RIGHT NOW

“This is my command – be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9)

Your past is never the gauge of what you become. In any hour, (right now) you can choose to liberate the future. Never make assumptions in life based on what you have done in the past or what everyone else thinks. The future of your life depends on what you do RIGHT NOW. Begin to accept your past for what it was. Start acknowledging your present for what it is and then anticipate your future for what it can become. These will be the thoughts that will shape and govern your life. When you think about it, God told Joshua to be bold, strong, courageous and not to be afraid. Was Joshua’s assignment based on what he had done in the past? Of course not. God was talking to him about what he should do RIGHT NOW. He was showing him where he is and where he should be going. His future and the people he was leading depended on what he was to do at that moment. His RIGHT NOW” moment. He was to anticipate his future for what it can become. If you want something that you never had in you life, you have to do something that you have never done. You will always be afraid to do something that you have never tried before. That is ok. Do it afraid. When you do, you will hear God speak to you in a soft spoken voice that will say, “ I am with you wherever you go.” When you start questioning yourself about whether you can do something or not, remember that it is difficult to define “Impossible”. Your vision or dream that God has given you yesterday IS the confident expectation today. Therefore it becomes your reality of tomorrow….What will be your reality?


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Walk In Love

WALK IN LOVE

Sunday, September 30, 2018 – Pastor George M. Dupree   

  The Greatest Commandment Is Love Matthew 22:36-39 (LB) “Which is the most important command?” Jesus replied, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. The second most important is similar: Love your neighbor as much as you love yourself.”                      The Greatest Goal Is Love

1Corinthians 14:1 Let love be your highest goal
 
The Greatest Motive Is Love
1 Corinthians 16:14 Everything you do must be done with love                 
 
Love Is Demonstrated
Romans 5:8 (NKJV) But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.        
1 John 3:18 (GW) “We must show love through actions that are sincere, not through empty words.”
 
Galatians 5:6 (NIV) “The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.”
 
Ephesians 5:2 (NLT) “Live a life filled with love for others, following the example of Christ, who loved you and gave himself as a sacrifice to take away your sins.”
 
Love Is Lasts Forever
 
1 Corinthians 13:13 (NCV) “Three things will continue forever: faith, hope, and love. And the greatest of these is love.”
 
1 Corinthians 13:3 (Message) “No matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.”
 
Love Is Something I Practice
 
1 John 4:7 Dear friends, let us practice loving each other, for love comes from God and those who are loving and kind show that they are the children of God, and that they are getting to know him better
 
1 Timothy 4:12b but be an example for the believers in your speech, your conduct, your love, faith, and purity. 15 Practice these things and devote yourself to them, in order that your progress may be seen by all.                                          
Love Is Something I Pursue
 
1 Corinthians 14:1 (Amp) Eagerly pursue and seek to acquire love. Make it your aim, your great quest…                                                     
It’s All About Love
 
1John 3:16 (CEV) We know what love is because Jesus gave his life for us. That’s why we must give our lives for each other. 17 If we have all we need and see one of our own people in need, we must have pity on that person, or else we cannot say we love God. 18 Children, you show love for others by truly helping them, and not merely by talking about it. 19 When we love others, we know that we belong to the truth, and we feel at ease in the presence of God. 20 But even if we don’t feel at ease, God is greater than our feelings, and he knows everything. 21 Dear friends, if we feel at ease in the presence of God, we will have the courage to come near him. 22 He will give us whatever we ask, because we obey him and do what pleases him. 23 God wants us to have faith in his Son Jesus Christ and to love each other. This is also what Jesus taught us to do. 24 If we obey God’s commandments, we will stay one in our hearts with him, and he will stay one with us. The Spirit that he has given us is proof that we are one with him.                                         
 
Love Doesn’t Rub Sin In – Love Rubs Sin Out                               
 
1 Peter 4:8 (NLT) “Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins.”                           
Colossians 2:14 (CEV) “God wiped out the charges that were against us for disobeying his Law. He took them away and nailed them to the cross.”

