You’re Good to Grow

Hello, Beloved Reader! I’m Faith. Thanks for visiting me today. 

“I don’t need people. I can get along with God just fine without them.”

The old man sits across from the younger one and listens to him rant. The young man goes on about how he doesn’t have to have all the people around him. Obviously, this young man had gotten hurt. People get hurt and used by others, even in church families. This young man was not exempt. 

The older gentleman eats away at his plate of food, never looking up. The young man defends his stance on the subject and finishes his speech. The old man finally looks up after he completes his chewing and leaves the young man with one simple statement.

“Iron sharpens iron.”

“Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man the countenance of his friend.” — Proverbs 27:17

Whether we want to admit it or not, we’ve all been hurt by someone somehow. Each and every one of us have been angry at another person for doing us wrong. To be honest, I think it’s inevitable in this life to have pain from the actions of others. It will happen regardless of what you do to try to stop it.

Sometimes the Bible references us as trees, so think of yourself as the trunk of a tree. Some people in your life are leaves. They are there to provide shade and sometimes give you a little nourishment here and there. But, don’t be fooled. They are only around for a season. After that season, they fall away.

Some people in your life are like the branches. Some are stronger than others, and some stay longer than others, but be careful because when storms come or pressure comes, they aren’t strong enough to support you.

The branches will break away.

But, there are some people in your life that are like the roots of a tree. Those people are grounded. Roots hold the tree in place and gather nutrients from what the tree is planted in – the soil. If you can find a few good roots in your life who are grounded in Jesus Christ and His Word, then you will be good to grow.

Those roots are the iron that sharpens iron. Those roots will be those who help strengthen you and help hold you up. Those people will be the ones with you through thick and thin. They will encourage you in God and care enough about you to let you know when you’re about to make a mistake.

We’ve all been hurt. I’m not disregarding your pain. I know it aches. But, think about the people in your life who are seasonal, those who are around for a little longer, and those who have always been there. Let the seasonal ones go, the branches too, because you can’t cry over them forever. You’ll make yourself miserable. 

Be thankful for your roots and cling to Jesus. For He will never leave you. He’ll always be there.

Faith Cross

Walking With God

In this message, I wanted to talk about your walk with God.

Some people find themselves far from God. There’s a good far from God and a bad far from God. The good far from God is that you’re heading toward Him. The bad far from God is that you’re easing back from him.

If a man or woman ever really finds a real walk with God, there will be a real change. They won’t walk the same, or talk the same. They won’t be like they used to. The real Holy Ghost will get a hold of them and change them.

Reading through the Bible, you’ll find that God walked with Adam. You’ll also find that God walked with Enoch and with Noah. But, God told Abraham to walk before Him.

Why?

When a child in your care is older and you trust them enough, they can walk beside you. You trust them enough to not keep your eye on them all the time. But, those little ones are different. You want to keep an eye on them all the time to make sure they don’t get into trouble or get hurt. To keep your eye on them, you make them walk in front of you.

God told Abraham to walk before Him because Abraham hadn’t proved he could be trusted yet.

Don’t you want God to trust you enough to walk with Him? Don’t you want Him to find you faithful in your storms?

Don’t measure anyone else’s relationship with God with your own. God doesn’t call us all to the same place in Him. God doesn’t call everyone to be preachers. He doesn’t call everyone to be evangelists. There’s a hunger in your heart and only you and God really know it. If you fulfill that hunger, you’ll walk in such a place of peace.

If you walk with God, He’ll save your family like He did for Noah.

If you walk with God, nothing will move you. If you keep up your walk with God, you will not be bitter. You will not fear. You will walk in power, mercy, love, and you will be renewed! You’ll walk into people’s lives. There’s a place where you can walk and the sick will be healed. You may get knocked down, but if you’re walking with God, you’ll always get back up!

When we walk with God, it can’t be about us, it has to be all about Him. And we can’t walk with God and the devil.

God is looking for someone who will walk with Him today. Will you be that one?

