A Vote and A Vow

October 31, 2012

20 Then Jacob made a vow, saying, "If God will be with me and will watch over me on this journey I am taking and will give me food to eat and clothes to wear 21 so that I return safely to my father's household, then the Lord will be my God 22 and this stone that I have set up as a pillar will be God's house, and of all that you give me I will give you a tenth. Gensis 28:20-22 


As you approach this National election season, you are afforded the opportunity to vote for candidates you deem most capable to serve and lead our nation.  These people will occupy Capitol Hill and one the White House.   As a mouth piece for God, I sense this same season is a set time for the body of Christ to look unto the hills from where our help comes.  Our help comes from the Lord who made the heavens and the earth.  Psalms 121:1-2. 


As a nation, our backs are against the wall both morally and economically. It appears we only have two choices.  I submit to you, we have a third choice, the one who stands above it all. Genesis 28:13. 


According to the opening text, Jacob made a vow unto God. A vow is a sovereign promise made to God, by doing or giving something, through saying something. Jacob was on the run and lighted upon a place.  He had a "paga" moment in his life.  It's a moment in life when all seems lost and suddenly you fall upon, meet and encounter God. We are in a "paga" moment as a nation and as a church.  It's time to make a vow unto God.  As I proclaimed on Sunday, "You Got Nothing to Lose". He is the possessor of heaven and earth, your maker and creator, the one who stands above all. 


Corporately, it's time to make a vow by asking God to scatter our enemies and allow our nation to return to Him. As a result of His mercy and kindness toward us, we will dedicate ourselves as tools in His hand to advance His kingdom.  


Personally, it's time for you to make a vow by asking God to do what Capitol Hill and the White House can't do for you. What is your need? It is His pleasure to give unto you the kingdom. When you make your vow unto God, make sure it aligns with His word. You must be willing to pay your vow when God brings it to pass.  Determine what you are going to do or give God for bringing His promises to pass in your life.


As you cast your vote, make your vow, because "You Have Nothing to Lose" when you put your trust in God.


Much Love and Respect,


Pastor White

Wise Relationships

October 24, 2012

Become wise by walking with the wise; hang out with fools and watch your life fall to pieces.  Proverbs 13:20 - The Message Bible

I am sure you desire to become wiser.  To be wise is to have the ability to discern or judge that which is true, right, or lasting; insight.  The book of James says "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask God that giveth to all men liberally."  King Solomon asked God for wisdom and he became known as the wisest man in the world. God is your source of wisdom needed for insight to take oversight.


As a believer, you will grow wise from your vertical relationship with God in Heaven. You must also take value in your horizontal relationships in the Earth. Psalm 1 tells you, "Blessed is the man that walks not in the counsel of the ungodly." You must make wise decisions on who you will walk or be in relationship with. According to the text, if we hang out with fools our lives will fall to pieces. 


The bible speaks of two kinds of wisdom, one Earthly and the other Heavenly.  The Earthly wisdom is described as being unspiritual and devilish and displayed by actions of envy, bitterness, and selfishness.  In contrast, Heavenly wisdom is described as being Godly and pure and displayed by actions of peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.


If you desire to walk in greater wisdom, take an inventory of those who are influencing you. It could be a family member, friend, entertainer, artist, politician or athlete.

What is the source of their wisdom? Who's influencing them?  You will be able to tell by their characteristic traits/fruit of their lives. Just like children who have friends, teachers, or role models that impact them positively or negatively, so it is with you.    


Your Heavenly Father wants you to be wise beyond your years. It begins with spending time with Him and making wise choices on who will influence your life in the earth.  May the spirit of wisdom and understanding rest upon you as you choose to walk with wise people. 


Much Love and Respect,


Pastor White

Arise and Shine

October 18, 2012
60:1 "Arise, my people! Let your light shine for all the nations to see! For the glory of the Lord is streaming from you. 2 Darkness as black as night shall cover all the peoples of the earth, but the glory of the Lord will shine from you.  Isaiah 60:1-2  The Living Bible

The prophet Isaiah is speaking to the church.  It had been in a state of affliction and calamity. Times had become increasingly worst and many had lost all hope. God uses Isaiah to tell the church to arise from the dust and impart unto others that which had been given to them, the glory of the Lord.


Today, I encourage you to arise from your current state (not enough or just enough)  and shine that others may see  you serve a God that is more than enough. Jesus, the light of the world encourages you to let your light shine that others may see your good works and glorify your Father in Heaven. 


As Christians, the glory of God reflects from your life. Although the world is becoming  darker, you will become brighter because of Jesus.


Today,  I ask you to  A.R.I.S.E. so the glory of the Lord may be seen by those in darkness.


 1. Awake and Acknowledge: Take an assessment  of your life with the truth of God's word  to determine what state you are in - not enough, just enough or more than enough.   

 2. Repent and Rehearse: Turn away and change your mind regarding things that hinder you from experiencing more than enough. Rehearse that Jesus wants

you to have life and it more abundantly.  John 10:10 

 3. Ignore the devil and Ignite the Deliverer: Resist the lies of the devil who comes to steal, kill and destroy and allow Jesus, your Savior and Deliverer to give you Zoe life; abundant and overflowing.  

 4. Stir up the gift of God:  Allow the Holy Spirit to use you as a chosen instrument, a vessel of honor, or a pen in the hand of a ready writer.  2 Timothy 1:6

 5. Expect to do well:  As you walk in obedience to God's word and the leading of the Holy Spirit, expect to do well and be used to bring glory to your Heavenly Father.  


May people be attracted to the beauty of His holiness and His unconditional love reflecting from your life.


Arise and Shine,


Pastor White

You Are Blessed

October 12, 2012

7"Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, And whose hope is the Lord.  8 For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, which spreads out its roots by the river, And will not fear when heat comes; But its leaf will be green, And will not be anxious in the year of drought, nor will cease from yielding fruit. Jeremiah 17: 7-8


Who do you place your trust in? The answer is not found in how you might reply verbally, but rather in your present living condition. In Jeremiah 17:4-7, the prophet proclaims, the Lord says you are either cursed or blessed based on whom you place your trust in. I believe everyone reading this newsletter desires to be blessed rather than cursed. It's a simple matter of whom you place your trust in. Our trust cannot be in something, but it must be in someone. Let me be clear, it must be in the Lord.


The text says those whose trust is in man or in the strength of flesh, heart will depart from the Lord. The result will be a life that reflects dullness, dryness, blindness to prosperity, and habitation in barrenness and deserted places. Does this sound like your life? Apart from the Lord, life is lifeless. Jesus comes to give us life and life more abundantly according to John 10:10.


Those who trust in the Lord are rooted and anchored in the Lord and not in themselves or others. The Lord describes this person as a tree planted by waters that is continually growing and being supplied by the source it resides next to. In the midst of adversity, this person will not worry or fear because their trust is in the Lord. They will remain vibrant, faithful and continue to abound in the midst of drought all around them. Those that trust in the Lord are not moved by what is seen on the surface because they live from above and their lives are hidden in Christ, with God. Col. 3:1-3


I declare unto you this day, you shall not experience another dry day in your life. Today is the day of salvation, it is the day the Lord has made and you shall rejoice and be glad in it. This day you will seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and everything you need shall be added unto you. He knows what you need before you ask. Trust Him and Him alone. There is no good thing in the flesh. Fear not little flock, it is the Father's good pleasure to give unto you the kingdom. In the midst of drought or economic downturn, you will not be in lack because you are rooted and grounded in Him who owns it all. Be encouraged and continue to trust Him.


Transforming Lives and Communities,


Pastor White