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How To Be Led

HOW TO BE Led By The Holy Spirit
 
 
Sunday, February 10, 2019 – Pastor George Dupree
 
 
 
Being led by the Holy Spirit – it’s not as complicated as we make it out to be.
 
 
Believers ARE led by the Holy Spirit.
 
Romans 8:14 those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.
 
 
Look at these three ways of being led by the Holy Spirit
 
 
1 – The Word – our roadmap
 
 
2 – The conscience – our compass
 
 
3 – The Holy Spirit – our guide
 
 
When you read, study and meditate on the written word you’ll develop an understanding of the principles and the ways of God. Then your mind will be renewed and your sensitivity to the Lord’s Leading will increase.
 
 
The natural man cannot receive the things of the Spirit because they are spiritually discerned.
 
 
1 Corinthians 2:14   The Holy Spirit will NEVER lead you in a direction contrary to the written word
 
 
Give yourself to INSTRUCTION
 
 
Participate in Bible Studies –   God sets teachers on the body – take advantage of that.
 
 
Ephesians 4:11 And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.
 
 
 
When you read and study the bible meditate on what you’ve read and pray as you meditate.
 
 
 
This is where praying in the spirit is so powerful.
 
 
 
As you pray in the Spirit the Lord will impress on your spirit what His will is.
 
 
Romans 8:26 the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. 27 And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will.
 
 
Apply to your life what you’ve learned and been impressed with. Now you can begin to walk in the things the Holy Spirit is impressing on you and you will be walking in the will of God.
 
 
Romans 8:5 For those who live according to the flesh or sinful nature, set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. 6 For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. 7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. 8 So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God. 9 But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His.
 
 
Spiritual people desire the things of the Spirit
 
Proverbs 3:6 In ALL your ways ACKNOWLEDGE Him and He will direct your paths.
 
 
Renew your mind
 
 
To be led by God’s Spirit you can’t follow a culture that doesn’t follow God
 
 
Exodus 23:2 Don’t follow the crowd in doing wrong…
 
 
 
Just because everyone is doing it doesn’t mean it’s right
 

Just because it’s LEGAL doesn’t mean it’s MORAL     Romans 12:2 Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will know what God wants you to do, and you will know how good and pleasing and perfect his will really is.


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The Holy Spirit In Your Life

The Holy Spirit In Your Life

Sunday, January 13, 2019 – Pastor George Dupree

The Holy Spirit Is For EVERY BELIEVER

  • Acts 2:38 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off — for all whom the Lord our God will call.”

The Holy Spirit gives you the Power To OVERCOME

  • 1 John 4:4 … you belong to God and have overcome and the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world.
  • Romans 8:31 If God is for us, who can be against us?

The Holy Spirit gives you the Power To KNOW

  • John 16:13 Jesus said, ‘But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth.
  • John 14:26 But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said.

What does the Holy Spirit want to do in our lives?   The Holy Spirit CONVICTS us of sin

  • John 16:7 But I tell you the truth: It is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. 8 When he comes, he will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment:

The Holy Spirit will bring conviction to us when we are about to do wrong or after we have done wrong, then we are supposed to act on it. The Holy Spirit Does Not Condemn Us – He Convicts Us   The Holy Spirit GUIDES us in TRUTH

  • John 16:13 But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth.

The Holy Spirit Guides us through His Word, through other Godly people.   The Holy Spirit TEACHES us truth He is the Spirit of Truth – John 14:17

  • John 14:26 But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.

To be taught you need to be TEACHABLE and HUMBLE.   King David wasn’t a perfect man but he had a heart after God. He knew that he needed God to TEACH him because he didn’t know it all.   Psalms 27:11 Teach me how to live, O LORD. Lead me along the path of honesty   Psalms 86:11 Teach me your ways, O LORD, that I may live according to your truth! Grant me purity of heart, that I may honor you.   In conclusion … welcome the Holy Spirit into your life to bring about the change that only He can bring.

 

You’re NATURAL The Holy Spirit is SUPERNATURAL


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Church News 1/11/2019

Prayer Meeting Tonight – 1/11/19 at 7PM
2 Services On Sunday – 1/13/19 8:45 & 10:15
Sharing 2019 VISION – Sunday, February 3rd at 6PM

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YOU GOT UP

You probably don’t remember when you were first trying to walk. Or perhaps when you tried riding a bike without training wheels. Ask your parents or grandparents. You fell many times. What did they do when you first tried to walk. They picked you up and you tried again. As toddlers gets older, they discover their ability to cover ground at a much greater rate by running. But to their surprise, they tripped or fell down. They cry, but eventually get up and do it again.
 

