God is the Righteous Judge

Micah 6:8 He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?

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!

Although we have human judges and they have been given the authority to judge in a court of law, we should take comfort in knowing that there is one who will judge humanity with righteousness.  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.

One thing we must remember is that God is all about justice, mercy, equity and compassion!

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.

Zechariah 7:9 This is what the LORD Almighty said: ‘Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another.

Isaiah 30:18 Yet the LORD longs to be gracious to you; therefore he will rise up to show you compassion. For the LORD is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him!

Isaiah 56:1 This is what the LORD says: “Maintain justice and do what is right, for my salvation is close at hand and my righteousness will soon be revealed.

The Bible says that one day the LORD will come and he will administer true heavenly justice for the oppressed.  

Act 17:31 Because he has appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he has ordained; whereof he has given assurance to all men, in that he has raised him from the dead.

It is amazing today that there are people who say that they are believers in Christ but cannot separate their ideology, skin color and political party from the true Gospel of Jesus Christ.

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 lost and denies the faith.

When we read the scriptures we find that 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 about preaching the good news, healing the brokenhearted, preaching deliverance to the captives, giving sight to the blind, and providing liberty to the captives!

This is true justice indeed!  Jesus was all about tearing down walls that kept people captive and in bondage, not building walls! ( :  I believe that this is the season where the prayer warriors, intercessors and true saints of God need to cry out to God for justice and he will hear and answer!

There is a story in Luke chapter 18 about a persistent widow who needed justice. Jesus tells us this parable to illustrate a point that God hears our prayers and will administer righteous justice. The parable is about a widow who went to a judge who was not a righteous man.

Jesus tells us that this judge did not fear God nor regard man. In other words he didn’t believe in God and didn’t care about men or women! What is interesting is that after this persistent widow kept going to him, eventually he gave this woman what she wanted, which was justice against her adversary!  Let’s read!

Luk 18:1  And he spoke a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint; 

Luk 18:2  Saying, there was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man: 

Luk 18:3  And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary. 

Luk 18:4  And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not 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  And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith. 

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? 

Jesus tells us that after a while this unrighteous judge eventually gave this woman justice against her adversary! 

How many of us know that we all have an adversary who desires to kill, steal, and destroy? Adversary in the Greek literally means an opponent in a lawsuit or Satan himself!

So this woman was literally saying grant me justice against the devil!

How many of us know today that the devil is running rampant in our communities, cities and country and we need justice from the Righteous Judge!

He then makes a profound point that we need to take hold of in Luke 18: 6-8

Luk 18:6  And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith. 

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? 

Jesus was literally saying that if a human judge who does not fear God, nor regard man can give justice to an oppressed and downtrodden widow. How much more will the Righteous God of heaven and earth answer you and me who cry out to him day and night!

The Bible says that God will answer them speedily! He then tells us, “Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes will he find faith on the earth?”  The real question is, “ Do you believe that God is able to make all grace abound toward you?”

This is a season where we need overcoming faith to trust God who will make all grace abound toward us. We need to know that God will render the appropriate justice to those who work unrighteousness and we will get the victory in Jesus Name!

There is a time and season coming when God will bring all things to the heavenly court to administer the proper justice to those who are unjust!

Just think about this for a moment. If a human judge can administer justice, how much more will the Righteous judge of heaven and earth administer righteous justice! People of God, be encouraged, keep praying and know that Jesus is coming soon. He return is imminent and he will grant righteous justice and judgment to all whom it is due!

Rev 19:11  Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war.

Rev 19:12  His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself.

Rev 19:13  He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God.

Rev 19:14  And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses.

Rev 19:15  Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.

Rev 19:16  And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.

Let us remember that Jesus came to the earth as a lamb, but he is coming back as a lion!

God Bless, Pastor Quinn

Biblical Fasting: The Acceptable Fast

Mat 6:16  “Moreover, when you fast, do not be like the hypocrites, with a sad countenance. For they disfigure their faces that they may appear to men to be fasting. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward.

Mat 6:17  But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face,

Mat 6:18  so that you do not appear to men to be fasting, but to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.

On the occasion of the 21 day corporate Daniel Prayer and Fasting in which many believers all over the world are partaking of.  I wanted to share and minister on the importance of Biblical fasting and why we must look to the Bible for everything that pertains to life and Godliness in Christ Jesus our LORD, especially as it relates to consecration unto the LORD!

