Reflecting on our priorities and need for God

Mat 6:33  But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 

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

This morning when I woke up I picked up my tablet to see what time it was, and there was a YouTube video that popped up, and I clicked on it! Many of us know exactly what I am talking about. We arise early in the morning and for some odd reason, which is really not that important we grab some electronic media and look at the news, maybe email, maybe Facebook or some other favorite app.  (Many people, not all people, just be honest)  

Anyway, as I looked at my tablet, there were a few YouTube videos posted on the screen and one caught my attention and the title was: Warning: “Start making God your priority from today.” I clicked on it and it was a good video. What a way to start the day! Right? The preacher was talking about priorities and our need for God. It was a very encouraging video that made me think about priorities and needs.

So after listening to that video, it stirred me up and I began to think about Church, priorities, and needs as it relates to my own life. But the LORD also wanted me to encourage someone under the sound of my voice why it is important to take the time to reflect on priorities and needs in our lives. One of the things that Corona-virus did was shake up the world systems. I mean everything we do and engage in was shaken, and is still being shaken. (need I remind you, it’s not over yet)

Religious systems, employment systems, financial systems, government systems, entrepreneurial and business systems, malls, stores, relationships and so much more were all “shifted or shutdown.” It is as if God allowed the entire world to be shut down for a season so that we could reflect and reprioritize and truly understand our need for God.

I don’t know about you, but we cannot miss the point when these things occur, and we cannot go back to doing the things we did before. Because if we do, we will miss what God is saying and doing in this season, and we will make the same mistakes over again. Remember the video I mentioned earlier, it said: “Warning: Start making God your priority from today.”

I want to ask you a question, how important are the things of God in your life right now, and what are your priorities and needs?  Think about this; the things that you value and prioritize most, are the things you put first in your life.  The Bible confirms this in Mat 6:21, “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”  Jesus is saying that what you put your heart into most , is what you value and treasure most! (so true)

Jesus also said in the same chapter in Matt 6:33, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”

How many of us are seeking first the Kingdom of God and making spiritual things a priority in our life like personal prayer; (I’m not talking about a prayer line), personal Bible study; (I’m not talking about church Bible study), personal worship; (I’m not talking about attending a worship service), and personal obedience and servitude, (I’m not talking about cause the Pastor said it .) (somebody say ouch!)

What can happen is that we fall into a religious rut of doing things, and not understanding the prioritization of our relationship with the LORD and our need for God.  Think about this for a moment, the things we want most, and need most, we put quality time into it. Most of the time it is material or physical things, like a job, a business, a craft, a car and anything else that is a priority. We put more time into those things than we do with God. Think about it, you spend an enormous amount of time doing stuff to please you and others. Now understand, there is nothing wrong with it, unless it is out of balance.

One of the churches in the Book of Revelation, the Church of Laodicea, (the lukewarm Church) received a rebuke from the LORD in Rev 3:17, and the LORD said, “Because you say, ‘I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’—and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked.” 

At the beginning of the year, the LORD gave me a Word that we need to see how God sees. Can you see that the Church of Laodicea saw themselves a certain way, but God saw them another way? Let us not fall into that trap! When we prioritize other things, we can lose focus.

The LORD wanted me to remind everyone reading this, that we need him more than we need anything in this world. Never forget that you need God more than anything in this world. The time that most of us spend with God is little compared to everything else we do in this world!

The writer of Hebrews reminds us that we don’t have to struggle to accomplish anything in the LORD. Yes, we need commitment and to work hard, but let remember the words of Heb 4:16 “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”   What do you have need of today? What is it that you need from the LORD?  Remember the LORD said in Matt 6:33, “Seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.”

People of God, don’t let the spirit of this world neutralize you in your faith and relationship with God, his leaders (true leaders) and his people. We should never go through the motions of life or religion. Keep your faith strong, keep your fire burning for the things of God, and remember three things that I always say to the people of God, and I will say it again:

  1. Stay focused – Refocus your vision to see clearly those things that matter most and please God.
  2. Stay faithful – Never allow your faith to be watered down, and stay true to that which pleases God most which is faithfulness.
  3. Stay fruitful – Grow in God, grow in your faith and always produce good spiritual fruit.

Now because God is the first, he desires that we put him first in all that we have and do. Why? Because God is first, and the first is holy unto the LORD. How many of us know that God is not second, will never be second, and we cannot treat him as second!  God even said in Exodus 20:

Exo 20:1  And God spoke all these words, saying: 

Exo 20:2  “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. 