As we leave behind our excess baggage; (i.e. fears, regrets, unforgiveness, bad habits, etc) and enter the new year, your greatest victory during 2019 will not be living a mistake free life. Nor will it be when life seems to knock you down to the ground and you were able to take a few punches. You might tell yourself, “I survived.” No, this is not considered victory. You are victorious and more than a conqueror when after being knocked down, you GET UP. This is the mark of a true warrior. I am reminded of when Jesus walked up the road to Calvary. He collapsed while carrying His cross. With a little help of a bystander, He got up and continued to finish what He started. You might not be carrying a cross up a hill, but there were times you fell down and didn’t want to get up because of all the baggage you are carrying. Yet, you got up. No matter how you feel; get up, dress up, show up and never ever give up. Right now, jettison all your unnecessary fears, concerns, worry, doubt and regrets. Once you do that, you will be able to travel light and fast as you fulfill the plans and purposes of God in you life.


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Songs of the Season NOW

LET HEAVEN & NATURE & PEOPLE SING!

Luke 2:10 And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,

Luke 2:14    “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!

Luke 2:15   When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. 17 And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. 18 And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them.


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De-Stressing The Holidays

De-Stressing The Holidays

Pastor George Dupree – Wednesday, December 11, 2018

The Christmas Holiday Season can certainly be Joy-Filled and of course, they can be Stress-Filled too. Maybe you had to stretch a little bit even to just read this post but I encourage you to read on, it’ll take only a few minutes… Read more…

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Advent of Hope

Advent Of Hope

Sunday, December 2, 2018 – Pastor George M. Dupree

  What is Advent? – Advent comes from the Latin word adventus meaning arrival or coming. Advent also means the arrival of a notable person, thing, or event.   The Hebrews looked forward to the coming of a Savior or Messiah—the First Advent. The prophecies of the Messiah gave them hope. Hope is associated with anticipation and expectation. God uses the scriptures to bring hope into our lives because the scriptures tell us who God is and they tell us about His awesome love for us. Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.   Advent counts down the four weeks leading up to Christmas. This season is about resetting Jesus Christ at the center of our lives. By observing Advent we will be able to focus on the true meaning of Christmas, which is Jesus, He was God’s gift to all mankind. So in essence, Jesus was the first Christmas present ever given.   The first candle, the candle of hope means his promise and the hope we have because of Him. We can have hope because God is FAITHFUL and will keep the PROMISES He made to us. Our true hope comes through Jesus because He came to forgive our sins and give us eternal life.   Mary brought Jesus into the world; God uses PEOPLE to bring hope into the world. He uses men and women, boys and girls to bring this message of hope. He’s not interested if your perfect, He just wants to use ordinary people to declare and extraordinary message of hope.   As we begin our journey through Advent, we pray we will remember that hope is found in Jesus. You can count on this, during the next 23 days your life will be busy so our expectation for this Advent series is that we’ll be reminded to be more intentional in looking at what has come to us because of the Advent of Christ.   The Old Testament prophet Isaiah said – The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in the land of the shadow of death, upon them a light has shined.                        Isaiah 9:2   For someone stuck in a dark place the greatest comfort would be light. The light would bring hope. That’s where we get the expression “light at the end of the tunnel.”   For the Hebrew people the prophecies of a Messiah gave them hope. For Christians we have the comfort of prophesies fulfilled through Christ; which should bring to us anticipation and an expectation that God can do anything and that He will fulfill what He has spoken of.   Jesus brings Hope – He turns DESPAIR into hope. He takes away our sin and that removes despair.   He works great things in us, from the INSIDE OUT. He changes our heart. When He makes us whole on the inside it really doesn’t matter as much what’s happening on the outside.   His main mission was to RESCUE mankind from their sin, that’s redemption. Sin causes separation from God and separation from God causes despair and hopelessness. That’s what the message of the Gospel brings; it brings hope because Jesus brings redemption.   Paul had persecuted the Christians Acts 26:9 “I used to believe that I ought to do everything I could to oppose the followers of Jesus of Nazareth. 10 Authorized by the leading priests, I caused many of the believers in Jerusalem to be sent to prison. And I cast my vote against them when they were condemned to death. 11 Many times I had them whipped in the synagogues to try to get them to curse Christ. I was so violently opposed to them that I even hounded them in distant cities of foreign lands.   Then God told Paul I am going to send you to the Gentiles,18 to open their eyes so they may turn from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God. Then they will receive forgiveness for their sins and be given a place among God’s people, who are set apart by faith in me.’   Because of him persecuting the Christians Paul probably felt hopeless and alone but after Jesus appeared to him he had HOPE. He tells us where this hope comes from; it’s Christ in us. Colossians 1:27 God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.   Jesus looks beyond the outward appearance and actions, He looks to the heart. In Paul He saw the brokenness and the emptiness that was in his heart and He came along side him and filled his heart with hope.   This we know – Paul was broken and without hope but Jesus changed that. He didn’t reject Paul, instead He was gave him hope.   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. RECEIVE HIS HOPE – GIVE HOPE TO SOMEONE ELSE


