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Ministry Moment # 10

Posted on April 11, 2016 at 5:15 PM Comments comments (4204)

 

Ministry Moment #10

Set The Captives Free

04/09/2016

 

What is it that holds you captive? Literally or figuratively? Mentally or physically? Carnally or Spiritually? It is a well-known fact that there are many vices and habits that once tried, can hook us and pull us into a situation where we may feel in bondage. Oftentimes, it is a behavior that seems harmless at first, or something that appears to be “cool” or the “in thing”. In an attempt to be popular with the opposite sex, or fit in with a certain crowd, we don’t properly peruse and assess the dangers of things like drug use, smoking, vandalism, delinquency, and a host of other self-destructive habits. The sad thing is that many of us are unaware as to how quickly these things can drag us down into a spiral of personal despair via physical deterioration, diseases, collapse of morale, and disconnection from family, friends, colleagues, and church. The sad fact is that these are all tricks and deceptions of the enemy who seeks not only to pull us away from the things of God (YAWEH in the Hebrew text), but also to defile our bodies, which the Bible tells us are our temples of the Holy Spirit which is in us, which we have of God, and is not our own (1 Corinthians 6:19). We must present our bodies as a living sacrifice; holy and acceptable unto God (Romans 12:1). Substances that distort and/disorient our minds can prevent us from communing with God, and warp our realities, causing us to do self-destructive acts unto ourselves and others. Add to the above stated behaviors, financial bondage, job pressures, and relationship issues, and the picture should be clear that there are a multitude of issues that can cause us to feel like captives searching for a way to be free.

Fortunately, there is one who came down to walk among men and had to die for us and pay our sin debt in full. He knew that our sins were not a burden that we could bear ourselves, and that if not atoned for, would forever hold us captive with no means of escape. What Jesus (Yeshua in the Hebrew text) accomplished on the cross was a feat that no one but he could accomplish as he was (and is), the perfect, sinless, lamb of God. Not only did he die for us, but he showed us the way, the truth, and the life, to get to be with the Father; for as it is written, the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Crist our Lord (Romans 6:23). What Jesus did for us does not give us license to continue to sin; and although humans are sinful by nature, as our flesh desires what is against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh (Galatians 5:17); we cannot do the things that we wish.

So where are you? Do you feel like you are being held captive without a means to break free? Realize that it is entirely possible to free yourself by committing yourselves to the one who came to preach deliverance to the captives (Luke 4:18) and paid it all.

 

Shalom,

Minister E. Lionel Perry

04/09/2016

 

Ministry Moment #9

Posted on March 14, 2016 at 7:55 PM Comments comments (3943)

Ministry Moment #9

My Yoke is Light

03/14/16

All of us have things in our lives that weigh heavily on us and make us feel burdened. If we are not careful, these pressures can have us feeling like we are yoked to them and that they are controlling us and our movements. Given the fast paced, high pressure society that we live and work in, our yokes can be so heavy until we are literally weighed down to the point of almost being broken and unable to move or function. While everyone’s burdens are different: some financial, some physical, some spiritual, and various others, releasing the weight of the yoke is essential in order to gather ourselves and to restore and renew our strength.

In the aspect of our spiritual yoke, there are multitudes of people who follow the teachings of the world and the ruler of it (Satan), who, as (2 Corinthians 4:4) states; has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the good news. They do not understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God. As strong believers in Christ, we have the foundation in which to make the enemy depart from us, if we submit ourselves to God as in (James 4:7), but we have to be constantly aware of the traps that are used to ensnare us, and unbelief is like not having a strong defense which leads to spiritual vulnerability. The full armor of God (Ephesians 6:11), is an absolute necessity to resist the wiles of the enemy who seeks to enslave us.

 

Now, contrast the situations in the preceding paragraphs to what Jesus (Yeshua in Hebrew) stated in (Matthew 11:18-20). “Come to me, all that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 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. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light”.

