Waiting

  After The Resurrection   Sunday, May 5, 2019 – Pastor George Dupree WAITING     Sometimes you just have to wait…

Let’s face it; we usually don’t want to wait.
 
In our modern times we rarely have to wait for so may of the things we want .
 
We have fast Internet, instant messages, news on demand, fast food, microwave food, food deliveries, next day shipping and even same day shipping.
 
We are pretty much conditioned NOT to wait.
 
But as far as God is concerned we will just have to wait.
 
So what do we do while we wait?
 
One thing is to praise Him and be thankful.
 
Another thing is to rehearse the promise, keep it fresh in our mind.
 
We keep the hope that we have in front of us; we don’t put aside the hope that we have.
 
Proverbs 13:12 Hope that is deferred makes the heart sick, but when the desire comes, it is a tree of life.
 
Defer means to put off (an action or event) to a later time; postpone
 
If we defer or put off HOPE our heart will become sick.
 
Therefore we need to keep hope in front of us, we do that by rehearsing the promise of God.
 
After the resurrection Jesus told His disciples to wait for God’s promise to them. This promise would empower them to do what they were going to be called to do; they would be able to face the challenges ahead because of this promise. But if they didn’t wait they would have never received the promise.
 
 
    Acts 1:1 The former account I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach, 2 until the day in which He was taken up, after He through the Holy Spirit had given commandments to the apostles whom He had chosen, 3 to whom He also presented Himself alive after His suffering by many infallible proofs, being seen by them during forty days and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God.
 
1Corinthians 15:3 For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, 5 and that He was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve. 6 After that He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once, of whom the greater part remain to the present, but some have fallen asleep. 7 After that He was seen by James, then by all the apostles. 8 Then last of all He was seen by me also, as by one born out of due time.
 
Acts 1:4   And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to WAIT for the Promise of the Father, “which,” He said, “you have heard from Me; 5 for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”
 
Because they waited for the promise they were filled with the Holy Spirit in a powerful way and they were going to need that power in the days ahead.   Today, we need the same power to WAIT for the promises of God. It’s not fun to wait, in fact, it is very challenging to wait.   How many of us are waiting on something or probably something(s)
 
When what we are waiting for is the promise of God we can rest assured that it will come to pass.   Like the song says “He’s never early, He’s never late, it takes courage it takes faith, trust Him and see He’s got all the power you need.   God have an appointed time for His promises for us.
 
Habakkuk 2:3 For the vision is yet for an appointed time; but at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.
 
Habakkuk 2:3 But these things I plan won’t happen right away. Slowly, steadily, surely, the time approaches when the vision will be fulfilled. If it seems slow, wait patiently, for it will surely take place. It will not be delayed.
 
 

Sometimes we can feel weary or weak while we wait but here’s a promise from God concerning that.   Isaiah 40:29 He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength. 30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall, 31 But those who wait on the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.   Wait – 6960. קָוָה qavah, kaw-vaw´; a primitive root; to bind together (perhaps by twisting), i.e. collect; (figuratively) to expect:—gather (together), look, patiently, tarry, wait (for, on, upon).   Psalms 27:14 Wait on the LORD; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say, on the LORD!


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So Close & Yet So Far

After The Resurrection Sunday, May 5, 2019 – Pastor George Dupree
 
The Road To Emmaus – So Close & Yet So Far
 
Sometimes we can be so close to something and yet not see it, not appreciate it, not touch it.
 
Jesus one time said that the Kingdom of Heaven was at had – it’s in reach – it’s so close He added Repent (turn) and believe the Gospel (Good News)
 
The King was among them but they couldn’t see Him, they couldn’t appreciate Him, they couldn’t touch Him – So close and yet so far
 
Sometimes we’re looking for God in the spectacular or in people of renown – but there are so many times that God shows up in the obscure and ordinary.
 
The Road To Emmaus is such a place, obscure with ordinary people walking on it.
 
