Thought of the Day 1-26-16

And said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? (Matthew 19:5 NKJV)

When Jesus therefore saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing by, He said to His mother, “Woman, behold your son!” Then He said to the disciple, “Behold your mother!” And from that hour that disciple took her to his own home. (John 19:26, 27 NKJV)

Now from the sixth hour until the ninth hour there was darkness over all the land. And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” (Matthew 27:45, 46 NKJV)

What is happening here is Jesus is leaving His Father and Mother and cleaving to His Bride (Church).

Thought of the Day 1-21-16

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 then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” And God said, “See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food. (Genesis 1:28, 29 NKJV) 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

Thought of the Day 1-11-16

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 to. 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 woman 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 1-5-16

Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged. (Colossians 3:21 NKJV)

There is more instruction in the New Testament for parents than for children. This may be because the occupation of being a parent is harder than any other. It requires a God-given sensitivity. Authority must be used with restraint, because it’s excessive use may stiffen resistance. This verse warns us that insensitive parents can easily provoke their children to the point of discouragement.

In every way you are stronger than your child. You may subdue him by an overbearing will or simply by your physical strength. If you pressure him to such an extent, then he will just wait for the day of liberation. When that day comes, he will throw off all restraint and reclaim freedom in everything. Ask yourself, therefore, what kind of home it was that led the needy son to resolve, “I will arise and go to my Father.”

Pastor Pete

Thought of the Day 1-4-16

And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. Yet they will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.” (John 10:4, 5 NKJV)

Life can be so overwhelming. As work gets more and more demanding, you wonder how you will ever keep up or wonder how or catch up. Family time is often reduced to a quick meal or simply a good-night kiss and hug. Even Sundays are busier and busier with worship services, church activities, and family dinners. It’s easy to get so consumed in life that you don’t notice His voice.

If you listen carefully you can hear Him amid the daily life calling to you. Can you hear Him saying to you Slow down…..Come away with me…..I love you.

The voice of my beloved! Behold, he comes Leaping upon the mountains, Skipping upon the hills. My beloved is like a gazelle or a young stag. Behold, he stands behind our wall; He is looking through the windows, Gazing through the lattice. My beloved spoke, and said to me: “Rise up, my love, my fair one, And come away. (Song of Solomon 2:8-10 NKJV)