From the Pastor's Desk . . .

Psalm 68 tells us (28) "Thy God hath commanded thy strength: strengthen, O God, that which thou hast wrought for us." (KJV)

As we seek to continue to be effective and efficient in the midst of this current atmosphere, it is a daunting task to continue to pursue the points of ministry for the Kingdom of God. Although we are confronted with the awful pandemic COVID-19; the mission and mandate from the Mater remains the same.  We are still called to carry out Matthew 28:19-20  "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:  Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen" We must still heed the words of Jesus found in Acts 1:8   "But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth." Therefore, with the coming of the New Year, I want to suggest to you that perhaps what we need most is to refocus our attention, our efforts, to jump start our spiritual application toward the things of God.   For some this is a fearful time therefore they are limited in attempts for ministry.  Others have allowed the conversation from the press and social media to dictate their ministry efforts.  However, in Nehemiah 6:9 Nehemiah prays for strength to finish the Lord’s work. Likewise, we should pray for Divine help to continue this great work.  In Nehemiah 2:18, we read that the people upon hearing the proposed work spoken '. . .strengthened their hands for this good work'.  

We are well aware that the enemy will always attempt to prevent the forward progress of the plan of God, so there were evil threats of various sorts in order to stop the good work. Evil threatens God's people, but it cannot overcome our God.  We can rejoice in the confidence that God will march ahead of us as we persevere through the conflicts of life.  His will for us and His work in us will be performed. As we follow Him, we will prevail over the challenges of life. Psalm 68 tells us (28) "Thy God hath commanded thy strength: strengthen, O God, that which thou hast wrought for us".  

Let us pray the prayer of Isa 35:3 "Strengthen ye the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees." 

In John 12:32, Jesus said, ‘If I be lifted up, I will draw all men to me.’

  • Joshua 1:9 (KJV)

    9 Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest (KJV) 

  • 2 Chronicles 7:12-16 (KJV)

    12) And the Lord appeared to Solomon by night, and said unto him, I have heard thy prayer, and have chosen this place to myself for an house of sacrifice. 13) If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people; 14) If my people which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. 15) Now mine eyes shall be open, and mine ears attent unto the prayer that is made in this place. 16) For now have I chosen and sanctified this house, that my name may be there for ever: and mine eyes and mine heart shall be there perpetually.  2 Chronicles 7:12-16 (KJV)

  • Isaiah 40:29-31 (KJV)

    29) He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. 30) Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: 31) But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. Isaiah 40:29-31 (KJV)

  • Jeremiah 17:7 (KJV)

    Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is.  Jeremiah 17:7 (KJV)

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