“...that we may share His holiness.” Hebrews 12:10b

“...that we may share His holiness.” Hebrews 12:10b

In this section of Hebrews we learn two truths that are worth meditating upon. First, as children of God we should expect to receive His discipline, or in the Greek, His paideia. Paideia is the loving education and formation that children receive through correction and instruction. Paideia is difficult because it presupposes that we have made mistakes and are thus subject to the painful process of reforming bad habits or overcoming sins. The Father loves us so much that he takes us to the woodshed in order to continually kill the flesh. Yes, the discipline of the Lord is painful while in process, but this brings us to the second point worth reflecting upon. God disciplines us in order that we may share in His holiness.

God is cultivating His divine nature within you, forming you into the image of the Son of God, and radiating His glory and perfection through your life. This moral quality of goodness manifests in a kind of transcendent living where we constantly die to the old nature and walk in newness of life. This holiness is not intrinsic but is given to us from God and “without which no one will see the Lord.” (Heb 12:14b)

My encouragement for you today is not to shy away from how the Lord might be cultivating His nature within you. Nothing pleases the Father more than the brilliance of the perfection and love of the Son, and the Spirit is at work within you to cultivate these same attributes. The purifying and sanctifying fire of discipline is meant to drive you close to the Fathers heart, produce His holiness within you, and is meant for good “to those who have been trained by it.” (Heb 12:11)

It’s easy to grow bitter at the chisel God uses, the pruning hooks He has chosen, or the grinding wheel He deploys. But, such discipline is evidence of the Father’s love and intimacy in your life. “Therefore, lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees.” (Heb 12:12) Fully receive all that God brings to you and however God chooses to form you, since He has promised, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Heb 13:5b)

Pastor John Woolard

Crossing Your Jordan River

Crossing Your Jordan River

“Behold, the ark of the covenant of the Lord of all the earth is crossing over before you into the Jordan.” Joshua 3:11

In this life we are put into the position of situations that are hard to cross. Surely, for the second generation of Israel since the wilderness, this was a very difficult challenge before them. First, Israel at this juncture of their lives must learn to trust Joshua as their new leader. Second, the Jordan River was a roaring rapid, but their confidence was in the God of the Bible. Israel was fearful and intimidated; the Bible says they had never been this way before. However, this passage is a reassurance of a major promise from their past, the Ark of the covenant of the Lord is going before them. As believers in Christ we are assured of the same promise that when we cross our “rapids in life” we have God’s direction through His Word. It is “a lamp unto our feet and light unto our path.” We are the “temple of the living God,” so His presence is always with us as believers in Christ.

This great venture of faith recorded in Joshua would go on to show us that as the priests carried the ark of the covenant and all of Israel followed, their confidence was in God’s Word and His presence. Instead of being “carried away” by the rapids, God cut off the water 19 miles upstream. This was one of many steps of faith that Israel would take on their way to the promise land and it seems so long ago however, the same God who delivered Israel then will continue to deliver His people now!

Lord bless

Pastor Jack Jimenez

The Gospel Can’t Lose

The Gospel Can’t Lose

“But I want you to know, brethren, that the things which happened to me have actually turned out for the furtherance of the gospel, so that it has become evident to the whole palace guard, and to all the rest, that my chains are in Christ and most of the brethren in the Lord, having become confident by my chains, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.” Philippians 1:12-14

While the Apostle Paul was enduring imprisonment, distress and tribulation; the reality of the revelation of the gospel being furthered, ministered to Paul as well as all those who heard of his ordeal. Despite his dire circumstances the power of the gospel pushed through, so that even the unbelievers were touched….

Be encouraged church. This gospel that we carry in our lives cannot be stopped, no matter what trial, affliction, or tribulation we may be facing. Take note that this gospel is made even more magnificent and effective when under unsurmountable odds and opposition.

The funny thing here is that this affliction in Paul’s life is being used as a tool in God’s hand to strengthen, encourage, and minister the gospel in a more effective way. I have seen God use my own weaknesses, infirmities, afflictions, and tribulations to push the gospel further. This is a very powerful thing to see and all I can say is this must be the grace that the Lord has spoken to us about.

Pastor Isaac Moscoso

The Wall Is Gone

The Wall Is Gone

“For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation.” Ephesians 2:14

Jesus is our peace, He bonds the body together in peace and unity. It does not matter where we come from or what we have done, if we have accepted Jesus.

