Moving Forward


Moving forward! Isn’t that what the Lord wants us all to do? I believe without doubt that when we are presented with an opportunity to grow in all aspects of our life we are to seize it with great confidence. Romans 8:28 says; And God causes all things to work together for the good for those who love him and are called according to his purpose. Therefore, when God is in the center of our life we will be blessed by stepping out in our faith with boldness.

Super Natural

Super Natural

And Jesus said, “with man it is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Mark 10:27. This is my story right now. I have been working the same job for some years now. I accomplished my goal quicker than I expected. Anyway, I have truly been blessed. Long story short, there is no more room for growth. I have been dealing with this for quite some time now. I have to work at making my job interesting. However, the Lord has opened a door of opportunity in my life. Now all I have to do is step out in faith.

I just want to be where the Lord wants me to be. Going through all the steps to get there can be quite overwhelming, but it’s a true blessing. Change is what it’s all about. Stepping outside our comfort-zone. God is truly amazing! All promotion comes from the Lord. I have been seeking promotion at my current job because this type of work is what I love to do. However, there is no room for promotion so God has given promotion just in another amazing company. I didn’t see this coming, but I am truly excited to get started.

I just wanted to share this with all of you and ask when given a chance to please pray for me. I’m just a man so I need all the prayer I can get. All glory to God!

Youth leader,

Michael

 

 

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Service


Among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant…….For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many. Matthew 20:26, 28.

We thank you LORD for what you have done at the cross because we are not worthy.

Youth leader,

Michael

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Challenges


There is nothing like a great challenges, they make life interesting and well worth living. Why so many people believe it takes a special person of faith to undertake such great challenges in their life is beyond me. People who have great faith tend to be more of a risk taker and embrace life’s challenges quite simply.

Abram left everything he knew when he responded to God’s challenge to move to a new place, he didn’t hesitate. Moses, though initially reluctant, stood before Pharaoh and demanded the release of the Israelites. What do we know about these two men? I know they were common people, and God presented them with a challenge and they responded in faith.

I have learned from my own experiences that great things in life just don’t happen without a challenge. Also, I have learned that these challenges are presented to everyday people. So I encourage all, the next time you are faced with a challenge look to the Lord to empower you to step out boldly in obedience to him.

Persevere for the glory of God!

Persevere for the glory of God!

Revelation for all. 2 Samuel 22:30 says; In your strength I can crush an army; with my God I can scale any wall. How awesome is this? This is the confident assurance that he has given us that we may do great and mighty things.

Youth leader,

Michael

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Strength


The eyes of the LORD search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him. 2 Chronicles 16:9

Youth leader,

Michael

Super Natural

Super Natural

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Do Not Fear


If God is for us, who can be against us! Allow me to share this with you.

Psalm 18:1-2, 29Lighthouse

I love you, LORD; you are my strength. The LORD is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety…In my strength I can crush an army; with my God I can scale any wall. All glory to God! Always remember this. Have a wonderful day my friends.

Youth leader,

Michael

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Obedience


Obedience, I know:) It’s a crazy word, however, it is a word many don’t truly understand. I believe we can all agree that we feel God nudging us in the right direction during the times we think we are doing what is best for us. What is he trying to convey during these times? He is saying wisdom comes from abiding in his perfect commands. It’s a beautiful thing to be quite frank, we continue to struggle because we think we know better, and at the same time we are missing out on the love, peace, and joy he had in store for us.

Shall we be honest with ourselves? The right thing to do is actually the smart thing to do. When we act from obedience to his commands we don’t have to stumble around in our daily lives wondering why things are the way they are. When in all reality the answer is quite simple, but yet many of us have a hard time believing that someone else could possibly be right over us.

Shall I remind us that his commandments aren’t burdensome obligations, they are the pathway to a joyful, meaningful, and satisfying life. Including myself, if someone were to come up to me or I to them and said I don’t get it, why is my life spiraling out of control like this? Why am I struggling so much, why am I feeling depressed instead of happy? I would have to say, where is God in your life. Is he in the center of all aspects or is he somewhere out in left field. Depending on the answer would determine what I or they would say.

Because God is the creator of life he knows the best way to live and how to help you accomplish what you may have in your heart. Sometimes we may settle for something that we think is good instead of seeking his perfect plan for our life. However, when we give up what we think is good, God will reveal what he already had in store for us. This is when we have one of those moments like, wow! Why didn’t I do this sooner:) It’s happened to all of us and hopefully we get better as we continue on our path to enlightenment.

