Changing Your Tomorrow

Good day all,
A Word of encouragement from the Lord:

“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but what you do today determines your tomorrow and will create a new history.”

Psalm 30:5
For his anger endures but for a moment; in his favor is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.

Psalm 68:19
Blessed be the Lord, who daily loads us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah.

Psalm 118:24
This the day the Lord has made, we will rejoice and be glad in it!

Lam 3:22-23
22 It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.
23 They are new every morning: great is your faithfulness.

God bless, Pastor Quinn

Today, Love and Forgiveness

Good day Wisdom for Life friends and family,
Blessings, I went to my hometown to do a funeral for a 1st cousin not long ago. When I returned home it began to sink in that life is so short!

Tomorrow is not promised! My brother told me recently about a good next-door neighbor, and his family who died suddenly.

The LORD just wanted me to share that now is the time to appreciate a family member, a friend, a neighbor, A clergy or someone special to you! Don’t let today pass you by!

The Word of God says to love God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength and your neighbor as you love yourself. Matt 22:36-40. We do well in the first part of that verse and fall short in the second at times!

Remember yesterday is history, you can’t change it. Tomorrow is a mystery, you don’t know what is going to happen, but this is the DAY the LORD has made! What you do today can change or determine tomorrow. Forgive, forget, let go of the pain and what happened, and move forward today, because it will surely brighten your tomorrow!

In scripture, the LORD connects prayer with forgiveness. It is a prerequisite for answered prayer. Forgive today, release it today, smile, and move forward in the blessing of God for your life. Because tomorrow is not promised, only today!

Read Matt 6:14, Matt 18:21-35, Mark 11:24-26, Luke 11:4 and Luke 17:3-4

The God of more than enough

Phi 2:13 AKJV For it is God which works in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

When you attempting to accomplish something great! Never look at the numbers! Although more is better, we cannot deny!

Yet, God loves to showcase his strength with the insignificant! We serve a great God who is not concerned with numbers. Man may be concerned with numbers but God is not.

Read the story of Moses and the twelve, specifically Joshua and Caleb who spied the Promised Land. Numbers 14:21-38

Read the story of Gideon. Judges 7:2-9

Read the story of David.
1 Samuel 16:7-13

Read about Jehoshaphat. and Judah. 2 Chron 20:17-30

Read the book of Revelation chapters 2 and 3 concerning the seven churches. 2 out of 7 received the commendation of God: Smyna and Philadelphia.

Read about Jesus the twelve disciples. John 6:53-68
Jesus had about 70 disciples, but 12 remained.

Remember to trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not to your own understanding, but in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6

Your faith, focus and fire for God will ignite a passion for your purpose that keeps you moving forward to fulfillment of your destiny, despite physical or human obstacles in your way!

God bless, Pastor Quinn

Day of Prayer

Good day family and friends,

Today, May 5th is recognized as the National Day of Prayer. It is a time to pray as a nation, and as a people recognizing that we are indeed blessed as a people and nation despite everything going on!

We as believers in Christ recognize that every day is a day of prayer, and we need God’s grace, mercy and favor in all that we do!

Take the time today to look to the LORD and pray for the church, our communites, city and country and read these scriptures:

Matt 6:9-15
Matt 7:7-8
Luke 11:1-13
Luke 18:1-14
1 Thess 5:17
Eph 6:18
1 Tim 2:1-5
James 5:14-18

God bless, Pastor Quinn

It’s not over till God says its over: keep hope alive!

Rom 15:13 -Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost. 

On April 17, 2022, believers all over the world celebrated the Resurrection of our LORD Jesus Christ which was wonderful. Although many people refer to it as Easter, it is Resurrection Sunday!  Why? Because the most powerful thing about the LORD’s death, and burial was his resurrection from the grave with all power in his hand, and guess what?

There had to be a living hope among the people that what was prophesied about Jesus Christ was true.  So, in believing what was said, they had to keep hope alive!  Why? Because if there was no hope, then there would have been no expectation of what was to come!

