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RISE UP!

Rise Up!

The Lord is inviting you and me into a place where the impossible becomes possible. It’s a place of victory.

When our “little strength” is coupled with prayer and faith, we can be assured that the Lord will lead us exactly where He wants us to be and we will do what He wants us to do.

The little strength that you have can either make you cower in fear, or it can make you confident that God’s strength and power working through you is all you need!

When the Lord brought His people out of Egypt, there was no question that the heavens and everything on the earth were subject to Him.

God’s faithfulness was on display and present in the midst of His people.

Sadly—even after all the miracles God’s people had seen over the years—when the time came to cross the border and claim the place of promise that God had given them, they cowered in their own littleness! Instead of walking through the open door in God’s strength, they ran in fear that their little strength was no match for the giants in the land.

The children of Israel forgot who God was, and instead of relying on Him to be their strength, they turned inward and were overcome with fear!

Whenever you turn inward, you are in trouble! You need to turn upward—you need to raise your hands to heaven and pray for strength to walk through the open doors that He has set before you.

Though your strength is small, you are invited to arise and pass through into a place of victory that is already prepared for you.

We don’t have to fight for it; the fight has already been won. We have to enter into it by faith.

VICTORY 2020.
PK
 

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IT’S NOT WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE

“It’s Not What It Looks Like.”

“And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O Lord God, thou knowest.” Ezekiel 37:3 KJV

God asked Ezekiel, “Can these bones live?” In other words, is it possible for God to revive and restore what has been dead and long forgotten about, for many years, and live again?

You’ve been asking yourself, can your dream live again?

The answer is undoubtedly — Yes! When God’s Power breathes on you, it’s not too late to accomplish that dream that God has birthed inside of you.

When God asked Ezekiel, “Can these bones live?” Ezekiel responded, “O Lord God, thou knowest.” In the face of seemingly impossible odds, only God’s Word can rebuild, restore and revive dead dreams.

He is the Ultimate Architect. Only God can breathe life into old mantles and make them brand new.

Seek God and follow His Voice regarding the plans that He has for you.

He is the One that leads our destiny and holds our future in His hands.

It is God who breathes His Spirit into old things and make them new.

Seek God. God will create a new thing in the middle of the valley. “Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.” Isaiah 43:19 KJV

Now is the time to build. Now is the moment. It’s time for every dry bone to live again.

Submit to God and allow Him to breathe on you again.

Blessings
PK
 

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VERY DRY

“Very Dry”

Pastor Brenda shared some of her thoughts on her personal studies. This was what came of it. God sure is good.

“And caused me to pass by them round about: and, behold, there were very many in the open valley; and, lo, they were very dry.” Ezekiel 37:2 KJV

When Ezekiel passed through the valley of dry bones, in Ezekiel 37:2, he noticed two things:

1. That there were very many bones in the valley.

2. The bones were very dry. We later find out in Ezekiel 37:11, that these very dry bones represented the spiritual condition of Israel during that time.

The valley of dry bones, that Ezekiel was led to, was not a representation of nor a reflection of Ezekiel’s present heart condition or his present season.

In fact, the bones in the valley were a reflection of Israel’s spiritual state and season during that time.

Sometimes, God will send you to someone else’s dry valley in order to speak life.

When God sends you into someone else’s valley, He does not send you broken, dry or defeated — He sends you full and with power.

Ezekiel was sent by God to speak life to their dry and defeated situation.

These bones reflected the spiritual, emotional and the physical state of Israel.

During that time, their hope as a nation was dry and withered.

As a people they were emotionally drained, spiritually slain and physically defeated.

In fact, the Bible calls the condition of the bones in the valley as “very dry”.

Sometimes, you’re sent to very dry places where the vision, dream and the people have been defeated for so long that success seems to be a far stretch.

God sent Ezekiel to a people during their darkest and driest hour in order to speak life.

Sometimes, God sends Ezekiels to deliver a message of hope to a valley full of dry bones.

God has put His Word in your mouth and His fire in your hands in order to rebuild, revive and to restore. His Promise, His Hope, and His Plans for you are great. It’s time to build again.

Love ya
PK
 

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THERE IS NO GOODNESS APART FROM GOD

There is no goodness apart from God.

Some people assume God is angry most of the time and that his favor only lasts a moment, but the Bible tells us it’s just the opposite!