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

The body of Christ is such a diverse group of people. We are people who would not in any other circumstance interact, but can be as close as family. Why? Because He has torn down that wall of separation. In Jesus we have a new life and we are a new creation. Yet, so often we allow division to creep into our lives which causes strife in the body of Christ. What an effective way for Satan to immobilize the church. It is time to set aside our flesh and allow His Spirit to rule in our lives. Only then will we experience His peace in a way like never before.

Pastor Jace Amperse

House Cleaning

House Cleaning

“Now sanctify yourselves, sanctify the house of the Lord God of your fathers, and carry out the rubbish from the holy place.” 2 Chronicles 29:5

The years of moral and political decline within the nation of Judah had slowly turned the heart of the people away from God. Their apostasy was evident as you looked at the condition of the temple. What was initially set aside as holy and called the House of the LORD, was now a trash dump. The doors were closed and many of the holy articles that were created for the worship of God were scattered, being used for secular purposes. The result of all this was that the worship of God had ceased. Consequently, the favor of God was removed, and the people of God found themselves under God’s correction.

God’s people have always been susceptible to the wicked pressures, influences, and temptations of the fallen societies in which they live. If we are not careful, then slowly the garbage of the world finds a place in our lives. The things that God gave to us to worship Him will be defiled as we use them for common and profane ends. The result is that God is no longer the object of our worship, His favor is removed, and we find ourselves in a place of correction by the Lord.

If you find yourself in this condition all you have to do is recognize your spiritual state, repent and be willing to do that which will restore you back to the Lord. The garbage of the world needs to be removed from your life, the things that were created for the worship of God need to be restored and then you need to consecrate yourself back to the Lord with the precious blood of the Lamb of God. This brings revival in our hearts, revival in the church and finally, influences our society.

This is what Hezekiah did and God used him to bring revival in the house of God that lead to a nationwide revival. Is it time for a house cleaning? Will you let God use your temple to change those around you?

“Now that you have consecrated yourselves to the Lord, come near, and bring sacrifices and thank offerings into the house of the Lord.” 2 Chronicles 29:31

Serving Him together,

Pastor Hector Gonzales

Remember Amalek

Deuteronomy 25:17 says, “Remember what Amalek did unto thee by the way, when ye were come forth out of Egypt.”

God commands Israel not to forget what Amalek did. The children of Israel were to keep close the memory of a day the enemy attacked the aged, the weary, and the children. As the people of God were leaving Egypt, which typifies a type of the world, they were attacked by Amalek, a type of the flesh. For this, it is written for all to see, “remember Amalek.”

The strategies of Satan have not changed much throughout decades of time. God didn’t want His people to forget how the enemy attacked them after they were delivered from Egypt, after they were set free from bondage. He wants them to remember that the enemy attacks the weak, the children, the aged. That he attacks at the hindmost, in other words, from the rear or from behind. God wants them to remember Amalek, and so it is with us, He wants us to remember Amalek (the flesh, the enemy) as well.

Remember, our enemy will attack us from the hindmost; when we least expect it. He will attack us when we are weak or weary. He will attack us when we have victory or deliverance; after a Bible study, ministry, or anything that glorifies God in our lives. Note: the instructions are not to stand on guard with your sword, though there is a time for battle, God is specific in this passage: only to “Remember!”

Thank God, for He has paved the way for us to know what we need for victory in this life! “… He hath given us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him…” 2 Peter 1:3 Pastor

Phil Moreno

The Lord's Will Be Done

“So then, after the Lord had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God. Then the disciples went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through accompanying signs.” Mark 16:19-20 Amen

Have you ever asked the Lord, “what is Your will for my life?” I have asked this question many times over the years. Then one day while reading the book, “Experiencing God” by Henry Blackaby, the same question arose again. The Lord spoke to me in my reading with the answer to the question - when you pray just ask the Lord, “what is Your will?” It will be done. I just needed to remove the selfish part in my question, “for my life.”

In the passage above, the Lord’s will for the disciples was to go and do as the Lord had commanded, and so they did. In Matthew 28 the Lord Jesus spoke to His disciples (followers of the Lord) to go and make disciples of all nations. Along with Jesus’ commands, He also gives us the promise of the Holy Spirit. “We shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon us and we shall be witnesses for Him everywhere we go.” Acts 1:8

Accompanying signs will follow us all the days of our lives as we serve the Lord. Certainly, a contrast to those who look after signs and wonders. Our lives are surrounded with “Divine appointments” every day. May we seek ways to get Jesus in our conversations throughout our journey.

