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Posted 3/31/11 at 8:31 AM | Yvonne Perkins

I BELIEVE GOD

Acts 27: 23 For there stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am , and whom I serve , 24 Saying , Fear not, Paul; thou must be brought before Caesar: and, lo , God hath given thee all them that sail with thee. 25 Wherefore, sirs, be of good cheer: for I believe God, that it shall be even as it was told me.

What a powerful statement "Wherefore, sirs, be of good cheer: for I believe God, that it shall be even as it was told me". Paul was a prisoner speaking to the one who held him in captivity in the middle of an ocean, caught up in a storm that threatened to tear the boat to pieces in any given moment. Be of good cheer? Did he understand what was happening, did he feel the ship being tossed about, did he see the look of terror on the captain's face, and did he hear the sound of hopelessness and despair in their voices as they try to figure out what to do?

Yes, he understood. He even warned them not to leave port; he knew the danger that waited. He felt the ship being tossed backward and forward like a toy in the middle of the ocean, he saw them throwing things overboard to lighten the load. Oh, yes he heard the desperation and saw the despair.

Paul had a visitation from God, his God and he was confident in knowing that he knew beyond a shadow of doubt that he belonged to God and was a servant of the most high. He had heard from heaven and was given assurance about his future and those who was with him. "Fear not, Paul; thou must be brought before Caesar: and, lo, God hath given thee all them that sail with thee." FULL POST

Posted 3/2/11 at 3:03 PM | Yvonne Perkins

FAITH THAT CHANGES REALITY (PART 3)

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Phil 4:8. I have found that when you meditate on God's word that his word will minister to you. It is not sufficient to just read the word of God and lay it aside. Sometimes it is helpful to read a passage over and over again and have an open mind and heart to allow that word to fall upon good soil. Let us continue to look at faith that changes reality.

Faith as defined in the dictionary is: Confidence belief in the truth, value of trustworthiness of a person, idea of thing. 2. Belief that is not based on logical proof or material evidence. 3. Belief in God or in the doctrines or teachings of religion. Hebrew 11:1 defines faith, Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:6 states: But without faith, it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. FULL POST

Posted 2/25/11 at 1:06 PM | Yvonne Perkins

FAITH THAT CHANGES REALITY (PART 2)

The last discussion was about Faith that changes reality. I was meditating on the 9th chapter of Matthew and was struck by the many examples of faith manifested within that one chapter.

Faith as defined in the dictionary is: Confidence belief in the truth, value of trustworthiness of a person, idea of thing. 2. Belief that is not based on logical proof or material evidence. 3.Belief in God or in the doctrines or teachings of religion. Hebrew 11:1 defines faith, Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:6 states: But without faith, it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

In Matthew 9 in verses one through seven we witness what happen when Jesus saw faith. In verse 18, 23 through 25 we witness what happen when Jesus heard faith.

In Matthew 9:20-22 we witness what happen when faith touches Jesus. In Matthew 9:27:30 we witness what happen when we confess our faith -When Jesus departed from there, two blind men followed Him, crying out and saying, "Son of David, have mercy on us!" 28) And when He had come into the house, the blind men came to Him. And Jesus said to them, "Do you believe that I am able to do this?" They said to Him, "Yes, Lord". 29) Then He touched their eyes, saying, "According to your faith let it be to you". 30) And their eyes were opened. And Jesus sternly warned them, saying, "See that no one knows it." The reality was that they were blind. Faith changed their reality and they receive sight. FULL POST

Posted 2/11/11 at 2:53 PM | Yvonne Perkins

FAITH THAT CHANGES REALITY

Faith is so powerful and wonderful that it can change your reality.  Really, you can look at a situation in your life and begin to speak the word of God over that situation and because of your faith that situation will change.  Faith is having the ability to look at what is real and begin to speak a new reality into existence.  It is the ability to look at what is and what is not and cause it to be what you need it to be.

Faith as defined in the dictionary is: Confidence belief in the truth, value of trustworthiness of a person, idea of thing. 2. Belief that is not based on logical proof or material evidence. 3. Belief in God or in the doctrines or teachings of religion.  Hebrew 11:1 defines faith, Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.  Hebrews 11:6 states: But without faith, it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

Faith for me is believing that every word of God is true, every promise is true and if God said it in his word then it is so.  It is to know that he who has promise is faithful and able to keep his word.  Many time man will make a promise with the intention of keeping that promise but may find that circumstances beyond his control prevents him from keeping the promise.  Not so, with God, he has the authority, the ability and the power to make and keep every covenant, every promise, every word that he speaks.  He has the power to make it our realityFULL POST

Posted 11/27/10 at 1:15 AM | Yvonne Perkins

Exceedingly Abundantly

Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us. (Ephesians 3:20 KJV) The word of God is life, spirit, truth, power and powerful.  The bible declares it is sharper than any two edged sword.  The word of God heals, reveals the nature of God.  It provides guidance and direction to our path.  It encourages and lifts up us to another place.  I was meditating on this passage of scripture and was inspired by this word as I began to look up words in the dictionary to more clearly understand what God was saying through his word.  I want to share this mediation with you.

