GET TOGETHER- KEEP THE FLIES OUT

GET TOGETHER- KEEP THE FLIES OUT

Lu 11:24-26 “When an unclean spirit goes out of a man, he goes through dry places, seeking rest; and finding none, he says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ “And when he comes, he finds it swept and put in order. “Then he goes and takes with him seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter and dwell there; and the last state of that man is worse than the first.”

Our grandchildren are a great blessing from God. We have some great times together. They are very active and they will often go in and out of the house quiet often. Sometimes when they do, they will leave the door open. When that happens, flies get in the house. I have a strong distaste for flies. And I am sure that most of you do as well.
As Followers of Christ there are spiritual flies that will often attempt to get in our house. These spiritual flies can appear as sexual immorality, gossip, unrighteous anger, addiction, bitterness, racial prejudice, condemnation, a critical spirit and to be honest there are too many to list here.
With that said just as we as parents and grandparents see the potential for flies coming in our natural house when the doors are left open our Heavenly Father through the Holy Spirit sees the potential for flies getting in our house. Through the Holy Spirit He will show us where they are and He will help us to remember to keep the doors closed so that those spiritual flies that we have been delivered from cannot comeback.
This past week I walked into an area where a song was being played that the more, I listened to it I thought that I had heard that song before. When I finally recognized the song, it brought back some memories of a past that I have been delivered from. In the song there is a lot of self-pity. I thank Jesus that He has delivered me from the spirit of self -pity.
The enemy was knocking at the door wanting to romanticize that song. The flies were wanting to come back in the house. That it why Jesus said that we need to keep the House filled. We want to keep the house filled with the Holy Spirit! The Apostle Paul talks about being filled with the Holy Spirit in Eph 5:18 And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit. He goes on to tell more on how to keep our house filled and keeping the flies out in v.19 “speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord.” We don’t have to sings the songs of self-pity and heart break anymore. We sing the songs of victory. We can keep the doors closed and keep the flies out.
If we don’t do this Jesus said that our condition would be seven times worse than it was before. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want seven times more spiritual flies than I had at one time.
I want to thank all of you who have been praying for me this week. I must admit that one spiritual fly that I had been delivered from got pretty close. It was bitterness. During this hostile season in our culture I caught myself reading too many peoples comments that I did not agree with them on. Certainly, it is alright to have a civilized in person discussion with people that you disagree with. But sometimes when we read what others say on Facebook it can make us bitter and full of unrighteous anger.
With that said I know that the Lord wanted me to step away from Facebook for a few days so that I could hear His voice with more clarity. I will continue to put up posts on Facebook as I have done in the past, but I am asking the Holy Spirit to restrain me from any activity on Facebook that would put bitterness in my spirit. I have been free of it too long to let those flies come back in.
I also appreciate all of you who have been praying for us this week. I am looking forward to preaching at New Life Fellowship in Winfield this Sunday morning and at The Stand hosted by Lea and Butch Benton, Pastor Benny Knight, and Solid Rock Church in Haleyville Sunday Evening at 5:P. M.
In closing how about you? Are you keeping the doors closed so that the spiritual flies cannot get back in the house? Remember that we are temples of the Holy Spirit. 1Co 3:16 ¶ Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? Just as we wouldn’t want to let those stinking disease carrying flies into our natural house, we certainly don’t want to allow them into our spiritual house. If some have gotten in there repent of the sin that left the door open. Renounce it and command it to leave you in the Name of Jesus by the power of the Blood of Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. When you do that keep as well as keeping your spiritual doors closed those flies will have to leave and they can’t come back!
Let Us Pray
Lord Jesus we ask You today to help us keep the door closed so that those spiritual flies don’t get an entry point into our spiritual house. If we have let some in may we repent for leaving the door open, renounce them, and through the power of the Holy Spirt and by faith in Your precious Blood keep the doors closed to our spiritual house.
In Jesus Name
Amen

If any of you can come to either New Life Fellowship Hwy 43 South in Winfield Sunday Morning at 11. Or to The Stand In the field at the home of Butch and Lea Benton 3521 Littleville Road Haleyville, Alabama at 5:P. M. Sunday Evening we would love to see you there.
Your Friend/Kinfolk
Preston

GET TOGETHER- The King’s River

GET TOGETHER- The King’s River

Mt 23:33 “Serpents, brood of vipers! How can you escape the condemnation of hell? (NKJV)Re 22:1 ¶ And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb. Re 22:2 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. (NKJV)

God often uses things that we see to speak to our heart.  Last week as J.J. and I were traveling through Arkansas on our way to Missouri there were a couple of things that I saw that I felt like the Holy Spirit wanted me to use in this message today. We were traveling somewhere either on I-555, or when it becomes US 63 on the western side of Jonesboro Arkansas.  I can’t remember if it was before we got to Jonesboro or after, but here is what I do remember.

