The Grace To Be Gracious – Pastor William Carrol – Times Square Church – 04.14.2019

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We don’t have the resources to be gracious. However, our God in His everlasting mercy can provide us the grace that we need to become a source of grace for others. When we are wronged, hurt, rejected, betrayed, abandoned, chastised, or just plain beat down our first natural instinct is not to pour out grace. This even happened to Moses after he was given the first copy of the law from the Lord only to turn wrathful at the disobedience of the people. We need supernatural faith, strength, and grace to overcome the temptation to succumbing to anger, even anger that can be characterized as righteous or justified. The depth of this need cannot be overstated. Let us abandon our own strength and rely entirely on the Lord to call us, fill us, equip us, and send us. Jesus is faithful from the cross to eternity, and He will not fail you. It’s time for forgiveness. It’s time for supernatural grace. It’s time for prayer. It’s time for the harvest!

Then Moses said to the Lord, “See, You say to me, ‘Bring up this people.’ But You have not let me know whom You will send with me. Yet You have said, ‘I know you by name, and you have also found grace in My sight.’ Now therefore, I pray, if I have found grace in Your sight, show me now Your way, that I may know You and that I may find grace in Your sight. And consider that this nation is Your people.”

And He said, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”

Then he said to Him, “If Your Presence does not go with us, do not bring us up from here. For how then will it be known that Your people and I have found grace in Your sight, except You go with us? So we shall be separate, Your people and I, from all the people who are upon the face of the earth.”

So the Lord said to Moses, “I will also do this thing that you have spoken; for you have found grace in My sight, and I know you by name.”

And he said, “Please, show me Your glory.”

Then He said, “I will make all My goodness pass before you, and I will proclaim the name of the Lord before you. I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.” But He said, “You cannot see My face; for no man shall see Me, and live.” And the Lord said, “Here is a place by Me, and you shall stand on the rock. So it shall be, while My glory passes by, that I will put you in the cleft of the rock, and will cover you with My hand while I pass by. Then I will take away My hand, and you shall see My back; but My face shall not be seen.”

Exodus 33:12-23

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A Word For The Weary – Pastor William Carrol – Times Square Church – 01.06.2019

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As Jesus came closer to the cross He ascended the Mount of Transfiguration, and an audible word from God spoke encouragement into Jesus and His disciples. We have a tendency to grow weary in well doing and frustrated by the stubborn rebellion of the world that we can even recognize in ourselves. Now is the moment to be refreshed by Jesus, who is the Word of God. This generation needs Jesus, and God’s will is for everyone to come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. Will we draw back at this time and resign ourselves or will we press in with even greater desperation and even greater patience. God let your will be done in this generation! Use our lives for your glory and for your kingdom! Jesus magnify your holy name!

Now after six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, led them up on a high mountain by themselves; and He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light. And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Him. Then Peter answered and said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here; if You wish, let us make here three tabernacles: one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”

While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them; and suddenly a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him!”

Matthew 17:1-6

 

The Trials And Triumphs Of The Children Of God – Pastor William Carrol – Times Square Church – 11.11.2018

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Never forget, oh born again Christian, that God is your Father! He knows the trials that surround you. He knows the moments when you even doubt that you can make it. He knows everything that He has for you. He sees your willingness to step out of the world. He receives your repentance. He understands your struggles. Jesus met the people in the waters of repentance to identify with us. The Lord is good, merciful, and worthy. He meets us where we are. He leads us gently in all truth and righteousness. Do you know who your Father is? Do you know His love for you? Do you know what He did to restore you to Himself? Can you fathom how God sees you? Change the things that need to change. Go fully with God today. Nothing else will work. Nothing else will save this generation. Nothing else could be more meaningful or fulfilling. Meet with God today!

For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.

