Thought of the Day 6-30-14

I have set watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem, which shall never hold their peace day nor night: ye that make mention of the Lord, keep not silence, And give him no rest, till he establish, and till he make Jerusalem a praise in the earth. (Isaiah 62:6, 7 KJV)

And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none. (Ezekiel 22:30 KJV)

God’s calling for Intercessors to stand in the gaps and make up the hedges for Goldsboro. Goldsboro is of great importance to God. God is saying to us today, you must pray for the deliverance of Goldsboro.

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. (2 Chronicles 7:14 KJV)

Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession. (Psalms 2:8 KJV)

God is telling us to pray for the people! Pray for the heathen! Pray for the unsaved!  Ask for their salvation, and He will give them to you as an inheritance in the Kingdom of God.

As Watchmen, we must intercede for every person, every home, every school, every church, every business, every city, every state, and this entire nation. We must ask God to intervene on our behalf. We must ask for “Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done.” God is calling. Will we answer the call?

Pastor Pete

 

Thought of the Day 6-27-14

When it goes well with the [uncompromisingly] righteous, the city rejoices, but when the wicked perish, there are shouts of joy. By the blessing of the influence of the upright and God’s favor [because of them] the city is exalted, but it is overthrown by the mouth of the wicked. (Proverbs 11:10, 11 AMP)

Thought of the Day 6-25-14

Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart, (Luke 18:1 NKJV)

The great benefit of putting aside time for prayer and quiet meditation is undeniable. Rich spiritual blessings flow forth from such times of prayer: inner peace, spiritual strength, determination, and purposefulness. They form anchors in your life and are founded in those quiet moments spent alone with The Lord. This gives meaning to life.

True prayer is a relationship with life, an attitude that overshadows the nuances of everyday life. The ordinary humble tasks that have already become routine can become hallowed by regarding them as practical prayers to the glory of God.

During those moments, when your thoughts are not occupied with a specific task, it can be tuned in to The Lord. Wherever you are, know that you are in His presence and that you can talk to Him as to a friend. The power and beauty of prayer lies in its simplicity. It is the heart-strengthening childlike prayer to God, that makes Him a living reality in your life.

Pray without ceasing, (I Thessalonians 5:17 NKJV)

Thought of the Day 6-19-14

The Lord God hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary: he wakeneth morning by morning, he wakeneth mine ear to hear as the learned. (Isaiah 50:4 KJV)

In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly. (Psalm 5:3 NIV)

One of the foremost keys in hearing from God is living with expectation toward God. Expectation places a demand on the Holy Spirit. We should live with expectation toward God 24 hours a day. It takes no faith to hear or obey an audible voice, but God desires that we live a life of listening.

Our expectation puts a demand on His presence, and pulls virtue out of Him. If we have no expectation, our faith has nothing to rest on. Two enemies of expectation are self-satisfaction and distraction. Expectation is the key to the move of the Holy Spirit among the saints. When saints gather with anticipation, the Holy Spirit moves in response, no matter who ministers. Those who expect nothing never leave disappointed.

Do you want to hear from God? Live with expectation! Pray with expectation! Listen with expectation! You will hear His voice.

Pastor Pete

Thought of the Day 6-17-14

For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; (Colossians 1:9 KJV)

Without noticing, one’s life can become self-centered. Only your own needs, and it leaves your family and friends stressed. For it is so easy to forget the spiritual needs of others. Every person has the need to be encouraged and uplifted through prayer, because nobody is infallible and we are all exposed to temptations. Through our weaknesses we can easily fall prey to Satan.

It is of the utmost importance that we will remember others in our prayers. Pray for those in the ministry and the unique temptations they face; pray for those who are serving in the mission field, members of church boards, those in special services, and everyone who must see to it that everything runs smoothly in a congregation. Pray for strength and guidance for those in youth ministries, or who take care of the aged.

In short, intercede for everyone who gives his or her time and strength to the church. Especially pray for Christians, the world over, that the triumphal procession of Christ May be advanced and that His holy name be glorified.

As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith. (Galatians 6:10 KJV)

Pastor Pete

Thought of the Day 6-12-14

For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: (2 Corinthians 5:14 KJV)

The word constrain means “to grip tightly.” Paul was motivated by Christ’s love flowing through him. God’s love was the driving force that led him. It is the very power of living in godliness. I encourage people to focus on God more, not trying harder to overcome sin.

Many people are driven by fear instead of by affection for God. When fear comes, we need to respond with love. The freedom, power and pleasure of this is within the reach of every Christian, because it is the work of the Holy Spirit in the human Spirit. The Holy Spirit pours out God’s very affection into the human heart, regardless of where we’ve been wounded or broken. It’s a supernatural activity that transcends the human heart.

And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. (Romans 5:5 KJV)

As we position our hearts to make love, the first thing, we will be lovers before we are workers. We will be worshipers before we are warriors. Through Christ’s loving embrace, He will show us that we are to be a bride before we are an army. Make it a point to be driven by love.

Pastor Pete

Thought of the Day 6-10-14

For You have been a strength to the poor, A strength to the needy in his distress, A refuge from the storm, A shade from the heat; For the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall. (Isaiah 25:4 NKJV)

And there will be a tabernacle for shade in the daytime from the heat, for a place of refuge, and for a shelter from storm and rain. (Isaiah 4:6 NKJV)

When the world seems to crash down on you, don’t try supporting it on your own, but allow God to come to your aid. God will not only protect you from everything that is falling on you, but He will clear the resulting debris that surrounds you, and make a path for you to carry on.

And there will be a tabernacle for shade in the daytime from the heat, for a place of refuge, and for a shelter from storm and rain. (Isaiah 4:6 NKJV) So when you face trials at work, go to The Lord. When your family goes through a time of crisis, call on The Lord. When tragedy strikes a loved one, expect The Lord’s loving arms to surround you. Let God overwhelm you with His strength so that your faith can be a witness to others.

You, God, are awesome in your sanctuary; the God of Israel gives power and strength to his people. Praise be to God! (Psalm 68:35 NIV)

Pastor Pete