Giving God Your Best

The Word of the LORD for this week is “Giving God your Best” The scripture says in Col 3:17, “And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him. It is also confirmed in Col 3:23-24,  “And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.”

This is one of the most powerful scriptures in the Bible as it relates to serving, giving and laboring for the LORD. The Apostle Paul wrote this in a letter to the Colossian church,  and I believe it is one of the most profound scriptures in the Bible. Paul could say these words because he labored tirelessly for the LORD.  

Think with me for a moment. Before he was converted in Christ, he was a religious leader and Pharisee who persecuted the church. In other words, he was a Jesus and Christian hater. Once he met Jesus, got saved and converted, he labored tirelessly for the LORD and the Kingdom of God. 

Listen to his testimony. He wrote 13 books of the New Testament by the Holy Spirit. Many people believe he wrote Hebrews as well. That means that he contributed 14 books of the New Testament. (that’s a lot of writing for someone who didn’t have a computer!) He also traveled around Asia Minor at that time with over 3 missionary journeys, preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom about Jesus the Christ. He was persecuted, imprisoned, beaten, people turned their backs on him, mocked him, and eventually died  in prison for the cause of Christ!  What is amazing is that this man labored tirelessly for the LORD, and left a testimony and legacy for the church that is dynamic and powerful!  

Yet today, people give up on God, stop coming to church, and complain about serving, giving and doing anything for the LORD!  This is truly a sad testimony for the LORD because God has been good to us! Not only that, we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ one day, to give an account of our works and words. 

The question is, can we say like Paul: 2 Tim 4:7  I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 

2 Tim 4:8  Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing. 

Excuse me just for a moment, but how can we who say we are the light of the world, the salt of the earth, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, an ambassador of Christ, and seated in heavenly places with Christ, give as little as we can, serve as little as we can, and complain when we have to sing, serve, minister or volunteer?  This is why Paul could say:

Col 3:17, “And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” 

Col 3:23-24,  “And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.”  

Remember  as a believer in Christ, everything you do for the Kingdom of God is for God and God alone! It may seem like you are serving a man or woman, but it is for the Kingdom of God. The Bible clearly says, whatever you do in word or deed, do it from the heart, and as to the LORD and not to man, knowing that you will receive the reward of the inheritance, because you serve the LORD Jesus Christ! Today, let us truly examine ourselves,  and give our very best to the LORD in word or deed! God bless!

Do you believe in Miracles?

The Word of the LORD for this week is “Miracles.” The scripture says in Gal 3:5, “Therefore He who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you, does He do it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?”  The Bible also says in Gal 3:9, “So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.”

Question? Do you believe in miracles? Do you believe in the impossible? Do you believe that God is able to do above and beyond all that you can ask or think? All throughout the Bible we see the miracle working power of God! The Bible says that Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forevermore!  (Heb 13:8) which means that he changes not. 

The dispensation has changed, the times have changed, we have changed, people have changed, but God has not changed! Isn’t it amazing that seasons change, the world changes, but God stays the same. Mal 3:6  says, “For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.” God will always be faithful to his Word and who he is! 

I have seen the miracle working power of God over the years! God has healed, granted grace and favor, opened doors, and made a way out of no way for over 11 years in ministry! I have seen the LORD provide and do things in the lives of God’s people that only God himself could have done! This is why I will never ever stop believing and trusting the supernatural, miracle working power of the LORD Jesus Christ!

Many of you reading this devotional today have been healed or alive today because of the miracle working power of Jesus Christ! The year 2019 was a tough year for many people. The LORD said that this is a season for miracles! Get ready to receive and see great things manifested in your life! The only thing God asks from us is to have faith in God! So today release your faith and trust God for the impossible. Something powerful is about to happen in your life and we will all be witnesses of it!

The Bible clearly says in Gal 3:5, “Therefore He who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you, does He do it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?”  It is our faith that opens the doors to the supernatural miracle working power of God.  Today, let us agree in faith concerning everything that God predestined, purposed, planned, promised and prophesied over our ministry, your life, your family and your future!  