We passed over a creek and the name of that creek was Hell’s Creek.  I found that to be a strange name for a creek. I don’t know how the creek got that name, but here is what it made me think about. Hell is a real place. Jesus spoke quiet often about Hell.  The Greek term Gehenna for Hell in most of its occurrences in the Greek New Testament, designates the place of the lost.  It is a place of eternal torment. 

Sometimes the devil has convinced some of us when we were lost that there either is no such place as Hell, or that perhaps the devil would give us a good position in Hell if we would serve him. Hell is a real place.  And the devil will not be in a position to be handing out good positions in Hell as we are told in  Re 20:10 “The devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.” 

There will be no good positions in Hell. And it sure doesn’t sound like there will be any creeks there, or places to get a sip of water. This passage in the Gospel of Luke reminds me of the agony of eternal torment: Lu 16:23 ,24″And being in torments in Hades, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. “Then he cried and said, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.’ There is certainly not a creek in that place. 

Then a few miles down the road we crossed another creek. The name of that creek was King’s Creek. That made me think about the only One that can keep us from the torment of Hell. His Name is King Jesus. He came to seek and to save that which was lost. He came as we are told in Mt 9:13  to save sinners  “But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice.’ For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”  He came to save us from the everlasting torment of Hell and to give us eternal life. The Apostle John wrote  in  Joh 3:16 -18″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. “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

I assume that it is possible that people from time to time go swimming, or wading in the two creeks that we passed by. But for those of us who have  repented of our sins and put our faith in the shed Blood of Jesus Christ there is a River waiting for us. We are told in  Re 22:1 ¶ And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb.  And in Re 22:2 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.(NKJV)

And praise God that there is a River that flows in us, through us and around us now.  I am talking about the third person of the Godhead, the Holy Spirit. Jesus said in Joh 7:38,”He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified. 

 This King isn’t in the creek business. He is in the River business.  Ask Him to fill you with that living water today. When He does you will want to point others to the King who will rescue them from the place where there is no creeks. And one day we will see that King.  the Lamb of God, the Lord Jesus Christ who sits on the throne where the river of life flows from throughout eternity.  Have you repented of your sins and put your faith in the shed Blood of Jesus Christ to save you from your sins? If you have  done that then  give Him the praise that He deserves. If you haven’t there is no better time to do that than today. 

Let Us Pray

Lord Jesus we thank you for Your shed Blood on the cross. We thank You that You have made a way for humanity to escape the everlasting torment of Hell and to live with You throughout eternity. So fill us with Holy Spirit that rivers of living water flow out of us and help us to point those who do not know You to the blood stained cross of Calvary. Thank you that You have paid the price for our forgiveness of sins and for life eternal and life abundant.

In Jesus Name

Amen  

Pray for the service at New Life Fellowship in Winfield on Sunday Morning October 18th.

Pray for Evening Service at the Home of Lea and Butch Benton in Haleyville October 18th 5:30 P.M. If your church doesn’t have an Evening Service, we hope that you can come.

Love You All

Your Friend/Kinfolk

Preston

GET TOGETHER- Loving Our Enemies

GET TOGETHER-  Loving Our Enemies

Mt 5:44 “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.”

Wow! How many Amens do you think that Jesus got when those words came out of His mouth that day when He preached what we call The Sermon On The Mount?  Although I was not there, I would dare say that there probably were not too many.  Think about how many enemies that many in the crowd had there that day. There were the Romans who were occupying their land. There were the Tax Collectors who collected taxes for the Romans and often extorted them.  There were the Scribes and Pharisees who added to the law and put shame and false guilt on many of the people. Then there were the Sadducees who didn’t believe in the immortality of the soul, or in anything supernatural.  Plus, I am sure that there were many there who maybe had some enemies over some business transactions, or other things that take place in a fallen world.  Hopefully I can share a few things with you that will help us all to love our enemies at a time when there is so much hatred and unrighteous anger in our culture. 

The first thing that we need to understand that once we are born again and become believers in Jesus Christ, we need to understand who are real enemies are. Those enemies are Satan and the demonic hierarchy that is behind so much of the evil in the world. We are told in Eph 6:12 “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.”

With that said just as God works through real people to advance the Kingdom of God upon the earth. Satan works through real people to oppose the Kingdom of God upon the earth.  So, we do what Jesus has commanded us to do and we begin to pray for those that he is working through.  So right now, you want to be sure that you are praying for those that the enemy is using to oppose the Kingdom of God. Remember Jesus died on the cross to save them from their sins just as He died on the cross to save those of us who have already come into the Kingdom to save us from our sins. Joh 3:16 “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.2Pe 3:9 ¶ The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.(NKJV) I have found out that the energy that I spend ranting is better used in praying.