The Bible says in 2 Tim 3: 16-17:

2Ti 3:16  All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,

2Ti 3:17  that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

As I was in prayer the LORD wanted me to share with you the importance of true consecration which is prayer and fasting.

Before we get started, I want to ask the question?  What is the Daniel fast all about?

How many times did Daniel fast in the Bible? Or should I say, how many times is it recorded in the Bible? 

Why did he fast?

Well, all these questions can be answered as we look to Daniel in the scriptures who was always praying and fasting unto the LORD. We find Daniel fasting in the following chapters listed below. For detailed information on why he fasted read the chapters and the following verses:

Dan 1: 1-17, Dan 9:1-12 and Dan 10:1-14

What is interesting is that the Angel of the LORD referred to Daniel as one who was “Greatly beloved” in the sight of the LORD.  You can read this in Dan 9:23 , 10:11, and 10:19.

I find that Daniel was an individual who was truly about the Fathers business. He was always praying and fasting unto the LORD and seeking God’s face, maybe this is why he was greatly beloved!

So the Daniel fast is a compilation of Daniels fasting of 10 days and 21 days in which he ate fruits and vegetables and drank water. Dan 1:12 says, “Please test your servants for ten days, and let them give us vegetables to eat and water to drink.” The Bible says in Dan 10:3, “I ate no pleasant food, no meat or wine came into my mouth, nor did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled.”

When we look at prayer and fasting in the Bible, it is synonymous with mourning, surrender and humility. When you research the Bible, true consecration to the Lord is not supposed to be a happy event. It is a humbling event. If you have joy while you are fasting you are probably not fasting correctly.  Let’s take a look at what James had to say:

Jas 4:7  Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.

Jas 4:8  Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

Jas 4:9  Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom.

Jas 4:10  Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.

If you read Joel 2:15-17, you will see that praying and fasting in the Old Testament days is a lot different from praying and fasting for most people today.

Joe 2:15 Blow the trumpet in Zion, Consecrate a fast, Call a sacred assembly;
Joe 2:16 Gather the people, Sanctify the congregation, Assemble the elders, Gather the children and nursing babes; Let the bridegroom go out from his chamber, And the bride from her dressing room.
Joe 2:17 Let the priests, who minister to the LORD, Weep between the porch and the altar; Let them say, “Spare Your people, O LORD, And do not give Your heritage to reproach, That the nations should rule over them. Why should they say among the peoples, ‘Where is their God?’ “

Old Testament prayer and fasting was no joke! They got results! If we want our prayer and fasting to not be in vain, we must get our focus off of ourselves and get it on God.

One of the most powerful weapons of spiritual warfare is fasting. In Matt 17: 14-21, Jesus gave the Disciples a spiritual lesson that each and every one of us should take heed to.  In the story they were trying to cast out a demon and they couldn’t do it. So Jesus had to cast it out and he told them the following:

Mat 17:19  Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?”

Mat 17:20  So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.

Mat 17:21  However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.”

Jesus basically said, that there are some mountains and situations that you can move with your faith, and then there are some mountains and situations that can only be moved when you pray and fast!  Did you get that? There are some mountains that you can move with your faith, and there are some mountains that can only be moved when you engage in prayer and fasting! Which means you have to go a little deeper!

Fasting is a significant part of your Christian walk just as praying and reading the Bible is significant. Fasting is for everyone who desires to draw closer to God.

Whenever you fast, you need to pray and seek the Lord; otherwise you are just on a spiritual diet, and not hearing what the Holy Spirit is trying to tell you.

People in the Bible fasted for many reasons; they fasted to hear from God, and they fasted because of trouble, trials, tribulations and tests.

Moses fasted on the mountain for 40 days to hear from God to receive the 10 commandments and tabernacle blueprints.

Jesus fasted 40 days before he launched into his ministry which gave him spiritual power.

The Daniel fast is not so much about how much we can eat, it’s about eating less to afflict our souls so that we focus on Jesus Christ and God’s kingdom agenda.

Now God understands that we are all at different spiritual levels in Christ, so each time we fast, we should stretch ourselves a bit.

 There are different types of fast such as:

The Normal Fast involves abstaining from all solid and liquid food except for water.

The Partial Fast involves abstaining from just certain foods. You can live on just certain foods during the duration of this fast such as bread and water, or you may choose to fast a certain meal each day.

The Daniel Fast consists of fruits, vegetables, and water.

And for those that are on medication and must eat, there is the Television and Entertainment Fast which is setting aside television, radio, newspapers, social media (that’s what I said) and other forms of entertainment to seek the Lord.