The Apostle Paul said in Rom 15:13: Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost. 

Notice that we serve a God of hope! I have been through so many things in my life, but the thing that keeps me strong is that I keep hope alive! Many times, people wonder how you are making it, but they don’t know you have a living faith and hope that causes you to persevere! Hallelujah!

So, what is hope?  It is a desire of something good, accompanied with an expectation of obtaining it, or a belief that it is obtainable. Hope is not wishing, but it is an expectation or the possibility of possessing of seeing something come to pass that may be in your heart!

The word “Hope” in the Greek is: “El Pece” which means anticipate, expectation or confidence!

I want to encourage everyone under the sound of my voice that no matter what your circumstances are, you must keep hope alive.  Hope is expectation. Hope is being optimistic that what you are believing by faith shall come to pass, and hope coupled with strong faith is powerful!

The only way one can truly overcome, endure, and walk in victory despite situations in life is through faith and hope in the LORD! Although many of us went through trials and tribulations in 2020-2021, you are still standing in 2022. Why? Because of great expectation for God to change your situation!

 I don’t know if you can comprehend the importance of keeping hope alive, but the scriptures have some interesting revelation about the power of hope!

Paul tells us in 1 Thess 2:19:

1Th 2:19 For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Is it not even you in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at His coming?

Jesus is indeed coming back again! There is an anticipation of faith and hope that keeps us serving him faithfully. Never allow people, haters, or the devil to shake your faith and hope in the LORD!

The Prophet Jeremiah tells us in Lamentations chapter 3:

Lam 3:21 This I recall to my mind, therefore have, I hope. 

Lam 3:22 It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. 

Lam 3:23 They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. 

Lam 3:24  The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him. 

Lam 3:25 The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeks him. 

Lam 3:26  It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD. 

To lament is an expression of sorrow, and cry of grief, but Jeremiah gives us the revelation of hope!

The book of Hebrews gives us the revelation of hope as well!

Heb 6:10 For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labor of love, which you have showed toward his name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister.

Heb 6:11 And we desire that every one of you do show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end:

Heb 6:12 That you be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

Heb 6:13 For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no greater, he swore by himself,

Heb 6:14  Saying, Surely blessing I will bless thee, and multiplying I will multiply thee.

Heb 6:15  And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise.

Heb 10:23  Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.

Heb 10:24 And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works…

I want to encourage someone all over the world, that no matter where you are, what your situation is, or what you are going through! Keep hope alive in the LORD!! Keep trusting, keep believing, keep praising, keep worshipping, and keep serving the LORD. Knowing that God is able to make all grace abound toward you through your faith, hope and love for him!

Paul said that after it is said and done, remember 1 Cor 13:13, “And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”

I want you to remember:

Keep your faith strong in the LORD – It’s not over till God says it’s over!

Keep your hope alive in the LORD – It’s not over till God says it’s over!

And last but not least, love the LORD your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength in Jesus Name! Amen.

God Bless, Pastor Quinn

Unity and Spiritual warfare

Mat 12:25 KJ2000 And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand:

Mat 12:30 KJ2000 He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathers not with me scatters abroad.

One of the most profound doctrines in the Bible is unity! We find that the scripture has a lot to say about the power of unity. Nevertheless, despite what scripture says, we often find it hard to embrace this powerful Biblical concept! Maybe this is the root of the issue that hinders our progress in doing greater works!

As it is in the natural, so it is in the spiritual. If you enjoy or watch sports you will find that in team sports, no team or group that operates in division or individualism can win!

This is why the Bible places emphasis on the importance of our unity! For example:

2Ch 5:13 indeed it came to pass, when the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the LORD, and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of music, and praised the LORD, saying: “For He is good, For His mercy endures forever,” that the house, the house of the LORD, was filled with a cloud

2Ch 5:14 so that the priests could not continue ministering because of the cloud; for the glory of the LORD filled the house of God. 

Psa 133:1 A Song of Ascents. Of David. Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! 

