Rise Up and Walk

February 22, 2013
23 Whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Rise up and walk? 24 But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power upon earth to forgive sins, (he said unto the sick of the palsy,) I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy couch, and go into thine house. 25 And immediately he rose up before them, and took up that whereon he lay, and departed to his own house, glorifying God.  Luke 5:23-25 KJV
  
Jesus was in the midst of teaching a large group who had gathered which included Pharisees and Scribers or experts of the law. The bible records the power of the Lord was present to heal them. During this teaching, a group of men tore off the roof and lowered down a man sick of the palsy in the midst of Jesus. He rewarded their faith by forgiving the man of his sins. Immediately the Pharisees and Scribes begin to reason among themselves concerning Jesus ability and authority to forgive sins. Jesus proved not only does he have the ability to forgive sins but also to heal by telling the man to Arise and take up the very thing that had been taking him around.    
  

Do you remember when you came to the understanding that your sin was forgiven?  I have seen many have their sin forgiven, but not walking in their healing. The man's sickness was the palsy; a loss of ability to move a body part and a uncontrollable tremor. When sin sets up residence in your life you lose the ability to obey God and fulfill the assignment He has placed you in the earth to do. I want you to know that Jesus has not only saved you from your sin but has also healed you of that which desires to hinder or control your life.  

 

I am reminded that life is a journey and not a race given to the fastest nor a battle given to the strong, but the victory is given to the ones who endure unto the end. The good news is that your victory is already secured by Jesus. Today, I ask you in the name of Jesus to "Rise Up and Walk". The word walk is a common metaphor for your daily behavior and summation of your life.
 
The bible encourages you how to walk after you have been saved and healed. 1. Walk in Love - God's grace and mercy toward everyone you come into contact with. 2. Walk in the Spirit - the power/ability to carry out God's assignment in your life. 3. Walk by Faith - the confidence and trust that with God all things are possible. 4. Walk in the Light - in truth of God's word, in a way that is consistent with scripture. 
 
In closing, I ask you to respond to Jesus as the man who was sick of the palsy did, he immediately rose up before them... This is your hour and your time to Rise Up and Walk!
 
Love, Peace and Blessing,
Pastor Eric                 

Assembly Required

February 15, 2013

21 And having an high priest over the house of God; 22 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) 24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: 25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approachingHebrews 10:25 KJV

  
I can remember as a kid in school the excitement and anticipation I had when the teacher would inform us of an Assembly. I never missed one because it was always a special time away from my normal routine and it afforded me the opportunity to see my friends from other classes. We would file in class by class slowly changing the atmosphere of a once empty gymnasium into a place overflowing with expectancy that something good was about to happen.    
  
In the text above, the writer shares with you the importance of attending the local church or assembly on a regular basis. In view of Jesus being the high priest, prophet, King, and Lord over the house of God, you must understand He is the main reason and main attraction that motivates you to assemble. It's all about Him! The writer further instructs you to draw near to God with a sincere heart, to hold tightly to the promises of God, and to consider ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. 
  
To assemble is to bring together, to put or fit together. It is imperative based on the chaos all around you to make church attendance a priority for you and your family. Although streaming technology gives us the ability to attend church while not even coming to the building, do not let that become your norm. Many saints are missing in action. I exhort you today by saying "Assembly Required". Do not be deceived, it's important to be a vessel of honor assembled in God's house excited and anticipating Him.
  
As you see the day of the Lord's return approaching, I exhort you to get excited about attending corporate worship, bible study, prayer or any other service your local church may have. The commitment you make will cause you to draw near to God, strengthen your faith, and encourage others unto love and good works.       
  
Love, Peace and Blessing,
Pastor Eric 

Never Shaken

February 7, 2013

1LORD, who may dwell in your sanctuary? Who may live on your holy hill? 2 He whose walk is blameless and who does what is righteous, who speaks the truth from his heart 3 and has no slander on his tongue, who does his neighbor no wrong and casts no slur on his fellowman, 4 who despises a vile man but honors those who fear the LORD, who keeps his oath even when it hurts, 5 who lends his money without usury and does not accept a bribe against the innocent.  Whoever does these things will never be shaken.  Psalm 15:5b NIV

 

Do you desire to dwell and live in the presence of God now and forever more? You can live a victorious and overcoming life in the midst of a perverse generation. King David in the passage above gives the characteristics of a  believer whose life is founded upon the solid foundation of Jesus that cannot be shaken.           

  
1.  One who walks uprightly.  They walk right. They are sincere and sound at heart, consistently loving and serving God, loving 
their neighbors not in word only, but in action.
  
2.  One who speaks the truth. They tell the truth.  Their words and professions to God and men are true and agree with the thoughts and purposes of their heart.  
  
3.  One who does not slander.  They refuse to gossip or blame their neighbor.  They do not speak evil against their neighbor nor desire to see hurt, harm or danger upon them.     
  
4. One who despises the vile but honors the Godly.  They do not respect  the ungodly but highly esteem and love them that fear God.
  
5. One who keeps his word.  They keep their word even if it costs them and brings inconvenience.       
  
6. One who lends money without a usury.  They make a honest living and lend money without charging interest.
   
7. One who does not accept a bribe. They cannot be bribed to lie about the innocent.    
  
When you chose to do these things you are secure, unmovable and unshakable from your secure place in the Lord.  Allow the Holy Spirit to overshadow you and birth these things into your spirit.    
  
    
Love, Peace and Blessing,
Pastor Eric