If you desire more information on the acceptable fast, read what the Prophet Isaiah said in Isaiah 58:3-12.

According to Isaiah 58: 6-7, the acceptable fast unto the LORD does seven things:

  1. To bring justice
  2. To undo heavy burdens and break the yoke of bondage
  3. To free the oppressed and loose the bands of wickedness
  4. To share food
  5. To provide shelter for the poor
  6. To clothe the naked
  7. To provide for one’s family

There are seven other reasons to fast as well:

  1. To mourn and repent
  2. To receive God’s instructions
  3. To die to the flesh
  4. For humility and deliverance from bondage
  5. To resist the devil’s temptations
  6. For health and healing
  7. For spiritual power to cast out demons

All of these are good reasons for fasting, but just remember prayer and fasting gives us spiritual strength to hear clearly from the LORD, it gives us supernatural power to engage in spiritual warfare and it also brings healing to our bodies. Whatever fast that you partake of, just be sure that it is an acceptable fast unto the LORD.

God Bless, Pastor Quinn

 

 

Pressing into your future

Phil 3:12 Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me.
Phil 3:13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead,
Phil 3:14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

How many of us know that God always gives us a word to prepare us for the next season of our lives as it relates to our purpose and destiny in Christ. Someone gave me a revelation recently that the next season of your life can become your now, and if you are not ready, it could hinder you for a season. I want to give you a word today that will prepare you for all that the LORD has for you in 2019.

This may not be a heavy revelation for many of you, but the word is simply: “You must press into your future!”

The reason we must press is because God wants us to succeed and not fail. He wants us to move forward and not backward, so that we can be all that he has called us to be.

When you think about the children of Israel, they were moving forward
from Egypt to the promised land. And even though the Lord provided for them in
the desert and in the midst of trial and tribulations, many of them wanted to
return to Egypt. It’s the same today, God is trying to progress us forward to come
into purpose, but many people like to hold on to the glory days! They like to sing that song, “I remember when” Listen! You will not be able to press into your future with a, “I remember when mentality.”

Listen to the word of the Apostle Paul in Philippians 3: 12-14:

Phil 3:12 Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me.
Phil 3:13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead,
Phil 3:14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

Free online dictionary defines press as to urge with force or weight. To compress
or squeeze, to advance or carry on vigorously, to exert force or pressure, to
advance eagerly or push forward.

How many of us know that we ought to be a people that should be pressing into God’s Kingdom agenda, pressing forward in our spiritual growth, and pressing forward in our walk with the Lord. We should be pressing into prayer, pressing into the house of the LORD and having a sense of urgency for God’s Kingdom agenda. Why? Because the days are evil and the LORD’s appearing is so near!

I want to say something profound to everyone who is reading this devotional. You will never be able to press forward into your purpose until you stop looking back at your past. Your past should be like the rear view mirror in your car. Something that only gives you a small view to make sure nothing behind you is hindering you from getting to your destination in the Lord.

The Lord said its gonna take some pressing to get where you need to be in 2019. We cannot be a free spirit in 2019. Do you know what a free spirit is? Someone who says “Sera Sera,” What will be, will be, and doesn’t have a care in the world!

I want you to know that we should always have a sense of urgency, we should have an excellent spirit, and we must always have the mindset of being about the Fathers business!

So what is pressing toward the mark, or the goal for the prize of the high or
upward call, or calling in God? It is literally as one running a race as an athlete
and endeavoring to get to the goal line or finish the race. In 2 Tim chapter 2 Paul gives us the example of a soldier, an athlete and a farmer!

2Ti 2:4 No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier.
2Ti 2:5 And also if anyone competes in athletics (masteries), he is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules.
2Ti 2:6 The hardworking farmer must be first to partake of the crops.
2Ti 2:7 Consider what I say, and may the Lord give you understanding in all things.

What are the characteristics of a solider, an athlete and farmer? They have a goal. They are disciplined. They get up early. They work hard. They have a vision and a plan, and they understand the importance of pressing toward a goal.

Every believer in Christ, whether you have or have not been a soldier, athlete or farmer, you can learn something from all of them! We should have the same discipline! Every believer should be disciplined and pressing into the Kingdom of God to fulfill the call or purpose for your life!