Luke 24:13   Now behold, two of them were traveling that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was seven miles from Jerusalem. 14 And they talked together of all these things which had happened. 15 So it was, while they conversed and reasoned, that Jesus Himself drew near and went with them. 16 But their eyes were restrained, so that they did not know Him.   Luke 24:17   And He said to them, “What kind of conversation is this that you have with one another as you walk and are sad?”   Luke 24:18   Then the one whose name was Cleopas answered and said to Him, “Are You the only stranger in Jerusalem, and have You not known the things which happened there in these days?”   Luke 24:19   And He said to them, “What things?”So they said to Him, “The things concerning Jesus of Nazareth, who was a Prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, 20 and how the chief priests and our rulers delivered Him to be condemned to death, and crucified Him. 21 But we were hoping that it was He who was going to redeem Israel. Indeed, besides all this, today is the third day since these things happened. 22 Yes, and certain women of our company, who arrived at the tomb early, astonished us. 23 When they did not find His body, they came saying that they had also seen a vision of angels who said He was alive. 24 And certain of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said; but Him they did not see.”   Luke 24:25   Then He said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Ought not the Christ to have suffered these things and to enter into His glory?” 27 And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.   Luke 24:28   Then they drew near to the village where they were going, and He indicated that He would have gone farther. 29 But they constrained Him, saying, “Abide with us, for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent.” And He went in to stay with them.   Luke 24:30   Now it came to pass, as He sat at the table with them, that He took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. 31 Then their eyes were opened and they knew Him; and He vanished from their sight.   Luke 24:32   And they said to one another, “Did not our heart burn within us while He talked with us on the road, and while He opened the Scriptures to us?” 33 So they rose up that very hour and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven and those who were with them gathered together, 34 saying, “The Lord is risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!” 35 And they told about the things that had happened on the road, and how He was known to them in the breaking of bread.   Luke 24:36   Now as they said these things, Jesus Himself stood in the midst of them, and said to them, “Peace to you.” 37 But they were terrified and frightened, and supposed they had seen a spirit. 38 And He said to them, “Why are you troubled? And why do doubts arise in your hearts? 39 Behold My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself. Handle Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see I have.”   Luke 24:40   When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His feet. 41 But while they still did not believe for joy, and marveled, He said to them, “Have you any food here?” 42 So they gave Him a piece of a broiled fish and some honeycomb. 43 And He took it and ate in their presence.
 

Two unknown and ordinary people on their way toward and obscure destination.   We do know one of their names – Cleopas – we don’t know the others – some scholars say person may have been Cleopas’ wife and that could make sense seeing that she’s left unnamed.   You see, in that time and culture women and children were generally disregarded and overlooked.   But Jesus loved to look at the overlooked – He loved to include the downcast – the disregarded.   After all, didn’t He protect the woman caught in the act of adultery – didn’t He use the little boys lunch to feed thousands of people?   He called the notorious tax collector Matthew to be His disciple? He touched the leper.   He healed a Roman soldiers child. He talked to the outcast at the Samaritan well.   He loved the unseen, disregarded and obscure people.


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OUT OF YOUR HEART FLOWS

There is a saying that exists and is a true principle; in order to know yourself you need to grow yourself. The converse is true in order to grow yourself, you need to know yourself. Which comes first? LOL

If you raise your awareness and begin to know yourself, you will discover that God has placed some deep underlying motivations and desires within you. These deep desires, if followed, will lead you into the fulfillment of your destiny, especially if you ask God to empower and guide your heart. God is speaking this to His children today, “ I will instruct you and teach you in the way that you should go.” These heart motivations that exist will be expressed whether you are working on a task within your local church or in the community. Whether it is your job, vocation or career, this will be evident if you followed your heart passions or motivations. When you discover the kind of work that excites you, you have discovered the basic underlying heart motivation which flows from within your heart. Remember Jesus said “out of your belly shall flow rivers of living waters.” I believe it is important for you to discover what it is that your heart really loves to do and then do that with all your heart as unto the Lord. I love what one person who defined success as; “doing what you love and being paid for it.” I have learned this in life: “if you are doing what you love, the overflow of excitement and passion from your heart is felt and observed by all who are near.” This is what enables a person to go the extra mile in what they are doing. Whether you are volunteering or getting paid, the results are the same in the work that you do.


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Blessed Are those Who Mourn

Mourning can be a very painful and difficult time. Jesus PROMISES comfort during those times. One way is when we focus more on what we had rather than what we’ve lost. That may sound contradictory but a key is in the remembering to offer thanks for what you had. Personally, this has eased the pain somewhat in my personal losses. Mourning doesn’t have to be morbid, it is actually therapeutic, there’s no set time but remember that Jesus PROMISES comfort to those who mourn.

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The Life Of Jesus

The Life Of Jesus
2019 Easter Season
Sunday, April 7, 2019 – Pastor George M. Dupree
 
Over the next three weeks we’ll be looking at the Life of Jesus   We’ll start with some of the prophecies concerning His birth along with some of the events surrounding His birth.   Next we’ll take a brief look at His life and ministry up to the last week of His life on earth.   On Easter weekend we’ll look at the final days of His life concluded with the miraculous resurrection.   After Easter we’ll look at the events leading to the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost along with looking at the early church.
 
