Everything has a time and season

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. 

Some of the most profound passages of scriptures in the Bible come from Ecclesiastes chapter 3: verses 1-8.  The Bible says that there is a season and a time for every purpose under heaven. This should encourage us because everything has a time and a season. The revelation of the scripture as it pertains to us is; what we are going through will not last always. In other words, God has ordained seasons for everything in the earth to change, and that which He has ordained will come to pass in the appointed time. Wounds will heal, relationships will heal, the sun will shine, a new day will dawn, trials will turn to triumph, and trouble will not last always!

God in his great grace has given to us seasons and times according to that which he has ordained. This means that tomorrow is a brighter day. You may be going through right now, but tomorrow will be a greater day! Maybe this is why the scripture says in Psalm 30:5, speaking about the LORD, “For his anger endures but a moment; in his favor is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.” If we really understood times, seasons and the purposes of God, we would be more inclined to stay focused on the journey ahead. Because in this journey called life; there will be ups, downs, trials, tribulations, tests, troubles, temptations, transitions, and tragedy’s. There will be agreements, disagreements, sickness, healing, love, hate, living, dying, laughing, mourning, love, and hate. Solomon the wise man lets us know that this is how God has ordained seasons and times in creation.  Things will change, people will change, times will change, your age will change, but God will remain the same! Malachi 3:6 says, “For I am the LORD, I do not change; Therefore you are not consumed, O sons of Jacob.” Hebrews 13: 8 says, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.”

This should be good news for all of us, because no matter what happens in life or whatever season we are in, the purpose of God is going to come to pass.  Maybe this is why the Apostle Paul said in Rom 8:28, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” Although situations in life may look bad, God has a plan, and it will work out for our good according to his purpose.  David confirms it in Psalm 34:1, “I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.”  So no matter what season you are in, no matter what time may bring, rejoice and know that God will work it out for your good and for His glory in Jesus name, Amen!

God bless!  Pastor Quinn

In all things give thanks

1Thess 5:18  In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. 

Thanksgiving is the season when most people take the time to give thanks for all that the LORD has done. But when we think about it, the scripture says, “In all things give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” How many of us know that the giving of thanks is not just for a specific time and season? We should be thankful at all times, and give thanks to God for each and everything that he has blessed us with, and done in our lives.  The Bible says, “Every good and perfect gift comes down from the Father of Heavenly lights, in whom there is no variance or shadow of turning.” (James 1:17) In other words, God is the source of every good and perfect thing that we have received and achieved. Think about it, if God is the creator of all things, and he is, then we should give thanks for all things, because it came from him. 

Paul said that the giving of thanks is the will of God in Christ Jesus Christ concerning us! This is powerful. In other words, God’s desire is that we be thankful. God does not want us to be ungrateful. Why is this God’s will concerning us? Because he is the source of all good things! Lets be real. No one likes an ungrateful or unthankful person! 

The scripture also says in Rom 8:28, “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” I want you to know that God is working it out for your good and his glory. Just give him thanks and praise him for the victory!  Sometimes we get discouraged because of what we don’t have or what we did not accomplish. How many of us know that it is not over until God says it is over!  The Bible says that in Phil 1:6, “Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.”

As long as you have breath in your body, there is a new day for a new opportunity! We should give thanks to the LORD for waking us up this morning, starting us on our way, and giving us the strength and grace for a new mercy each morning! Think about this for a moment. We may not have everything we want, but God said I will supply all of your need according to my riches in glory! (Phil 4:19)

The scripture also says in Psalm 100:4, “Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and enter into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.” One thing I believe God in all of his glory does not like is selfishness and ungratefulness. I am sure we can all agree that if someone is unthankful or ungrateful, it comes from a spirit of pride. Humility allows us to be grateful and thankful. We should always have a spirit of thankfulness in our hearts not only to the LORD, but to one another.

The Apostle Paul said in Col 3:15, “And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.” If someone has blessed your life, be thankful. If someone has encouraged you be thankful. If someone has done even the smallest thing in your life, always be grateful and thankful. A grateful and thankful heart opens the door to even greater blessings in your life.

