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Renew Your Policy!

Most of us are familiar with insurance policies and the protection they provide. We’re also aware of what happens when we fail to renew those policies. The coverage that was there to protect us goes away; when and if we need it, it’s no longer there. That’s a good way to look at God’s Word and how important it is to our spiritual walk. In Ephesians 4:23, the Apostle Paul urges us to “be renewed in the spirit of your minds.” Paul is reminding us that as believers our minds need to be spiritually renewed on a regular basis. Why? Because renewed thinking, based on the Word of God, results in right living. In Jeremiah 31:25, English Standard Version, the Lord says: “For I will satisfy the weary soul, and every languishing soul I will replenish.” The word replenish literally means “to make full or complete again.” In other words, God will restore what once was (our spiritual coverage) to its original state. If we’re not consistently feeding our minds on God’s Word, if we allow our faith policies to lapse and be cancelled, then we chance losing our spiritual coverage and protection. The Bible says that, as believers, we have the mind of Christ. When we continually and consistently renew our minds to God’s Word, we remain under the divine protection and covering of our heavenly Father. Don’t let your spiritual life insurance policy lapse. Renew your policy, and then keep it up to date by doing these four things: Continue to pray and stay in close communion and fellowship with God; Study and meditate the Word; Maintain a positive mindset based on the Word; and live by faith. Make sure your spiritual life policy with God is in full force, and that you’re divinely covered and protected—every day!

2021-01-24T23:33:56-05:00

Stay Humble!

Over the years, God has blessed me in so many ways. As a minister, I’ve been so many places and met so many good people. The challenge for me, though, has been with how I receive God’s blessings. I recognize that I must always make sure I remain humble—that I stay grounded in His Word so that I don’t allow pride to overtake me. I know that might sound strange to some, but the truth is there are those who become prideful when they become successful according to the world’s standards. They want to stick out their chest and say to the world: “Look at me. Look at what I’ve accomplished and the status I have.” But that’s not how the Bible says we, as Christians, should act. James 4:10, English Standard Version, says to “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.” Instead of being arrogant, boastful, and prideful, God says our attitude should always be one of humility. Why? Because our Lord and Savior was always humble. And because humility is the gateway to becoming prosperous and living the good life God has promised. Proverbs 22:4 says, “The reward for humility and fear of the Lord is riches and honor and life.” Those are the things that Jesus came to give us. They come when we show and live out the attributes of Jesus by remaining humble before God: when we are teachable; submissive; apologetic when we do wrong or hurt others; and when we are always willing to forgive and not hold grudges. Not learning to be humble opens us up to failure and defeat. Be grateful for God’s blessings in your life, but don’t allow pride to overshadow your gratefulness and sabotage your future. The Bible warns us in 1Corinthians 10:12, “Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.” God will reward you when you remain humble and reverence Him. He will give you favor and exalt you. Favor is a good thing. Just don’t let it go to your head. Instead, be thankful in your heart, and stay humble!

 

We, here at The Faith Center and Henry Fernandez Ministries, appreciate your continued support in helping develop people’s faith each and every day. To make your contributions, go online to thefaithcenterint.org/give and click “GIVE,” or go to henryfernandez.org and click “DONATE.” You can also “text-to-give” by texting the word TFCGIVE to 73256, or by using our CASH APP ($tfcgive). Thank you so much for being part of all God is doing here at The Faith Center and Henry Fernandez Ministries.

2021-01-20T22:41:36-05:00

Running Out of Time!