Mat 18:19 “Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven. 
Mat 18:20 For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.”

So, we see from a few scriptures how important unity is for us! These are but a few scriptures, but you see here the power of unity! We must also remember that the Apostle Paul said in Ephesians 4, that we should endeavor to keep the spirit of unity in the bond of peace.

What does endeavor mean? It means, “To try hard, to aspire, aim, seek or to strive to do or achieve something.” Why? Because the devil’s greatest tactic is to divide and conquer!

So, Paul reminds us:

Eph 4:3 endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 
Eph 4:4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling. 
Eph 4:5  one Lord, one faith, one baptism.

He tells us profoundly that we are one body and one spirit, and there is one Lord, one faith and one baptism. As I was reading the book of Matthew and the book of Luke, I found a powerful concept, which is really not new, but we fail to understand at times, that the enemy of our faith wars against our unity!

He strives to divide us through doctrines, envy, jealousy, pride, selfishness and self-righteousness, racism and so many other things. This can happen in families, marriages, friendships, relationships, churches and even businesses! Division is a demonic tactic of the enemy.

Paul even tells us that we are not ignorant of Satan’s devices in 2 Cor 2:11.

“Lest Satan should take advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devices.” 2 Cor 2:11

Now, understand, that there are times when division is necessary to keep the peace. The Bible says in Amos 3:3:, “Can two walk together, unless they are agreed?”

Nevertheless, we cannot allow the devices of the wicked one to deter God’s Kingdom agenda! Why because we are wise and not ignorant of this fact. What we find in the book of Matthew is that Jesus in his wisdom, shares the strategy of the enemy through the spiritual warfare tactic of division.

In Matthew chapter 12, Jesus cast a demon out of a man! The people were amazed and said could this be the Son of David? Matt 12:22

When the religious folk, (Pharisees) heard this, they said that Jesus cast demons out by Beelzebub. Matt 12:24

Jesus in his eternal wisdom, then shades them by saying:

Mat 12:25  But Jesus knew their thoughts, and said to them: “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand. 
Mat 12:26  If Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then will his kingdom stand? 

In other words, Jesus said, “If I was on the side of Satan, and cast demons out by the power of Satan, his Kingdom will not stand, because I would be working against him.

As a matter of fact, every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand. So, if Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself, and how could his Kingdom stand?

Jesus simply told them, you know nothing about unity or spiritual warfare! Satan’s kingdom is unified to divide us! (Say what?) Yes! The Kingdom of Satan is unified in their division against us! They work together to divide and conquer!

Jesus then tells them; I am not on Satan’s side! Why? Because If I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, surely the kingdom of God is come upon you! Matt 12:28

How many of us know that the Kingdom of God should be unified! Duet 6:4 tells us:

Deu 6:4  “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one! 

in Matt 12:29, Jesus then expounds on how to defeat the devil, who is the strong man! In other words, we must war in the spirit against demons who keep people in bondage and oppression! How do we do this? First of all we must unify!

Then we must first bind the strong man (demons, devils etc). In other words, render him powerless! How do we do this? Through binding and loosing in Jesus Name by the power of Holy Spirit!

Mat 18:18  “Assuredly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. 
Mat 18:19  “Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven. 
Mat 18:20  For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.” 

So, we see, as it relates to our unity, the devil desires to weaken us through division, disunity, and disagreement!

So, we must bind the strong man of division, and loose one vision. We bind the strong man of disunity and loose unity. We bind the strong man of disagreement and loose agreement in Jesus (Yeshua’s) name!

Notice the profound words of Christ in Matt 12:30:

Mat 12:30  He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters abroad.

In other words, he who is not unified with me, is against me. He who does not gather with me, scatters abroad. Our LORD Jesus said that you must be unified with me, because if you are not, you are against me! Very strong words indeed!