Today, let us think about everything we have been through this year. God has given us the victory! Even if you have not seen the manifestation of what you are believing God for yet, give him thanks and praise him in advance! I am truly grateful and thankful to all of our leaders, members and friends of the ministry that have shown toward Firm Foundation Christian Fellowship and my family. Thank you for your support, service, sacrifice and servitude unto the LORD. May God bless you all.

God bless!  Pastor Quinn

Oneness in the Body of Christ

Eph 4:1  I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the vocation in which you are called, 
Eph 4:2  With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; 
Eph 4:3  Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 
Eph 4:4  There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; 
Eph 4:5  One Lord, one faith, one baptism, 
Eph 4:6  One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. 
Eph 4:7  But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ. 

As we move forward into this new upcoming season of 2020, we must always remember that we are stronger as one body of believers. One of the greatest tactics of the enemy is to divide and conquer. This is a tactic that has been used by the enemy for thousands of years, and there are many people that have fallen for it hook, line and sinker, even in the Body of Christ. The Apostle Paul said 2 Cor 2:11, “Lest Satan should take advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devices.”

It is so important that we as a body understand the devices of the devil. His devices against the Body of Christ are division, discord, disagreement and disunity. We would be ignorant to believe that God will bless the work of our hands in division, because the scripture clearly states the importance of being unified in the Body of Christ. Lets take a look at what the LORD Jesus and the Apostle Paul said in scripture. In John chapter 17: 20-23, Jesus prayed a very important prayer for the believers. He prayed that we would be one, just as he and the Father are one. If Christ said it, then it must be very important! The Apostle Paul confirms this in Eph 4:1-7:

In Eph 4 verse 1, Paul said that we should walk worthy of the vocation or calling that we have received, or in which we have been called. This is important because God called us for such a time as this to do the will of the Father in heaven. Each and every one of us, whether we are fivefold ministry or members of the church should be walking worthy of our calling. This means that we have been given an awesome responsibility, and God wants us to represent or walk worthy, because it is a high calling, and a great responsibility.

Remember in Matt 25:14-15, the parable of the talents, the LORD gave five talents to one, two talents to one and one talent to another. The Bible says that he gave them talents according to their own ability. This means that God holds you accountable for that which he has entrusted to you. There is no need to emulate or copy another individual. Everything you have is in you, because God gave it to you. Whether it be five, two or one talents.

Paul then says in verse 2, that we should walk worthy in lowliness, meekness, patience and love. These are the virtues of unity as it relates to the Body of Christ. It is also maturity. Anything else stems from a spirit of pride, self righteousness and individuality. Verse 3 says, “Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”  It is so important that we endeavor to keep the unity of the spirit in the bond of peace. 

Why? Because we don’t want to give the enemy a foothold. In the world today we see political groups divided, groups of people divided, and the same spirit has invaded the church today. We see people bashing one another, distancing themselves, and dividing themselves against one another all in the name of the LORD Jesus Christ. This is deception. Paul said we should endeavor, or make an effort, to be diligent or to labor in it, as it relates to unity.  The problem we have today is that no one endeavors to do it. 

David said in Psalm 133:1, “How good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell in unity.” The Bible even says that where there is unity, God commands the blessing, even life forevermore.” (Psalm 133:3) Now understand that according to Eph 4: 4, “There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling.” 

The universal Church is one body. It is not many bodies. There are many ministries and diversities of ministries but there is one church, one body and one ecclesia. (1 Cor 12:4-6)  In other words, although the Church is universal, we have many communities of Christ, led by different ministers who are walking worthy of their calling and invocation in the LORD. The Bible also says there is one Lord, one faith and one baptism. (verse 5) This means that God has one church and there is one people. If this is true, why do we practice individuality?

Eph 4:6  says, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.  So there is one LORD, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above us all, through us all and in us all. This is profound, because if the Godhead is one, who is the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, then the church should be as one. And if the body is one, why is there so much division? Again this is deception. We must examine ourselves in the faith, and get back to the Word of God and one accord, If we want to see the power and glory of God manifested in the Church in these last days.