The key to fulfilling your purpose and destiny, and growing in the grace of God is:

1. Pressing on – Don’t give up!  Stay in the fight. Keep moving forward! “For he who began a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ!” Phil 1: 6

2. Forgetting those things that are behind – How many of us know that it is good to glance back to make sure you are on track, but I don’t find anywhere in the Bible where God said to keep looking back.  Isaiah 43:18 “Do not remember the former things, Nor consider the things of old.”

3. Reach forward – How many of us know you must reach forward to grasp that which is in front of you? If you ask someone who runs track as a relay race runner, they understand reaching forward, and they will give you some revelation on grabbing the baton and breasting the tape!

4. Press toward the goal – If you have a vision, goal or dream you must press into it by faith and hard work! The Bible says in Matt 11: 12, “The Kingdom of heaven suffers violence and the violent take it by force.”

I want you to know that you will never fulfill your purpose or destiny without a press! I don’t know of anyone who was mediocre, stagnated, procrastinating or slothful that achieved anything great!

I have a question for you! If the manager of Walmart called you and said, “We just want to notify you that you were selected for a thousand dollar shopping spree, but you must be here in one hour, what would you do? I know what you would do. You would drive to the local Walmart like a bat out of hell on two wheels to get there!  ( :

Listen, the Manager and owner of all things in the universe, Jesus Christ, has already provided the breakthrough blessing for you! You just have to press into it and receive it by faith!

God Bless, Pastor Quinn

Writing a New Years Vision for 2019

As we prepare to enter into a new year it is an exciting time,  because a new year has the potential to bring forth new things, hopes, goals, dreams and aspirations. This in itself is exciting but there is a catch.  It requires a new mindset. There is no way you can take hold of new things without a new mindset. There is no way you can do the same thing you did last year and expect new things in the new year! There must be a new mindset!

What do I mean by a new mindset? I mean a change of thought, and a change of direction in how you think, what you do and how you do it!  This is the season where many people will make a New Years resolution. A resolution is defined as: A firm decision to do or not to do something. The interesting thing about a New Year’s resolution is that we don’t normally keep them. 

There is a better way to resolve to do something different in 2019.  Instead of a resolution write a New Year’s Vision. Listen to what the Prophet Habakkuk said about a vision:

Hab 2:2 Then the LORD answered me and said: “Write the vision And make it plain on tablets, That he may run who reads it.
Hab 2:3 For the vision is yet for an appointed time; But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries (delays), wait for it; Because it will surely come, It will not tarry (delay).

The LORD himself told Habakkuk to write the vision and make it plain. How many of us know that when the LORD speaks he is giving us a heavenly revelation of how to achieve or accomplish what is in our hearts?

The LORD said write the vision and make it plain, that he may run who reads it. I have found that when I write down things, it enables me to accomplish it successfully! The LORD then said that the vision is for an appointed time, but in the end it will speak, or come to pass, and it will not lie. Even though it appears to take a while, or to delay in coming to pass, it will surely come!

So what should you do? Write your vision down. Whatever is in your heart, whether it be goals, aspirations, dreams, or desires. I like to write them down in 4 categories: Spiritual, Physical, Financial and Personal

Spiritual goals could be a desire to draw nearer to the Lord through prayer,  studying the word more, reading the bible, or growing stronger in the faith. It is anything that draws you nearer to God and helps you spiritually. 

Physical Goals could be a desire to get into shape and to eat right. Most people are in shape spiritually, but not physically. This means taking care of your body which is God’s temple. It means eating right and taking care of yourself. Write a vision, plan or goals to get your self into shape, going to the gym, working out, or taking a walk daily. You will add years to your life!

Financial Goals could be getting out of debt, becoming financially free, less spending in the world, and more sowing for the Kingdom of God. Desire to actually be the head and not the tail, above and not beneath, a lender and not a borrower! Stop making the retailers rich and make yourself rich by saving and investing your money. Let’s become less materialistic and more Kingdom minded!

Personal Goals could be endeavoring to go back to school, writing a book, buying a home, starting a business, expanding a business, or anything that you desire to see come to pass in your life!

Write the vision and make it plain on paper, type it so you can see it everyday, post it, put it on your phone, your back door, where ever you can view it! And begin to decree it and say it out of your mouth.   The reason it is called a vision is because you have to see it! Can you see yourself financially free? Can you see yourself with your own business? Can you see yourself in that new home? Can you see yourself with a new car with a low payment? Can you see yourself going back to school?  Whatever is in your heart, you have to endeavor to see it to achieve it!  There are 4 parts to seeing your vision become a reality:

  1. Write the Vision
  2. Make it plain
  3. Read it
  4. Run with it

Notice that after you write it, and make it plain you must read it, then you must run with it. No vision can come to pass without preparation and dedication. Because if God gave you the vision, then you must run with it, to bring it to pass.