People of God, those reading this. Let us not be ignorant of Satan’s devices. Put aside the demonic virtues of division, discord, disunity, disagreement, and disunion, and embrace the Biblical virtues of one vision, one accord, agreement, union and unity. When we do this, remember what David said will happen:

Psa 133:2 It is like the precious oil upon the head, running down on the beard, the beard of Aaron, running down on the edge of his garments. 
Psa 133:3  It is like the dew of Hermon, descending upon the mountains of Zion; For there the LORD commanded the blessing—Life forevermore. 

God Bless, Pastor Quinn

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The Power of Prayer in your life

Mat 7:7 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 
Mat 7:8 For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. 
Mat 7:9 Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 
Mat 7:10 Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? 
Mat 7:11  If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him! 

One of the most powerful virtues that God has given to us is prayer! All throughout the Bible we find men and women calling on the name of the LORD through prayer! It has to be one of the oldest virtues known to man! Even those who serve false gods, call upon their deity expecting results from their petitions!

God, (Yehovah) in his eternal majesty has given us the ability to commune and converse with him. To connect the physical with the spiritual, and to connect heaven to earth for manifestation of what we need and desire in the earth realm.

God in his great grace and mercy understands that we are limited in our ability on earth, although he has given us power according to Luke 10:19 and Acts 1:8.

Luk 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. 

Act 1:8 But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” 

The scripture also says in Proverbs 18:20-21:

Pro 18:20 A man’s stomach shall be satisfied from the fruit of his mouth; from the produce of his lips, he shall be filled. 
Pro 18:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit. 

Even the wise man Solomon gives us wisdom on the words we speak, and I believe it is connected to prayer more than just speaking death and life! So, although God has given us power, our humility always brings us back to God in prayer who is the creator of all things!

We find in the Bible Moses, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joshua, David, Hannah, Jehoshaphat, Job, and so many others calling and crying out to God in prayer, with powerful results!

Look at 2 Chron 7:14, we see the LORD connecting our prayers to our humility.

2Ch 7:14 if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. 

Seeking the face of God is an act of humility and dependence on the Almighty, in whom there is nothing to hard!

As a Pastor, I exhort our church to pray continuously because of three reasons:

1. The scripture tells us to!

2. There is power in it!

3. There are some things only God can do!

Look what the scripture says about prayer:

Mat 26:41 Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” 

Isn’t it interesting that out of all the things the disciples saw Christ do, they wanted to know how to pray!

Luk 11:1 Now it came to pass, as He was praying in a certain place, when He ceased, that one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.” 

Then we find more scriptures that admonish us to pray!

Luk 18:1 Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart.

Eph 6:18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints— 

1Th 5:17 pray without ceasing.

1Ti 2:1 Therefore I exhort first of all those supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, 
1Ti 2:2 for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. 

1Ti 2:8 I desire therefore that the men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting. 

In the Gospel of Matthew, the LORD clearly tells us a Kingdom secret when we ask, seek and knock:

Mat 7:7 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 
Mat 7:8 For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. 
Mat 7:9  Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 
Mat 7:10  Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? 
Mat 7:11  If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him! 

The LORD said that when we ask, we will receive. When we seek, we will find, and when we knock the door shall be opened! This is achieved through the virtue and power of prayer!

God is so merciful, compassionate and abounding in love that he tells us, “If you who are a human being, know how to give good gifts to your children. How much more, will your heavenly Father give good things to those that ask him!

Today, in the times we live, prayer is a critical virtue. It is also an important part of our relationship with Christ!

So today, and every day, humble yourself before God, and seek His face by asking, seeking and knocking for whatever you are going through or need!

Sometimes we don’t always receive what we want, but God always gives us what we need in the right timing!

Saints, everything we need comes through the virtue of prayer, and petitioning our heavenly Father in Jesus (Yeshua’s) name, who is the giver of all good things! Pray for me as I pray for you!

God bless,

Pastor Quinn

Wisdom is the Principal thing

For wisdom is a defense, and money is a defense: but the excellency of knowledge is, that wisdom gives life to them that have it. Ecc 7:12 AKJV

Two things that we need in life are wisdom and money. Truth be told you can’t live a good life without either one!