To begin with the birth of Jesus would be missing His eternal Deity so let’s take a look at that for a moment.
 
Genesis 1:26 Then God said, Let US make man in Our image, according to Our likeness…
 
Notice the word US – who’s the US that’s being referred to here?
 
We know from verse One that the Holy Spirit was part of that US
 
Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.
 
Interestingly in verse one the Hebrew word for God is Elohiym which means the Supreme God and Elohiym is a plural word.
 
So it’s understandable that with God and the Spirit plural is covered – but, is there more? Yes, there is.
 
Take a look at John’s Gospel…
 
John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.
 
 
 
 
Who or what is the Word referred to here?
 
John 1:10 He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. 11 He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. 12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: 13 who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.   John 1:14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
 
We see that the life of Jesus really goes back to the beginning of everything but on Earth we mark His life at His birth.
 
His birth is described as miraculous, most especially because He was actually born of a virgin, that’s a miracle.
 
But there’s more to the miraculous birth of Jesus, and it’s found in the prophecies about him and His birth.
 
Here are two notable prophecies.
 
Michah 5:2 But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of you shall come forth to Me the One to be Ruler in Israel, whose goings forth are from of old, from everlasting.”
 
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.
 
These prophecies were fulfilled and recorded in these Bible passages.
 
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.”   Matthew 1:22 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.”   Matthew 2:1 Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea…
 
 
There were several other prophecies from several different people from about 500 to 1000 years before the birth of Jesus.
 
Here are six more prophecies concerning the birth of Jesus, the Messiah.
 
1 – The Messiah would be from the lineage of King David. Jeremiah 23:5 600B.C.
Jesus … the son of David …” Luke 3:23, 31 – 4 B.C.
 
2 – The Messiah would be betrayed for 30 pieces of silver. Zechariah 11:13 – 487 B.C.   They gave him (Judas) thirty pieces of silver. Matthew 26:15 – 30 A.D.
 
3 – The Messiah would have his hands and feet pierced. Psalm 22:16 – 1000 B.C.
They came to a place called The Skull. All three were crucified there-Jesus on the center cross, and the two criminals on either side.” Luke 23:33 – 30 A.D.
 
4 – People would cast lots for the Messiah’s clothing. Psalm 22:18 – 1000 B.C.
The soldiers … took his robe, but it was seamless, woven in one piece from the top. So they said, ‘Let’s not tear it but throw dice to see who gets it.’ ” John 19:23-24 – 30 A.D.
 
5 – The Messiah would appear riding on a donkey. Zechariah 9:9 – 500 B.C.
They brought the donkey and the colt, laid their clothes on them, and seHim on them Matthew 21:7 – 30 A.D.
 
6 – A messenger would be sent to herald the Messiah. Malachi 3:1 – 500 B.C.
John told them, “I baptize with water, but right here in the crowd is someone you do not know.” John 1:26 – 27 A.D.
 
 
Professor of mathematics Peter Stoner gave 600 students a math probability problem that would determine the odds for one person fulfilling eight specific prophecies. First the students calculated the odds of one person fulfilling all the conditions of one specific prophecy, such as being betrayed by a friend for 30 pieces of silver. Then the students did their best to estimate the odds for all of the eight prophecies combined. The students calculated that the odds against one person fulfilling all eight prophecies are astronomical-one in ten to the 21st power. To illustrate that number, Stoner gave the following example: “First, blanket the entire Earth land mass with silver dollars 120 feet high. Second, specially mark one of those dollars and randomly bury it. Third, ask a person to travel the Earth and select the marked dollar, while blindfolded, from the trillions of other dollars.”¹
 
Stoner’s work was reviewed by the American Scientific Association, which stated, “The mathematical analysis … is based upon principles of probability which are thoroughly sound, and Professor Stoner has applied these principles in a proper and convincing way.

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Uncluttered – Make Room For God

Uncluttered – Make Room For God
Sunday, March 17, 2019 – Pastor George M. Dupree
 
 
Sometimes our lives are packed with so much stuff to carry or to do that life becomes overweight. It becomes time to prioritize what’s important and necessary for me.
 
Our life can be packed with good stuff and bad stuff. I have to decide the value of the stuff and if I’m expecting God to ADD something of value into my life there needs to be room for it otherwise I can’t fit it. And it’s better to be prepared beforehand for what God is going to do.
 
Here’s The Secret To Success
 
Proverbs 3:6 (Living Bible) In everything you do, put God first, and he will direct you and crown your efforts with success.
 
Ephesians 4:31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of malicious behavior. 32 Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.
 
Bitterness – anger and disappointment at being treated unfairly
 
Rage – violent uncontrollable anger.
 