We must never be moved by what we see, feel or hear. The Bible says we walk by faith and not by sight in 2 Cor 5:7. We may not be where we want to be right now, but the most important thing is to be in the perfect will of God! And when you see the manifestation of all that God desires to do in you and through you, because of your faith, you will be able to say like the Psalmist in Psalm 118:23,  “This is the LORD’s doing; It is marvelous in our eyes.”  God bless!

True Worship

The Word of the LORD for this week is True Worship from John 3:23-24:

Joh 4:23  But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. 
Joh 4:24  God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” 

Lets talk about true worship! What is your definition of true worship? If it lines up with John 4:23-24, then your understanding of true worship is excellent! Because worship is a serious expression of love toward our Heavenly Father and our LORD Jesus Christ!  Worship involves the lifting of hands, bowing, lying prostrate before the LORD, and sometimes even crying out in the presence of God.

Worship is not just what we do on Sunday. Most people don’t understand true worship. They think that  worship only occurs when we play certain slow gospel songs. This could be further from the truth! Worship is a lifestyle. We worship God with our life, we worship God with our giving, we worship God with our words, we worship God in spirit and in truth,  and we worship him in the beauty of his holiness! (1 Chron 16:29, and Psalm 29:2) Every believer must understand the importance of true worship. Jesus said, the time is coming and is NOW come, when the true worshippers will worship the Father (Almighty God), in spirit and in truth! 

Worship begins at home, and we must teach our children how to worship as well. The Bible clearly says that we should worship the LORD our God, and him only we shall serve!  (Matt 4:10)  If there is anything in your life that takes the place of God, it is an idol, and you are guilty of idol worship. God will not share his glory with anything or anyone, so we must be careful! (Exo 20:3-4)

Today people worship movie stars, athletes, material things, money, and even false idols. These things will lead you down a dark path of false worship, in which Satan will exploit for his evil purposes. We must not fall into this trap of deception! Let us stay focused, keep our eyes and mind stayed on Jesus Christ, and worship him in spirit and in truth!

This week, don’t wait until Sunday. Take some time, get in a quiet place, seek the face of Almighty God, get into his presence, pray, and worship him in spirit and in truth. Tell the LORD how much you love him, and that there is none like him in all the whole earth! When you do this, you will experience his love, presence and power like never before!  (Psalm 16:11) God Bless!

The Spiritual Battle

The Word of the LORD for this week is from Psalm 144:1,  A Psalm of David. “Blessed be the LORD my strength, which teaches my hands to war, and my fingers to fight.” 

One of the things we must never forget is that there is an unseen war raging in the spirit realm. Someone once said the level of activity in the physical realm is equal or greater in the spiritual realm. In other words when we see all the mayhem, violence, and destruction in the physical realm, there is much more going on in the spiritual realm causing this to manifest.

Just because you don’t see it in the natural, doesn’t mean that it is not so. Why, because it is going on spiritually in the unseen realm! We know it to be so because the Apostle Paul told us in Ephesians 6:12,  “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.” 

Paul said we are not wrestling against flesh and blood. Paul said it is something much more sinister and dark. All throughout the Bible we see Israel fighting enemies. Abraham had to fight. Moses had to fight. Joshua had to fight. King David was a warrior but he was also a worshipper! Paul even said that we should fight the good fight of faith in 1 Tim 6:12, “Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.” 

There are many reading this that may say, Pastor I don’t like to fight and I don’t want to fight!~  Well my dear brother and sister, I have to tell you that although you didn’t start the fight, the enemy will bring the fight against your church, marriage, ministry, health, family, finances, and your life! The devil often picks fights with us even when we don’t want a fight! Maybe that’s why David said in, Psa 144:1  A Psalm of David. “Blessed be the LORD my strength, which teaches my hands to war, and my fingers to fight.” 

