In Jesus Name
Amen!

Love You All
Your Friend/Kinfolk
Preston

GET TOGETHER- The Blood That Redeems.

Col 1:13,14 He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.
Last night as we were worshipping the Lord in song outside the fence at the Hamilton A@ I Correctional Facility the Holy Spirit changed what I was originally going to preach from. I heard Him whisper the above passage into my spirit. A prison can be a very dark place. I know that from hearing men share what it is like in there for close to thirty years. On the other I know that outside the walls of a prison there can be some very dark places as well. There are some people living outside a physical prison who are actually living in a spiritual prison all around us. We can look around and know that there is much darkness in our culture and in the world today.
Sometimes the devil would like to get us to believe that the darkness is going to overcome the light. But there is good news! For the born-again believer in Jesus Christ, we can walk confidently knowing that we have been delivered from the power of darkness. We certainly know that the darkness will try to intimidate us and discourage us. But through the Blood of Jesus Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit we can walk in that deliverance from the power of darkness.
We can do this because God has done something for us that we could not do for ourselves. The Greek term for this is methistemi, meth-is’-tay-mee. It means a change of situation ,or place. God has changed those in Christ from a position of being condemned to hell and under the power of Satan to forgiven children of God who are no longer serving Satan, but serving the living God! I like the way this passage in Acts describes what takes place here:
Ac 26:18 ‘to open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.'(NKJV)
We now are redeemed from the power that hell has had over our lives and forgiven for the sinful things that we have done. Our sin debt has been fully paid. I can still remember the day that I knew that I had been born again and my sins had been forgiven. Thank God for the Blood of Jesus Christ!
Last night there were some men inside that prison hanging on every word that our various speakers shared with them. Although they are still in a physical prison their spirits have been set free. On the other hand, I wonder how many people pass by that prison each day that although they are not in a physical prison with concertina wire around it and other tough things that go with prison life are actually living in a spiritual prison.
How about you? Have you been set free from the spiritual prison that living in sin keeps you locked up in? If you have what is your response to the Lord? Is it one of joyful servanthood? Or is it one of ingratitude and religious wandering? If you have been set free ask God to continually give you a fresh anointing and a fresh desire to be in His presence and to live for Him twenty-four hours a day seven days a week three hundred sixty-five days a year. You will never regret it. If you haven’t been set free let today be the day that you repent from your sin and begin a new life in Jesus Christ. His Blood is sufficient to save you from the vilest sins and make you a new creation in Christ Jesus.
Never forget that mine and your salvation came at a very high price. But Praise God that if we repent of our sins and put our faith in the shed Blood of Jesus Christ, we can freely receive the forgiveness of our sins. We can be light in a world that wants to make us think that the darkness is winning. Jesus said it this way “Mt 5:16 “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”
Through the Blood of Jesus Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit we can be that light that the world needs to see and know where that it comes from so badly.

Let Us Pray

Lord Jesus, we thank You that through your precious Blood that we have been granted new life. We pray that through the power of the Holy Spirit that You will enable us to share this Good News with others! May we tell the person that is living in darkness about Your precious life-giving Blood. May we desire more of the Holy Spirit’s power so that we can be that light in a world that needs You so badly.

In Jesus Name
Amen!

Love You All
Your Friend/Kinfolk
Preston

GET TOGETHER- The Blood That Redeems.

