Saint.. It is a word we don’t like to use too often when we refer to ourselves. A Term like “ sinner saved by grace” seem to be more palatable. Yet the word never calls us this. It is not written anywhere that a child of God is called a sinner and a son simultaneously.
What does the word call us then? Paul in his epistles often started them by calling the recipients saints. Saint, in the Greek, simply means holy, set apart. Beloved you and I were not kind of transformed we were completely changed. It is written in 2 cor 5:17 that if anyone is in Christ he is a new creation. The old has passed away and ALL THINGS have become new. This is a good time to praise Him! It doesn’t matter what kind of person you were, what you have done, or where you came from. When The Lord saves you He does it completely! Peter says in his first epistle that we were once NOT a people but NOW WE ARE the people of God. He has made you holy. Not because you deserve it but because His blood is that powerful, His work was that complete, and His love is that endless.
So from now on, when you feel the need to revert back to that old misguided saying that holds no biblical foundation at all. I want you to stop and say the truth “ I once was lost but now I’m found, I was blind but now I see, I was once a sinner but He has made me a saint”.
I speak God’s grace and peace over you and all that concerns you. His goodness and mercy follow you. God bless you saints!
We all have a divine heavenly calling while in the earth. So with the summer months in full motion here at FHC the Spirit of God has had us on a walk through faith, hope and love. The big abiding three that should present and of force in the life of the child of God. Three distinctively different yet interdependent realities, coinciding and revolving in and around each other. This is so the believer can learn to live and abide in during our sojourn here in the earth. Faith, hope and love hearken to a reality not born of, nor seen, nor truly experienced in our lives from the world’s natural perspective, but are from heaven above to which we are called to today. Faith for today, hope for tomorrow and love as a constant force by which all things live and move and have their being given by the Almighty. These three must be truly revealed and defined by the Divine illumination of the inspired word of God to have clarity, spiritual understanding and godly purpose in this life which is found only in one, Jesus Christ of Nazareth. The Man who was and is the Son of God, given as a ransom for the salvation of all mankind. Our belief in this does not make it true, but we believe because it is the truth amen.
Throughout the gospels Jesus would call men with two simple words “follow me”. In the Greek the word is PARAKOLOUTHEO (par-ak-ol-oo-theh-o). It comes from the words “para” which means closely alongside. It stresses nearness, intimate participation, and the word “akolputheo” which means to follow one who proceedes. To join as His attendant, to cleave steadfastly to one, conforming wholly to His example in living and if need be dying.
Do you see how following him is more than weekly church services, more than moral soundness. It is a complete surrender to Him, His will, His divine character, His presence, His power. ( Luke 9:23-26, Luke 14: 26- 27, Matthew 16:24-27)
These passages show us, very clearly, that following Him being a disciple consists of more than a confession and a church membership. Body of Christ if we are going to see an awakening we are going to truly walk with Him in complete surrender. Loving Him above all things, all people, even above our own comfort and our own lives. We have been taught in this bless me, God wants me rich, dispensation of vanity we call truth that to walk with Him requires no sacrifice, no nearness, no obedience. Then we have the audacity to sit back while our children are swept away, while people are dying and ask “where is He”?
Beloved , His power isn’t being manifest in us because we are choosing to walk in another direction than He is leading. His path will always lead to a cross and a grave where we must die to us (phil 3:10). I am tired of being powerless while the enemy deceives my loved ones. So I am going to follow Him to the place where I die to me, my plans, my will and take up His. I desire nothing more in this life than to have the testimony that “ I am crucified with Christ nevertheless I live”.
As we move towards the celebration of another Mother’s Day, it’s good to take time to reflect on the blessing and impact that they have had on our lives.
Our mother’s were our first teachers, protectors, our trainers, care providers, our nurses, comforters, counselors and confidants and as so needed in this life even our disciplinarians at times.
This as we know, is called labor and it truly is a labor of love. It is a divine strength, unique to women as most men shudder at enduring even the thought of what our mother’s are called to do.
