Having the Heart of God

Matt 9:36  But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd. 

We live in tribulous times! When we read the newspaper or watch the news, we see crime and politics as the headlining story. It also seems like everyone in the world is so sensitive and emotional about the wrong things in life. But the big question is: Do we have a heart for God? In other words, do you see how God sees? Today, the values of the world have changed and it has influenced the church! People have become so desensitized to the pain around them, and as a result, morality has taken a back seat! Why because we see it everyday, we hear it everyday and we get used to it.

But as the people of God, we should never get used to seeing and hearing about murder, pain, drugs, death, and people destined for hell. If these things don’t bother you, then you have been desensitized! Isaiah prophesied and said the following: Isa 5:20 –  “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!”

In other words, people of God, we need to see like God sees, and hear what the spirit of the LORD is saying to us, which means we need the heart of God! Why? So we can show the compassion of the LORD to a world that has lost its way! If you are saved, and say that Jesus is LORD, then you should have the heart of God.

The Bible says that David was a man after God’s heart. He loved God, and he loved the things of God. We find that God actually demoted Saul and elevated David who had his heart. 

1 Sam 15:28 – “So Samuel said to him (Saul), “The LORD has torn the kingdom of Israel from you today, and has given it to a neighbor of yours, who is better than you.” That neighbor was King David, who was a worshipper and a warrior! I believe God is looking for some people that have that same heart for God.

The Bible says in Matt 9:36, “But when He (Jesus) saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they (the people in the world) were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd.” Jesus saw the people and was moved with compassion! Why? Because they were weary and scattered like sheep with no shepherd!

David understood the importance of having a Shepherd. He said, “The LORD is my Shepherd, I shall not want in Psalm 23:1.

Paul said in 1 Pet 2:25, “For you were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.”

We all need a Shepherd, we all need guidance, and we all need spiritual direction. That’s why many people who are rich, wealthy, make good money, and have good jobs, still lack something! There is a hole in their heart and they can’t figure it out! That something is a relationship with our LORD Jesus Christ!  

Deep down in every human being is a desire to worship! Either you will worship the one true God, or you will worship the god of self, the god of money, sex, fame or fortune. Make no mistake, people will worship something!

Jesus said in Matt 6:21, “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”

People of God, let us have the heart of God, which is a heart filled with compassion for those that have lost their way. They may be rich, poor, in prison, the elderly in nursing homes, young people, veterans with disabilities, those that are sick, the homeless, and above all, those that have been deceived by the devil. We need the compassion of our LORD Jesus Christ to make an impact for the Kingdom of God! More importantly, we need a heart like God! Today, ask the LORD to use you for his glory with a heart of compassion!   

God bless!  Pastor Quinn

Revival and Restoration In Christ

Psa 138:6  Though the LORD is on high, yet He regards the lowly; but the proud He knows from afar. 

Psa 138:7  Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you will revive me; You will stretch out Your hand Against the wrath of my enemies, and Your right hand will save me. 
Psa 138:8  The LORD will perfect that which concerns me; Your mercy, O LORD, endures forever; Do not forsake the works of Your hands. 

All throughout the Bible we find the theme of revival, rebuilding and restoration! God is all about reviving his people, rebuilding his people and restoring to them the joy of his salvation! God takes pleasure in reviving the hearts of his people, but he desires one thing. That we humble ourselves, turn to him in prayer, turn from our prideful, haughty ways, and seek his face. Then will God hear from heaven, and send a mighty revival and blessing that will bless us abundantly!  (2 Chron 7:14) 

Let’s take a look at what David said in Psalm 138:6-8 again!

Psa 138:6  Though the LORD is on high, yet He regards the lowly; but the proud He knows from afar. 
Psa 138:7  Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you will revive me; you will stretch out Your hand against the wrath of my enemies, and Your right hand will save me. 

Psa 138:8  The LORD will perfect that which concerns me; Your mercy, O LORD, endures forever; do not forsake the works of Your hands. 

King David was saying in this Psalm, although the LORD is seated high above the circles of the earth, he regards the lowly and humble. In other words, he recognizes them! Yet, the proud, arrogant and haughty he knows from afar. In other words he is not moved by them. They are far from him! 

Brothers and Sisters, let us always remember that God is not moved by our abilities, talents or accolades. He is moved by our humility, obedience, faith and prayers. Always remember that no matter how high you go, or how much you know, or how much money you make or have, stay humble! As a matter of fact, the higher you go, and the more you have, the humble you should be! Let me say that again. The higher you go, the more humble you should be!

