Wait on the LORD

Good day all,

The Word for today is: Wait on the Lord! Lam 3:25-26 says, “The LORD is good to them that wait for him, to the soul that seeks him.It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD.”

Why are we in such a hurry when God takes his time? The Bible constantly tells us to wait. Sometimes God will push us and move quickly, but waiting is good despite the contrary. Don’t let the mentality of a microwave society get you out of the will of God.

Slow down, pray, seek God’s face and wait on the LORD. The LORD promised a blessing in his Word when we wait on him, and guess what? God knows what’s best!

Read Isa 30:18, Isa 40:31, Psa 27:14, Psa 37:7, Gal 5:13, 2 Pet 3:8-9.

God bless! Pastor Quinn

Are you ready for the shift into a new season?

Good day all, we just transitioned into a new month of November and see so many changes. The time has changed. The weather has changed, the season has changed, the year is about to change, our presidency could possibly change, and guess what? The church and people of God must shift and change as well.

If there is anything we learned in 2020, it is that anything can happen! New seasons bring many challenges, changes and circumstances that we can’t control!

This is the season to get reconnected to the body. No man or woman is an island. Paul asked the question in Rom 8:35, “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?”

This is a powerful scripture because there shouldn’t be anything in this world that separates us from the love of God or one another. This is the season for the church to walk in the virtues of unity and love.

The present conditions of our country and COVID have produced division, discouragement and deception, but nevertheless the only thing I know is certain; God’s kingdom agenda is moving forward.

When the Lord returns he is coming for a complete body. Not a people disconnected, divided, deceived or discontented, but a victorious, faith filled body of believers who are uncompromisingly standing strong in faith, and walking in unity and love.

As we prepare to shift into a new year, seek the Lord and pray that we have an ear to hear what the spirit of the Lord is saying to the church, and even more importantly concerning your life. There is nothing more important in this new season than being in the perfect will of God! Read Matt 22:35-40 and John 17:20-23.

Be blessed, Pastor Quinn

The Blessing of waiting on the LORD

Good day all,
The Word of the Lord today is patience. In the scripture patience and waiting on God is important. God moves in times and seasons.

The Apostle Peter said in 2 Pet 3:8, But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.

Remember that God is eternal, ordains time, but He is not subject to time or our time. The Apostle Paul reminds us as well in Gal 6:9, And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season (the proper time) we shall reap, if we faint not.

The scripture emphasizes and encourages us to wait.

Isa 30:18 KJ2000 And therefore will the LORD wait, that he may be gracious unto you, and therefore will he be exalted, that he may have mercy upon you: for the LORD is a God of justice: blessed are all they that wait for him.

Isa 40:31 KJ2000 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

Mic 7:7 KJ2000 Therefore I will look unto the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me.

Luk 12:36 KJ2000 And you yourselves be like unto men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he comes and knocks, they may open unto him immediately.

We live in a microwave society where social media pushes us to be quick, fast and in a hurry. But not so with the Lord!

If you are waiting on God, be encouraged. God knows what you have need of. Remember God is in control, and when we wait on him he will manifest exactly what we need in the proper time and season.

God bless, Pastor Quinn

The Love of God

Mat 22:35-40 AKJV 35 Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying, 36 Master, which is the great commandment in the law? 37 Jesus said to him, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like to it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

Good day all, In the Word of God, Jesus said many things which could be called hard sayings. In other words, only those that understood the revelation, or to whom it was revealed could receive it.

In Luke 6:31-38 31, Yeshua said, “And as you would that men should do to you, do you also to them likewise.
32 For if you love them which love you, what thank have you? for sinners also love those that love them.
33 And if you do good to them which do good to you, what thank have you? for sinners also do even the same.
34 And if you lend to them of whom you hope to receive, what thank have you? for sinners also lend to sinners, to receive as much again.
35 But love you your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and you shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind to the unthankful and to the evil.
36 Be you therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.
37 Judge not, and you shall not be judged: condemn not, and you shall not be condemned: forgive, and you shall be forgiven.

This is truly a hard saying. The reason this is a hard saying is because not many people can do this. Only those who have the Holy Spirit of God and the fruit of the spirit can understand that as God is merciful, kind, compassionate and abounding in love, so should we be towards one another.

The Bible says in the last days, the love of many will grow cold. Matt 24:12
You can see it clearly not only in the world, but in the church.