You are always the apple of His eye even when you feel like spoiled fruit.

God has moved on from that bad thing you did or that terrible thing you said.

He may have been angry or disappointed in the moment, but He’s moved on.

Have you? You don’t have to worry about falling out of favor because of a failure.

God’s goodness is ongoing and never runs out. His favor is always around us, on us, and with us; God’s favor is forever!

In fact, goodness does not exist apart from God; it did not originate on it’s own—aside of, or apart from him.

It’s definitely not something that originates with human beings (Do you have to train your children to be bad, or good?).

God is the source of all goodness and all good things.

Some people still separate good from God, which can deteriorate mankind’s need to thank, honor, and worship him.

God, thank you for being present in my life.

Help me to open up my eyes to see that you are the source of all good things and that you bring favor into my life everyday. In Jesus’ Name. Amen

Love ya.
PK
 

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NO LONGER SLAVES TO FEAR

“No Longer Slaves to Fear”

Fear is referenced in the Bible many times over.

God knew that as humans we would struggle with this emotion. For some of us, that struggle is a daily battle. For some of us, it’s a nightmare.

Don’t give up! There is hope.

Hope is a Person—personified in Jesus Christ our Savior.

He is our Peace.

He is our Strong Tower. He is our Help.

He is our Resting Place.

He is our Shield.

He is our Deliverer.

“There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear”. What a promise! What a Savior!

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LIGHT CONQUERS DARKNESS – VICTORY

LIGHT CONQUERS DARKNESS – VICTORY

Have you ever noticed that in almost every movie where there is a villain and a hero, the hero always comes out victorious?

Can you imagine watching films where the villains were always successful and the movie ended with everyone downcast and defeated? No thanks!

Here’s some great news for you and I: as a follower of Jesus we are always positioned on the side of the hero – the side of good! Romans 8:31 puts it this way: “If God is for us, who can ever be against us?” Jesus conquering over sin and death means we get to walk in that VICTORY. In this GOOD FIGHT, we are on the winning side!

But, that’s not to say we won’t face challenge and trial.

In fact, we should expect to face some dark and difficult times as we journey through life. But we do so, trusting that God is with us.

He is our source of LIGHT in what can be a pretty DARK world. HE HAS ALREADY WON THE VICTORY!!!

LOVE YA,
PK
 

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FOLLOW JESUS

FOLLOW JESUS

If we are going to walk into battle, if we are going to engage in the fight, we need to know who we are following. Who is leading you into battle?

Here’s the powerful truth: when we choose to follow Jesus, we don’t need to live in fear.

God never works through fear.

The weapons of God’s kingdom are truth and love.

Truth is powerful. Truth sets us free. Jesus said that He is the truth (John 14:6). To fight the good fight, we need to follow truth.

When we go to the dentist or doctor, we are not only expecting them to tell us the truth, we are paying them to do so! A vague diagnosis is not what we want to hear. We want the honest truth.

In Mark 10 Jesus spoke with a rich young ruler and He didn’t hold back the truth.

“Jesus looked at him and loved him…” That’s important to acknowledge, Jesus only ever speaks truth into our life out of His love for us.

Jesus gave the man what he needed to hear, even if it wasn’t what he wanted to hear.

In order to experience the fullness of life that Jesus had for him, that man needed to hear the truth, no matter how raw it seemed.

Jesus knew that what the man was seeking required him to first acknowledge the truth about what was gripping his heart.

What’s gripping your heart today? What are the things that are filling your life and blocking the truth and love of Jesus?

If we are to live in freedom and VICTORY, we need to let go of the things that are gripping our heart – we need to lose our life for the sake of Jesus and His good news. Then we will truly experience freedom.

The more we hold on to who we are, what we do, the things of this world, then the harder the fight will become. If we want to save our life, then we must lose it.

Today, choose to yield all of who you are to Jesus. Choose to let go of your worldly desires and pick up your cross. Choose to follow Jesus.

Love you all.
PK
 

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THE GOOD FIGHT

THE GOOD FIGHT

We are in an unseen battle – a fight not won with fists, but won with truth and love. It is a fight that will change everything.

It is a fight that requires each and every one of us. There is no better fight to fight – no other cause that will so transform our world. We are in the good fight.

That may sound like an oxymoron – how can a fight be good?

