True Endurance

“Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the Cross..” (Heb.12:2). I hope you read the above scripture carefully. It says that Christ was able to endure the shame of the Cross because of the joyful outcome: millions of sons and daughters saved from hell and enjoying eternal life with God. Think about this scripture: “But now I come to You, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have My joy fulfilled in them” (John 17:13). Whatever we have to endure, we can do it because of the joy of Jesus in our hearts. This joy is not a passive emotion. Look at some of the words for joy in the Hebrew language: “rinnah” (Psa.30:5) means “to shout in triumph”. The word “gil”(Habb.3:18) means to “dance for joy, to spin around with great joy”. The word “sameach”(2 Chr.7:10) means “happy, cheerful, festive”. How could a woman beaten with chains for her faith and threatened with death unless she denied Jesus, overcome, endure and stand her ground against all odds? Yet Isabel Allum endured with the joy of the Lord and is still traveling the world with her husband, Ivan, bringing God’s Word to the four corners of the globe. Be encouraged.

All God’s Best,
Pastor Dave



“Delight”

“Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He will give you the desires and secret petitions of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord(roll and repose each care of your load on Him) trust (lean on, rely on and be confident) also in Him and He will bring it to pass” (Psa.37:4-5 Amp.). The Lord desires to have us seek Him. He promises to add the things we desire when the time is right. The key is to commit our way to Him. The Hebrew word for “delight” is chaphats which means “to bend”. Bending our wills to God’s  will because we have experienced the unconditional love Jesus has for us. Another meaning is “to be favorably inclined”, a willingness to follow the Lord because we delight in the Person of Jesus. In 1980, a prophet named Dick Mills came to our church. He would prophetically give scriptures to people that  were both special to them as well as providing direction. I leaned over to Ina and told her “he is going to give you your life verse from Psalm 37:4-5.” A few minutes later he called Ina out and gave her her life verse! That scripture has always been her delight.



The Secret to Prosperity


“The Secret to Prosperity” (Psalm 1)

 

The Secret to Prosperity

What 3 Areas of Our Lives Must God Govern?

Walking: Psalm 1:1. We are not to walk with the ungodly, nor take their advice (examples include: horoscopes, non-christian based counseling, advice columns, etc). Psalm 1:1 – Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful. Ephesians 5:15 – See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise.

Standing: Psalm 1:1. What are our stand-ards? Do we stand for godliness or do we tolerate carnality in our homes? We identify ourselves by the people with whom we stand and we are called to withstand Satan’s darts. Psalm 134:1 – Behold, bless the LORD, all you servants of the LORD who by night stand in the house of the LORD! 2 Chronicles 20:19 – Then the Levites of the children of the Kohathites and of the children of the Korahites stood up to praise the LORD God of Israel with voices loud and high. 1 Samuel 19:3 – And I will go out and stand beside my father in the field where you are, and I will speak with my father about                you. Then what I observe, I will tell you.” Ephesians 6:13-14 – Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.  Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness.

Sitting: Psalm 1:1. In Ephesians 2:6, we are told we are seated with Christ in heavenly places, not with scorners. Sitting implies “being at ease with”, as we would sit with friends for food and fellowship. We should not have fellowship with scorners of the Lord!

What Should Our Attitude Be Towards God’s Word? We should delight in it – Psalm 1:2. Delight in God’s Word can only come as we meditate (meaning: to speak, imagine, actively concentrate, chew upon) on it. Psalm 1:2 – But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and in His law he meditates day and night. Rotherham’s translation says”…and in His Law or Instruction does he talk with himself day and night”. This means he (the righteous) starts and finishes his day with God’s Word. His days are full of joy because his mind is on the things of God. His nights are peaceful for the same reason. Note Psalm 1:2 will prevent the negative aspects of verse 1 from occurring.

Pastor Dave
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Hear God Speak

 

What Should Our Motives be for Hearing?

 

Hear God Speak

We must be determined to hear

(Psalm 85:8) God will speak to His people and He will speak peace to His people. (Eccl. 5:1) We need to be more ready to hear than to speak. This thought is echoed again in Deut. 31:12.

God will speak peace to us and not condemnation

If your are getting a lot of condemnation in your prayer time, you are receiving from a religious spirit and not the Holy Spirit. God will not condemn you but He will speak peace to you.