I want you to know that if you do these 4 things coupled with prayer, steadfastness and focus. Your season of new things will become a reality!

God Bless, Pastor Quinn

The Greatest Gift

Matt 1:21  And she shall bring forth a son, and you shall call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. 

During the Christmas Holiday season in which we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ,  many people are focused on shopping and purchasing gifts, rather than unwrapping and reflecting on  the greatest gift one could ever receive which is: Jesus Christ and the free gift of salvation.  In the book of John 3: 16, we are reminded us of this heavenly gift that was given by the Father!

Joh 3:16  For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

Many of us have received gifts already and they are under the tree. But the question today is have you truly unwrapped the greatest gift that has even been given to mankind?

My question is who receives a gift and doesn’t open the gift? The Apostle Paul said it was an unspeakable gift in 2 Cor 9:15 – “Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.”

In Matt 2: 7-11, in the story of the birth of Jesus Christ,  the wise men received this precious gift with joy and did the following:  

  1. They praised him.
  2. They worshipped him.
  3. They gave gifts to him.  The three gifts were gold, frankincense and myrrh, which all have a spiritual meaning

Gold is a symbol of kingship on earth, and represents his divine nature. Because he was born a King and is King of Kings.  Frankincense speaks of the fragrance of His life which was pleasing to the Heavenly Father. Frankincense (an incense) is also a symbol of priesthood. It also comes symbolizes Christ’s role as our intercessor. Myrrh speaks of His suffering and death. Myrrh has many uses and can be used as a perfume, incense and medicine.  These three gifts can be described more generally as gold symbolizing his divinity, frankincense symbolizing his priesthood, his intercession, his prayer and myrrh, which was used to cover the Messiah during his death.

I understand now why they bought King Jesus these three gifts, as they praised and worshipped him!  Is not this the example that we should follow? We should praise him, worship him and given back to him the glory and honor that is due his Holy Name!  

Wow what a gift! This is why Matthew said in Matt 1:21, “And she shall bring forth a son, and you shall call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.”

It is the gift of salvation that saves us from our sins. This is why we celebrate Jesus Christ! We also must understand that Jesus Name is the name above all names!  Peter said in Act 4:12 – “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”

Jesus Christ is the greatest gift that was, and will ever be given!  Listen to the words of the Apostle Paul –

Eph 2:8  For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, Eph 2:9  not of works, lest anyone should boast.

Not only that but he gave us the free gift of Salvation. We didn’t deserve it, we couldn’t earn it, and you definitely can’t buy it. It is a gift from God. Remember that salvation means to rescue and bring to safety, It is also deliverance, health, peace, joy, grace, and mercy. 

This is why it is the greatest gift even given to mankind! And because you have received it, you have been endowed with the greatest gift even given in the history of gift giving! 

I am reminded of a story in the Gospels when Jesus met a woman at the well in which he told her:

John 4:10  Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.”

Why is it important to unwrap this great gift? Because in this gift is salvation, abundant life, eternal life, healing, deliverance, freedom, joy, peace, grace, love, favor and blessing!

Not only have we received the free gift of salvation, but God has given us the gift of the Holy Spirit. Acts 2:38 says, “Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.”

Family and friends, God wants to endow you not only with the free gift of salvation, but also the  gift of the Holy Spirit  in which he gave us spiritual gifts. I want everyone under the sound of my voice to know that you have been blessed and born with gifts that only come from God. 

I want to say today that the Lord desires to put some super on your natural, so that you can make an impact for the Kingdom of God in the earth!

Rom 1:11  For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift, so that you may be established.

2 Tim 1:6  Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands.

Eph 4:7  But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift.

1 Peter 4:10  As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

Here is the revelation on the greatest gift of  SALVATION given to us through Jesus Christ: 

Saved us, Abundant Life, Love, Victory, Anointing, Truth, Intimacy, Overcomer, New Life

Isaiah the Prophet prophesied of the coming Messiah Jesus Christ and said in Isa 9:6-7:

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end.” 

People of God as you celebrate and fellowship with family and friends, let us remember to unwrap and celebrate Jesus Christ, the greatest gift even given to mankind!

