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10 Prayer and Faith Principles taught by the LORD

Good day all,

When we look at scripture, we find Jesus was always praying and sharing the revelation of prayer. We find it in Matthew chapter 6, Matthew 26, Mark chapter 11, Luke chapter 11, and Luke chapter 18 to name a few! But Mark 11:22-25 gives us some profound insight into ten faith and prayer principles taught by the LORD Jesus when you break it down! Take a look!

Mar 11:22 And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. 

Mar 11:23 For verily I say unto you, that whosoever shall say unto this mountain, be removed, and be cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. 

Mar 11:24 Therefore I say unto you, what things you desire, when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you shall have them. 

Mar 11:25 And when you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything(offence) against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. 

As I began to read it, I broke it down and here are 10 profound prayer and faith principles taught by the LORD!

1. Have faith in God – Keep the faith and never doubt!

2. Say to the mountain – The mountain is anything that is bigger than you. He didn’t say go over it, go around it or under it! Speak to it. (By the way. this isn’t name it, claim it, blab it, grab it)

3. Don’t doubt – Never doubt. Remember the children of Israel in the wilderness. Doubt cancels faith.

4. Believe what you say – Do you truly believe that what you are praying, God is able to make all grace abound toward you?

5. Say what you believe – Pray with faith!

6. Desire – What do you desire? Do you really want to see it come to pass?

7. Pray – Seek the LORD! There are some things that only God can do!

8. Believe – Trust and have confidence. Stay optimistic! No fear, doubt or unbelief!

9. Receive – Know that God wants the best for you! Receive it by faith according to his will.

10. Forgive – Above all. Release your offences and hurts. Put it under the blood! Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery. What you do today, determines your tomorrow. Unforgiveness hinders prayer!

Remember these prayer principles when seeking the LORD through prayer for whatever situation or circumstance you have in your life!

God Bless, Pastor Quinn

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The Power of Prophecy Revisited

2 Peter 1:19 We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto you do well that you take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: 
2 Peter 1:20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. 
2 Peter 1:21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. 

In 2019, I wrote a book entitled, “The power of prayer, prophecy and praise.” In that book I mentioned the importance of prophecy in scripture! Why is prophecy so important to the body of Christ? Because it encourages, edifies and comforts us.

Prophecy also prepares us and warns us of things yet to come. It is so important that Jesus even said in Matt 10:41, “He that receives a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward.”

The Apostle Peter gave us a profound word of wisdom in 2 Peter 1:19 that says, ” We have also a more sure word of prophecy; which you do well to take heed, as unto a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: 

Peter said that Gods prophetic word is a sure word, in which we should take heed. In other words, it is something that we should never take lightly, because it will come to pass and shines brightly in the darkness. In other words, God’s prophetic word is true and will always shine brightly no matter how dark it gets in the world.

2Pe 1:20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. 

He goes on to say that prophecy of scripture is not of any private interpretation. In other words, we cannot preach, teach, minister or twist the scripture to fit our own means and ways. God’s Word is a sure word! He goes on to say;

2Pe 1:21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. 

The Old Testament prophets and men of scripture spoke prophetically in the name of the LORD, not for their own will and for their benefit, but by the Holy Ghost!

I counted in the Bible over twenty out of sixty-six books that speak about a prophet, or deal with prophets and prophecy. So, in essence, the Bible itself is prophetic! We must admit that most people have no problem with prayer or praise, but prophecy is another thing.

Some people don’t really like to talk much about prophecy, but prophecy is all throughout the Bible, and is part of the Bible. Consider this; there are about eighteen books in the Bible named after the Prophets of God.

Jesus was a prophet (Mark 6: 4), Moses was a prophet (Deut 18: 15-18), the Bible even called Abraham a prophet. (Gen 20: 7-9). Some of the most important books of the Bible are from the prophets Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel and Daniel.

What is amazing is that some people believe that prophecy is complete after the resurrection of Christ in what is referred to as cessation. In Christianity, cessation is the doctrine that spiritual gifts such as speaking in tongues, prophecy and healing ceased with the apostolic age.

If Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever more, why would there be a cessation of spiritual gifts? Even the Apostle Paul spoke about prophecy and prophets in the New Testament.