This is where we have to get serious about our walk, if we truly desire  a better life then we have to trust in his ways and not our ways. May he give a heart that yearns for his commandments to be written on the inside of each of us. May he plant a love for his commandments in our hearts so we can be wise and obedient to him.

As Philippians 2:13 says; God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him. I pray that anyone who is walking around with a heavy heart because of a decision they have made in the past, or even today, that is holding them back to confess and make it right. Become obedient to his commands and rejoice in the blessing that is waiting for you. I can promise you this regardless what you say, it will be far greater, it will exceed anything your mind can fathom, and it will come in great abundance. All glory to God! You’re in my prayers. Experience true life!

Youth leader,

Michael

 

 

 

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New Beginnings


Reaching Out

Reaching Out

It’s no secret, at some point we all dream of a new beginnings that we may have the opportunity of something greater. I call it an escape from the same thing day in and day out. Deep in our hearts we yearn to wipe the slate clean and start over, just an opportunity to move away from past hurts or even to start afresh and do something different.

The most amazing thing that I have learned from my own experiences is that the Lord renews his mercies towards us every single day, we don’t have to be burdened by yesterday’s failures or regrets. Because of his unfailing love we can wake up every morning with the confident assurance that it is a new beginning, an opportunity to something greater than the day before.

So now may we truly embrace the dawn of each new day as a chance to start again and experience his tender mercies towards us. Truth be told, the only one who can keep that from happening is our self. For he is a God who will never fail us nor forsake us, he delights in his children everyday, and he blesses those who seek him diligently.

Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning. Lamentations 3:23. Have a wonderful day! God bless all who read this.

Youth leader,

Michael

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Stand Firm


It is our responsibility to be a good witness for the one who shed his blood on the cross for all our sins. I encourage you to stand firm when you feel most afraid or discouraged about your experiences. The Lord will bring about opportunities for you to share what he has done in your life that you may be a blessing to another. This is the greatest story that you will ever tell, the story of how you come to know Christ. Your story is the pathway to a divine moment in another person’s life. Besides that, if God is for us who can be against us? There is not one who is more powerful. So go out and share you experience today.

And always remember, God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. So never be ashamed to tell others about the Lord. 2 Timothy 1: 7-8. Have a wonderful day, God bless you all.

Youth leader,

Michael

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Adversity


When adversity comes our way who can we always count on? We should thank God for our struggles because they aren’t wasted by any means. He uses them to sharpen our character and to build our faith in him. We should take comfort in his promises because he is always with us, during the good and troublesome times. He also provides us with the wisdom to cope, the strength to conquer our problems, and the understanding to see how we might become stronger as we learn to trust in him.

The LORD is good, a strong refuge when trouble comes. He is close to those who trust in him. Nahum 1:7. NLT

There is no water to deep for us to overcome providing we rely on the Lord. And Jesus said with man it is impossible, but with God all things are possible. Have a wonderful day!

Youth leader,

Super Natural

Super Natural

Michael

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Ransom


I believe it was Wednesday and Thursday night of last week that I text messaged my mother. The first night I didn’t get a response from her, the second night was unresponsive as well. My mother is older and she has battled many different health issues recently. So I gave it another day and nothing from her. That’s when I decided to call her and she answered the phone. I said, “Mother are doing alright?” She said yes why what’s wrong?

I just started to chuckle on the inside a bit. I was like thank you Lord. I said I messaged you a couple of times last week and you didn’t respond to either. She said I know, there’s something wrong with this crazy phone. The only thing I could make out was the word “RANSOM”, I said ransom, I didn’t text that to you. She said well that’s what it says. I said there has to be some kind of mix up, she said I’ll show you the next time you come down to see me and maybe you can do something with this phone.

Super Natural

Super Natural

Anyway, this is why I wanted to share this with you this morning. When I got up I said Lord show me what you want me to see today. So I opened my Bible up to Matthew 20:28 which says; Even the Son of man came not to be served but to serve others and to give life as a RANSOM for many.

As I was reading that I was astonished, I didn’t know what to think. I was thinking mom, and I was thinking God how do you do it:) However, I know I can’t understand the depths of his providence and I’m good with that. I think that’s what makes it so amazing to us all, the mystery connection between the human and the Holy Spirit. Truly Awesome! You are in my prayers, and please pray for me. God bless you all.

Youth leader,

Michael

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