Once we trade in our old yokes for the yoke of Jesus Christ, we will find a much easier burden to carry as we cast our cares upon Him and His strength. He is fully able to carry the loads that we cannot handle on our own. The one caveat though, my brethren, is that once we take on the yoke of Christ, we have to be careful not to release it and return to our old yokes; which unfortunately, happens to some believers. The world has a way of producing false teachers in “tickling the ears” (2 Timothy 4:3), but the true teacher, who is the way, the truth, and the life (John 4:16), promises us an easier path if we would only just hear Him and believe. Shalom!

Minister E. Lionel Perry

03/14/2016

I must Tell Jesus-Candi Staton

https://youtu.be/OstTuwrKM2Q

 

 

 

 

Ministry Moment #8

Posted on February 6, 2016 at 12:40 AM Comments comments (2460)

Ministry Moment #8

2/3/16

Hard wired to God

 

How many times in your lives have you met someone who has not gone to church in a very long time, but all of a sudden, decided that, after having an epiphany, that they needed to return to church and fellowship? I can recall several such instances, but one in particular stands out. One day, I was attending a predominantly African American church on Long Island, NY, and a young Caucasian woman came in with her young child. When making the introductions for first time visitors, she indeed stated what was mentioned in the preceding statements: that she had been out of fellowship for a long time but there was just something that compelled her to return to someone’s church and get involved again.

It is very much understood that with the state of the world, and of many churches today, many people withdraw and leave the church due to feeling spiritually unfulfilled and mentally drained. Admittedly, I have done this as well as I grew weary of so called Christian brothers and sisters who seemed to attend service simply for entertainment, kept constant drama going on due to animosity and, just totally seemed to disregard the principles of love and fellowship taught in The Bible. We have to be aware that the enemy is mostly responsible for causing division within the Body of Christ, and that the sinful nature of man makes us susceptible to be swayed, giving in to fleshly desires, hard heartedness, envy and becoming as The Bible says, “puffed up” (1 Corinthians 4:18). Non-believers, as well as believers, tend to look at these situations and recognize that there seems to be no difference between the church and the world, which is in stark contrast to the sanctification that the brother and sisterhood of Christ should strive to achieve. Remember that we are to be in the world, but not of it (John 17:16, Romans 12:2). When we adopt to and accept the things of this world, we do a great disservice to our spiritual health and well-being.

 

With these things being said, there is always hope. I’ve worked in the sciences almost all of my life and I made an observation many, many years ago that whenever something is created, the creator leaves his or her signature on the creation and knows it better than anyone else be it a new product, device, or business. It was God almighty who formed the first man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, making man a living soul (Genesis 2:7). No matter how far away we may stray, and the ancient Israelites were perfect examples of this; God has placed His signature on us from Adam to the present, to the future, and is always ready and willing to accept us back when we come to the end of ourselves, and realize that apart from Him, we are unable to cope with the world’s troubles, and need Him as our stronghold (Psalms 9:9, Psalms 50:15). Since we are God’s creations, we have a mental and spiritual “hardwire” to him and will always have that small, still voice beckoning us to return to where He can use the gifts that He gave us.

As always, I could go into a full length sermon on my writings, but I will end with these questions and an exhortation. Are you listening? Are you one who has gone astray? Take some quiet time to meditate and hear the call of The Lord upon your life. His desire is that no one should perish, but have everlasting life in Him, so if you have drifted, come back and draw close to Jesus. (2 Peter 3:9) Shalom!

Minister E. Lionel Perry

2/3/16

Draw me Close-The Katinas

https://youtu.be/CS2uPwKSeDo

 

 

Ministry Moment #7

Posted on January 20, 2016 at 8:10 AM Comments comments (1741)

Ministry Moment #7

1/20/16

Who do you listen to?

We live in a world where we are often inundated with information about a wide variety of topics. Whereas print, radio and television communication were the dominant sources of information in the early days, we have now added numerous sources of information via social media, blogs, and extreme, biased punditry. With all of these options available, it is no wonder that many of us are confused as to who to get reliable information from, and where to turn for the truth. In the seemingly non-stop 24-hour news cycle that is filled with loud, opinionated, bloviating personalities, news and events can be distorted to reflect the views of the host or of the segment of the population whom he/she is catering to and trying to influence. If we are not careful, we can be very misled as to what is true and what is not. I’m sure everyone has heard the old adage, that there are three sides to every story; my version, your version, and the truth.