Col 1:13,14 He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.
Last night as we were worshipping the Lord in song outside the fence at the Hamilton A@ I Correctional Facility the Holy Spirit changed what I was originally going to preach from. I heard Him whisper the above passage into my spirit. A prison can be a very dark place. I know that from hearing men share what it is like in there for close to thirty years. On the other I know that outside the walls of a prison there can be some very dark places as well. There are some people living outside a physical prison who are actually living in a spiritual prison all around us. We can look around and know that there is much darkness in our culture and in the world today.
Sometimes the devil would like to get us to believe that the darkness is going to overcome the light. But there is good news! For the born-again believer in Jesus Christ, we can walk confidently knowing that we have been delivered from the power of darkness. We certainly know that the darkness will try to intimidate us and discourage us. But through the Blood of Jesus Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit we can walk in that deliverance from the power of darkness.
We can do this because God has done something for us that we could not do for ourselves. The Greek term for this is methistemi, meth-is’-tay-mee. It means a change of situation ,or place. God has changed those in Christ from a position of being condemned to hell and under the power of Satan to forgiven children of God who are no longer serving Satan, but serving the living God! I like the way this passage in Acts describes what takes place here:
Ac 26:18 ‘to open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.'(NKJV)
We now are redeemed from the power that hell has had over our lives and forgiven for the sinful things that we have done. Our sin debt has been fully paid. I can still remember the day that I knew that I had been born again and my sins had been forgiven. Thank God for the Blood of Jesus Christ!
Last night there were some men inside that prison hanging on every word that our various speakers shared with them. Although they are still in a physical prison their spirits have been set free. On the other hand, I wonder how many people pass by that prison each day that although they are not in a physical prison with concertina wire around it and other tough things that go with prison life are actually living in a spiritual prison.
How about you? Have you been set free from the spiritual prison that living in sin keeps you locked up in? If you have what is your response to the Lord? Is it one of joyful servanthood? Or is it one of ingratitude and religious wandering? If you have been set free ask God to continually give you a fresh anointing and a fresh desire to be in His presence and to live for Him twenty-four hours a day seven days a week three hundred sixty-five days a year. You will never regret it. If you haven’t been set free let today be the day that you repent from your sin and begin a new life in Jesus Christ. His Blood is sufficient to save you from the vilest sins and make you a new creation in Christ Jesus.
Never forget that mine and your salvation came at a very high price. But Praise God that if we repent of our sins and put our faith in the shed Blood of Jesus Christ, we can freely receive the forgiveness of our sins. We can be light in a world that wants to make us think that the darkness is winning. Jesus said it this way “Mt 5:16 “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”
Through the Blood of Jesus Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit we can be that light that the world needs to see and know where that it comes from so badly.

Let Us Pray

Lord Jesus, we thank You that through your precious Blood that we have been granted new life. We pray that through the power of the Holy Spirit that You will enable us to share this Good News with others! May we tell the person that is living in darkness about Your precious life-giving Blood. May we desire more of the Holy Spirit’s power so that we can be that light in a world that needs You so badly.

In Jesus Name
Amen!

Love You All
Your Friend/Kinfolk
Preston

GET TOGETHER- The Blood That Redeems.

Col 1:13,14 He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.
Last night as we were worshipping the Lord in song outside the fence at the Hamilton A@ I Correctional Facility the Holy Spirit changed what I was originally going to preach from. I heard Him whisper the above passage into my spirit. A prison can be a very dark place. I know that from hearing men share what it is like in there for close to thirty years. On the other I know that outside the walls of a prison there can be some very dark places as well. There are some people living outside a physical prison who are actually living in a spiritual prison all around us. We can look around and know that there is much darkness in our culture and in the world today.
Sometimes the devil would like to get us to believe that the darkness is going to overcome the light. But there is good news! For the born-again believer in Jesus Christ, we can walk confidently knowing that we have been delivered from the power of darkness. We certainly know that the darkness will try to intimidate us and discourage us. But through the Blood of Jesus Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit we can walk in that deliverance from the power of darkness.
We can do this because God has done something for us that we could not do for ourselves. The Greek term for this is methistemi, meth-is’-tay-mee. It means a change of situation ,or place. God has changed those in Christ from a position of being condemned to hell and under the power of Satan to forgiven children of God who are no longer serving Satan, but serving the living God! I like the way this passage in Acts describes what takes place here:
Ac 26:18 ‘to open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.'(NKJV)
We now are redeemed from the power that hell has had over our lives and forgiven for the sinful things that we have done. Our sin debt has been fully paid. I can still remember the day that I knew that I had been born again and my sins had been forgiven. Thank God for the Blood of Jesus Christ!
Last night there were some men inside that prison hanging on every word that our various speakers shared with them. Although they are still in a physical prison their spirits have been set free. On the other hand, I wonder how many people pass by that prison each day that although they are not in a physical prison with concertina wire around it and other tough things that go with prison life are actually living in a spiritual prison.
How about you? Have you been set free from the spiritual prison that living in sin keeps you locked up in? If you have what is your response to the Lord? Is it one of joyful servanthood? Or is it one of ingratitude and religious wandering? If you have been set free ask God to continually give you a fresh anointing and a fresh desire to be in His presence and to live for Him twenty-four hours a day seven days a week three hundred sixty-five days a year. You will never regret it. If you haven’t been set free let today be the day that you repent from your sin and begin a new life in Jesus Christ. His Blood is sufficient to save you from the vilest sins and make you a new creation in Christ Jesus.
Never forget that mine and your salvation came at a very high price. But Praise God that if we repent of our sins and put our faith in the shed Blood of Jesus Christ, we can freely receive the forgiveness of our sins. We can be light in a world that wants to make us think that the darkness is winning. Jesus said it this way “Mt 5:16 “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”
Through the Blood of Jesus Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit we can be that light that the world needs to see and know where that it comes from so badly.