Romans 8:14-17

The Greatest Temptation You Will Ever Face – Pastor William Carrol – Times Square Church – 10.14.2018

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Temptation comes in many forms. The transparent form is a temptation to sin actively – by doing something wrong. A more subtle form is a temptation to sin passively – by not doing something right. Remember, God does not tempt us, but He does place us in situations where we can be tempted. The Lord always provides a way out of temptation, but we have to maintain our vigilance to find that way. Brothers and sisters, it’s time to actively avoid sins of omission. We must participate in the work of God and not settle for something less than what God is calling us into. Jesus was tempted as we are, and He will give us the faith and the strength through the Holy Spirit to imitate Him. Sometimes the greatest temptation is always to pull away from God and from His calling. The enemy will see your struggle, and in that moment a lying voice can come to offer greener pastures. What matters is what God has said. The devil has been a liar from the beginning. Stand up in faith ans seek the face of God in this moment!

Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.

Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. Of His own will He brought us forth by the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures.

James 1:13-18

How To Pray When You Can’t – Pastor William Carrol – Times Square Church – 06.24.2018

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When we consider what is taking place in this generation it is easy to feel like surrendering. But God is still on the throne! We are called to intercede. The Holy Spirit is continually interceding for us. Stand firm in prayer, and when we are without strength God is willing, able, and ready to assist us. Brothers and sisters, we who are known by Jesus have an obligation to press in to move His hand. When our strength has been exhausted, when all of our resources have failed, when our hands are weakened, He is our strength. There are so many things to pray about it can almost seem impossible to know where to begin. Pray that the Holy Spirit would direct your prayers in this hour: particularly in our weakness.

Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

Romans 8:26

How To Protect Your Thought Life – Pastor William Carrol – Times Square Church – 12.04.2016

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In such times as these when profound evil is being exposed, it is critical that we maintain faithful and obedient to our calling to expose the works of darkness. At the same time we must wholeheartedly and completely rely upon God in order to avoid being sucked down into the abyss that we are looking into. If it seems impossible to walk that fine line between the duty to deal directly with the evils of the world and the life of joy that is ours in Christ, it’s because it is impossible in our own strength. Call upon the Lord and strengthen yourself in this moment: there is a great task at hand.

How To Protect Your Thought Life – Pastor William Carrol – Times Square Church – 12.04.2016

So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Philippians 2:1-11

How Great Prayers Are Born – Pastor William Carrol – Times Square Church – 11.20.2016

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“If you have a burden for instance for this city or for your hometown or for your home country, and if you’re still believing for that lost loved one that God told you he would save a long time ago and yet you’ve seen them go farther and farther away. But you have refused to give up, and you’ve refused to stop praying impossible prayers, and you’ve refused to stop believing for great things. I want to suggest to you that there are things that God is working in your life, and you might not even know that they’re there. And I want to encourage you this afternoon, that if you look deep into your heart and you look deep into the work that God is doing in you, you will find that these things are there and that you are under a commission to continue to pray, to continue to believe, to continue to hope, and to continue to expect.”

How Great Prayers Are Born – Pastor William Carrol – Times Square Church – 11.20.2016

22 So the men turned from there and went toward Sodom, but Abraham still stood before the Lord. 23 Then Abraham drew near and said, “Will you indeed sweep away the righteous with the wicked? 24 Suppose there are fifty righteous within the city. Will you then sweep away the place and not spare it for the fifty righteous who are in it? 25 Far be it from you to do such a thing, to put the righteous to death with the wicked, so that the righteous fare as the wicked! Far be that from you! Shall not the Judge of all the earth do what is just?” 26 And the Lord said, “If I find at Sodom fifty righteous in the city, I will spare the whole place for their sake.”

27 Abraham answered and said, “Behold, I have undertaken to speak to the Lord, I who am but dust and ashes. 28 Suppose five of the fifty righteous are lacking. Will you destroy the whole city for lack of five?” And he said, “I will not destroy it if I find forty-five there.” 29 Again he spoke to him and said, “Suppose forty are found there.” He answered, “For the sake of forty I will not do it.” 30 Then he said, “Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak. Suppose thirty are found there.” He answered, “I will not do it, if I find thirty there.” 31 He said, “Behold, I have undertaken to speak to the Lord. Suppose twenty are found there.” He answered, “For the sake of twenty I will not destroy it.” 32 Then he said, “Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak again but this once. Suppose ten are found there.” He answered, “For the sake of ten I will not destroy it.” 33 And the Lord went his way, when he had finished speaking to Abraham, and Abraham returned to his place.