The same types of misinformation can apply to how we view the infallible Word of God when the Holy Scriptures are changed, distorted, and misinterpreted either, knowingly or unknowingly, causing us to have a questionable understanding of God’s Laws and statutes. There is no doubt that the enemy Satan, who is an absolute deceiver as explained in The Bible (John 8:44, Revelation 12:9), seeks to mislead the whole world as he is the father of Lies and as stated in Scripture, was a murderer from the beginning. Nothing delights him more than causing confusion by slandering God (Satan=slanderer) and resisting His laws and statutes (devil=resister). Corinthians 11:3 warns about us allowing the serpent to lead our minds astray as he did with Eve, and away from our sincere devotion to Christ. It is through our minds that the enemy targets us, for it is through our minds that God communicates and reveals His will to us. There are several New Testament Scriptures that speak to us renewing our minds and not becoming susceptible to the lies (Ephesians 4:17-24, Romans 12:2). We must constantly be on guard as oftentimes, the lies being told have an attractive, ear-tickling effect through music, art, and blasphemous aggrandizing, that will lead us down the road to physical and spiritual ruin. Brethren, I can write much more on this topic, but please be careful of who you listen to, and follow, hold fast to the true inspired word of the Most High God, study to show thyself approved, and stay the course to the true reward that awaits us through Christ. Shalom!

 

Minister E. Lionel Perry

1/20/16

 

 

The Heart of worship (12/15/15)

Posted on December 26, 2015 at 7:40 PM Comments comments (1004)

Ministry Moment #6

The Heart of worship

12/15/15

 

If you are like me (and this topic usually gets me in trouble), you have probably noticed, and become very perturbed with what appears to be the deterioration of Biblical values that are being taught, or not taught at all in the modern day, contemporary, as well as some other “New Age” churches. It appears that some churches are following the populist, capitalistic, self-centered world view instead of preaching the actual message of Christ. As disturbing as it is, if you look through early church history up to the present day, you will find the same trend of Christ’s teachings being very much diluted, or not emphasized at all as different factions have used the Holy Scriptures for their own means to an end. This type of behavior is what led Jesus to turn over the tables in the temple as proclaimed in Matthew 21:13, “It is written, my house shall be called the house of prayer, but ye have made it a den of thieves”. I have attended services over the years at churches, where the pastor shouted, screamed, yelled, and performed various other forms of histrionics for hours based on one line of scripture, but yet I left feeling empty as my spirit wanted to learn more about the heart of worship and not just catch words, phrases, or a routine to ramp up certain crowds. The Word of God is enough in and of itself to excite me to want to know and learn more. Here in the Baltimore/Washington D.C. Corridor, there are many mega-churches, and they have a term called “church hoppers” pertaining to people who move around and attend different churches. While it is used in a derogatory sense, my opinion is that a believer has the right to seek out the congregation where his/her soul and spirit can be properly nourished if that is what they truly seek. I also recall attending a huge church in Queens, NY (the name I will not mention), where the pastor brought his mentor to speak at the congregation that day. I was very impressed with the gentleman’s knowledge, presentation, and intelligence of Scripture and the Bible, but it became apparent to him (and myself), that he was not getting the excitement from the crowd so he ended up having to loosen his shirt and tie, and breaking into the sometimes standard routine of “key words” that made the crowd start up the desired effect since his teaching was not being received very well. Don’t get me wrong; I love to sing (although I’m not a great singer), praise God and worship through music with passion and energy, as I have a great testimony as to where God has brought me from, but I never forget to whom I worship and the burning desire to draw closer to Jesus through Biblical studies and further enlightenment, and not just the entertainment factor. Sometimes, as believers, we get caught up in the terminology of “preaching versus teaching” when they should be of the same, for if a church leader can stand in front of a congregation and speak, they should be encouraging said congregation to dig deeper and learn more about The Bible.

I could really go on and on into a full length sermon here, but for this writing I will end with this exhortation: It does not matter what kind of church you attend for worship: be it lively; reserved, subdued, or studious: Please be aware and listen thoroughly to assure that the message being given correlates with the very “Heart of Worship”’ the eternal, lifesaving, message of Christ, and not what amounts to “The Greatest Show on Earth”. I’ve added a link to one of my favorite Christian songs, as performed by Grammy Award winning artist Michael W. Smith in which the lyrics are simple, yet profound. Shalom!