Think about the Apostle Paul. When he was known as Saul of Tarsus, he was a persecutor of the church. When I look in the Book of Acts and when  the early church was praying I think about how God would use their prayers to bring those that opposed the Gospel and the Kingdom of God into the Kingdom of God. We get a glimpse of how they prayed in Ac 4:31 “And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness.” I believe that it was that type of prayer that would turn enemies into friends. I believe that it was that type of prayer that would lead to Saul of Tarsus having a life changing, mission changing encounter with Jesus Christ on the Road to Damascus.  Look at what happens in Ac 9:3 -6 “As he journeyed he came near Damascus, and suddenly a light shone around him from heaven. Then he fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me? “And he said, “Who are You, Lord?” Then the Lord said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. It is hard for you to kick against the goads.” So he, trembling and astonished, said, “Lord, what do You want me to do?” Then the Lord said to him, “Arise and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”

This should really motivate us to pray for those who are opposed to the Kingdom of God. Just as the Lord redeemed Paul and would turn  the boldness that he had in persecuting the church into a boldness to go on three mission trips, plant churches, write at least thirteen books of the New Testament  and be a martyr for the faith. Think about  how God can redeem the lives and the boldness of the people who are advancing ungodly causes and use them to become  purveyors of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. As I am typing this, I just noticed that the clock on my computer said 1:11. This confirms that God can redeem what appears to be the unredeemable if we just pray for our enemies as Jesus has commanded us to do.  This verse has been a real blessing to me about how God can do that in the life of any  of us who have lived in, or still are living in  rebellion Eph 1:11 “In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will.”

I remember one time in my early days as a Christian when someone did something that could have injured me, or my family. My first instinct was to retaliate. But the Holy Spirit spoke to my heart, and told me to pray for that person. I did what He said to do and God took care of me and my family. No harm came to us.  

Our Lord is always right. He is never wrong. So today I encourage you and I challenge myself to heed the words of Jesus and to pray for those who hate us and for those who oppose the Kingdom of God. When we do, we can expect God to work in that person, group of people, or situation in a way that we cannot ask, or imagine.

Let us Pray

Lord Jesus you gave us a great example on how to do this when you were hanging on the cross. You prayed and asked the Father to forgive those who nailed the nails in your hands, who mocked you, and taunted you.  Today help us to pray for those who persecute us. We pray that our prayers would be used to turn them from enemies of the Kingdom to Brothers and Sisters in Christ in the Kingdom.  Lord we thank you for those that have prayed for us when we were enemies of the Kingdom. Thank you for the mercy that You showed us by answering their prayers and bringing us into the Kingdom.

In Jesus Name

Amen!

Pray  for our Jasper TV Broadcast tomorrow.

Pray for the service at New Life Fellowship in Winfield on Sunday Morning October 18th.

Pray for Evening Service at the Home of Lea and butch Benton in Haleyville October 18th 5:30 P.M. If your church doesn’t have an evening Service we hope that you can come.

Love You All

Your Friend/Kinfolk

Preston

GET TOGETHER – HE WILL SEE US ALL THE WAY HOME

GET TOGETHER – HE WILL SEE US ALL THE WAY HOME

Jos 3:7 ¶ And the LORD said to Joshua, “This day I will begin to exalt you in the sight of all Israel, that they may know that, as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. (NKJV)

What a great promise for a child of God to hear that God is with us. This past Sunday after we had eaten lunch our grandson Judah found some of Pop-Pop’s ice cream that I had hidden and wanted to stay with us a little while after his Mom, Dad, and brother and sister had gone home. He actually ate two bowls of it. 

After he finished, he was going to walk up the hill to his house about two hundred yards away. That would have been about one hundred yards per bowl. J.J.  and I had told his Mom that I would keep at eye on him until he made it to his house. 

As he ran up the hill, I noticed that every twenty yards, or so that he would turn around to make sure that I was still watching him.  I had told his mother that I would I watch him all the way until he made it to his house. And as I said that I would I watched him all the way to his house. 

I love the Book of Joshua.  Here are just a few of my favorite verses from the Book of Joshua. Jos 1:3 “Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given you, as I said to Moses.     Jos 1:7 “Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go.   Jos 1:9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” (NKJV)

Joshua was a great leader. He experienced many victories. But he also had some times that I am sure that he had to look up and asked the Lord, or question was the Lord still with him. After his victory at Jericho Israel experienced defeat at Ai because of one man’s disobedience (See Joshua 7:1-6).   We just like Joshua was may at times be in hostile territory and God is desiring to use us to reclaim that territory for the Kingdom. When those times come, we can look up and know that the same God is with us that was with Joshua.  Joshua was rewarded with long life on this earth and I also believe with  eternal life in Heaven. His work being done, he died, at the age of one hundred and ten years, twenty-five years after having crossed the Jordan. He was buried in his own city of Timnath-serah (Jos 24:1-33 ). 

 The Book of Hebrews records a promise that    Jesus to the believer and follower of Christ Heb 13:5 Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”(NKJV)    The Apostle Paul assured the church at Philippi that God would complete the work that He has begun in us:  Php 1:6 being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.  

