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

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FROM COWARD TO COURAGE

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Looking at the character and person of Simon Peter, I believe we can learn a lot about facing the impossible – or better yet, facing ourselves – our fear.

Human nature, by default, loves acceptance.

But what happens when the need for acceptance means joining the crowd? Especially when the crowd is in error?

Peter exhibits what we’re prone to do at the exact moment Jesus is facing judgment from the Jews before he was committed to death on the cross.

Just as Peter was watching this happen, he was being asked to identify himself as a follower of Christ.

So, let’s get this straight.

At the exact moment Jesus was being smitten and spat upon, you mean people wanted Peter to align himself with Jesus?

That’s just the way it is.

And what Peter did is what most of us do.

He denied he even knew Jesus!

Jesus had prophesied that Peter would deny him. But Peter promised he would never do such a thing. Sounds like most of us on Sunday morning or at prayer meeting.

The fact is, our faith is tested when we’re asked to acknowledge Jesus when it’s not convenient. When we can lose something.

But we have to realize, that’s when our faith is most verified by the onlooker. They may not agree. But they’ll know that we believe what we believe – no matter what!

I’m praying that we all have a moment like Peter did when he realized he had forsaken the Lord.

The bible says Peter “wept bitterly” when he remembered his previous zeal and Jesus’ prophesy that Peter would fold like a house of cards.

That’s what we need.

We need to wake up to how we’ve denied him.

You want change?

You want revival?

You want family members saved?

Don’t deny Jesus – at any cost.

The most glorious part about it is we have more power when we have that kind of faith.

The same Peter who “chickened out” before the rooster crowed, is the same Peter who boldly proclaimed Jesus was the Christ prophesied in scripture in Acts chapter 2.

That bold sermon, after his transition from sorrow to strength, brought 3,000 people into the body of Christ!

And the Lord said we would do “greater works!”

Be bold and expect a harvest.

Blessings,

FM

HELP MY UNBELIEF

Ever noticed that people who believe the impossible have the most impact?

As we approach the MLK holiday, I’m beginning to develop a renewed appreciation for Dr. King as a revolutionary.

He believed a system – a belief system could be toppled – because he knew it was wrong. And he believed it was wrong in the eyes of God.

He was stirred in his spirit to the point he could no longer ignore it.

I believe he developed a resolve to withstand beatings and abuse from all angles.

In a story in Mark 9, Jesus’ disciples were confronted with the impossible themselves.

A boy was possessed and oppressed by a spirit – much like America was possessed and oppressed by hatred.

The disciples tried to cast it out – to no avail.  But when the boy’s father came to Jesus, he said:

“I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”

     -Mark 9:24b (NIV)

The boy’s father was acknowledging he knew what was possible, because his situation just wasn’t right.

But he also acknowledged he didn’t have the faith to do what was necessary to change it.

The good news is in Jesus’ response to this situation (as always):

“Everything is possible for one who believes.”

     -Mark 9:23b (NIV)

I’m praying that I will be able to see situations like Jesus does.

I’m expecting a revolution!

I believe the world is God’s and that He wants all to believe in Jesus Christ.

But to demonstrate my faith, I have to be willing to lose – just as Dr. King did, and Christ.

I may not have to give it all, my life. But to overcome the world, I’ve got to be willing to give up my affections for this world.

Can you believe?

Who is connected to you that needs to hear and see the goodness of Jesus?

Is it you?

I want to assure you that Jesus won’t disappoint you like everything else in this world that we trust.

Your past disappointments are not an example of how companionship with Jesus works.

Don’t let the pains of the past turn your heart cold toward His love.

Blessings to you all…

WHITE HOT, BURNING FAITH!

Strike a match and watch the burst of energy from the spark.

And then watch the flame licking at the fuel of the matchstick – leaving no fuel left unquenched.

People can be so moved by this that they can become consumed by the fire in their soul and desire to see it again and again. Many of these people become very sick and desirous to see the power of the huge flames destroy life and property.

Their “innocent” affliction of worship of the tiny flame becomes so ravenous they go to great lengths to see its limits broadened without concern for the outcome.

Friends, this is not so with God. Jesus wants our flame to consume us, yes. He wants the initial spark to consume all the fuel (our natural desires that drive our behavior).

This leaves no room for error and a drive to stay in the will of God.

But – the flame is not meant to consume the viewer into a roller coaster of addiction.

Instead, it is designed to push and catapult the OUTSIDER or BYSTANDER into an indescribably unquenchable desire to have the same experience.

Friends, our fire is supposed to attract those who don’t have it and don’t understand it, but want to see it do its wonders.

And before you know it, the outsider takes a chance and gets the same spark!

And that spark is FAITH!

This phenomenon, this MIRACLE called faith is what starts every single revival.

It either starts the revival of the individual.

Or it starts the revival of a community, city or nation.

Want proof? LOOK AT BABYLON.

The familiar story talks about Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego. When faced with worshiping King Nebuchadnezzar’s golden image, they refused.

Their faith burned so white hot they decided they would rather be baked into dust in a fiery furnace than worship an idol.

Their words to the king:

Daniel 3:17-18 – “If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king.”

“But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image thou has set up.”

WHAT BOLDNESS!!

When was the last time we stood up for the all-knowing, all-powerful, and ever-present God of the universe?

This is where power resides.

S0… off to the furnace they went.

But their own fire of FAITH was much more powerful than any flaming Dutch oven!

And just like the flaming match, it got the king’s attention:

Daniel 3:26 – “Then Nebuchadnezzar came near to the mouth of the burning fiery furnace and spake and said, Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego, ye servants of the most-high God, come forth and come hither.”

He immediately recognized God!

And it gets better!

The king was so moved by the FAITH that fuels miracles he made God the God of the land by decree!

So, no matter the heart condition of the Babylonians – the people of God – the Jews, were revived! They were rejuvenated, no doubt, to worship the true God.

It is this FAITH we need today.

Faith to believe the impossible.

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