Michael W. Smith “Heart of Worship” https://youtu.be/LpYD7HQo9QQ

 

 

Minister E. Lionel Perry

12/15/15

 

 

Fear not (10/25/15)

Posted on December 26, 2015 at 7:35 PM Comments comments (1926)

Ministry Moment 5

Fear not

10/25/15

What do you fear? What is it in your life that makes you fearful? Lack of income, food, shelter? Family issues, accidents, illness, death? I’m certain that we have all heard the acronym for the word fear in our Christian lives;

F-alse

E-vidence

A-ppearing

R-eal

While some fears are natural and needed for our “fight or flight” mechanisms; when fears become irrational and start to consume us, forcing us to act in ways much akin to paranoia, that is the point where destructive behaviors can come in and give the enemy the opportunity to play on those fears to create confusion and chaos in our lives and the lives of others. Some examples of irrational fear include; various phobias, feelings of impending doom, fears that someone or something is always coming to get you or any fear that progresses to the point where one may become closed in, suicidal, or want to inflict unnecessary harm on others. Politicians and various other world leaders throughout history have deliberately stoked up and played on the fears of their citizens in order to accomplish gaining more power or exact more insidious actions upon different groups or even their own people.

As horrible as some fears can become; as stated earlier in this message, some fears are natural, but there is a clear message that is given to us in The Bible: Having a close personal relationship with Jesus Christ is the ultimate answer to any fears that we may have or situations that we may face. Compare the aforementioned fears to the fear of God which is a reverent fear for the one who has given us life, who has been with us from the beginning, and who will turn all things into good for those who love him. The Bible offers many examples of people who were fearful and found their fears calmed by belief in our Holy God. There is virtually no situation we will face in our lives that does not have a Biblical precedent or a solution. Read the following verses of Scripture which detail several instances where people in the Bible relied on God to help them through fearful times.

 

Psalm 27:1-6 The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell. Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident. One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to inquire in his temple. For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock. And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore, will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the LORD.

 

Psalm 46:1-3 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore, will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.

 

Psalm 56:3-4 What time I am afraid; I will trust in thee. In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me.

John 14:27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world gives, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

 

With these kinds of affirmations of God being with us, I ask once again, what do you fear? What is it in your life that makes you fearful? Consider these things. Shalom!

 

Minister E. Lionel Perry

 

Diversity in Faith (9/25/15)

Posted on December 26, 2015 at 7:35 PM Comments comments (1317)

Ministry Moment #4

Diversity in Faith

9/25/15

 

Challenge question for this day: When was the last time, if ever, you had a conversation with, or worshipped with other Christian brothers and sisters who didn’t look like you? I’m talking, skin color, culture, background, ethnicity, or just individuals who for one reason or another, you may not have had any inclination to mingle with.

It has long been observed, and has been often stated that Sunday morning is “The most segregated morning in America”. Regardless of how often we speak of unity and diversity, when it comes down to our worship habits, we have the tendency to isolate ourselves into our own little circles, or pockets of believers while never venturing outside of them for fellowship. To be fair, it is totally normal for us to gravitate toward our own kind to connect with. When I walk into an unknown venue, conference, or meeting, my natural tendency is to scan the room and look for attendees of the same race, but at the same time, I am totally comfortable seating myself among people of various backgrounds as I enjoy hearing their stories and enriching my “cultural itinerary”. I’ve had several experiences over the past few weeks and years where either I struck up a conversation, or had someone of another race strike up a conversation with me and talk about Jesus. I wholeheartedly will confess, that it was when I walked through the doors of an interdenominational, multi-ethnic church over a decade ago, that my world opened up, my life expanded, and my ministry took off and blossomed. I have been blessed to have engaged in deep connected worship with Italians, Germans, Africans, Caribbean people, and many others from different backgrounds, and I am a firm believer in listening to, and understanding how we all have come to trust and believe in Christ as our Lord and Savior. While there are indeed some congregations and people who want to remain separate and don’t welcome others, my personal experiences with multiculturalism have been overwhelmingly positive. We are all Children of God, and as (Philippians 2:10-11) reminds us, every knee shall bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus is Lord.