As I was praying the Lord showed me that if love is the greatest commandment, and people violate it, in that day they will stand before God because of the lack of it.

God is love,  God’s love is so merciful, vast, wide and deep, that I don’t think we truly understand it at times. It is beyond human comprehension. This is why this scripture is a hard saying.

Always remember that to be meek does not mean you are  weak. Jesus was meek but certainly not weak! Love is the greatest virtue one could ever possess.

Remember that Jesus said vengeance is mine, I will repay. Rest in God’s Word today knowing that he loves you and sees the struggle, and the pain. As the righteous judge of heaven and earth, he will render the appropriate justice in due season! May God bless you!

Kingdom Mindset Shift

Mat 6:9  In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. 
Mat 6:10  Your kingdom come. Your will be done in earth as it is in heaven. 

One of the things we must always remember is that when God saved us, he called us out of darkness into his marvelous light. Which means that although we are in the world, we no longer have the spirit of this world but of Christ. The Apostle Paul said in 2 Cor 5:17, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”

To be in Christ means to be a new creature, or a new creation, with a completely different mindset. It means that you have been transformed into the glorious image of Jesus Christ. If you still have the spirit of the world, and doing the same things you were doing many years ago, transformation has not taken place. There is a big difference between change and transformation. A caterpillar in a cocoon is not changed, it is transformed!

The Bible says in Rom 12:2, “Be transformed by the renewing of our mind!” How do we renew our mind? Through the Word of God, prayer, drawing near to God, hungering and thirsting after righteousness, and keeping our eyes stayed on Jesus!

The renewed mindset of Jesus Christ is a Kingdom mentality or Kingdom mindset. What is the Kingdom mindset? It is a mind stayed on Jesus. It is a mentality of being about the Fathers business. It is doing the will of our Father in Heaven, and what he desires, is what we desire!

God did not save us to have the spirit of the world, or mindset of the world. It is amazing to watch people who say they love Jesus Christ, fight and squabble over who should be the next President. Yes we have the right to vote, and we can vote however we desire, but our primary focus should be on the Kingdom of God. Jesus told us to pray the following in Mat 6:9-10, In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name.  Your Kingdom come, your will be done in earth as it is in heaven. 

So in essence we should spend more time praying for God’s Kingdom agenda then for anything else truth be told. Because that is what he told us to pray for. Its not our will, but his will be done in the earth. The problem with most believers is that they want their will, and the will of their candidate to be done. To be out of the will of God is a dangerous place to be. Jesus set the example for us in the garden of Gethsemane before he went to the cross.

Mat 26:39 –  He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.” 

Did you get that? Jesus the Christ prayed, “Not my will, but as you will!”

The division in this country is senseless, black against white, racism, police against people, churches divided, people divided, and families divided, but we understand that a house divided against itself cannot stand, and is brought to desolation according to Matt 12:25.

Brothers and Sisters in Christ, although we are in this world, we are not of this world. Let us always remember that we are Kingdom citizens in Christ! If you don’t believe me, look what the scripture says!

You are a royal priesthood – 1 Peter 2:9: But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.

In the Old Testament, you were either a King or Priest. We are both in Jesus Christ!

You are an ambassador for Christ – 2 Cor 5:20: Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God.

Do you understand the significance of an Ambassador. An Ambassador is a person from a country or Kingdom sent to another country, who represents his or her country. They represent the values, thoughts and agenda of that country from which they have been sent, and they are not to deviate from their assignment!

As Ambassadors of Christ,  we present the Kingdom of God. I know you were born here, you live here. But first and foremost, if you have been saved, and accepted Jesus Christ as LORD and Savior, you a Kingdom citizen in Jesus Christ first! Why? Because you have been born again of his spirit, and washed in the blood of the Lamb!

We are of the household of faith – Gal 6:10:  Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith. 

It is amazing that people who say they are of the household of faith have more faith in their political party or affiliation then they do in Christ, as if a man will save them. People of God, we are Kingdom citizens and always remember that Jesus said in Joh 15:19, “If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. “

Many people need a Kingdom mindset shift. Remember, we are in the world but not of the world. You should have the Kingdom mindset that Christ had. Remember he said my Kingdom is not of this world! (John 18:36) I understand that we are in this earth realm, and you cannot be so heavenly minded that you are no earthly good, or so earthly minded, that you can be no heavenly good. You must strike a balance and not get wrapped up in idle talk, and godless vain arguments about candidates.