 Our grandson Judah could have been looking back because the trip up the hill was a little tiring. He could have been looking to me again just to be sure that I was still there. Some of us may be looking up right now because the journey has been a little uphill lately. Some of us could be looking up because the path has been a little rough. But I believe that the Lord would have me say to you today that just as my eyes were on Judah to make sure that he made it home safely that God the Father has His eyes upon you to make sure that you make it there as well. These words from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ come to mind today Lu 21:28 “Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.”(NKJV) Daddy has His eye upon you and He is going to make sure that you get Home safely.

Let Us Pray

Lord Jesus we thank You for the Blood of Jesus Christ that You shed on the cross for us. We know that by faith in the Blood of Jesus Christ that we have been brought into that eternal relationship with our Heavenly Father. We thank You for the angels that You have given charge over us.  We know that You are with us on this journey and we know that no weapon formed against us getting to our Eternal Home in Heaven with you can prosper.

In Jesus Name

Amen 

Please be praying for me as I will be preaching at New Life Fellowship in Winfield on Sunday morning  October 18th.  And at the Stand in Haleyville at the home of Butch and Lea Benton that night. I will be sharing more about that on our website realpartyministry.com in the coming days.

Love You all ! 

Your Friend/Kinfolk

Preston

GET TOGETHER -He Is Always Working

GET TOGETHER -He Is Always Working
Eph 1:11 In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will, (NKJV)
Last week we took a trip to the Beach. Our daughter Jessye had a conference there. She and her husband Shaun had gone down a few days earlier and we brought the three children down later in the week.
One morning I had gone out on the balcony to spend some time with the Lord while everyone else was still sleeping. We had a good view of the Beach. The temperature was pleasant at that time in the morning and it was very quiet. Everything seemed perfect as I started my time in prayer. Normally I pray verbally when I get up like that. I am a loud person so I was doing my best to pray quietly. The two boys Judah and Micah were asleep just on the other side of the sliding glass door.
Everything seemed perfect to have that time with just me and the Lord, but then I smelled cigarette smoke. I became aware that there was someone on the deck which was just a few feet above where I was praying. Some of my prayers were scriptures that I have been praying through a resource called Pray the Word 90 Prayers That Touch The Heart of God by Tiece King. By the way I recommend that as a good resource to use to allow the Holy Spirit to work in your life.
Realizing that someone was that close by I tried to pray low. I wanted to be sure that I was not praying in some way that was manipulative, or showing off in some way. So, to be honest even with me smelling the cigarette smoke it was a good time in the Lord. I don’t say that judgmentally. Thirty years ago, I was smoking two and a half packs of Vantage cigarettes a day. It was only through the power of the Holy Spirit and standing on the word of God that I got set free. So, I know that this is not an easy habit for someone to break.
The next day Micah and Judah informed me that I woke them up when I slipped through the area that they were sleeping in. They told me that they wanted to have devotional time with me the next day. We had our devotional that morning. We used this verse Isa 41:10 ¶ “Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’ We talked about not being afraid. We talked about not giving up. We talked about how that God gives us the strength to do what He has called us to do in life. We talked about how that God helps us in anything that we need His help for to fulfill His purpose for us in our lives. We talked about how powerful that God is. The fact that He could not only speak the Gulf of Mexico into existence, but every other ocean and body of water as well.
I then gave them an opportunity to pray. As Micah was praying and he was praying loud enough to be heard up above us the smell of cigarette smoke came by me again. As I was walking on the beach a little later that day, I felt like the Holy Spirit was impressing on me that it was no coincidence that this person was out on their deck while we were having our devotional and while we were praying.
Perhaps this person needed to hear a child pray with child like faith. Perhaps they were someone’s son, daughter, husband, or wife that someone had been praying for. They may have been like I was at one time still up from a night that left me empty, broke, and with a hangover. Or perhaps the person was a Christian that was still struggling with a habit that was very harmful to their body and they needed to hear about the power of God. I could go on and on about what type person this was and what is going on in their life, but to be honest I don’t know.
What I do know is that in some way God was at work on those two mornings. And I believe that God was at work in that person’s life just as He was in ours. I love the words in the song Way maker. In the Bridge of that song these words are very special to me:
“Even when I don’t see it, You’re working
Even when I don’t feel it, You’re working”

So today you may be praying for someone, or about some situation. It may feel like God is not at work. It may seem like God is not at work. But remember our opening verse : Eph 1:11 “In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will.” Who know, but in some way, God may have used that time this past week to help that person come to the place that they would receive their inheritance in Christ Jesus. Don’t give up praying for people that you are praying for. Don’t give up praying about situations that you are praying about. Even when it doesn’t feel like it is doing any good, or seem like it. Remember He is working!
Let Us Pray
Lord we thank You that there are no wasted prayers. We thank you that there are no situations that You cannot work in. We pray today help us to be faithful, even when it doesn’t feel like it, or seem like it.
In Jesus Name
Amen

We love you all!
Your Friend/Kinfolk
Preston

GET TOGETHER – THE HOLY SUPERNATURAL

GET TOGETHER – THE HOLY SUPERNATURAL

Zec 4:6 So he answered and said to me: “This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ Says the LORD of hosts.  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.”