Yet, most people only seek after one and that is money. If money is your source, and you have no wisdom, you set yourself up for future failure.

If wisdom is your portion, and you have no money, God can give you ideas that will produce more income! Never allow money to be your source. It is only a tool.

The scripture says wisdom is the principal thing not money!

Pro 4:7 AKJV Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all your getting get understanding.

Don’t chase money, chase wisdom! Get excellent wisdom and it will bless your life abundantly.

Prayer: God, give me wisdom for life in everything I do.

God bless! Pastor Quinn

The Prophet Daniel’s Testimony

Dan 1:5  And the king appointed for them a daily provision of the king’s delicacies and of the wine which he drank, and three years of training for them, so that at the end of that time they might serve before the king. 

Dan 1:6  Now from among those of the sons of Judah were Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. 

Dan 1:7  To them the chief of the eunuchs gave names: he gave Daniel the name Belteshazzar; to Hananiah, Shadrach; to Mishael, Meshach; and to Azariah, Abed-Nego. 

Dan 1:8  But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s delicacies, nor with the wine which he drank; therefore he requested of the chief of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself. 

Hello and greetings in this New Year 2022! At the beginning of the year, many churches and individuals participated in what is referred to as the Daniel fast. So, let’s take a look at the life of the Prophet Daniel, who is one of the most interesting prophets in the Bible. The scripture has a wonderful testimony of his life as he served the LORD!

In the Bible, certain individuals had unique testimonies of who they were, and how they served the LORD. For example, Moses was a man who spoke to God, as a man speaks to his friend, face to face. (Exo 33:11)

David was a man after God’s heart. (Acts 13:22)

John was the disciple that Jesus loved. (John 13:23, John 20:2, and John 21:20)

Mary was blessed and highly favored in the sight of the LORD. (Luke 1:28) and Jabez was more honorable than his brothers. (1 Chron 4:9)

Of course, there are many more, but the profound thing about Daniel is that the Bible says he was greatly beloved in the sight of the LORD, and had an excellent spirit. Look what the Angel of the LORD said about him in the book of Daniel chapter 9 and 10.

Dan 9:23  At the beginning of your supplications the command went out, and I have come to tell you, for you are greatly beloved; therefore consider the matter, and understand the vision.

Dan 10:11  And he said to me, “O Daniel, man greatly beloved, understand the words that I speak to you, and stand upright, for I have now been sent to you.” While he was speaking this word to me, I stood trembling. 

Dan 10:19  And he said, “O man greatly beloved, fear not! Peace be to you; be strong, yes, be strong!” So when he spoke to me I was strengthened, and said, “Let my lord speak, for you have strengthened me.

My question to everyone reading is: What is your testimony before the Lord?

Daniel had an awesome testimony before the Lord, and he was greatly beloved! We also find that Daniel is mentioned in Eze 14 with an awesome testimony along with Noah and Job.

Eze 14:13  “Son of man, when a land sins against Me by persistent unfaithfulness, I will stretch out My hand against it; I will cut off its supply of bread, send famine on it, and cut off man and beast from it. 

Eze 14:14  Even if these three men, Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it, they would deliver only themselves by their righteousness,” says the Lord GOD. 

Let’s be real, when it is all said and done, it doesn’t matter what people say or think about you, what really matters is what God thinks about you!

The Bible also records that Daniel had an excellent spirit. Look what a pagan King said about him!

Dan 5:13  Then Daniel was brought in before the king. The king spoke, and said to Daniel, “Are you that Daniel who is one of the captives from Judah, whom my father the king brought from Judah? 

Dan 5:14  I have heard of you, that the Spirit of God is in you, and that light and understanding and excellent wisdom are found in you.

We also find that he was faithful and because of his faithfulness, he was promoted!

Dan 6:1  It pleased Darius to set over the kingdom one hundred and twenty prince’s, to be over the whole kingdom; 

Dan 6:2  and over these, three governors, of whom Daniel was one, that the princes might give account to them, so that the king would suffer no loss. 

