Reflections of a Mother

I gave you life, but I cannot live it for you.

I can teach you things, but I cannot make you learn.

I can give directions, but I cannot be there to lead you.

I can allow you freedom, but I cannot account for it.

I can take you to church, but I cannot make you believe.

I can teach you right from wrong, but I cannot always decide for you.

I can buy you beautiful clothes, but I cannot make you beautiful inside.

I can offer advice, but I cannot accept it for you.

I can give you love, but I cannot force it upon you.

I can teach you to share, but I cannot make you unselfish.

I can teach you respect, but I cannot force you to show honor

I can advise you about friends, but cannot choose them for you.

I can advise you about sex, but I cannot keep you pure.

I can tell you about drinking, but I can’t say “no” to you.

I can warn you about drugs, but I can’t prevent you from using them.

I can tell you about lofty goals, but I can’t achieve them for you.

I can tell you about kindness, but I can’t force you to be gracious.

I can warn you about sins, but I cannot make you moral

I can love you as a child, but I cannot place you in God’s family.

I can pray for you, but I cannot make you walk with God

I can teach you about Jesus, but I cannot make Jesus your Lord.

I can tell you how to live, but I cannot give you eternal life

I can love you with unconditional love all of my life, and I will.

With the love and strength of Jesus Christ our Lord. I love you.

Always,

Mom

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Loving God

Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honor me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men…. the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the understanding of their prudent men shall be hid.  Isaiah 29:13-14

Our prayer topic last Thursday night had to do with our love for God. I said that I believe that one of the things that must happen before we see a revival, is a return to our first love. “Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love”.  Rev. 2:4

Love is not hard to discern neither is the lack of it. Shamefully, Christendom today is more energized by the love of “things” rather than the love for God. 1Cor. 16:22 says: “If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema Maranatha”. Anathema means a curse and Maranatha means the Lord is coming.

Our love for God is evidenced by the way we treat him. Do you reverence Him and his house? Are you actively evangelizing? What about involvement in church activities? And how about your prayer and Bible study life or even your giving and church attendance? These are but a few indicators of whether we love God or not.

If you love God, he must be first in everything: he must come before pleasure or leisure; he must come before personal interests; he must have preeminence in your home; he must be first even before your family. He is God, he is the Creator! The Bible says we should worship the Lord and Him only should we serve: not money; not material things: nothing should come before the service and worship of God.

Let us return to our first love and demonstrate it in all of our living and worship in this year 2004! Remember God knows our hearts and motives, let us genuinely love God! He knows if you do!

God bless you!

Pastor  Guthrie

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The Power of Fasting and Prayer

Is not this the fast that I have chosen? To lose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke? Isa. 58:6

Fasting is one of the greatest spiritual weapons that God has given us, the benefits are unending.

Eph 3:16 says: “That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man”

The inner man is a reference to the “spirit man” as opposed to the flesh, which is the outer man, therefore when we abstain from food; it is the subjugating or humbling of the outer man of the flesh. By so doing we strengthen the inner man and in effect makes the spiritual man far more effective in prayer, in overcoming the works of the enemy and in obtaining the desires of our heart.

See these verses from Isaiah 58:8 Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the LORD shall be thy rearward.  9Then shalt thou call and the LORD shall answer; thou shalt cry, and he shall say, here I am. If thou take away from the midst of thee the yoke, the putting forth of the finger, and speaking vanity;  “And if thou draw out thy soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul; then shall thy light rise in obscurity, and thy darkness be as the noonday: 11And the LORD shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.   

Fasting is extremely good for the soul, the spirit and the body, it gives the digestive system time to rest and helps to purge the body. It will also increase the anointing and gives you power!

Practice a weekly fast, at least 24 hours, and you will see a great difference in your spiritual life, in particular.

God bless you.

Pastor Guthrie

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God Establishes The End From The Beginning

I am God and there is no other; I am God and there is none like me. I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say: My purpose shall stand, and I will do all I please. Isa. 46:9-10

In this Scripture, God mentions two things he does. First, he establishes the end from the beginning. This means that he finishes things in the spiritual realm, and then he goes back and starts them up in the physical realm.

Second, he reveals the end result of something when it is just beginning [he does not give the details]. Your vision will provide the details. When God starts something (in the physical realm), he has already completed it in the eternity!