Because truth be told, God has already decided in heaven all things that pertain to life, godliness, heaven and earth. Listen to the scriptures:

Isa 46:10  Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things that are not yet done, Saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will do all My pleasure,’ 

Rev 1:8  “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End,” says the Lord, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.

The Kingdom mindset understands that prayer is the key. We must get on one accord and pray with power always without ceasing, and pray the following according to Mat 6:9-10 which says, “In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name.  Your kingdom come, your will be done in earth as it is in heaven.”

God bless,

Pastor Quinn

Its Time to Fight!

2 Cor 10:3  For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh.

2 Cor 10:4  For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds.

Today I want to encourage you from a subject of extreme importance in these last days in which I believe affects each and every one of us as believers in Jesus Christ.  For many months we have been dealing with this COVID-19 situation, and many of God’s leaders and people have discerned an increase in demonic activity in the earth.

As we watch the news, we can see that crime has increased, racism has increased, division has increased, the country is going through a serious transition in the economy, the unemployment rate has increased, great companies that have been around for many years are closing doors, and we find that even the people of God are getting discouraged, frustrated, impatient and even wavering in their faith. 

I want you to know that the level of activity in the physical realm is equal or greater in the spiritual realm. When you see criminal activity, murder, immorality and destruction,  increasing in the physical realm, you know that it is increasing in the spiritual realm as well. 

The enemy is relentless, and he is constantly accusing, discouraging, deceiving, and attempting to hinder the plan of God and the purposes of God in your life. But  Isa 59:19 states, When the enemy comes in like a flood, The Spirit of the LORD will lift up a standard against him.

In other words when the enemy comes against you like a flood to overtake you, to drown you in your sorrows, in sickness, in pain, discouragements, disappointments and despair. The Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him. That’s why Isaiah also said, “No weapon that is formed against you shall prosper.” It may form, but it will not prosper in the end! (Isaiah 54:17)

And so the first thing we need to understand, “Who is the enemy ?” Its not your neighbor, its not your Christian brother or sister, its not your husband, its not your wife, its not that friend or family member who has been acting crazy.  It’s your adversary Satan! The name Satan in Hebrew means enemy or adversary.

And so you have got to understand that Satan is the author of confusion, and he comes to steal, to kill and to destroy according to John 10: 10

The Bible says the following in 1 Peter 5: 8: “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. “

And so we have got to understand that even as the eyes of the Lord go to and fro throughout the earth to show himself strong on your behalf of those whose hearts are perfect towards him according to 2 Chron 16: 9. The enemy is doing the same thing, except he wants to destroy your testimony, your future, your family, your ministry, and the anointing this is upon your life.

I find that many Christians are going through for various reasons. Some of us are being tested, some of us are experiencing life, and some have gotten out of the will of God. But like Job we have got to stay focused. Job lost everything he had.  His family members, his finances, his future, and his health. Its ironic that many of us are being attacked in those same areas. But I want you to know that greater is the Jesus that lives in you than he that is in the world.

But Job never wavered in his faith and he didn’t curse God. Even his wife told him, “Curse God and die.” (Job 2: 9). 1 Peter 5: 9 gives you the answer of how to deal with situations in your life when the enemy comes against you.

1Pe 5:9  “Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.”

Many times we think that our battle is against flesh and blood but it is a spiritual battle.

Eph 6:12  For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 

A spiritual battle must be fought in the spirit.  And we must understand that in order to defeat the forces of darkness we must filled with the spirit of God, led by the spirit and always walking in the spirit. The scripture says:

2Co 10:3  For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh.

2Co 10:4  For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds,

2Co 10:5  casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.

Jesus is our example in how to deal with the devil! 1 John 3:8 says, “For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.”

Jesus Christ came into this world to restore the broken fellowship between God and man in which sin broke that fellowship. Jesus accomplished his mission and returned to the father.  But he gave us authority and power in the earth over all the power of the enemy. And we are to exercise that power!

Luk 10:19 says, “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.”

But what I am finding and observing in these last days especially with this COVID situation that many are worrying, when they should be warring in the spirt, worshipping the LORD, and working for the LORD!

It’s almost like that movie the lion King, where the young lion doesn’t realize the power and authority he had was his inheritance. And because he didn’t realize who he was, the powers of darkness overruled the Kingdom. But someone had to awaken the King in him, to get him to realize that he was more than a conqueror, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a chosen generation.  One day he looked at his self in the water and he saw the reflection of greatness in his father and in his self.

