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Have You Registered for Class?

As a university chancellor, I’m familiar with the enrollment process—from applying, to acceptance, and all the way through to registration and the actual classroom experience. As a minister, I can also see how this process relates to living the Christian life. When we are born again, it’s somewhat like signing up or registering for class. Our classroom, or training manual, is the Bible, and the Holy Spirit is our teacher. I know it sounds strange, but think about it: Once we become born again, our goal is to learn to live how God wants us to live. We read our Bibles, pray, and seek God for direction for how to obey Him and His Word. You could say we go to school to learn how to be Christians. In Matthew 11:29, New Living Translation, Jesus told His disciples: “Let Me teach you.” And in John 14:26, He told them the Holy Spirit “… will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you.” As a believer, what is your aim in life? What are you hoping to achieve? Are you looking to make a significant impact on the lives of others? We should all desire to learn all we can about God. To do that, we must register in His school of wisdom, knowledge, and understanding, and then make sure we attend class. How do we do that? By spending time daily reading and studying God’s Word, praying and seeking to be led by the Holy Spirit who will teach us how to overcome those things the devil uses to keep us from enjoying God’s best—things like fear, worry, rejection, loneliness, betrayal, hypocrisy, and the list goes on. When you’re registered in God’s school of learning, attend classes daily, and obey His Word, you have His assurance that you will “prosper and succeed in all you do” (Joshua 1:8, New Living Translation). So, let me ask you again: As a believer, what is your aim in life? Are you willing to register for class and attend daily so the Holy Spirit can teach you? Proverbs 1:5, English Standard Version, says, “Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance.” Ever wonder why you’re not getting ahead; why you seem to fail at every attempt to succeed? Maybe it’s because you’ve never registered for Bible class. Or perhaps you registered, but now you’re skipping class by not reading the Word, praying, and seeking the Lord daily. God has given you His Holy Spirit to be your tutor. If you will allow Him, He will prepare you so when the rough times do come, you won’t fail the test.

Today is “Giving Friday,” so take a few minutes to bless someone by sharing this good news with them. As you do, also consider being a blessing to The Faith Center. Your financial support helps enable us to continue sharing the gospel with lost people around the world. If you desire to sow into this ministry, please go online to thefaithcenterint.org/give and click on “GIVE.” You can also “text-to-give” by texting the word TFCGIVE to 73256, or by using our CASH APP. We appreciate a love gift of any amount. Thank you so much for being part of all God is doing here at The Faith Center.

2020-08-11T08:46:39-04:00

It’s Clean Up Time!

At some point, we all have become discouraged with the clutter in our lives—whether it’s the dishes piled high in the sink, clothing strewn throughout the bedroom, or even a two-car garage that’s so packed with boxes it can only accommodate one vehicle. We become so frustrated that we give in and we clean up the mess. But what about our spiritual lives? What about the things we allow to clutter our minds and distract us from focusing on God and His Word? And how do we get to a place where we decide it’s time to “clean-up” our spiritual houses? Maybe you agree that things have been messy in your life for too long and it’s time to clean up the mess! No matter how strong your faith is, the storms of life have a way of bringing challenges assigned to keep you down and hold you back so you never receive and enjoy God’s blessings. Until you clean out the clutter, believing that by faith and with the help of the Holy Spirit, you can and will overcome, you will never receive and walk in God’s blessings. Instead, you will continue living in the bondage, fear, defeat, and your past failures. It’s easy to hide to protect yourself when the enemy attacks. Instead of facing him and seeking God’s help, sometimes you ignore the challenges, hoping somehow they will go away. Problem is, they don’t. They pile up and burden you spiritually, physically, and emotionally. Your faith weakens and you become open prey for the enemy. Third John 1:3 says, “I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.” Clearly, that’s God desire for each of His children. But the truth is none of us can ever get ahead in life by ignoring the problems in our lives that are holding us back—that are keeping us from prospering. Yes, our lives can become messy. But God will help us clean up the mess. In Jeremiah 1:12, English Standard Version, the Lord said, “You have seen well for I am watching over my word to perform it.” Jesus said in John 10:10, The Message, that He came to give us “real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of.” God watches over His Word to perform it, and He will see that His purpose for you is fulfilled. Don’t ignore whatever is keeping you from receiving from Him. Clean up the mess, clear out all the cobwebs, and sweep away every distraction that’s keeping you from living and enjoying your best life now.