Hearing involves watching and waiting

(Hab. 2:1, Proverbs 8:34) One of the things that God will do is speak through, what I call, similitude’s, this Iiterally means word pictures.

I remember prophesying over an individual one time and the Lord showed me a giant pair of pinking shears. The Holy Spirit said, “Like Dorcas, in the Bible, this woman is a seamstress.” That was exactly what she was. Another time, I was laying hands on a lady, in a prayer meeting, and the Lord showed me a nurse’s cap. That turned out to be her occupation. Another time the Lord showed me, over a man, chalk, blackboard, and an eraser. Turned out he was a teacher. Another time, the Lord showed me two women who would pour water on people’s heads and talk to them about the Lord. Turns out they were beauticians.

As we wait on the Lord, God will speak to us. One of the ways that God will speak to us is through impressions, gut feelings or hunches. God will speak to us through the word of God. God will speak to us through His still small voice. We will talk more about these later.

We need to become responsible for what we hear

(Isaiah 50:4, I Samuel 3:17, Mark 4:24) When God speaks to us He will confirm His word. It may not be immediate, but He will confirm His word. The Lord spoke to me that I would be involved in ministry by October of 1967. The time came when I was asked to be a teacher. I was going to turn it down but all of a sudden it dawned on me that it was October and I was to begin my ministry. It became a very fruitful ministry at that place.

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Hear from God

 

We must hear with faith and not fear

 

Hear from God

(Mark 8:18) God when He speaks to us will not speak to us to produce fear. If you feel fear you are listening to the wrong voice. The Bible has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power and love and a sound mind     (2 Timothy 1:7).

When we hear and obey we experience life

(John 5:25) When the voice of the son of God comes to us it will produce life.

I have a good friend who is a great pastor and minister in the Canadian and West Coast area. As a young lady she was asked to preach, but she fought and ran from the call of God and wound up being paralyzed. God spoke to her again and said, “If you will heed my call and do my will, I will raise you up.” How many know when you get to the position you’re hurting like that, you’re ready to do what God wants you to do. She said, “Yes.” That afternoon God sent a missionary that had never met her before into her hospital room. He came into the room and said, “God sent me to touch you, to lay hands upon you, and to bring resurrection life to you because you said to God you will heed His call.” He ministered to her, she was quickened, and rose of that sick bed and began to preach the Gospel.

To hear God’s voice we must belong to Him

(John 1 0:27) “My sheep hear my voice and they will not follow another.” Make sure we are obeying the voice of God, following the voice of the good shepherd.

Coveting to prophesy will develop a keen ear

(1 Cor. 14: 1) Of all the spiritual gifts we should covet (desire greatly) to prophesy. If we do that we will begin to, as it were “gird up the loin of our mind” and press into the presence of God to hear His voice so we can edify and build up the church.

Ask God to open your ears

(Isaiah 50:4) Morning by morning I will waken the ears of my servant to hear as the learned, that He might have a word of wisdom for he who is weary.

I remember one morning a friend of mine, who is in the ministry, asked me to take his class for him. I went into this meeting and the Holy Spirit told me to speak on the peace of God. As I ministered one lady seemed to get more and more upset. Finally, the lady burst out and said, “I do not have the peace of God”. We stayed there and ministered to her and she gave her heart to Christ and the spirit of peace and joy hit that lady and she was transformed. God will waken your ear morning by morning to hear his voice.

Pastor Dave
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A Restless Spirit

 

When we have a restless spirit, it is time for us to listen

 

A Restless Spirit

(Esther 6: 1) If you have an uneasiness in your spirit, if you are not moving in the confidence and peace of God, then you need to come aside and get clear direction from the Lord. You may even want to fast and pray for a few days until you can get clear direction. That uneasiness is one of the ways God uses to gain our attention.

God will give us a word from others

There are times when we are going a certain way and the Holy Spirit will interrupt us. Other times He may confirm we are moving in the right direction (2 Samuel 12:1).

I was in prayer one day and asked the Holy Spirit to please have someone call me and confirm that what I was hearing from Him was His very word. The next day a person called me and asked, “Were you in prayer and did you ask God for a word of confirmation yesterday?” I said, “Absolutely.” That person said, “Well here it is.” It was the very thing I needed to hear.