Let Us Pray

Lord Jesus, we thank You that through your precious Blood that we have been granted new life. We pray that through the power of the Holy Spirit that You will enable us to share this Good News with others! May we tell the person that is living in darkness about Your precious life-giving Blood. May we desire more of the Holy Spirit’s power so that we can be that light in a world that needs You so badly.

In Jesus Name
Amen!

Love You All
Your Friend/Kinfolk
Preston

GET TOGETHER- The Blood That Redeems.

Col 1:13,14 He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.
Last night as we were worshipping the Lord in song outside the fence at the Hamilton A@ I Correctional Facility the Holy Spirit changed what I was originally going to preach from. I heard Him whisper the above passage into my spirit. A prison can be a very dark place. I know that from hearing men share what it is like in there for close to thirty years. On the other I know that outside the walls of a prison there can be some very dark places as well. There are some people living outside a physical prison who are actually living in a spiritual prison all around us. We can look around and know that there is much darkness in our culture and in the world today.
Sometimes the devil would like to get us to believe that the darkness is going to overcome the light. But there is good news! For the born-again believer in Jesus Christ, we can walk confidently knowing that we have been delivered from the power of darkness. We certainly know that the darkness will try to intimidate us and discourage us. But through the Blood of Jesus Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit we can walk in that deliverance from the power of darkness.
We can do this because God has done something for us that we could not do for ourselves. The Greek term for this is methistemi, meth-is’-tay-mee. It means a change of situation ,or place. God has changed those in Christ from a position of being condemned to hell and under the power of Satan to forgiven children of God who are no longer serving Satan, but serving the living God! I like the way this passage in Acts describes what takes place here:
Ac 26:18 ‘to open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.'(NKJV)
We now are redeemed from the power that hell has had over our lives and forgiven for the sinful things that we have done. Our sin debt has been fully paid. I can still remember the day that I knew that I had been born again and my sins had been forgiven. Thank God for the Blood of Jesus Christ!
Last night there were some men inside that prison hanging on every word that our various speakers shared with them. Although they are still in a physical prison their spirits have been set free. On the other hand, I wonder how many people pass by that prison each day that although they are not in a physical prison with concertina wire around it and other tough things that go with prison life are actually living in a spiritual prison.
How about you? Have you been set free from the spiritual prison that living in sin keeps you locked up in? If you have what is your response to the Lord? Is it one of joyful servanthood? Or is it one of ingratitude and religious wandering? If you have been set free ask God to continually give you a fresh anointing and a fresh desire to be in His presence and to live for Him twenty-four hours a day seven days a week three hundred sixty-five days a year. You will never regret it. If you haven’t been set free let today be the day that you repent from your sin and begin a new life in Jesus Christ. His Blood is sufficient to save you from the vilest sins and make you a new creation in Christ Jesus.
Never forget that mine and your salvation came at a very high price. But Praise God that if we repent of our sins and put our faith in the shed Blood of Jesus Christ, we can freely receive the forgiveness of our sins. We can be light in a world that wants to make us think that the darkness is winning. Jesus said it this way “Mt 5:16 “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”
Through the Blood of Jesus Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit we can be that light that the world needs to see and know where that it comes from so badly.

Let Us Pray

Lord Jesus, we thank You that through your precious Blood that we have been granted new life. We pray that through the power of the Holy Spirit that You will enable us to share this Good News with others! May we tell the person that is living in darkness about Your precious life-giving Blood. May we desire more of the Holy Spirit’s power so that we can be that light in a world that needs You so badly.

In Jesus Name
Amen!