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Close The Book

CLOSE THE BOOK

Sunday, November 25, 2018 – Pastor George Dupree

  There is often a contradiction between our new identity in Christ and how we think and feel about ourselves, this affects the way we live, it affects our emotions. These emotions don’t need to be removed; they need to be reshaped. God wants to renew our mind by the Word of God. When you know the Word of God you can fight against the contradictions that come to you.   Contra means against – Diction means something spoken   A contradiction comes against what has been spoken. Often we’ll have thoughts that are contrary to what God says and in those times we can choose what we’ll believe.   Here are some things that often affect what we believe about ourselves

  • What people say about us
  • What we do
  • Where we were born
  • What we’ve done

Our emotions respond to what we are thinking. What do you think of yourself? What do you say about yourself? What Does God Say About You? What’s important is who you are IN Christ.   This is what you can say about yourself as a believer in Christ   I am God’s child. John 1:12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God,   I am Jesus’ friend. John 15:15 No longer do I call you servants…but I have called you friends… I am a new person in Christ 2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. The Holy Spirit lives in me 1 Corinthians 6:19 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, 20 for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.   I am a masterpiece Ephesians 2:10 For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so that we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.   I am totally and completely forgiven. 1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. I am alive in Christ. Ephesians 2:5 Even when we were dead in our trespasses, [God] made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved… I am loved by God Romans 5:8 But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.   Do any of these phrases match your thoughts about yourself?

  • I am unloved and un-loveable.
  • I am not good enough, I feel inadequate.
  • I am a fearful and anxious person.
  • I am a disappointment.
  • I am not very smart. I am not special or important.
  • I am worthless and don’t deserve anything.
  • I am a sinner and can’t be forgiven.
  • I am unwanted and don’t belong.
  • I feel condemned.
  • I have no plan or purpose for my life.

Here Are Some Truths That You Can Say About Yourself

  • I am not who others say I am, I am what God says I am.
  • I am not what I do – I’m a human being not a human doing
  • I am not what I did – I’m forgiven and I’m a new creation
  • The truth about me is always what God says!

If you think that you don’t fit in – YOU BECOME A CONFORMER – you will try to conform to what others want of you or what you think will make them accept you.

  • 1 Samuel 15:24 I was afraid of the people and so I gave in to them.

If you think that you’re not good enough – YOU BECOME A PERFORMER – You’ll try to do things to make people accept you.

  • Luke 10:40 Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made.

YOU NEED TO KNOW WHO YOU ARE IN CHRIST – LET’S DECLARE IT In Christ I Am Accepted

  • Ephesians 1:6 to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.

In Christ I Am Brand New

  • 2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!

In Christ I Am Complete

  • Colossians 2:10 and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.

In Christ I Am Free

  • John 8:36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.

 

  • Romans 8:1 There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.

This is what God said about Jesus Luke 3:21 Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heavens were opened, 22 and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form, like a dove; and a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.”   This is what the devil said to Jesus Luke 4:3 and the devil said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread. 4 But Jesus answered him, saying, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.’ ”   This is what Jesus said and did Luke 4:16 So He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up. And as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up to read. 17 And He was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written:   18 The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed; 19 To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD.” 20 Then HE CLOSED THE BOOK, and gave it back to the attendant and sat down.   SAY WHAT GOD SAYS AND CLOSE THE BOOK


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WHERE IS IT?

Are you facing a seemingly impossible situation? Is what you’re asking God for seem unlikely to come to pass? Is your faith being tested?
Perhaps, you feel completely trapped, hedged in and overwhelmed, with no solution in sight. Maybe you’re confronted with a challenge where there is no resolution. Or, your heart is heavy with doubt as you cannot figure out what to do next, for there appears to be nothing you can do about what you now face. If you are on an emotional rollercoaster, you could be wondering, “How can things change for the better?”
However, impossibilities are the platforms upon which God does His best work; have faith. With man it may be impossible. But with God, all things are possible. Have you ever felt you were in a hopeless situation? Today, realize your faith only works in the realm of impossibilities. So, where is your faith? Is it working?
Your faith guarantees the results are inevitable. Your faith keeps you going when everything else tells you to give up and quit. Your faith should be the force that gives you the refusal to quit. You should look into the face of adversity and say, “I like my odds.” When you do this, it gives you an unwillingness to move aside. Your faith should solidify your belief in a cause wherein you become distracted by nothing.
 

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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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