HERE’S PROOF

If you’ve ever wondered how to get the attention of an unbeliever, it’s all about providing proof.

And that proof is in your boldness:

Acts 4:13 KJV

Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.

Don’t hold back.

Speak life and encouragement in the name of Jesus. Don’t hide who you serve. Don’t hide who is your source. Don’t hide who it is who wants to lavish their love on every single son and daughter.

Lord Jesus I pray you give us all the boldness to preach the gospel by how we live and what we say. Give us precious discernment and grace to release bold and prophetic words of encouragement to the lost. We love you. And we know you leave us alone. In Jesus’ name we pray AMEN.

FM

THE VOICE

John the Baptist is one of my favorite saints in the bible because he’s so bold and on fire for the kingdom. The brother lives in the desert. He wears a camel hair outfit. He eats only locusts and honey! – All of that, because he wants to live a pure life for God, to hear the Lord and be heard. Talk about boldness.

When he’s confronted at the Jordan river by people asking “who are you?” He says,

John 1:23

“I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness…”

He was so certain about his calling. He knew who he was and he did not divert from it. He lived intimately with the Holy Spirit daily from birth. He was anointed to prepare the way for Jesus. He was a way maker, or a bridge builder

I want you to know you have the same calling. You are the voice. You have the Lord inside of you. If you know Jesus, he wants you to express his love everywhere and to everyone.

There’s this show on NBC called “The Voice.” And the imagery is incredible. There’s a contestant singing in what’s called a “blind audition.” And four judges have their backs turned to the contestant. As the singer presents their message, the judges decide if they like what they hear. If they do, they push a button and turn around. There’s a light that comes on that says “I Want You.”

What a great illustration of the Lord crying out for us. You know, when we’re not intimately involved with God, we’re basically blind. We can’t see where we’re going. We don’t know who we are.

But that doesn’t stop God from sending His message of Jesus and forgiveness. Just like John the Baptist was sent preaching repentance, we’re sent as messengers to the blind. It’s up to them to hear us. But we have to first be willing to be the voice.

So the judges on The Voice TV show are like the people who are trying to find their way, but basically have their backs turned to God.

At some point, the Lord hopes your message of love, or your gesture of compassion, or a word of encouragement, or a gift, or the sweet word of God will cause them to push some invisible button and turn around.

It’s like a light switch. It’s the moment when a person’s heart hears the word of God and they’re pricked. They realize life should mean much more and they’ve been living a dark and/or empty existence and there’s more to life. They turn on the switch that says “my heart’s available to change. I want to change.” And the light of Christ is then turned on in their heart.

They turn around, just like those judges. And they say “I want you!” to Jesus. And just like the contestants’ parents are clapping and crying and screaming off-stage, the angels in heaven – even our own brothers and sisters in Christ rejoice! It’s a party because a soul has come home!

I pray this will encourage you to sow seeds of love and truth into the hearts of those around you!

God bless you.

Are You Willing To Hurt To Fulfill Your Purpose?

1 John 3:16 NLT

“We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us. So we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters.”

The principle is this: love hurts.

Think about it this way, what is a friend who is only around when times are good?

I encourage you to be a true friend, to shine the light of Jesus.

He loved by giving everything!

The scripture implores us to love and live the same way.

If you have a friend or an aquaintance who is down and out, give.

Give your time, your energy, your listening ear, your heart – and their situation will change.

Love until it’s uncomfortable.

It’s what Jesus did.

And think about it.

What if God told you He loves you and He never did anything for you.

He’s not like that.

Neither should we.

And that goes for serving the Lord as well. The truth is, God is going to ask you to give up some things (personal dreams, relationships, job, money) in order to put you on His path to peace and fulfillment.

We all have a choice. We can choose the short-term satisfaction of doing it our way (which leads to ultimate disappointment and pain) or we can choose short-term to be in return for long-term and lasting joy.

It’s the same struggle we have with salvation.

Do we live how we want at the cost of eternal life?

Or do we choose Jesus, and the short-term discomfort of transitioning to a life ordered by God’s design and His word.

If we can make the initial choice to accept Jesus Christ at a cost, we have already been empowered to give up anything else it takes to live out our purpose.

I’m chasing after God as I chase after my life’s work.

Will you join me?

WHAT WOULD YOU DIE FOR?

How about that for a question of the day… or a lifetime!

Recently, I heard the Lord whisper to me this question: “What is your life’s work?”

In short, He’s asking me what am I here for? What is there for me to do that only I can do?

It’s not just a question for me, but for all of us.