Finally, 2 Timothy 4:5 says it all. “Be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.”

Be blessed as His will is being done.

Jesus loves you!

Pastor Roger Stahlhut

Countering The Effects Of A False Gospel...

 “But if you bite and devour one another, watch out that you are not consumed by one another.” Galatians 5:15

Pure Life has been studying Paul’s letter to the churches of Galatia for the last year or so. Over the course of that time we have seen that the principle issue that Paul is resisting is a perversion of the gospel of grace. Sometimes grace is perverted by legalism, where people think that human performance can somehow merit the good favor of God. Other times grace is perverted by lawlessness, where people think that “grace” means God is largely unconcerned with the moral quality of our lives. Both these errors fail to appreciate the reality of the gospel. The gospel means that the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ is totally sufficient to bring sinful human beings into the presence of God. And a true appreciation of the work of Christ overflows a saint’s heart with divine love that expresses itself in holy living.

One thing that Paul points out that I think we would do well to remember, are the consequences for us corporately if we fail to daily internalize this gospel of grace. Paul’s warning is vivid: a church that rejects grace is a church that consumes itself. Legalism causes people to spiritually assault others by scripture whipping them and condemning them. Lawlessness feeds selfish ambition and desire as we seek to use others for our own benefit. In both cases our energy is spent not on disseminating the gospel, but on abusing the body of Christ. What then is the remedy?

“…but through love serve one another” (Gal 5:13). This means that humility in love is the way in which we resist the pride of false gospels. Meditate on who you are apart from God’s grace and it will fill you with wonder and awe at the magnitude of your salvation. Let that divine love flow out of you in genuine sacrificial love towards others. In this way we will “bear one another’s burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ” (Gal 6:2), rather than making our brothers and sisters food for the enemy.

Pastor John Woolard

HAPPY RESURRECTION SUNDAY!

The Resurrection was only the beginning. His rising on the 3rd day proclaims, “He’s alive,” and much more. He was alive on the 4th and 5th day also. For 40 days before His ascension, He was teaching and preaching. He was alive at Pentecost as He poured out the Holy Spirit on the church. Jesus was alive when He knocked Paul from his horse. He’s still alive TODAY confronting sinners, saving those who repent, humbling the proud, making holy those who seek Him, and sharing the blessings of His resurrection with all who love Him. He is alive forever; for we, the church, are his incessant witnesses!

He stepped into history from the eternal world and the Word became flesh! He rose up and ascended to His eternal home - yet to us today, Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever! He is risen to invite man to be “in Christ!” What a joy and hope to a world suffocating in its sins. Also, Christ in us, the hope of glory, will come again! For we shall be like Him and appear with Him in glory!

This morning is when all of Christianity proclaims new life in Christ. If you will only believe, you will receive a transformed life! As Jesus confronted Paul, he now confronts you. You might say as Paul, “I’m not persecuting you, Lord!” But maybe it’s that you’ve been ignoring Him.

“You do know me, don’t you? I’m Jesus, God man, Bread come down from heaven, Light of the world, I am the only Truth! Come unto me and I will give you rest . . . I am the Way out of the wilderness and wasteland of sin and death. I am the Resurrection and the Life.”

Because He lives!

Pastor Jeff

The Will Of The Lord

“See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.” (Ephesians 5:15-17)

The point I would like to focus on is understanding the will of the Lord, because it is a crucial element to our walk with Jesus. We know that it is beneficial to our walk, yet so often we struggle to understand the will of the Lord. I would like to share with you five practical ways that have helped me come to a better understanding of the will of the Lord.

1. Depart from evil – When we know who the Lord is and what He has done, we see the need to depart from evil.

Job 28:28 - “And to man He said, ‘Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom, and to depart from evil is understanding.’”

2. Do His commandments – As we grow deeper in our walk, we desire to keep His commandments.

Psalms 111:10 - “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; a good understanding have all those who do His commandments. His praise endures forever.”

3. Pursue wisdom and understanding – Understanding and wisdom are something to be searched for in the Lord.

Proverbs 2:2-5 - “So that you incline your ear to wisdom, and apply your heart to understanding; yes, if you cry out for discernment, and lift up your voice for understanding, if you seek her as silver, and search for her as for hidden treasures; then you will understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God.”

4. Pray for understanding – We can pray for ourselves, as well as pray for others, to receive the knowledge of His will.

Colossians 1:9 - “For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding.”