Exo 20:3  “You shall have no other gods before Me. 

In other words, I am not another god. I am the First and the Last God, and you shall not have another god or idol in your life that takes first place in your life! Did you know that the LORD himself instituted the law of the first in the earth!  As a matter of fact, look what the scripture says about the first.

Exo 22:29  “You shall not delay to offer the first of your ripe produce and your juices. The firstborn of your sons you shall give to Me.

Mar 10:31  But many who are first will be last, and the last first.”

Mar 10:44  And whoever of you desires to be first shall be slave of all.

Mar 12:28  Then one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, perceiving that He had answered them well, asked Him, “Which is the first commandment of all?”

Mar 12:29  Jesus answered him, “The first of all the commandments is: ‘HEAR, O ISRAEL, THE LORD OUR GOD, THE LORD IS ONE.

Mar 12:30  And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind and with all your strength. This is the first commandment.

Luk 14:28  For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it.

The New Testament also gives us wisdom as it relates to giving the first to the LORD:

1 Cor 16:2  On the first day of the week let each one of you lay something aside, storing up as he may prosper, that there be no collections when I come.

2 Cor 8:5  And not only as we had hoped, but they first gave themselves to the Lord, and then to us by the will of God.

2 Cor 8:12  For if there is first a willing mind, it is accepted according to what one has, and not according to what he does not have.

The New Testament also gives us wisdom as it relates to Gods judgment and the first:

1 Pet 4:17  For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God?

The New Testament also gives us wisdom as it relates to Gods love and the first:

1 John 4:19  We love Him because He first loved us.

Rev 2:4  Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love.

So what does this mean for you and me? Well the Bible is clear for us as believers in Christ. Everything that we acquire or do, we should first give glory to God and give it back to him.  Jesus confirms everything we have said with one very profound scripture:

Mat 6:33  But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 

I have a question for each and every one us reading this. What priority does the Kingdom of God have in your life?  Do you give God honor and praise by seeking him first in everything in your life? Do you honor him first in the morning or do you honor other things?  Do you honor and give God a first of all that you earn on your paycheck even after after the government takes their 15-20% in taxes?

Solomon the wise man said something interesting in Prov 3:9, “Honor the LORD with your substance, and with the first fruits of all your increase.”

Solomon reminds us that God is first in this scripture by saying, every time you get blessed, honor God by giving back a portion of it to him. Seeking God first, and putting God first in everything we do, shows honor and gratitude to the Most High for all that he has blessed and graced us with. Putting God first says, “I love you LORD and I acknowledge that you are God, and everything I have came from you, and I am only giving back first to you, that which belongs to you!”

TODAY, Let us reflect on our priorities and needs, and never allow anything in this world to be first in our lives!  The Most High God is first priority and above all, He will supply all of our need according to his riches in glory through Jesus Christ our LORD and Savior!

Be blessed!

Pastor Jamal E. Quinn

El Elyon: The Most High God and Righteous Judge

Luk 18:1  Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart, 
Luk 18:2  saying: “There was in a certain city a judge who did not fear God nor regard man. 
Luk 18:3  Now there was a widow in that city; and she came to him, saying, ‘Get justice for me from my adversary.’ 
Luk 18:4  And he would not for a while; but afterward he said within himself, ‘Though I do not fear God nor regard man, 
Luk 18:5  yet because this widow troubles me I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.
Luk 18:6  Then the Lord said, “Hear what the unjust judge said. 
Luk 18:7  And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them? 
Luk 18:8  I tell you that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?” 

Luke chapter 18 is a very profound passage of scripture that is loaded with revelation prophetically and practically for where we are today. This story contains hidden truths unknown to those that do not have an ear to hear. It also contains some powerful nuggets that are profound for what we are experiencing today as a people. Luke chapter 18 gives us revelation, knowledge and understanding concerning persistent prayer, an unrighteous judge, a righteous judge and a powerless widow who wants justice against her adversary.

Bear with me as I take the time to exposit these passages of scripture so that we get a greater understanding of all that the LORD wants to reveal to us. The times in which we live today are very tribulous with COVID-19, violence in the streets, unjustified murder, and a system that does not appear to give justice to every human being especially those of color.

When we read about all the turmoil in the world, innocent people being murdered, unjust laws, and unjust decisions made by leaders and rulers in the earth, people in the world often wonder where they can get justice. 

We find God rendering justice all throughout the Bible. This is a constant theme especially in the Old Testament, where the children of Israel often cried out to the LORD for justice, and he would raise up a deliverer to deliver his people. This is why Moses and the Judges were raised up in the Old Testament because God heard the cries and prayers of his people!