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ATTN: PARENTING

And you should imitate me, just as I imitate Christ. (1 cor. 11:1)

Whatever role you might be playing at this time; married, single or being a grand parent, if there is anything that you wish to change in the child, first examine it and see whether it is not something that could better be changed in yourself. You have influence and you do not need a title or position. Parenting alone has influence. Which kind of influence do you want to have on a child; positive or negative? It is sad that I have witnessed a parent who began screaming because of a phone call, a mom who smokes a cigarette because she is unable to cope with stress, a Dad who begins to drink every day because life’s challenges become overwhelming. What is the child beginning to learn? It is acceptable to lose your temper. screaming at the top of their lungs when encountering difficult people. I have seen many times a mom lashing out at her child in a supermarket because she is trying to manage her kids. There are frequent times I have been in restaurants and witnessed a child out of control and the parents doing nothing. Do you know that doing nothing is teaching children that aberrant behavior is acceptable and a child is learning that any type of behavior (temper tantrums) is acceptable. If you don’t get your way, throw a temper tantrum. Unfortunately, these young children grow up into adults still throwing temper tantrums. But this time, rather than throwing food on the floor, they will punch walls, strike their spouse or significant other. This is learned behavior and the abuser will have all kinds of excuses rather than take responsibility and say it is not their fault. So today’s principle is based on what Paul the Apostle told Timothy, “….and you should imitate me, as I imitate Christ…….. The examples we set as parents for our kids, how we behave when things don’t go our way is much more important than the rules we set for them. Children will become not what you tell them, but they become who you are…………..


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Moderate Your Meditation

MODERATE YOUR MEDITATION
 
Sunday, September 23, 2018 – Pastor George Dupree
 
Psalm 19:14 May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.
 
There are many misunderstandings about what meditation is. As Christians, we use the Bible as our guide for all of our spiritual disciplines. Some forms of meditation encourage you to empty your mind and rid yourself of conscious thinking, this in not Biblical meditation. Biblical meditation encourages you to fill your mind with the Word of God.
Psalms 1:1 Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. 2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. 3 He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.
 
If you do the first two, you will be the third.
Don’t walk in the counsel of the ungodly – Delight in the Word of God
You’ll be like a fruitful tree.
 
There are benefits to meditation
 
A Stable Life
You are planted; even if everything else around you is being uprooted you remain planted. You’ll have stability in your life because your roots go deep.
 
A Productive Life
You’ll have a productive & fruitful life – yielding fruit, results, evidence of God in your life.
 
A Prosperous Life
Prosperity is more than money, prosperity is the ability to make wise decisions – you don’t usually have to talk yourself into making the wrong decision. The choices you make each day determine your destiny. That’s why we have to daily meditate on God’s Word.
 
A Fresh Faith – his leaves will not whither.
We all need refreshing of our faith on a regular basis. Nobody’s interested in buying something that’s stale; it doesn’t have the same appeal as something that’s fresh. We don’t want to live on stale bread, we live by the bread of God’s Word, and it’s best on a daily basis.
 
 
What does it mean to meditate?
Meditate – to think deeply or focus one’s mind for a period of time, plan mentally; consider, think deeply or carefully about something, to utter a sound, to mutter; the act of thoughtful deliberation with the implication of speaking to oneself, muttering sounds spoken to no one in particular, melody
 
Ephesians 5:19 …making melody in your heart to the Lord
 
To meditate is to ruminate
Ruminate is a verb and it means to think deeply about something. It also means to chew the cud.
 
Meditation is repetitive thinking. Worry is negative meditation, continuous thinking of a negative thought. That’s destructive. But the act of meditating on God’s Word is constructive in our lives.
 
Final Thoughts To Meditate On
Joshua 1:8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.
 
Psalms 145:5 I will meditate on the glorious splendor of Your majesty, and on Your wondrous works.

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Anchored In Hope

ANCHORED IN HOPE
Sunday, September 16, 2018 – Pastor George Dupree
 
Psalm 92:12 The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree,
He shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon.
13 Those who are planted in the house of the LORD
Shall flourish in the courts of our God.
14 They shall still bear fruit in old age;
They shall be fresh and flourishing,
15 To declare that the LORD is upright;
He is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him.
 
The Bible talks about hope being an anchor for our soul. When your soul is anchored in God’s Word it is hopeful and that’s the place that your soul can flourish.
 
An anchor is a person or thing that provides stability or confidence in an otherwise uncertain situation.
 
When you’re anchored in hope you believe that God is going to work in your life.
 
You Believe!
 
There are two kinds of hope – Anchored Hope & Unanchored Hope
 
Unanchored hope is built upon wishes and maybe’s, luck and happenstance.
 
Anchored hope takes you beyond the physical and the natural and it takes you behind the veil or the thing that separates you from the supernatural presence of God. Anchored Hope is built upon the Word and the Promises of God Almighty.
 
Anchored hope is built upon two unchangeable things; God’s oath and His promise. Or you could put it his way this Anchored Hope is built upon His Name and His Word!
 
Hope is a desire for something, usually good, to happen in the future.
 
Usually that means we want something to happen but we have now way of being sure that it will happen.
 
Biblical hope not only desires something to happen, it expects that it will happen.
 
