GET TOGETHER-  Don’t Tear The Foundation Down 

GET TOGETHER-  Don’t Tear The Foundation Down 

Mt 7:24-29 “Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock:”and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.”But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: “and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.”And so it was, when Jesus had ended these sayings, that the people were astonished at His teaching, for He taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. (NKJV)

            A few weeks ago, we had a new roof put on our house. This past Saturday during the storms some shingles blew off of our new roof. Thankfully the roofer came out this past Monday and replaced those shingles. The good news is that out house was still there. 

            On the other hand, if someone came by with a wrecking ball and began to knock the concrete blocks that are the foundation of our house down the results would not be quiet as good. Our house would fall down. And we would be left with a big mess.

            In this passage Jesus talks about the importance of us building our spiritual house on the rock and not on the sand. He is our Rock. He is the Rock of our salvation. He is the chief cornerstone of our salvation, our spiritual house Eph 2:20 having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone.” (NKJV) There may be some things that need correcting by the Holy Spirit in our lives.  However as long as He is the chief cornerstone of our foundation the house will not fall. 

            I think that is true as well for any nation. If He is the chief cornerstone that nation will not fall.  I don’t consider what I am about to say to be a political statement, but a word from the Lord.  A nation may have not been perfect during its history. The wonderful nation that we live in certainly has not at times. On the other hand, when a nation is not perfect, but Jesus Christ is the chief cornerstone on what that nation believes He will honor that and He will bring correction where it is needed and help that nation to walk in the will of God. However, any individual, nation, business, or any other thing that is not built on Hm is built on sand and at some point, that house will come crashing down.

           So today let me ask you a question. Is your house built on the Rock, or on the sand? Is your business built on the Rock, or on the sand? Is your family built on the Rock, or on the sand? Would you pray for our nation? I am not asking you to do anything, but pray that this nation be built on the Rock and not on  the sand.  

 

Let us Pray

Lord Jesus we thank You that You are the Rock of our salvation. We pray today that You will help us to walk in the assurance that when the winds howl and the rains come down that as long as our house is built on You that it will stand.  We pray for our nation today that there will be a Holy Spirit awakening in this nation. We pray for all that have built on the sand to come to that place where they decide to build on the Rock.

In Jesus Name

Amen

 

Love you all! 

Your Friend/Kinfolk 

Preston 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GET TOGETHER – FRESH STARTS AND NEW THINGS

GET TOGETHER – FRESH STARTS AND NEW THINGS

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 don’t know about you, but I love fresh starts and new things. I can remember sometimes when I was younger and playing sports that after I had messed up doing a drill in practice the coach might say okay, we are going to start all over from the beginning. That would give me hope that I had not messed up so bad that I would be kicked off of the team.

Many of us probably got some new things for Christmas. I always enjoy that. Our children both gave us something new. That was very special for J.J. and I both. Now all of us are getting ready to move into a New Year. A new year can mean a fresh start for us in some ways. It can also mean that there will be a time for new opportunities in the Kingdom as we serve our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

One thing that I really like about the passage that I have shared with you today is that there is a great promise for the sinner that has repented of his, or her sins and have given their lives to Jesus Christ. There are perhaps many people like me that lived a very sinful life and would feel like there is no hope to be forgiven and to have a relationship with God through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

The Bible tells us that once we have been born again that we have been forgiven of our sinful pasts. I know that the following is a lengthy passage of Scripture. But if you are out there and you think that you have ruined your life and that there is no hope for you, I pray that you will read this passage and surrender your life to Christ and let Him to a new thing in you.

“Eph 2:1-8 And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others. But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God.”

For those of us who have been saved I pray that as we go into a New Year that we will ask the Lord for new opportunities to get the old old story out to a culture that needs Jesus Christ so bad. I pray for all of us that we can know that our sinful pasts are behind us and that God desires to do a new thing in us, through us, and for us. When He is in it nothing can stop us the word tells us in “Isa 43:18 -20″Do not remember the former things, Nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness And rivers in the desert. The beast of the field will honor Me, The jackals and the ostriches, Because I give waters in the wilderness And rivers in the desert, To give drink to My people, My chosen.”

So today there is mercy for those who will repent of their past’s sins. There is a new life. A life of forgiveness. A life of new opportunities, a life of restoration, and reconciliation. For those who have been following Christ faithfully may He do a new thing in our lives. So that we will experience Him in a greater way in the coming year than we ever have before. Ask the Holy Spirit to be with you as you go into this New Year. Jesus promised us that He would in Joh 14:26 “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.