Pastor Anthony Wynn

Scriptures

  • Luke 18:13
  • Acts 2:29
  • Leviticus 26:10
  • Romans 6:4
  • Deuteronomy 8:6
  • Psalm 128:1
  • Psalm 119:105
  • Isaiah 30:21
  • Colossians 2:6, 7
  • Genesis 17:1
  • Genesis 15:18
  • Micah 6:8
  • Isaiah 43:2
  • Amos 3:2
  • Genesis 5:23-24

Benefits of a Praying Church

One benefit we talk about here is that when God’s people come together in unity, God loves to show up. There is power, mercy, and life when God’s people begin to pray.

The second benefit is the strength that comes with numbers. If you can find someone to pray with in unity, then that depression and oppression can’t stay. Five shall chase a hundred, and a hundred shall put ten thousand to flight.

Another benefit of a praying church is that each one of us can find answers and fresh direction from the altar and the throne of God when we gather together to pray. The Holy Ghost will give you directions and show you the way to go and the way not to go. 

One of the last benefits we talk about is that when we get people together, we can carry each other’s loads and burdens when we pray.

You really can’t be effective to help someone that’s hurting if you don’t allow yourself to hurt. We need to be so close to Heaven that we can feel the pain of our brothers and sisters, so we can know that they are in need. It’s so important that we pray for one another that if the Lord lays someone on our heart to pray for and we don’t, we’ve sinned against Him. We are our brother’s keeper. If you have a real spirit of prayer, when God visits the church and before that spirit lifts, He will allow you to feel infirmities in the house.

We must pray for one another. We are our brother’s keeper. We must pray for this country. Let’s gather together in one accord and reach out to God.

If you want someone to pray with, call Oasis Ministries. (1.877.226.4088)

Pastor Anthony Wynn

Scriptures

  • Acts 2:1-4
  • Acts 4:31
  • Leviticus 26:6-9
  • Acts 13:2-3
  • 1 Samuel 30:8
  • Proverbs 3:5-6
  • Galatians 6:2
  • Romans 15:1
  • 1 Samuel 12:23
  • Genesis 4:9-10
  • 1 Corinthians 12:26-27
  • 1 Timothy 2:1-4
  • Jeremiah 29:7

Thine ONLY Son Isaac

Hello, Beloved Reader! I’m Faith. Thanks for visiting me today.

“And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering up on one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.” — Genesis 22:2

Now, let me relay some of Abram’s story to you. Abram lived for a bit with his family and took himself a wife by the name of Sarai. God tells Abram to leave his country and his kindred and go to a land He would show him. So, Abram did. He travels. Many things happened, but one thing in particular that didn’t happen was the lack of child bearing by his wife.

Now, God had made a covenant with Abram, telling him his seed would be like the stars in the sky. But, Abram had no son, and his wife told him the Lord had restrained her from bearing. To give Abram an heir, Sarai gave her Egyptian maid, Hagar, to Abram to be his wife. Hagar bore Abram a son. And a little bit after, Abram died.

“Faith,” you might say, “You know the story doesn’t end there. He doesn’t die. He has Issac and lives to be really old and stuff.”

No, Abram died, and so did Sarai.

God comes to that man and says, “Your name is now Abraham. Your wife’s name is now Sarah.”

A little later down the road, Abraham has Issac and God comes to him, telling him to take his only son Issac and offer him. Brother Anthony touched on this in one of his messages.

“But God,” Abraham could have said, “He’s not my only son.”

“Abraham! Take thine only son, Isaac,” God replies.

“But God, I have two sons, Issac and Ishmael.”

“No, Abraham!” God says, “Ismael’s not your boy. He’s Abram’s boy. Isaac is Abraham’s boy. I changed your name. I made you a new person.”

When God changes a person, He starts over. It’s a clean slate. It’s new. You’re not the same as you were before, and you aren’t tied to your past. Your past is gone and your life is beginning again. Hence being born again. Isn’t that absolutely wonderful?

Our past is no more. Why do we constantly beat ourselves up over it? Live and thrive, no matter your past. God picked you up and turned you around. You are a new creature in Christ Jesus, and don’t you forget it!