Dan 6:3  Then this Daniel distinguished himself above the governors and princes, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king gave thought to setting him over the whole realm. 

Dan 6:4  So the governors and princes sought to find some charge against Daniel concerning the kingdom; but they could find no charge or fault, because he was faithful; nor was there any error or fault found in him. 

Isn’t it profound what the Bible says about his faithfulness and excellence?

We also find that Daniel would not follow the decree of the government, who put out a decree that no could petition his God for 30 days according to the Babylonian law! Listen to the Bible!

Dan 6:7 All the governors of the kingdom, the administrators and princes, the counselors and advisors, have consulted together to establish a royal statute and to make a firm decree, that whoever petitions any god or man for thirty days, except you, O king, shall be cast into the den of lions. 

Dan 6:8 Now, O king, establish the decree and sign the writing, so that it cannot be changed, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which does not alter.” 
Dan 6:9 Therefore King Darius signed the written decree. 

Dan 6:10 Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went home. And in his upper room, with his windows open toward Jerusalem, he knelt down on his knees three times that day, and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as was his custom since early days. 

Dan 6:11 Then these men assembled and found Daniel praying and making supplication before his God. 

Despite the decree, Daniel would not allow anything to stop him from serving and praying to the Lord! As a result, he was thrown in the lion’s den! (Dan 6:12)

Taking a stand for God means, knowing who you are, and putting your absolute faith in God, and standing strong in God’s word!

Never forget who you are in Christ! Listen to what the Bible says about those that have been born again of the spirit of God!

1Pe 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; 

1Pe 2:10  who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy. 

Daniel had an excellent spirit, and despite being a slave in Babylon, Biblical history tells us of the prophecy in Jeremiah 25, that Jerusalem would be invaded. During this invasion, they took many of God’s people captive, especially those that were young.

What’s interesting about Daniel is that he was a young man probably between the ages 17-20 in a society where everything went according to the Kings decree and command. Yet, he was bold, confident and loved the LORD!

As a captive he and others were put in the Babylonian indoctrination program to serve under the King.  The King’s plan was to feed them his food, give them wine, and give them a quality worldly Babylonian education.

But the Bible says that Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself. Let’s read!

Dan 1:5  And the king appointed for them a daily provision of the king’s delicacies and of the wine which he drank, and three years of training for them, so that at the end of that time they might serve before the king. 

Dan 1:6  Now from among those of the sons of Judah were Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. 

Dan 1:7  To them the chief of the eunuchs gave names: he gave Daniel the name Belteshazzar; to Hananiah, Shadrach; to Mishael, Meshach; and to Azariah, Abed-Nego. 

Dan 1:8  But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s delicacies, nor with the wine which he drank; therefore he requested of the chief of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself. 

Notice that Daniel took a stand for the Lord and rejected the pagan Kings command!

Isn’t that an awesome testimony? I mean the world has a way of embracing you if you follow after them! But Daniel purposed in his heart that he was going to serve and represent the Lord! Isn’t this the testimony that we should have? That no matter what happens in this earth realm, we should be steadfast, unmovable and always abounding in the work of the LORD! (1 Cor 15:58)

Daniel’s testimony of faithfulness and excellence unto the Lord is an example to us! Because although we are in the world, we are not of the world, and we represent Jesus Christ!

I want to encourage you to stand strong in the LORD in these last days! Remember what Rev 12:11 says, “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.”

Let us do likewise and follow the example of Daniel, who represented the Lord in excellence. He took a stand for who he was, and what he believed! As a result, his testimony was that he was a man greatly beloved before the LORD!

God bless, Pastor Quinn

The Royalty of Jesus Christ

Mat 2:2 saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.” 
Mat 2:3 When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. 
Mat 2:4 And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. 

Mat 2:5 So they said to him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for thus it is written by the prophet: 
Mat 2:6 And you Bethlehem, in the land of Judea, are not the least among the princes of Judah: for out of you shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel. 
Mat 2:7 Then Herod, when he had secretly called the wise men, determined from them what time the star appeared. 

