THE TIME IS NOW!

1.12.15

THE SET TIME

II Corinthians 6:2 NKJV

“For He says: “In an acceptable time I have heard you, And in the day of salvation I have helped you.” Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.”

There are certain seasons, certain times that the Lord has
declared for a certain work.

And He always chooses to work grace in seasons of grace

When He determines to save us, He saves us

But it is at a set time.

This verse from 2 Corinthians 6 quotes a verse in Isaiah 49.

In that verse, the word “acceptable” in the original Hebrew means delight, goodwill,
favor, kindness, willfulness, grace.

A voluntary, arbitrary decision.

So we can look at this verse as saying, “Behold, now is the time of my voluntary decision to act by my choice in delight, goodwill,
favor, kindness and grace – arbitrarily. It’s simply my decision to do it now.”

Wow!

God is always good.
But apparently there are seasons that His goodness truly outdoes itself!

Perhaps this requires certain prescribed actions by the recipient, like humility or repentance.

Maybe it’s just a prescribed date.

It looks like neither is necessary.

It’s just a time He decides for no assistant reason to bless us!
No matter what, when the ingredients are there God has made up His mind to act.

This should give us new perspective and appreciation for the goodness of God for two reasons:

1. He loves us so much that He has declared predetermined zones of time when He will say enough is enough and He will step in to save us despite what we’ve done to get ourselves out of line.
2. He will enact grace. It’s just a matter of time. He is gracious. Period.

What this means for us is that we should be humbled by the fact that our very existence is so full of soon and destitution that it requires this safety net.

Consider this.

Where would we be without His safety net!?
We’d be certainly lost.

We must be careful not to “give up” on someone we know is our of the loop. someone who currently does not stand among believers and behave with righteousness and understanding. We must remember there is a set time for their freedom just as much as there was a set time for us!
We are warned by Paul not to accept this grace in vain.

He’s exorting us to appreciate the
fact that we don’t deserve these grace time zones and God could have chosen to let them pass without pulling us out of the fire.

II Corinthians 6:1 NKJV

“We then, as  workers together with  Him also plead with you not to receive the grace of God in vain.”

So Paul says we should be careful not to find ourselves engaged in unrighteousness as if we have no appreciation for
God’s decision – the fact that He CHOSE to save us.

It’s like bailing someone out of jail and they go right back to the save behavior.

You might as well have let them stay on jail!

There hasn’t been a renewing of the mind. The hasn’t been a change in posture toward consequences.

There hasn’t been an opening of
the eyes about the goodness of the giver.

Do you appreciate God’s grace?

Then accept it and use it as motivation to get even closer to the giver!

THE TIME IS NOW!!

Use the gift of grace as a chance to grow into someone who follows grace instead of squanders it.
The fact is time is always ticking. And it’s always running out.

God didn’t let the clock run out on your salvation.

So don’t let the clock run out on your discipleship.

You don’t have long to live the abundant life. Get the most out of grace and serve the One who is gracious.

If you have not accepted His grace and put your faith on Jesus
Christ, know this – Jesus died as a perfect sinless sacrifice so he could VOLUNTARILY accepted the punishment for your sins.

Sin must be punished.

That is what makes God a just God.

But at a SET TIME God allowed Jesus to come down here from heaven to be born of a virgin, relinquishing his place on heaven momentarily so he could die for you.
That’s grace!

But because he never sinned, a just God raised Jesus from the dead!

He’s alive and wants to live inside of you.

Because of Jesus, everyday is a day of salvation!

And you can spend eternity with him.
Simply talk to him and say:

“Lord I’m a sinner and I need your grace. I ask your forgiveness. And I accept you as my Lord and Savior. Come into my heart and change me from the inside out. Lead me into your peace. In Jesus name, amen!”

It’s that simple.

Now find a good church and live for the giver. Don’t accept His have in vain, only to live the same life.
Send me a message or email at sayhellohope@gmail.com and I can help you find a church or pray with you.

You can also find me on Facebook at “Hello Hope – Minister Frank Mickens.”