Love You All
Your Friend/Kinfolk
Preston

GET TOGETHER- DON’T FORGET WHO THE REAL ENEMY IS

GET TOGETHER- DON’T FORGET WHO THE REAL ENEMY IS

Eph 6:11-13 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

Wow! What a challenging time it is to be a Christian in the United States. We see Biblical values on marriage and many other areas of life being attacked. One scheme of the enemy in all of this is to try to get our eyes off of the Lord. In doing that He will try to convince us that people are our enemies.
The Apostle Paul is writing a letter to the church at Ephesus. It is a circular letter that will be passed around to other churches in that part of Asia Minor. Ephesus was home to the Temple of Artemis. There was a cult associated with that temple. Some scholars say that worship at the temple involved temple prostitution. Some of those Christians in Ephesus had come out of that cult. Other believers at Ephesus came out of Judaism and accepted Jesus Christ as their Messiah.
The Apostle Paul describes a demonic hierarchy that is under the command of the prince of darkness Satan. This hierarchy will try to impose its will upon nations, governments, companies, churches, schools, and families and individuals.
The enemy has a plan. In verse 11 this plan is referred to as the wiles of the devil. It means cunning arts, deceit, craft, trickery, and a scheme. One scheme that the enemy would like to make us as Christians do is get hard hearted toward those who oppose us. He wants to draw us into fleshly battles. We have to remember that we don’t battle against the leaders of big corporations, politicians, or individuals who promote worldviews that are demonic and contrary to a Biblical worldview. Our battle is with the demonic forces that have them under their influence.
Jesus gave some good advice on how to not be drawn into these fleshly battles. Mt 5:43-45 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ “But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, “that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.” Think about it. He didn’t call Pilate a scum bag. Yes, He spoke truth to Him, but it was the truth in love. Yes, we are to speak the truth in love. But remember that He died on the cross for those who are enemies of the cross that they just all of us who were born sinners and lived sinful lives might come to a place of repentance and put their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ to save them from their sins just as He did me and you.
I have said this before a solid mentor once told me that we are to win the lost rather than trying to beat them. By the way this mentor was solid Biblically on all of the hot button issues in our culture today. The devil gets great enjoyment out of seeing Christians rather than putting on the full armor of God like Paul tells us to do in verse 12-18 being drawn into a fleshly battle.
Recently as I was praying for people that either are living in lifestyles, or promoting those lifestyles that are contrary to scripture the Holy Spirit spoke this to my heart. Was I praying for them so that one day that I could say see I told you that we were right? Or was I praying for them because I loved them and wanted to see them have a life in the will of God and to live with Jesus Christ forever and ever?
One other thing that Mentor who had pastored many years told that I think would help us to not get into a fleshly battle. He told me to love pastorally and to preach prophetically. Preach the truth. But love people enough that they can see what God has done in your life. Remember the Apostle Paul also had this to say about how not to get in a fleshly battle 2Co 10:4 “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds,”(NKJV) The world trash talks. The Spirit filled believer prays, fasts serves, and loves. Remember Jesus loves sinners. He loves us unconditionally. But praise God that He loves us too much to leave us in the sinful condition that we were in when we came to Him.

Let Us Pray
Lord I know that many are like me we want to be sure that we don’t compromise in this culture concerning truth about things that the culture wants to impose upon us. We ask you Lord to help us. On the other hand, Lord help us not to get drawn into fleshly battles and to succumb to the traps that the enemy sets up for us. Help us to be like You. Help us to love people enough to pray for their souls. Help us to love people enough that they see the light of Christ in us. Help us to know that our battle is not with flesh and blood. Help us to put on the Full Armor of God every day.
In Jesus Name
Amen

Love you all.
Your Friend/Kinfolk
Preston

GET TOGETHER – REFLECTIONS FROM A VACATION

GET TOGETHER – REFLECTIONS FROM A VACATION

Re 2:7 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God.”‘ (NKJV)

          

          As many of you know we had a family vacation last week. I think that it was the best one that our family has ever had. We got to spend quality time with our children and grandchildren. Everyone got along really good and seemed to be enjoying being with one another. In some ways I was very sad that it came to an end. 

          That made me think more about a time and a wonderful place where the love, peace, joy and fellowship will never come to an end.  That is when the believer in Jesus Christ will live with Him forever and ever.

In Revelation 2:7 we see the word Paradise. The Greek term for that word is  paradeisos.  It is a place of future happiness. The Apostle John had spoke of a place of future happiness in Re 21:1-6 :

Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. Also there was no more sea. Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. “And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful.” And He said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts.

          We had some wonderful experiences on our vacation. There are really too many for me to list here. It was special when during my quiet time in the morning that our children came out and sat with us. It was special spending time on the beach with our children and our grandchildren. We played putt-putt and raced the go karts. 

