Confession of the Day 4-29-14

Confession of the Day—I receive the Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of my understanding being enlightened. And I am not conformed to this world but am transformed by the renewing of my mind. My mind is renewed by the Word of God (Ephesians 1:17-18; Romans 12:2).

Thought of the Day 4-24-14

 

Did God create everything that exists?

Does evil exist?

Did God create evil?

A University professor at a well known institution of higher learning challenged his students with this question. “Did God create everything that exists?”

A student bravely replied, “Yes He did!”

“God created everything?” The professor asked.

“Yes sir, he certainly did,” the student replied.

The professor answered, “If God created everything; then God is evil.  And, since evil exists, and according to the principal that our works define who we are, then we can assume God is evil.

The student became quiet and did not respond to the professor’s hypothetical definition. The professor, quiet pleased with himself, boasted to the students that he had proven once more that the Christian faith was a myth.  Another student raised his hand and said, “May I ask you a question, professor?”

“Of course”, replied the professor.

The student stood up and asked, “Professor”, does cold exist?”

What kind of question is this? Of course it exists. Have you never been cold?”

The other students snickered at the young man’s question. The young man replied, “In fact sir, cold does not exist.  According to the laws of physics, what we consider cold is in reality the absence of heat.  Every body or object is susceptible to study when it has or transmits energy, and heat is what makes a body or matter have or transmit energy.

Absolute zero (-460F) is the total absence of heat; and all matter becomes inert and incapable of reaction at that temperature. Cold does not exist. We have created this word to describe how we feel if we have no heat.”

The student continued, “Professor, does darkness exist?”

The professor responded, “Of course it does.”

The student replied. “Once again you are wrong sir, darkness does not exist either. Darkness is in reality the absence of light. Light we can study, but not darkness. In fact, we can use Newton’s prism to break white light into many colors and study the various wavelengths of each color. You cannot measure darkness. A simple ray of light can break into a world of darkness and illuminate it. How can you know how dark a certain space is? You measure the amount of light presence. Isn’t this correct? Darkness is a term used by man to describe what happens when there is no light presence.”

Finally the young man asked the professor, “Sir, does evil exist?”

Now uncertain, the professor responded, “Of course, as I have already said. We see it everyday. It is in the daily examples of man’s inhumanity to man. It is in the multitude of crime and violence everywhere in the world. These manifestations are nothing else but evil.

To this the student replied, “Evil does not exist, sir, or at least it does not unto itself. Evil is simply the absence of God.

It is like darkness and cold, a word that man has created to describe the absence of God. God did not create evil. Evil is result of what happens when man does not have God’s love present in his heart. It’s like the cold that comes when there is no heat, or darkness that comes when there is no light.

The professor sat down.
The young man’s name was Albert Einstein, a true Story.

 

Thought of the a Day 4-21-14

Now it came to pass, as He was praying in a certain place, when He ceased, that one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.” (Luke 11:1 NKJV)

In its deepest essence, prayer is the spirit of man reaching out to the living God. When circumstances and situations are beyond our control, then we pray, even though we have not spoken to Him, or listened to Him for a long time. Yet effective prayer places certain requirements on us, one of which is that we should listen to God and do His will.

True prayer consists of two components: you have fellowship with the living God, and He has fellowship with you, an insignificant human being. Unfortunately in our prayer lives many of us are so busy talking, that we don’t hear what God wants to say to us. Listening to the voice of God is an important part of the discipline of prayer. He reveals His will to us through the work of the Holy Spirit, if you would only become quiet in His presence and receive His voice in your heart.

As your prayer life develops and grows gradually in a disciplined way, you will become more sensitive to what God wants from you. Then you will find joy and happiness in just living for Him.

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6, 7 NKJV)

Pastor Pete

Thought of the Day 4-17-14

 

Then He said to them, “With fervent desire I have desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer; for I say to you, I will no longer eat of it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.” Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, “Take this and divide it among yourselves; for I say to you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.” And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” (Luke 22:15-19 NKJV)

The Lord longed to share the passover meal with His disciples. He was less than 24 hours away from fulfilling His mission, and like anyone who can see the finish line, He must have had feelings of relief and excitement.