Although the battle is already won and we have the victory in Jesus Name, we still have to walk it out in the physical realm.  Although we are meek and walk in peace, we should have the mindset of David who said that the Most High God himself teaches me how to war, and my fingers to fight. Wow, what a Word! God himself will give us the wisdom in this spiritual battle!

Who are we fighting? Against anything that is evil, against the forces of darkness, and against anything that would exalt itself against the knowledge and Word of God! We don’t fight with natural weapons, we war in the spirit with prayer, prophecy and praise!

The scripture says in 2 Cor 10:3-4 “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds.”  Today ask God to give you the heart of a warrior and worshipper with a powerful prayer voice, that will prophesy the Word of God with power, and a radical praise that will still and stop the enemy of our soul in his tracks! God Bless!

The Wisdom of Your Words

Praise God through whom all blessings flow! This week we are going to share on the wisdom of your words!  How many of us know that the Bible has a lot to say about the wisdom of words that we speak. Listen to Prov 13:3, ” He who guards his mouth preserves his life, but he who opens wide his lips shall have destruction.”  This is truly an amazing scripture! 

The Bible has so many nuggets of wisdom concerning the words we speak. The wise man of Proverbs said that if we guard our mouth, we will preserve our life. But if we open our lips wide, we will have destruction. What is the wise man referring too? The wisdom of knowing when to speak the right words, and the foolishness of speaking the wrong words!

One of the travesties of our current day is that people use the freedom of speech to jibber, jabber, cuss, curse and say what they want especially on social media. But as we can see according to the scripture it is very wise to guard our mouths! 

We used to have a saying in the Navy, “Loose lips sink ships.” In other words when we are in a port somewhere overseas in Europe, South America or Africa, don’t talk about shipboard strategies and Navy business. Why? Because the enemy is listening and looking for an opportunity to put some strategic pieces of a puzzle together so they can take advantage of us. We can learn something from this. How? By watching what we say, so that we don’t feed the enemy, our adversary, the devil,  information that he can use to harm us! 

The word of wisdom for this week is zip your lip! In other words, Watch what you say, and don’t give the enemy fuel to accuse us before God. If you are not glorifying God with your conversation, you are giving the devil fuel for accusations!

The Bible says in Prov 17:28, “Even a fool, when he holds his peace, is counted wise,  and he that shuts his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.” Wow! What words of wisdom! Even a fool is considered wise when he holds his tongue! Why is that? Because no one knows he is a fool until he opens his mouth! 

This week, lets speak life over our church, family, finances, one another and every situation that comes our way. Lets glorify God with our conversation and speak life! When we do this, we will see our lives and environment radically changed in a positive way because of the wisdom of our words!  Selah!

God bless,

Pastor Quinn

Where are you?

Gen 3:9 Then the LORD God called to Adam and said to him, “Where are you?”

Luk 2:48 So when they saw Him, they were amazed; and His mother said to Him, “Son, why have You done this to us? Look, Your father and I have sought You anxiously.”
Luk 2:49 And He said to them, “Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?”

In the book of Genesis chapter 3: 1-9, after Adam and Eve had disobeyed the LORD, He asked Adam a very important question?  Which was,  “Adam, where are you?” Now we all know that God is all present and all knowing so it wasn’t a location or physical question.  It was a spiritual question, in which God was drawing Adam into what God already knows. It was also a rhetorical question in which God himself wanted to make a statement rather than to elicit information.  

Why is this important to all of us? Because prophetically he is asking the people of the nations, saved and unsaved, churched and unchurched, ” Where are you?”  Many of us know where we are physically, or location wise, but where are you spiritually in your walk with the LORD. Are you just waltzing through life and your relationship with the LORD, or are you pursuing the Kingdom purpose for your life? I can remember long time ago, back in the day, one of my favorite rappers, Rakim used to say, “Its not where you from, it’s where you at!”

We are now in July, soon to be August, headed toward December. Where are you spiritually? Is prayer and the study of the word a priority in your life. Is fellowship, and worship a priority in your life? Or just pleasure all the time? We should never ever just going through the motions of weekly worship, where we can check off the, “I went to church box today.”