In other words he came to his senses. I want to awaken the King in you! I’m talking to you now saints, you are a mighty man of valor, you are a virtuous woman in Christ.  You are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. You’ve been washed in his blood, sanctified by his saving grace. Jesus is the lion of the Tribe of Judah; you have his spirit on the inside of you, which gives you the power of the King.

Its time to walk in your authority. Its time to take back your joy, your strength, your finances, your future, your family, and everything that the enemy has stolen or is attempting to steal.

Yes, we know the Devil is busy, but we must be about our Fathers business. (Luke 2:49) The problem is that we have not completely submitted ourselves to God, but leaned on our own understanding. Satan then takes advantage of this and attempts to use our own ignorance to discourage, or hinder or hurt us.

In the natural an athlete must train daily to stay in top shape. As a Christian, you must train daily by staying strong in the Word, praying in the spirit, fasting, unifying with other believers, encouraging yourself in the Lord, and building yourself up on your most Holy faith!

Its time to fight in the spirit and get radical about spiritual things! The Word for today is get radical, refocused, and refreshed with spiritual fire to win in the spirit realm! When we do this, we will get the victory in Jesus Name!

May God Bless you,

Pastor Jamal E. Quinn

Excellence unto the Lord

Psa 8:1  To the Chief Musician. On the Instrument of Gath. A Psalm of David. O LORD, our Lord, how excellent is Your name in all the earth, who have set Your glory above the heavens! 

Psa 16:3  As for the saints who are on the earth, “They are the excellent ones, in whom is all my delight.” 

While reading Psalm 8:1, I found something very interesting that King David, one of the most beloved Kings of Israel had to say about the Lord.  He said, “Oh LORD, our Lord, how excellent is your name in all the earth! Who has set your glory above the heavens!” As I began to read it, I researched the word excellent in the bible and found that the Bible has much to say about the word excellent. So today I want to share on the excellence of God, and why it is so important that we live excellent lives unto the Lord!

This teaching on excellence is so important for us, because as Kingdom citizens we represent Jesus Christ, who is King of Kings and Lord of Lords in the earth. Now somebody may be asking the question, “Pastor what does excellence that have to do with me as a believer?” Well I’m glad you asked that question, so let’s define excellence.

What is excellence?  It is something of valuable quality, anything highly laudable, meritorious or virtuous, It can be in a person or anything valuable and esteemed. It is something of a high rank, distinction and merit. It is distinction in something commendable in honor or virtue or eloquence. It is something or someone who possesses outstanding quality or superior merit, or something or someone who is remarkably good.

So we should do all things in excellence because we serve an excellent God! So in Psalm 8: 1, King David expresses his praise for God, and begins to exclaim how excellent the Lord is. How many of us know that we serve an excellent God, and there is none like him in all the whole earth?

The scripture says in Psalm 8:1 , “O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who has set thy glory above the heavens.”

In Psalm 8: 1, David begins with O LORD our Lord. Whenever you see LORD in caps that specifies that he is speaking about Yehovah (Yahweh), the self-existent eternal God. Then he says, “Our Lord” that word Lord rendered in small letters literally means properly master, lord, ruler, or owner. It is a title given to an owner of land or of slaves, to kings, or to rulers, and is applied to God as being the ruler or governor of the universe.

The meaning here is, that David the psalmist acknowledged Yehovah to be the rightful ruler, king, and master of everything. He comes before him with the feeling that Yehovah is the universal ruler – the king and proprietor of all things!

I don’t think many saints know how excellent God really is.  The names of God are excellent, his character is excellent, his word is excellent, his ways are excellent, his holiness is excellent, and his thoughts are excellent. The Prophet Isaiah in Isaiah 55:9, speaking for the Lord said, “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.” 

We serve an excellent God and guess what he made you excellent!  And because you are a child of God and you have his character you should be excellent in all your ways. If you have been born again, there ought to be something different about you. Excellent walk, excellent talk, excellent conduct, excellent praise, excellent worship, excellent giving, excellent servitude, and above all excellent love!

We should refuse to be anything less than excellent. I mean on our jobs we practice excellence in delivering a product or whatever we do, right? So we should be even more excellent for the Lord.  As a matter of fact, the Lord wants you to be excellent.  If God himself is excellent, and he is King of Kings and Lord of Lords,  does he not deserve the best?

In Psalm 16:3, There is another awesome Psalm that King David wrote that says, “But to the saints that are in the earth, and to the excellent, in whom is all my delight.”