God bless you.

FM

WHO IS PRAYING FOR YOU?

“And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep.”

This was the prayer from one of Jesus’ disciples as he was being stoned to death.

I love the tenderness of his words. He chose not anger and frothy vitriol.  Instead he chose grace and mercy toward his misguided and merciless attackers.

Who is praying for you? If you are in meed of mercy.

Who prayed for you already? If you’ve since accepted God’s free gift of salvation.

Who are you praying for? If you know God’s call to all believers to spread the good news of the gospel.

The truth is, no one comes to the Father unless they are the recipient or beneficiary of prayer.

Jesus prayed for all who would believe. This proves that it’s a requirement that someone stand in the gap for us when we are unaware of our destitute nature. When we don’t know we NEED God.

So I encourage you to ponder if you should respond to the love and prayers of those who love you.

Or ponder if you’ve embraced the power and privilege of praying for some one else.

It worked for Stephen, the disciple.

His prayer we just read?

It was prayed as a man named Saul was leading the assassination against him.

Amazing, since not even three chapters later, Saul is bombarded on the road to Damascus by Jesus himself and presented with the awesome gift of salvation.

If it worked for a Jew who hated Christians to the point wanted them extinguished. It will work for all of us… whether we are sure of our salvation or not.

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

SET FREE

Below is an exerpt of an email I sent to our Evangelism Ministry before a big outreach event on July 4th.

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Recently, a man by the name of Lamonte Armstrong was released from prison after 17 years. He was wrongfully convicted of murder. So you might be wondering what is a have to do that evangelism? Well I think it’s extremely prophetic. When you consider Mr. Armstrong, sat behind bars for years and have no way out. But it took someone working on his behalf looking at the evidence to make sure the wrong person with in serving time in serving the consequences for someone else’s crime.

There were attorneys and teachers and professors and still working on behalf of Mr. Armstrong looking at the evidence trying to determine what had been missed that the prosecutor and the judge would have to consider and prove that he is innocent.

We are called to do the same thing as disciples of Jesus Christ!

Each of us are called in to see on behalf of people were living in the midst of God’s grace and don’t know what there is evidence the date been set free but it hasn’t been discovered by their heart yet.

Our job as their defense attorneys or their professors and teachers is to bring them into the bosom of God’s love. Every case is different. Just like every person is different. Every past is different.

We can plead their case with the judge in prayer and plead with the unbeliever one-on-one and tell them that they don’t have to serve time living in anguish and broken hearted any longer because their advocate, Jesus Christ, has already won the victory for them!

Think about it this way. There have been nearly 300 people set free as a result of the nationwide Innocence Project. And this is in a matter of the last 10 to 15 years.

It is not only miraculous in terms of what we can see with the natural eye. But it is also a prophetic example of what God is about to do!

He is giving us a glimpse of how He is preparing to set freak out was people who is not yet had their appeal in court because they have not yet as Jesus Christ into their hearts.

They’re living in prison. But He has already prepared for their freedom!

Let us walk in love and expectation on July 4th.

I invite you to fast and pray with me using Isaiah 61:1 as our focus scripture.

Isaiah 61:1 NKJV

“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, Because the Lord has anointed Me To preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives, And the opening of the prison to those who are bound”

Declare this anointing over yourself!

And get ready for some fireworks in the Spirit!

LIVE LIKE THIS!








LOVE TASTES GREAT!

We often hear the scripture in Psalms 34:8 at church.

And it is guaranteed to get applause, even the occasional shout.

It reads:

“O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.”

We often think of this as an opportunity to think on how Jesus has brought us through trials – how he has ransomed us out of the vice grip of sin.

But I want to stir up your spirit to think about how his taste should thrust us into a life of full-fledged evangelism.

Ever been afraid or apprehensive to preach the gospel?

Ever shuttered or paused to speak the name of Jesus in certain circles?

Well, I want to encourage you to pour out your heart to whoever you feel led. You know why it’s okay? Because His love tastes better than any acceptance or positive response by your friends or relatives.

Let me show you how I know this.