God Bless, Pastor Quinn

God With Us

Solomon asked an interesting question in 2 Chronicles 6: 18, “But will God indeed dwell with men on the earth? behold, heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain you; how much less this house which I have built!”

 The answer to this question is Isaiah 9:6-7, “For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace There will be no end, Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, To order it and establish it with judgment and justice From that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.”

Matt 1:23 confirms it! “Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.”

 Not only that, but John 1:14 says, “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.”

Isn’t that wonderful that God dwells with us, among us, and in us.  Isn’t it amazing that God himself wanted to dwell among his creation and came to earth to save us from our sins. He came to earth and experienced what we experience, what we go through, what we feel and to show us the way more excellently.  He left the glory of heaven to dwell with his creation!  John 3: 16 says “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believes on him will not perish but have everlasting life!”

As I look at all the other religions, they worship a god who they think or believe is with them, but we worship a God who is with us! The difference between true worship and false worship can be summed up in two words; Relationship or religion.

Relationship is God reaching down to man with love, grace, and truth reconnecting our hearts to the Father through relationship in Jesus Christ.   Religion is man attempting to find God or trying to appease God through doctrines, rituals, and religious observances. The late Myles Munroe stated that Jesus didn’t come to start a religion, but came to establish rulership through relationship.

The birth of Jesus Christ brought God to man. But the cross of Christ, brings man to God! Many of us will give or receive gifts next week, but the greatest  gift that was given to mankind was Jesus Christ, the Messiah, the Son of the Living God!

It is a gift that was paid in full, it is the gift that leaves no debt unpaid! it is the gift that keeps on giving, it is the gift you won’t have to get a rain check for, and above all, It is the gift that will never break, wear out or depreciate!  The gift has been given, receive the gift today! For He is the most precious gift ever given to mankind!  

 Jesus said in Rev 3:20 ” Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.”

Today during this Christmas season, in the midst of giving and receiving gifts, receive and celebrate the greatest gift ever given to man, Jesus Christ!

God Bless, Pastor Quinn

 

Understanding Conditions for True Revival

Jas 4:7 Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.
Jas 4:8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
Jas 4:9 Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom.
Jas 4:10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.

Recently, the Lord spoke to our hearts about the conditions for true revival! The LORD showed us that revival starts with each one of us and revival is also corporate, which means all of us as a body of believers. Which means that revival will not happen if we are not on one accord. Today the LORD wanted me to share with you why true revival is important!

Because someone may not understand why there is a need for a revival in the Body of Christ or local communities of Christ. Someone may be saying, “Pastor, churches are growing and being established, and souls are being saved! This is the churches finest hour!” Let me ask you this? Have you read the book of Revelation chapter 2 and 3? There were seven churches and the LORD sent letters to those churches. Only two out of seven of those churches received no condemnation! These churches prophetically represent the churches past, present and future!

 First of all when we talk about Revival, we need to know that Revival is not new. All throughout the Bible there have been revivals, reformations and restorations with the people of God. You can read about them in the book of 1 and 2 Kings with Elijah and Josiah, Ezra, Nehemiah, Psalms, Isaiah, Daniel and Joel.

Revival is important because it gives us a renewed sense of urgency concerning the Kingdom of God. It gives us a renewed and revived sense of urgency to be about the Fathers business, and it turns our hearts back to God, so that we may have the heart of God, the mind of Christ, and eyes to see what God sees.

The most important thing to remember is that revival is all about God. It is all about drawing near to him so that we can experience his presence, power and purpose that he predestined for us. When true revival happens, there will always be a refreshing of the people with the presence of God.

The reason why the people of God in the bible engaged in revival is because the Prophets, Priests and some Kings called them to remember who they were and the covenant promises that God purposed for them. Many times they would forget who they were and who they served. So God would raise up a prophet, priest or King who would speak the Words of God and lead people back to God. So what must we do in order to really see a true move of God and Holy Spirit revival to come into the lives of God’s people and the Church? There are certain requirements that must be met:

1. We must humble ourselves and pray.
2. There must be godly sorrow, heartfelt repentance and confession of sin.
3. We should pray for revival among churches in our community.
4. We should pray for a great outpouring of the Holy Spirit.
5. We should pray for those that have lost their way or backslidden.
6. There must be corresponding works.

Remember what James said to the Saints in James 4: 7-10
Jas 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
Jas 4:8 Draw nigh or near to God, and he will draw nigh or near to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.
Jas 4:9 Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness.
Jas 4:10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.