David wrote about the excellence of God in Psalm 8, and then points to us in Psalm 16, and says, “To the saints that are in the earth, and to the excellent, in whom is all my delight.”

Did you get that? Although this Psalm was written many, many years ago, David makes a statement that speaks to us today! Are we not the saints that are in the earth? Should we not be the example of Jesus Christ in the earth?

In the scriptures Jesus said in John 9:5, “As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”  Then when he ascended to heaven, he passed the baton to you and me and said, “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on the hill cannot be hidden. Matt 5: 14

Then in Matt 5: 16, he says, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”

Ask yourself this question? Does excellent describe you? Does excellent describe your Christian work ethic? Does excellence describe your service unto the Lord?

The excellence of God must be displayed in the believer’s life because we are representing the King of Glory who is an excellent God.  All throughout the bible, we find different names for God that represent his character and his divine attributes. It is only fitting that David wrote this Psalm, who was a man after Gods own heart.

When we read and study the bible we find that Gods character is excellent and everything that he does is excellent. Everything that God has created is excellent.  When the father gave us Jesus, he gave us his very best!  When he gave us salvation, he gave us his very best.

And so we find that excellence, and being excellent is biblical, and God desires that we be an excellent people, although we are not necessarily a perfect people! Although we are striving to be perfect every day.

If the Lord is excellent, and we are excellent saints, shouldn’t we have an excellent attitude, excellent praise, excellent worship, excellent servitude, and excellent giving unto the Lord. Anything else is unacceptable!

Today and the remainder of the week, despite all that is going on around you, lets reflect on the excellence of God, and let us remember to do everything in excellent as unto the Lord!

God Bless,

Pastor Jamal E. Quinn

Do you really believe?

Mar 9:21  So He asked his father, “How long has this been happening to him?” And he said, “from childhood. 

Mar 9:22  And often he has thrown him both into the fire and into the water to destroy him. But if You can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.” 

Mar 9:23  Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” 

Mar 9:24  Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!”  

Today I was just thinking about the importance of having strong faith and trusting God in the times that we are in with the Coronavirus, police brutality, protests, questions about children going back to school, Church attendance, wearing masks and so many other things. How many of us know that these things can weigh heavily on our heart at times?

In the midst of all that is going on, we have three things that will enable us to overcome any obstacle that comes our way. The Word of God (John 6:63, Heb 4:12)  The power of prayer! (Luke 18:1, 1 Thess 5:17 and Eph 6:18) and faith! (Mark 11:22, Heb 11:1, and Heb 11:6)

The LORD wanted me to share with you today that everything we hope and trust God for, comes from our belief that God is able to make all grace abound toward us! In other words we should never lose hope. We must have faith and believe that all things are possible in the LORD to them that believe!

Some of the most profound scriptures that we can read about as it relates to faith and believing God is when the scripture says, “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted unto him as righteousness!”  The scripture reminds us that Abraham believed God three times in scriptures so that we don’t forget it!

Rom 4:3  For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.”

Gal 3:6  Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.

Jas 2:23  And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.

The scripture also says when Daniel was thrown in the lion’s den for his faith, he believed God and no manner of hurt came upon him.

Dan 6:23  Then was the king exceeding glad for him, and commanded that they should take Daniel up out of the den. So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no manner of hurt was found upon him, because he believed in his God.

There is also a story in the book about the Prophet Jonah who preached to a city full of wicked people in a city called Nineveh, and when Jonah preached to them, they believed God and repented, and God relented from destroying them.

Jon 3:4  And Jonah began to enter the city on the first day’s walk. Then he cried out and said, “Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!” 

Jon 3:5  So the people of Nineveh believed God, proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest to the least of them. 

I want you to know that your faith and believing God for the impossible can do great things when you trust God by faith. The Bible says in Mar 11:24, “Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.”

So the question is do you really believe? Do you believe that God can eradicate COVID-19 and Coronavirus? Do you believe that by Jesus stripes you are healed? Do you believe that God can make all grace abound toward you and your family, finances, ministry, or marriage? Do you believe the Bible that you read? Do you believe the vision and mission of the church that you have been called to? 

The LORD showed me that there are people even in churches today that struggle to  believe the Word of God at times! Some people don’t even believe the mission and vision of the church in which they sit under! My God! Why would we show up and support something for which we do not believe? God wants us to recheck and reevaluate our belief system!

