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Faith to move mountains

Mar 11:22  So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God.

Mar 11:23  For assuredly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.

This is one of my favorite Bible verses in the Bible. It is so powerful, because Jesus tells us to have faith in God, and then he proceeds to give us instructions as to what we should do, when there is a mountain in the way of us getting a breakthrough or blessing! 

But the bigger question is, “What do you do when your faith does not move the mountain?” Let’s go a little deeper! What do you do when you speak to your mountain and it does not move?

You need to know that there may be times when your faith and speaking to the mountain may not move the mountain, especially if God allows the mountain to be placed there!  Mountains can come as trials, tribulations, troubles, tests, temptations and even tragedies!

There are all types of mountains that you can encounter in life, and guess what, there are mountains strategically placed there by God to test you and mature in your faith!

Personal mountains can be overcome by faith and speaking to the mountain! Demonic mountains can be moved by prayer and fasting according to Matthew 17:14-21, But what do you do when God is using the mountain for his glory and your good?

Are you ready for this? Remember to do the following:

1. Have faith in God.

2. Pray and fast.

3. Stay in the Word.

4. Listen for the Holy Spirit.

5. Be obedient to the instructions God gives you.

Also we need to remember what James said in James 1: 2-3

Jas 1:2  My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials,

Jas 1:3  knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.

Jas 1:4  But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.

James said count it all joy because your faith is going through a test! Then he says something so profound!   That the testing of your faith produces patience! Lets be real! We can be so impatient, but God is working patience in your life that you may be perfect and complete lacking nothing!

Saints, I want you to know that demonic mountains may try to crush you, personal mountains may discourage you, but God will use mountains to perfect and complete you! We may not understand it, but God is working it out for your good! Because weeping may endure for a night, but joy will come in the morning! Just remember that God is the one that determines the morning! Just be patient, stay in faith,  and know that God is working it out for your good and for his glory!

God Bless, Pastor Quinn

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The “EL” Mindset

Phil 2:5  Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus.

Today, I want to share why it is important to have the “EL Mindset, which is the mind of Christ! Let me explain! I was in a mentor session with my mentor recently, and he encouraged me to have the attitude of the eagle and lion!

Although I knew about these two awesome creatures, the LORD began to show me how powerful they are! First of all if you were to identify with the attitude of any animal what would it be? I’m sure all of us would say something different.

In the Bible, these two animals are mentioned in scripture, and we must understand revelationally why they are spoken of more in the bible than any other animal. Lets take a look at scripture!

Psa 103:5  Who satisfies your mouth with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

Isa 40:31  But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. 

Amo 3:8  A lion has roared! Who will not fear? The Lord GOD has spoken! Who can but prophesy?

Rev 5:5  And one of the elders said unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.

So the scripture speaks prophetically and powerfully about these two animals. The questions is why? Well, the lion is not the biggest, tallest or smartest animal but he is bold and the most feared! The eagle is one of the most powerful birds. He has vision, he soars, and you don’t find eagles in flocks!

Both of these animals are bold, confident and strong! Question? Do you have the eagle or lion attitude about who you are! I’m not talking about being arrogant, being prideful or haughty. I’m talking about knowing who you are in Christ!

As I was talking with my mentor, the LORD began to speak prophetically! The two animals that God identifies in the Bible with strength, confidence and boldness are the eagle and lion!

Isn’t it also amazing that the powerful names of God begin with “EL?”

The Hebrew Name of God is referred to as El or Elohim. The word El comes from a root word meaning “might, strength, power.

El Shaddai which means “God Almighty or Almighty God.”

El Elyon which means God “Most High or Most High God.”

EL Olam which means “God eternal, or everlasting God.”

Even the names of some of the saints have “EL” in them. Daniel, Michael, Gabriel, Elijah, and even Samuel! These are name that are associated with God and there are many others!

So the question is? Do you have the mind of Christ? Do you have the EL mentality? Now I see why these animals are spoken of in scripture quite often. The characteristics of these animals speak of might, strength, power, boldness and confidence. Is this not the characteristics of our great God Yehovah? (Yahweh)

Scripture mentions these two animals more than any other and they have powerful characteristics that we can surely learn from! Question? Do you have the “EL” mindset? Do you have the “EL mentality? Do you have the mind of Christ? Do you have vision? Do you want to soar? Are you confident? Are you bold? Are you strong? The scripture says:

Php 2:5  Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: 
Php 2:6  Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: 
Php 2:7  But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: 
Php 2:8  And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. 
Php 2:9  Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: 
Php 2:10  That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth.

Notice the God mindset that Christ had. It was of no reputation. In other words, not seeking to be all that! The mind of Christ is servitude, humility, obedience and it is sacrifice, or dying to yourself, so that God can raise you up to be all he called you to be.

Isn’t it amazing that we do the opposite in the Body of Christ? We want to be the Chief, we want to be the head, but the way up is down. Notice that after Christ did all these things, he was exalted!!!!!

Today, remember that you must have the “EL” Mindset which is like the eagle and the lion! We must also have the God mindset, the mind of Christ, and a Kingdom of God mentality. Having this mindset will take us higher and deeper in God than anything we could ever try to emulate or imagine!

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Changing Your Mind and Your Attitude

Php 4:8  Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think (or meditate)on these things.