Anger – a strong feeling of annoyance, displeasure, or hostility
 
Slander – a false and malicious spoken statement that causes harm
 
Ephesians 4:32 Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.
 
Romans 12:14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. 16 Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion.
 
Romans 12:17 Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. 18 If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. 19 Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. 20 Therefore “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; If he is thirsty, give him a drink; For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.” 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
 
If your life is cluttered with stuff that hinders your walk with God make the decision to get rid of it so you can grow in the Grace of God.
 
It Takes DISCIPLINE. It takes DEVELOPPING GOOD HABITS
 
1 Timothy 4:7b (LB) “Discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness.”
 
1 Timothy 4:7 (NASB) Spend your time and energy in the exercise of keeping spiritually fit.
 
Hebrews 12:1b (NLT) Let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily hinders our progress.
 
In scuba diving weights are useful underwater – On land they hold you back
 
Give God FIRST Things
 
Give God The First THOUGHTS Of Each Day
 
Psalms 5:3 In the morning, O LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.
 
Mark 1:35 Very early the next morning, Jesus got up and went to a place where he could be alone and pray.
 
Give God The First DAY Of Each Week
 
The purpose of the Sabbath is – To Rest – To Connect With God & His People
 
Exodus 20:8 Remember that the Sabbath Day belongs to me. 9 You have six days when you can do your work, 10 but the seventh day of each week belongs to me, your God.
 
Acts 20:7 And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight.
 
Give God Some Quality Time Every Week – You Can Do It
 
Proverbs 10:27 (Living Bible) Reverence for the Lord adds hours to each day.

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Spring Cleaning – Uncluttered

SPRING CLEANING
Uncluttered – Swipe Up
Sunday, March 10, 2019 – Pastor George Dupree
 
How many of you have a smart phone?
 
How many of you have it with you today?
 
How many of you have looked at your phone during the service today?
 
How many of you with smart phones experience phantom vibration or ringing?
 
How many of you can ignore an incoming call without even looking to see who’s calling?
 
How many of you check your phone in the middle of the night?
 
How many apps do you have open right now on your phone?
 
Maybe it’s time for some of us to swipe up!
 
Swiping UP is a method on the iPhone to close out apps that are running in the background.
These running apps drain battery power and they use memory.
 
Did you know that the average American household has over 3000 items in it?
 
How many items in your house are rarely or never used?
 
How much time do you spend organizing your things at home?
 
How much time do you spend thinking about and arguing about the clutter in your home?
 
Are you a hoarder, probably not. Ladies, do you think your husband is a hoarder?
 
In this new series called Spring Cleaning we’ll look at some of the clutter in our lives and we’ll make some decisions about what can stay and what has to go.
 
We’re not going to be spending time on decluttering our computers and smart phones.
We won’t talk about decluttering our pantry, shed, garage, basements or closets.
 
But we will talk about decluttering our heart, our mind, our soul. We’ll talk about decluttering our memories and dreams for the future and hopefully, we’ll have less stress and more free time in our lives.
 
In Jesus’ time how many laws do you think there were for the Jewish people?
 
It’s said that there were 613 of them!
 
They say that there were 365 negative ones, don’t do and there were 248 positive ones, do these. Isn’t is interesting that when Jesus was asked what was the greatest commandment He answered the question in this way…Love God & Love People
 
Matthew 22:34 But when the Pharisees heard that He had silenced the Sducees, they gathered together. 35 Then one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, and saying, 36“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?” 37Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38This is the first and great commandment. 39And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”
 
Perhaps Jesus was interested in decluttering people’s lives. Perhaps He wanted to reduce things down to the least common denominator. Keeping up with all those laws was soul stressing that’s why Jesus said this…Matthew 11:28-30
 
Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 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. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.   The early Church had it right – they simply wanted to focus on the less cluttered life.
 
Acts 2:42 They committed themselves to the teaching of the apostles, the life together, the common meal, and the prayers.
 
If you want to declutter your life get rid of the things that prevent you from loving God and loving others.
 
 
If you want the things that faith brings then bring the things that bring faith.

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Just Passing Through

Just Passing Through

Sunday, March 3, 2019 – Pastor George M. Dupree
 
This weekend we’re talking about how life can be very difficult and we can feel like all hope is lost. But we find comfort in Psalm 23 when it talks about the valley of the shadow of death…stay tuned.
 
 

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for you are with me; Your rod and your staff, they comfort me   The word SHADOW seems to have such an OMINOUS tone about it doesn’t it?   It’s kind of a shadowy word, isn’t it?     This is what it means – a dark area or shape produced by a body coming between rays of light and a surface:

  • A shadow is partial or complete darkness.

