Take time with God

Good day all, the Word of the Lord says in John 18:2, “And Judas also, who betrayed him, knew the place: for Jesus often met there with his disciples.”

Two questions from the Lord? How often do you take time to meet with God? And if so where is that place?

The Bible says that even betraying Judas knew the place to meet with the Lord! Wow! Knowing is good, but we must endeavor to enter into that secret place with God.

It is imperative that we take time to meet and hear from the Lord in this season! Don’t allow priorities and personal things to hinder your time with the Lord.

Take the time each day to rest in God and meditate on a scripture(s). As you feed your body to be healthy, feed your spirit as well! It will bless your entire life! God bless, Pastor Quinn

Am I my brother’s keeper?

Good day family and friends, the Word of the Lord today is:

Gen 4:9-  Then the LORD said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” He said, “I do not know. Am I my brother’s keeper?” 

One of the most profound stories in the Bible is that of Cain and Abel. Two brothers born to Adam and Eve. Many of us know the story. As they came to present an offering to the LORD, Abel’s offering was accepted, and Cain’s was rejected. As a result Cain was upset with God and his brother, and eventually he killed his brother Abel. Let’s read!

Gen 4:4  Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat. And the LORD respected Abel and his offering, 
Gen 4:5  but He did not respect Cain and his offering. And Cain was very angry, and his countenance fell. 
Gen 4:6  So the LORD said to Cain, “Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen? 
Gen 4:7  If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it.” 
Gen 4:8  Now Cain talked with Abel his brother; and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother and killed him. 
Gen 4:9  Then the LORD said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” He said, “I do not know. Am I my brother’s keeper?” 

There is a lot in this story, but the one thing we find in the scriptures is that God desires for us to serve and worship him in a certain way. And when we don’t do it in the way he desires, he gives us the opportunity through his grace and kindness to get it right. Isn’t it wonderful that God loves us so much that he does not want us to fail. But we must accept his way of correction and submit to it!

But we find that Cain was very angry with his brother Abel because God accepted Abel’s offering, and rejected Cain’s! As a result he killed Abel! The Bible says in verse 8 that he talked with his brother, and then when it came to pass in the field, he rose up and killed him.

Notice they had a conversation and it got ugly. Isn’t that the same today. People on both sides of an agenda often talk, sometimes yelling and screaming with anger, bitterness, resentment and even jealousy, which could lead to violence and death. We must reject this spirit of anger, resentment and jealousy!

Because as we see in the scripture, it leads to violence and judgment by the LORD. We see this division not only in the world, but in religion as well. Its amazing that people are at an all time high in division, disagreement, and disunity!

The Bible says in Psa 133:1, “A Song of degrees of David. Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! ” Unity is a powerful doctrine. I wrote a book on this which is very profound! How Good and How Pleasant it is: The importance and Power of Unity – Wisdom for Life Devotional (jamalquinn.com)

The sad thing about this story is that Cain killed his brother and the LORD asked him in verse 9, “Where is your brother?” Cain’s response was, ” I know not, or I don’t know: Am I my brother’s keeper?”

Not only did he commit murder, but then he lied as well. Cain made a statement in which he said, “Am I my brothers keeper?” The answer to that questions is, “Yes, you are your brothers keeper!” and guess what, it is the same for females. Yes, you are your sisters keeper! Don’t ever forget that!

How many of us know that we must look out for one another as brothers, sisters and even friends! Peter once asked Jesus a very good question:

Mar 10:28  Then Peter began to say to Him, “See, we have left all and followed You.” 
Mar 10:29  So Jesus answered and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My sake and the gospel’s, 
Mar 10:30  who shall not receive a hundredfold now in this time—houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions—and in the age to come, eternal life. 

Notice that when you come to Christ, you lose nothing. You only gain more! Notice in verse 30, Jesus says you will receive a hundredfold in this time, houses, brothers, sisters, mothers, children, and lands with persecutions, now and in the age to come eternal life.

So we see that having physical relationships and spiritual relationships are very important! Don’t take either one lightly! Friendships are important as well! Look at what the Bible says!

Pro 17:17- A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.

Pro 18:24 – A man that has friends must show himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticks closer than a brother.

Today we see that the love of many has grown cold. Don’t let your personal feelings and emotions hinder your relationships with your brothers, sisters and friends. Because if love is the greatest commandment, and we are to love our neighbor as ourselves. We may stand before the LORD as a result of a lack of love for brothers and sisters in Christ.

Mat 22:36  Master, which is the great commandment in the law? 
Mat 22:37  Jesus said unto him, you shall love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 
Mat 22:38  This is the first and great commandment. 
Mat 22:39  And the second is like unto it, you shall love your neighbor as yourself. 
Mat 22:40  On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. 

We do understand that we cannot embrace everyone and all relationships. This is a fact of life. When I refer to friends, I mean those that are true friends. Not fake or fickle friends, but friends that stick closer than a brother or sister!

Sometimes we even have to love others from a distance, if it enables us to have a peace of mind. But let us never have the spirit of Cain toward one another! It only leads to sin, and sin leads to judgement if we do not control it. Read what the LORD said in Gen 4:7:

Gen 4:7  If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it.” 

Brothers and Sisters, remember that you are your brothers keeper! Don’t allow pride, hate and division to hinder your relationships. Look out for one another, pray for one another, encourage one another, and above all, remember that you are your brother and sisters keeper!

God Bless, Pastor Quinn

Wait on the LORD

Good day all,

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

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

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

Read the following scriptures:

Isa 30:18  Therefore the LORD will wait, that He may be gracious to you; And therefore He will be exalted, that He may have mercy on you. For the LORD is a God of justice; Blessed are all those who wait for Him. 

Isa 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. 

Psa 27:14  Wait on the LORD; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the LORD! 

Psa 37:7  Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him; Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, Because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass. 

Gal 5:22  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness.

2Pe 3:8  But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 
2Pe 3:9  The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. 

God bless! Pastor Quinn

Are you ready for the shift into a new season?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Be blessed, Pastor Quinn

The Blessing of waiting on the LORD

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

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

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

The scripture emphasizes and encourages us to wait.

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

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

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

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

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

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

God bless, Pastor Quinn

The Love of God

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kingdom Mindset Shift

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

God bless,

Pastor Quinn

Its Time to Fight!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Luk 10:19 says, “Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

May God Bless you,

Pastor Jamal E. Quinn

Excellence unto the Lord

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

God Bless,

Pastor Jamal E. Quinn

Do you really believe?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

God Bless,

Pastor Quinn