FREE INDEED AT THE HANDS OF A MIGHTY GOD
Been listening keenly to people as they share why they believe they have made some of the choices they have made in life. So much of it goes back to a great and loving childhood, or a traumatic childhood, or a lonely childhood, or what they say was no childhood at all.
Parental closeness anchored the lives of many. But for many others, parental abandonment, father abandonment, mother abandonment, and all forms of abuse marked their lives. Accounts of true love, true hurt, and pain. For most, love led the way to good life decisions. But for others, it was inner pain from childhood, whch all seemed to manifest in outward destructive choices grounded in anger, rage, bitterness, promiscuity, drugs, alcohol, or emotional shutdown.
They ultimately sought love, acceptance, approval, value, worth, and security wherever they found it, no matter how compromising or uncomfortable that may have been.
Until that one day when they encountered Jesus, or better yet, He encountered them. Jesus got between them and Satan and drove out and drove away the demons that were torturing them. Jesus set them free. He gave them peace and good nights of sleep that they had been lacking for years.
At the root of a happy life, they were happy circumstances. But, at the root of traumatized lives alcoholism, drugs, gangs, and a troubled life is often a life built on both the traumas and our flawed understanding. Often, there is a visible anger that people express when they see other people living the way they would like to live, but not able to achieve. What Jesus sends you is a braking system: an unfettered freedom.
He sends it through His Word by way of a person, that pastor, that faith in God, is your braking system from God to stop the flawed understanding of your worth. Once you turn to God, He stops the madness. He consumes you with His Spirit of love and His warm embrace. He immediately re-establishes your value, which is far greater than your worth.
Jesus is fully interested in your freedom and has fully invested Himself into that freedom. Your part is to trust Him, believe Him, and remain in Him. John 15
The gospel of Jesus Christ tells us and shows us that the core of the heart must be set free and change from an I-centered life to a Christ-centered life to break up the root-system that destroys life and replace it with a system of God's worth. God's value of you as an individual whom He created in His image is everything. It all begins with being free indeed by the hand of Almighty God. John 8:36
God brings down systems that destroy the lives of people to bring you into your fullness. Anger gets replaced with love, and poor choices get replaced with times of prayer, intentional listening and intentional lving as you move forward with God, free indeed.
Sermon: Your narrative must change, 2023
Part 1: Sunday, January 1, 2023
Part 2: Sunday, January 8, 2023
Romans 1:12, Romans 12:5, Ephesians 4:16
Blessings over the new year:
Psalm 5:12, Psalm 72:17-19, Psalm 84:11,
Psalm 90:17, Isaiah 65:24
Sunday, December 25 , 2022 message
Sunday, October 30, 2022 message:
Experiencing God series continues:
HEARING FROM GOD
God will walk you into the experience you need to bring about the Spirit's reality of what He is about to do next. He is already training your ears to hear and recognize His voice above the din all around you.
Open your ears to hear from God to facilitate what is necessary for your life and thru your life, as far as God's plans are concerned.
Experiences with God prepare us for some difficult and victorious choices we make in our Christian walk.
Genesis 17 and Genesis 18 prepared Abraham for Genesis 22.
What if God spoke to Abraham but Abraham did not hear the voice of God and brought down that knife on Isaac? We know
that our Holy God requires no human sacrifice for any reason.
But, what if Abaraham had not allowed His previous experiences with God to sharpen his ears to hear God when He spoke? It would have been disastrous and led to awful circumstances on that mountain.
Genesis 22: 11-12: But the angel of the Lord called out to him from heaven, “Abraham! Abraham!” “Here I am,” he replied. 12 “Do not lay a hand on the boy,” he said. “Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.”
Suppose God spoke in a soft voice? Loud voice or soft voice, It didn't matter. Abraham had given himself over to know the voice of God from previous encounters with God.
As lovers of God who is the lover of our souls, we have a greater testimony than Abraham. We are ahead of Abraham because God has revealed Himself to us in the person of Jesus Christ whose voice is the voice of God because He is God. We train our ears to her His voice above all other voices to protect us from rash decisions and keep our lives peaceful.
How powerful it is to cultivate a heart that is wide open to Jesus, and ears to hear what He speaks to us when we are reading the word of God, or dreaming, or in visions, or while we are wide awake, or in a message like this in church.
Sunday, October 9, 2022 message:
HARVEST OF BLESSINGS:: Sow and reap!
Speaker: Pastor Pinnock
So much grace from God is released into your life when you sow a seed or seeds into the lives of others and into the kingdom of God. God gives the increase but you harvest the blessings. Sometimes God blesses us with an amalgamation of blessings. If discernment is not applied, we miss the multitude of blessings that are packaged from God in one blessing because of our seed that we sowed.
God separates certain blessings to be harvested at different times, in different seasons of life:
In our young adult life
As we mature past 30 years
In our senior life as He brings blessings from seeds we sowed way back when we were young, strong, and giving was easier.
We reap what we sow. We harvest blessings upon blessings. We owe no obligation to our flesh to sow evil, because we will reap evil if we sow to our flesh.
Hosea 8:7 gives this great insight on sowing evil deeds. It says:
“For they sow the wind, and they will reap the whirlwind.”
The Amplifed Bible says it like this: "For they sow the wind [in evil] And they reap the whirlwind [in disaster].
We are not those who sow evil. We sow good seed(s) and God blesses us with a harvest of blessings.
The greatest harvest is the saved souls of people. Jesus loves saving people and He blesses all who sow for the harvest of souls. Whether you preach the gospel at your church or in your community, or send those who will go, or you financially support the church and misisons, the harvest of souls is the most etrenal and powerful harvest of all. You will harvest untold blesings when you sow into that kingdom-sized work. Blessings will overtake you, and often those blessings flow to your children and their children.
Jesus was the Seed that God sowed once for all, and we are the eternal harvest of that Seed because God is love.
2 Corinthians 9
The Goal of Your Faith; Sunday, March 5, 2023
I Peter 1 verse 9
The salvation of our soul is by grace and continuous faith in Jesus.
So, the goal of your faith is eternal salvation and redemption thru Jesus Christ, through whom we advance in this life with its many difficulties and sorrows, and yet at no time do we give up our faith in Jesus in exchange for anything.
Sunday, January 22, 2023
Message: Gift Of Prophecy series: Part 1
Do you constantly feel something so strongly in your heart that you can speak with Biblical authority to show people the way back to God's heart?
Do you have a loving desire to speak, proclaim, declare God's revealed truth about the power of the gospel and the kingdom of God?
Prophecy is that spiritual gift that you must earnestly desire and pray for so that through you, many people will be built up and strengthened.
Worship leader ministered some deeply satisfying and Christ-exalting songs that set the atmosphere with power and the presence of God.
Message today: The Greatest Message Ever Preached
Sunday, January 15, 2023
Matthew 5: the call to live character of Christ in practical living; the character of kingdom citizens; the character of Christ that looks fake to some but is real in the kingdom of God.
The blessings that follow and flow with obedience to the character of Christ, even in crisis.