YOU ARE PERFECT AND LOVABLE – EVEN TO A PERFECT GOD

I have good news!

You were never meant to be perfect!

You are perfect justice way you are!

That is not to say we can live how we want and please God.

The bible is clear.

We can only please God if we have faith.

But here’s where His love comes in!

Think about a newborn baby.

When it shows up we are enamored. We can’t help but adore the perfectly sweet and cute and delightful “Mini-Me.”

It’s the same way with God. He made you. So He loves YOU!

And He only makes perfect stuff.

Here’s where our idea of perfect needs to change.

We are perfect because God wanted us to have flaws and still find love.

He could only prove He is love through giving His love to the seemingly unloveable.

We are PERFECT for His plan of revealing His true nature as a LOVING FATHER.

We were created to fall.

We were created to cry out.

And we were created to find God like no other creature in history.

The Angels who fell with satan didn’t have the chance of redemption.

But they are part of God’s perfect plan of redemption.

They tempt us to sin and try to cause us to fall away from God.

But He still reaches out with grace to love us anyway when we put our faith in Him as our sole source of salvation.

You can only experience true love through forgiveness.

Because if someone only loves you because of what you do for them – they’ll soon learn you make mistakes to and they’ll be gone.

Thank God He’s not like that!

He calls you flawless in scripture. He sees Himself as your spouse.

He’s dedicated to loving you perfectly.

And how else could He express that perfect love except when you make mistakes?

Be encouraged brother and sister.

You are loved.

And you are adored by the God of perfection.

He’s never made a mistake – especially when He made YOU.

God bless you.

FM

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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!

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

WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE?

We find it so easy to trust what everybody else is doing when it has no lasting effect.

Just think about the trendy diets as a perfect example.

But for an even better example, let’s talk about driving.

I’ve written before about how I’ve made the decision to drive no faster than the speed limit. I mean, it is the law. Right?

Not only is it RIGHT, but it will save me money (gas, no tickets 🙂  ) and it will protect me from being hurt.

Now, my decision impacts other drivers in a good way as well.

I’m not as much a danger to them and I become an example of proper and safe driving. This is particularly beneficial to young drivers,  buy everyone else as well.

With all that good stuff, I’m sure it doesn’t surprise you that my driving is also rubbing people the wrong way.

They don’t see my example as much as they see how it doesn’t mesh with their determination to drive how they want to drive.

‘What’s wrong with this guy?” they ask.

“Doesn’t he see how everybody else is driving 10 miles OVER the speed limit, at least!”

“Speed up or get out of my way!”

Human mature is to find it hard to believe what submit to what someone else is doing when it does have eternal value – when it costs us something.

Many who don’t want to believe in Jesus may struggle with the thought they will have to give up their way of living – the way they WANT to drive.

If that’s your concern, be at peace. God is our Father. He knows what’s best for us. His “rules” are just His way of keeping us from hurting ourselves and hurting others.

He’s the ultimate Highway Patrolman. He wants us to be safe.

Just like some people can’t believe in the rules of the road, some people can’t seem to understand why so many millions of people do understand. God and Jesus are real!

And so is death.

So to make a decision NOT to believe, is to make a decision to accept death.

Fine.

Except for one problem.

Jesus came so that you could have LIFE! (John 10:10)

I appeal to you to give Jesus a try. You don’t have to be perfect, just human.

And all it takes is a conversation and Jesus will turn your life around!

Pray with me:

Lord Jesus, I’ve tried things my way. And I just don’t have peace. I can’t trust myself to get it right. So now, I’m trusting you! I confess I’m a sinner. But I know I don’t have to be ashamed. You took the punishment for my sins on the cross. And I believe you’re alive today. That’s why I’m talking to you right now. Jesus I want to be in your family. I ask for your forgiveness and I accept it. I forgive myself. Now lead me in your will. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

Bless you brother!

Bless you sister!

He’s your God and your daddy! Bless you Jesus for bringing us home to daddy!

FM

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

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