                   One day at the beach some people beside us had their radio on a station that I guess was playing oldies, or it may have been CD’s. Some of the songs that came on were songs that I used to listen to when I was using drugs. It was a very dark and lonely time in my life. Then one song came on that  was an old song about a guy that had given up on life.  The name of it was Sitting On the Dock of The Bay by Otis Redding.  Some of the words to that song are “ I have nothing to live for and it looks like nothing is going to come my way. Sitting here resting my bones because this loneliness won’t leave me alone.”  

          In 1968 I had just flunked out of Jacksonville State University.  That song by Otis Redding kind of became my theme song for a while.  I can remember going to the beach and wondering if I would ever have a decent future. As I heard the song last week I began to weep. I thought about what a Redeemer that we serve! Not only does He save us from hell, but He delivers us from the power that hell has had over our lives. He also heals us from the damage that hell has wrought upon our lives. 

          He gives us a life more than a decent life. He gives us a life with meaning and purpose. Jesus describes this life in Joh 10:10 “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. In the Old Testament it is prophesied of what the Messiah will do in the lives of those who submit to Him: Isa 58:12 Those from among you Shall build the old waste places; You shall raise up the foundations of many generations; And you shall be called the Repairer of the Breach, The Restorer of Streets to Dwell In. (NKJV)

            He also promises us that this life will never end: Joh 3:14-16 “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, “that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. “For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.”

          If you are someone that has given up on life it is my prayer that these reflections from my vacation will give you hope that our Lord Jesus if He can turn my life around that He can turn yours around. If you are already walking with the Lord Jesus Christ rejoice that no matter what you may be experiencing at this time that He is with you. Jesus told His disciples to rejoice that their names were written in Heaven in   Lu 10:20 “Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven.” We can rejoice about that as well. It will be better than any vacation here on the earth. There is so much more that I can say, but maybe we will talk about it later here, or someday up there.

          Let us Pray:

Lord Jesus  we praise You that You are a mighty Redeemer! You do raise up the age-old waste places. You save to the uttermost. May all that read this walk with You knowing that You have prepared a place for us and that we can rejoice in that now and forever.

In Jesus Name

Amen

 

Your Friend/Kinfolk

Preston

GET TOGETHER- The Power of Pentecost

GET TOGETHER- The Power of Pentecost
Lu 24:49 “Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.” Ac 1:8 “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” (NKJV)

I can still remember the first Pentecost Sunday that I preached as a Pastor. When I got in the pulpit and mentioned that it was Pentecost Sunday one of our good and faithful leaders interrupted me. It was a good interruption. He said that he believed that every Sunday ought to be Pentecost Sunday. I think what he was saying was that we need the power of the Holy Spirit at work in our services every Sunday. I totally agree with that. I will go one step further we need the power of the Holy Spirit at work in our lives everyday moment by moment.

It must be particularly important because just before Jesus ascended to Heaven He made it a point to tell the disciples that they were to go to Jerusalem and wait until they were endued with this power. There is not enough room, or time for me to say everything that could be said about the Holy Spirit and the power of Pentecost in this devotional. But there are two things that I will mention in this devotional. One is the power for the Gospel to be advanced. The other is the power for transformation to take place in the life of the believer in Christ.

In the Book of Acts we see the power of the Holy Spirit at work healing. In Acts 3 the Holy Spirit working through Peter heals a lame man. Stephen the first martyr of the church operated in the power of the Holy Spirit : Ac 6:8 ”And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and signs among the people.” The Apostle Paul operated in the power of the Holy Spirit. 1Co 2:4 “And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power.” The Holy Spirit would also use Paul to give us the information and the instruction on operating in the spiritual gifts ( See Romans 12:6-9,1 Corinthians 12:1-11, 1 Cor 14:1-6 and Ephesians 4:11,12). He did this so that we could fulfill what God has called us to do in the ministry that he has given us.

For those of us living in the United States has there ever been a greater need for the power of the Holy Spirit to be at work in the church? Many of us may have let our swords get a little dull during the last year. It is time for a Holy Spirit sharpening of our spiritual swords. There are people that are sick that God wants to use us to lay hands on and be healed. The Bible says that we can do it :Mr 16:18 “they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”

There are lost people living in destructive lifestyles that God wants us to reach. If there ever was a time in our nation that the church in the United States, and throughout the world needs the power of the Holy Spirit at work in it that time is now.