I believe that God has wired up all human beings for a desire for the supernatural.  Sadly, since the fall in the Garden of Eden when original sin entered the human race human beings have sought the supernatural by counterfeit and demonic means. Many of them being good people and sadly sometimes Christians who just don’t have a Biblical knowledge of the supernatural.    When people do this, they open doors for the demonic to come and get a foothold in their lives and often to have adverse effects on them and their family members.  We can look at one place in the Old Testament where Saul sought out a Medium the Witch of Endor and the consequences for him were disastrous. You can read in 1 Sam 28 and see what happened to him when he went looking for the supernatural in some way rather than seeking God. 

There is good news for us!  The same Holy Spirit that came upon Zerubbabel, and prophets, priests, and Kings at different times in the Old Testament indwells the believer in Christ today.   Jesus told the disciples that they would be endued with power from on high.  Jesus promised us that He would send the Holy Spirit to be in us Joh 14:17 “the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. (NKJV) He lives in us. He is the third person of the Godhead. He isn’t an it. He is God the Holy Spirit. God lives in us and God is with us. 

Even greater than that is we can have as much of God as we desire.  The Old Testament Prophet Joel prophesied  and Peter preached it on the Day of Pentecost : Ac 2:14 -18 But Peter, standing up with the eleven, raised his voice and said to them, “Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and heed my words. “For these are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day” But this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:’ And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your young men shall see visions, Your old men shall dream dreams. And on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days; And they shall prophesy. We are in those daysWe have been in them since the Day of Pentecost. We will be in them until the return of the Lord!

We can as followers and disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ  walk in the Holy supernatural power of God! We don’t have to try to access demonic familiar spirits through reading horoscopes, going to fortune tellers, or doing whatever New -Age practitioners do with crystals.   One reason that those things  sound  so appealing to many people  is that a person can still live in sin and practice that. 

But why would we want the counterfeit that at some point is either going to bring harm to us, or our family when we can walk with the Holy One of Israel?  We receive and are filled with the same Holy Spirit that they were filled with on the Day of Pentecost. And we can get filled and filled over and over again! Most likely these people in Acts 4:31 were there on the Day of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit was poured out on the church. And look they get filled again! There is always more of God! Ac 4:31 And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness.”

So today don’t let the enemy tempt you into settling for the counterfeit. If you have repent of it, renounce it, and ask the Lord Jesus to fill you with the Holy Spirit. Jesus had this to say about asking in  Lu 11:13 “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!” (NKJV)

And for those who have received and been filled with the Holy Spirit remember what Jesus said in 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.”  I am also reminded of what He had told the disciples earlier and I believe that we can stand on this today. Lu 10:19 “Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.”   Now that is another good reason to walk in the Holy supernatural.  Why would any of us want to play with deadly snakes when He has given us the  the authority and the power of the Holy Spirit  to trample on them?

Let Us Pray

Sweet Holy Spirit Sweet Heavnely Dove! Stay right here with us and fill us with Your love! Thank You Jesus that You are still filling people with the Holy Spirit. May all who read this be filled afresh today. May we all walk in the authority and power that you have given to us as Your faithful servants. May any who read this that are walking in the unholy supernatural repent, renounce and receive that perfect gift from above.

In Jesus Name

Amen

Love you all!

Your Friend/Kinfolk

Preston

GET TOGETHER TRUE PEACE AND TRUE LOVE

GET TOGETHER TRUE PEACE AND TRUE LOVE

Joh 14:27 “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. (NKJV) Ro 5:15 But the free gift is not like the offense. For if by the one man’s offense many died, much more the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abounded to many.

