Daily Archives: December 23, 2018


2018-11-04

Pastor Pete

 

11-04-2018

What’s going on

What’s Going On ?

I confess to you I am more concerned about the day we live in than ever before. What kind of world are we bringing our children and grand children in to? With the help of the scriptures, today I would like to bring some understanding on what is going on?

First let’s deal with the spirit of lawlessness.

Please do not get me wrong I am not saying there is not any laws to protect, what I am saying is that there are a few folks who believe that the laws do not apply to them, prime example this deranged person who goes into a place of worship and kills eleven defenseless people.

Without a doubt this is a spirit of lawlessness; if you hate someone just kill them, simply because you disagree with them, or because they are not of your nationality, or color, or religion.

“And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places.

“Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. But he who endures to the end shall be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.”
Matthew 24:4-7, 9-14 NKJV

Some say we are living in the last days; you make the call!

“But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!”
II Timothy 3:1-5 NKJV

“But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.”
Matthew 24:37-39 NKJV

So let’s look at Noah’s day.

“Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the LORD was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. So the LORD said, “I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth, both man and beast, creeping thing and birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have made them.” But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.”
Genesis 6:5-8 NKJV

Key words; wickedness great, evil continually, Lord sorry, destroy, grace.

Verse 11 helps to describe the tone of the time.

“The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. So God looked upon the earth, and indeed it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth. And God said to Noah, “The end of all flesh has come before Me, for the earth is filled with violence through them; and behold, I will destroy them with the earth.”
Genesis 6:11-13 NKJ

Yet in the midst of all this Noah finds grace.

Never forget God dose not take pleasure with the destroying of the wicked.

“Say to them: ‘ As I live,’ says the Lord GOD, ‘I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live. Turn, turn from your evil ways! For why should you die, O house of Israel?’”
Ezekiel 33:11 NKJV

Fact is God is not willingly that any should perish!!

“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.”
II Peter 3:9 NKJV

For the believing one God declares; He has not appointed us to wrath.

“But concerning the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need that I should write to you. For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape. But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief. You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober. For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk are drunk at night. But let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation. For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, that whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him. Therefore comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing.”
I Thessalonians 5:1-11 NKJV

So let me conclude with this thought: Yes I believe the table is being set for the last days, and all by mans wicked doings and not by the will of God, just as God offered grace in the days of Noah, it is being offered today.

Fact is Gods offer on the table is: forgiveness towards repentance.

“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. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.”
John 3:16-17 NKJV


2018-11-25

Pastor Pete

 

11-25-2018

God’s Way to Blessings

Gods way to Blessings

Last week we ended with Matthew 5:3

Truly blessed are the poor in spirit….

This simply means that the poor is completely dependent upon someone for their needs, and when we have this kind of dependency upon God we will be be blessed by God Himself with His very own kingdom now and forever think about it Jesus Himself taught us to pray thy kingdom come and thy will be done.

Thought; this is not our final home, there is a greater one just up a head!

Before we move on look at the most destitute of the N.T. the woman at the well, the woman with the issue of blood, Mary Magdalene, Matthew the tax collector, Zacchaeus, they were all poor in spirit, you see the poor in spirit is one of many of our Heavenly Fathers speciality’s.

“Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted.”
Matthew 5:4 NKJV

I know and I agree none of us likes to mourn.

Now remember who Jesus was speaking to, a depressed people under Roman rulership which was extremely cruel, harsh, and over oppressive.

The Greek word here for mourn is the strongest in the Greek, like that of the lost of a loved one.

Now look how our Lord turns this around even when we are found in devastating situations we are promised by God Himself to personally comfort us.

Never lose sight of Your Heavenly Fathers promise to you…

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.”
II Corinthians 1:3-4 NKJV

“Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.”
II Corinthians 2:14 NKJV

“Blessed are the meek, For they shall inherit the earth.”
Matthew 5:5 NKJV

Aristotle defines meekness this way Blessed is the man who is always angry at the right time, and never angry at the wrong time. (Barclays commentary page 96)

Another translation: blessed is the man who has every instinct, every impulse, every passion under control. Blessed is the man who is entirely self-controlled.