Jesus Christ did not only walk among and mingle with those who were Jewish. In fact, He reached out to many other cultures who were shunned by the Hebrews (Having dinner with the Publicans and sinners [Mark 2:13-17]), the woman at the well [John 4:6-29]), and He commanded The Disciples to reach out to all nations, which required courage, loyalty, and faith to achieve. The Apostle Paul made several missionary journeys that took him to Asia Minor, Syria, Greece, Italy, Spain, Britain and elsewhere evangelizing countless cities and training others.

We often get stuck in “doing church” one way and disrespecting others who happen to worship in a different way or style, which is not the core of being a follower of Christ. What matters is that we have accepted Christ, and are willing to tell all who will hear about His love. In closing this “moment”, I urge and encourage all of us to reach out to other Christian brothers and sisters and engage them with our love and respect. When we get to Heaven, we will not just see people who look like us, but rather, a multitude of ethnicities.

Shalom,

Minister E. Lionel Perry

 

A Peculiar People (08/25/15)

Posted on December 26, 2015 at 7:30 PM Comments comments (831)

Ministry Moment #3

8/24/15

A peculiar People

 

1 Peter 2:9 (KJV) But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of Him who hath called you out of darkness and into His marvelous light.

Peculiar (Miriam-Webster definition) Different from the usual or normal; special, particular, odd)

 

Personal: For as long as I can remember in my life, one of the words most often used to describe me has been the word “Different”. I never understood it as a child, even though knowing that I was a nerdy, geeky, but studious type, and I often took it in a negative way as I came into my teens and adulthood. We all have a desire to be accepted by our peers, albeit dangerous to do so at times, so when they make you into a “different” individual, the term can make you feel like an outcast who doesn’t quite measure up. The term’s negative or positive bearing usually depended on the observations and perceptions of the viewer and actually had no bearing on me or my self-worth. Once I became comfortable and confident with my being “different”, I found that my world expanded greatly and the world in general opened up to me. Truly there have been many occasions in my life where I’ve thanked God for being different as it was that “peculiar” demeanor that has often kept me out of the trouble that many around me found themselves a part of. As it turned out, my peculiarity turned out to be the exact trait that I needed to make me successful in my chosen worldly vocation despite numerous attacks, setbacks, harassments, and attempts to knock me down from those who didn’t respect or approve of my persona.

As I started studying ministry well over a decade ago and digging deeply into God’s Word as given to us in The Bible, and have committed my life now to sharing it, one thing that struck me is how God has often used the unusual people to do great things in His name and for His glory. Our Great God has known us before we were formed in our mother’s wombs (Jeremiah 1:5), and He did not make a mistake with you as He has even numbered the hairs on your head (Luke 12:7). Despite what the world thinks of us, we can be certain that despite what traits may seem odd to some, they are useful and can be used to serve God. The list of unusual people that God has used is quite long, so I will list just a few of the notables as follows:

Moses- Committed murder at an earlier age; had difficulty speaking and felt inadequate, but God used him at an advanced age to speak to Pharaoh and eventually lead his people out of Egypt. (Exodus 7:7)

David- From a tribe without wealth of influence and (1 Samuel 16:4-5; 18:18) after seven of his brothers were passed over and not chosen as king, young David stepped up to face Goliath, shunned the armor that was offered to him, and faced the giant with a sling and some smooth stones, and prevailed when the Israelite forces were intimidated (1 Samuel 17-50).

Isaiah-The major prophet who preached naked for a time (Isaiah 20:3).

Gideon- From the weakest clan in Manasseh, and the least in his father’s house (Judges 6:15) who took 300 men as ordered from God and was able to defeat the Midianite forces despite being out numbered 500 to 1 (Judges 7).

John the Baptist- He baptized people in the Name of God and foretold the coming of Jesus. His diet consisted of locusts (grasshoppers) and honey (Matthew 3:4).

 

And of course our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who was born in a manger and chose 12 men from various backgrounds, including Peter, a fisherman and a hothead who denied Jesus three times, but was used by Jesus as “The Rock” to establish the early church (Matthew 16:18).