The book of Revelation is full of prophecies about the end times, and Jesus himself said that in the last days, false prophets would arise. Listen to the LORD:

“Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many.” Matthew 24:11 NKJV

“For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.” Matthew 24:24 NKJV

Are we not in the last days, with many false prophets arising and declaring false prophetic utterances? Not all, but many. Some declare monetary prophecies and material things which is not so prophetic to be truthful.

True prophetic utterances will confirm all that is written in the Word of God and will line up with the Word of God to encourage, edify and comfort us. Prophecy will also prepare and warn us of things yet to come, as we near the second coming of our LORD Jesus Christ.

True prophetic utterances will speak truth to power as the true prophets of the Old Covenant did. Authentic prophets will flow in the prophetic like the anointed prophets Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, Elijah, and Samuel.

They will proclaim and confirm all that is in the LORD’s heart concerning Israel, the church, and end time prophecy as the Apostles did. It will never be about them, it will always be about the true and living God, and all that he has predestined, purposed, planned, promised and prophesied in his Word.

The amazing thing that we should understand is if there are false prophets in the last days, then there shall also be authentic prophets in the last days as well. This makes perfect sense! 

All throughout the Bible we find prophecies being spoken and confirmed, even in the first book of the Bible; Genesis.

In the first book of the Bible, we find the first prophecy by our Heavenly Father to Adam, Eve and the serpent after they sinned in the Garden of Eden. Let’s read! Genesis 3:14-16 NKJV

14  So the LORD God said to the serpent: “Because you have done this, you are cursed more than all cattle, And more than every beast of the field; On your belly you shall go, and you shall eat dust All the days of your life.

15  And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel.”

16  To the woman He said: “I will greatly multiply your sorrow and your conception; In pain you shall bring forth children; Your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you.”

We find that the last book of the Bible; Revelation is prophetic as well. Revelation 1:1-3 NKJV

1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show His servants–things which must shortly take place, and He sent and signified it by His angel to His servant John,

2 who bore witness to the word of God, and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, to all things that he saw.

3 Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for the time is near.

A blessing is even released over the one who reads, hears, and keeps the words of the prophecy that are written in the book of Revelation!

So regardless of the dispensation that we are in, prophecy in the New Covenant is just as important now, as it was in the Old Covenant. 

The Bible says in Roman 15: 4, “That whatsoever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.” Romans 15:4 NKJV

So, although we are a New Testament church, we need to understand the profound principles of prayer, prophecy and praise are Biblical, and will transform your life when you read about them, believe them and embrace them.

As it relates to prophecy, Jesus told us in scripture what would also happen in the last days. Consider the scripture of Luke 21:  25-28 NKJV

25 “And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring;

26 men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.

27 Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.

28 Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.”

Over the years we have witnessed an increase in eclipses, pestilences, hurricanes, tornados, tsunamis, floods, fires out of control, hate, wars and rumors of wars. These are signs of the times!

When you read Luke 21, Jesus is prophesying about the end times, and gives us some profound prophetic wisdom as it relates to watching and praying in verse 36.

“Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.” Luke 21:36 NKJV

The LORD said that we should watch and pray, that we would be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass! The question is? Is anyone watching and praying?

Most importantly, let us take heed to the words of Peter who said in 2 Peter 1:19, ” We have also a more sure word of prophecy, which you do well to take heed, as unto a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts!

To read, The power of prayer, prophecy and praise and more, go to: https://jamalquinn.com/books/

God bless, Pastor Quinn

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IT IS WRITTEN concerning the Word of God and Worship!

Luk 4:3 And the devil said unto him, if you be the Son of God, command this stone that it be made bread. 
Luk 4:4 And Jesus answered him, saying, it is written, that man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God. 
Luk 4:5 And the devil, taking him up into a high mountain, showed him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. 
Luk 4:6 And the devil said unto him, all this power will I give you, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whoever I will, I give it. 
Luk 4:7 If you therefore will worship me, all shall be yours. 
Luk 4:8 And Jesus answered and said unto him, get behind me, Satan: for it is written, you shall worship the Lord thy God, and him only shall you serve. 

Three of the most important areas of our walk with the Lord are Prayer, the Word of God and Worship! These are very important areas of your spiritual growth and walk with Christ, where the enemy of our souls comes against us!