As I mentioned earlier, we need the Holy Spirit working in our lives to help us to become more like Jesus. There is a popular Christian song out now by Zach Williams “Less like Me.” One of the lines in that song goes:
“ a little more like Jesus ,a little less like me.” The Holy Spirit is at work in our lives getting out those things in our lives that hinder us from loving like Jesus loved and living like Jesus lived. Paul described the way that the Holy Spirit does that in our lives in this way 2Co 3:18 But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord. (NKJV) Corinth was a very secular, and sinful city. It was full of sexual sin and all other kinds of sin (see 1 Cor 6:9-11) And yet if you read that passage you will see how those in the church had not only been saved from hell, but through the power of the Holy Spirit they had been delivered from the power that hell had over their lives. Their sins had been washed away. They were now in right relationship with God and now they went from being unholy to holy. The Holy Spirit will bring transformation in the life of the believer in Jesus Christ.

So, on this upcoming Pentecost Sunday for all of us may it be a time of rededication. May we be a people that allow the Holy Spirit to work in our lives everyday moment by moment. There were 120 gathered in the Upper Room on the day of Pentecost. There were three thousand saved on that day. The church was added to daily.
. They were a people who faced persecution from the religious and would later face it from the Romans. And in spite of that persecution, they experienced the Holy Spirit’s power and presence in great and mighty ways. How much more in the season that we are living in do we need to experience His power and presence everyday and in every moment? And never forget that in the Upper Room on the Day of Pentecost that they were in one accord. May we be a people in the Body of Christ that are in one accord in the will of God
Let Us Pray

Lord today forgive us when we have not wanted Your manifest presence with us at all times. Today may all that read this experience the power and presence of the Holy Spirit in a very special way. Lord help us to do what the early church did. You were their first priority. Lord help us through the power of the Holy Spirit to take the Gospel where you have commanded us to take it. Raise our faith level so that when we pray that we expect to see You do great and mighty things. We personally need a fresh outpouring. Our churches need a fresh outpouring, our homes need a fresh outpouring, our schools, our government, and our nation. May all who read this be filled in a very special way.
In Jesus Name
Amen

HAPPY PENTECOST
Your Friend/Kinfolk
Preston

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GET TOGETHER- Goodness and Mercy

GET TOGETHER- Goodness and Mercy
Ps 23:6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the LORD Forever.(NKJV)

At first, I was not going to do a Get Together today, but I felt like I heard the Holy Spirit give me these words. And I felt like they were words that we all need to hear. These words come from the 23rd Psalm. When I went to elementary school and all through high school the 23rd Psalm was either read by a teacher, or student on a regular basis in school. In high school quiet often it was read over the intercom as each day started out with a devotional. So even when I was not walking with the Lord, I could recite this Psalm. And I am sure that many others could do it as well.
There are several wonderful promises in the 23rd Psalm. Today I felt like that the Lord wanted me to talk about two of them, His goodness and His mercy. And to be honest I am having a great day. I have had two great times of fellowship with some brothers in Christ today. The weather is beautiful here in Hamilton, Alabama today; the skies are blue, there is a gentle breeze, and an almost perfect temperature. Hamilton is a wonderful place to live even when the weather is not perfect Someone unexpectedly blessed Real Party Ministry in a great way today so it is pretty easy to say that goodness and mercy are following me today.
On the other hand, I realize that there are faithful Christians in prison for taking a stand for the faith. I realize that we have brothers and sisters in Christ who live in harsh conditions and face difficult trials on a daily basis. Some of those that I have met who live in some very hard conditions bless me so much with the joy that is in their hearts. And I truly believe that they would tell you that goodness and mercy are following them everyday of their lives.
We live in a time where there is a lot of evil. Evil is the opposite of good. We sometimes say that God is good all the time and that all the time that God is good. He is good when men and women are not being good. He is good on the days that the weather is not perfect in Hamilton, Alabama, or anywhere else. And as followers of Jesus Christ we can experience His goodness all the time in some way.
David also wrote that mercy would follow him all the days of his life. David truly experienced the mercy of the Lord. Even though he was a man after God’s own heart David was a man that committed some very damaging sin. He committed adultery with the wife of one of his most loyal soldiers. Then he had her husband murdered by putting him in the toughest part of the battle and withdrawing the other troops from around him. He was guilty of adultery and murder. However, unlike his predecessor King Saul David repented of his sin and was forgiven. The goodness and the mercy of the Lord surely followed David all of his life and into eternity.
One reason that believers in Jesus Christ can say that goodness and mercy will follow us all the days of our lives in found in David’s words in the last clause of this Psalm: And I will dwell in the house of the LORD Forever. (NKJV) The world is really crazy right now. But praise God that no matter whether there are oil shortages, wars, and rumors of wars, Covid 19 or anything else we can rejoice. We can rejoice because of what Jesus Christ a descendant of David, the Incarnate Son of God did for us on the cross. We can truly say that goodness and mercy shall follow us all the days of our lives and we shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever. Jesus made this promise to us: Joh 14:2,3 “In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.
This morning I was listening to a preacher that I highly respect on the radio. When He preached about God’s justice it made me so evermore thankful that I have received so much mercy from the Lord. It reminded me of this passage in Jas 2:13 For judgment is without mercy to the one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment. It made me evermore thankful for the mercy that God has shown me for the sins that I have committed that I know that grieved His heart and hurt others. Therefore, my response to that is to take to heart what Jesus said in Mt 5:7 “Blessed are the merciful, For they shall obtain mercy.” I don’t know about you, but I have received a whole lot of mercy. I have also experienced a whole lot of goodness from the Lord. With that said if we have experienced the goodness and mercy of the Lord let us all be conduits that His goodness and mercy flows through to others. Even at such a time as this.
Let Us Pray

