Thought of the Day! 5-17-17

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. 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! 4-27-17

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen. (II Corinthians 13:14 NKJV)

First, the word communion means presence. God the Father’s desire for you is that the sweet presence of the Holy Spirit will be with you.

Second, it means fellowship. You do not need to pray to the Holy Ghost; you simply fellowship with Him. And you should seek the communion as you would seek water in the wilderness.

Third, it means intimacy. You’ll never experience a deep love with Christ until you know it with the Holy Spirit who brings that intimacy. There is no other way. God has “poured out” His love into our hearts “by the Holy Spirit who was given to us” (Romans 5:5). You can’t love God without the Holy Spirit. Are you ready to commune with Him?

Here’s what the Holy Spirit showed me. When did we know”the Grace of The Lord Jesus Christ”? When He died for us. When did we know “the love of God”? When we saw the cross. They both refer to the past. But then we read, “the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all.” I said, “That’s it. The Holy Spirit is here to commune with me and to be with me, now!”

Thought of the Day! 4-11-17

But I trust in your unfailing love. I will rejoice because you have rescued me. (Psalms 13:5 NLT)

This is like a child jumping from a high place into the arms of his father. He has no fear because he knows that his daddy will catch him. He knows that his daddy will not let him fall. Maybe he was apprehensive for the first couple of leaps, but his faith in his father has grown strong over time.

That is how God wants you to see Him, as your loving Father, with His arms open wide, ready to catch you when you jump. He loves you and wants you to have the greatest, unwavering faith in Him. He will always catch you, so go ahead and jump.

Those who know your name trust in you, for you, O lord, do not abandon those who search for you. (Psalms 9:10 NLT)

Thought of the Day! 4-4-17

“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. (John 15:5 NKJV)

The uniqueness of the Christian experience results from the Union of Christ and the believer. This is expressed in Scripture as Christ being in the believer and the believer in Christ. Ten times Paul uses the Greek preposition sun (together) to describe this relationship. Believers were crucified (Gal. 2:10), dead (Col. 2:20), buried ( Rom. 6:4), quickened or made alive (Eph. 2:1-5; Col 2:13), raised (Col. 3:1; Eph. 2:6), seated (Eph. 2:6), and glorified (Rom. 8:17) together with Christ. Jesus used the image of the vine and its branches to describe His union with the believer. The Christian has conquered sin because Christ lives in him.

I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. (Galatians 2:20 NKJV)

But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him. (I Corinthians 6:17 NKJV)

Pastor Pete

Thought of the Day! 3-14-17

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)

Thought of the Day! 3-8-17

God promised that you would be the heir of the world. It is the same promise that He made to Abraham. And because you are Christ’s, you are Abraham’s seed and an heir “according to the promise” (Galatians 3:29). When God made this promise to you, He made it so easy for you to receive, “through the righteousness of faith.” All you have to do is believe that as the heir of the world every blessing is righteously yours because Jesus died to give them to you. He also rose from the dead to enforce them in your life.

So don’t try to earn your blessings “through the law” or through your efforts or performance. Freely receive what God freely gives to you through Christ and His finished work at the cross.

Don’t let the devil disqualify you by bringing you the law and saying, “How can you receive this bleFor the promise that he would be the heir of the world was not to Abraham or to his seed through the law, but through the righteousness of faith. (Romans 4:13 NKJV)ssing when just last night, you broke God’s law?” Or are you sure you deserve this?” Instead say, “Father, I thank you that I receive everything freely by your grace, Your unmerited favor in my life, because of the blood of Jesus!”

For the promise that he would be the heir of the world was not to Abraham or to his seed through the law, but through the righteousness of faith. (Romans 4:13 NKJV)

Freely receive today what God freely gives to you through Christ and His finished work at the cross.

Thought of the Day! 3-1-17

I know at times you feel as if you are all alone, but that feeling is further from the truth than you can imagine. As you follow God, you have a number of examples of His presence in your life. In addition to always being presence with you. I have sent to you the Holy Spirit, who guides,encourages, and comforts you. But there is one more form of His companionship that is often overlooked or taken for granted, the special communion you can have with other believers.

He loves to be with you, and He longs for you to seek Him with all your being. He created you so that we could be in relationship with each other.

Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular. (1 Corinthians 12:27 KJV)

And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left. (Isaiah 30:21 KJV)

Pastor Pete