[All he needs is a person to fulfill it] This is what Roman 4:17 says: (As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations), before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.

TWELVE PRINCIPLES FOR FULFILLING A VISION

Principle # 1 Be directed by clear vision

Principle # 2 Know your potential for fulfilling the vision

Principle # 3 Develop a concrete plan for your vision

Principle # 4 Possess the passion for vision

Principle # 5 Develop the faith of vision

Principle # 6 Understand the process of vision

Principle # 7 Set priorities for the vision

Principle # 8 Recognize people’s influence on vision. Do not associate with negative people or dream killers.  People want you to go where they are going.

Principle # 9 Employ the provision of vision

Principle # 10 Use persistence in achieving the vision

Principle # 11 Be patient in the fulfillment of vision

Principle # 12 Stay connected to the source of vision

No person can give you a vision. It is God that gives, [but] it is your responsibility to stir up the gift that is within you.

When you step outside of what others expect you to be, they will begin to see you as a problem, which will result in opposition. Get used to it; this is part of the process.

Where there is no vision the people perish. Prov. 29:18

God bless you!

Pastor Guthrie

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Vision

[Excerpts from the book “The Principles and Power of Vision by Dr. Myles Monroe]

A little girl was on a cruise ship, and she and her father were standing on the deck The little girl standing on tipto4 said to her father “I cannot see anything” The father picked her up and put her on his shoulders, so that she was higher than anybody else on the deck and she was then able to see everything around her. “Daddy” she exclaimed “I can see farther than my eyes can look”

Sight is a function of the eyes; vision is a function of the heart. Eyes that look are common, but eyes that see [than your eyes can look] are rare

Vision set you free from the limitations of what the eyes can see and allows you to enter into the liberty of what the heart can feel. It is the vision that makes the unseen visible and the unknown possible.

You were born to achieve something significant and you were destined to make a difference in your generation. Your future is not ahead of you it lies within you.

The poorest person in the world is the person without a dream. It has been said if you don’t know where you are going any road will take you there or if you aim at nothing, you will hit it every time.

God chose you when and where you were to be born for a reason. Eccl. 3:11 says “he has also set eternity in the hearts of men”. We live in time and space but time and space are connected to eternity, and God has put something into your heart that calls the unseen into the seen. See Romans 4:17

Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might Eccl. 9:10 You will accomplish only what you fight for. A man’s gift makes room for him. Prov. 18:16

Money is an inferior reason to work. We must work for the vision within us. Although we are born as originals, most of us become imitators; stop competing with the community, stop being in a contest with society, stop trying to keep up with the Joneses, stop trying to please everybody, be the original God created you to be.

Vision is foresight with insight based on hindsight

Pastor Guthrie

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The Father Himself Rewards The Giver

God does not allow our giving to go unnoticed. In fact, God Himself sees to it that our giving is rewarded.

Scripture Reading

Matthew 6:1 Take heed that ye do not your alms before men to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.

2 Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have the glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.

3 But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth:

4 That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.

Matthew 6:4 so that your giving will be in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you. (NA SB)

Relating to the Scripture

All through Scripture, we are instructed to do what is right, but more than that, we are taught that we are to have right motives when we do what is right.

In the area of giving, Jesus warned against giving just to be seen of men. He told of the hypocrites who gave with great fanfare so that others would see, and give them glory.

Matthew 6:1-4

In this event, the glory received from men would be the only reward they would receive in giving.

When the believer gives a gift which is just between him and the Lord, then no glory is received by men. However, the Lord Himself takes notice. Commentator Adam Clarke reminds us: “We should ever remember that the eye of the Lord is upon us and that he sees not only the act but also every motive that led to it.” (Clarke ‘5 Commentary, Matthew 6:4 notes)

With this kind of giving, Jesus gives us a wonderful promise: “thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly. “ Think about it, when we give unto the Lord, without regard of man’s attention, the Lord Himself will become our rewarder.

Given the choice of the glory of men or the reward of the Father, we as believers should choose the reward of the Father every time.

God bless you.

Pastor Guthrie

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Riches In The House Of The Righteous

God promises both wealth and riches to the family of the righteous. The righteous are to respect the Lord and delight in the commandments of giving.

Psalms 112:1 Praise ye the LORD. Blessed is the man that feareth the LORD, that delighteth greatly in his commandments.