The obvious blessings of the Lord will confirm that we are hearing from God

(Romans 2:4) Maybe the Lord will pour out this blessing because He wants us to change. The Bible says it is the goodness of God that leads us to repentance.

Through unanswered prayers

(James 4:3) We may be praying with the wrong motives. (1 John 5:14) We must pray according to the will of God. You may not be getting your prayers answered because you are not praying according to the will of God. (1 John 3:22)

We must keep His commands. Maybe you have un forgiveness in your heart and you are not loving the brethren as you should. (1 Peter 3: 7) If you have division in your marital life it will stop your prayers from being answered.

God will use disappointment to get our attention

(Numbers 14:40-42) Israel had rejected the voice of God and decided to do there on thing and invade a particular people. God told them that if they did that they would be defeated. They said that they were going anyway. They went out and got clobbered. God will use disappointment to get our attention.

God will use unusual circumstances

(Exodus 3: 1- 2) He used a burning bush to get Moses attention. One time I needed to get clear direction from God about a particular thing. The Lord said to me, “Ask me for a dream and I will speak to you in a dream.” I said, “Lord I don’t understand but give me a dream and answer me.” That night the Holy Spirit gave me the dream that I needed and the particular thing I was praying about was revealed.

God will use failure

(Joshua 7:5) Joshua had sent out a small raiding party to defeat a very small town called Ai. It should have been an easy mop-up campaign for Israel but there was sin in the camp and they had presumed on the Lord. They went out, without seeking the mind of God first, and they were defeated.

God will use tragedy

(Numbers 21:4-7) One time, I was advising a man not to do something, and warning him that it would end tragically. He went out and did it anyway and it did indeed end tragically. However, the Lord had his attention.

God will allow sickness

(Acts 9:8-9) God got Paul’s attention by striking him blind. God wound up healing him but that was what it took for Paul to stop the thing he was doing and to come aside and hear the voice of God. Then God meet his needs.

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Hear God’s Voice

Hear God's Voice

 

Deal with negative emotions

 

(I Kings 19:12) Elijah was running from Jezebel. When you are running from something, you tend to be uptight, fearful, tormented, and unable to hear the voice of God. Elijah had to get away. He went into a mountain cave.

The Bible says, “There was a fire, but God was not in the fire; there was an earthquake, but God was not in the earthquake; there was a mighty wind, but God was not of the mighty wind. We have to deal with the negative emotions before we can hear from God.

We need to listen for that still small voice

That still small voice came to Elijah and God’s still small voice will come to us as we learn to put away those negative emotions. (Proverbs 20:27) The spirit of the man is the candle of the Lord that searches all the inner parts of the heart.

We can move into the glory cloud of God

(Matthew 17:5) Jesus, James, John, and Peter were on the mount of transfiguration. It was on that mount that the glory of God descended in a cloud and God spoke out of that cloud. We can create that atmosphere, that environment, for God to move as we worship and praise God.

God’s voice will bring joy

(John 3:29) The devil will bring condemnation but God’s voice will bring joy.

We can inquire of God

(Jeremiah 33:3) Ask of Me and I will show you great and mighty things that you know not. David inquired of the Lord many times. We can come before God with questions. God may not answer them right away but we can inquire of God and He will speak to us.

God’s voice will feed us, gather us, carry us, and lead us

(Isaiah 40: II) I recall speaking in a youth meeting in New Orleans. I said, “God is speaking to me that there is a young man here and God will not give you another day unless you get yourself right.” What I didn’t know is that there was a drug dealer in that audience. He was the fighting the touch, the call, and the woo of God in his life. The Holy Spirit spoke to his heart and said, “I’m trying to gather you to me. Either you will be gathered to me or you will go to hell”. That young man ran to the altar.

There should be a desire of truth and integrity

(John 7:17) If you have a desire for truth on the inward part of your heart God will not disappoint you.

God’s word will stir our emotions and break up our hard hearts

(Jeremiah 23:29) The word of the Lord is like a hammer, it will break up the hard places of your heart. It is like fire, it will create a positive tender emotion in your heart where you are cold and indifferent. It was David that was confronted, by the prophet Nathan, concerning his sin of adultery and murder that he had tried to cover up. That word from God penetrated his heart and he repented.