I know this is the holiday season and it is a season of joy, but let’s set things in order first! When we humble yourselves, submit ourselves to God, and draw near to him, he will draw near to us and lift us up.

True revival is when the Holy Spirit stirs our hearts to humility, prayer, fasting, seeking the Lords face, and turning from everything in our lives that would hinder our relationship with the Lord and spiritual growth!


Pastor Quinn.

Being Prepared for Spiritual Service

Col 1:9  For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;

Col 1:10  that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God;

Col 1:11  strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy;

Col 1:12  giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light.

Col 1:13  He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love,

Col 1:14  in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.

How many of us know that we must be prepared for spiritual service in the LORD? What do I mean by spiritual service? Well since we are soldiers in the army of the LORD. (No disrespect to airman and sailors)   ( :   We must be prepared for Kingdom labor and walking worthy of the calling and invocation upon our lives.  

There is a preparation process for anything that we do that is significant. I mean Doctor’s go to school for many years before they can enter the medical field. Athletes train for many years to reach the professional level. Military personnel go to boot camp and a specialty school to learn their skill, and farmers work hard for many years to produce consistent abundant crops to harvest!

As it is in the natural so it is in the spiritual. Believers in Christ should study and grow in the grace of God to be all that God called them to be.

There are three things that we need as it relates to being prepared for spiritual service and they are:

  1. We must be focused – Heb 12: 1-2
  2. We must be faithful – Luke 16: 10-12
  3. We must be fruitful – Col 1 :10

The Apostle Paul gives us some wisdom in 2 Timothy chapter 2, verse 3  as he talks about enduring hardship as a good soldier in Jesus Christ.  He then goes on to give us examples about a soldier, athlete and farmer. The question is, what do they all have in common?

Well,  in a nutshell they all understand discipline and the importance of being focused, faithful and fruitful as it relates to what they do. Now many of us may not have been a soldier, athlete or farmer, but as a believer there are many scriptures that exhort us to be disciplined. Which means we should be focused, faithful and fruitful for Jesus Christ!  Listen to the Apostle Paul:

Col 1:9  For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;

Col 1:10  that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.

What does this mean?

I believe that Paul is encouraging them to be all that God has called them to be for the LORD. To be focused, faithful, fruitful, to have a sense of urgency, diligence, and to be about the Fathers business.

The Lord showed me that comfortability is hurting many believers in Christ! In the age that we live in, our lives have been enhanced by automated systems, online banking, conference call lines, and social media. And guess what I love it! But we must be careful to not let the physical overtake the spiritual because comfortability could hinder your spiritual growth and calling.

Why do I say this? Because it produces a comfortability that could make us complacent in the things that matter most to God.

My prayer for you as the people of God is that you not get comfortable with your relationship with Jesus. Keep stretching yourself, keep pressing forward, keep hungering and thirsting after righteousness, and above all.  I pray that you be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding, and that you walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God;

Be Blessed,

Pastor Quinn

Biblical Obedience

2 Tim 3:16  All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 

2 Tim 3:17  That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works. 

Today I want to talk about Biblical obedience unto the LORD.  Notice I didn’t say obedience unto a man! The bible has a lot to say about obedience in the Old and New Testament. One thing I have found throughout the bible is that the LORD honors obedience! Listen to the what the Prophet Isaiah said:

Isa 1:19  If you be willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land:

Isa 1:20  But if you refuse and rebel, you shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the LORD has spoken it.

Some people want the favor of God, the blessings of God and desire to walk in the anointing of God. But they are not willing to be obedient to the Word or in things that relate to life and godliness in Christ Jesus.

Remember in the Old Testament we had the Ten Commandments which can be found in Exodus 20. They were part of the law which was given to Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ!

John 1:17  For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.  

Now that we are under grace and not the law, does that mean we have a license to do whatever we want and do? No the Lord still has requirements for his people.

Remember in the Ten Commandments it said you shall not do this,  or do that but Jesus said:

Joh 13:34  A new commandment I give unto you, That you love one another as I have loved you, that you also love one another.

Joh 13:35  By this shall all men know that you are my disciples, if you have love one to another.

Then Jesus confirms it in John 14: 15, If you love me, keep my commandments.

Matthew’s Gospel goes a step further, listen to what he says:

Mat 22:36  “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?”

Mat 22:37  Jesus said to him, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.’

Mat 22:38  This is the first and great commandment.

So as it relates to Biblical obedience we are to love one another. So if Jesus said it was a commandment, that means it wasn’t a suggestion.