Someone may be asking, “Pastor how do you know this?” Well, the scripture tells us when Jesus was in the desert praying and fasting for 40 days, the devil tempted him!

Luk 4:1 Then Jesus, being filled with the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, 
Luk 4:2 being tempted for forty days by the devil, and in those days, He ate nothing, and afterward, when they had ended, He was hungry. 

What was the LORD doing in the wilderness or desert? He was praying, fasting and seeking God, before launching into his ministry. Whenever we are seeking the face of God for answers, there must always be prayer and even fasting!

Understand that when you are praying, the devil will always try to distract, disrupt or deter you from hearing from God to get direction, and he will come against two things that are important in your life! The Word of God and your Worship!

So, as Christ is praying and fasting, the devil shows up and tempts him by saying in Luk 4:3, And the devil said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread.” 

But listen to the response of Christ! Luk 4:4 And Jesus answered him, saying, it is written, that man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God. 

How do we know he was coming against the Word of God? Because prior to Christ going into the wilderness or desert, he received a Word from the Father in Luke chapter 3.

Luk 3:21 When all the people were baptized, it came to pass that Jesus also was baptized; and while He prayed, the heaven was opened. 
Luk 3:22 And the Holy Spirit descended in bodily form like a dove upon Him, and a voice came from heaven which said, “You are My beloved Son; in You I am well pleased.” 

So, Our Heavenly Father gave him a Word and said, “You are my beloved Son, in you I am well pleased!”

So, while the LORD is in the wilderness praying and fasting, what did the devil come against? The Word, which was spoken to Christ, and challenged him saying, “If you be the Son of God, make these stones become bread!”

But Christ, answered him and said in Luk 4:4, And Jesus answered him, saying, it is written, that man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God. In other words, it’s not so much about fleshly sustenance, but spiritual sustenance which is the Word of God!

The devil will always challenge you in the area of our life that is very important which is the Word of God! You must stand strong in it and say, “IT IS WRITTEN!” following the example of Christ.

Why? Because earthly bread satisfies the flesh, but spiritual bread, which is the Word of God satisfies the soul and spirit! Remember the LORD said to the disciples in the Garden of Gethsemane, “Mat 26:41 Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Again, he connects prayer to your spiritual wellbeing!

After Christ said it is written concerning the Word of God, the devil comes again.

Luk 4:5 And the devil, taking him up into a high mountain, showed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. 
Luk 4:6 And the devil said unto him, all this power will I give you, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will, I give it. 
Luk 4:7 If you therefore will worship me, all shall be yours. 

Notice the devil showed him all the Kingdoms of the world. People of God and friends, the devil will always promise you more than he can truly give you! But the truth of the matter is that God owns it all. Why not serve and worship him?

What was Christ response! Luk 4:8 And Jesus answered and said unto him, get behind me, Satan: for it is written, you shall worship the Lord thy God, and him only shall you serve. 

Listen, this is how Satan has deceived the church. It’s not just about going to church, it’s not just about serving, it’s not just about your giving, but it is about your worship!

Remember that Satan hates it when you worship God, because he wants worship. Remember your worship is the most important thing you can offer to God, and we do it with our time, talents and treasure!

This is why Jesus said:

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.” 

Remember God is an originator, Satan is an imitator. Everything the Lord does, Satan will try to imitate.  What kind of worship is expected of us as believers?  To worship God in spirit and in truth and in the beauty of his holiness!

People of God and friends, nothing has changed! The devil is still deceiving believers today and is doing the same thing he did to Christ! Our only response as it relates to the Word of God and Worship is, “IT IS WRITTEN.”

It doesn’t matter what a man says, or the world says. Read the Word, obey the Word, walk out the Word, and always worship the LORD in spirit and truth and in the beauty of his Holiness!

God bless, Pastor Quinn

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Prayer, Prophecy and Praise Revisited

Good day friends and family,

As I awoke this morning, I felt the heavy burden of prayer, and as I prayed the Lord brought to my remembrance the significance and importance of prayer, prophecy and praise!

Over the next few weeks, I am going to share on each one of them in greater detail, because the saints of God must know that these spiritual weapons of warfare are not carnal, but are mighty in God to the pulling down of strongholds!

2 Cor 10:4 AKJV (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)

So, let’s talk about prayer, which is a powerful virtue given by God that allows us to commune with him, connect us to heaven, and effect change in the earth realm.