Yesterday as I was on my way to the office the D.J. on the Christian radio station that I listen to was going over things that had taken place during this week in history. One of the events that he mentioned and he certainly was not endorsing this event was Woodstock. Most of you I am sure have heard of the rock concert, or festival that took place on a farm in Bethel New York. This event took place in August of 1969. Over four hundred thousand people attended that event. A couple of themes that came out of that event were peace and free love. One mindset that came out of that event was that we could turn on and tune out by using drugs. Many of my generation bought into that lie including myself.
Another thing that was associated with what was going on there was the sexual revolution. Free love meant that there were now no restraints on sexual activity. There was a song “If You Can’t Be with The One You Love Love The One That You Are With. That song kind of sums up of the mindset of the free love movement. Many of us bought into that lie as well.
As a Pastor that at one time has ministered to so many people from broken homes. I often think about the consequences to the culture that have taken place as the result of many of us including myself for buying into the lies of that movement. Time and space won’t permit me to go further about more thoughts that I have concerning what took place in the spirit realm over the East Coast and our nation as a result of what took place there and the mindset and world view that came forth from it. That would be something for a one on one discussion, or an in person message, or teaching. What I am going to do is to give you some good news concerning true peace, and true love!
There is one and only one who can offer true peace. His Name is Jesus Christ. His is the only name under Heaven by which men, or women may be saved and have true peace. Ac 4:12 “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” (NKJV) There is not a name associated with any religious system on the earth that a person can be saved by and experience true peace. You see the peace that one experiences when we surrender our lives to Jesus Christ is not about a religious system, or a philosophy, but it is about having a personal relationship with Him.
The Apostle Paul warned us not to be deceived by vain philosophies. No matter how good those philosophies may make us feel, or how good that they may sound. Paul is very specific about this in Col 2:8 Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ. (NKJV) According to Strongs Concordance the Greek term for philosophy is philosophia, fil-os-of-ee’-ah. “It refers to secular philosophy – elevating human wisdom over the wisdom of God. Such 5385 (philosophía) is loving one’s own thoughts (secular wisdom) at the expense of God’s Word (true wisdom).”
There is only one who offers true love. His Name is Jesus! The Bible tells us that in Joh 3:16 “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. (NKJV)
There is such a thing as free love. Jesus paid the price for it on the cross. It is not a love that means that free love comes by sex outside of marriage between a man and a woman in holy matrimony. Free love is what Paul is talking about in the passage from Romans that gives us the grace to be forgiven from our old sinful lifestyles. Free love is the grace to be transformed from our old sinful lifestyles and to become more like Jesus Christ as we go from glory to glory. Jesus spoke about free love, Mt 10:8 “Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.
When we have received true peace and not a false peace we are ready to love others freely. We are ready to offer them this peace and love that only Jesus Christ can offer. It is my hope that many who went there that day and many of my generation have found what true peace is. It is my hope and prayer that many have found what true free love is.
Every week I go to a residential discipleship ministry for people who have been in lifestyles of addictions and other destructive behaviors. I also minister at some others ministries like this from time to time. When I look at the faces and hear the stories from some of these residents who come from second and third generation drug use it breaks my heart. It also motivates me to offer them the only One who can give them true peace, and free love. There have been times that I have stood before them and shared with them that although there has always since the Fall in the Garden sin in the world that I can remember a time when drug use wasn’t rampant. I can remember a time when homes although they were not perfect were stable. They often look at me with disbelief.
There have been times that the Holy Spirit has had me to repent before them for what some of us in my generation bought into and to ask them for their forgiveness. That is why I go there. Not so that I might could get forgiven and get saved. But I go because I found true peace and real, true free love and the forgiveness of my sins through a born-again relationship with Jesus Christ.
Would you begin to sincerely pray for this nation to know true peace? Would you pray for the people in this nation to know true love? If you say yes don’t be surprised if the Holy Spirit begins to wake you up some in the night. Jesus is offering peace and His love to all who will repent of their sin and turn to Him no matter what color, or no matter what ideology that you may have bought into He stands ready to bring you into His Kingdom. A Kingdom where there is rue eternal peace, and true eternal love.

Let Us Pray

Lord many of us have looked for love in all the wrong places. Many of us had a misunderstanding about what true love is. Some of us sought peace through drug use, alcohol, unholy relationships, and many other things that our sinful flesh craved. Today we pray for all in this nation and all other nations to come out of false religious systems. We pray today for all to come out of vain philosophies. We pray for people to be set free from addictions to drugs, and alcohol. We pray for all that don’t know true peace, and that have not experienced the free love, and free gift of salvation to come to the cross of Jesus Christ today and to be raised to new life through Your Holy Resurrection power!
In Jesus Name
Amen!

Love you all!
Your Friend/Kinfolk
Preston

GET TOGETHER- HE DIED FOR ALL

GET TOGETHER- HE DIED FOR ALL
Ro 5:8-10 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.
Perhaps one of the most challenging things for us in a culture that is so hostile to the Gospel message is how to love people without compromising the truth. I believe that one of the greatest things that we can do is to commit to praying for the unsaved. Jesus loves the unsaved. He loved the unsaved enough to go to the cross and to die for the sins of all who are separated from God.
All of us at one time were not saved. The Bible tells us in Ro 3:23 “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” I am so thankful for the faithful Christians that prayed for my soul while I was lost and was living in sin.
J.J. and I have a Holy Ghost hit list. We are praying for people that God loves that have not been born again to repent and to come to the cross of Jesus Christ and to be saved. Some of them are people that we know very well. Some of them are people who we disagree with politically. Some are people that we agree with politically, but to our knowledge have not come to saving faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Some of them are prominent people that have lots of money who oppose the Gospel. Some of them are poor people that addictions have taken control of their lives. All of these are people that Jesus went to the cross and died for. We are told how much that God loves all people in Joh 3:16,17 “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.
It is God’s desire for all people to repent of their sin and to be saved : 2Pe 3:9 ¶ The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.(NKJV) How about you ? Do you have a Holy Ghost hit list? Most likely while you and I were dead in our trespasses and sin we were on somebody’s Holy Ghost hit list. Or perhaps you are reading this and you have never put your faith in the shed Blood of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to save you from your sins. Why not today? Then you can come off of someone else’s list and start your own.
Let Us Pray
Lord today we pray that You will lay on our hearts those that You desire for us to pray for to come into Your Kingdom. We pray that You will raise up a group of mighty intercessors that will contend in prayer for the souls of men and women. Lord we pray that any reading this that have not had their name written in the Lamb’s Book of Life will repent and believe today.
In Jesus Name
Amen
Love you all
Your Friend/Kinfolk
Preston

GET TOGETHER- IT’S YES AND AMEN

GET TOGETHER- IT’S YES AND AMEN
Ac 2:1 -4 “When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” Heb 10:23,25 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.

