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Waiting with Patience for the Promise

Act 1:4 And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, “which,” He said, “you have heard from Me; 

Act 1:5  for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” 

Act 1:6  Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” 

Act 1:7 And He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority. 

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.” 

On June 5th, 2022, according to the Biblical calendar, Pentecost Sunday was celebrated. It was the Biblical Holy day of Pentecost in which the promised Holy Spirit of God fell upon the people in Jerusalem, as prophesied by the LORD to empower them to do great works for Christ.

Before the day of Pentecost came to pass in Acts chapter 2, the LORD gave them instructions and wisdom on what they were to do before the Promise of the Father came to pass.

As we look at the event that transpired, I want to expound some wisdom on what happened years ago and how it applies to us today!

In Acts 1:4, the LORD told them to wait for the promise of the Father, the prophesied coming of Holy Spirit who would empower them, lead them and guide them into all truth! Read (Luke 24:48-49, John 14:15-17, John 14:26, John 15:26-27, John 16:7-15)

This is interesting, because I’m sure they were waiting and watching and finally it came to pass.

Can you imagine waiting on God for two weeks and nothing happened. 30 days and nothing happened, 40 days and nothing happened. Then all of a sudden it came to pass on the 50th day! (After Resurrection Sunday/Passover)

It is important for us to know that our waiting is not in vain. Whatever you are believing and trusting God for will come to pass in the appointed time and season. There are some things God will do, and some things you have to do. Let God be God, but you must have faith and wait!

That’s sounds easier said than done, but we all need patience.  And God does his best work when we are patient with faith trusting him!  

The Bible says in 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. 

He then confirms it in Isaiah 40:31

Isa 40:31 But those who wait on the LORD Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint. 

He then tells them in verse 5:

Act 1:5 for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” 

Notice that he makes a distinction in the baptisms. There is water baptism and holy spirit baptism. Although some people debate this, the scripture is clear!

Water baptism is symbolic of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. When you repent of your sins, you die to your old ways and self, this is the DEATH. (Identifying with Christ death at the cross)

When you go down into the water (full immersion), you are BURIED with Christ, when you come out of the water, you are RESURRECTED in the newness of life, just as Jesus was raised from the dead.

2Co 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 

Holy Spirit baptism is the empowerment, and infilling of the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer who is completely yielded to Him. This baptism is not a requirement for salvation; rather, it is a gift and empowerment to do the greater works of Christ for those who have born again in Jesus Name!

Peter said in Act 2:38, ” Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”

There are some who say that the baptism in the Holy Spirit no longer exists today and was only given to the first-century church. Others say that every Christian is already baptized in the Holy Spirit when they receive Christ, but the LORD said in Act 1:5, “For John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” 

Then they asked the LORD a question, in Act 1:6.   Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” 

Act 1:7 And He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority. 

In other words, time is in the hand of Almighty God. Time is his business. Why? Because we serve a great God who ordained time but sets outside of time. And the reason many people are frustrated with time is because they don’t respect time or can’t accomplish what they want to do in the time that they want!

The disciples wanted to know in Acts 1:6, what God was going to do with the nation of Israel!  But the LORD told them again:

Act 1:7  And He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority. 

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.” 

In other words, God has a plan, and the important thing that you should be mindful of right now is that you are to wait for something that is so important, which is the promise of the spirit!

The LORD then tells them in 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.” 

In other words, you are being empowered to be witnesses for me wherever you are in the earth! Which means you are the light of the world, the salt of the earth, and you are a city on a hill which cannot be hidden!  So let your light so shine that other may see your good works and glorify God in heaven! Matt 5:13-16

The promised Holy Spirit was important for the church then and is important for the church today! We should embrace the Holy Spirit like never before!

Why? Because we can’t do anything in our own ability! We need Gods presence and his power in the church to serve and change our communities, counties, cities, schools and country for Christ! We don’t need more man-made religion or rules that have no power to induce change.

The church needs believers who have the power of Holy Spirit to stand strong like the Apostles and believers in the first church who were victorious in their walk with the LORD and displayed the love of Christ!

Are you ready to receive a fresh a touch from God and the Holy Spirits power? Then lift your hands by faith, open your mouth and ask the LORD to fill you again with a fresh touch of his precious Holy Spirit!