So a day of honor in the year is ever fitting for them. But this idea should be embraced in all days.
I love the fact that our Savior did not directly have a natural father but shows His restorative glory and purpose through having a natural mother (Mary). Which speaks of His grace to redeem from the greatest of all falls, and transgressions (Adam & Eve).
It is likely, through heavenly eyes of hope, into the future of the woman, beyond the curse of the forbidden fruit, and fall of man, that he saw her.
Daughter, Mary, who would bring forth the blessed seed who is Christ the Redeemer.
Adam then rightly named his wife Eve, the mother of all living; his first act of faith, redemption and hope after his sin.
Thus showing that God can bring back from the worst and redeem the best out the most awful of transgressions.
And this is why, He alone is worthy to be called the, God Hope! For giving such a grace to the women who are our mothers.
God be praised!
What exactly is marriage? What is it supposed to look like? What is it supposed to feel like? What is it supposed to sound like?
If we look out at the world around us, it will give us a variety of answers. It will tell us that marriage is temporary, if your spouse is not quite measuring up these days or if your needs are not being met on a consistent basis or if you just are not “feeling it” anymore. The world may also tell you that you can fall out of love just as easy as you fell into love with your spouse. That marriage can be between any two people so long as they love one another (we’ll save that for another day, perhaps). How about the notion that for two people who are saved or have accepted Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior, that marriage will be full of nonstop bliss, with each day passing like your tip toeing through the daisy fields and that everything from the moment you say “i do” will be sunshine and roses.
Now as for the last remarks, if you have been married longer than a month, week, day or even an hour, you then know that nothing could be further from the truth.
The Bible is very clear on the subject of marriage! God Himself performs the very first wedding in the book of Genesis, chapter 2 between Adam and his wife Eve. Marriage as outlined in Ephesians chapter 5 is designed to be a representation of God’s perfect union with His church. A Biblical marriage should look and sound like love, forgiveness, mercy, grace and to be completely honest, feelings should have very little, if not nothing at all to do with it.
To everything there is a time and season for every purpose under heaven, and as it is in nature, so also in our lives. We are entering the season of spring, which also speaks to us of the blessing of hope, restoration and renewal in Christ. It is during spring that we begin to see those things that had the sad appearance of death and emptiness, begin to bud, blossom, bloom and bear fruit again as the cold of winter’s long stronghold breaks. So also with God, He speaks to us through nature expressing spiritual truths. There was a time of death and unfruitfulness in our own lives when, as the scriptures say in Ephesians 2:12 we were without Christ, strangers to His covenants of promise having no hope and without God in the world. Yet, now we who endured a bitter season of death and barrenness in life are reborn by faith in the Son, and now are bringing forth fruits of righteousness by His Spirit and by abiding in His word. We are literally begotten again, to living hope through His resurrection. He is the God of hope, patience, and comfort who governs the times and seasons of our lives, so that we are no longer alone and subject to the bitter tendencies of sin and death and all the hardships of life in this world: now in Him there truly is a new hope. This hope extends beyond the scope of human limitation and frailty: it’s origin and nature are supernatural and eternal in the heavens. This hope is expressed in the tree of life: the cross of Jesus Christ, and in Him is the complete expression of the perfect person of God. It is because of this revelation that we now have faith for today’s trials, and hope for tomorrow’s troubles, that in all things God is always working for our good to His glory.
As the season of Christmas is upon us, Let us remember to keep Christ with us, as we begin to embark on the craziest time of year. Christmas is my favorite holiday because I love to bake, shop, create, sing and decorate. However, while in the shopping line, waiting behind the customer who has a vast amount coupons and is arguing over price difference with the cashier, keep that patient Godly smile on your face. Pray and bless those around you.
Take time to not only be in the presence of the Lord, but let His Spirit lead, guide and direct you as you are out and about in the rush of the holiday. Stop to hear the Lord, as many people around us this time of year, suffer from extreme depression, maybe because of loss, not enough money, or the stress of life itself. You can be the bridge, the joy and the oil of gladness to those around.