Now -at this present moment, in this present circumstance.  Unto him - God, Jesus, Holy Spirit. WHO is able - has the ability, the power, skill, resources and qualification. To do - to perform, to bring to pass, to execute, to accomplish. Exceedingly - to go beyond, to surpass.  Abundantly - present in great quantity, well supplied, richly supplied. Above all - higher than anything, everything, totally, the whole thing. That we ask - request, inquire of, seek information.  Or think - imagine, to consider something as a possible action.  According to - in agreement with, in proper relationship or proportion. The power - the ability to do or act.  That worketh in us - exertion or effort directed to produce or accomplish something, labor, toil.  Worketh - means continuingly works in us. FULL POST

Posted 8/5/10 at 8:12 AM | Yvonne Perkins

BIND THE STRONG MAN

Or how can one enter a strong man's house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man? And then he will plunder his house Matt 12:29. There is a war going on in the city of Chicago and many other parts of the world. There have been far too many headlines of youth being murder again and again. The blood is running in the street and death has come up to the windows. Jer 9:17-26. Who is this enemy that has launched an all out attack particularly on our youth?

To effectively fight your enemy you must first know who your enemy is. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places Eph 6:12. There are ruling spirits who have specific assignments over cites, territories and region. The strong man in this case is Murder, Violence and Death. It is a demonic power that is reigning in this city. Or how can one enter a strong man's house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man? And then he will plunder his house Matt 12:29

 In the book Spiritual Warfare by Richard Ing he exposes the Strong man of Murder, Violence and death. He states “Murder being a ruling spirit must first be bound in the heavenlies and its cords must be cut off and cast away. He then identifies related connecting spirits that must be death with: suicide, unforgiveness, revenge, cruelty, hate, animosity, jealousy, self-centeredness, greed, hurt, anger, bitterness, torture, envy, hostility, long memory, no love, no mercy, holding grudges, pride, fear just to name a few. FULL POST

Posted 7/19/10 at 11:31 AM | Will Davis

BP, the Pressure Tests, and Integrity

As I write, the nation is holding its collective breath while BP tests the strength of the new cap that has, at least temporarily, stopped the devastating flow of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. The BP scientists are doing pressure checks. As they read the gauges deep inside the well, they're hoping to find high pressure readings. That means the cap is holding and that oil isn't leaking from some other part of the well. But if the pressure is low, then they've still got serious problems. Low readings would indicate that the integrity of the well was compromised and that more leaks exist.

Pressure reveals integrity.

Remember how the LORD your God led you all the way in the desert these forty years, to humble you and to test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands,Deuteronomy 8:2. FULL POST

Posted 7/14/10 at 10:21 AM | Will Davis

How to Pray for the Gulf Coast Crisis

I know we're all brokenhearted over the current oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. The images of oil-covered birds, dolphins and turtles, the blackened beaches, the devastated economy in an area that was still trying to rebound from Hurricane Katrina, the paralyzed fishing and shrimping fleets, and most tragically, the loss of human life in the terrible explosion that started all of this-considering all of that, this crisis can seem insurmountable. But we are not powerless in the face of such a great trial.
We can pray. We should pray. Never see prayer as a last resort or the least you can do. Prayer is our best strategy in the face of overwhelming events because it woos the power and favor of the God who controls everything.
So pray for the gulf coast. Specifically, pray for:

• Wisdom for the leaders, engineers, geologists and technicians at BP. Pray that they can quickly find a way to permanently cap the leak.
• Stamina, safety, wisdom and provision for the local, state and federal agencies that are working around the clock both in the gulf and onshore.
• Provision and protection for those economies along the gulf coast that have taken such a beating in the last five years.
• Hope and encouragement for those residents along the gulf coast who have suffered so greatly and lost so much.
• Protection and restoration for the fragile ecosystems being devastated by the leak.
• Justice-for anyone guilty of negligence or malfeasance that led to the tragic explosion.
• Justice-for those who have suffered loss-that their hopes, dreams and livelihoods will be restored.
• God's glory. Pray that we can all see God's healing, protection, provision and perspective through this crisis.

Don't sit idly by while this disaster unfolds in front of you. Get involved. Be part of the solution. Be part of the hope. Pray! FULL POST

Posted 7/14/10 at 12:32 AM | Will Davis

LESSONS FROM THE DEATH OF A BASEBALL LEGEND

George Steinbrenner died today at age 80. The long-time owner of the New York Yankees, Steinbrenner was a legend in the sports world and a household name for any who follow baseball. His death is yet another sobering reminder of the brevity and fragility of life.

In Psalm 49, David wrote, "Do not be overawed when a man grows rich, when the splendor of his house increases; for he will take nothing with him when he dies, his splendor will not descend with him," Psalm 49:16-17. As much as we'd like to think that money can fend off the grim reaper, it can't. We all have a pending date with eternity, no matter our status or wealth in life. That being true, it just makes good sense to invest in what's eternal and not in what's temporary and fleeting. FULL POST

Posted 6/30/10 at 6:25 PM | Will Davis

Waiting

Isaiah 40:31, Yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength . . . .

Waiting. I hate waiting. And yet it seems that I do quite a bit of it. I’ve been waiting all day.

As I write, I’m sitting alone in an empty hospital cafeteria, the low murmur of CNN Headline News in the background, eating overpriced hospital food. It’s been that exciting all day. FULL POST

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