My brothers and sisters, we must be about our Fathers business. In Matt 24:38-44, Jesus speaking about the days of Noah, said that just as it was in those days, it will be in our days before the LORD’s return. People were doing their normal stuff, eating, drinking, working, making that money, partying, sleeping, and everything else. So the LORD exhorts us in Mat 24:44, “Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”  

These are very powerful Words for he or she that has an ear to hear! I am reminded of Jesus parents who asked him a question as to where he was, and unlike Adam, Jesus said in Luke 2:49  “And He said to them, “Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?” Whoot, there it is!  That is the word for you and me. Its time to be about our Fathers Kingdom business in this new season. So I want to ask you a question as a little Shepherd on behalf of the Chief Shepherd, Jesus Christ,  “Where are you?” Only you know that answer, and only you can answer that question! I pray you would ponder those wise words as I have, and make the proper spiritual adjustments in your life! 

God Bless! Pastor Quinn

Time is not on your side

Joh 4:35  “Do you not say, ‘There are still four months and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest!”

Greetings to you all in the blessed name of our LORD Jesus Christ!

As I sat in my office, I began to reflect on how fast time is moving in this present age. It just seems like yesterday when I think about certain events in my life. I have been married for 34 years, served 21 years in the military and now pastoring a church for 11 years. I often wonder where did time go?  I am sure many of you can agree!

I remember a song written a long time ago by a rock and roll group called the Rolling Stones. The song was titled “Time is on my side. ”

-As I thought about that song, I began to laugh because time is really not on my side!  When I was young I had more energy, I played lots of basketball, could run up and down the court and dunk with ease. When I ran track and field, I could long jump and run with the best of them, but now my knees speak clearly to me if I try to do that activity today! Can I get a witness?

But think about this friends and family! Time is not on your side. Time is on God’s side. He is the only one who has ordained time, controls time, but yet sits outside of time. The wise man Solomon said the following in:

Ecc 3:1  To everything there is a season, a  time for every purpose under heaven: 

Ecc 3:2 A  time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck what is planted; 

Ecc 3:3  A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; 

Ecc 3:4  A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; 

Ecc 3:5  A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; 

Ecc 3:6  A time to gain, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to throw away; 

Ecc 3:7  A time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; 

Ecc 3:8  A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace. 

As we can see, there is a time for everything under heaven, but time keeps on slipping, slipping into the future! 

I want to encourage you to respect time and to honor time, because tomorrow is not promised!  There are some people who don’t respect time. They show up late for appointments. They show up late for work, and they show up late for meetings. Time is nothing to them, as if you had all day to wait on them!  God gives us 24 hours each day to accomplish all that is in our hearts, and if you PLAN accordingly you will have less stress and headaches. Time should be a blessing, not a burden!

Maybe this is why the scripture says, “This is the day that Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24

Lam 3:22  Through the LORD’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. 

Lam 3:23  They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. 

Remember yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but what you do today can change your tomorrow! What decisions and things are you procrastinating in that may hinder your tomorrow? You can change your tomorrow, today! That sounds like an oxymoron right? But its truth. What you do today affects your tomorrow! You can change that attitude today. You can apologize or forgive today. You can stop wasting your money today. You can make the right decision today that will drastically change your tomorrow!

Sometimes we dishonor time and we think that we have a lifetime to accomplish and achieve all that is in our heart, not knowing that tomorrow is certainly not promised.

Jesus told the disciples in John 4:35  Do you not say, ‘There are still four months and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest! 

Isn’t this an amazing scripture. Obviously the disciples must have thought they had lots of time to accomplish what they were called to do, but Jesus said something so profound:

Do you not say, ‘There are still four months and then comes the harvest’?

Isn’t this the mindset of people today. I will do it tomorrow. I will do it next week. I will get it done when I can get it done. I mean we live in a microwave society and we are moving nearly at the speed of light, but yet we procrastinate on salvation, doing the work of the ministry, getting personal goals accomplished, or even doing something significant that can be a blessing to others in our church, community, city or country.