2 His seed shall be mighty upon earth: the generation of the upright shall be blessed.

3 Wealth and riches shall be in his house: and his righteousness endureth for ever.

The Believer is one who walks in continuous praise unto God. He respects and reverences God. He is delighted to obey the Lord’s commandments.

He also teaches this way of life to his children. And because of this, God speaks of four blessings that will be in his house:

1) His children will be mighty on the earth.

2) His children will be blessed by God.

3) Wealth and riches will be in his own house.

4) His righteousness will endure forever.

These are the blessings of the one who reverences the Lord and obeys His commandments. One of His commandments has to do with giving. “Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house…” (Malachi 3:10). Are you obeying the Lord’s commandments today in your giving? I trust that you are. If so, then you have every right to claim the blessings of this passage of scripture for you and your household.

Offering Admonition/Confession

We are giving today knowing that God is blessing our house. God said our “descendants will be mighty on earth, wealth and riches shall be in our house. This is God’s Word. It does not fail.

We have an obligation to obey each command of the Lord that he will make our way prosperous.

God bless you.

Pastor Guthrie

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Passion for the lost

Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession. Psalm 2:8

No Christian can live in a vacuum. God has placed every believer on the planet to be a viable force against evil in every form and the best way to combat evil is to do our endeavor best to spread the word of God and to pray for everyone that they might be saved.

Psalms 2:8 should be the cry and prayer of every heart. I believe that each believer should develop a burden for a particular country or countries or a particular group of people. My heart’s cry is for the Islamic people of the world for whom I pray daily.

But the Bible also tells us in 1 Tim. 2:1-2 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. 

What a great blessing it would be if all the leaders of countries, leaders of governments, political leaders, religious leaders, judges, police officers, teachers, professors and all leaders whether private or public were saved!

We have that responsibility to begin to pray for all those who are in authority and for the heathen in general, all over the world. This should be our daily prayer that God would indeed give us the heathen for our inheritance.

Let is begin and make this part of our daily devotion.

God bless you.

Pastor Guthrie

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The Number’s Game

David was thirty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned forty years.  In Hebron, he reigned over Judah seven years and six months: and in Jerusalem he reigned thirty and three years over all Israel and Judah. 2 Sam. 5:4-5

Thirty years: Christ was 30 years old when he began his ministry. David was 30 years old when he became King. 3×10 denotes a higher degree of the perfection of divine order. Since three means, solid, substantial, complete and entire, then 3×10 speaks of a higher order.

Forty: 40 is associated with trial, chastisement, but points to Grace, leading to revival and renewal. It begins with the trial but ends with Grace. This is seen repeatedly in Scripture, where men and women of God, have been put through the fire but came out in revival or renewal or both. Think of Job, Joseph, Daniel, Esther, Ruth and even David himself.

Seventy-Six: seven years and six months: Here again we see 7+6 Seven is divine order, God + six which is a man. The man was created on the sixth day, therefore, six is the number of men. It is also the number of labor. Six days shalt thou labor and do all thy work but on the seventh is a day of rest. Because of sin, we are relegated to labor, but there is a promise of the seventh day, which shall be a day of rest. 6+1=7, man plus God = spiritual perfection.

Thirty-three: Embraces infinity, eternity, perfection, completion and full inheritance in God’s divine order. It is reflective of our future in eternity in Christ if we faint not.

Food for thought!

God bless you.

Pastor Guthrie

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Prayer Possibilities

He who has the Spirit of prayer has the highest interest in the Court of Heaven. And the only way to retain it is to keep it in constant employment. Apostasy begins in the closet. No man ever backslid from the life and power of Christianity who continued constant and fervent in private prayer. He who prays without ceasing is likely to rejoice evermore. Adam Clarke

Every man or woman in the Bible and throughout history that have ever gained notoriety in the things pertaining to God, or who have ever changed the course of history for God, have been men and women of prayer.

The Bible is replete with records of great men and women who through prayer have subdued Kingdoms, wrought righteousness, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of aliens and women received their dead raised to life again.

Let us rediscover what the “greats” who have gone before us knew and practiced in their lives and frustrated the plans of the enemy. Remember God has not changed nor can he, let us get back to basics. Let us build an altar of prayer in our church and in our homes that will spur miracles from God again. Join the Intercessors group! This could be your greatest employment in the Kingdom of God!

Pastor Guthrie

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