 

2020-08-07T21:47:35-04:00

Trying Is Your Best Option!

 

Are you using your faith to help to overcome life’s challenges? Or have you adapted the same philosophy so many others have; that some things are just not meant for you—that whatever happens, happens? Taking that position has kept many of God’s people from walking in the fullness of His blessings. They’re afraid to face certain challenges, so the result is that they live in defeat. The truth is tests and trials are a part of life. They are not going away. But when you realize that Jesus has already won the victory for you, then you will make whatever effort necessary to overcome those challenges. Instead of running away from them, you will look the devil square in the face and declare, in Jesus’ Name, that you will not allow his deceptive tricks and traps to bring you down, hold you back, or keep you from enjoying the good life God has planned and provided. The best way to do that is to not talk defeat or speak negative, but be positive. Stand on the Word of God, remembering that He has promised to never leave or forsake you. Refuse to believe the devil’s lies concerning you and your future. When he says you’re a failure, do what Jesus did and remind him of what the Word says. Say, “It is written that I am the head, not the tail. I am more than a conqueror through Christ Jesus.” Regardless of how bad things may look, God has promised that no weapon meant to harm you will prosper. If you’re believing God to be successful, and live victoriously, here are three things I suggest you do: First, be optimistic about your future. You always have God’s promise for a bright future. Believe that and let it become your confession. Second, be relevant in the season you’re in right now. You may have seen yourself as a loser because of past failures, but now that you know who you are in Christ Jesus, you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you, maximize your potential. And third, reject anything that threatens your success. That includes listening to strange voices—those naysayers who say things about you and your future that don’t line up to what God’s Word says. Stay away from those people. Don’t set yourself up for failure because you refused to try. Do these things and watch your life change for the better. See how God fills your life with blessings that you won’t even have room enough to contain.

Many of you have watched me over the years and have been blessed and spiritually empowered by the Word you’ve received. If you desire to sow into this ministry, so others can be blessed by hearing and receiving the saving message of Jesus Christ, please go online to

thefaithcenterint.org/give and click on “GIVE.” You can also “text-to-give” by texting the word TFCGIVE to 73256, or by using our CASH APP. We appreciate a love gift of any amount. Thank you so much for being part of all God is doing here at The Faith Center.

2020-08-07T08:34:05-04:00

Right Thinking, Right Living!

How’s your thinking today? Are you focused on the world’s current situation and worried about the future, or have you decided that, no matter how awful things appear, you’re determined to stand your ground, stay in faith, and keep trusting God? I hope you’ve decided to not dwell on negative thoughts, but to fill your mind and heart with positive things, because if your thinking is right then your living will always be right. Your thoughts determine your decisions, and therefore your steps. They become your roadmap, or the pathway for which direction you go in life. Philippians 4:8, tells us, “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things” (English Standard Version). Positive thinking leads to becoming successful and living victoriously. In some ways, our minds are like computers. Try as you might, you can only retrieve from a computer what that computer is programmed to deliver. If a certain program is on your computer, then as long as you know how to work that program you have access to every function that program offers. In the same way, when you load things into your mind by what you read, see, or hear, those are the things that will eventually come out of your mouth. If you’ve been reading and meditating good things, then you’re likely to live a positive lifestyle because all you talk about is good. If you feed from negative things, then that’s what will manifest in your life. That’s just how influential your thoughts, and the things you feed into your mind are in your life. Matthew 12:34, New Living Translation, tells us, “For whatever is in your heart determines what you say.” Your desires are not separate from your thoughts. If your desires are positive, that means your thoughts are positive. Don’t say things like, “I believe God is blessing me to excel and become successful,” only to destroy the possibility of that ever happening by speaking negatively when times get rough. Don’t say things like: “I just don’t understand why it’s so hard for me to get ahead. Every time I make one step forward, it seems I take two steps backward. I’ll never make it!” Talk like that will destroy your success. Make sure your thoughts and words are always in alignment with God’s Word so you can receive His blessings and live victoriously.