Jesus concludes that statement by saying, “Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest! 

In other words, you say you have four months. I say the time is now.  You say you have two months, I say the time is now. You say, I will get done tomorrow, I say get it done today! In other words, open your eyes, lift up your eyes! Do you not see what I see? The fields are white for harvest!

Wow! This is truly an amazing and profound passage of scripture. It completely shatters procrastination and stagnation! It says why put off for tomorrow what you can accomplish today! It says the time is now, not tomorrow! It says I have a sense of urgency and “I must work the works of him who sent me while it is day, for the night comes when no man can work.”  John 9: 4

I don’t know about you, but I believe my family, your family, the church, community, city and country need prayers now. We need divine intervention now.  We need unity now. We need to come together now. We need to be about the Fathers business now.

I know its summer, barbeque pits are smoking, the beaches are booming, vacation is on our minds, and you have to make that money. But in the midst of doing all that you do, let us remember that time is not on our side.  The LORD’s return is soon! I think a better song to sing is, “Time is on Jesus side!” “Time is on Jesus side!”

God Bless,

Pastor Quinn

The ACTS of PRAYER: A model for powerful prayer

Luke 11:1  Now it came to pass, as He was praying in a certain place, when He ceased, that one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.” 

Greetings to you all in the blessed name of our LORD Jesus Christ!

In our last study we discussed the power of your prayers and how James the brother of our LORD Jesus Christ said something so profound about prayer and the Prophet Elijah, which should encourage each and every one of us to pray with boldness, confidence and power!  Let’s review James 5: 17-18  again!

Jas 5:17  Elijah was a man subject to passions like as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months.

Jas 5:18  And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth produced its fruit.

 Do you understand what James is saying? That although Elijah was a mighty prophet of God and stopped the rain for three and a half years in the name of the LORD, (1 Kings 17:1), he was a man, a human being with emotions and passions like you and me!

If you are not aware of how powerful Elijah the Prophet was, let me remind you again of what he did in the name of the LORD! God used Elijah mightily to raise a boy from the dead, (1 Kings 17: 21)  called down fire from heaven, (1 Kings 18: 37-38), killed four hundred and fifty false prophets  by himself, (1 Kings 18:40) but yet he was a human being with a nature like you and me!

This should encourage someone that God is not a respecter of persons and that he hears the effective fervent prayers of his beloved and righteous children!

Many times we look at people in the world who are famous, or maybe someone in ministry who is doing a great work for the LORD, and we tend to put them on a pedestal as if they were from another galaxy.  Now don’t get me wrong, the Bible says to give honor to where honor is due and we are to honor those that deserve honor.  

But understand that each and every person in this human body has emotions, passions, needs and desires. The only difference in being called of God is that God has anointed them, sanctified them, and set them aside for Kingdom purposes in the earth, and for this reason we should give double honor.

The Apostle Paul said in Romans 13:7, “Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom, fear to whom fear, honor to whom honor.”

He confirms it in 1 Tim 5:17  “Let the elders who rule well be counted worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in the word and doctrine.”

Now I could go on about this but I want to stay on our topic of prayer! The point I am making in regards to prayer is that James tells us that although Elijah that mighty man and prophet of God was used mightily of the LORD,  he had emotions and passions like you and me. 

So as it relates to prayer, many people have a fear or draw back when it is time to pray, especially in public but God has empowered you to ask, seek and knock with confidence. Listen to Hebrews 4:16!

Heb 4:16  Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. 

Did you hear that? Let us come boldly to the throne of grace. Now when we come, we should come boldly, but humbly as well!

When I was in the military years ago, when I first got saved, it was a struggle in some respects in learning how to pray like the mature saints did. But I learned a simple way to pray from a simple formula called the ACTS of PRAYER. Let me share it with you, but first let’s take a look at a scripture in Luke 11:1.