Faith Cross

The Living Will

Hello, Beloved Reader! I’m Faith. Thanks for visiting me today.

“And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.” — Matthew 26:39

Before most people die, they write a last will and testament. A few last words and instructions perhaps. God is amazing. His will was written, lived, and taught by Himself. Now, how can I say that?

The Bible shows us His written will. God gave instructions and showed us what happened when people didn’t follow them. He spoke to certain people and they wrote down the words He said. God didn’t really take up a pen and write it Himself, but He used others to write His words. 

Our present shows the Master teaching us His will through the written will, through talking to our hearts, and through Jesus.

Jesus is the Living Will. Jesus, while on Earth, was the perfect example for us. He lived and breathed God’s will. He did nothing outside it.

That’s where we get the question: What would Jesus do?

Jesus would do nothing outside of God’s will. And if we strive to be on the same terms, then we won’t either. Granted, we aren’t perfect like Jesus, so we will mess up from time to time. But, we have to stay in the will of God. We have to listen and trust. We won’t always know God’s will. But in due time He will show us.

In due time, God will bring about His perfect will in our lives, and our lives will be better than we could ever have imagined.

Faith Cross

From Test to Testimony

God’s desire is for us to become like Him. 

He wants His glory to be manifested through us. When you walk into a situation, He wants His glory to to walk into that situation. If we are going to have people come to the Lord, they don’t need to see a beat-down, discouraged Christian. They need to see a Christian who believes and trusts in the Lord, a Christian who allows the Lord to work through their life. 

It’s Christ in you the hope of glory, the hope of glory for that lost soul.

Christ may not come to someone in a burning bush. He may decide to come to them through you. But if there’s no glory in your life, then how can you reach them?

We go from glory to glory, from one level to the next. With this test you’ve been given, God is preparing to promote you.

Two things will get you promoted: Staying faithful to God, and passing the tests you’re given.

What are you going to do with this test?

God’s not mad at you. He’s getting ready to promote you, and to do that He’s turned up the heat, not to burn you, but to purify you. He wants to look at you and see His image.

If you don’t pass a certain test, you will have to take it over and over again until you do. Want to know how to pass the test? Keep your heart right before God, stay faithful to Him, keep walking with Him and trusting Him.

And when you pass that test. God shall restore you with a double blessing. Don’t quit, don’t let the test slow you down. The test will leave you with a testimony when you pass.

God will turn a mess into a message, a test into a testimony, a trial into a trophy, an attack into victory, sorrow into joy, weeping into laughter, pain into peace, and hurt into healing.

At the end of the storm, He’s going to reveal a new glory in your life. Your challenge is to last, to stand until God moves. And when you come out of this test, you should celebrate!

You’ve passed! This test is over!

Pastor Anthony Wynn

Scriptures

  • John 1:14
  • John 2:11
  • 2 Corinthians 3:18
  • Luke 21:13
  • Psalm 81:5
  • Psalm 17:3
  • Psalm 61:2
  • Psalm27:5
  • Hebrews 11:6
  • 1 Peter 5:10
  • James 1:23
  • Psalm 11:5
  • Deuteronomy 8:16
  • Psalm 26:2
  • Psalm 6:10
  • Isaiah 48:10
  • Hebrews 3:8
  • Genesis 4:7-9

A Christian’s 911

Hello, Beloved Reader! I’m Faith. Thanks for visiting me today.

“And in his name shall the Gentiles trust.” – Matthew 12:21

“And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” – Acts 2:21

“For whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” – Romans 10:13

The baby’s face is purple. His little lungs are hindered by a small piece of bacon caught in his throat. The momma holds him in her arms. If they can’t get the blockage out, he will die. She’s desperate.

A phone is handed to her, “Call 911!”

She lifts the phone and screams a specific name. A second later, the baby boy gasps. Air fills his lungs and the blockage is gone. Color washes over his face once again. Relief floods the momma’s heart. He would be okay.