I am reminded of the children of Israel who were in Egypt and they cried out to the LORD, and he heard the cries of his people and sent them a deliverer!

Exo 3:7  And the LORD said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows; 
Exo 3:9  Now therefore, behold, the cry of the children of Israel is come unto me: and I have also seen the oppression wherewith the Egyptians oppress them. 

We find in scripture that whenever the people cried out to God for justice, God always answered! Could this not be the key to obtaining righteous justice that we need? Many people are making their voices heard through destruction and violence, but those of us who know the power of prayer should be calling on the name of the LORD! I believe that is scriptural and Biblical. Lets take a look at this profound scripture.

Luk 18:1  says, “Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart.” This is profound. Although the situation is out of control, we cannot lose heart. Some would say, we have prayed enough. We can never pray enough The LORD said we should always pray and not lose heart. I encourage you to not lose heart, and to continue to pray!

Luk 18:2  goes on to say, “There was in a certain city a judge who did not fear God nor regard man.”  How many of us know that there are government officials, and policemen who do not fear God, nor regard man? This is not the case for all of them, but it is interesting that the LORD said, “There was a certain city” which could be any city (sound familiar?) and that judge did not fear God nor man. The Bible says in Proverbs 29:2, “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked bear rule, the people mourn.”

Luk 18:3  Now there was a widow in that city; and she came to him, saying, ‘Get justice for me from my adversary.  The Bible says that there was a widow in that city, and she wanted justice from her adversary. The Greek word for enemy is “antidikos” which means enemy, opponent or specifically Satan. How many of us know that it is the enemy (Satan) who comes to kill, steal and to destroy? (John 10:10) Why does Christ use a widow in this parable? The revelation of the widow is this in the parable. Widows need help. They are alone most of the time, and they have no husband to stand in the gap for them.

This is why the Bible exhorts us to care for widows. Psa 68:5 say, “God is a Father of the fatherless, and a judge of the widows is God in his holy habitation.” So the LORD uses a widow in this story to symbolize someone who is vulnerable, someone in need, someone who needs help and someone who needs justice. Does this describe where we are now as a people? We need justice, we need help, and we are vulnerable! What does vulnerable mean? It is defined as someone who is susceptible to physical or emotional attack or harm.

The Bible says in Luk 18:4 , that the judge would not do it for a while; but afterward he said within himself, ‘Though I do not fear God nor regard man, Luk 18:5  yet because this widow troubles me I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.’ ” 

Now understand that the LORD said this widow kept coming and did not stop her request and pleas for justice to this unjust judge. Does that sound familiar? The cries of black and brown people have been screaming for justice for hundreds of years, but eventually the unjust judge who did not fear God, or regard man said in verse 5, “Yet because this widow troubles me, I will avenge her (give her justice) because of her continual coming.

I believe the cries of the people have reached a pinnacle and have erupted into violence as a result. We do not condone violence and destruction by any stretch of the imagination, but the seed sown is now being reaped, and the continued cries for justice must be answered.

Luk 18:6  Then the Lord said, “Hear what the unjust judge said.  “So now the LORD is going to give us some revelation about this story. Christ said, “Hear what the unjust judge said.”

Well, what did he say? The scripture in Luke 5 says, “Though I do not fear God nor regard man, yet because this widow troubles me I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.”

Christ said that this man who did not fear God nor regard man eventually relented because of her persistent, consistent cry for justice! Then he gives us contrasting revelation concerning a man who is an unjust judge, and God himself who is the righteous judge of heaven and earth!

Luk 18:7  And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them?  The LORD says that if a man who is an unrighteous judge, who does not fear God, nor regard man will eventually give justice, so will God himself who is a righteous God, a righteous judge, and regards man.

King David said in Psa 8:4, said the following about man who is a human being. “What is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You visit him?” I am sure that the angels in heaven often wonder why God regards and tolerates human beings. The answer is love. I want you to know that God loves us, sees us, knows the pain, sorrow, hurt, and injustice that prevails in the earth and he will bring justice speedily as verse 8 attests.

Luk 18:8  I tell you that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?”  God himself will render and bring justice and he will do it speedily. Nevertheless, when we comes, will he find faith on the earth?

In other words, God will indeed grant justice, but will the people be trusting him? Will they be in faith or fear when he comes? Will they be in faith or unbelief? Child of God, keep the faith! Regardless of what happens in the earth, we must stay in faith. Some people mock our faith, but God will honor the faith of those of us who trust in the LORD, and who are strong in faith knowing that God is a righteous judge who will grant justice!