5. Fear of the Lord – This theme is threaded throughout these verses; it is the beginning of wisdom which leads to understanding. A healthy fear of the Lord is fundamental in developing an understanding of the will of the Lord in our lives, and a proper understanding will enable us to be more effective members in the body of Christ.

Pastor Jace Amperse

Choose Life

“Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.” Galatians 5:19-21

Notice brothers and sisters, all these fleshly works come from self-centeredness in a person’s life. When self is made priority then concern for others becomes secondary or even void altogether. When a person fulfills these selfish, self-centered works, the consequences are severe. Emptiness, loneliness, anxiety, fear, depression, frustration, stress, confusion, outer and inner turmoil, and instability in the soul are the results. It’s pure and utter chaos when the love and gratification for self turns into an extreme hatred for self.

Now I see why God has called us to “Walk in the Spirit,” so that we may not give into the selfcentered flesh. I realize that the Lord is looking out for us as He encourages us to walk in the Spirit. (Gal. 5:22 & 23) The benefits of walking in the Spirit are love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control, contentment, and true satisfaction in and of life. He wants us to live in the fullness of life, to be blessed, prosperous, healthy, sane, and sound. Then we not only benefiting ourselves, but others around us. True living and loving life is not in selfish living, but is unselfish living. The only way to accomplish that is to Walk in the Spirit. We must “choose this day whom we will serve.”

Pastor Isaac Moscoso

YOU CAN'T

These words can strike up all kinds of emotions and feelings and even get our defenses up! In Joshua 24, Joshua shares some final words with his fellow Israelites as he recounts how God brought them from bondage into the Promised Land. He challenges them in verse 15: “choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve … But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” The people respond in verse 18: “We also will serve the LORD, for He is our God.” I believe Joshua then shocks them with his response in verse 19: “You cannot serve the LORD.” However, as you read the full passage, you get a glimpse into Joshua’s heart, which is to steer them to the LORD and away from hypocrisy. Verse 23: “Now therefore,” he said, “put away the foreign gods which are among you, and incline your heart to the LORD God of Israel.” He is calling them to integrity and action. This also applies for us today. It may be easy in church to echo, “As for me and my house we will serve the Lord.” Yet in our day-to-day, are we still choosing to hold onto something (an idol) we know God has spoken to us about? Jesus says in Matthew 6:24, “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.” Are you trying to serve two masters, knowing that you can’t? Correction is not always the easiest thing to hear, but Proverbs has much to say about the wisdom of accepting it. (See Proverbs 9:8, 10:17, 13:1, 13:18, 15:5, 15:31-32) May we make Psalms 139:23-24 our prayer, allowing God to correct us so that we CAN serve Him in Spirit and in truth: “Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my anxieties; and see if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.“

In Christ, Pastor Dustin Linenberger

Resolution

Your Resolution

“My son, give attention to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. Do not let them depart from your eyes; keep them in the midst of your heart; for they are life to those who find them, and health to all their flesh.” Proverbs 4:20-22

Around this time of year some of us make resolutions and we all have different ones. Some want to get fit, travel, save money, spend more time with family. These are all good things, but the Lord has a challenging resolution I believe for us all. The challenge is to be more like Him. In order to be more like our Lord, we must be in His Word allowing it to refine and define us. The Word of God cleanses and causes us to grow spiritually. However, our growth and wellness does not stop there. As we get into His word and allow it to do its work in our life it brings wellness to our flesh! We all want to be healthier. My encouragement to you is to get into the Word and get healthy. This will benefit us physically for today and spiritually for an eternity.

If you don’t already have a time set aside to get a word from the Lord every day, make this your resolution. Not only for 2018, but for life. You want life in abundance? Well, it’s found in His Word. God’s Word gives life.

My last encouragement is not to let anything get in the way of your goal to be like Jesus. Don’t get sidetracked.

“Let your eyes look straight ahead, and your eyelids look right before you. Ponder the path of your feet, and let all your ways be established. Do not turn to the right or the left; remove your foot from evil.” Proverbs 4:25-27

Pastor Chris Lopez

Faith

Faith

Have you ever been confronted with “Do you have enough faith?” I am not sure if any of us really have enough faith, but the Bible says, “without faith it is impossible to please God.” (Hebrews 11:6) Years ago, I was diagnosed with prostate cancer. A woman in the church came to me and said, “You don’t have enough faith or God would heal you.” I put off getting surgery for quite a while to see if God would heal me. However, when healing did not come, I had surgery. I share this because sometime people can throw a guilt trip on those who have physical issues. But, God chooses various ways to heal us. It is important for us to have faith and realize that God’s ways are not our ways! They are higher! In my case, both the doctor and the nurse got to hear the Gospel.