Christ, means the anointed One, as Isaiah 10:27 says “.....and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing” walk in the anointing power of God to help liberate, and set free the captives; so they may walk in the joy and peace of God."
As the remaining leaves find their way off the trees and onto the ground we celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday. It’s a wonderful time for family and friends to gather together around the table, enjoy a great meal and give thanks. As Christians though we know that Thanksgiving is more than just a day, it’s a lifestyle. The Word of God tells us in I Thessalonians 5:18 that “in everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” The apostle Paul isn’t saying that we have to be thankful FOR the hard places that we sometimes find ourselves in, but he exhorts us to be thankful IN the midst of them. Even in the most difficult times, there are always things we can be thankful for.
In Ephesians chapter 5, we’re admonished to be followers of God as dear children and to walk in love as Christ loves the church. Beginning in verse 3 we are told that there are 6 things that should not be named amongst us – fornication, uncleanness, covetousness, filthiness and foolish talking and jesting…but rather giving of thanks. There’s a thought! I would imagine that it would be pretty hard to commit immoral acts of any kind if you are presently giving thanks for who you are and what you have, right where you are at. For instance, how could you lust after someone else or commit adultery when you are saying “Thank you, God for my wonderful wife/husband.” If you are thankful for all God has provided, you’re not likely to be covetous of what belongs to others.
According to Jesus, thankfulness is the barometer of your soul. It’s not your church attendance, prayers, or gifting of your service, although all of these are vitally important. If you want to know where your walk with God is in any given moment of any day, you can ask yourself, honestly from your heart, this question – how thankful am I right now in my present situation. Psalm 100:4b says “be thankful unto Him and bless His name.”
Here at FHC we seek to live lives literally inspired by the word and Spirit of God. We truly believe in fulfilling and obeying all that is in the heart, mind and mouth of God when He said that "My house shall be a house of prayer for all nations which Christ fulfilled and confirmed to us in the New Testament speaking by Isaiah the prophet 56:7. What the world needs now is the agape love of God ministered by His Spirit working in the saints with tears and prayers. Til as many people as possible are made free by the loving gospel of His Son preached as witness in all the earth til he returns.
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven
-Ecclesiastes 3:1 KJV
As we head into the fall season we see changes happening before our eyes. Tree’s leaves are beginning to change to a beautiful red, yellow, and orange color. Starbucks is featuring their fall line of Pumpkins Spice Lattes and Salted Carmel Mochas. And if you’ve been watching the news it’s hurricane season.
Many hearts are feeling the losses in Texas, the Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico as two hurricanes have devastated the Gulf Coast and the Atlantic, respectively. But, many are questioning if these storms could be God’s judgement, or is this demonic. Some are even attributing them to the fault of President Trump. Maybe, just maybe, it is just hurricane season. People that live in hurricane prone areas know that preparation for each season is necessary. When it is winter, we in the north prepare by winterizing our homes. So instead of fussing, join together and lay aside any differences to lend a helping hand to those in need.
Here at Freedom House Church we are progressing with Christ Jesus and by the power of the Holy Spirit towards a life of greater devotion in prayers and intercession, which is the first order to Timothy in the letter written to him 1 Timothy 2:1-4. As it is presently, the very ministry of Jesus Christ our Lord Himself is to intercede for His saints. He accomplishes this with the Holy Spirit through His saints for He knows what the mind of the Spirit is, therefore He can effectively make intercession for the saints according to the will of God. Now through prayers by the Spirit we will see the increase of miracles, signs, and the many wonders of His word that God so desires for His people and the world. We seek to enter into the times of refreshing from the Presence of the Lord where healing, restoration of families, deliverance from oppression and His freedom from the bondage of all addictions is known and ministered. Yes what we have seen and heard we speak, that prayer without a doubt is the absolute work of the supernatural Hand of God in our lives.