Listen, the lesson is this. Although we have human judges and they have been given the authority to judge in a court of law, they are but men. We should take comfort in knowing that there is one who is the God man, Jesus the Christ, who will judge humanity with righteousness. God is all about justice, mercy, equity and compassion! The Bible calls him a righteous judge! Listen to the scriptures:

Psa 50:6 And the heavens shall declare his righteousness: for God is judge himself.

Psa 96:13  For He is coming, for He is coming to judge the earth. He shall judge the world with righteousness, and the peoples with His truth.

Psa 98:9  Before the LORD; for he cometh to judge the earth: with righteousness shall he judge the world, and the people with equity.

Zec 7:9  “Thus says the LORD of hosts: ‘Execute true justice, show mercy and compassion Everyone to his brother. 

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. 

Isa 56:1  Thus says the LORD: “Keep justice, and do righteousness, for My salvation is about to come, and My righteousness to be revealed. 

The Bible says that one day the LORD will come and he will administer true justice for the oppressed.  God is all about fairness, equity, justice, mercy and compassion. Anyone who says that they know the LORD Jesus Christ, and does not have these same values or attributes is a liar, lost and denies the faith. When we read the scriptures we find that Jesus came to administer true justice for the oppressed.

Luk 4:18 “The Spirit of the Lord is on Me; because of this He has anointed Me to preach the Gospel to the poor. He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and new sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed.”

Notice that the ministry of Jesus Christ was all preaching the good news, healing the brokenhearted, preaching deliverance from  the captives, giving sight to the blind and providing liberty and freedom to the captives!

This is true justice indeed!  I believe that this is the season where anyone with a voice or a pen must speak with action, and raise our voices like a trumpet. Most importantly, we must do as Christ said in Luke 18:1, “Continue to always pray, and do not lose heart.” Be encouraged and may those that have died, rest in peace.

God bless,

Pastor Quinn

The God (Elohim) of New Things

Isa 42:9 Behold, the former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare: before they spring forth I tell you of them.
Isa 42:10 Sing unto the LORD a new song, and his praise from the end of the earth, ye that go down to the sea, and all that is therein; the isles, and the inhabitants thereof.

How many of us enjoy new things? Let’s be honest! We all like new things!  Everyone likes new money, new cars, new homes, new clothes, new friendships and so many other new things! There is something about new things that excite us and bring us joy and happiness. I believe God understands this because all throughout the Bible, God speaks about new things! There are so many scriptures in the Bible (150 I have counted in the King James Bible) that speak about new things.

This is a new month and this is a new season. Some people are wondering, “Will things get back to normal?” Yes they will get back to normal, but it will not be the same. I believe that God has done a reset in the earth. What has transpired in this earth is something we have never experienced before in this generation. It was something serious, and it was something totally new to us all. I am speaking about the Coronavirus situation and the closing of all sectors of society. But we find that throughout the Bible, God was always talking about new things and doing new things. Even through the Prophet Isaiah and Jeremiah, God was preparing his people for new things. Listen to the words of the prophets by the spirit of the LORD:

Isa 43:18  “Do not remember the former things, Nor consider the things of old. 
Isa 43:19  Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness And rivers in the desert. 

Jer 31:31  “Behold, the days are coming, says the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah— 
Jer 31:32  not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, though I was a husband to them, says the LORD. 
Jer 31:33  But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the LORD: I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. 

We read where God speaks about new things all throughout the Bible. Let’s take a look:

A new covenant (Isa 43:18-19, Jer 31:31-33, Heb 8:8, Heb 8:13, Heb 9:15, Heb 10:20, Heb 12:24), a new commandment (John 13:34, 1 Joh 2:7-8, 2 Joh 1:5), the new testament (Matt 26:28, Mar 14:24,  Luk 22:30, 1 Cor 11:25), new mercies (Lam 3:22-23), new wine (Matt 9:17, Mark 2:22, Luk 5:38, Acts 2:13), new things (Isa 42:9, Jer 31:22), a new creature (2 Cor 5:17, Gal 6:15), the new man (Col 3:10), a new song (Psa 33:3, Psa 40:3, Psa 96:1, Isa 42:10, Rev 5:9, Rev 14:13), a new heaven (Rev 21:1), a new earth (Isa 65:17, Isa 66:22, 2 Pet 3:13, Rev 21:1, a new name (Isa 62:2, Rev 2:17, Rev 3:12)  he will give his people and there is the new Jerusalem (Rev 3:12, Rev 21:2)

So if God is all about new things, why do we cling to old things?  Primarily because of the sin nature and the spirit of comfortability. Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with old things, but new things are better! We tend to hold on to old things because old things are comfortable, old things are familiar, but God said, “Do not remember the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold I will do a new thing!” (Isaiah 43:18-19)

What does God want to do new in you? Because of this COVID-19 situation, things will settle again, but there will be a new mentality and attitude in our churches, counties, city and country. What we used to do is no more. How we used to congregate is no more, for a season anyway. So ask the LORD what does he want you to do in this new season.