Good day all, today I want to share with you why your attitude determines your altitude!

As it relates to your life in Christ, it is so important to be transformed by the renewing of your mind (Rom 12: 2) In order to fully embrace Kingdom of God concepts, and you must have a Kingdom mentality.

What is a Kingdom mentality? It is the mindset of the Kingdom of God. It is a changed mind, a renewed mind, and it is the mind of Christ. It is thinking on a different spiritual level.

The Bible says in 2 Cor 5:17, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”

When you think about it, when you are endeavoring to do something out of the box, great or different, changing your mind, and shifting your attitude is a life principle.

There are some things that are only going to happen when you make a consciousness decision to change your mind. I mean to literally shift your attitude.

Change comes when you change, and there are times in your life where you have to shift your life, shift your attitude, and even shift the way you think. If you keep doing the same thing, you get the same results every time!

Someone once said, “The same attitude that got us in this mess, is the same attitude that will keep us in this mess!” Which means there has to be a shift and mindset change in your life.

Remember what the Lord told John in the book of Revelation chapter 4, “Come up here and I will show you things that must take place.” (Rev 4 : 1).   God wanted John to come up to another level or place. God could not show John the revelations down there, he had to come up “here” or higher where the Lord was.  Whether it was spiritual or physical you be the judge, regardless of how he had to do it, the Lord required him to go to another level, which required a shift! 

Revelation # 1. You will never understand the mysteries of the Kingdom and revelations of God down there. You must go higher in your thinking! Down there, speaks of the earthly or worldly mindset.

As a matter of fact, in order for you to succeed in life this is a life principle. Go higher! Go to another level! The scripture says in Isaiah 59: 19 When the enemy comes in like a flood, The Spirit of the LORD will lift up a standard against him.

Sometimes we ask the question, “Why have I not gone to another level financially, educationally, relationally, ministerally or personally?” Well first ask we must ask ourselves, “Have I gone to another level in my thinking?” “Have I raised my level of expectation?”

And so the million dollar question today is, ” Where is your mind? What are you meditating on? What are you thinking about? Understand that there are some things that you can change, and some things that only God can change. One thing that God has given us, is the power to change our mind and to shift our attitude! 

Col 3:1  If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. 
Col 3:2  Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. 

The Apostle Paul said that if we were raised with Christ, or born again of his spirit, then we should seek those things that are above, where Christ is. Where is Christ? In heaven at the right of our Heavenly Father!

He then goes on to say something so profound! Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth! Now understand, yes we are in this world, but your mind does not have to be like the world! I would rather have the mind of Christ, then the mind of the world!

Listen to what the Lord told Isaiah:

(Isa 55:8)  For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor your ways My ways, says the LORD.

(Isa 55:9)  For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.

Listen, it doesn’t matter how smart, educated, or intelligent you are, God’s ways are so much higher than our ways, and his thoughts higher than our thoughts! This is why we must change our minds. You cannot have a low mind state or carnal mind. You must have a spiritual mind, and a Kingdom mind which is the mind of Christ.

Php 2:5  Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus.

Paul even gave some great wisdom and teaching about the mind and how important it is to have a right state of mind:

(Rom 8:6)  For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace

(Rom 8:7)  because the carnal mind is enmity against God, for it is not subject to the Law of God, neither indeed can it be.

(Rom 8:8)  So then they who are in the flesh cannot please God.

Change  is inevitable, the seasons change, your age changes each year, your hair will change, your weight may change, and guess what, change is gonna come, whether you like it or not.

You cannot have a negative attitude and expect to do great things! This is the attitude that Cain had in the Bible. Cain wanted to do things his way and got in trouble with God.

Read Genesis chapter 4: 6-10

Gen 4:6  So the LORD said to Cain, “Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen?

Gen 4:7  If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it.”

Gen 4:8  Now Cain talked with Abel his brother; and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother and killed him.

Gen 4:9  Then the LORD said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” He said, “I do not know. Am I my brother’s keeper?”

Gen 4:10  And He said, “What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood cries out to Me from the ground.

The Lord gave Cain instructions that if he changed and shifted his attitude to do well, he would be accepted. He refused the wisdom of God, got angry and killed his brother!

Revelation # 2. Never refuse the wisdom and knowledge of God.

Notice that God gave him the instructions that could have changed his life. He refused and suffered the consequences. Many people today have rejected the Word of God and the wisdom of God and have reaped the consequences.

All it takes is changing your mind and shifting your attitude!

Remember your altitude is determined by your attitude,  You will never go any higher than the level of our thought process. Life expansion is achieved through mind expansion. Renew your mind and you will change your life! So what can we do?

1. Pray and ask God to help you in a particular area.

2. Agree with the Word God.

3. Change your mind.

4. Change your attitude.

5. Think on another level than where you are.

I want you to know attitude is everything! Your attitude reflects who you really are, and guess what your attitude determines your altitude or how high you will go!

Purpose in your heart that you are going to be all that God has called you to be.

Purpose in your heart to change your mind and shift your attitude in Jesus Christ! I assure you when this is done, you will fulfill your dreams, goals, aspirations and achieve all God purposed for you to achieve for his Glory, and for his Kingdom!

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Thanks and God Bless!

Pastor Jamal E. Quinn~