Here are a few thoughts that may be helpful for you this day:
1. We are never ready or have enough faith to do all that the Lord directs us to do. We can always find an excuse for not being ready to exercise faith and miss the blessing.
2. The definition of faith comes from Hebrews 11:1, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evident of things not seen.” Things hoped for; if we are not sure of what we hope for, it certainly becomes the opposite of faith.
3. To increase in faith is like the exercising of a muscle – Romans 8:17, “So then faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God.”
4. Each one of us has been given a certain “measure of faith,” Romans 12:3.
5. Faith is also “the gift of God,” Ephesians 2:8b.
6. Lastly, “the just shall live by faith,” Romans 1:17, Galatians 2:20, Galatians 3:11, Hebrews 10:38.

So, the conclusion is this – please the Lord by walking by faith, trusting in Him and being blessed in your journey.

Jesus loves you, Pastor Roger Stahlhut

"Nevertheless, I have this against you" Revelation 2:4

These were the words of Jesus to the church at Ephesus. Verses 2-4 describe a very healthy church. They worked hard in the name of Jesus. They were patient and did not tolerate evil people or false doctrine. However, somewhere along the line they lost focus of Jesus. They were busy about things in Jesus’ name, but they were done without Jesus in mind. When they first got saved they started doing all these things out of love and gratitude, now they did them out of routine and religion. They did them because it just became who they were. We can fall into the same rut. We can come to church, read our bibles and even serve in ministry in the name of Jesus, but without Jesus in mind. The good news is, the solution is simple. Jesus, in verse 5, tells them to remember and repent. Remember how they used to forget about life, just sit with Jesus and spend time together. After they remembered they were to repent and do these things again.

At the beginning of the year, this is a good time to allow the Lord to examine us. Why do we do what we do? Is it out of routine and religion? Have I just become a “good person” or am I still close and passionate about Jesus? Spending time together every day and doing everything out of love and gratitude for the Lord

Pastor Jason Norton

A New Heart for Jesus

Here we are, the beginning of 2018. We can enter the new year with greater passion for Jesus and a deeper walk with Him or stay the same. We all need to examine ourselves in where we stand with Jesus. If we are to make a difference in this world let us seek to heed what Joel 2:12-13 says: “Now therefore,” says the Lord “Turn to Me with all your heart, With fasting, with weeping and with mourning.” So, rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the Lord your God, For He is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and of great kindness; and He relents from doing harm.”

Heart-rending is divinely worked and solemnly felt. It’s a soul-moving work of the Holy Spirit upon the heart of each believer. The text commands us to rend our hearts, but how can this be done? We must take them to Calvary where our Savior paid the price for our sin. As we hear the death cries of our Savior Jesus, our hearts will be rent and sin will be purged by the blood of the Lamb.

Let’s start with a new heart for a new work and directions and adventures in these crucial days. Focus on Jesus! It’s all about Him.

“For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive, and abundant in mercy to all who call upon You.” Psalm 86:5

Pastor Rudy Cardenas

Happy New Year!

As we prepare for a new year, God’s Word of encouragement to us is found in Jeremiah 29:11; “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, sayeth the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”

Tonight, we’ll bring in the new year of 2018 and reflect on all that God has done this year!  God has used our continued desire to reach out and share the Gospel.  Through various Bible studies, church ministries, our Regional Leadership and Missions Conferences and outreaches such as Toasty Christmas, Back Pack Outreach and Alternative Night, we have seen many come to know Him.  Lives have been transformed and hearts have been healed.

We experienced an awesome water baptism this summer, and then to see many come to the prayer room to receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit - what a year of victory! Our cup runneth over!  I believe this next year in 2018 we need to put on our seat belts. It’s going to be another great ride as we see many come to the Lord right before His return!

My wife and I would like to thank all of you for your faithfulness this past year in your ministries, in your    giving, in your love, in your prayers for Calvary Chapel Downey, and your prayers for me and my family. This has truly been a year of salvation, restoration, and rebuilding!

Looking forward to what He’s going to do in the days ahead! “Look up for our redemption draws near!”

In anticipation, Maranatha!