When children fight with their siblings we tell them to stop, if a fight breaks out on a sports field or in a schoolyard it is brought to a halt as quickly as possible.

These are fights that only cause harm and damage, but the Bible teaches us that there is a good fight, one that has eternal significance and is of great importance.

In Ephesians 6:12 we learn that “our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” We are engaged in this fight because we have an enemy, the devil, who does not want us to experience the fullness of life that God has for us. Jesus makes it really clear in John 10:10 that this enemy wants to destroy us, but that God wants the best for us.

This good fight is waged in the spirit. It’s not about physical weapons or human hands, it’s not even a fight against other people – it is a decision to stand up against the forces of darkness, knowing that with God on our side, we already have the victory!

Have a great week.
Love ya. PK
 

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TAKE REFUGE IN GOD

“Take refuge in God”

“The Lord also will be a refuge for the oppressed, A refuge in times of trouble. And those who know Your name will put their trust in You; For You, Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You”.

Psalm 9:9-10

It is quite evident that we are living in perilous times (2 Timothy 3:1-7).

So many people around us are hurting, families are being destroyed, the covenant of marriage is under attack, social injustices all around, calamity, catastrophe, upheaval, turmoil, confusion, starvation, poverty, sickness, abuse, killings, disasters, wars of all kinds, wars of the mind, war for the soul, war, war and rumors of wars. It is a very dark time indeed.

Receive good news today: Jesus Christ has come into the world as light (John 8:12), and He has defeated the power of darkness and become a refuge for those who put their faith and trust in Him.

Refuge speaks of a condition of being safe or sheltered from pursuit, danger, or trouble.

It speaks of a secure height, a high fort or fortress, something inaccessibly high that one cannot attain by one’s self.

Refuge is a safe haven, an asylum, a sanctuary, a place of safety and that, Beloved, is who your God is to you.

At times It can be very tempting to trust in one’s own efforts, abilities, physical strengths and material resources, seeking safety in broken systems, one’s job, money, even one’s own family and friends, David called those things chariots and horses, a false sense of security. Psalm 33:17 says “a horse is a vain hope for safety”.

We are encouraged in Psalm 20:7 that one should remember, evoke, and call on the name of the Lord our God because God is the only real refuge you’ll ever find.

Whatever situation you may be facing today, ask God to stand as your refuge and protect you from all calamities. Run into Him right now, call upon His name, trust Him, pour out your heart to him and be confident that in Him you are safe.

Proverbs 18:10 says “The name of the Lord is a strong tower; The righteous run to it and are safe.” Make God Almighty your hiding place today and find unshakable, impenetrable safety in Him.

Love ya.
PK
 

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VICTORY OVER DEATH

When Jesus died for our sins and purchased our forgiveness, He saved us from an eternity of separation from God.

He replaced the hopelessness of death with a living hope in an everlasting future in the presence of the Lord. And when He rose from the grave, Jesus displayed His ultimate victory over death, proving that its power is nothing in comparison to His.

In Revelation 1:18, He declared, “I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.”

While death is a difficult reality for us in this life, as we experience the pain of losing those close to us and eventually have to grapple with our own earthly mortality, we can now be anchored by the truth that that Jesus holds the keys of death, and He has made a way for us to walk through a different door into an eternity of life.

Death on earth is not the end of the story. There is so much more to come! Jesus promised in John 11: 25, “The one who believes in me will live, even though they die.”

Because Jesus has saved us from the permanence of death, we don’t have to live our lives in fear.

We are free to live bold, abundant lives, knowing no matter what comes here on earth, we will live forever in God’s presence and in the community of His family.

Even when we grieve for loved ones, we grieve with hope, knowing that if they put their faith in Jesus, we will be reunited and experience God’s glory together.

On this Easter Sunday, let the implications of Jesus’ triumph over death sink into your heart and shift your perspective from the fragility of this life to our eternal security in heaven.

Death truly has no sting! Celebrate His victory, be filled with gratitude, and grow in your conviction that everyone on earth needs to have the hope of heaven that you have.

That was His heart in dying for the sins of all mankind: that not a single one of us would spend eternity away from Him.

There’s no better way to express your gratitude for what He’s done for you than to tell the world about His love for them. This is how we make the most of this life.

So go out there and live to the fullest – because He lives!

Love ya,
PK
 

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