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

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

Keep Your Head to the Sky

Heb 12:1  Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which does so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, 
Heb 12:2  Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. 

The book of Hebrews is an interesting book which has no author assigned, but the writing style is that of the Apostle Paul. It is truly an epistle worth reading!  In thirteen chapters it  speaks about the supremacy of Jesus Christ, it warns us about neglecting our salvation, how Jesus Christ was greater than Moses, the importance of faith, those that overcame through their faith, and that Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith! 

In Heb 12:1, The writer says that since we are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, we are encouraged to lay aside every weight, and the sin which does so  easily beset us, and to run with patience the race that is set before us. In other words, there are many saints who came before us and they overcame and stayed focused through their faith in God, and although they were persecuted in their faith they did not give up.

The writer also says the Christian journey and relationship with Christ in this world is like a race, in which we should keep running with patience. I don’t know if any of you have ever ran track and field, or watched it on television. But in a track race there is a starting line and a finish line, and there are many runners (people) who are running in the race. At the end of the race, there are some that come in first, second or third place. 

Well in this Christian journey called life, we are all in this race and it doesn’t matter if you come in first, second or third. God wants you to finish the race. Which means you can’t give up, you can throw in the towel, and you shouldn’t quit. It doesn’t matter to the LORD what place you come in, just don’t stop running!

After the Apostle Paul did all he could in service for the Kingdom of God through three missionary journeys, establishing churches and writing many of the New Testament books to the church, he said in 2 Tim 4:7-8, “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.” 

So Paul understood that since he completed the journey, course, or race, there would be a reward from the LORD! This should encourage us all, that no matter what happens in the world around us, we must fight the good fight of faith, and we must finish the course or race! In a track and field race, the first, second and third place winners get the award! In this Christian course, we will all get a reward o crown, if we stay focused and finish the course or race.

So Hebrews 12:1 encourages us to lay aside anything that would keep us from finishing the race! So the question is how do we do it? Well, Hebrews 12:2 says it all. “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

So the way we set ourselves up to finish the race is to stay focused and looking unto Jesus. In other words, when we run, keep looking at the finish line and keep looking ahead. Good runners understand this. They don’t look at people, and they don’t look what is going on around them. In the same way, you should keep looking unto Jesus who is the author and finisher of our faith!

I know there are things going on all around us in our lives, the world, our churches, in our communities, and it can be discouraging! But we need to be like the Psalmist who said, “I will look to the hills where my help comes from.” (Psalm 121:1) In other words, I have to keep my head to the sky, and say like Paul in Heb 12:2, “I am looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

In other words, our victory will come through the author and finisher of our faith, Jesus Christ. Today, stay focused and know that despite the bad news all around us, that we must stay focused in this journey of life so that we can reach the finish line in Jesus Name!

God bless, Pastor Quinn

Peace of mind from the Prince of Peace

Isa 26:3  You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in You. 
Isa 26:4  Trust in the LORD forever, for in YAH, the LORD, is everlasting strength. 

There are about 400 scriptures in the Kings James Version of the Bible that speak about peace. What is even more amazing is that the word “peace” can be found in every book of the Bible with the exception of six books in the Old Testament which are Song of Solomon, Ruth, Hosea, Joel, Jonah, Habakkuk, and one book in the New Testament; 1 John. 

So out of 66 books in the entire Bible only seven books do not have scriptures on the word “Peace.”  This is profound and prophetic, because we know that God is perfect in all of his ways, and these seven books were left out for a reason! Another interesting fact is that the book of Isaiah has more scriptures on peace than any of the other books of the Bible. We find 29 verses of scripture recorded on the word “peace” in the book of Isaiah. This is prophetic because in in Isaiah 9, the LORD spoke through Isaiah and said:

Isa 9:6. “For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder, and His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” 

Isaiah said that Jesus Christ is the Prince of Peace, and Isaiah spoke the most about peace! This absolutely amazing! Today the LORD wanted me to share and encourage someone to have peace concerning a situation in your life! It could be a financial situation, a family situation, a job situation,  a sickness, or a ministry situation. 

Whatever it is, God said through the Prophet Isaiah in Isaiah 26:3, “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in You.” The scripture says that God will keep us in perfect peace if our minds are stayed on him, because we trust in him.”

God will give you peace in the midst of the storm, when you keep your mind stayed on him! But there is a condition, you must trust God. The reason many people don’t have peace is because their mind is not stayed on the Prince of Peace, who is able to give peace. Another reason is because they don’t trust God. Jesus said in John 14:27, “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

Another reason many people don’t have peace in the midst of the storm, is because they are not trusting in the one who is PEACE! It is not by accident or incident that there are 400 scriptures that speak about peace in the Bible, and the reason is because God wants you to have peace! 

The LORD wants you to be free from stress, strife, despair, depression, worry, hopelessness and pain! The answer to all of these things is peace that passes all understanding in Jesus Christ. Paul confirms this in Phil 4:6-7.

Phil 4:6  Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 
Phil 4:7  And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. 