Let’s use Jesus as the first example. Obviously, he knew what he was here for. He got frustrated with his own mother when she asked him to perform a miracle before it was his time to enter into ministry (see the story about turning water into wine).

He would only say what he heard the Father say. He was totally surrendered to the idea of showing the love of God and providing true salvation and rest to God’s children.

The same devotion and commitment could be seen in the disciples in the book of Acts: Phillip, Steven, Peter, Paul, Silas… the list goes on.

They were willing to boldly go where no one had gone before and take on some huge risks because of one thing: they knew what they were here to do.

Nothing and no one could stop them.

And they were willing to die doing what the Lord asked them to do.

What are you willing to die for?

I would argue that if you can’t answer that question, you don’t yet know what God has called you to do.

A lot of us find our gifts and talents easily. And we harness them into a career or even a hobby.

But what if God wants us to use that talent for His glory!?

In my opinion, our gifts and talents are not just for our entertainment, joy and provision, but also a way the Lord wants to use us to expand the family of God and share the good news of the gospel.

So don’t let me chew on this question alone.

WHAT WOULD YOU BE WILLING TO DIE FOR?

I pray you find the answer to that question, of course, with God’s help.

I’m sure if we ask, He’s more than happy to show us.

Be blessed.

OCCUPY HEAVEN!

Hello brothers and sisters!
Grace and peace unto each of you and your households.

We’re about to begin a major prayer project at our church World Victory International Christian Center. Each and every member, from the littlest ones to the oldest, will be asked to pray for one unsaved person they know. The idea is to pray for their hearts to be softened to the truth of Jesus Christ and for them to come to know the Lord and surrender to His will for their lives!

This project will be unveiled to the entire church in the next couple weeks.

What can you do in the meantime?

Director of Evangelism Jonathan Sibley myself are embarking on a 21-day fast. We will abstain from eating all breads, sweets and meats. We’re beginning this fast on Tuesday September 4, the day after Labor Day beginning at 6 a.m. We will conclude Monday September 24 at 6 p.m.

Would you join us?

The bible is clear that we have power in our prayer and fasting (read Isaiah 58).

If you’re not feeling released to fast in the same fashion, please consider refraining from all sweets, secular music, television and computer use and commit that time to prayer.

Here it is in a nutshell:

Occupy Heaven Fast

Purpose:
Salvation and Revival!

Time period:
Tuesday 9/4 6:00 a.m. – Monday 9/24 6:00 p.m.

Focus scriptures:
Acts 2:21 – And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.
Acts 12:5 – Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him.

I’m also planning for fellowship/interest meeting for our church evangelism ministry for the near future. Stay tuned for that.

I feel the Lord is calling us to pray on behalf of our loved ones and co-workers. Let’s pray for them just as people prayed for us before we came to know Jesus!

Bless you all!

FM

WE SURRENDER!

ARE WE AS COURAGEOUS AS WE THINK WE ARE?

Persecution in India: Francis’ Response from Cornerstone Church on Vimeo.

What a wake up call!

Thanks to Francis Chan for awakening us to our need for God more than man.

Are we as courageous as we think we are?

I think not.

And I’m asking the Lord for forgiveness.

I recently heard in a meeting I attended someone ask the question, “Whatever happened to people standing up for what they believe?”

And it struck me.

How many times have I hidden my love for Christ?

How many times have I cowered at the thought of saying Jesus’ name in the presence of unbelievers?

What do I have to be ashamed of?

No more.

I’m here to announce the new, authentic ME.

I love Jesus.

He is the Savior of the world!

I love Him. And I didn’t love him first. He first loved me!

Great news!

I pray you’ll ask the Lord into your heart today. I promise you, the Jesus these people in the video are dying for – HE IS REAL. HE IS ALIVE. HE WILL SAVE YOU FROM YOUR SINS.

You know what’s right and wrong.

You feel the guilt.

It’s God’s signal to you that you need Him.

He wired you to feel bad without Him.

That way you’ll CHOOSE HIM over your own desires.

Because, let’s face it. Our desires don’t satisfy us very long. They’re paper thin in reality. They have no substance.

It’s like drugs.

You have to do it over and over again. And each time you get pulled in deeper to the addiction that will never satisfy you.

But Jesus said he came to GIVE YOU REST.

Pray this with me:

“Lord I am a sinner. That doesn’t mean I’m a bad person. It just means I need you. I confess my sins and ask your forgiveness. Now invade my life in every place. Help me to see my need for you in every situation and every environment. Plant me in a family of believers who will keep me on the straight and narrow. I thank you for your forgiveness and I give my life to you!”

Welcome to salvation.

Read the bible. Feed your spirit and refuse to let the Devil to take your joy!

I love you.

FM

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