Luk 11:1  “Now it came to pass, as He was praying in a certain place, when He ceased, that one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.”

So here we have the disciples who have seen Jesus cast out demons, tell parables with heavenly wisdom and perform miracles in their presence, yet they asked him to teach them how to pray, and he taught them a simple prayer that we know as the LORD’s prayer.  So we see according to scripture that prayer can be taught!  Just remember that some things are taught and some things are caught!

What does that mean? There are some things that you can be taught by others, but there are some things you have to catch by the Holy Spirit who will teach you!

Someone may be reading this and saying the Lord ’s Prayer is so simple. Yes it is simple,  but it contains everything we need as it relates to coming into agreement with heavens Kingdom plan, fulfilling the will of God, and getting our needs supplied. Let’s talk about the ACTS of PRAYER.

Although prayer cannot be reduced to a formula, certain basic elements should be included in our communication with God and they are Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication, or “ACTS” for short, which will help you remember. Let me explain!

A — ADORATION

To adore God is to worship and praise Him, to honor and exalt Him in our heart and mind and with our lips. Adoration expresses our complete trust in Him and reflects our confidence that He hears us. Adoration demonstrates our reverence, awe, love, and gratitude. (Psalm 96:9, John 4:24)

C — CONFESSION

When our discipline of prayer begins with adoration, the Holy Spirit has opportunity to reveal any sin in our life that needs to be confessed. By seeing God in His purity, His holiness, and His love, we become aware of our own sinfulness and unworthiness. Confessing our sin and receiving His forgiveness restores us to fellowship with Him and clears the channel for God to hear and answer our prayers (Prov 28: 13, 1 John 1:8-9).

T — THANKSGIVING

Nothing pleases God more than our consistent expression of thanksgiving. What better way to do this than to tell Him, “Thank you!” God’s Word commands, “Give thanks in all circumstances” because “this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” As we approach God with a thankful heart, He makes Himself strong on our behalf. (Psalm 107:1, 1 Thessalonians 5:18 ).

S — SUPPLICATION

Last but not least is supplication which means to ask, plea, petition, request or beg. It is an earnest or humble plea for our personal needs and desires through prayer. Supplication includes our petitions and requests for our own needs and intercession for others. We are to pray for everything and we should be specific. (Matt 7: 7-8, Luke 11: 9-13)

As you pray to the LORD be sensitive to the Holy Spirit. Pray about your problems, pray for wisdom and guidance, pray for strength to resist temptation, pray for comfort in time of sorrow, pray for others, pray for your family, your children, your parents, neighbors, friends, community, city and country. Pray for your pastor and missionaries, pray for leaders to whom God has given special responsibility, and above all pray for those in authority over you (1 Timothy 2:1-5).

These elements of prayer — Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, and Supplication — have helped many believers over the years to develop a more well-rounded prayer life!  So keep praying according to Luke 18: 1, 1 Thess 5:17 and Eph 6:18 and see you next time!

God Bless,

Pastor Quinn

The Power of Your Prayers

 Jas 5:13  Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms. 

Jas 5:14  Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. 

Jas 5:15  And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. 

Jas 5:16  Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. 

Jas 5:17  Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months. 

Jas 5:18  And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth produced its fruit. 

Greetings and Blessings family and friends, today I want to encourage you to always pray and not be weary or to worry! All throughout the Bible we find scriptures on the importance and power of prayer.  Prayer is so important and powerful that in Luke chapter 11, the disciples asked Jesus to teach them how to pray as John taught his disciples.

Isn’t that amazing?  The disciples saw Jesus casting out demons, performing miracles and telling parables and stories with heavenly wisdom. Yet, they asked him to teach them how to pray, as John taught his disciples how to pray! Let’s read!

Luk 11:1  Now it came to pass, as He was praying in a certain place, when He ceased, that one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.” 