The LORD desires to give you peace of mind that is supernatural but the key is:

1. Keeping your mind stayed on Jesus.

2. Trusting in the LORD with all your heart.

3. Knowing that God is the strength of your life.

Why should we trust God? Well Isaiah 26: 4 answers this: “Trust in the LORD forever, for in YAH, the LORD, is everlasting strength.”

God will give you supernatural strength which is everlasting strength, and he will give you peace that passes all understanding, only if you trust in him! Today, the LORD desires that you cast your burdens on the LORD. 

It may be a sickness, disappointment, discouragement, or something that is disheartening, but I want you to know that God is able to make all grace abound toward you! I speak from experience that I have been through so many trials, tribulations, tests, and troubles in my life, family and ministry, but God continues to give me peace! Hallelujah!

In Mark 4:36-41, the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ was in a boat with the disciples and a storm arose. What is interesting is that Jesus was sleeping in the boat while the disciples were fearful, thinking they would die: Lets read:

Mar 4:36  Now when they had left the multitude, they took Him along in the boat as He was, and other little boats were also with Him. 

Mar 4:37  And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling. 
Mar 4:38  But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow, and they awoke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?” 
Mar 4:39  Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. 

Did you get that? The Prince of Peace commanded peace in the midst of the storm and there was peace! Today I want everyone reading this devotional to know that the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ has commanded every storm in your life to cease and be still! The LORD is releasing peace in the midst of every situation and storm in your life! As you receive by faith the words of our LORD Jesus Christ, remember the words of the Prophet Isaiah who said:

Isa 26:3  You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in You. 

Isa 26:4  Trust in the LORD forever, for in YAH, the LORD, is everlasting strength. 

God bless, Pastor Quinn

A Clean Heart and A Right Spirit

Psa 51:10  Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. 
Psa 51:11  Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. 

Psalm 51 is a heartfelt Psalm from King David who humbled himself, and poured out his heart to the LORD after he had fallen short of the glory of God. When you read the words of this Psalm we see that King David had a pure heart. Now I know why David was called a “Man after God’s heart!” He loved the LORD, and he had a pure heart to please the LORD. This is why he was a true worshipper of the Most High God!

We can all learn some life lessons from David as well, because we should all be men and women of God, that love God with all of our heart, soul, mind and strength. As a matter of fact this is the greatest commandment according to the LORD Jesus Christ. 

Mat 22:34  But when the Pharisees heard that He had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together. 
Mat 22:35  Then one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, and saying, 
Mat 22:36  “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?” 
Mat 22:37  Jesus said to him, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.’ 
Mat 22:38  This is the first and great commandment. 
Mat 22:39  And the second is like it: ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.’ 
Mat 22:40  On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.” 

When you think about it, everything begins with the heart. In a physical sense, the heart is the center of life in human beings. It pumps the blood to all parts of the body. That is why we must protect our hearts and have healthy hearts!  Likewise in the spiritual, the spirit of a man or woman is the heart or wellspring of life! In other words your spirit is the real you. 

Not your emotions, not your thoughts, but your spirit. You must always guard your heart and your spirit! The scripture says in Prov 4:23,  “Keep your heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.”

This is why David said in Psa 51:10  “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.” Isn’t that a powerful prayer? David said, “Clean my heart LORD, and renew a right spirit within me.” These are two very important parts of who we are, and what cause us to live, move and have our being. Each and every one of us needs a clean heart and a right spirit! Jeremiah the prophet said something profound as well: 

Jer 17:9  “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it? 
Jer 17:10  I, the LORD, search the heart, I test the mind, even to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his doings.

The prophet of God said that the heart is deceitful and wicked! This is exactly why David said create in me a clean heart! Because David knew that God looks at the heart of a man and not the outer appearance!  

When David was selected as the next King, the LORD told the Prophet Samuel in 1 Samuel 16:7, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the LORD does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”  

Did you hear that? Wow! God is not looking at your talents, your ability, and gifting or what you can do! He is looking at your heart! Hallelujah!

The LORD even said  in Jeremiah 7:10, “I, the LORD, search the heart, I test the mind, even to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his doings.”

God said, “I search the heart, and I test your mind.” Why? Because your heart and your spirit determines the real you. Your heart pumps blood throughout your whole body, and your spirit gives life to your body! As a matter of fact, your spirit is who you really are! So God said,  “I search your heart and I test your mind to see what is really going on with you, to see how you will respond. And guess what? The real you always reveals itself!

David also said in Psa 51:11, “Cast me not away from your presence; and take not your holy spirit from me.” This is important because we need the presence of God continually in our lives! We should never make decisions, or do anything without inquiring of the LORD, and allowing the Holy Spirit to lead us and guide us into all truth! 

The Holy Spirit of God will never lead you down the wrong path! David understood even in the Old Testament that the Holy Spirit of God was so important to him! 

So as we pray and fast unto the LORD, pray the prayer of David and say, “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from your presence; and take not your Holy spirit from me.”

God bless, Pastor Quinn