Mat 2:8 And he sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the young Child, and when you have found Him, bring back word to me, that I may come and worship Him also.” 
Mat 2:9 When they heard the king, they departed; and behold, the star which they had seen in the East went before them, till it came and stood over where the young Child was. 
Mat 2:10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy. 

Mat 2:11 And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh. 

The story of Jesus Christ birth is filled with the revelation of his royalty that we can all learn from. The Bible says that the wise men searched diligently for Christ, knowing that the scripture prophesied of his birth. This is so profound because the Bible implores us to seek the Lord, while he may be found.

Isa 55:6 Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: 
Isa 55:7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. 

The wise men followed the star which led them to where Christ was. The star shined a bright light over him! Remember Jesus said in Joh 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.” 

We also find five wonderful things that happened at the birth of Jesus Christ that the wise men did. Wisdom implores us to do the same thing.

1. When they found him, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy! This speaks of praise and excitement! Mat 2:10 says, “When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy.” Point number 1. No matter who you are, or what your title is, there is only one star, who is Jesus Christ, whom we should exalt and praise at all times!

2. They fell down and worshipped him. True worship is what God desires, and
sometimes we give the LORD halfhearted worship. Joh 4:24 says, “God is Spirit, and those
who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”

The Bible also says:
1Ch 16:29 Give to the LORD the glory due His name; Bring an offering, and come before
Him. Oh, worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness!

When someone is of royalty, protocol states that you bring a gift. You don’t come before royalty empty handed! You always bring a gift to show honor! They worshipped him and gave him three things!

3. They gave him Gold. Gold is the most precious metal one can buy. It is a symbol of wealth on earth and represents his divine nature.

4. They gave him frankincense which is a fragrant incense. Frankincense was very expensive in those days. It speaks of the fragrance of His life and ministry. Frankincense is also a symbol of priestship. It symbolizes prayer and Christ’s role as our intercessor. 1 Tim 2:5 says, “For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus.”

It was also one of the ingredients of the incense used in the Tabernacle and when burned, it emanated a beautiful smell! Incense is symbolic of prayers that ascend into heaven as well.

Rev 5:8 Now when He had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each having a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.

5. They gave him Myrrh. Myrrh in the days of Christ was an expensive spice. It speaks of His suffering and death. Myrrh in the days of Christ was an expensive embalming oil or medicine.

Myrrh was also one of the ingredients used in the anointing oil given to Moses by the Lord. It had two uses, as an anointing oil and embalming oil for death.

In the Bible, Christ was offered wine mixed with myrrh as an analgesic during his crucifixion, and his body was anointed with myrrh after his death. When Christ was on the cross, the bible records in Mar 15:23, Then they gave Him wine mingled with myrrh to drink, but He did not take it.

When he died, one of the religious leaders did the following:
John 19:39 And Nicodemus, who at first came to Jesus by night, also came, bringing a
mixture of myrrh and aloes, about a hundred pounds.

These three gifts can be described as gold symbolizing divinity, frankincense symbolizing the aroma of his life, prayer, intercession, and myrrh, symbolizing death and suffering.

All of these point to Jesus Christ! And guess what? We can learn from their actions by doing the same! How? Do you say? Well, we should rejoice and praise the LORD at all times! We must worship him in spirit and in truth, and we should give him our best!

The wise men gave him gold, frankincense and myrrh. We give our time, talents and treasure. Why? Because he owns it all, and we only give back to him, what belongs to him. We don’t give to a man, we give back to the LORD, because he created us, and he owns all things!

Remember the earth is the LORD’S and the fullness thereof. This is why we give him our best in all that we do, because God gave his best, and the wise man gave their best! Let us do likewise!

So, during this season, today, tomorrow and forevermore, it is only proper that we give glory, honor and praise to Yeshua Ha Mashiach (Jesus Christ) who is KING of Kings and LORD of Lord’s!

God bless, Pastor Quinn