Let Us Pray

Lord first of all we thank you for the Divine mercy that You have shown us. We pray today for any that read this that have not repented of their sins and received this mercy that You will use this to draw them to that relationship with You. For all we pray that these will be blessed with opportunities for fresh starts and new things! May all of us be used in 2020 to bring glory to your Holy Name

In Jesus Name

Amen

On Behalf of J.J. and myself we pray that you have a blessed and prosperous New Year!

Your Friend/Kinfolk

Preston

GET TOGETHER- A THEOCRACY IS COMING

GET TOGETHER- A THEOCRACY IS COMING

Isa 9:6,7 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.

There have been many different governments in the world. I am not here to enter into a political debate. I am here to tell you about a perfect government with a perfect ruler. There have been and still are governments with dictators. There have been and still are monarchs’ where the head of the government is either a King, or a Queen. There are Democracies, Republics, and Democratic Republics. There have been and still are Communist governments. But one day there is going to be an eternal perfect form of government.

That will be when King Jesus returns to rule and to reign forever and ever with His saints. The definition of a Theocracy is a government that is believed to be Divinely ruled and guided. There are some nations that allow no other religion to be practiced in their nation. They would regard themselves as theocracies. However, they are not worshipping the Lord Jesus Christ who is the true King of the Universe. So therefore, they may appear to be theocracies, but they actually are not. I am talking about Saudi Arabia, Iran, and most other Muslim nations.

But as Isaiah prophesied over seven hundred years before Jesus came to the earth and was born in a manger in Bethlehem there will be a true theocracy and He will reign as King forever and ever. Isaiah tell us that the zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this. He came as a baby in a manger that first time. We celebrate that this time of year in a very special way. It allows us to preach and teach about the incarnation of Jesus Christ. It also allows us to preach and teach that just as His first coming was a real event so will His second coming be.

Jesus promised that He would return one day. Lu 21:25-27 “And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring” men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of heaven will be shaken “Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.” It is impossible for God to lie. Jesus Christ is God the Son. We are told about His second coming in Re 1:7 Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him. Even so, Amen. (NKJV)

When He comes He will have the perfect government. There will be no injustice. There will be no strife. There will be no back biting. The funeral homes will be out of business! The hospitals will be closed! This is how the perfect government will effect those who belong to Christ : Re 21:3,4 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

When He came the first time there were some that weren’t ready and did not receive Him. King Herod wanted Him dead! The religious leaders at the time and the Romans would put Him to death. Some thought that He was crazy. Some said that He had a demon. But some like Peter said in Mt 16:16b, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

Are you looking forward to living in this theocracy? Are you like Peter and know that He is the Messiah and that He will return to rule and reign? Or perhaps you maybe like some the first time that He came. I pray as we get closer to His reappearing one day that you are looking forward to living in that perfect Kingdom forever and ever.

Let Us Pray

Lord we thank You that there is a perfect government coming. We thank you that it is governed by you the perfect King. We pray today that at this time of year that those who have been born again will celebrate and be used to bring others into the Kingdom. For those that have not come into the Kingdom we pray today that You will remove the veil from their eyes as You did ours. So that they may experience the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living forever and ever!

In Jesus Name

Amen

HAVE A MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Your Friend/Kinfolk

Preston

GET TOGETHER- The Perfect One Came To Earth

GET TOGETHER- The Perfect One Came To Earth

Lu 2:7 And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. (NKJV)

Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year. It has not always been that way. To be honest Christmas became one of my favorite times of the year after I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior in 1990.

Before I met J.J. Christmas was a very lonely time. I would often try to fill those times of loneliness with sinful activities to try to fill that empty void. Christmas got much better after our children were born. The Holy Spirit was using them to help us to get to the place of the real reason that we celebrate Christmas. But I must admit it was still an anxious time for me. I was overly concerned about work during that time. I was uptight about what to buy for those that I wanted to give a gift to, and I was still playing with some things that were not good for me, or anyone else.

Some of those things that I mentioned are good. It is good to work. It is good to give gifts, because as followers of Christ we are to be a giving people. The Apostle Paul wrote about the blessing of working and giving in Ac 20:35 “I have shown you in every way, by laboring like this, that you must support the weak. And remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.” (NKJV)

But in 1990 I began to grasp the true meaning of Christmas and to enjoy celebrating the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. As I shared with a group last week. This is not a perfect time of the year. This Saturday will mark twenty-three years since my Daddy’s death on a sunny December day. It was on a Saturday that year. Just like it falls this year. During the Christmas season I have preached the funerals of children, and some of the most faithful brothers and sisters in Christ that we have ever had the privilege of serving the Lord with during this time of the year.