Don’t go back to the way you used to be. God allows things to happen in the earth because he wants to do something new in the earth and in you. Whatever he does will fulfill his prophetic purposes and Kingdom agenda in the earth. We should desire to be a part of all that God is doing. 

Don’t miss God because you refuse to change. Remember when Jesus Christ came on the scene. They would not accept him, and could not accept that God was doing a new thing, so they rejected him. They had the Old Covenant but God wanted to do something new!

God even prepared them with Prophets who spoke about  a new covenant (Isa 43:18-19, Jer 31:31-33, Heb 8:8, Heb 8:13, Heb 9:15, Heb 10:20, Heb 12:24) but they still missed God! The Bible says that God will not do anything without revealing it to his servants the Prophets. (Amos 3:7) Please do not miss God!

When we think about what has happened in the earth, it was something we never experienced. It changed our whole outlook on how we socialize, congregate and interact. In this new season, the LORD is preparing us for new things to come. Some will be good, some will not be, but you must be prayerful and stay strong in the LORD. This is the not the time to play with the things of God. Wherever you are in your relationship with him, desire more.

Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. If you have not accepted him as LORD and Savior. This is the time to do it, because God wants to do a new thing in you and through you!  For additional information on salvation and being a new creation in Christ, go to this link: https://firmfoundationcf.org/salvation/


God Bless, Pastor Quinn

The Time is Come and the Time is Now

Happy Resurrection Sunday!

I was awakened this morning by the Holy Spirit to pray and I heard the words: The time is now. So immediately I began to pray and the LORD said to share this word with anyone that has an ear to hear.

1Pet 4:17  For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? 

1Pet 4:18  And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear? 

The Apostle Peter said that the time is come for us to judge ourselves. Why would he say that? Because it is better to judge ourselves now than to be judged by the Righteous Judge of heaven and earth who is the LORD, El Elyon, the Most High God.

Ecc 3:17 says, “I said in mine heart, God shall judge the righteous and the wicked: for there is a time there for every purpose and for every work.”

The Apostle Peter by the spirit of the living God tells us that the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God. How do we judge ourselves?   Well Paul tells us in 2 Cor 13:5, “Examine yourselves, whether you be in the faith; prove your own selves.” The Bible gives us revelational guidance how to examine ourselves.

Just as the Passover lamb was examined in Exodus 12 for no defects or blemish, even as  Christ was examined by the religious and Roman authorities, and there was no fault found in him,  we must examine ourselves to make sure we are in the faith!  As the Church abides in our homes, we should be abiding in the LORD like never before. (John 15: 3-8) We should be abiding in the Word, and we should be abiding in prayer to examine ourselves. Why? because the time has come according to Peter to judge ourselves.

The best example to follow in judging ourselves is found in in Phil 2.

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. 

The example of Christ is no reputation, in other words, he did not strive to be at the top. He did not chase after popularity, but instead he served others. He was also humble, he knew who he was, but he walked in humility. He was also obedient and willing to do the will of the Father even if it meant dying on the cross as a sacrifice. So we find the following attributes of Christ: No reputation, servant, humility, obedient, and willing to sacrifice.

Peter than says in 1 Pet 4:18  And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear? 

For those that do not know the LORD, the time is now. The time of salvation is at hand. It is not so much a church relationship, or a religious relationship, but a relationship with Jesus Christ! How do we do this? By accepting his sacrifice and death at the cross of Calvary.

Rom 10:9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
Rom 10:10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

What is salvation? It is being saved. It is being born again in Jesus. Salvation literally means something saved, deliverance, aid, victory, prosperity, health, help, salvation, saving (health), and welfare.

Paul confirms the timing of the LORD in Rom 13:11, “And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. 

Rom 13:12  The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. 

Rom 13:13  Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy. 

Rom 13:14  But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts. 