God Bless,

Pastor Quinn

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Good day Family and Friends, The Wisdom for Life Devotional online, where I have shared the Word of the LORD and commentary through devotionals and scripture is now ML Excellence Devotional and Books!

The website now includes ML Excellence Publishing and books! I will continue to share what the spirit of the LORD is saying to the church, and things concerning our lives, in the challenging times in which we live in a greater capacity!

Thanks to all the supporters and readers that have supported me over the years, reading and sharing the devotionals!

May God bless you!
Pastor Quinn
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A New Season and a New Start

Ecclesiastes 3:1 To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven: 

Ecclesiastes 3:2 A time to be born, and a time to die; A time to plant, and a time to pluck what is planted. 

Ecclesiastes 3:3 A time to kill, and a time to heal; A time to break down, and a time to build up. 

Ecclesiastes 3:4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; A time to mourn, and a time to dance. 

Ecclesiastes 3:5 A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones; A time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing. 

Ecclesiastes 3:6 A time to gain, and a time to lose; A time to keep, and a time to throw away. 

Ecclesiastes 3:7 A time to tear, and a time to sew; A time to keep silence, and a time to speak. 

Ecclesiastes 3:8 A time to love, and a time to hate; A time of war, and a time of peace. 

One of the things we find in the book of Ecclesiastes is the wisdom of Solomon who expounds on the wisdom of times and seasons for everything under the sun.

And what is even more interesting is that the writer of Ecclesiastes goes on to say in verse 11, that he has made everything beautiful in its time!

One of the things that we must always remember is that God ordains everything in times and seasons.  This is why we have spring summer fall and winter!

Even in your personal life you may have some seasons in your life where everything is going well, then there comes a time when it seems like things may not be going right. You might have some seasons in your lives where you have a lot of money, then there could be a time when your money may be funny.

There may be some seasons in your lives where you are joyful and times where you might have pain. Regardless of whatever season you are in, remember that it is just a season. The scripture says in Psalm 30:5 -Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.

That’s why when you are going through a trying time in your life, don’t get out of the will of God, and don’t give up on God. Why? It’s just a season, and just like the seasons in the earth. It’s going to pass, why? Because it’s just a season!

A word of wisdom for us all when we are going through. Go through it and get through it, so you can get to it! Get to what? Get your peace, purpose, provision, prosperity that come through the promises of God!

And so, we must also be discerning and wise, to know that when you are in a fruitful season, you need to maximize the moment. In other words, don’t miss your moment! Some people miss their moment because they don’t understand times and seasons. Others understand times and seasons and they maximize the moment!  

Many times, people miss opportunities in their lives, because they don’t maximize the moment that God gives them.  When God gives you opportunity, opens a door, grants you favor, never miss your moment! This is why you must stay focused in God, stay humble and stay in the will of God.

And so here we are in the month of June! It’s a new season, and with every new season comes new things and new experiences! I don’t know about you, but despite everything going on in the earth, I believe God is still blessing his beloved children who walk by faith and not by sight!

I believe that this is a season of opportunity, a season of breakthrough, a season of favor, a season of great grace, and a season of great expectation for those that love the LORD and stand strong in his Word!

When God opens a door, no man can shut it, and when he closes a door, no man can open it! So, we embrace whatever season God has for us! This is the key to keeping your joy. One of the reasons people lose their joy is they don’t understand times and seasons in their lives!

We must understand that where we are today is a result of two things: 1. The perfect will of God for your life, and 2. Decisions and choices you have made.

The Will of God is important, because in his perfect will we find direction, purpose and peace through his precious promises. Making the right choices and decisions is also important because decisions and choices give direction. If you make the right choices and decisions, you will experience peace and joy.

When you make the wrong choices, there is no peace or joy. Have you ever brought a car or something, and when you get home, you have decision remorse? Thats because you may have made a wrong decision and don’t have peace!

Times and seasons in decision making and choices is very important. No matter what you go through, God alone knows you by name, and when you trust him with all of your heart, and lean not to your own understanding through prayer, recognizing that everything has a time and season. You will have the peace you need to do what you desire or want to do!

Be Blessed!

Pastor Quinn

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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