The passover meal commemorated the Jews’ deliverance from slavery in Egypt (Ex. 13:3-10). It also had a much deeper spiritual application that, as Jesus explains here, would be fulfilled through His death. The Jewish nation as a whole had missed any future prophetic meaning of the passover.

On the night of the original passover, the Lord passed through the land of Egypt and judged the land by slaying all the firstborn men and beasts. The Jews had to slay a spotless lamb, take its blood and apply it to the door posts of their homes. They were commanded to remain indoors, under the covering of this blood until morning. When the Lord passed through the land at midnight to execute His judgment, He passed over the homes that had the lamb’s blood on their doors and no one inside was hurt. This is a perfect picture of the redemption that Jesus provides for us.

Everyone deserves judgment because of their sins. However, Jesus provided Himself as a spotless, sacrificial lamb for us, so that if we apply His blood to our lives by confessing Him as Lord, God will pass over us on judgment day.

Jesus was sacrificed on the 14th day of the first month of the Jewish year – the exact day and time that the passover lambs were being slain. Truly, “Christ our passover is sacrificed for us” (1 Cor. 5:7).

Prophetic Word, 4-13-14, Drink from the Waters

Drink from the river of my pleasures. Sit at my right hand and drink from my pleasures forever more. I am bringing you into a place of pleasures forever. Open up and drink from the uncovered wells, they are life everlasting. Drink, Drink, Drink! I promise you will only long for more. You will never be full. This river will pour out of you into the world.

Drink until you long for more. My desire is for you. I am longing for you to come near. Drink I Say,”Drink for this is a cleansing, forgiving well. You are opening the wells (Psalms 45:11). The wells are ready to explode. Open them with prayer and worship and Drink,Drink,Drink. You have found my secret place. I have longed for you to get to the secret place. That place will fill every need in your life. The supernatural has been released with signs and wonders that follow believers.

Continue to drink from the wells of my pleasure. Watch what I do in your city. I will do more that you can ask or think. These wells will change everything you touch. Open and Drink, Drink, Drink. Out of your belly will flow rivers of living water. The deep is calling the deep. I hear a roaring in the Spirit that is calling your heart.

The words of your mouth are deep waters (Proverbs 18:4). The well springs forth My wisdom as a flowing brook. Counsel in the heart of man is like deep waters, but a man of understanding will draw it out (Proverbs 20:5). Draw out of the wells the wisdom of God and see how My Spirit begins to work. Drink, Drink, Drink of Me and the rivers of My pleasures will truly change the world. I say,” Don’t stop drinking.”

Taste and see that I am good. You have ignited My passion and My heart. Continue to open up the wells, they are your inheritance. Receive your wells. These wells are forever the answer to the move of the Spirit in your city. Come close and I will reveal my secrets to you. Nothing is hidden from you. It’s hidden for you. Tell everyone to Drink, Drink,Drink.

Pastor Pete

Thought of the Day 4-10-14

Draw me, we will run after thee: the king hath brought me into his chambers: we will be glad and rejoice in thee, we will remember thy love more than wine: the upright love thee. (Song of Solomon 1:4 KJV)

There is a great need for us to come into the chamber of the King. He has called us, and desires us to come alone with Him. Without an intimate relationship with the Holy Spirit, we have nothing to give. Our teaching will be lifeless and bear no fruit.

Therefore, behold, I will allure her, and bring her into the wilderness, and speak comfortably unto her. (Hosea 2:14 KJV)

If we do not worship first, then we stand and have nothing to minister, because nothing has been conceived in our spirit by the Spirit of God. When that happens, our church’s worship becomes a ritual that is empty and tend to steal the move of the Spirit. The church is swollen with ministry. We have enough programs to last a lifetime. We need to get back to worship and build the house of God on adoration, not business concepts. Worship brings us to a place where we can see ourselves as He sees us.