The Apostle Paul says that the times in which we live are critical. He says that it is “high time” which is an expression to denote the seriousness of the times that we are in, that it is time for us to awake out of sleep. What sleep is that? Spiritual sleep. In other words, open your eyes and wake up! For now, or salvation is nearer than when we first believed.

These words were penned hundreds of years ago, and ring ever so true today! Paul says the night is far spent, the day is at hand!  Self examination will cause us to cast off the works of darkness, and to walk properly according to Rom 13:13.

So he says, put on the LORD Jesus Christ and make no provision for the flesh to fulfill its lusts. In other words, don’t allow the flesh to dictate your behavior!

2Co 6:2  For He says: “In an acceptable time I have heard you, and in the day of salvation I have helped you.  “Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.”

Paul then says in an acceptable time I have heard you, and in the day of salvation I have helped you.  In other words think about this, when you needed divine assistance and cried out to me, I heard you. When you needed help, I helped you, and now is the acceptable time and NOW is the day of salvation!

With all that we have been through in our churches, communities, cities, and country, the time is now to seek the LORD. We have sought everything else and it has not worked.  We have leaned on our own understanding, and it has not worked. Now is the accepted time, and behold now is the day of salvation in the LORD! 

On this Resurrection Sunday in which it is referred to as Easter Sunday, for those that are saved, let us celebrate Jesus for he is RISEN! If you are not saved, don’t delay in receiving Jesus Christ as your LORD and Savior. Tomorrow is not promised!  The time is now.  If you would like to know more about salvation and having a personal relationship with Christ the LORD!  Click this link: https://firmfoundationcf.org/salvation/

May God bless you!

Pastor Quinn

Come unto me and I will give you rest

Mat 11:28  Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 

Mat 11:29  Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 

Mat 11:30  For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” 

Because of the crisis that is upon us, many are weary and heavy burdened, but the LORD desires to give us rest in the midst of the storm. When we think about it, God is literally showing the entire world that we are not in control of anything. It doesn’t matter what your religious persuasion is, or whether you are rich, poor, Black, White, Jew, Hispanic, Asian, Indian or Islander, we all need rest. 

In my reading today in Psalm 4:1, David called on the LORD and said, “You have enlarged me when I was in distress, have mercy on me and hear my prayer.”  He goes on to say in Psalm 4:6, “There be many that say, “Who will show us any good? Lord lift up your countenance or presence on us!” Isn’t that the cry of many?

The answer to that question are the words of Yeshua Christ who said in Matt 11:28, “ Come unto me all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” The LORD is literally saying, “In the midst of this pandemic crisis, stop toiling, worrying, running to and fro and being fearful.”  If you would take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, you will find rest for your souls!” Because my yoke is easy and my burden is light!”

Do you know what  a yoke is?  It is a heavy piece of wood that served as a coupling to hold two oxen together to plow the fields and haul heavy loads. Today a yoke is a heavy burden that you are carrying that is weighing you down. The LORD is saying, I won’t put more on you than you can bear. You don’t have to carry this load. I am here to lighten the load.  As a matter fact, I want to take the load off your shoulders. Cast your worries, your cares, your fears, and your sickness on me.  Why? Because my yoke is easy and my burden is light.

So what can we do? Well Psalm 55:22 says, “Cast your burden on the LORD, and He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.”  1 Pet 5:6 -7 confirms it, “Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time,  casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.”

I want to encourage everyone reading this to humble yourself and call upon the name of the LORD. If we want to see change and healing in the land, it will start with each of us as we humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God, repent and confess our sins as a church, a people, a community and nation! Why because the LORD desires to give us rest!

Rest will come when we come unto him. I want you to know that the LORD’s  burden is easy and his yoke is light. Today, release that burden and yoke and come to Jesus Christ (Yeshua Hamishiach)  by accepting him as LORD and Savior. I am not talking about religion, I am speaking of relationship with the one true God. (Deut 6:4-5) 

How do you do this? Act 2:37-38 tells us:  “Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Men and brethren, what shall we do?”  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.”

The LORD has provided a way to give us rest and assurance that he is with us and cares for us. If you want to know more about laying your burdens down and coming to Jesus Christ, go to this link: https://firmfoundationcf.org/salvation/

May God bless you!

Pastor Quinn

Keep Your Fire Burning!

Heb 12:28-29   “Therefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:  For our God is a consuming fire.

While I was in prayer, I heard the Holy Spirit say,  “Keep your fire burning!” Why? Because we need to keep a fire burning in our hearts as we serve the LORD. Sometimes when we are going through difficult times it can cause people to be discouraged and they lose their fire and passion!