The best way to translate the Greek word praotes; true humility which banishes all pride,

Declare with me, Blessed is the man who has the humility to know his own ignorance, his own weakness, and his own need.
Now let’s put it all together;

O the bliss of the man who is always angry at the right time and never angry at the wrong time, who has every instinct, and impulse, and passion under control because he himself is God controlled, who has the humility to realize his own ignorance and his own weakness, for such a man is a king among men.

Remember Jesus Himself declared;

“Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.”
Matthew 11:29 KJV

The meek man of God is guaranteed by God Himself to inherit the earth.


2018-10-21

Pastor Pete

 

10-21-2018

Blessed by God

“the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,”
“and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come.”
Ephesians 1:19-21 NKJV

“And [I pray] that the eyes of your heart [the very center and core of your being] may be enlightened [flooded with light by the Holy Spirit], so that you will know and cherish the hope [the divine guarantee, the confident expectation] to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints (God’s people),”
EPHESIANS 1:18 AMP

Let’s start today’s message with a question, do you believe God longs to bless you?

“Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.””
Genesis 1:26-28 NKJV

“Then God blessed them”

To bless: Barack to come on blended knee and present with a gift.

““Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the LORD your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the LORD your God will set you high above all nations of the earth. And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the LORD your God:”
Deuteronomy 28:1-2 NKJV

Key words: diligently, obey, observe, overtake,
These blessings….
““Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the country. “Blessed shall be the fruit of your body, the produce of your ground and the increase of your herds, the increase of your cattle and the offspring of your flocks. “Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl.”
Deuteronomy 28:3-5 NKJV

““Blessed shall you be when you come in, and blessed shall you be when you go out. “The LORD will cause your enemies who rise against you to be defeated before your face; they shall come out against you one way and flee before you seven ways. “The LORD will command the blessing on you in your storehouses and in all to which you set your hand, and He will bless you in the land which the LORD your God is giving you.”
Deuteronomy 28:6-8 NKJV
““The LORD will establish you as a holy people to Himself, just as He has sworn to you, if you keep the commandments of the LORD your God and walk in His ways. Then all peoples of the earth shall see that you are called by the name of the LORD, and they shall be afraid of you. And the LORD will grant you plenty of goods, in the fruit of your body, in the increase of your livestock, and in the produce of your ground, in the land of which the LORD swore to your fathers to give you.”
Deuteronomy 28:9-11 NKJV
“The LORD will open to you His good treasure, the heavens, to give the rain to your land in its season, and to bless all the work of your hand. You shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow. And the LORD will make you the head and not the tail; you shall be above only, and not be beneath, if you heed the commandments of the LORD your God, which I command you today, and are careful to observe them. So you shall not turn aside from any of the words which I command you this day, to the right or the left, to go after other gods to serve them.”
Deuteronomy 28:12-14 NKJV

Remember it was God’s will to speak the blessing daily.

““Speak to Aaron and his sons, saying, ‘This is the way you shall bless the children of Israel. Say to them:
The LORD
bless you and keep you:
The LORD make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you; The LORD lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace.” ’ “So they shall put My name on the children of Israel, and I will bless them.””
Numbers 6:23, 25-27 NKJV

And I will bless them!

“And God is able to make all grace [every favor and earthly blessing] come in abundance to you, so that you may always [under all circumstances, regardless of the need] have complete sufficiency in everything [being completely self-sufficient in Him], and have an abundance for every good work and act of charity. As it is written and forever remains written, “H E [the benevolent and generous person] SCATTERED ABROAD, HE GAVE TO THE POOR, H IS RIGHTEOUSNESS ENDURES FOREVER!””
2 CORINTHIANS 9:8-9 AMP

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.”
Ephesians 1:3-6 NKJV

“The grace of our Lord Jesus [His unmerited favor, His spiritual blessing, His profound mercy] be with you. My love be with all of you in Christ Jesus. Amen.”
1 CORINTHIANS 16:23-24 AMP