The reason we can have hope or a confident expectation is because we put our trust in God and He cannot lie.
 
Hebrews 6:18 (CEV) God cannot tell lies! And so his promises and vows are two things that can never be changed. We have run to God for safety. Now his promises should greatly encourage us to take hold of the hope that is right in front of us. 19 This hope is like a firm and steady anchor for our souls.
 
When you anchor a boat you do it so you don’t drift away. Most times you don’t even notice that you’re drifting away because it’s so subtle. It’s only when you bring into focus a point of reference that you realize that you’ve actually drifted.
 
If you were on open water with no point of reference and no anchor you’d certainly drift. It’s the same with the sea of life, you need a point of reference and you need an anchor.
 
The point of reference is God’s Wordand the anchor is the belief that God cannot lie.
 
The hope of knowing that God is with and for us is the anchor and because of that we can say it is well with my soul.
 
When you’re unsure and unanchored your soul will be in turmoil, that’s when you need to encourage your soul in the Lord with His Word.
 
Psalms 25:1 To You, O LORD, I lift up my soul. 20 Keep my soul, and deliver me; let me not be ashamed, for I put my trust in You.
 
Psalms 42:1 As the deer pants for the water brooks, so pants my soul for You, O God. 2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. 5 Why are you cast down, O my soul? And whyare you disquieted within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him forthe help of His countenance. 6 O my God, my soul is cast down within me; therefore I will remember You…11 Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; for I shall yet praise Him, the help of my countenance and my God.
 
Psalms 146:1 Praise the LORD! Praise the LORD, O my soul!
 
Matthew 11:29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
 
Romans 15:13 Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

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TIME TO DECIDE

I have been talking about your future and how will your life look like down the road. What is it that we do in the meantime? When you really think about it, your future is not only predicated on what you decide, it is based on what you do every day that matters the most. Make sense? I think every reader will agree that you cannot go back and change your past. Nor should you worry about future events that are outside of your control.

Although you cannot go back and start all over, you can start from now and make a brand new ending. You can decide how your life will end. Sure, your past is important, but not as important to your present as the way you see your future. So, the best way to predict where you will be is to create it. You can stop living your life by default and begin living your life by design. It is never too late. God told Joshua, “Now listen! Today I am giving you a choice between life and death, between prosperity and disaster. For I command you this day to love the Lord your God and to keep his commands, decrees, and regulations by walking in his ways. If you do this, you will live and multiply, and the Lord your God will bless you and the land you are about to enter and occupy.


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We Doubt

Today we’re talking about how we can FLOURISH in life EVEN when we have doubts

WE DOUBT

Sunday, September 9, 2018 – Pastor George Dupree

Psalm 92:12 The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree,             He shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. 13 Those who are planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in the courts of our God. 14 They shall still bear fruit in old age; they shall be fresh and flourishing,

15 To declare that the LORD is upright; He is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him.  
 
When you’re planted you flourish. Flourishing is an ongoing process, it’s instantly started but it’s not instantly completed.  
 
Even while you’re flourishing there will be struggles and things will happen that will make you wonder if God is really working in your life.  
 
There will even be times that you’ll wonder if God is really real.  
 
In other words You’ll Have Doubts.  
 
Now, in church we won’t talk about our doubts, we’ll even try to make believe that we don’t have doubts.
 
We’ll make it seem like that if we do have doubts that there’s something wrong with us and that we’re sinning because we have doubts.  
 
The thing is this – We All Have Doubts and it’s OK   It’s OK because God’s success in our life is not based on our efforts or us being good enough or us being perfect – God’s success in our lives is based on HIM and on Him working ALL THINGS together for our good and that includes our doubts.  
 
We don’t have to worry about having perfect faith. A faith where we never have a question, we believe everything; a faith where we never get discouraged, where we never have any doubt.  
 
That’s not realistic and it’s not even what God expects of us. Of course God wants us to grow in faith, He wants us to be overcomers and victorious even over doubt and unbelief.  
 
We know that unbelief is an enemy to our faith but that shouldn’t be a pressure on us, as if we have to achieve this perfect, doubtless faith. You see, our faith is a gift from God and He is the one who will PERFECT or COMPLETE what He has begun in us.
Philippians 1:6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
 
There will be times when we will experience doubt and we will also be tempted to believe that because of that God is done with us, or that He’s mad at us, but He’s not, He knows that we are on a journey of faith.  
 
Jesus doesn’t ABANDON us when we have doubt.  
 