Lord Jesus we thank You for Your mercy. Thank You for bleeding and dying on the cross so that we could receive your mercy. we thank You for dying and rising from the dead so that we can experience Your goodness. Help us to be conduits of Your goodness and mercy to others.
In Jesus Name
Amen
On behalf of J.J. and myself may goodness and mercy follow you all the days of your lives and may you dwell in the House of the Lord forever.
Your Friend/Kinfolk
Preston

GET TOGETHER- Goodness and Mercy
Ps 23:6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the LORD Forever.(NKJV)

At first, I was not going to do a Get Together today, but I felt like I heard the Holy Spirit give me these words. And I felt like they were words that we all need to hear. These words come from the 23rd Psalm. When I went to elementary school and all through high school the 23rd Psalm was either read by a teacher, or student on a regular basis in school. In high school quiet often it was read over the intercom as each day started out with a devotional. So even when I was not walking with the Lord, I could recite this Psalm. And I am sure that many others could do it as well.
There are several wonderful promises in the 23rd Psalm. Today I felt like that the Lord wanted me to talk about two of them, His goodness and His mercy. And to be honest I am having a great day. I have had two great times of fellowship with some brothers in Christ today. The weather is beautiful here in Hamilton, Alabama today; the skies are blue, there is a gentle breeze, and an almost perfect temperature. Hamilton is a wonderful place to live even when the weather is not perfect Someone unexpectedly blessed Real Party Ministry in a great way today so it is pretty easy to say that goodness and mercy are following me today.
On the other hand, I realize that there are faithful Christians in prison for taking a stand for the faith. I realize that we have brothers and sisters in Christ who live in harsh conditions and face difficult trials on a daily basis. Some of those that I have met who live in some very hard conditions bless me so much with the joy that is in their hearts. And I truly believe that they would tell you that goodness and mercy are following them everyday of their lives.
We live in a time where there is a lot of evil. Evil is the opposite of good. We sometimes say that God is good all the time and that all the time that God is good. He is good when men and women are not being good. He is good on the days that the weather is not perfect in Hamilton, Alabama, or anywhere else. And as followers of Jesus Christ we can experience His goodness all the time in some way.
David also wrote that mercy would follow him all the days of his life. David truly experienced the mercy of the Lord. Even though he was a man after God’s own heart David was a man that committed some very damaging sin. He committed adultery with the wife of one of his most loyal soldiers. Then he had her husband murdered by putting him in the toughest part of the battle and withdrawing the other troops from around him. He was guilty of adultery and murder. However, unlike his predecessor King Saul David repented of his sin and was forgiven. The goodness and the mercy of the Lord surely followed David all of his life and into eternity.
One reason that believers in Jesus Christ can say that goodness and mercy will follow us all the days of our lives in found in David’s words in the last clause of this Psalm: And I will dwell in the house of the LORD Forever. (NKJV) The world is really crazy right now. But praise God that no matter whether there are oil shortages, wars, and rumors of wars, Covid 19 or anything else we can rejoice. We can rejoice because of what Jesus Christ a descendant of David, the Incarnate Son of God did for us on the cross. We can truly say that goodness and mercy shall follow us all the days of our lives and we shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever. Jesus made this promise to us: Joh 14:2,3 “In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.
This morning I was listening to a preacher that I highly respect on the radio. When He preached about God’s justice it made me so evermore thankful that I have received so much mercy from the Lord. It reminded me of this passage in Jas 2:13 For judgment is without mercy to the one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment. It made me evermore thankful for the mercy that God has shown me for the sins that I have committed that I know that grieved His heart and hurt others. Therefore, my response to that is to take to heart what Jesus said in Mt 5:7 “Blessed are the merciful, For they shall obtain mercy.” I don’t know about you, but I have received a whole lot of mercy. I have also experienced a whole lot of goodness from the Lord. With that said if we have experienced the goodness and mercy of the Lord let us all be conduits that His goodness and mercy flows through to others. Even at such a time as this.
Let Us Pray