As we see from the scriptures, Jesus also prayed on a regular basis and the disciples saw the Son of God and Son of Man praying with consistency and power. We also see from the scriptures that prayer can be taught. In other words there are principles that relate to prayer that anyone who does not know how to pray can learn. (we will discuss this in our next devotional)

So all throughout scripture we are exhorted to pray!  Jesus told us in  Matt 26:41,  “Watch and pray, that you enter not into temptation, the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”   Jesus also told us in Luke 18: 1, “Pray always and not to faint.”    Paul told us in 1 Thess 5: 17, “To pray without ceasing.”  He also told us in Eph 6:18, “ To pray always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints.”

So in James chapter 5, verses 13-18, we learn some powerful principles of prayer by the Apostle James. James mentions prayer at least seven times in six verses of scripture.

Jas 5:13  Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms. 

Jas 5:14  Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. 

Jas 5:15  And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. 

Jas 5:16  Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. 

Jas 5:17  Elijah was a man subject to passions as we are (with nature like ours), and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months. 

Jas 5:18  And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth produced its fruit. 

In these passages of scripture we find that no matter what you are going through, the answer to all these things is prayer!  What is so profound is that James mentions the mighty Prophet Elijah who did great miracles in the name of the LORD. James said that although he was a powerful man of God, he had a human nature or was subject to passions like you and me.

Do you understand what James is saying? That although Elijah was a mighty prophet of God and stopped the rain for three and a half years, (1 Kings 17:1), he was a man, or human being like you and me! Let’s read what James said:

Jas 5:17  Elijah was a man subject to passions like as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months. 

Jas 5:18  And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth produced its fruit. 

If you are not aware of how powerful Elijah the Prophet was, let me remind you of what he did in the name of the LORD! God used Elijah mightily to  raise a boy from the dead, (1 Kings 17: 21)  called down fire from heaven, (1 Kings 18: 37-38), and killed four hundred and fifty false prophets  by himself, (1 Kings 18:40) but yet he was a human being with a nature like you and me! This should encourage someone that God is not a respecter of persons and that he hears the prayers of his beloved and righteous children!

I want you to know that although you may not be a licensed or ordained Minister, Deacon, or Elder. It makes no difference! James is making the case that prayer is for everyone, and God hears the prayers of all his righteous saints!

The Bible says in  Jas 5:16  Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that you may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. 

So today I want to encourage someone that prayer is important and that you should pray with power concerning that situation just like the Prophet Elijah. As a result God is going to open the windows of heaven and pour you out a blessing that you would not have room enough to receive!

The Bible says in Eph 3:20  Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.

May God Bless you and keep on praying with power!

Pastor Quinn

Igniting the fire

Matthew 5:6  Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled. 

The Word of God declares that when we hunger and thirst after righteousness we shall be filled. This is not only a Biblical principle but a life principle! How many of us know that you can’t accomplish your goals, dreams, visions or aspirations without a hunger to fulfill that which is in your heart!

Anyone who accomplished anything great did not sit on the dock of the bay and watch the tide roll away. They did not wade in the baby pool! They launched out into the deep! They were persistent! They had a fire within them! They were unstoppable and didn’t let anything stop them from accomplishing their goals or dreams!

One of the greatest hindrances to spiritual growth and fulfilling purpose is that you go through the motions in church week after week. Did you know that it is possible to be in church week after week and be comfortable in church? 

In the book of Revelation chapters 2 & 3, it references seven churches that received letters from the LORD Jesus and he commended or rebuked them for their works! Theologians say that there was a compromising church, corrupt church, dead church,  lukewarm church, loveless church, persecuted church and a faithful church!

Now the Bible says that we are the church. Which means it is not talking about a building but a people. I pray that none of those churches mentioned describes you, with the exception of the faithful church! If it does, we must check ourselves before we wreck ourselves!  We must begin to hunger and thirst after righteousness, ask God to renew your strength, restore the joy of your salvation and ignite a fire in you that cannot be quenched! Then begin to hunger and thirst after righteousness, and guess what the Bible says that when you do, you shall be filled! God Bless,

Pastor Quinn