Lets be clear, if you are going to do anything significant or great in the earth for the LORD, its going to include prayer and faith! Period.

Regardless of your status, education or gifting. If you lack prayer, you are missing an important component in your life! Prayer is the divine balance in your life that opens the door to breakthrough and blessing!

At some point in your life, regardless of who you are, you will need to connect to heaven through prayer for divine direction, grace, strength, peace and needs!

It is amazing that the disciples walked with Jesus and saw him casting out devils, sharing revelational parables, and performing miracles. Yet they didn’t ask him how he did those things. Guess what they asked? Luke chapter 11 verse 1 tells us!

Luk 11:1 AKJV And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said to him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.

Isn’t that profound? You see, the things that are taking place in the earth and in your life, often times require divine intervention, and since God has all power in his Holy hands, and is able to make all grace abound toward us, we look to the hills and heavens, from where our help comes!

Psalm 121:1-2 AKJV 1 I will lift up my eyes to the hills, from where comes my help. 2 My help comes from the LORD, which made heaven and earth.

I have much more to share, but I want to leave you with this! In Luke chapter 18, Jesus tells the parable of a widow who needed justice against her adversary, and starts the story off by saying:

Luk 18:1 AKJV And he spoke a parable to them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint.

So, in the beginning we see the story is about prayer, where the widow has a need, which is justice against an adversary!

The Bible does not specify what that need was. Just like this widow had a need, all of us have a need at times in our lives!

So in seeking justice, this widow continuously goes to an unjust judge who would not give her justice! Eventually, he relented and gave her justice!

Luk 18:4-5 AKJV 4 And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man; 5 Yet because this widow troubles me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.

At the end of the story, Jesus makes a profound point and says :

Luk 18:6-8 AKJV 6 And the Lord said, hear what the unjust judge said. 7 And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night to him, though he bear long with them? 8 I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of man comes, shall he find faith on the earth?

So, the moral of the story is that just as this widow got what she needed from an unjust man because of her persistence. You will also get what you need from the Lord, if you are persistent in prayer! Be encouraged and keep praying! Help is on the way!

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God bless, see you soon!

Pastor Quinn

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Free Indeed!

John 8:36 KJV, If the Son, therefore shall make you free, you shall be free indeed.

When we look at scripture from Genesis to Revelation, we find that the LORD is all about liberty and freedom.

In the book of Exodus, Moses was called to deliver the children of Israel out of bondage, where they had been slaves for 400 years. (Genesis 15:13)

Then we find in the New Testament book of Luke 4:18, Jesus proclaims what he was called to do:

Luk 4:18 KJV -The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised.

In this verse we find that the LORD came into the earth realm to bring freedom to those in bondage!

When I think about bondage and freedom, I am reminded of Jan 1, 1863, where the Emancipation Proclamation was issued by Abraham Lincoln that all enslaved people in confederate states were free! Although it was issued, many people were still held in the bondage of slavery.

Specifically in Texas, where slavery continued until the spring of 1865, when General Granger and Union troops showed up on June 19, 1865 and emancipated those were still enslaved.

This is a historic story of freedom, in which I am reminded of the bondage of sin, which still enslaves many people today.

Just as a man rode into Texas proclaiming freedom in 1865, the God man, Jesus Christ came to earth, and set every human free from the bondage of sin!

Truth be told, many people have not received the spiritual and physical freedom given by Christ at the cross to deliver them from the bondage of sin, where he provided deliverance, freedom, and salvation at the cross. So, as it is in the natural, so it is in the spiritual!

So, it is important that we remember June 19th, 1865, which is referred to as Juneteenth where the last slaves were set free.

This is so profound, because there were slaves that were still in bondage who didn’t know they were free, until an Army of soldiers were dispatched to ensure they were set free! According to history, we find that for over 400 years Black Americans endured bondage.

Thousands of years before this emancipation, the Father sent his Son Jesus Christ to die for our sins, and to redeem us from bondage!

Jesus then proclaimed in Joh 8:32 KJV, and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

The truth is that Jesus took sickness, slavery, bondage, and sin at the cross! We are no longer slaves to sin, because Christ has made free! Where there is bondage all over the world, I pray that God’s freedom would prevail!

