February

A Voice From Heaven

February 14, 2017

Where Is My Voice From Heaven?

There are several words I can think of when it comes to describing what it’s like to pursue your dream. Exciting. Thrilling. Fantastic. Challenging. Etc. Anyone, when they first take the leap to pursuing their dream, will feel all sorts of encouraging and hope-filled emotions like the ones previously mentioned.


As you pursue your dream there are several other emotions you will encounter. Fear. Doubt. Anger. Frustration. These emotions can be detrimental to you pursuing your dreams if you let them control you. However, they also have a way of keeping you focused on God as your source and the reason why you are able to do anything in the first place.


The Voice Of Others


On your journey, you will encounter people as well. Yes… People! Some  will encourage you in your dream. Others will not care about your dream. Some might event actually work against your dream.


People are often the most difficult part of working toward your dream. It can be hard to deal with negative voices in your life. The people who think you’re not educated enough, talented enough, famous enough, realistic in your goals, or capable of accomplishing such a lofty notion.


There are several men in scripture that experienced much of what I’m talking about but I would like to focus on just one. His name is… Jesus. Jesus encountered all sorts of “haters” and “naysayers” as He lived out His Purpose.


For clarities sake, I will go ahead and just acknowledge the fact that your purpose and your dreams are directly connected. Actually, I would argue the fact that your dreams are birthed out of understanding your purpose. Once you understand your purpose you begin to dream about how to accomplish your purpose.


So we know from Scripture that Jesus understood His purpose. He was to be the Lamb that was slain for the sins of the world. ( See John 1:29, 1 Peter 1:18-19, Revelation 5:12) Even with such a wonderful and glorious purpose as Christ’s, He still had people who tried to kill him. Let me repeat that for dramatic measure. He had people who literally tried to kill him before He could fulfill his purpose.


As I was in prayer one day the Holy Spirit spoke to me a somewhat shocking revelation. He brought to my remembrance the fact that when Jesus was baptized by John, Heaven opened, the Holy Spirit descended on Jesus in the appearance of a dove, and our Heavenly Father spoke in a voice from Heaven and all who were present heard Him declare that Jesus was His Son and that He loved Him. (Matthew 3:16-17) Wow, God, Himself spoke from Heaven to men on earth and declared that Jesus was His Son. In essence, that Jesus was the promised Messiah. This wasn’t the first time that Jesus had been declared the Messiah either. Remember at His birth when the angels showed up and sang in chorus that Jesus was the good news that would bring great Joy to all people, that He was the Savior, the promised Messiah! (Luke 2:10-11)


Here are the point and the climax of the revelation the Holy Spirit gave me. God, could open Heaven and declare to the whole world your purpose and people would still try to kill you. Maybe not literally try to kill you but certainly try to kill your God-dream. So when those negative voices come, and they will, remember Jesus endured similar opposition and look how His story ended. There is no reason to believe that God won’t be just as faithful to you and your purpose.


You don’t need a voice from Heaven to declare to the world what your purpose is. That wouldn’t be enough for the world to believe in you anyways. Just be comfortable with God speaking it to you. Run with that. It was enough for Jesus.

By: Tim LeMaster

When Dreams Die

February 9, 2017
“’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future’.” Jeremiah 29:11 NIV “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those of who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28 NIV
  Our family ministry had just kicked off, we announced our launch with our plans to host a conference in the year to come. Years of dreaming, months of planning all came to a crippling halt after the announcement of my parents’ separation. My heart wasn’t prepared for the shocking events that soon would play out, eventually ending with the finalization of their divorce. Stunned, confused and hurt—it seems there aren’t enough words to describe the emotions I was feeling.

When Dreams Die…What’s Next?

Working in ministry is something I had dreamed about for years, and finally ministry was more than just a mental imagery, it was tangible and possible. When my parents’ marriage ended, so did the ministry. I felt like my dreams died before they ever had a chance to survive. I began questioning everything, Do I even have a calling? Am I really gifted? Did I waste time chasing a dead end? Is there even purpose for my life?”. I spent months asking myself these questions over and over, desperately trying to figure out answers to so many unanswered questions. Eventually, I had to make a decision. Was I going to allow myself to be stuck in a pit of chaos, or would I rise up and dig my way out? I could either let my heart linger in hurt and confusion of the past, or I could stand firm on the truth that I know. Jeremiah 29:11 tells me that God has declared prosperous plans and hope over my life. Romans 8:28 promises that these wounds will heal, and no pain is too big for God to use. I told God he could have it all, my dreams, desires, problems and pain. I stopped asking God why and began to ask him what.