In Ephesians 5:16, English Standard Version, the Bible says: “Making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.” With all we have endured over the past several months—from a devastating coronavirus pandemic to struggling with the problems of racial unrest, from economic failures to an unprecedented and seriously controversial political election—it would be difficult to argue with that verse of scripture. But instead of focusing on the last part of that verse, look again at the first part, only this time read The Message translation. It says, “Make the most of every chance you get. These are desperate times!” As believers, we have each been given an assignment by God to tell others about His love and goodness. He’s looking to us, as His ambassadors on the earth, to help bring people out of the darkness and evil of this world and lead them into the glorious light of His kingdom. It’s not easy to do that when we’re focused on the negative things around us—when we’re so worried about ourselves, our families, and our futures that we don’t take the time to pray and seek God for answers. According to the Bible, only God knows the day and hour when Jesus will return. What we do know, however, is that “For everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven” (Ecclesiastes 3:1). That’s why we must realize the importance of being about the business of our heavenly Father by doing the work He has assigned to us. Psalm 90:12 says: “So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.” Although we’ve been given eternal life through salvation, life on earth doesn’t last forever. Make use of the time God has given you. Don’t let time run out on you by allowing disobedience to keep you from your assignment. Redeem the time while there is still time, so that God will be gloried and His kingdom will continue to advance.

2021-01-16T08:57:03-05:00

Play to Win!

Who do you know that enters a competition wanting and expecting to lose? I don’t think you can name one person. The reason is that everybody should play to win. The Bible confirms that in 1 Corinthians 9:24, where it says, “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it” (English Standard Version). In The Passion, the last part of that verse says, “When you run, run for the prize!” The sad truth is that there are many who enter competitions expecting to lose. Sure, they would like to come in first, to hold up the trophy, receive the gold medal or the blue ribbon. But they realize the chances of that ever happening are slim. Even though they entered the competition, they are not confident that they have what it takes to win—that they probably didn’t put in the proper time training to win. Here’s what we all must understand: God created us, as believers, to be winners and not losers. In his letter to the Church at Rome, the Apostle Paul wrote: “Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us” (Romans 8:37, New King James Version). The word conquer means “to gain, win, or obtain by effort.” Another definition is “to gain victory over.” As a believer, you must always see yourself as God sees you: victorious! We must all see ourselves as more than conquerors. You may be panicking right now, especially because of how the pandemic has changed our lives. You may even be wondering if your dreams and pursuits are worth your effort. The answer is yes. Continue running the race so you can receive the prize. Do what Hebrews 12:1, The Message, says: “…get on with it. Strip down, start running—and never quit.” God has given you everything you need to win. And with Him on your side, you can never, ever lose!

 

Speaking of giving, today is “Giving Friday.” Consider taking a few minutes to bless someone by sharing this spiritual nugget with them. As you do, also consider being a blessing to The Faith Center and Henry Fernandez Ministries. Your financial support helps enable us to continue sharing the gospel with lost people around the world. To make your contributions, go online to thefaithcenterint.org/give and click “GIVE,” or go to henryfernandez.org and click “DONATE.” You can also “text-to-give” by texting the word TFCGIVE to 73256, or by using our CASH APP ($tfcgive). Thank you so much for being part of all God is doing here at The Faith Center and Henry Fernandez Ministries.

2021-01-12T22:34:37-05:00

Stick With the Facts!

Some may remember the old TV police drama from the 1950s called Dragnet, and the signature line used by its star police detective, Sgt. Joe Friday, which was: “Just the facts, ma’am.” On nearly every episode, as Friday sought to solve a crime through questioning witnesses, he interjected those words in an effort to get to the truth. It was Friday’s way of stressing that facts matter. In reality, facts equate to truth. Sadly, we live in a society that embraces alternatives to facts and truth—where many decisions are made based on feelings, thoughts, and opinions. Rather than fact-checking, we move out based on assumptions. Instead of checking to see what God has to say about a matter, we lean on our own understanding, or that of someone else, and refuse to consult with God. We must understand that God’s Word is truth, and it’s factual. That’s why in every situation we face, no matter how small or how big, we must always rely on the Word of God for true direction. Proverbs 3:5, Amplified Bible, Classic Edition, encourages us to “Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding.” And in Isaiah 55:11, New International Version, the Lord says, “So is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” When the enemy is speaking lies to you, saying things like you’ll never amount to anything, or that you will always be a failure, you must remind him of the facts as they appear in God’s Word. Tell him it is written that you are “fearfully and wonderfully made” by God Himself. Remind him that the fact is, God says no good thing will He withhold from you; that He has made you to be the head and not the tail; and that He calls you “a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession.” Let him know those are the facts, and that you’re sticking with them—because facts are the only thing that matter!