Lord Jesus we thank You for Your mercy. Thank You for bleeding and dying on the cross so that we could receive your mercy. we thank You for dying and rising from the dead so that we can experience Your goodness. Help us to be conduits of Your goodness and mercy to others.
In Jesus Name
Amen
On behalf of J.J. and myself may goodness and mercy follow you all the days of your lives and may you dwell in the House of the Lord forever.
Your Friend/Kinfolk
Preston

GET TOGETHER- Unity Brings Revival

GET TOGETHER- Unity Brings Revival

Ps 133:1-3 A Song of Ascents. Of David.>> Behold, how good and how pleasant it is For brethren to dwell together in unity!It is like the precious oil upon the head, Running down on the beard, The beard of Aaron, Running down on the edge of his garments. It is like the dew of Hermon, Descending upon the mountains of Zion; For there the LORD commanded the blessing-Life forevermore.(NKJV)
I just finished reading a good book by Brother R.T. Kendall. The name of that book is You Might Be A Pharisee If. It was a good read. It challenged me in some good ways, and it was also affirming in some other ways. One of the ways that the book was affirming to me was stressing the importance of unity in the Body of Christ. It was affirming in that there are certainly essentials to the faith that we as Christians agree on while there may be non-essentials that we do not. I am not saying that some of the non-essentials are not important. But we don’t need to let those stop us from loving, praying for, and at times serving together. We need to look at the big picture. Unity also does not mean accepting things that the culture tells us to celebrate that are called sin throughout the Bible consistently. From the first page to the last.
One of the points that Kendall brought out was that you might be a Pharisee if you are envious and not affirming when God really begins to move in another church, or another group of believers. The Lord has dealt with me about that in the past. If God begins to bring revival to another congregation, or group of Christians would you, or me celebrate it, or blow it off?
I remember at the first church that I pastored we were doing a prayer plan to see neighbors get saved from hell and brought into the Kingdom. Guess what happened when we did this? People started getting saved all right, but at another church nearby. The Lord then examined my heart. What was my motive? Then I want to see people get saved so that I could look good in the denomination that I was serving in, or did I really love and care about the people that we were praying for. The Lord also showed me that if they were being saved in another congregation that they were being saved in my church. Which is His church. After all, we are told in Eph 4:4-6 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.
Now guess what happened after the Holy Spirit checked the motives of my heart? People started getting saved in our congregation.
J.J. and I are so thankful for the many brothers and sisters that God has allowed us to serve the Lord with in different parts of the Body of Christ. For us it has been such a great blessing on several occasions to serve with brothers and sisters in Christ in other countries. Several of them are in different parts of the Body of Christ than us. I pray for all of us in the Body of Christ in His Holy Church that are serving in His Kingdom that we will encourage others who are serving in other parts of the Body of Christ than we are.
In closing in Psalm 133 we get a picture of the blessing of unity. Oil often symbolizes the anointing of the Holy Spirit in the Bible. Where there is true Biblical unity in a church and among God’s people, the anointing of the Holy Spirit will be there to change lives, to bring healings, and deliverances, to help people to know the blessing of marriage between a man and a woman. For those that God has chosen to be single the anointing will be there to help them to fulfill the destiny and purpose that God has created them to fulfill. It may not always be perfect. It will always have challenges, but it will be good and pleasant as we are told in this Psalm.

Let Us Pray

Lord Jesus today we thank You that You loved us so much that You prayed that we would all be one. We pray today for unity in the Body of Christ. We pray for us as Your servants that we will honor Your Word and honor and love one another. Remove the things in all of our lives that are not in Your will and in accordance with your Word. We pray your Kingdom come your will be done in the lives of every true follower of Yours and in Your church.
In Jesus Name
Amen

Love you all!
Your Friend/Kinfolk
Preston