This should not be! In the midst of trials we must continue to be the light of the world, and a city on a hill which cannot be hidden. When you think about fire in the Bible, what does it symbolize or represent? Fire is representative of the Holy Spirit. It is also symbolic of testing and purity. In many references, fire is used to test one’s devotion to God and their own salvation. The Body of Christ is being tested right now in their faith, but we must hold on to God’s unchanging Word! In the book of Revelation we find that the LORD rebuked the church of Laodicea because they were lukewarm and not cold or hot. Listen to the Words of the LORD!

Rev 3:14  “And to the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write, ‘These things says the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God: 
Rev 3:15  “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. 
Rev 3:16  So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth. 
Rev 3:17  Because you say, ‘I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’—and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked— 
Rev 3:18  I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see. 

The LORD rebuked this church because as it relates to their works they were lukewarm. To be lukewarm means to be in between. They were not a church on fire, and they weren’t really cold, but somewhere in the middle. These passages of scripture definitely have some revelational meaning because God doesn’t want us in between or in the middle, but he does respect our freedom of choice. So he said, I wish you were cold or hot. In other words, make a decision! Jesus even said in Matt 5:37  “But let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.’ For whatever is more than these is from the evil one.” He then says in Rev 3: 18, “I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see.”

Notice that the LORD said, buy from me gold refined in the fire! Why gold and fire? Because gold is pure, and fire is used to purify it!  People of God we need to be as gold refined in the fire, and you need to keep your fire, zeal, fervor, and faith strong in these tough times.

Heb 12:28-29  goes on to say “Therefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:  For our God is a consuming fire.” People of God, we are of the Kingdom of our LORD Christ which cannot be moved or shaken! The world may be shaken, but the church should not be shaken. We all understand the difference between wisdom and faith, but we need both of them. 

The LORD Jesus told a parable in Matt 25 verses 1-4 which give us some revelation about the importance of keeping your fire burning!

Mat 25:1  Then shall the kingdom of Heaven be likened to ten virgins, who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 

Mat 25:2  And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. 
Mat 25:3  The foolish ones took their lamps, but took no oil with them. 
Mat 25:4  But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. 

Think with me for a moment, in order to light a lamp you need oil and fire. Oil is symbolic of the Holy Spirit and the fire which produces the light that you need to shine brightly! While we go through the trials of this season, please keep fresh oil in your vessel and keep your fire burning. If you have no oil (Holy Spirit), you will have no fire or light. So no matter what the season may bring, let us serve God with reverence and godly fear:  For our God is a consuming fire!

Stay tuned for Pastor Quinn’s new book project in May 2020 entitled “God’s Divine Purpose System” coming soon to Amazon!

Signs of the Times

Mat 24:3  And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, tell us, when shall these things be, and what shall be the sign of your coming, and of the end of the world? 
Mat 24:4  And Jesus answered and said unto them, take heed that no man deceive you. 
Mat 24:5  For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. 
Mat 24:6  And you shall hear of wars and rumors of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 
Mat 24:7  For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. 

Mat 24:8  All these are the beginning of sorrows. 

In the book of Matthew chapter 24, the disciples of Jesus Christ asked him a very profound question concerning the sign of his coming and the end of the world? Jesus then began to give them prophetic wisdom and knowledge of the signs of the times, and the end of the age in the last days.

He also said that no man knows the time or the hour according to Matt 24:36, but he gave us signs to look for as well.

Mat 24:36  ” But of that day and hour knows no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. “

In Matthew 24:4-5, the very first thing sign that Jesus told us was take heed, or make sure no one deceives you.  So one of the signs of the times would be increased deception, where people would easily be deceived. This is why we need prophetic discernment! If it doesn’t line up with the Word of God, you should question it!

In Matthew 24:6, “Jesus said we would hear of wars and rumors of wars.”  This has been going on for many years, which is a prophetic sign as well. In times to come we will see an increase in this as Christ nears his return.

In Matthew 24:7, “There will be nation rising against nation, kingdom against kingdom, famines, pestilences and earthquakes in various places.” Nation rising against nation has been going on for many years! We will continue to see an increase in this as well. We also see an increase with pestilences, famines and earthquakes in various places.

in Matthew 24:8, Christ then says, “All these things are the beginning of sorrows.”

Everything that we see now, and have seen over the years are signs. When you are traveling on a road to get to a destination, there are signs that tell you that you are almost there. It’s the same in the Bible. The things that we see are signs, which means it is near, although we may not be there yet! But as we see the signs traveling on a road, we stay focused until we get there.

