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Living by God’s Power

 

Living by God’s Power

“For the Kingdom of God is not just a lot of talk; it is living by God’s power.”

1 Cor. 4:20

 

We have become accustomed to hearing a lot of sermons, a lot of teaching, a lot of preaching on the Kingdom of God and the Good News of the Kingdom.We heard on Sunday that the Good News of the Kingdom is that the time of God’s favor had come – the time of Jubilee!What does this really mean? We found out it means it is a time where every slave is released, where every inheritance is restored; where every sickness and malady is eradicated; where relationships are reconciled.It is a time of joy! A time of provision and abundance!A time of celebration!

 

Jesus prayed to the Father as He was teaching His disciples to pray:“…Let Your Kingdom come, let Your will be done on EARTH as it is in HEAVEN” (emphasis added).This will not happen just by our speaking some formulation of words or doing a lot of talking about it – for the Kingdom is not a matter of talk but of living by God’s power.How do we live by God’s power?We need to have a living relationship with Him so that He can freely live through us to accomplish His will within our sphere of influence on the earth!This may sound difficult or mysterious but it is not.It just means we have to surrender control.It means we have to be constant communication with our Lord, our Bridegroom, our Friend.It means that we have to live a Spirit-filled life. It means we have to sacrifice some things so that we can remain sensitive to Him, so that we can hear His voice and sense His direction.It means we are going to have to forsake some behaviors we have been clinging to, some habits that we have allowed to rule, and turn from the idols we have been worshipping and allow Him to purify us so that He can rule in us and through us.

 

What will this produce?The Kingdom coming and God’s will being done in every situation we encounter in our sphere of influence on earth; God’s will being done in problems that come to our attention; the issues that plague our families;to those living on our blocks, to those we meet in the supermarket, at our job, on our commute.God’s will WILL be accomplished and His Kingdom will be made manifest! Through YOU!!! Through ME!!As we obey His timing, His leading, His direction, His instruction!How awesome is that??

 

It’s time to really live!Cast off your shackles – the shackles this world system has placed on you, the shackles the past has placed on you, the shackles your issues have placed on you, the shackles the enemy has placed on you and the shackles you have placed on yourself!For the time of God’s favor has come!To you right now, to your family, to your neighborhood, to your Island, to your city!They are desperate needing to see the Kingdom manifested in your life so that they too can experience it and be saved and set free.You are free to live the life that God has ordained for you to live by HIS POWER – not your own – by HIS POWER, not the power from this world – by HIS POWER.

 

So let’s make a quality decision once and for all, to live for the Lord and His Glory – not matter what the cost! The cost of not doing so is much too great to imagine! The whole creation is groaning as it awaits the manifestation of the sons of God – that means US! Let’s get into position! Let’s get into condition! Let’s get on with our commission!

 

May the Lord bless you continually,

Pastor Nancy

How Well Do You Know God?

How Well Do You Know God?

“…you will grow as you learn to know God better and better.”

(Colossians 1:10c)

Do you know what a Pastor’s job is? Some may think it’s just to preach a sermon each week. Some to encourage others and make them feel good; to make hospital visits; perform marriages and funerals and pray for them when they ask for it. Every true Pastor’s job can be summed up in the statement made here by the Apostle Paul. It’s the goal of every Pastor for his congregation;that you will grow and learn to know God better and better.

Everything a Pastor does has this singular goal as its purpose. Paul describes that learning to know God better is possible. Not only that, but it must be achieved ONLY when each believer goes through the PROCESS necessary to know God better. There was a time in my life when I didn’t know a person can know God, let alone knowing Him better and better! How is this done?

Well, it’s not automatic. It only happens when the process is pursued intentionally and consistently. The process involves CHOICES. We have to choose to live a lifestyle that honors God, not just on Sunday, but every day. Paul says that “the way you live” will always honor and please God. Does EVERYTHING we do daily honor Him? Does EVERYTHING we do daily please Him? It was Paul’s expectation that the believers in Colossae did so; and it’s GOD’S desire that we do too.

The way we know that our lives honor and please God is by the “fruit that our lives produce”. Paul says that believers should produce every kind of good fruit. Not just fruit, but GOOD fruit. Not just ONE kind of fruit (ie: we should all be loving, etc.) but EVERY KIND OF good fruit. Think of that; each believer is to produce a variety of good fruit arising out of a lifestyle that strives to continually know God better! This is New Testament Christianity. It was the standard Paul expected and prayed that his congregation achieved, and it’s the same for our congregation today!

So, what does it take to achieve this goal? Paul prays the KEY INGREDIENTS for his “sheep”. They needed a complete knowledge of God’s will and the spiritual wisdom and understanding to discern it and accomplish it! WOW! THIS IS MORE THAN HEARING A SERMON ON SUNDAY, HUH? Do you have a COMPLETE knowledge of God’s will for your life? Do you possess and increasing wisdom and understanding in discerning it as you’ve walked with the Lord since you were born again? You see, a Pastor’s job is not to “perform” on Sunday and hope he becomes more popular with his congregation. It is to SHEPHERD God’s flock so they can live a fruitful life; grow in wisdom and understanding; and live a life that HONORS and PLEASES God. After all, you are HIS sheep. A shepherd must be sure to give back to God what is His, IN BETTER CONDITION THAN THEY WERE WHEN THAT SHEPHERD RECEIVED THEM FROM THE LORD!

How about you? Are you growing? Are you fruitful? Are you wiser in your understanding of spiritual things than when you first became born again? We’re all here to help each of you arrive at this destination that Paul prayed. It’s what God wants. It’s what Shepherds want. Is it what YOU want?

 

Message from the Pastors

Dear Friend:

Thank you for taking a few minutes to visit our website. We hope you will find it uplifting and informative. At Lighthouse Tabernacle, we are committed to fulfill the Command of Jesus to “make disciples of all nations.” We offer a number of ministries designed to do just that, for all the members of your family.

I would like to invite you all to visit our church and worship with us. You can find out our schedule of services by checking the website. In addition, we are committed to praying for your needs, seeking the Lord with you and for you. We believe that nothing changes within ourselves, or the world, unless God is the Change-Agent. Unless He does it, it will not be done. However, we further believe that prayer moves the hand of God on our behalf. Therefore, we’d like to invite you to visit our Prayer Meeting held on Wednesday evenings, immediately following our Bible Study. The Prayer Meeting is the “heart” of the church’s activities. Therefore, you will be able to gain a good understanding of our church family by joining with us in prayer.

If you prefer to join us for worship on Sunday, you will experience an exciting, and engaging time of joyful music as we lift hands and hearts to worship our Creator and Redeemer, followed by an equipping sermon from the Holy Scriptures.

We hope you enjoy our website and choose to visit us soon.

God bless you.