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Hearing from God

What are Some Hindrances in Hearing from God?

Hearing from God

The more you know who God is the more you will be able to hear Him. This is why we must be in the Word of God. We must not ask “Why would God want to speak to me (Psalm 139)?” We are important and we are uniquely created. In addition, we must be aware of condemnation (Romans 8:1).

There are four signs of a person who is under condemnation:

  1. An immediate loss of joy.
  2. Self pity.
  3. Lack of peace.
  4. A desire to withdraw.

Do not let the devil steal the word of God from your heart. Check to see if there is anger toward God in your heart. God may be dealing with you about hidden sin and will not continue to speak to you if you do not obey – consider Saul.

Eve rebelled and was open to deception. We know she suffered the consequences (Genesis 3:14-15). We must not reject God’s messengers even if they are in your own family. They may be a wife, or a mother-in-law. If we are unfocused to listen we will not anticipate God’s answer when we inquire of the Lord.

God may not speak to you if you have the wrong motives (James 4:3). Also, God may not be willing to answer you now (John 16:12). You may not be ready for His answer at this time. You may need to focus your mind by reading the Psalms and by writing the answers in a journal (Hab. 2:1-3).

 

How does the tabernacle speak to us as a pattern from hearing from God?

The brazen altar (Ex. 27: 1-8). It sees us as a living sacrifice to God (Romans 12: 1,2). It is at the altar, the blood cleanses our sinful past.

The brazen labor (Ex. 30:17-21). It tells us that reading God’s word has a washing effecLon our lives (Eph. 5:26).

The table of show bread (Ex. 25:23-30). It shows us that God wants our wills ground like fine flour. This is so our wills can be pliable to His will.

The lamp stand (Ex. 25:31-39). It tells us that God will begin to put revelation in our heart of His purpose.

The altar of incense (Ex. 30:1-10). It tells us as we continually praise God our emotions comes under control.

The Arc of the Covenant (Ex. 25:10-22). It shows us as we are still before the Lord, His glory fills our heart and we can have a heart to heart communion with God.

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Sow a Seed

sow a seed“But this (I say) He which sows sparingly shall reap also sparingly, and he which sows bountifully shall reap also bountifully” (2 Cor.9:6). There is a immutable law of God that whatever we sow (give), that shall we also reap (Gal.6:7). Our giving will come back to us with the same measure that we give (Lk.6:38). In the early years of our marriage, Ina always was preparing food and giving it to people. Sow a seed.

Sow A Seed – The Result

The result: we always had more than enough food to feed our hungry family. My Dad sowed his last $5.00 and reaped a harvest that lasted him a lifetime (a job opened for him that propelled him to the top of his profession). The Greek word “pheidomenos” was translated “sparingly”. It means “stingy”. If we are reluctant to give to God, He will be reluctant to give to us. There are 4 things that happen when we give with the right motives: our sincerity and proof of love is demonstrated (2 Cor.8:8,24); we receive a blessing (Acts20:35); others needs are met (2 Cor.8:14;9:12) and giving results in thanksgiving and praise to God (2 Cor.9:12). Sow a seed for your need.

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A soft answer turns away wrath

A soft answer turns away wrath

“A soft answer turns away wrath”

(Prov.15:1). How we respond to people is the essence of communication. We can respond in pride, in anger, in fear or in the love of Christ. Years ago, our neighbor on Marquis Street in New Orleans went ballistic because a person working on our new addition to our house used his driveway to turn around. Nothing was damaged. Upon returning home, he rushed out of his house to confront me. He threatened to kill the man if he did that again! Instead of defending myself against his uncalled for rage, I apologized to him and promised it would not happen again. A soft answer turns away wrath.

He apologized – A soft answer turns away wrath

It was like “his balloon of anger” lost all its wind. He apologized for his response to me. Not too long afterwards, his wife asked if Ina and I could visit him in the hospital and pray for him to be healed of cancer. He was very grateful for the visit and I believe he lived several more years. The Lord will help us respond to difficult people if we will let him. It could lead to open doors for God’s Kingdom to invade a person’s life. A soft answer turns away wrath.

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