Even on a journey while traveling, it sometimes takes a while to get to your destination, but then we see signs that indicate we are close or just about there. As it relates to endtime prophecy, this is where we are! We are just about there. Some would say that we are there, but only the Father in heaven knows the time or hour!

The prophetic wisdom in all of this is: Stay focused in this journey of life. You see the signs, you read the signs, and you hear about the signs, but stay focused in Jesus Christ! Psalm 121:1 says, “I will lift up my eyes to the hills—from where comes my help?”   

Is Christ your help? Are you looking unto Jesus! Then do not fear! Despite everything going on around us with fear, uncertainty, evil, deception and sickness, Jesus gave us wisdom as to what we should be doing in Matt 24:42-46

Mat 24:42  Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming.

Mat 24:43  But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into. 
Mat 24:44  Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect. 
Mat 24:45  “Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his master made ruler over his household, to give them food in due season? 
Mat 24:46  Blessed is that servant whom his master, when he comes, will find so doing. 

So we must stay focused and continue to be about the Fathers business, despite everything going on in the world around us. Jesus said to watch and pray, be watchful, be ready, be faithful, be wise and be about the Fathers business. I don’t read anywhere in the Bible where it says to be fearful, run, hide or stop coming to the house of the LORD. 

Remember that we are the light of the world, and a city on a hill which cannot be hidden. Just as Moses told the Israelites to cover their houses with the blood, we are covered by the blood and should be covering our homes with the blood of Jesus Christ!

So what should we be do? The believers should be walking by faith, staying in faith and exercising their faith according to the Word of God. Jesus told the disciples in Luke 10:19, “Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” 

We should be exercising the power that we have as well! As we see and hear the fear all around us, stay in faith, be prayerful and remember the words of Jesus Christ who said in Mat 24:44, “Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”

Stay tuned for Pastor Quinn’s new book project in May 2020 entitled “God’s Divine Purpose System” coming soon to Amazon!

I am who God says I am

Psa 139:14  I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well. 
Psa 139:15  My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. 
Psa 139:16  Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them. 
Psa 139:17  How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them! 

I was listening to a song on the radio the other day entitled “You know me better” by a group called “Stars Go Dim” and it really encouraged me! The lyrics were exclaiming the greatness of God and who we are in him. A few of the lyrics said, 

*“You know me completely, You know me true, You know me as someone who looks like You, You know me perfect, You know me strong, You know me better, I am who You say I am.”

Isn’t that amazing! God knows us completely and better than anyone on this earth! He sees us in a way that we don’t  even see ourselves!  This should encourage someone reading this today, because God knows you by name, and created you in his image with divine purpose for your life. Jesus said in Matt 10:30, “But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.” Which means God knows everything you have been through and everything that you may go through. Yet, you are who you are, and as Paul said in 1 Cor 15:10, “But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain.”

Child of God, sometimes the trials, tribulations, troubles and tragedies of life can discourage you, but you need to know  that despite what you may be going through, or what you have been through. Those things do not determine who you are, God determines who you are! Even people will sometimes make it seem as though you are small or insignificant, but David’s words are so comforting! Listen to the words of King David in Psalm 139:14-17 as he thought about who he was in the LORD.

Psa 139:14  I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well. 

Psa 139:15  My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. 
Psa 139:16  Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed, and in Your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them. 
Psa 139:17  How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them! 

David was excited as he thought about God’s love, and purpose for his life. David said in verse 14, “I am fearfully and wonderfully made, marvelous are your works.” In verse 15, he says, “My frame was not hidden from you, when I was made in secret.” In verse 16, he says, “You eyes saw my substance when I was not formed, and in your book they are all written and fashioned for me.” Last but not least, David says, “God’s thoughts are precious toward you”  in verse 17.

These are some very encouraging words that should cause you to smile! Because God created you in his image, he predestined and purposed your life and despite who you are and what you may go through. None of those things can compare to who you are in Christ, and how he sees you! 

So whenever you go through a trial, I want you to say with confidence, “I am who God says I am! I am who God says I am!”  Be encouraged today and know that everything that God predestined and purposed for your life shall come to pass! Be blessed and remember…”I am who God says I am!”

*Song lyrics courtesy of Amazon music

*Christian Song lyrics net – https://www.christian-songlyrics.net

Stay tuned for Pastor Quinn’s new book project in May 2020 entitled “God’s Divine Purpose System” coming soon!

God bless,

Pastor Quinn

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