So, although this time of the year is not perfect. We can celebrate because the perfect One left a perfect place and came to redeem lost humanity. John describes it like this in Joh 1:14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. (NKJV) The Apostle Paul says it like this in Php 2:7,8 “but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.”

One of the greatest blessings that I have had since I was born again in 1990 is Christmas Eve Communion. As a Pastor it was always a great blessing to experience the grace of God when you looked into the faces of those that you were serving on Christmas Eve. Some had been through some great times during the previous year. Others had been through some difficult time such as a spouse, a child, or a parent that had gone on to Heaven. It was a blessing to know that these walked in that type of faith. And that faith was a gift from God.

One of my favorite memories was either in our first, or second year at Bethlehem United Methodist Church. It was either in 1996, or 1997. We came into the Pastoral Ministry in 1996. I am not sure if it was the year of Daddy’s death. Which was during the Christmas season of our first year in the Pastoral Ministry. Or if it was the next year that we were there. Both of those years there had been some tough situations that either us, or someone else in the congregation was going through. Our daughter Jessye was either eleven, or twelve. The power was off at the church and there had been some snow. We would be leaving after the service to be with the Headrick side of the family on Christmas Eve night and to be with the Johnson side of our family on Christmas day.

Jessye asked me if she could help me serve Communion. The enemy had been really trying to discourage me and tell me that no one was going to come. What a blessing it was that night. We only had candlelight in the church. We didn’t have any heat. It was so cold that I could see Jessye’s breath one time. But oh, what a blessing! It made me think of how it must have been in that stable on that first Christmas night. They didn’t have power. They didn’t have heat unless it was a fire. I think that it was the first time that I ever saw Jessye wearing hose. She was dressed up in her Sunday dress and when I heard her pray over the people after they received the Lord’s Supper it was such a blessing.

The night that our Lord came to earth was a hard night for Him and His family. He was born in a manger. I heard a preacher on the radio yesterday say what a perfect place for a Lamb to be born. The Lamb that came to take away the sins of the world was born in a manger.

As we get closer and closer to Christmas day I pray for all of us that whether we are living in some of the most wonderful times of our lives, or some of the most challenging that we will see that the Baby that was born in a manger today sits at the Right Hand of the Father and that He lives in our hearts through the Blessed Holy Spirit. And because of that we can give Him praise in the good times, and praise Him in the challenging times!

Let Us Pray

Lord we thank You that you came to the earth in the form of a man. We thank You that we can celebrate Your birth because You lived for us. You died for us! You rose from the dead for us! You have given us the Holy Spirit! We praise You Lamb of God! Please be with all who read this. May all who have been born again be encouraged. May any that have not come to know Your goodness, Your love, and your favor be drawn to You during this very special season.

In Jesus Name

Amen

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL OF YOU!!

Your Friend/Kinfolk

Preston

GET TOGETHER – THE GIFT OF LOVE

GET TOGETHER – THE GIFT OF LOVE

1 Cor 13:1-3 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body [ato be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.

God is a God of order. I often think about how that He put Chapter 13 in between Chapter 12 and Chapter 14 in 1 Corinthians. What a wonderful thing that it is that God has given us the gifts of the Holy Spirit to serve Him with in the Kingdom. It is my belief that 1 Corinthians 13 is given to help us to know why that God has given us the gifts of the Holy Spirit to serve Him. We must be a people that love in order to serve God faithfully.

I realize that I have Brothers and Sisters in Christ that may have a different view than I do concerning the gifts of the Holy Spirit. I have had the honor at various times and in various ways to serve with my Brothers and Sisters in Christ that may differ with me on the operation of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. When the Lord calls me to serve with these dear brothers and sisters, we choose to focus on the essentials of the faith that we agree on. The Holy Spirit always shows up when we keep our eyes on Jesus in a very special way. So I pray that no matter what your view may be on the operation of the gifts of the Holy Spirit that in some way this message will help you to walk in a more loving way to those within the Body of Christ, your neighbors, your friends, your family, and yes even your enemies.