Jesus’ parents, Mary & Joseph, had doubts and God still used them to bring Jesus into the world.  
Luke 1:26 Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 And having come in, the angel said to her, “Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!” 29 But when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and considered what manner of greeting this was. 30 Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name JESUS. 32 He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. 33 And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.” 34 Then Mary said to the angel, “HOW can this be, since I do not know a man?” 35 And the angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God. 36 Now indeed, Elizabeth your relative has also conceived a son in her old age; and this is now the sixth month for her who was called barren. 37 For with God nothing will be impossible.” 38 Then Mary said, “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.  
 
Matthew 1:18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit. 19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not wanting to make her a public example, was minded to put her away secretly. 20 But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. 21 And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name JESUS, for He will save His people from their sins.” 22 So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying: 23 “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.” 24 Then Joseph, being aroused from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord commanded him and took to him his wife, 25 and did not know her till she had brought forth her firstborn Son. And he called His name JESUS.  
 
You don’t have to feel like a second class Christian because you have doubts. Belief is not the absence of doubts – If there were no doubts we wouldn’t need faith in Him.

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The Righteous Shall Prosper

This weekend we’re talking about how we can FLOURISH in life – join us – http://bible.com/events/471969 – watch the service live at 8:45 or 10:15 on Sunday Mornings http://lw.churchonline.org
 
The Righteous Shall Flourish
Sunday, September 2, 2018 – Pastor George Dupree
 
Today we hear so much news but we often wonder is this news or commentary, is it true or is it false?
 
Today I want to bring to you a truth, something that you can build your life on and here it is – God wants you to FLOURISH
 
To FLOURISH is to grow or develop in a healthy way, especially as the result of a particularly favorable environment, (like your Church)
 
It also means to thrive, to grow, to bear fruit, to advance, to multiply and to prosper
 
Jesus said this about our life
John 10:10 … I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.
John the Apostle said
3John 2 Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.
 
You’ll prosper and thrive when you have the truth in you and you WALK in that truth. GOD’S WORD IS TRUTH.
 
Here is a word of TRUTH Psalm 92
Those who are planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish
 
FLOURISHING is NOT the absence of trouble or stress or hardships or setbacks or failures. It’s a healthy soul even in those times.
 
This truth about life is taken from the scriptures
John 16:33 …In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.
 
Psalms 34:19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the LORD delivers him out of them all.
 
Sometimes Jesus will calm the storm you’re in and sometimes He’ll calm you while you’re in the storm.
 
1. Stay planted in God’s Word.
Psalm 1 says as we meditate on the Word we will be like a tree planted by the rivers of water
 
2. Stay prayerful – We must develop a life of prayer.
Prayer is talking to God – it’s a sign of relationship with and dependence on God.
 
3. Stay in praise – Before the most difficult time in His life Jesus sang a song of praise.
Mark 14:26 And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.
 
We all face challenges and obstacles at various times, but God’s will is for you to flourish and succeed in every area of your life – from your relationships to your career, in your health and finances, to your spiritual life and your church.
 
The Bible is full of encouragement about this so there is no reason why you should settle for anything less than God’s best.
 
You can flourish because God has placed seeds of greatness you.
 
No matter what you are facing right now or where you are in your life’s journey, God has more in store for you. You were created and destined to flourish.
 
Ephesians 3:20 (MSG) “God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us.”
 
When you decide to let God plant you in His House, you will thrive. Please, stay planted.

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WHAT DOES YOUR FUTURE HOLD? (you decide)


Remember, the last article I had written about the path to happiness. Now you know this path does not exist. It is not there; because it is an illusion. It is not a route among many. Why? Because happiness IS the path that you decide to take.
 
The most simplistic and beneficial way of deriving happiness is to add value to people. This is what the Apostle Paul wrote to the Phillippian Church, “Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.”
There is a truth here at work. Happiness is not the absence of problems, difficulties and challenges; but the ability to deal with and resolve each of them the best way we can.
Understand that you cannot change people, you cannot change attitudes. you cannot change the way they think about you. There are many things in this life that we cannot change. But the one thing in life you can change is the way you respond.
When you finally settle down at the end of the day, you realize happiness has nothing to do with your life’s circumstances. It is all based on your ability to accept the things you are experiencing.  Whatever you are doing in life, remember; do not let the past affect your today because the past is gone.  You cannot change it, you cannot alter it, you cannot relive it.
Like time, it is gone forever so do not live in the memories of the past. The other side of the coin is not letting your future disturb you because it has not come yet.
Finally, happiness is not about getting what you want all the time. It is about loving what you have and being grateful for it. It would be wise to listen to the wisdom written by the Apostle Paul over 2,000 years ago, “I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. (Phil. 4:11)

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