2020-08-01T21:05:11-04:00

Heads or Tails?

If you’ve ever noticed, at the beginning of any NFL game a referee tosses a coin after asking one of the team captains to choose heads or tails. The winner of the coin toss gets to choose whether his team will kick off or receive the football as the game begins. Though certain strategies are involved in choosing whether to kick or receive, one advantage to receiving is that team has an opportunity to score first. Obviously, the words heads and tails in this case refer to the two sides of the coin. But from a spiritual perspective, being at the head or the tail can refer to our position as believers. Deuteronomy 28:13 tells us: “And the Lord shall make thee the head, and not the tail; and thou shalt be above only, and thou shalt not be beneath.” The New Living Translation says, “The Lord will make you the head and not the tail, and you will always be on top and never at the bottom.” Being on top is where every believer should desire to be because that’s where God, and all His blessings, can be found. But if we choose to not be there, then God won’t force it on us. In Deuteronomy 30:19, He says, “I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make.” The choice is ours—yours and mine! Either we can choose to live the blessed life God has planned and purposed for us, or we can settle for less than the best and likely live in hopelessness and despair. Clearly, God wants us to have the best. That’s why He ends that verse by saying, “Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live!” So that we don’t make the wrong choice, God even tells us which one to choose. How much plainer can He get? You should choose to have the best in everything—from your family to your relationships, from business to your bank account. Don’t settle for just being average because God has not made you to be average. You are His workmanship—an extraordinary person with extraordinary gifts and talents. See yourself as God sees you, blessed beyond measure with more than enough so that you can bless and give to others. Every day God gives you an opportunity to choose to be the head or the tail. Take your rightful position in Him at the top by choosing heads, so you can enjoy all that He has for you.

Today is “Giving Friday,” so take a few minutes to bless someone by sharing this good news with them. As you do, also consider being a blessing to The Faith Center. Your financial support helps enable us to continue sharing the gospel with lost people around the world. If you desire to sow into this ministry, please go online to thefaithcenterint.org/give and click on “GIVE.” You can also “text-to-give” by texting the word TFCGIVE to 73256, or by using our CASH APP. A love gift of any amount is appreciated. Thank you so much for being part of all God is doing here at The Faith Center.

2020-07-31T09:09:05-04:00

Tune Out The Noise

There’s a lot of noise out there. No, I’m not talking about laughing children at playgrounds and parks. I’m not referring to car horns blaring in heavy traffic or the roar of crowds inside sports stadiums. I’m talking about distractions—those things that keep cropping up that take your mind off God and His Word, and eventually cause you to lose focus and get off track of fulfilling His purpose for your life. Many times, those distractions come in the form of voices—different people speaking into your life and giving you advice. Most of the time, what they’re saying is not what God intends for you to hear. But because you trust them, you want to believe what they’re saying is right because it’s really what you want to hear. That’s the way the devil works. He listens to your conversations, hears you speak your desires, and then dangles them in front of you as though he is able to give them to you. That’s how he tried to trap Jesus—by using enticing words. He said, “I will give you….” But Jesus was wise. He understood His purpose for being here on the earth, and knew that only His Father in heaven could provide the things He needed. Each time Satan tried to entice Him, Jesus responded by saying, “It is written…!” You’re hearing a lot of voices these days. Some are telling you to go for it, to shoot for the stars, while others are saying you’re not going to make it—that you will never amount to anything. First John 4:1-3, New International Version, says, “Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world…Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God.” Your responsibility is to not jump at every word someone speaks to you, but to make sure what they’re saying lines up with God’s Word. That’s how you block out distractions. Psalm 119:15 says, “I will meditate on your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways” (English Standard Version). God already has every provision ready for you to fulfill your destiny. It’s His plan and purpose, and only He can bring it to pass for you. Tune out the noise, so you can clearly hear Him when He speaks!

2020-07-25T12:57:39-04:00

Lock In Your Destination!