I can only imagine what it was like on that glorious day in the Upper Room when the promise of the Holy Spirit came and filled all one hundred and twenty that were in the room. I will admit that there have been some times that I have been in some services with others when the presence of God was so glorious that I did not want to leave that place, or go anywhere else.
Also, I praise the Lord for the word that we have in Hebrews that is encouraging us to stay faithful in our journey. We are told to continue to meet together. We are told to encourage, and to exhort one another. We are told to love on one another.
This has been a time like many of us have not experienced. Here are some things that I hear a lot of faithful Christians saying during this time. The church is not the building. They are right. It is not the building. The church is made up of the Blood bought children of God. We are the Bride of Christ! His body here on the earth.
The church is not the four walls and we are not called to just comfortably sit inside the four walls. Jesus commanded the disciples in Mt 28:19,20 “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, “teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen. (NKJV) This is referred to as the Great Commission. It isn’t the great suggestion. That commandment is for every believer in Jesus Christ today. I originally had plans to be in Guatemala last week serving with Daniel, and Brandi McIntyre with Eyes Wide Open Ministry. That trip was cancelled because they are not letting people in the United States into Guatemala right now.
Last week one morning when I was sitting on my porch praying and spending time in the word, I heard the Holy Spirit say that we were missionaries to Hamilton. That did not mean that we don’t go other places. But the Holy Spirit was stressing that as Christians we all are living in a Mission Filed. He was stressing that we should take our approach to being missionaries here as serious as our brothers and sisters in Christ who are on the mission field in other countries do. Again, that does not mean that we don’t go on mission trips to other places. The good news is we don’t have to do this in our own strength. If Jesus commands us to do something, He will empower us to do it. This is what He told the disciples and this is for us today the same as it was for them 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.”
I am sure that on that day when the Holy Spirit came into the Upper Room that it would have been tempting to just want to stay in that room. But praise God that they didn’t! They hit the street! Peter the one who had denied the Lord at the most critical time in the Lord’s time here on earth was now filled with the power of the Holy Spirit. He preaches that Jesus is the Christ. Three thousand would get saved on that day! Wow do we ever need a move of the Holy Spirit like that today!
God is looking for people with a missionary mentality to use in this time and season! He still wants to do what Peter preached about on that day : Ac 2:14- 18 But Peter, standing up with the eleven, raised his voice and said to them, “Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and heed my words. “For these are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day. “But this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel: ‘And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your young men shall see visions, Your old men shall dream dreams. And on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days; And they shall prophesy.” But just like in that day He isn’t just wanting to do this so that we can have a feel-good worship service every once in a while. He wants to do it to advance the Kingdom of God upon the earth. Phillip did it and God wants us to do it as well :Ac 8:12 “But when they believed Philip as he preached the things concerning the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, both men and women were baptized.”
Now when we do this it is very important that we do not forsake the assembling of the saints. Recently I have wondered what it would have been like for me if when I first got saved if we had not been meeting together. I was at the church every time that the doors were opened. I met with an accountability group every week. I was able to talk to them about areas that I was being tempted in and other challenges that were going on in my life. I don’t believe that I would be typing this if I had not been doing that at that time. Please don’t take this as a means to make anyone that may be in danger, or endangering someone else feel guilty because you are not able to come to worship, or other church activities at the present time. On the other hand, pray for a way for people to meet with others. Pray for those of us who are able to take the Gospel out into the world to be protected. Pray for all to be able to gather again in corporate worship.
With all of this said. Let me ask you a question. Do you see yourself as a missionary where you are at? Pray that all of our congregations will have a missionary zeal to reach the lost. I have read that missionaries from Africa, and other countries are now coming to the United States to do missionary work. Jesus had this to say in Mt 9:37,38 Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. “Therefore, pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.” (NKJV) Pray for laborers in the harvest. Be a laborer in the harvest!
In conclusion yes, the church is not a building. But the building is a place where the church can gather and worship God, love on one another, pray for one another, and experience the presence of God in a powerful way. All of this so that we are equipped, edified, loved on, and encouraged to take the Gospel to a lost, desperate, and hurting world. And to that we say yes and Amen!

Let us Pray
Lord Jesus we thank You that we have the honor of being the church. Forgive us when we have let other things have priority over the mission that You have given us as Your people. Today we pray that all who read this will be empowered by the Holy Spirit to be your missionaries, and Your witnesses in a world that needs You so much. May we Your people be free to gather together, and encourage one another in order that we are able to fulfill the destiny and purpose that You have created us to fulfill.
In Jesus Name
Amen

Thanks to all of you who pray for us and encourage us. We love you and greatly appreciate it.
Your Friend/Kinfolk
Preston

GET TOGETHER- THE POWER OF THE CROSS

GET TOGETHER- THE POWER OF THE CROSS

Ga 6:14 But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.

