It Ain’t All Bad

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“Fret not yourself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity.  For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb.  Trust in the Lord, and do good, so shall you dwell in the land, and verily you shall be fed.  Delight yourself also in the Lord and He shall give you the desires of your heart.”
– Psalms 37:1-4

What a Mighty Promise!  Don’t spend a lot of time worrying and comparing yourself with the enemy. You are not in competition with the enemy. Empower yourself to hold on to what God has promised by holding on to His Word of Promise. Remembering, the Victory has already been WON.

Don’t let the enemies of God cause you to change your course by searching for alternatives. There are no alternatives when God speaks and directs. Jehoshaphat confessed, “for  we have no might against this great company that come against us, neither we know what to do, but our eyes are upon you” (2 Chronicles 20:12).  Then the Lord spoke, “the battle is not yours” (2 Chronicles 20:15), “you shall not need to fight in this battle.” (2 Chronicles 20:17).

Yet, God told them they had to face their enemies, but they had received the confidence and assurance to do so. They are now singing and rejoicing knowing that God will do it. Jehoshaphat FEARS drove him to seek the Lord bringing the whole of Israel together building a relationship with God through prayer and fasting which moved the hand of God.  IT AIN’T ALL BAD!

My Sisters and Brothers change the way you do battle by putting your trust in God and God will always lead you to Victory.  Don’t let go when things seem to be “bad” or not working in your favor, you can and will WIN!  Victory comes when you hear and trust God for THERE IS A POWER THAT’S NOT INTIMIDATED BY YOUR CIRCUMSTANCES.  Believe it, receive it and make it yours!


Plead Your Case

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“Put me in remembrance, let us plead together: declare thou, that you may be justified” (Isaiah 43:26).

Plead your case before the Lord, He will listen. He is not going to judge you, but justify you. It is His desire that you come to the knowledge of the Truth that He has come to save and not condemn.

Free yourself from guilt and “hell power thoughts” that have put you in bondage one way or the other. God loves you and He is giving you the opportunity to stand before Him and make your case.

What is your case?

What is your defense?

Don’t make excuses. The most powerful defense that anyone has is that Christ died on the Cross and His death burial and resurrection guarantees anyone who would come to Him new life. Let Him know that He is your Righteousness and that last Miracle He performed in your life was the fruit of His Grace and His Love.

There is no need to make your case based on failure, what ifs, why you didn’t do this or that, why you don’t pay your tithe or give offerings to support His Kingdom and such that would make you feel unworthy of what He has done.

Mark 5:27, “When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind and touched His garment.” This woman knew she would not get an audience with Jesus, but she was determined to be healed. So, “she said, if I may touch His clothes, I shall be whole.”

She made her case based upon her Faith. She “came in the press behind” avoiding being noticed. She had the confidence that Jesus could and would heal her, but she was struggling with her unworthiness. It is not you who makes you worthy, its Christ. Approach Him just as you are and make your case. He died for you .“How shall he not with Him also freely give you all things” (Romans 8:32).

The New Year is upon you don’t allow another day to go by feeling that you have been left out of the scheme of God’s plan for His People. You are at the center of His thoughts, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end” (Jeremiah 29:11).

This is God’s year of Great demonstrations of Power and Deliverance. This is your year of Promised Prophecy Fulfilled. If He has promised and you are yet waiting, put God in remembrance. “God is not a man that He should lie, neither the son of man that he should repent; has He said, and shall He not do it? Or has He spoken and shall He not make it good” (Numbers 23:19).

As did Isaiah for Israel, I see new things happening in your life in this year right where you are! Whatever the promise is, He will fulfill and it shall happen just as He said. Put God in remembrance and become a receiver. “And the Lord visited Sarah as He had said, and the Lord did unto Sarah as He had Spoken” (Genesis 21:1).

It is your time for you to step into God’s Prophetic Purpose.

It’s Time for You to Start Boasting

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Your Salvation, your Deliverance and your victories in life are not philosophical, but genuine experiences that actually took place in your life. You know and so do others, it did happen. You know it did! It was not by chance of luck or intense struggle on your part and you finally succeeded.

Look around you, there are others who suffered in like manner, but their outcome was different. Life may have been difficult, tough times took their course, the enemies of your Faith thought they had you, but you got away and you are still here. These are victories that you should be boasting about rather than talking about what could have happened.

Your victories are a direct result of your experience with God and His Favor upon your life. Make this day special and find something that you know that God has done for you and boast about it.

Moses said to Israel, “And you shall show your son in that day, saying, this is done because of that which the Lord did unto me when I came forth out of Egypt” (Exodus 13:8).

Your breakthrough was not due to manipulation on your part, your own ingenuity, or a direct result of others helping you, which is always a good thing to have, but behind the scene of it all was a Power that was not your own.

“For I am the Lord, I change not; therefore you sons of Jacob are not consumed” (Malachi 3:6).

The Apostle Paul states, “in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. I am persuaded that nothing shall be able to separate us from the Love of God, which is in Christ Jesus.” (Romans 37, 38).