There are many names that you know. Your loved one’s names may come to mind, or even your own. Your friends have names, our pets have names that we call them by. Just about everything has a name. A giant trunk with branches and leaves has been named a tree. A little flying creature with wings and a beak has been named a bird. A name is “a word or set of words by which a person, animal, place, or thing is known, addressed, or referred to.”

There is a name the Bible says that we can be saved by calling on. To save means “to keep safe or rescue (someone or something) from harm or danger.”

The thing is, only one name can save us. Only one name can bring us out of harm’s way. Only one name can turn things around immediately in the blink of an eye. It is the same name that that desperate mother screamed into the telephone.

Jesus!

I’ve heard stories about that name. Stories that should have ended one way, but when that name was called, the ending was changed. Jesus is omnipresent. He’s with you all the time, ready even before the moment you call on Him. He longs for you to call upon Him. He loves us so much that He died for us so we would have the opportunity to spend eternity with Him. He wants to help us. He wants us to call on His name.

Give it a try.

Pressures weighing you down? Life throwing everything it’s got at you? Finances in trouble? Relationship in a tangle? Sickness hindering you? Call your lifeline. Call the Christian’s 911. 

Call out the name of Jesus. You won’t be sorry.

–Faith Cross

Wait a Minute

Hello, Beloved Reader! I’m Faith. Thanks for visiting me today.

“And the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.” –Galatians 5: 22-23

“Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;” –Romans 12:12

“Now, we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men.” –1Thessalonians 5:14

“Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.” –James 5:8

Everyone finds themselves impatient at some point. Sometimes it’s a lot of points. Patience is easy to lose, especially in today’s world. Every little thing can get to you. Do you ever look at someone and think, “How in the world can they take that? I would have lost it by now.”

Think about this though: Jesus could have lost it.

He was stripped and mocked. He was beat and spit on. People – His own creations – rejected His love and cried out for His crucifixion. They crowned Him with thorns and ripped out His beard. They drove nails in His hands and feet. How patient was Jesus while dying on that cross?

I know for a fact that none of us could ever die like Jesus did.

Think of how patient Jesus is with our faults! Think how patient is He with our fears, our worries, and our doubts! Again, and again we let Him down and still He picks us up and shows us the way. Do you realize how much patience He has toward us?

Why not give out a little of that patience?

Yes, things annoy me too sometimes. Yes, the ones closest to us know just how to get on our last nerve. Yes, the world can get overwhelming. And yes, sometimes we want what we want when we want it.

“And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise.” –Hebrews 6:15

Your promise awaits you. Enduring is part of the long game. Patience is key to obtaining your promise. Wait a bit. Sit back, relax. Take in the peace of the moment. You don’t have to worry about getting the promise. It’s already guaranteed; it’s coming. All you have to do is be patient and endure.

— Faith Cross

Mercy Met Truth

I wanted to take this Easter and talk to you about a young lawyer that I love and admire. 

This lawyer’s first case was a couple, a husband and wife, who had broken the law and were both facing the death penalty. There was so much evidence that they basically had already been convicted. The lawyer brings the case before the Judge. When the husband steps up he blames it all on his wife. The wife passes the guilt onto a third party. Then, the lawyer stands up.

This lawyer’s name is Mercy.

He tells the Judge that he finds Adam and Eve totally guilty and that he knows God told them they would die if they ate of the tree, but pleads for mercy for them. God says, “Mr. Lawyer, I can’t lie. I have to keep my word.”

“What about that lamb over there? Is there any way that you could take that lamb and put their death on that lamb?”

God was moved by that lawyer named Mercy and went down into the garden to find Adam and Eve. And God put their sin on that lamb (a type of Lamb slain from the foundation of the world) and took its life.

And Mercy won his first case.

For Mercy’s second case, God was about to destroy the whole earth with a Flood. Mercy stands up, “Please, God! I found a man named Noah. I know there are so many that are evil, but he’s right before you. Will you let him find grace?”

God once again was moved by Mercy’s plea. Noah found grace in the eyes of God, and Mercy had won its second case.