Isaiah confirms what David said about humility and revival:

Isaiah 57:15, “For thus says the High and Lofty One who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: “I dwell in the high and holy place, with him who has a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.”

Did you get that? God said, “Though I am high and lifted up, and enthroned in the high and holy place, I will come down from my lofty abode in heaven, and dwell with the humble in heart.” Child of God, let us never allow pride in our hearts! Let us always stay humble in the sight of God, and he will lift us up according to James 4:10, which says, “Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.”

David also said in  Psalm 138:7 “Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you will revive me; you will stretch out Your hand against the wrath of my enemies, and Your right hand will save me.”

God knows the troubles, trials, tests and tribulations that we go through, but he will revive us. He will also stretch out his hand against the wrath of our enemies who will try to keep us from being revived and restored! 

Psalm 138:8 also says, “The LORD will perfect that which concerns me; Your mercy, O LORD, endures forever; do not forsake the works of Your hands.”

To God be the glory! He will perfect everything that pertains to our lives in Jesus Name!  People of God, I want you to know that revival, rebuilding and restoration comes from the LORD! It may be physically, spiritually, mentally, financially, or personally. Regardless of what it is, God himself will bring the revival and restoration, and perfect those things that pertain to his beloved children! 

God bless! Pastor Quinn

Following the Example Of Jesus Christ

I can recall many years ago when I accepted the call of God, the Holy Spirit said, “Live your life as an example in Jesus Christ.” When I heard those words, I said, “How can I do that? And I heard the words, “Follow the example of Jesus Christ.”

In other words, Christ is the example for us to follow. The Apostle Paul even said,  “Imitate me or follow me as I follow Christ!”  (1 Cor 11:1) As I mentioned before, when I first received the call of God, the LORD gave me a mission mandate and it was, “Live your life as an example in Jesus Christ, preach the gospel and minister the Word of God in true righteousness, holiness, deliverance and truth.” This word became the guiding principle from which I launched into ministry, and it has set the tone for what we do today in our church!

Saints of God, we are to follow the example of Christ and no other. There is no one on this earth dead or alive who can, or will ever come close to who Jesus Christ is and was! Remember what Jesus said in John 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.”  Did you get that? I am the light of the world. He who follows me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life!

There is no way you can walk in darkness if you follow Christ. There is no way you can embrace the darkness, if you follow Christ. Why? Because Jesus passed the baton to you and me, and said we are now the light of the world! Look what the scripture says!

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.”

Question? Are you letting your light shine? Can people see Jesus in you and through you? Look what the disciples who followed Jesus and became Apostles said about being an example:

John 13:15 – For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you.

Phil 3:17  – Brethren, join in following my example, and note those who so walk, as you have us for a pattern.

2 Thess 3:9  Not because we do not have authority, but to make ourselves an example of how you should follow us.

1 Tim 4:12  Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity.

Jam 5:10  My brethren, take the prophets, who spoke in the name of the Lord, as an example of suffering and patience.

1 Pet 2:21  For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps:

Saints if you are not following the example of Christ in word or deed, you are not bringing God glory in the earth. As a matter of fact, you may be deceived! Christ was in the world, but not of the world. Christ loved the sinner, but he did no sin. One of the things we see today in churches today is that people love certain aspects of church like teaching, preaching, and outreach, but they don’t like the deliverance ministry of Jesus Christ.

In other words, Christ preached, teached, evangelized, prayed, prophesied and even cast out demons. Jesus even told the disciples to do the same thing he did!

Mar 16:15  And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. 
Mar 16:16  He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. 
Mar 16:17  And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; 
Mar 16:18  They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. 

If we are going to fully do the work of ministry the way Christ did it, lets follow his example in preaching, teaching, ministering, serving, giving, evangelizing, prophesying and even casting out demons! In many churches today, people say, “Give me the Pastor, Teacher, and Evangelist, but I want nothing to do with apostolic and prophetic ministry!

They say Pastor that is just too much! Well if you only want part of Christ’s ministry, how can you truly be effective?  The Bible says that God will give us Pastor’s after his own heart, who will feed his sheep with knowledge and understanding. 

Jer 3:15 – “And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding.” 

What does this mean? It means that God will give you leaders and shepherds after his heart, who will do what Christ did, speak like Christ did, take care of the people like Christ did, and feed you like Christ did!

So the real question is, “Will you follow them that follow Jesus Christ example?”

God bless, Pastor Quinn