Here’s some things we say about shadows   A stranger slowly approached from the shadows.   A Doctor says I don’t like that I see shadows on your lungs in this X-Ray.   In the 1930’s the shadow of war fell across Europe

It describes inferiority or obscurity – he lived in the shadow of his brother all of his life.
 
Someone who’s been very sick for a long time is described as a shadow of his former self.
 
You feel frightened walking down a dark street because you think someone’s shadowing you.
 
You describe a timid person as someone who’s afraid of their own shadow.
 
All right, it’s not always bad – it can represent a faithful attendant – her little dog was like a faithful shadow, always following her – then she tripped over it and broke her leg.
 
The Psalmist uses the term the valley as the shadow of death.
 
What we have to remember is this – Shadows are NOT the real thing.
 
In today’s verse there’s a very important point for us to see and this is it We walk THROUGH the valley of the shadow of death, we don’t DIE there, we walk through.
 
In the summertime the shepherd will bring his sheep to higher ground for grazing.
 
As the weather changes he’ll move to the higher elevations where the winter snows have melted and the pastures are green and lush.
 
In order to get to the mountaintop they have to pass through the valleys where there can be dark shadows and streams that can be overflowing because of the melting snow above.
 
The streams and rivers can be a source of refreshing water but they can also be a dangerous thing because of the swift running water, the sheep can be easily swept away and drown.   But the shepherd is always with the sheep, always watching for danger.
 
The sheep says that he will fear no evil because the shepherd is with him. Isn’t it a comfort to have someone near you in a dark time?   As one shepherd said:
  • Every mountain has its valleys. The sides of the valley are scarred by deep ravines and gulches and draws. And the best route to the top is always through these valleys. Any sheepman familiar with the high country knows this. He leads his flock gently, but persistently up the paths that wind through the dark valley.

You can’t get to the mountaintop without passing through the valley.   Also, you can’t get back to the ranch from the mountaintop without passing through the valley again.   You may be walking through the valley of the shadow of death and be feeling like all hope is lost but it’s not. You’re just passing through.   Habakkuk 3:17-19 Though the fig tree may not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines; though the labor of the olive may fail, and the fields yield no food; though the flock may be cut off from the fold, and there be no herd in the stalls—yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation. The LORD God is my strength; He will make my feet like deer’s feet, and He will make me walk on my high hills.   To the Chief Musician with my stringed instruments – that indicates praising God   2Corinthians 4:7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. 8 We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; 9 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed—   2Corinthians 4:16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. 17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, 18 while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.   Tell these momentary light afflictions work for you.


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What about my Emotional Capacity (pt. 1)

As a life coach and a leadership trainer, the subject of emotional capacity always comes into play. Whether they are high-level executives who want to become better leaders or someone who simply wants to become successful in reaching their goals. In order to progress in life, they have to be aware of their Emotional Capacity in order for them to reach their full potential.
 
God gave us emotions to add zest to our lives. However, sometimes emotions can get the better of us and get us into trouble. Your Emotional Capacity is the ability to handle adversity, failure, criticism, change, or even pressure in a positive way. Whether you realize this or not, these things create stress in our lives. From my observations, the inability to deal with stress or emotional pressure wears people out. I have seen people including myself, give up, break down, or do unhealthy things (addictions ) to try to escape the pressure. No one is immune. However; when you learn to be emotionally strong , you will be better able to manage your emotions and process them through difficult situations.
 
There are several practices that when applied to your life, will increase your emotional capacity wherein you become an emotionally strong person. The first practice to become emotionally strong is being proactive in dealing with your emotions. Never remain a victim of your own feelings. Don’t catch yourself saying, “that’s just how I feel. I can’t help that.” Remember, emotions are the precursors of emotions.
 
There are things you need to do which will influence your own emotions. Maybe you cannot control them completely, but you can change them through your actions. We see that when God told Cain to do what was right despite what he felt when he wanted to kill his brother. If you feel sad, then laugh. If you are afraid, do it anyway and move ahead. If you feel you never will get out of debt, think the solution, not the problem. If you feel incompetent, remember your past successes. If you are feeling insignificant, then remember your goals if you have any.
 
To give you an example of the aforementioned recommendations, I am reminded of what the Bible says, “put on the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness, lift up your voice to God……..” This is God’s remedy for us when we become sad, depressed or somber. It is an intentional act that we must carry out. God doesn’t ask us how we feel, he doesn’t take a poll nor does he ask for your opinion. he just says, do it. Make sense? Today, make a declaration and say “I will master my emotions before they master me.” To be continued………,,,

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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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