The Word of the Lord to each and every person reading this devotional is that Jesus Christ paid the price for freedom with his precious blood! We are no longer captives and in bondage to the enemy of our souls! Through salvation in Christ, we are free indeed in Jesus’ name! If you desire more information on salvation and freedom in Christ, click here Salvation

God bless!

Pastor Quinn

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Are you a Witness for the Great Commission?

Mat 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 
Mat 28:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen. 

Act 1:8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. 

One of the most profound instructions that the LORD gave to the disciples who became Apostles was in Matt 28:19-20. It is called the Great Commission.

Mat 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 
Mat 28:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen. 

Some translations of verse 19 say, Go and make disciples of all nations. Regardless of the translation, the LORD told them to teach or instruct all nations of people and to baptize them in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit!

Now, many will make a doctrine of whether you were baptized in the name of Father, Son or Holy Spirit or Jesus Name. This is nothing to debate and I don’t want to focus on this! My focus today is on the Great Commission!

How many churches and believers have been obedient to follow the Great Commission? Every church has a vision but we also have a mandate to fulfill the Great Commission. This is not a thing of the past! It is a thing of the present time, in which every man, woman, boy and girl needs to hear the good news of the Gospel!

Soul winning is not a thing of the past. It is a present-day event in which many people need to hear of the good news and saving grace of Jesus Christ our LORD!

The filling of our churches and church growth should be based on one thing, and that is enlarging the Kingdom of God and decreasing hell’s kingdom.

It is for soul winning and fulfilling the Great Commission, through the preaching and teaching of the Gospel of the Kingdom to save souls. If this is not our mission, then we are not fulfilling the Kingdom mandate.

Remember the words of the Apostle Peter in 2 Pet 3:9, ” The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.”

On the day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit fell upon the disciples who became Apostles, and the LORD said something so profound that we miss many times!

Let’s read it! Act 1:8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and you shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. 

Notice he said you shall receive power to do what? Be witnesses unto me! The power is not given so everyone can see us. The power is given so people see Christ’s power working through us to be witnesses for the Kingdom of heaven!

What does it mean to be a witness? A witness is someone who saw or experienced something. Someone who was an eyewitness to an event. The dictionary describes witness as:

A person who sees an event, or someone who saw an event, or something to take place. It is an observer, onlooker, eyewitness, spectator, viewer, watcher, bystander, or passerby.

As it relates to the Gospel, it is someone who came to Christ, saw the works of Christ, or had a personal account or witness.

Question? Have you been saved and experienced the goodness, grace and mercy of the LORD? Has God done anything in your life, that needs to be shared? Then you are a witness of all that Christ has done and is doing in your life in this present time!

Never forget, we are to be witnesses of his power, witnesses of his grace, and witnesses of his love. We are not to get saved, experience the power and then sit down!

To sadly, this is what we do. Someone once said, “We go from the streets to the Savior, then to service for the Savior, then back to the Streets to witness for the Savior.” Listen, we live in a world that is gone crazy, and they need to hear the good news of Jesus Christ!

It is God’s desire that everyone of us be a witness for Jesus Christ to display the love, grace, power and anointing of God! If we have experienced his transforming power, we are to be witnesses of it! Remember Jesus once said, “I am the light of the world, then he said, you are the light of the world!”

Joh 8:12 Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness but have the light of life.” 

Mat 5:14  “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. 
Mat 5:15  Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 
Mat 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. 

This is the time that we as a church are to be witnesses! We are not called to get saved, sit down and fall back. We are Christian soldiers in the Army of the LORD, who must advance forward for the Kingdom of God. The Kingdom of darkness is advancing every day. We see it and read about it every day.

Do you have on the armor of God? Then it’s time to get in the battle and be a witness for Christ! This is our Commission! Sadly, this has become the Great Omission in many churches and believers’ lives!

The question is will you be a witness for Christ to share, invite, or tell someone about the good news of our Messiah and Savior? Let them know that God loves them despite where they are, what they have done, or presently doing! That he wants to know them personally, and to fulfill the purpose he has for their life!

Remember you are a witness, and your testimony and life can be a blessing to someone who may be going through something today! Don’t miss your moment to be a powerful witness for Jesus Christ!

God bless,

Pastor Quinn.