What God has done demands you to boast about it. I believe the believer can walk in victory every day. Because of His promises made and what He has done through the finished work on Calvary, I believe the believer can walk in continuing victory. Receive it and Boast! Let others know about it and who really did it.

Raise the Level of Your Expectations

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“But they who 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” (Isaiah 40:31).

Waiting is never wasted energy. Waiting is a type of experience which brings you together with the object of your waiting. As you wait, you constantly seek more of the experience and the experience gives you understanding developing a creative mind that allows you to know. You become one with Him and cease from your personal quest and become more desirous of Him.

Your waiting changes form and become a practical experience for growth, faith, new life, and such as God desires for those who walk upright and keep His commandments. Strength comes due to the exchange of self for Him and nothing is lost.

“And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife or children, or lands, for my name’s sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life” (Matthew 19:29).

“…for he who comes to God, must believe that He is a rewarder (giver) of them who diligently (constantly) seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6).

Raise the level of your expectation and you will receive more of every thing. Waiting is expecting. The Hebrew word for waiting is “qavah” which has the meaning of binding together by twisting and to expect. The powerful faint sometimes and even fall, but they that wait upon the Lord do not encounter the same affect.

These are they who continue to go forward bypassing those things that cause strain for others and never striking out! Your level of expectation will cause you to win trusting in the God of your Salvation and forever looking to the Cross of Christ.

Trust God and wait for Him in every decision, choice, adventure, opportunity, investment and know that He will direct your path. Even in your disappointments, wait for Him. He will lift you up, out and above.

“Wait on the Lord, be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your hear, wait, I say, on the Lord” (Psalms 27:14). There is no need to rush!

“But you, O Lord, are a shield for me, my glory, and the lifter up of my head” (Psalms 3:3). It is He who bring all things to pass.

Are You Ready To Take The Step?

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There is an anointing that God has released in this season for those who are willing to take the step.  If you are, 2011 is the year that you are coming out, and as you come out, you are beginning something new. 

“For an Angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water, whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had” (John 5:4)

You are beginning to experience more than just a few good days, but years of prosperity.  God has favored you! There is no more struggle, the enemy will be destroyed in every area of your life. However, before the miracle, you must bring your life in line with the Holy Spirit for Salvation through Jesus Christ, “will you be made whole.”

The fact is, we are not whole, cannot be whole and will never be whole until we accept the Salvation of Jesus Christ.  God wants you to trust him and stop trying to make your life work with “what ifs.”  What if you hadn’t made that mistake, what if you hadn’t took on that relationship, what if you hadn’t answered that phone call, etc.

Also, you must stop asking God, When?  Your Faith will tell you when.

“Now Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1)

Start believing God now. Now your are healed, now you are delivered, now your loved ones are saved, now is your turnaround, now you have all your needs met and you will experience the Power of God as never before.

“Jesus said, unto the man, rise, take up your bed and walk and immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked…” (John 5:8,9)

You must believe that “He is a rewarder (giver) of them who diligently (earnestly) seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6).

God has favored you!  Repeat it three times with the personal pronoun “me” and watch what God will do.  Take the step, regardless of what you have been through or going through, you yet have power and as you get your full power back, you are going to become a miracle for someone else.  How do you know, God has favored you!  Take the step!

Moving Forward

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Are you ready to move forward beyond that of today?  Are you stuck? Has someone told you that you can’t do it or it’s not for you? Are you looking at all the failures and wrong turns and not the possibilities?

Today is your day

Start believing the testimony of God. That is what He is offering you through His Word. What has He said to you lately that you believe that you have missed? Even though you may not have the necessary faith to push yourself into action, His Word is enough for you to act.

Just do it.

Second Chronicles 20:20. Jehoshaphat stood and said, hear me, O Judah, and you inhabitants of Jerusalem; Believe in the Lord your God, so shall you be established; believe His prophets, so shall you prosper.”  They acted upon the Word, “then upon Jahaziel…came the Spirit of the Lord in the midst of the congregation…Thus saith the Lord unto you, be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God’s.

Second Chronicles 20:14,15. If you do not act upon the Word, it becomes presumptive leading to a probability or likely so.  Make it real He wants to do it for you.  When you act, you will find that new things will begin to replace old things and before you completely realize the change, you are already moving in a new direction of thinking and attitude.  Admit certain things about yourself and stop letting the purely human nature of your mind make you believe that you are pleasing God, cease your efforts and God will raise you up and give to you new life and perfect standing with Him. Even if you are at the end of your “rope” there is room for another hold.  Remember, Abraham was at the end of himself when God stepped in and gave him the promise.

(Genesis 15; Romans 4:17-25).  He believed the testimony of God replacing what was there with new expectations.  Don’t waiver because you have to wait, its coming.  Live every day in the Resurrection Power of Jesus Christ and you will replace every negative creating for yourself a newness that is surely to move you forward.  You are going to do more than come out or come through, you will have what you WANT!! Not only will you have a testimony, but a demonstration with an illumination.

