Brothers and sisters, how many of us have believed an evil report? There are tremendously challenging times ahead – and even upon us. However, we must be led by the Holy Spirit and following the calling of God on our lives. Our lives are meant to be supernaturally driven. Only this light will stand as a testimony in this generation. It is time to press in to God rather than our own strength and plans. How many don’t see hope forward? There is joy and power and peace and strength available in the name of Jesus! God is who He says He is. Lord let us be who you say we are and not who we imagine ourselves to be.
And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Send men to spy out the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the children of Israel; from each tribe of their fathers you shall send a man, every one a leader among them.”
And they returned from spying out the land after forty days.
Now they departed and came back to Moses and Aaron and all the congregation of the children of Israel in the Wilderness of Paran, at Kadesh; they brought back word to them and to all the congregation, and showed them the fruit of the land. Then they told him, and said: “We went to the land where you sent us. It truly flows with milk and honey, and this is its fruit. Nevertheless the people who dwell in the land are strong; the cities are fortified and very large; moreover we saw the descendants of Anak there. The Amalekites dwell in the land of the South; the Hittites, the Jebusites, and the Amorites dwell in the mountains; and the Canaanites dwell by the sea and along the banks of the Jordan.”
Then Caleb quieted the people before Moses, and said, “Let us go up at once and take possession, for we are well able to overcome it.”
But the men who had gone up with him said, “We are not able to go up against the people, for they are stronger than we.” And they gave the children of Israel a bad report of the land which they had spied out, saying, “The land through which we have gone as spies is a land that devours its inhabitants, and all the people whom we saw in it are men of great stature. There we saw the giants (the descendants of Anak came from the giants); and we were like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight.”
So all the congregation lifted up their voices and cried, and the people wept that night.
Numbers 13:1,25-33 | Numbers 14:1
Say yes to God today! Times Square Church recently celebrated its 30th anniversary since being planted by Pastor David Wilkerson in 1987. Always press forward in prayer, in God’s Word, in fasting, and in all things glorifying to the name of Jesus.
Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying:
“Whom shall I send,
And who will go for Us?”
Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.”
Be encouraged brothers and sisters. The love of many is waxing cold, but we can build an immunity to discouragement through surrender to God. God doesn’t always move how and when we would anticipate or desire. Remember, His ways and thoughts are above ours. Trust in Jesus!
Now behold, two of them were traveling that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was seven miles from Jerusalem. And they talked together of all these things which had happened. So it was, while they conversed and reasoned, that Jesus Himself drew near and went with them. But their eyes were restrained, so that they did not know Him.
And He said to them, “What kind of conversation is this that you have with one another as you walk and are sad?”
Then the one whose name was Cleopas answered and said to Him, “Are You the only stranger in Jerusalem, and have You not known the things which happened there in these days?”
And He said to them, “What things?”
So they said to Him, “The things concerning Jesus of Nazareth, who was a Prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, and how the chief priests and our rulers delivered Him to be condemned to death, and crucified Him. But we were hoping that it was He who was going to redeem Israel. Indeed, besides all this, today is the third day since these things happened.
With the breaking news out of Las Vegas overnight of the horrific mass casualty event emotions of all sorts are running high today. Fear, anger, bitterness, grief, sorrow, mourning, confusion, heartbreak, and many more have been stirred up in the consciousness of Americans. Let’s take some time this evening to look beyond the politics, blame, and castigation to ask a question that demands to be addressed but that typically is overshadowed by other concerns: what is life worth? What do our worldviews tell us about what life actually is, where it comes from, and what its ultimate value is? Something instinctive tells us that life is valuable and worth preserving, so how can people – ourselves included – come to a place where we see life as something that would be better off eliminated?
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And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure. Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
2 Corinthians 12:7-10
Click here to view this article from Pastor Mike Spaulding in its original context on his blog from 09.11.2017
“And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ; having been filled with the fruit of righteousness which comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.” Philippians 1:9-11
One of the most blessed things Christians are privileged to participate in is the life of a local assembly of believers. It might surprise readers to learn that the Bible in both Testaments speaks almost exclusively within the context of local bodies. The Old Testament speaks specifically about the nation, tribes, and families of the Hebrew people. Their story of failure and success in being obedient to God and in becoming the people He desired them to be is a primary storyline of the Old Testament. The New Testament reads like a manual for righteous living within the context of the local church family.
Think about this friends – Matthew wrote for a Jewish audience, Mark a Gentile audience, Luke for the benefit of Theophilus, John to Christians generally speaking, Paul to the churches in Rome, Corinth, Galatia, Ephesus, Philippi, and Colossae to name a few. One thing these letters have in common with the possible exception of Luke is that they were written to churches. One could argue that Paul’s letters to Timothy were written to an individual believer but even then Paul was instructing Timothy on how to handle issues within the body of believers.
Continue reading “Guest Post: Pastor Mike Spaulding – The Importance Of Being The Church”
Join us On the Objective as Steven Menking (The Amateur Society) brings us back On the Objective after a month-long break. In this discussion, Steven speaks from the heart about the boldness that all Christians must seek the Lord for in this hour. A time of turmoil and darkness calls for the body of Christ to press in to God, to be filled with the Holy Spirit, and to be laborers for the harvest in this generation.
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