Last but not least, Eph 4:7 says, “But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift.” The Apostle Paul said that each one of us was given grace according to the measure of Christ’s gift. This means that each and every one of us has been given a gift, talent, ability and spiritual gift. There is no  reason to be jealous or envious of one another. What you have, and what you accomplish is because of God’s grace. Not your title, education, intellect or ability. It is through God that we are able to accomplish anything, and He alone must get all the honor, glory and praise in Jesus Name.  So as we prepare to crossover into 2020 soon, let us have the 20/20 vision of Christ and endeavor to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace! God bless,  Pastor Quinn

For additional information on oneness and unity, please read Pastor Quinn’s book entitled “How Good and How Pleasant it is: The importance and power of unity”

Receiving God’s Benefits

The Word of the LORD for this week is “Receiving God’s Benefits”

Psa 103:1  A Psalm Of David. Bless the LORD, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy name! 
Psa 103:2  Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: 
Psa 103:3  Who forgives all your iniquities, who heals all your diseases, 
Psa 103:4  Who redeems your life from destruction, who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies, 
Psa 103:5  Who satisfies your mouth with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. 

As we prepare to end one year and cross over into a New Year soon, I want to encourage you with the words of David who said, “Bless the LORD, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy name!” Why did David say that? Because he knew that the LORD had done great and mighty works in him and through the people of God! We must never forget that we are here today because of Gods grace and great mercy!  Man had nothing to do with it. It was by the grace of Almighty Elohim!  Just think back to where you were years ago, or what God brought you through! When we get the understanding of Psalm 103, then we will understand why we must never forget! Lets take a look at Psalm 103:2-5.

Psalm 103:2 says,  Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits. This is important because we should always bless the LORD and never forget all that he has done for us! Question? Are you partaking of all of God’s promises and benefits? They belong to you as a child of God. The Bible says in Gal 3:29, ” And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” The promises of God, and the benefits of God belong to each and every one of his beloved children. Now lets take a look at some of those benefits in Psalm 103:3-5.

Psa 103:3 says, ” Who forgives all your iniquities, who heals all your diseases.”  God has delivered us from our sins, cleansed us, and redeemed us! He has healed our bodies and made us whole, spirit, mind, body and soul? Even if you are still waiting on the manifestation of healing, you must believe and receive it by faith! Because it is going to manifest in Jesus Name! Why because it is already done! The Bible says in 1 Peter 2: 24, “By his stripes were healed.”

Psa 103:4 says, “Who redeems your life from destruction, who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies. ” The LORD called us out of darkness into his marvelous light. He saved us and delivered us from destruction. Think about all the people who have not come to the knowledge of truth in Jesus Christ yet. Praise be to God for redeeming our life from destruction!  He has also kept the enemy of our soul from killing us. He also crowned you with love, kindness and tender mercies! I thank God that he is not like human beings, who will love conditionally, but God loves us unconditionally. Hallelujah to the Lamb of God!

Psa 103:5 says, “Who satisfies your mouth with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”  The LORD has blessed us and satisfied us with our hearts desires. Truth be told, you may not have everything you want, but God has satisfied you with wonderful things throughout your life. He has given you life, peace, joy, strength, a job, good friends, a home,  and even material things! Not only that, he has renewed our strength like the eagle so that we can soar and go higher and deeper in him. 

God is the one who gives youthfulness and long life. When people ask me why I look so young, I tell them Psalm 103:5 is my portion. Why? Because it says, our strength is renewed like the eagle’s. Although we have been through many trials, tribulations, tests, and troubles in 2019 and previous years! You must believe that this is your season! God has given us the victory through overcoming faith, and 2020 will be an awesome year of joy, restoration and blessing! The Bible says that those that have sown in tears shall reap in joy!  

Let’s read Psa 126:5-6: “Those who sow in tears shall reap in joy.  He who continually goes forth weeping, bearing seed for sowing, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him. ” In other words, all of the tears, hurt and pain and that you experienced will turn to joy!”

Remember that the LORD loves you and began a good work in you, and He will perform it until the day that Jesus Christ comes!  God Bless, Pastor Quinn