Romans 8:38-39 NLT

“And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.  No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Here’s Paul’s point.

If we focus on how much Jesus loves more than what people think of us, we will never fear anything!

Speak about how good Jesus is!

Don’t keep it to yourself!

And if you haven’t experienced his goodness, leave a comment and we can talk.

In short, Jesus gave up his glory in heaven as the Son of God to come to earth.

And he came for this reason.

He had to serve as the only sinless and perfect sacrifice to take the punishment of our sins on himself. (Philippians 2:6-8; 2 Corinthians 5:21)

And he rose from the dead so we can not only be saved, but live in abundant LIFE! (Romans 8:11; John 10:10)

So now we can be friends with God. We can know Him. (John 15:13-15)

I know Him! How cool is that? After all I’ve done?

O taste and see Jesus is good and don’t be afraid to accept him or proclaim him!

His love tastes so good, nothing can surpass it. So eat Jesus’ love more than you eat the acceptance of man.

Bless you in Jesus’ name.

FM

WHAT IS TRUTH?

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The question was asked by the leader of the Romans who was looking Jesus Christ in the face.

“What is truth?” asked Pontius Pilate.

He was responding to the assertion by Jesus that he came to reveal the truth. Which is ironic, since Jesus IS the truth. He represents everything that is good and right. He separates fact from fiction.

Jesus came to set the captives free.

You see, we are all captives of our own sin. We can’t help but make mistakes that hurt people we care about and hurt ourselves.

What is the answer?

Jesus says he is “the Way the Truth and the Life!”

Choosing to have faith in Jesus represents a choice to live in God’s will.  And there is no other path to the TRUTH.

Jesus said in John 14:6, “no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”

Think about it.

Jesus is God’s only Son. He is God in the flesh.

If God came down HIMSELF to die on a cross and then be RESURRECTED – why do we need any other path.

Obviously, He has done all the work with that one MAJOR step that can not be surpassed.

Just as Jesus said on the cross, “It is finished.”

So back to the question, “WHAT IS TRUTH?”

Philosophers can bat this question around for eternity and never come to a conclusion.

That – IS WHY WE NEED GOD.

He eliminates confusion. By faith in Him, we can get all the assurance we need.

How do we know truth? And how does God present truth?

In his Word.

The bible says in John 17:17 – “your word is truth.”

That’s Jesus speaking and praying to God for … US!

He prayed for us to recognize that is only God’s word that brings truth. Outside the bible, we are confused and trying to gain answers ourselves.

Let’s put it this way…

Who knows the CREATION better than the CREATOR?

We can’t argue with God because He knows it all!

We all ask, why does God allow this? Why does God allow that?

Well, He’s not out to confuse us. It’s all in the bible.

Truth is communicated just like any other information. IT HAS TO BE COMMUNICATED FOR THE SURVIVAL OF THE CREATION.

So God communicates through His word.

It’s insurmountable.

Undeniable.

It’s 100% accurate.

Search anywhere.

There are no inaccuracies. Zero!

God knows how to talk to us. I encourage you to get to know Him through His word.

And don’t be afraid of failure… What do you have to lose?

You know the way you’re going doesn’t work. So why not?

I can testify, you won’t be disappointed.

To follow Jesus, just say this prayer:

“Lord, I give you my life. I believe you are who you say you are. You did not lie. I’m in need of a Savior, because I can’t live a life free of sin without you. Your sacrifice did all the work. I give you my heart and I will serve you. I trust you Lord and I turn away from my old ways. In Jesus name I pray, AMEN!”

It’s that simple.

Romans 10:9 says if you confess with your mouth and believe in your heart that Jesus is who he says he is, you are saved!

Now watch how he takes residence in your heart and changes your perspective on EVERYTHING!

I encourage you to join a church and follow the teachings of the Bible. God’s word is our food according to Matthew 4:4.

Get into the word. It will change your life and wipe away all the tears, fear, pain and disappointment.

Welcome to the family of God!

Bless you brother!

Bless you sister!

Salvation is HERE!

FM

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