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You're Good to Grow

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.

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Walking With God

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
5 Benefits of a Praying Church (1)

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

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!

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The Living Will

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.

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From Test to Testimony

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