The lawyer, Mercy, had an opportunity that few do. He became the lawyer for the world and had his own office called the tabernacle and his own seat called the Mercy Seat. But, then he was only given one case a year when the High Priest came in. He was shut in by a thick veil, pacing back and forth, “I can only touch God once a year. I wish I could leave this room. So many people need me. Why must I be shut in? Broken humanity needs me, and I can’t get to them! Will it always be like this?”

Mercy finds his answer.

The only way that he could get out was to find Truth. He couldn’t get out so he needed someone to find it and bring it to him. But, he didn’t realize at first that Truth is a person. And when he found out Jesus is the Truth he was looking for, he longed to meet Him. “David said we have to meet,” Mercy says, “You have to come to me, I’m trapped and can’t get out from behind this veil.”

Mercy had waited thousands of years. People come and tell him the miracles of Jesus. Mercy gets excited, “That’s the one I’ve been waiting for!”

Then, someone comes to the veil one day and lets Mercy know that Jesus, that Truth, had been arrested and that they were planning to kill Him.

“They can’t kill him!” Mercy cries, “We have to meet, and I can’t get out of here! They have to let him go. He’ll come over here and we will be a team. Salvation will come. That’s what David said,” Mercy weeps when he hears all they’re doing to Jesus, to Truth. Mercy screams, “They need me! Don’t let Him die before we meet!”

Mercy can’t get out, so he sends a message to Truth, “Don’t die until we meet.”

The veil rips in two, from the top to the bottom.

It wasn’t for us to get to Mercy, it was so Mercy could get out and run to meet Truth. He makes his way toward Calvary. He hears the mockery and the jeers. 

“Don’t die, Truth! Hold on!” Mercy screams. Jesus held on until every word was fulfilled. Mercy and Truth meet.

“It is finished,” Jesus says and hangs his head and dies. Mercy looks and says, “It’s fixed.” Salvation had come.

Do you know why we aren’t stoned when we mess up? Because Mercy met Truth. There’s hope because Mercy met Truth, and salvation has come.

–Pastor Anthony Wynn

 

Scriptures

  • Exodus 15:13
  • Hebrews 9:7
  • Numbers 35:18
  • Numbers 15:22
  • 2Samuel 6:17
  • Psalm 85:4, 9
  • Isaiah 16:5
  • John 16:13
  • John 18:38

Joy in the Trials

Hello, Beloved Reader! I’m Faith. Thanks for visiting me today. 

“But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee.” –Psalm 5:11

“”Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.” –Psalm 16:11

“My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.” –James 1:2-3

Joy is a concept that some may confuse with happiness. So, for the sake of understanding let’s define each. Happiness is a state of the mind, yet the mind can change rather swiftly. Joy is a state of the heart. Joy comes deep within. Even though they might seem like the same thing, they aren’t.

Joy is a state of happiness, but it lasts longer than just within a moment of contentment.

“Not that I speak in respect of want; for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.” –Philippians 4:11

You can be in a state of disease and still be content? You can be dying and still be content? You can have the world falling in on you and still be content? How??

It’s not saying be happy that you’re sick or dying. It’s saying be joyous even through the trials. It’s difficult, believe me, I know. It seems impossible to be joyous when you’ve just lost a loved one, or your finances are in shambles, or your heart is heavy. I know. I’m not saying you can’t be sad for a little bit. I’m saying get back up. Don’t wallow in the sorrow. Don’t stay there.

After all, why not be joyous?

You’re a child of God, aren’t you? Don’t you have the promise of eternal life? Don’t you have a Friend that walks by you everyday, who talks to you and gives you peace and comfort when times are rough? Don’t you have a Father who loves you so much to give his Son as a sacrifice for you to have an opportunity for salvation? Why not be joyous? Why not be content? After all, this world and its troubles fade away, right? It’s hard work, but we can do it.

–Faith Cross

Peace in the Chaos

Hello, Beloved Reader! I’m Faith. Thanks for visiting me today.