Some of you reading this will remember the pre-GPS navigation days, when getting from one destination to another required the use of a roadmap. But with today’s technology, all we have to do is enter an address (or speak it) and presto, our route is mapped out (including arrival time) and staring back at us on a video screen. Except for an occasional interruption, like bad weather, road construction, or stopping for gas, the voice-activated system will guide you turn-by-turn until you’ve finally reached your destination. It’s a perfect setup for driving. Unfortunately, everything about life doesn’t run by GPS navigation. Some of you have mapped out your plans for the future, and by faith you were certain you were headed in the right direction and on course to reach your goals. But somewhere along the way you had a setback. Something happened to distract you—to throw you off course, cause you to take a detour, or stop you from moving altogether. When that happens, it’s easy to become frustrated and want to give up hope of ever reaching your planned destination. That’s the kind of response the devil is hoping for from you. That’s his desire for every Christian: to keep him from receiving and enjoying God’s blessings. Don’t give in to the devil and what he wants. Instead, consider the possibility that God may have something to do with those sudden interruptions. Maybe you’re moving too fast, and He wants you to slow down and seek His direction. Perhaps the path you’ve chosen is not the right one, and He wants you to take a detour. Could it be that God has a better plan for you than the one you’ve chosen, and He’s trying to show you the right path? Apostle Paul said in Philippians 3:14, New Living Translation, “I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” Pressing forward is what God wants you to do, but He wants to make sure you press in the right direction. Proverbs 14:12 says, “There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death.” Jesus said in John 10:10 that His purpose in coming was that we might have “a rich and satisfying life” (New Living Translation). When we trust the Lord to be our GPS system, when we allow Him to chart our course, He will lead, guide and direct us over, around or through all obstacles so we reach our destination victoriously.

Today is “Giving Friday,” so take a few minutes to bless someone by sharing this good news with them. As you do, also consider being a blessing to The Faith Center. Your financial support helps enable us to continue sharing the gospel with lost people around the world. If you desire to sow into this ministry, please go online to thefaithcenterint.org/give and click on “GIVE.” You can also “text-to-give” by texting the word TFCGIVE to 73256, or by using our CASH APP. A love gift of any amount is appreciated. Thank you so much for being part of all God is doing here at The Faith Center.

2020-07-23T09:35:48-04:00

Save Yourself First, Before Saving Others!

If you’ve ever been on an airplane, then you’re familiar with the safety instructions given by the attendant prior to take-off. Instructions like: “Be sure all carry-on luggage is securely stored in the overhead compartment”; “Place smaller items below the seat in front of you”; and “Keep your seatbelt fastened anytime the seatbelt sign is on.” But the instruction I find most interesting is when the attendant addresses a possible drop in cabin pressure and says, “Please adjust your own mask first before assisting others.” Why is that? It’s because it’s impossible to help someone in distress if you’re unconscious. This is similar to what Jesus meant when He told His disciples in Mark 12:31 that they should “Love others as well as you love yourself” (The Message). In other words, treat them the same way you treat yourself. Ephesians, 6:11, New Living Translation, tells us to “Put on all God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against the strategies of the devil.” If you allow him, the devil can bring such pressure on you that you feel the breath has been knocked out or sucked out of you—both spiritually and naturally. You feel spiritually, physically, emotionally, and mentally drained. But God says when those times happen, He will open the windows of heaven and send down His Word—a spiritual oxygen mask of sorts—to be a protective covering so you can breathe in the freshness of His life and be revived. Every day, God gives us safety instructions that, if we obey them, will keep us conscious and alert. Moses had good intentions when leading the Israelites, but when his father-in-law noticed how Moses was wearing himself out trying by himself to help others all the time, he said: “… let me give you a word of advice…You should continue to be the people’s representative before God…Teach them God’s decrees, and give them his instructions. Show them how to conduct their lives” (Exodus 18:18-20, NLT). In other words, Jethro was saying to Moses, “Take care of yourself first, then you’ll be spiritually and physically equipped to save others.” Jethro knew that if Moses gave the people what God had given to him—God’s decrees—then they would be equipped to help themselves. At some point, we’re all subject to be confronted with the pressures of life. That’s when we need to reach up, pull down the spiritual oxygen mask of God’s divine protection, and apply it to our lives so we don’t spiritually run out of breath or suffocate. Allow God’s Word to breathe new life into your spirit, so you are prepared to go and share that life-giving “oxygen” with someone else.

 

2020-07-18T08:46:03-04:00

What Can’t Kill You, Will Bless You!