I will give you another example. Look at the great commission in Matt 28: 19-20:

Mat 28:18  And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.

Mat 28:19  Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

Mat 28:20  teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.

Again we see when Jesus gave a commandment which wasn’t a suggestion. So in relation to Biblical obedience how many of us have been obedient to love God and love our neighbor as we love ourselves?  Let’s go a step further, how many of us have been obedient to the great commission to go into the world?  Now God has given us his Word for divine direction in this life. Listen to what the Apostle Paul said:

2Ti 3:16  All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:  2Ti 3:17  That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works. 

Scripture is the measuring tool or the carpenters square which determines whether a corner, square or line is straight.  Scripture shows us that an action or decision in our lives is right or wrong, just or unjust.

Scripture can be used in four different ways: It is a guide, a guard, a compass, and a principle. A guide points out the route we should take. A guard warns us against decisions or paths that could harm us. A compass helps us to stay on the right track, so that we don’t go in the wrong direction. Principles are fundamental truths or propositions that serve as the foundation for a system of beliefs or behaviors.

So the Word that has been given to us as a guide, a guard, a compass and a principle. So we see that Biblical Obedience is not about control. It is about adhering to the sovereign principles of God to keep us from the snare of the enemy or from falling into a pit. Biblical obedience is not about some religious conviction. Biblical obedience is about pleasing God and living according to the Word of God.

Biblical obedience is about your willingness to be obedient to the Lord through true worship, the Word of God, and the perfect will of God.

Question: What would our society look like without law and order or obedience to the laws that have been given to us in society. What would happen if we had no traffic lights? What would happen if we had no speed limit? I tell you what would happen. We would have mayhem, disorder, confusion, lawlessness, crashes and accidents!

We have laws now and we still have mayhem, disorder, confusion, and lawlessness. Imagine if we didn’t have laws and people did what they wanted to!

So we see that the world has laws,  and God himself has laws that dictate how we as a people of God should conduct ourselves! There are principles in the Word of God that have been given to us to keep divine order.

There must be a willing obedience and not a demanding obedience. Biblical obedience  keeps us within the boundaries of scripture not bondage.

Biblical obedience is about submission not bondage.  Now if you are in bondage in any relationship, you need to be set free. God does not want us in bondage to anything or anyone!

Now we understand that there are leaders over the world in churches that dominate, intimidate, and manipulate. This is straight witchcraft! God abhors witchcraft because it is an abomination in the sight of the Lord!

Biblical obedience is not about do this or do that, it is submission and obedience to the Word and to the Lord. Now we do know there are churches that put people in bondage in giving and relationships in many churches, which is not the Lords’ will.

But I will say that if you are in any leadership position in any church, you will have to submit to someone’s authority!  In the world we submit to authority on our jobs, and obeying the laws of the land. If you don’t believe me, disobey a law in the world and see what happens!  The important thing to remember is that Biblical Obedience always starts with reverence and humility.

Do you not know that Jesus gave up his will to do the will of the Father?

Jesus said in Luke 22:42, “Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done.”

The bible also says that Jesus was obedient unto death on a cross. Can you imagine what would have happened if Jesus did his own will? Jesus submitted his will to the will of the Father! Can you imagine if the church had no structure of obedience to it?  People would do any and everything they want. I haven’t been in church all my life, but I served 21 years in the military and guess what? The military structure works for those that understand it and submit to it!

I saw renegades get dishonorably discharged. I saw disobedient people get demoted or not promoted, but those that were willing and obedient got promoted and blessed!

In Phil 2: 5-11, the Bible says the following about Jesus:

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

Phil 2:6  Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: 

Phil 2:7  But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: 

Phil 2:8  And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. 

Phil 2:9  Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: 

Phil 2:10  That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; 

Phil 2:11  And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. 

Jesus had no reputation, He became a servant, He humbled himself, He was obedient, He died to himself, and God exalted him!

Notice the steps: No reputation, a servant, humility, obedience, death, exaltation!

You will never experience exaltation without death, obedience, humility, servitude and no reputation.

Mat 23:11  But he who is greatest among you shall be your servant. Mat 23:12  And whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.

In the world, the way up is lift yourself up. In the Kingdom of God the way up is down. Remember that Biblical obedience is the highest form of worship because it is submission unto the LORD and his Holy Word!

This all the time we have for this segment of Wisdom for Life! Until next time, God Bless and Shalom!

Pastor Quinn