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Waiting with Patience for the Promise

Act 1:4 And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, “which,” He said, “you have heard from Me; 

Act 1:5  for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” 

Act 1:6  Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” 

Act 1:7 And He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority. 

Act 1:8 But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” 

On June 5th, 2022, according to the Biblical calendar, Pentecost Sunday was celebrated. It was the Biblical Holy day of Pentecost in which the promised Holy Spirit of God fell upon the people in Jerusalem, as prophesied by the LORD to empower them to do great works for Christ.

Before the day of Pentecost came to pass in Acts chapter 2, the LORD gave them instructions and wisdom on what they were to do before the Promise of the Father came to pass.

As we look at the event that transpired, I want to expound some wisdom on what happened years ago and how it applies to us today!

In Acts 1:4, the LORD told them to wait for the promise of the Father, the prophesied coming of Holy Spirit who would empower them, lead them and guide them into all truth! Read (Luke 24:48-49, John 14:15-17, John 14:26, John 15:26-27, John 16:7-15)

This is interesting, because I’m sure they were waiting and watching and finally it came to pass.

Can you imagine waiting on God for two weeks and nothing happened. 30 days and nothing happened, 40 days and nothing happened. Then all of a sudden it came to pass on the 50th day! (After Resurrection Sunday/Passover)

It is important for us to know that our waiting is not in vain. Whatever you are believing and trusting God for will come to pass in the appointed time and season. There are some things God will do, and some things you have to do. Let God be God, but you must have faith and wait!

That’s sounds easier said than done, but we all need patience.  And God does his best work when we are patient with faith trusting him!  

The Bible says in Isa 30:18, ” Therefore the LORD will wait, that He may be gracious to you; And therefore, He will be exalted, that He may have mercy on you. For the LORD is a God of justice; Blessed are all those who wait for Him. 

He then confirms it in Isaiah 40:31

Isa 40:31 But those who wait on the LORD Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint. 

He then tells them in verse 5:

Act 1:5 for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” 

Notice that he makes a distinction in the baptisms. There is water baptism and holy spirit baptism. Although some people debate this, the scripture is clear!

Water baptism is symbolic of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. When you repent of your sins, you die to your old ways and self, this is the DEATH. (Identifying with Christ death at the cross)

When you go down into the water (full immersion), you are BURIED with Christ, when you come out of the water, you are RESURRECTED in the newness of life, just as Jesus was raised from the dead.

2Co 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 

Holy Spirit baptism is the empowerment, and infilling of the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer who is completely yielded to Him. This baptism is not a requirement for salvation; rather, it is a gift and empowerment to do the greater works of Christ for those who have born again in Jesus Name!

Peter said in Act 2:38, ” Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”

There are some who say that the baptism in the Holy Spirit no longer exists today and was only given to the first-century church. Others say that every Christian is already baptized in the Holy Spirit when they receive Christ, but the LORD said in Act 1:5, “For John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” 

Then they asked the LORD a question, in Act 1:6.   Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” 

Act 1:7 And He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority. 

In other words, time is in the hand of Almighty God. Time is his business. Why? Because we serve a great God who ordained time but sets outside of time. And the reason many people are frustrated with time is because they don’t respect time or can’t accomplish what they want to do in the time that they want!

The disciples wanted to know in Acts 1:6, what God was going to do with the nation of Israel!  But the LORD told them again:

Act 1:7  And He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority. 

Act 1:8  But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” 

In other words, God has a plan, and the important thing that you should be mindful of right now is that you are to wait for something that is so important, which is the promise of the spirit!

The LORD then tells them in Act 1:8 But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” 

In other words, you are being empowered to be witnesses for me wherever you are in the earth! Which means you are the light of the world, the salt of the earth, and you are a city on a hill which cannot be hidden!  So let your light so shine that other may see your good works and glorify God in heaven! Matt 5:13-16

The promised Holy Spirit was important for the church then and is important for the church today! We should embrace the Holy Spirit like never before!

Why? Because we can’t do anything in our own ability! We need Gods presence and his power in the church to serve and change our communities, counties, cities, schools and country for Christ! We don’t need more man-made religion or rules that have no power to induce change.

The church needs believers who have the power of Holy Spirit to stand strong like the Apostles and believers in the first church who were victorious in their walk with the LORD and displayed the love of Christ!

