We all need to run in the right direction in alignment with God. When we get the vertical right with HIM, the horizontal in our lives also gets right.
Our God is a God that never lets go no matter of our past. On a message titled “Always on the Run”, from the book of Jonah: 1, Pastor Pedro gives us a few steps that are important to stay align with HIM.
We need to be obedient. When God says arise and go, we need to drop what we are doing and go. Let’s not waste time when HE give us a command, HE wants us to be obedient and respond to the call of what we are supposed to do. Don’t let our personal preferences dictate where we take the gospel to.
Stay connected in the unexpected. If we disobey we will go down, we cannot run and hide from God because it will affect all those around us. HE wants to use our lives because HE is a God of redemption. As we see in the passage, after all the foolishness and failures, God gave Jonah a second chance.
We need to be considerate in a world of the desperate. There is a world out there of people that have no hope, and we are the carriers of the name of Jesus. Sometimes God gives us the “belly of the whales” experience to be able to help others that are in distress.
As we were connected with HIM yesterday, we need to stay connected today and stay aligned with GOD all the time.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014, 6:30pm service
CHURCH UNLEASHED: STAY IN THE FIGHT
Pastor Pedro reflected on the book of Acts 12:1-17 for his teaching of this new installment in the Church Unleashed series.
Tribulation is not an option in the life of a Christian. But we must remember that the battle has been won although the fight is not yet finished. We need to hang on and overcome.
Don’t quit! Don’t give up! Press on!
God loves us and His eyes are upon us but the enemy wants to take our eyes off of the promises of God.
In this account of the Bible, the church was making great strides and taking the gospel to the world. When things are going great, make sure you don’t let your guard down. Sometimes, when we get to a certain place of victory we start to celebrate and we tend to forget to the thing that got us to that place. An unguarded strength is dangerous. The devil is just waiting for this very moment!
Five Things to Remember To Stay In The Fight
- EVEN WHEN THINGS SEEM OUT-OF-CONTROL, WE HAVE A GOD THT IS IN COMPLETE CONTROL We need to walk in faith and do the things that we need to do so that God can do the thing that only He can do. You are not alone- deliverance is on the way. The devil wants you to quit.
- WHEN YOU ARE KEPT IN A PRISON, MAKE SURE YOU ARE KEPT IN PRAYER The power of prayer is not to be underestimated. The disciples were gathered in prayer for Peter when their prayer was answered!
- KEEP YOUR EYES OPEN AND BE READY TO MOVE Don’t have a pity party. Wake up and look up because God may be showing you a way out of your situation. Be ready to move on what God has called us to do. God is on our side and He will open doors and we must have faith to go through the doors He opens.
- BELIEVE IN GOD Have faith in His promises. Don’t be surprised! You need to believe deep in your heart that the thing you are praying for will come to fruition. God has our back and if the thing you are praying for does not happen, it is because God has something better! He has our best interest, not our comfort in mind. Hope that a better day is coming.
- REMEMBER THAT GOD WILL SETTLE THE ACCOUNTS He says that vengeance is His. God does not want our help. He wants us to forgive and leave everything else to Him.
Let’s believe that He wants to move in our lives!
Pastor Bob Shank reminded us that we all have a part to play in the Body of Christ and that is to become ministers which does require a certain level of maturity and a right mindset.
Do we have a commitment to serve? Then let’s vow that “we
are here to be prepared and then, to participate in serving The Lord Jesus, His Church and the World with our time, our talents, our touch and our treasure…just like Jesus did.”
Wed., July 9, 2014, 6:30pm
MAKE SOME ROOM
Pastor Kody Kuehn used the Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard, found in Matt. 20:1-16 for this teaching.
In this parable, it shows that the first workers to be hired were angry that the last workers hired at the 11th hour received the same wages even though they had only worked one hour. In telling this parable, Jesus was warning of bad attitudes and perspectives. Jesus wants us to remember that “the first must be last and the last will be first”, in His Kingdom. In other words, IT’S NOT ABOUT YOU!
God is expanding His house so that more people can come in and have their lives transformed. This will require obedience and sacrifice on our parts. We must be willing to follow God and not go toe-to-toe with Him or we will get in His way.
Pastor Kody reflected on the last workers to be hired and why they were hired last. Was it because they were less desirable? Had they been over-looked, passed-over or neglected?
The landowner that honored these workers is a picture of God’s wonderful grace. There are “11th hour workers” that are waiting to be needed and valued.
Maybe some of us were 11th hour workers. Perhaps Jesus approached us during our 11th hour and showed us His grace and invited us into His vineyard. And if we accepted, we received the full rights and privileges and we became heirs of the Most High God.
God’s grace is not something you can bargain for and store up. The gift of grace is Jesus himself.
As we enjoyed some family time and mingled with our fellow Christians, Pastor Sagot reminded us through the book of Hosea 1: 1-3 and Romans 5:1 that we are God’s children and we belong to GOD.
JESUS came to look for us in the darkest places, looking for the sick, the hurting, and the broken. He paid the price of our sins with His blood.
Do we know Him….? It is not about religion, God wants us to know Him and have a true relationship from the deep interior of our hearts.