In the book of Luke 18, Jesus told a parable about prayer and at the end he said something so profound!

Luk 18:7  And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them? 

Luk 18:8  I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth? 

Read verse 8 again. “Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?”

Heb 3:12  says “Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God.”

In our foundation scripture of Mark 9 we find an interesting story. When Jesus comes on the scene, he sees the disciples surrounded by a large crowd of people as well as the scribes or religious leaders who are disputing with them. I like what the Bible says next in Mar 9: 15-16.

Mar 9:15  Immediately, when they saw Him (Jesus), all the people were greatly amazed, and running to Him, greeted Him. 

Mar 9:16  And He asked the scribes, “What are you discussing with them?” 

Jesus came on the scene and immediately stands up for his Disciples! I like that! True leaders stand up for the people of God! Then a man steps forward to say that he brought his son to the Disciples who has a dumb spirit, or a mute spirit in some translations. In other words he had a demonic spirit on him that caused him to seize up, be thrown to the ground, and foam at the mouth. How many of us know that he needed some serious prayer and deliverance? Let’s read!

Mar 9:17  Then one of the crowd answered and said, “Teacher, I brought You my son, who has a mute spirit. 

Mar 9:18  And wherever it seizes him, it throws him down; he foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth, and becomes rigid. So I spoke to Your disciples, that they should cast it out, but they could not.” 

So all the commotion was about the Disciples not being about to cast out the demon and to heal the young man. Believe it or not, people who know you walk with Jesus have an expectation of power and healing to be manifested just because you are walking with Jesus! So Jesus then says something so profound!

Mar 9:19  He answered him and said, “O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I bear with you? Bring him to Me.” 

Did you hear that? Jesus called them a faithless generation! My prayer today is that we will not be a faithless generation or a faithless people.  I know Corona virus is bad, I know the situation with your finances is bad. I know the situation with racism is bad, I know your marriage or ministry situation looks bad, but please don’t lose faith in God!

Unfortunately, the same spirit that prevailed in that day is the same spirit we have today.  People are so faithless! You ask them about COVID-19, all you hear is fear. You ask them about racism, all you hear is fear. How many of us know that the truth will make you free? I mean,  “Is God able to heal? Is God about to deliver? Is God able to make a way out of no way?”  Yes he is! I don’t care what it looks like seems like or appears to be!  We must believe!

As they bring the boy to Jesus, the spirit begins to convulse the young man!

Mar 9:20  Then they brought him to Him. And when he saw Him, immediately the spirit convulsed him, and he fell on the ground and wallowed, foaming at the mouth. 

Mar 9:21  So He asked his father, “How long has this been happening to him?” And he said, “From childhood. 

Jesus asks the Father of the boy, “How long has this been going on?” His father then says from childhood. Can you imagine that many people under the sound of my voice have been dealing with spiritual, physical, mental, financial and personal issues all their life with no hope?  I mean we have been dealing with racism and mess in our country for years, but there is hope in Jesus!

The Father then shares with Jesus that the demonic spirit even tries to kill the young man. He then asks Jesus mercifully with tears to have compassion and to heal him!

Mar 9:22  And often he has thrown him both into the fire and into the water to destroy him. But if You can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.” 

People of God, what is so profound is that Jesus puts the ball back in the man’s court by saying in Mar 9:23, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” 

Did you hear that? All things are possible to he or she that believes! Jesus didn’t lay hands, he didn’t bind or loose, he didn’t decree or declare, he first made a profound statement that all of us need to heed! He said all things are possible to them that believe!

I want to ask you a question, “Do you really believe?”

Mar 9:24  Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!”  

The Bible says that immediately the Father cried out with tears and said, LORD, I believe! Help my unbelief!”   The Bible says in Mar 9:25, that Jesus rebuked the foul spirit, called it by name and said come out of him and enter him no more!

Mar 9:25  When Jesus saw that the people came running together, he rebuked the foul spirit, saying unto him, you dumb and deaf spirit, I charge you, come out of him, and enter no more into him. 

The man’s faith and heartfelt belief enabled Jesus to cast out the demon! This is a powerful story. A story that many people reading have been through in some form or fashion. There are situations and circumstances in our lives that appear to be out of control, but our faith and belief in the true and living God, will open the windows of heaven,  and we will see miracles in the name of Jesus if we just believe!

My prayer is that we will never stop believing and trusting God for the impossible! Yet, the question remains, do you really believe?

God Bless,

Pastor Quinn

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