Are you ready to receive a fresh a touch from God and the Holy Spirits power? Then lift your hands by faith, open your mouth and ask the LORD to fill you again with a fresh touch of his precious Holy Spirit!

God Bless,

Pastor Quinn

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ML Excellence Online

Good day Family and Friends, The Wisdom for Life Devotional online, where I have shared the Word of the LORD and commentary through devotionals and scripture is now ML Excellence Devotional and Books!

The website now includes ML Excellence Publishing and books! I will continue to share what the spirit of the LORD is saying to the church, and things concerning our lives, in the challenging times in which we live in a greater capacity!

Thanks to all the supporters and readers that have supported me over the years, reading and sharing the devotionals!

May God bless you!
Pastor Quinn
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A New Season and a New Start

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

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

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

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

Ecclesiastes 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. 

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

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

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

One of the things we find in the book of Ecclesiastes is the wisdom of Solomon who expounds on the wisdom of times and seasons for everything under the sun.

And what is even more interesting is that the writer of Ecclesiastes goes on to say in verse 11, that he has made everything beautiful in its time!

One of the things that we must always remember is that God ordains everything in times and seasons.  This is why we have spring summer fall and winter!

Even in your personal life you may have some seasons in your life where everything is going well, then there comes a time when it seems like things may not be going right. You might have some seasons in your lives where you have a lot of money, then there could be a time when your money may be funny.

There may be some seasons in your lives where you are joyful and times where you might have pain. Regardless of whatever season you are in, remember that it is just a season. The scripture says in Psalm 30:5 -Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.

That’s why when you are going through a trying time in your life, don’t get out of the will of God, and don’t give up on God. Why? It’s just a season, and just like the seasons in the earth. It’s going to pass, why? Because it’s just a season!

A word of wisdom for us all when we are going through. Go through it and get through it, so you can get to it! Get to what? Get your peace, purpose, provision, prosperity that come through the promises of God!

And so, we must also be discerning and wise, to know that when you are in a fruitful season, you need to maximize the moment. In other words, don’t miss your moment! Some people miss their moment because they don’t understand times and seasons. Others understand times and seasons and they maximize the moment!  

Many times, people miss opportunities in their lives, because they don’t maximize the moment that God gives them.  When God gives you opportunity, opens a door, grants you favor, never miss your moment! This is why you must stay focused in God, stay humble and stay in the will of God.

And so here we are in the month of June! It’s a new season, and with every new season comes new things and new experiences! I don’t know about you, but despite everything going on in the earth, I believe God is still blessing his beloved children who walk by faith and not by sight!

I believe that this is a season of opportunity, a season of breakthrough, a season of favor, a season of great grace, and a season of great expectation for those that love the LORD and stand strong in his Word!

When God opens a door, no man can shut it, and when he closes a door, no man can open it! So, we embrace whatever season God has for us! This is the key to keeping your joy. One of the reasons people lose their joy is they don’t understand times and seasons in their lives!

We must understand that where we are today is a result of two things: 1. The perfect will of God for your life, and 2. Decisions and choices you have made.

The Will of God is important, because in his perfect will we find direction, purpose and peace through his precious promises. Making the right choices and decisions is also important because decisions and choices give direction. If you make the right choices and decisions, you will experience peace and joy.

When you make the wrong choices, there is no peace or joy. Have you ever brought a car or something, and when you get home, you have decision remorse? Thats because you may have made a wrong decision and don’t have peace!

Times and seasons in decision making and choices is very important. No matter what you go through, God alone knows you by name, and when you trust him with all of your heart, and lean not to your own understanding through prayer, recognizing that everything has a time and season. You will have the peace you need to do what you desire or want to do!

Be Blessed!

Pastor Quinn

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Changing Your Tomorrow

Good day all,
A Word of encouragement from the Lord:

“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but what you do today determines your tomorrow and will create a new history.”

Psalm 30:5
For his anger endures but for a moment; in his favor is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.

Psalm 68:19
Blessed be the Lord, who daily loads us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah.

Psalm 118:24
This the day the Lord has made, we will rejoice and be glad in it!

Lam 3:22-23
22 It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.
23 They are new every morning: great is your faithfulness.

God bless, Pastor Quinn