2021-01-09T09:36:35-05:00

Pull Out Your Faith Card!

Have you ever tried to buy something using a credit card that you knew was already maxed out, only to have the card declined? I have, and believe me it was not the most pleasant experience. In fact, it was very embarrassing—especially because the people in line behind me observed the entire transaction between the cashier and myself. But here’s the point: Why was the card declined in the first place? It was because I didn’t do my due diligence by making payments on the card to ensure there was money available for use. I had exhausted my credit limit, so I tried to mix the spiritual with the natural—hoping God would intervene and somehow allow the charges to go through. Well, it didn’t work! Why? Because I tried to use something that was not appropriate. I was trying to use a line of credit that had already been exhausted, and God would not allow that to happen. It’s that way in our spiritual walk. We pull out our “faith card” and ask God for things, knowing full well that our faith level is not in line with our requests. Instead of believing in faith to receive what we ask for, we’re hoping God will somehow come through and make it happen for us. The Bible says in Mark 11:23, New Living Translation, “…you can say to this mountain, ‘May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and it will happen. But you must really believe it will happen and have no doubt in your heart.” Believing and not doubting—that’s the key. Don’t try and mix faith with doubt and unbelief. It won’t work. Instead, purpose to keep your faith at its maximum level. Study God’s Word and stay connected with Him. Then, when you need to use your faith card you already know where your faith level stands. You can pull out your card knowing, without any doubt, that it will be approved!

 

Every day, you have an opportunity to be a blessing by sharing your gifts and talents with others. You’re also being a blessing when you give to ministries like The Faith Center and Henry Fernandez Ministries because your gifts enable us to continue sharing the saving message of Jesus Christ to lost people around the world. To make your contributions, go online to thefaithcenterint.org/give and click “GIVE,” or go to henryfernandez.org and click “DONATE.” You can also “text-to-give” by texting the word TFCGIVE to 73256, or by using our CASH APP ($tfcgive). Thank you so much for being part of all God is doing here at The Faith Center and Henry Fernandez Ministries.

2021-01-07T08:49:24-05:00

Go BIG!

Some people believe that being extravagant in our thinking—that “reaching for the stars” by believing for and asking God for big things, is a sign of arrogance or that we are being presumptuous. But the truth is, God wants us to think BIG—to believe Him for whatever it is we desire, according to His will, no matter how big it is, and trust that He will give it to us. Matthew 7:7, New International Versions, says “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” And in John 16:23, Jesus said: “…my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.” In addition, 1 John 5:14, New International Version, reminds us that, “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.” The key to our receiving what we desire from God is in the last part of that verse and the words “according to his will.” The only restriction or limitation God places on us when asking Him for anything is that we make sure what we desire lines up with His Word and His will for us, and our families too. God continues to give us uncommon opportunities to achieve big things, to do what some see as impossible or to attain what no one has ever done before. But in approaching those things, we should always consult with God. Pray and ask Him if this is something He desires for you. Search the scriptures for confirmation that it lines up with His Word. Then, by faith, trust Him to show you how to go about accomplishing your goal and achieving what is it you desire. Keep God big in your thinking. Keep God big in your asking. And trust God to help you achieve great things in life.

2021-01-02T22:32:10-05:00

Break Free!