And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me. (John 12:32 KJV)

Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. (James 4:8 KJV)

Phil Driscoll said, “The higher we live our lives, the less storms we will experience.”

Pastor Pete

Thought of the Day 4-8-14

And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples. (Luke 11:1 KJV)

Most Christians are deeply aware of their own inability to pray according to the will of God. They realize that they should pray more regularly and ask the Holy Spirit to grant them a more meaningful prayer life. However, we forget that having a vital prayer life also depends upon us, and not only the Holy Spirit.

Christ sacrificed Himself for all who embrace Him in faith, and trust Him as their Savior and Redeemer. He gave Himself freely, but He will enrich your life only as far as you will allow Him. The depth and quality of your devotion will be reflected in the power of your prayer life.

R. A. Torrey said, ” One of the greatest needs of the present day is men and women who will not only start out to pray for things, but pray on and on until they obtain that which they seek from The Lord.”

If you seriously deepen your surrender to Christ, your awareness of His living presence will become an ever-increasing reality in your life. You will discover and open up channels of communication with Him that you can use any where at any time. If this happens, your prayer will surpass your former devotional time, and will become the driving force of your everyday life.

Lord, teach me not to worry about what tomorrow may bring. Teach me to quietly rest in You, because You are good and all-powerful. Amen

Pastor Pete

Thought of the Day 4-3-14

Listen to your heart beat in time. Time is held together by our quietness, which results in His Presence. Sit silent and know that I am God. Your strength and weakness is in your quietness. Your quietness is my desire, and it  moves Angelic Host. The Angelic Host is standing waiting for my heavenly voice to give charge to occupy an area.

I desire for my children to sit quietly and to listen to the winds of the Spirit. My voice is spoken when my people sit and wait to listen for me. My voice is clear when you sit and listen to the still small voice to give direction and clarification of my plans. Give me time in your daily life, and I will consume your being. I am not hard to listen to, just give your time and attention.  Make a place for me in your life. The maturity of my children is in the quietness of their voice in time. Quietness has no agenda, just intimacy. Quietness is the area of rest in your life and also the area of trust. Trust and rest are increased in quietness.

The quietness of your soul is the inheritance of my blessings, so take time and quiet your soul. You quiet your soul by fasting and standing still. Don’t be afraid of quietness, because everything is birthed out of it. The reward of your quietness is a surrendered heart, and a hungriness for the heart of the Father. You learn to trust in quietness. You separate yourself by the quietness of your soul. Submission happens through quietness. Separate yourself from the world by being quiet in His Presence. Listen to blessings as they beat in the quietness of your heart, because our hearts beat as one in the quietness of time. Run not from quietness, but run to quietness. There is intimacy in quietness that brings absolute freedom in you. I will bring prosperity to quietness, because that is where ideas are given.

Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.” (Luke 24:49 NKJV)

Pastor Pete

Thought of the Day 4-1-14

 

I am my beloved’s, And his desire is toward me. (Song of Solomon 7:10 NKJV)

When you understand the revelation of the fire of God, and experience His burning desire for His Son and for others, it will radically change your life.
Desire means “sense of stretching out after, a longing”. The transcendent uncreated God who stands outside of time is moved with desire and planning glorious things for you.

But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” (I Corinthians 2:9 NKJV)

The God of intense desire destroys everything that hinders love, but His fire is about His pleasure and His Holy romance with His people. It is a manifestation of passion that removed everything that hinders love. His focus of His passion is toward us, and He is jealous over us with hot fiery passion.

For the Lord your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God. (Deuteronomy 4:24 NKJV)

They are abundantly satisfied with the fullness of Your house, And You give them drink from the river of Your pleasures. For with You is the fountain of life; In Your light we see light. (Psalms 36:8, 9 NKJV)

David was drinking from the river of God’s pleasure and touching the very being of God. David understood that God is a fountain of passionate desire, and He was tapping into it. You need to drink from the river of God’s pleasure. Enjoy the river of God’s pleasure today.

Pastor Pete