            The devil and his demonic entities often love to remind the believer and follower of Jesus Christ of our sinful pasts.  On the other hand, when He does the Holy Spirit will remind us of the power of the cross and how that the 

Lord has redeemed every part of our lives. Not only can we walk as forgiven people. But we can live as transformed people that God has forgiven and is redeeming the things that we have messed up in our lives. I like to say that what we have messed up God can dress up. He makes all things new. The Scriptures tell us in  2Co 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. (NKJV)  I love this passage in Isaiah about how God dresses up what we have messed up: 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.

            Let me give you a couple of examples.  First of all, I am not bragging about the sin that I once lived in. And I am also not bragging or seeking to exalt myself. The only One that I will exalt is the Lord Jesus Christ whom as I have stated not only forgives people of the sins that we have committed, but He  also brings transformation and restoration to our lives. There is a whole culture out there that is walking in sin as I once was  that needs the transforming power of God to work in their lives. So that is why I sometimes share and testify how the Lord forgives our sins and changes our lives. 

            Not to long ago J.J. and I were at a wonderful occasion at a very beautiful place. While we were there as I was looking at the scenery, I noticed that it was very familiar and perhaps was a place that I had once often frequented when I was living in sin and rebellion against God.  The Holy Spirit then began to speak to my heart. I am not the same person that frequented that place, and lived in rebellion against God.  This was not a bad place. It was a beautiful place. But now I could see God’s creation as a forgiven child of God rather than as a place where I often went to medicate my pain and to seek peace in ungodly ways that only led to more pain, and more hurt. 

            The Holy Spirit then reminded me of how that He had given us so many wonderful friends. That He has given us so many wonderful brothers and sisters in Christ. And how that He has also redeemed the lives of many of our friends that had once tried to medicate their pain, hurt, disappointments, rejection and other heartbreaks in the same way. God is so good! He is a loving, holy, forgiving, redeeming, and transforming God. 

            All of us that have been born again can rejoice in the power of the cross. We have been forgiven of our sins! Every demon that is at the disposal of Satan has been defeated and they have no authority over us. When then enemy comes with his voice of lies  we can rejoice in these words from Col 2:13-15 “And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses, having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.” And if you have not been born again God is ready to forgive you, transform you and restore the broken places in your life.

            I would like to share one more example of how God redeemed and restored in my life. I pray that it will encourage you in some way in your journey with Christ.  Yesterday I was at Wal- Mart here in Hamilton.  As I was at the checkout counter the cashier complimented me about my class ring.  It gave me an opportunity to share how the Lord has redeemed something in my life. 

            When I went to college in 1968 at Jacksonville State University, I lost my high school graduation ring one night. Me and some friends were riding around and when I threw a beer bottle at a sign my ring when flying out the window with it. It is somewhere just off the highway between Jacksonville and Piedmont, Alabama. Also, I flunked out of the college that May and I was a long way from thinking that I would ever get a college degree. 

            When the Lord called me to preach, He called me to go back to college as well. He doesn’t do that for all people that He calls to preach, but that was a part of the journey that He has had me on. In 1996 when I was getting ready to graduate from Birmingham Southern College, I ordered me a class ring.  The set is black and it has a gold cross on it. It symbolizes to me how that God redeems our past failures, sins, and mistakes. Also, in Luke Chapter 15 when the prodigal son came home his father placed a ring upon his finger: Lu 15:22 “But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet.”

            So yesterday when the clerk complimented me on my class ring, I shared with here that the black set was symbolic of the darkness that I once walked in. I shared with her that the cross was symbolic of the Lord delivering me out of the darkness. Wow! The message of the cross is such a wonderful message!  When we come to the cross and surrender our lives to Jesus Christ, we are redeemed from Hell.  Now that is some good news! We are being transformed more into his likeness and experiencing Him redeeming and restoring every part of our lives. He turns past failures into victories for his glory and His honor. Oh, the power of the Man who died on the cross, who rose from the dead, and who sits at the right hand of the Father!  Glory to the Man who fills us with the Holy Spirit the Man who one day will return for His bride.  Experience His forgiveness, His love and His redeeming transforming power at the cross of Jesus Christ!

Let Us Pray 

Lord we thank You that at the cross we find forgiveness. We thank You for the mercy that you have shown to us. We thank You for sending the Holy Spirit and giving us the Word of God so that we can experience the power of transformation and go from glory to glory.  We thank You that You are a God that will dress up what we have messed up!

In Jesus Name

Amen

May all who read this experience the forgiveness and the redeeming, restoring transforming love of our Blessed Savior  the Lord Jesus Christ ! Love you all!

Your Friend/Kinfolk

Preston