 

What’s controlling you? I asked that because it seems that so many people, believers included, are losing control of their lives. They’ve become so accustomed to following the dictates of the world through what they see and hear in the news and on social media, that they can’t think for themselves. They don’t realize that mentally, socially, and emotionally, their speech, thought processes and actions are a direct result of their environment—that those things can literally shape their lives and cause them to become products of their environment. Unless we, as believers, are willing to break free of those negative things, we can never live in or experience the good life God has for us. Galatians 5:1, English Standard Version, reminds us that “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free,” and encourages us to “stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.” When you follow the dictates of the world—speaking, thinking, and acting in the same ungodly manner as the world—you are submitting to a life of slavery and bondage. But God’s desire is that you live the blessed life He has planned, purposed, and prepared for you—the life of abundance Jesus came to give all who would believe on Him. To do that, you must break free of the things that have held you back—those negative circumstances, situations, and even relationships that have hindered you from moving forward and receiving God’s best for you. Don’t allow negative things to draw you back into a place of bondage, where you feel bound and trapped and cannot live and express the unique personality God has given you. John 8:36, English Standard Version, says, “So if the Son sets you free, you are free through and through.” Break free and don’t allow yourself to be burdened down by the circumstances of life.

 

Thank you for being faithful to return here each week to share in these Spiritual Nuggets. I enjoy being a blessing by sharing them. Every day, you also have an opportunity to be a blessing by sharing your gifts and talents with others. You’re also being a blessing when you give to The Faith Center and Henry Fernandez Ministries because your gifts enable us to continue sharing the saving message of Jesus Christ to lost people around the world. To make your contributions, go online to thefaithcenterint.org/give and click “GIVE,” or go to henryfernandez.org  and click “DONATE.” You can also “text-to-give” by texting the word TFCGIVE to 73256, or by using our CASH APP ($tfcgive). Thank you so much for being part of all God is doing here at The Faith Center and Henry Fernandez Ministries.

2020-12-31T07:07:02-05:00

One Last Look!

Go ahead. Take one last look back at the year 2020. Now, start looking to the new year because change is on the way! Obviously, I’m talking about 2021, which is just a few days away. But I’m also taking about change in your life. No doubt you’re looking to the new year with great anticipation and expectancy—trusting that whatever good things that didn’t happen for you this year will come in 2021. I can believe with you for those things to happen, but here’s a word of caution: If how you’ve been living has caused you not to succeed and prosper so far, then realize that to get what God has planned and purposed for you will require you to change the way you think, talk and do things now. Romans 12:2, New Living Translation, says: “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 learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” The word transform means “to convert,” or “to change in condition, nature, or character.” It also means “to become different, to make a radical shift from one position to another.” That means giving up one way of doing something and doing something totally different. To change is the opposite of conform. The Bible is clear that we are not to conform to the choices, ways, and habits of the world. As you get ready for the new year, do so expecting your life to change for the good. Make sure you’re not bringing anything from the old year that would hinder you from receiving what God has planned for you in the new year.

2020-12-26T12:04:57-05:00

The Reason We Celebrate!

Isaiah 9:6 says, “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” This wasn’t an announcement of the birth of just any child, but of someone special. It was about someone whose presence in the earth would mean something special to all mankind—a special gift sent from God Almighty. John 3:16 tells us why: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Today, as you celebrate Christmas, don’t forget to remember that Jesus is ALWAYS the Reason for the season! As you spend time with family and friends, focus on that single truth; that God loved you so much that He gave His Only Son—poured out His grace, mercy and favor—so that you might have a renewed relationship with your heavenly Father. He gave His best, and in turn we thankfully received His best. Give honor to the greatest gift mankind has ever been given as you joyfully celebrate Jesus—the Gift to the world that will forever keep on giving. Jesus, our Lord and Savior, truly is the Reason for ALL our blessed seasons of life. Have a very Merry Christmas, and a blessed and prosperous New Year!

 

The fact that Christmas reminds us of God’s love and generosity to each of us, today would be the perfect time to show your generosity toward the work of the Lord. We, here at The Faith Center and Henry Fernandez Ministries, appreciate your continued support in helping develop people’s faith each and every day. To make your contributions, go online to www.thefaithcenterint.org/give and click “GIVE,” or go to www.henryfernandez.org and click “DONATE.” You can also “text-to-give” by texting the word TFCGIVE to 73256, or by using our CASH APP. Thank you so much for being part of all God is doing here at The Faith Center and Henry Fernandez Ministries.

2020-12-24T05:04:50-05:00