We live in a world that is very hostile right now. We live in a world that needs the love of God so badly. There is not enough space here to say all that could be said about the love of God. Nor in there space enough to list all of the places, situations, and circumstances where people need to know and experience the love of God.

In this Christmas season I pray that we will remember and celebrate when love came down from Heaven. The Bible tells us in Joh 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Think about that God loved the Romans that would nail Jesus to the cross. God loved the Pharisees and religious leaders that demanded that they crucify Him.

God loved a young virgin enough to use her to carry His Son in her womb. God loved Joseph enough to allow Him to be the earthly father to His only Begotten Son. God loved lepers, tax collectors, harlots, and other sinners enough to give each the opportunity to receive His only begotten Son as their Lord and Savior. God loved us enough while we were and while some may be still living in a sinful condition to save and to give eternal life to.

Jesus the perfect gift and example of love has commanded us to love. Here are just a few verses where He taught about who to love:

Mt 5:43,44 “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, Mt 5:46 “For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? Mt 22:37 Jesus said to him,” ‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. ‘Mt 22:39 “And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’

Which leads me to the last verse in 1Corinthians 13: 1Co 13:13 And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love. (NKJV). Here the Apostle Paul talks about the abiding gifts of the Holy Spirit. These gifts abide in every believer in Jesus Christ. We need to draw on that abiding gift of love. We need to draw on that gift in order for the world to see Christ in us. We need to draw on that gift so that the Holy Spirit can use us to bring people to Christ. We need to draw on that gift in order to become more like Jesus.

Let Us Pray

Lord Jesus you came down out of Heaven and were met with a manger to sleep in. You had to avoid being killed by King Herod. You were despised and rejected by men. And yet You loved the world so much that You were willing to go to the cross and die for our sins. Lord give us that Holy love. Give us that love that helps us to love like You loved.

In Jesus Name

Amen

We love you all. May every heart prepare Him room this season.

Your Friend/Kinfolk

Preston

GET TOGETHER – Stay On The Journey

Ge 29:1 ¶ So Jacob went on his journey and came to the land of the people of the East. (NKJV

The Journey

Ge 29:1 ¶ So Jacob went on his journey and came to the land of the people of the East. (NKJV)

This past Thursday evening J.J. and I left Hamilton headed to Charleston South Carolina. Our son Jake coaches basketball at Missouri State University. They were playing in a tournament there. So, our journey had a destination and a purpose for us going there.

As we were driving, I thought about how much that our journey with the Lord Jesus Christ has similarities to our journeys that we take either when we are driving, flying, walking, or any other way that we might be on a journey.

There can be unexpected blessings on our journey. We stopped to eat at the Green Top Café in Jasper. I saw one of my former customers that I had not seen in years. That was a real blessing for me. I also saw an old friend that I had known since my teen age years and that was a blessing.

When we got into Birmingham the traffic slowed down a good bit. Sometimes in our journey with the Lord there are times that we have to be patient and stand on His word as the Psalmist says in Ps 46:10 Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! (NKJV)

The Lord blessed us with going through Atlanta without any real problems, or slowdowns. That reminded me of God’s promise in Isa 45:2 ‘I will go before you And make the crooked places straight; I will break in pieces the gates of bronze And cut the bars of iron.”

There were too many for me to list them all here, but here is one that when it happened it was when the Lord spoke to me about this. J.J. was getting sleepy. We had planned to spend the night on the other side of Atlanta. Well when I saw the sign for the Hampton Inn, I read the sign wrong and missed the exit. Thankfully there was another Hampton in Thomson Georgia about fifty miles further on down the road. Boy was that an answered prayer! It actually turned out to be better for us. We got to sleep a little bit later the next morning. As the Apostle Paul wrote in Ro 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” (NKJV)

I thought about Jacob’s journey. He certainly had some blessings and some challenges. He had a powerful encounter with God at Bethel. He would find the woman that he loved named Rachel. He would experience deception and disappointment as his Father-Law Laban trick him into marrying Leah. He would have to work for Laban for seven more years in order to marry Rachel the woman that he loved. He got a new name at Peniel where he wrestled with God. There were many other challenges and blessings in Jacob’s life. Many of the challenges were due to him having wrong motives at times. Some were as a result of the sins of others. But as we read the Scriptures as challenging as life was for him he would finish his journey. When God revealed Himself to Moses He revealed Himself in this way: Ex 3:6 “Moreover He said, “I am the God of your father-the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look upon God.”