I could go on with these examples of peculiar people that God has used to accomplish great things, so take heart, all of us that the world had marginalized, made to seem an outcast, and tried to minimize: God has made each of us with a purpose, and can use us and our unusual tendencies and peculiarities to do great things all for His glory. Amen? Amen!

Shalom!

 

Minister E. Lionel Perry

8/24/15

 

 

 

 

A Mighty Wind (08/17/15)

Posted on December 26, 2015 at 7:25 PM Comments comments (1614)

Ministry Moment #2

A Mighty Wind

8/17/15

 

Every living thing that has ever inhabited the Earth has felt the power of the invisible force that we call wind. While we can’t see it, its presence, or lack of it is no doubt noticeable. What feels better on a stifling hot day than a cooling breeze? By the same token, the wind can create enough energy to power windmills for food, wind turbines for electricity, and even the ocean currents are influenced by wind. On the other end of the spectrum, we’ve all seen the immense power of the wind via tornados, hurricanes, and typhoons. While very destructive, we still don’t physically see the wind, but rather everything that is swept up by the wind. Winds of change can bring in fresh air and sweep away what is stagnant.

When Jesus walked among men, his presence, his ministry, and his teachings created a movement that quickly spread throughout the region like a mighty wind, drawing multitudes of people to turn from the stagnation of sin and corrupted beliefs and follow Him. This created a fresh change that that Jesus encouraged His disciples to continue before HIS ascension and spread across the world via the “Great Commission” (Matthew 28:18-20, Mark 16:15-16) to go make disciples in all the nations. In the years afterward, as the disciples heeded the command and went to various parts of the world, (The Apostle Paul’s journeys being the most noted in the Bible), Christianity and the good news of The Gospel has spread throughout the world to lands and people to whom it was previously unheard, and this work continues via the work of missionaries and many other Christians via outreach efforts all over. We are all required to spread the word of God as we can to all who will hear us; so the question today is; ”Are you going to follow the call to be part of the Mighty Wind of change? Or will you be part of the stagnation? Shalom!

E. Lionel Perry

8/17/15

Matthew 18:20 -And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in Heaven and on Earth has been given to me. 19-Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of The Father and of The Son and of The Holy Spirit. 20-teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you, and behold! I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

 

The Beginning (08/08/15)

Posted on December 26, 2015 at 7:25 PM Comments comments (2195)

My "Ministry Moment" (possibly my new series) for today:

8/08/15

 

Earlier this week, I found myself in an unpleasant exchange with someone with whom I was formerly linked. The exchange reminded me that certain people will often deliberately do things that they think will irritate you while supposedly trying to expose your shortcomings. It was also a reminder as to how quickly the enemy will rush in with an attempt to get you to act upon emotions of animosity or hostility and do something stupid. 1 Peter 5:8 is a stern reminder for us to "be alert and of sober mind for the enemy prowls around like a roaring lion seeking to devour". In understanding the enemy, we must first understand something I learned quite a while ago; that his greatest power is the power of suggestion; (getting inside your head). He has done this from before Adam and Eve (convincing one-third of the angels to follow him leading to the fall) to the present day and will even utilize other Christians to do his bidding. None of us are perfect save for Christ Jesus; not the prophets, not the Disciples, nor anyone to come, so we are all susceptible to times of weakness, we all have shortcomings, and we all have sinned and fall short of the Glory of The Lord. The key is to, like the Apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians 12: 8-10, understand that Christ's power is made perfect in our weakness, so when we focus on Him, we can endure insults, hardships, persecutions (haters) and calamities, for when we are weak, then we are strong. The enemy will not stop trying us, so when he attacks, let us recognize it and focus on Scriptures that remind us of who we are in Christ. 2 Timothy 1:7; "For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power". Psalms 144:1; "Blessed be The Lord, my rock/strength, who trains my hands for battle and my fingers for warfare". Luke 20:43; your enemies will be humbled, and made a footstool under your feet".

 

I hope that this initial "Ministry Moment" will prove helpful to someone today. I’ve conceived doing this for quite some time so here it is. Be blessed again everyone! Shalom!

 


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