Has something bad ever happened to you and you thought, I don’t know why this is happening to me, but I just know something good is going to come from it? I’m sure you haven’t. In most cases, I believe the answer would be no. That’s because no one gets excited when bad things happen to them. But when you consider Joseph’s words to his brothers in Genesis 50:20, and the story of Moses’ early life, and how he was rescued from the Nile River as a baby, it’s easy to see how these words make sense. Because they were jealous of him, Joseph’s brothers sold him into slavery and lied by telling their father he had been killed by wild animals. Years later, when a famine struck their land, the brothers found themselves pleading for relief before a ruler they later learned was their own brother. Joseph had found favor with Pharaoh and was elevated to second-in-command; only Pharaoh was above him. Later, Joseph told his brothers: “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives” (New Living Translation). When Pharaoh issued a decree that all infant boys under age 2 be drowned in the Nile River, Moses’ mother sent him floating down the river in a basket, hoping her child would be rescued. When he was retrieved from the river, baby Moses was presented to Pharaoh’s daughter to raise, but placed in the care of his biological mother, a servant, who nursed him. Moses, as we know, grew to become God’s chosen leader of His people, the Israelites. Today, life’s circumstances may have you feeling abandoned and betrayed like Joseph, or like Moses—threatened, aimless and helplessly drifting with no clear purpose or destination in sight. But let me encourage you that there is a blessing in being vulnerable. Vulnerability forces us to lean on our faith in God. Joseph and Moses were vulnerable victims to their circumstances, yet God turned their situations around for their good, and others as well. He’ll do the same for you. If you will exercise your faith and trust God, you will begin to have a different perspective regarding the challenges you face—regardless of how bad things appear. Instead of looking at the negativity they present, you’ll think on the positive that can come from them. You’ll realize that, while there are things that may threaten to bring you down and block your progress, the truth is they can’t kill you. Ultimately, God will use them to bless you—to promote you and elevate you to greatness for His glory.

Today is “Giving Friday,” so take a few minutes to bless someone by sharing this good news with them. As you do, also consider being a blessing to The Faith Center. Your financial support helps enable us to continue sharing the gospel with lost people around the world. If you desire to sow into this ministry, please go online to thefaithcenterint.org/give and click on “GIVE.” You can also “text-to-give” by texting the word TFCGIVE to 73256, or by using our CASH APP. A love gift of any amount is appreciated. Thank you so much for being part of all God is doing here at The Faith Center.

2020-07-15T11:11:32-04:00

So, You Think I Can’t Make It?

There are forces of darkness all around us sending negative messages that suggest this coronavirus pandemic we’re facing is going to destroy us; that it is going to cripple our faith in God, paralyze and destroy our families, bankrupt our businesses, and leave us destitute and without hope. Sadly, many are believing the lie of the devil, including Christians! Some have even given up, folded their tents and are just waiting for the death bell to toll. If that’s you (and I hope not), or if you feel yourself headed in that direction, then let me give you some advice: Don’t give up! The truth is, yes, things do look bad for our nation, and the world, right now. And the naysayers, that faithless bunch that is deceived by the devil, are capitalizing on that negativity by telling us we won’t make it. But God’s Word says just the opposite. No matter how bad things seem or how threatening they may appear to be, God has promised that they will not come near you (Psalm 91). Romans 8:31 backs that up by saying, “What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?” And Isaiah 54:17, New Living Translation, tells us: “But in that coming day no weapon turned against you will succeed. You will silence every voice raised up to accuse you.” As long as we have God on our side, we are destined to make it. Why? Because God NEVER fails, and neither does His Word. He said in Isaiah 55:11, NLT, “It is the same with my word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it.” He also encourages us in Isaiah 41:13, New International Version, saying: “For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.” So, while others may be saying you can’t make it, or that you’ll never amount to anything, the truth is that by faith, and with the help of the Holy Spirit, you can and you will make it. That’s a promise from God, and it’s for everyone who will believe in Him and His Son. Stand firm in the Word of God, refuse to believe the doubters, and see your setback as a setup for a comeback. Boldly declare: “With God on my side, I will make it!”

 

2020-07-11T08:16:05-04:00