Today on your journey you may have made some wrong turns. Jesus Christ desires to help you to get back on the right road on your journey. You may be a little tired from your journey. Jesus made a promise for those who are tired from life’s journey Mt 11:28 -30″Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. “For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”(NKJV) When you journey with Him you will always end up at the right destination and fulfill the purpose that He has for your life.

Let Us Pray

Lord Jesus what a blessing it is to travel with you. Today please meet all that read this and help us all to arrive at our eternal destination and fulfill the purpose for which You created us.

In Jesus Name

Amen

On behalf of J.J. and all of our family: Happy Thanksgiving! We love you all!

Your Friend/Kinfolk

Preston

Get Together# 175

(This week I am a little pressed on time. I felt like I was to share this one with you from a few years ago. I believe that it is as true today as it was then.)

Get Together# 175

Joh 8:36 “Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed. (NKJV)

Two weeks ago the girl who I would guess is in her early twenties shared with me at the Bible Study that I was leading at a ministry for women that she was having withdrawals from heroin. She could hardly hold her head up and it was her first week at the Christ centered residential ministry for women who are trying to be set free of addictions and other destructive behaviors. She was from up north and I am sure that she was also struggling with making the psychological adjustment to listening to a group of southerners talk as her body was experiencing the torture of these horrific pains that these withdrawals bring.

We prayed for her that day. And I am sure that the congregation that supports the ministry that she is currently receiving ministry at prayed as well. Last week when I went back this young lady who the week before had not been able to hold her head up gave a praise report that God had delivered her from the desire to do heroin and that He had also taken away the withdrawal symptoms.

The natural world will tell us that we have to be addicts. The natural world will tell us that there are certain sickness and disease that there are no cures for. But praise God we serve a God who works in the supernatural power of the Holy Spirit.

Jesus does not tremble at the name of Heroin. Heroin trembles at the name of Jesus. JESUS does not tremble at the Name of Cancer or Hepatitis C or Hepatitis B. They tremble at the Name of JESUS. Last week a young man from another Christ centered ministry testified at our congregation of being healed from Hepatitis B by the Lord JESUS Christ.

Today we are in a society that is in a natural mess. Men and women are attempting to fix a lot of problems that only God can fix. Men and women would love to fix the problems without involving God. I have good news for you. God wants to be involved. God wants to heal our nation. God wants to free us from sickness. God wants to free us from a drug scourged society. You may be tired of hearing this passage, but here it goes again “2Ch 7:14 “if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

The same God that delivered this young girl from her heroin addiction is ready to deliver America from her sin addiction. The same God that healed that young man of his sickness is ready to heal America. Armies can’t heal America, politicians can’t heal America, Slot Machines can’t heal America, but the Lord Jesus Christ can. How do I know? Well He has healed me. He has delivered me. I am also seeing Him at work everyday in impossible situations. I saw Him make a way for family that comes to our Recovery Ministry to have a place to live. I saw Him move upon a thirteen-year-old girl after the service this week and save her soul from hell. Here these words from Jesus in Mr 10:27 But Jesus looked at them and said, “With men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible.”

Yesterday I went to visit a new born baby. He looked so good and his parents and both sets of proud grandparents who love the Lord are all overflowing in thankfulness for him.

As I prayed for this new born child only hours out of his Mothers womb where God had been fashioning him for nine months Ps 139:13 “For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb.”(NKJV) I felt the Holy Spirit really impress upon me to pray for the culture that this child will grow up in should the Lord not return first. Today I challenge you begin to pray for our country. Pray that the Holy Spirit of God would bring revival to our nation. Pray that once again America would have a Holy fear of God. When we do we can rejoice that God will protect us “Pr 16:7 ¶ When a man’s ways please the LORD, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.

Also today believe for God to do the miraculous in all of those things that seem to trouble you. Remember that He is a Healer and a Deliverer. Nothing is to hard for Him. Remember the words that He spoke to the prophet Jeremiah “Jer 32:27 “Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for Me?

LET US PRAY

Lord Jesus we need you in so many ways. Lord today we pray that You will turn this nation to you. Deliver us from our addiction to sin. Deliver us from the withdrawals that come from leaving those lifestyles. Give us the grace to walk in Your power. We thank You that You are the Healer, the Deliverer, and the Restorer that we as individuals and this nation need.

IN JESUS NAME

Amen

Thanks for letting me share these words with you all today. Be encouraged and walk by faith believing that God is going to bring revival to this nation.

Your Friend/Kinfolk

Preston