“And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.” –Colossians 3:14-15

“I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, Lord, only makest me dwell in safety.” –Psalm 4:8

“The Lord will give strength unto his people: the Lord will bless his people with peace.” –Psalm 29:11

“Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright: for the end of that man is peace.” –Psalm 37:37

“Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.” –Psalm 119:165

“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.” –Isaiah 26:3

I think you may be able to tell where I’m going with this. Peace is defined as “freedom from disturbance; quiet and tranquility.”

The world is breaking. Cities burn. Buildings collapse. Cars crash. People scream and cry out in agony. Then, the camera moves to one person who isn’t screaming, but is calm and has a set determination on their face. The whole world fades about them and the noises die down, until the only thing heard is the beating of their heart. The chaos doesn’t affect them because they have one set goal, one absolute mission, and that is their sole focus. Sounds like a scene out of a movie, doesn’t it?

The Bible tells us that if we have our mind stayed on God, He will keep us in perfect peace.

Right now, the world is breaking. Cities are burning and people are screaming. We are plagued by fear. We are surrounded by evil and darkness. And in the middle of all this is the Christian who is trying their hardest to be a righteous child of God.

There’s something funny about peace in a Christian’s life.

Someway, somehow, you can have peace with the earth crumbling. People can be telling you that everything you’re doing is wrong. But somehow, if you know you’re following all God’s commands, through all the confusion, there’s peace. Peace that passes all understanding. Peace that comes from God, and God alone. Peace that the world can’t give nor take away. From God comes a peace, strange and beautiful, even when the world is falling apart.

In God’s peace, we know that everything will be alright soon, no matter how bad it is now.

Don’t watch the world. Keep your focus on God. I know it’s hard with everything going on. Death and destruction slash at us from every side. But, we have a loving Father who has blessed us abundantly with peace we can’t even understand. When the world hates us and does everything in its power to destroy us, we can rest. We don’t have to worry about it. If we do our part, God does His. He’s fighting for us. Everything is going to be okay. In fact, it’s going to be wonderful. Keep pressing to God. Keep on fighting to maintain focus on Him. Keep seeking His Kingdom first. Keep on keeping on. His peace will flow over you like a river. You won’t understand it, but it will be there, and you’ll know it can only be from God.

–Faith Cross

You Have to Die Every Day

Hello, Beloved Reader! I’m Faith. Thanks for visiting me today.

I’ve experienced death in my life. I’ve been to some visitations and funerals. I know death comes to all, and sometimes it’s swift, sometimes it draws out, sometimes you know when it’s coming, and sometimes you don’t. But, today, I’m not talking about the last breath we breathe at the end of our lives. 

Today, I’m talking about the death we all must accept every day.

As Christians, we are children of God, bought with a price of blood, and given the promise of eternal life. But, as humans, we mess up. We say the wrong things. We give in to temptation from time to time. Sometimes we don’t try as hard to get it right because trying to get it right is hard.

“I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily.” — 1 Corinthians 15:33

We, as humans, must die every day. Not literally die, but figuratively. We have to deny ourselves, take up our cross, and follow God. We must decrease so He can increase. To be a Christian is to be Christ-like and, therefore, we must be less like ourselves and more like Jesus.  Do you see what I’m getting at here?

 We must die, so He can live within us.

If you are a born-again Christian, I’m not telling you anything you don’t already know. Sometimes we have to stop and think. Sometimes we have to be reminded of what the Lord’s will is. Sometimes the world and all its problems weighs down on us like a ton of bricks. Evaluate your options when you’re faced with a choice. Find the one that best suits what you believe Jesus would do in your situation. Not what you would do. You have to deny yourself, no matter how uncomfortable it makes you. God is the Father and we are the child.

God is the Chief, and we follow Him.

He is our prime example. Just think of how the world would change if more people denied themselves. Think of how lives would be changed and hearts touched. Think about how many problems could be solved, and how many mistakes could be avoided, if we all died a little more each day, and let Christ live through us.

I think the world would be a much better place.

–Faith Cross