Agape, 

Jeff and Karyn                 

Taming The Tongue

Taming The Tongue

For every kind of beast and bird, of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by mankind. But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.” James 3:7-8

This passage reminds us that lions, elephants, monkeys, reptiles and sea life can be tamed and subdued by man, but our tongue cannot! All of us can call to mind, the irreversible harm done by someone’s tongue, an unkind mean-spirited word whether in person, social media, or gossip.

Solomon wrote: “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.” Proverbs 25:11
With the tongue, relationships can be strengthened or destroyed. With the tongue, a child can be made

to feel loved and wanted or he can be made to feel rejected and worthless. With the tongue, we can bless and worship our God, and with it, we can curse men who have been made in the likeness of God.

There may be times when you spoke without thinking or confronted without praying or posted without considering, and the words you said ended up being the words you regretted. “Let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God.James 1:19-20

The tongue can be used for the highest calling and it can be used for the lowest evil. As believers, it should not be said that out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing.

James is talking about subduing our sinful speech by our own power. Human beings on their own, don’t have the ability to keep their tongues in check. But, if you know Christ personally, God’s power through the Holy Spirit’s presence can transform your heart and take control of your tongue. Jesus said; “With people this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.Matthew 19:26

Lord bless,
Pastor Jack Jimenez

BUT GOD.....

David was now afraid of the Lord, and he asked, “How can I ever bring the Ark of the Lord back into my care?” So, David decided not to move the Ark of the Lord into the City of David. Instead, he took it to the house of Obed-edom of Gath. The Ark of the Lord remained there in Obed-edom’s house for three months, and the Lord blessed Obed-edom and his entire household.
2 Samuel 6:9-11

Have you ever made a mistake that hurt someone and discouraged you? One time I asked a friend if she was pregnant? Well, she wasn’t. Needless to say I felt very dumb and I’m sure she didn’t feel good either. I will never ask that question again. Lol..

Here in 2 Samuel 6 David has a desire to bring the Ark of God out from Abinidab’s house to Jerusalem where it belongs. He decided to build a cart and place the ark on it which was being pulled by a stinky animal. The Ark was supposed to be carried by the priest and not pulled on a cart behind an animal. Along the way, Uzzah who was Abinidab’s son, tried to keep the Ark from falling off the cart and as a result died. You can only imagine how David must have felt?

BUT GOD.... I love that phrase! When we make a mistake God can redeem it, no matter how bad you think it is. You see, David had the Ark placed in Obed-Edom’s house for three months and he stopped the process of bringing it to Jerusalem because he was discouraged. Listen, in life we will make mistakes BUT GOD.. will always redeem them somehow for His glory.

Obed-Edom’s house was blessed because the presence of God was in his home for three months. Today, if you’re discouraged, bring the very presence of God into your life, your home and your circumstances through the Word, worship, prayer and fellowship. Then watch Him restore your joy. David’s joy was restored and his desire to bring the Ark back was renewed, yours will be too.

Grace & Peace, Pastor Fish ><))>

The Storm of Letting Go

I was very encouraged recently through a Bible study by Pastor Damian Kyle. He was addressing Paul the apostle and his shipwreck experience mentioned in Acts chapter 27. His focus was on verse 20, “And when neither sun nor stars in many days appeared, and no small tempest lay on us, all hope that we should be saved was then taken away.”

All hope was then taken away...

What does it mean, all hope was taken away? Paul was the man who had incredible faith. He had been in a couple shipwrecks prior to this one. How was this any different? Paul was given direct promises by God that he would make it to Rome, but for some reason, in this storm he had lost all hope like the rest of the men on the boat.

For me, it is encouraging to know that there are some storms we will face that can have this effect on us. Even when we have experienced trials and victories and have God’s Word and His promises. There will be storms that cause us to lose all hope. These storms are brought and controlled by God. They are severe life changing storms. They can impact us mentally, physically, and spiritually. The purpose of these storms is to cause us to learn one very important lesson. It will not be by our means, resources, ideas, or attempts that we will find salvation from the storm. Our deliverance is solely because of God and God alone. His saving grip on you and me is because of His hand, not ours. It is not because of our faith in the promises of God that will deliver us, but because of His faithfulness to His promise. It is only through a storm that causes us to lose all hope, that we see His power and faithfulness.

Remember the poem, “ footprints in the sand?” During the most tempest trials of life there is only one set of footprints, because it was at those times we think He abandoned and left us that we discover He was in fact carrying us.

Letting go...

Pastor Phil Moreno