There is a power that is not intimidated by your circumstance!

Praise God and go with Him.

God is Ready to do Exceeding Great Things

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Your circumstances are vital to your faith. You must not allow what you are going through to develop in you an attitude of unbelief that will lead you to defeat. Don’t worry about the how, God will lead you away from and into what is good for you. Trust him and see everything as his divine will and purpose getting you to your place of blessings. It’s all good and working for you.
“And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sarah’s womb.”
Romans 8:28
“He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief , but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; and being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able to perform.
Romans 4:19, 20, 21
Abraham’s faith came from the word of God not allowing his circumstances to discourage him from the intended outcome. He was equipped with the knowledge of who God is and who he was in relationship to God.
Knowing that it gives God glory for him to bring all this about, God will work the miracle, if you dare to stand upon the word. Faith lives in a commanding position.
Lay hold on things that cannot be seen and believe the things that cannot be understood.
“And God said let there be light, and there was light.”
Genesis 1:3
Walk by faith and not by sight allowing the Holy Spirit’s power within you to tear down every stronghold that rises up against you, whether in your mind, circumstances, past failures, others, or personal fears.
These things are designed to choke the word keeping you from attaining the deeper things of God. So, when you are challenged in life by circumstances beyond your control or understanding, don’t allow negative forces to pull you down, but know that God is ready to work and do exceeding great things.
Your circumstances are about to promote you. Make the determination and claim it!



Grace and Glory

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Grace and Glory seems to be a fitting theme for this time of the year.

“For the Lord God is a sun and shield.  The Lord will give Grace and Glory.  No good thing will He withhold from them that walk uprightly” (Psalms 84:11).

Be careful not to decide what is good.  Trust God to give to you all things and what He gives is always good.  He brings and He gives His greatest blessing and it is yours to have.  For He so loved the world that He made it possible for you to have this great blessing right where you are.

You do not have to go to the Temple or to the Church to receive it, just believe and receive and you can have this precious gift.  The gift is Jesus.  When you take a look at your life, God shows you yourself and he shows you Himself.  You are able to see your weakness and His all sufficiency.

What revelation do you get?  Let me help you; God is good! And that what is good and that what you have called bad, it’s all because of His Grace.  Life’s journey is one of Grace.  So, as you go through this season of Grace enjoy all that which in many ways you do not deserve.  That’s the Glory extended to you because of His Grace. Hallelujah!

Even though all of your days may not have been bright, you are yet here experiencing another year’s end which is another act of His Grace and Glory.  Can you believe it and see it and feel it?  Be thankful and receive the greatest gift of them all, Jesus Christ.  He is your hope, your Saviour and He is yet full of Grace and will fill your life with Glory.  “for the Lord God is a sun and shield” which means He assures you that He will guide and protect you.

Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year!!

Pastor Robert & First Lady Melestine Garner

There is a Lamp and a Light to Guide Your Every Step

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“Your Word is a Lamp unto my feet and a Light unto my path.”
(Psalms 119:105). 

 Read this verse aloud as though you have never hear it before. Now, think of the message that it gives to you as you  walk through the path of life, even this very moment. 

 God has a definite path for each of us and a definite Word that will take you through which will enable you to break through any and every barrier that has been placed in your way.

 Change your thoughts about yourself and see the Glory of God. There is a Power that’s not intimidated by your circumstances! You do not have the spirit of fear, but of power.  Be Brave!

 Greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world.  If God be for you, He is more than the world against you. Turn every one of your past failures into a present victory. 

 “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect,  will of God”
(Romans 12:2). 

 Let go of all those limited beliefs and thoughts which have kept you from moving foward and get free.  When challenged, the Universe will open making you aware of all that God is. Equip yourself and don’t allow anyone to tell you that God can’t deliver you. 

 “What shall we then say to these things?  If God be for us who can be against us?  He who spared not His own son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him freely give us all things?”
(Romans 8:31,32) 

 In this hour, this very moment, you can know where to go, what to do, and who you need to see to do what you need to do. The light nor the lamp will destroy the darkness neither will you be able to see into the darkness, but your trust in God will see you through the darkness. 

 There is a Lamp and a Light to guide your every step. One step at a time.  Remember, it’s always in front of you. Don’t worry, He will get you there!

Pastor’s Thoughts

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God is not a man, that He should lie; neither the son of man that He should repent: has He said, and shall He not do it? Or has He spoken, and shall He not make it good?
(Numbers 23:19)

God does not change! If God has said it to you, you can call it to be by faith. Call those things which are not as though they were (Romans 4:17).

Your faith, right now can change, replace and give to you every promise that God has ever made to you. Remember, Abraham was at the end of himself when God stepped in and gave him the promise, “and being not weak in Faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sarah’s womb” (Romans 4:19).

He believed the testimony of God and became strong. Being without or having to wait for something ought not cause you to waiver in Faith. Let go and let God, trust him and He will come through for you.

Again, keep talking to yourself and by faith you will receive. Continue to give Glory to God!