“What are your plans for me, Lord? What are your dreams for my life? Fill my heart with your desires.” When we decide to trust God with our hurting hearts, not only does He heal, He redeems.

Do you feel like you’ve lost a dream? Is hurt from the past a continual road block? Do you feel like you have no purpose? Friends, I can promise you this, God does in fact have a plan for your life. He promises you this throughout His word. Circumstances and pain can be deceiving, they can leave you feeling lost and uncertain, but I encourage you to never stop the pursuit. Pursue the Lord daily, discover his dreams for your life by standing firm  and declaring His word over your situation. When life tries to shake you, your foundation is the rock. When disorder arises, you are shielded by faith. When confusion tries to stop you, you are girded with truth. The victory has already been won—what you do with it, is up to you. By: Beka Roebuck

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Record Breaker

February 3, 2017
One of the biggest dichotomies we live through is relationships. They can bring out the best and the worst in us, and sometimes both in the same day. Relationships tests our faith regarding how we handle conflict, offense and loving people. This is a huge are of growth and challenges. In relationships, we all have a “record.” We remember hurtful things we have done – and we definitely remember what others have done to us. When it comes to remembering hurts, our hearts operate like a high-tech computer, forgetting nothing.  The memory of a person or a conversation can trigger a variety of emotions. We are obviously love-challenged, especially when we hold up our own standard to God’s. It’s conditional verses unconditional love. It’s “What can they do for me?” verses “What can I do for others?”  It’s a massive battle that doesn’t stop.  We must address it, and walk through it in Christ. Our Record looms big over our shoulders, and over the shoulders of others. Records tell the story of where we have been, what we have done and what others have done to us. For some this is unbearable, for others it’s embarrassing. Our tendency is to hang on to our own records, and even more so the records of others. This breeds anger, resentment and unforgiveness that robs our faith, and stunts us in our growth. It’s the same trick over and over again, no matter who we are. This has trapped so many of us, leaving things unfinished, so that when we try to move on, we are still bleeding and hurting. But there is a better way! It requires humility and obedience to God and His way in our lives. It requires us to see others through the grace and mercy that has been given to us. It requires us to choose His way over our own. You see, the meat of the Word is not only in our knowledge of it, but in our application of it. It’s the action of our lives that reveals our depth with God, especially in the moment of heartache and pain. He wants us to love when it hurts, to love when we have been wronged and to love when we are angry. I know this sounds crazy, but faith doesn’t make sense. It conquers our wrestling hearts with unthinkable love! 1 Corinthians 13:4-5 says, “Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud, or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged.” Notice that last part, “keeps no record of being wronged.” This is twofold; first, it’s liberating. God erases our record!  All of us have done wrong, and we all have committed acts against Him and others. Yet He washes it clean. He chooses not to keep our record dirty, but rather He cleans it, making us new and free. His grace and mercy are fascinating. He gives us a new beginning, a clean conscience and a new purpose. This is abundant life, a new life that is blessed in the present and that will live on forever with Jesus! Wow! I don’t about you, but I’m so glad He cleaned my record and that He doesn’t remember my past. What freedom! What love! What a Savior! However, the second part points back to us. We are expected to give this to others, and that is where we stumble. We love receiving love and a clean record, but giving it away is hard.  For many of us, we are stuck at this spot. But the Bible says to forgive others as God in Christ has forgiven you (Ephesians 4:32). While this tests who we are, it helps us to remember how much God has forgiven us! His grace, patience and mercy have been astounding in our lives. He has hidden us from danger, embarrassment and death. He has made us new and free; therefore, from this place we give it away to others. When we think of how much He has done in us, we can receive courage to give it to others.

Who Is The Record Breaker?

Our God is a Record Breaker, so He asks us to break the record of others, freeing them, letting them go and moving on to what He has for us. We can free people when we keep no record of being wronged. I’m in process with this right now. I am learning to walk in love and be a record breaker, so that I obtain all He has for me. Life is too short to miss out on purpose by letting someone’s record play over and over again in my mind and heart. God is bigger than that, and He will make me bigger than the things done to me, if I will let Him! Receive the Record Breaker in your life and then choose to give it away to others. You will be free, you will be healed and you will be renewed in His strength. Have a great week and the best is yet to come, By Pastor David Norris

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