Friday, December 17, 2010

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

The Family of God

Friends come and friends go, but a true friend sticks by you like family. Proverbs 18:24


I have had close friends that have been like my own family. Of necessity, they have been my family on many occasions. One day, Jesus responded to a summons from his family - “Who is my family?” Who is in the family of Jesus – those that stick to him and follow his word.

Pastor Winston

Monday, November 15, 2010

A Paradox of Scripture, Conscience, Culture and Personal Habit

I have heard this word, considered its definition, and I have been blessed to know that I am justified by the acts of our Lord Jesus Christ. The scripture underscores this by stating: “The just, shall live by faith.”

Jesus Christ has justified us, or placed us in right standing with His Father.

However, I have come to understand a new definition of this word through my observations. Many of us, violate our conscience and what we know is the determinate counsel of God by finding ways to Justify ourselves.

Our justification does not come through the blood of Jesus, but it comes through logic, reason and personal opinion. No longer is right - right and wrong - wrong – what is right (correct) and what is wrong is now evaluated in the context of our personal circumstance or our cultural experience.

What is wrong becomes right (or correct) depending on the circumstance in which we find ourselves. What is right to do, is not necessary if we determine that it is not easy, comfortable or feasible for us.

I believe that I have come to a paradox of conscience, scripture, culture and habits. Each one of us, must clearly make the choice to adhere to God’s directive in our ethical and moral standards, what is correct behavior and character cannot be measured from the perspective of personal opinion, culture or anything outside Godly order and divine resolve.

I challenge myself to adhere to God’s determinate counsel in my personal habits and in those things that will cause a stumbling block to others. I challenge you also, in review, to consider your actions that may be outside of the constraints of Godly parameters?

Change our choices, be personally accountable for our actions, walk in Godly truth and Godly ways. Only then, will each one of us, not just attempt, but pursue what is right and correct in Christ. Then we will indeed be transformed and become agents of transformation in our world.

Lord, You Are My God

While preparing for our TV tapings this morning I came across this verse that really ministered to me:

"O LORD, You are my God; I will exalt You, I will praise Your name, for You have done wonderful things, even purposes planned of old [and fulfilled] in faithfulness and truth." Isa 25:1AMP

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Pioneers of Faith: William Freeman

The day William Freeman retired from secular labor to pursue full time ministry he made a vow to GOD. "GOD", said Freeman, "I've given that job eight hours out of everyday of my life all these years, now I'm going to give you eight hours every day for the rest of my life in prayer."

Eight hours a day in prayer for years birthed one of the most powerful deliverance ministries of all time! William Freeman had power over sickness to such a degree that he could point to a section of people on cots, or in wheel chairs, or from a deaf school and say, "Everyone in this section is healed!" Freeman had great compassion for the sick coupled with great faith in GOD. The result was outstanding miracles.

Friday, October 22, 2010


"I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth. He will not suffer my foot to be moved: he that keepeth me will not slumber."

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Imitating Christ - #79: A Spirit of Excellence

"The noble love of Jesus impels a man to do great things, and stirs him up to be always longing for what is more perfect."

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Imitating Christ - #78: On the Love of Solitude

Never be too sure of yourself in this life, whether religious or secular. Often they have enjoyed the esteem of others are in grave danger because they are overconfident.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Imitating Christ - #77: On the Love of Solitude

The assurance of the wicked comes from their pride and presumption, and in the end deceives them.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Imitating Christ - #76: On the Love of Solitude

Even the assurance of the Saints was always mingled with the fear of God. Though they excelled in virture, yet they were careful to be humble and diligent in the service of God.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Imitating Christ - #75: On the Love of Solitude

If you will withdraw from unnecessary talk and useless running about and listening to the latest gossip, you will find the time to occupy yourself in devout meditation. The greatest Saints avoided the company of worldly men as much as possible, for they preferred to be alone with God.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Imitating Christ - #74: On the Love of Solitude

One man has said: "As often as I have been among men, I have returned less a man." We know this from experience when we talk too long. It is easier to remain silent than to say too much when we speak.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Imitating Christ - #73: On the Love of Solitude

It is also easier to stay home alone than to watch what you say when you go out so as not to offend. Therefore, he who intends to lead the interior life and to have the grace of devotion must, with our Lord, go away from the crowd. Unless you like solitude, it is not safe for you to appear in public.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Imitating Christ - #72: On the Love of Solitude

No man can be in the lead unless he is willing to remain in the background, and no man can govern with safety unless he knows how to obey. No man is truly happy unless he knows in his heart that his conscience is clean.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Imitating Christ - #71: Our Whole Life

He who will meditate devoutly on the life and passion of our Lord will find there all that is necessary for him and will not have to look further. If Jesus crucified were often in our hearts, how quickly we would learn all things we need to know.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Imitating Christ - #70: Our Whole Life

Keep in mind your commitment. Place yourself before the image of Christ crucified and see if you are not ashamed, when looking into His life, that yo have done so little to model your life on His.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Imitating Christ - #69: Our Whole Life

What an inspiration to see religious men devout and fervent in the Love of God, courteous and self-disciplined. On the other hand, how sad to see those whose lives are disorderly and who do not practice those things to which they are called.

How detrimental it is for us to neglect the purpose of our calling and to divert our minds to things that are not our concern.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Warfare Prayer

This prayer was written about 15 years ago at the inspiration of the Lord and remains powerful in its application:

Dear heavenly Father, I pray this prayer in the power of the Holy Spirit, by the authority of the written word of God, and the victory of Jesus the anointed one and his shed blood! Jesus destroyed the works of the devil and triumphed over him. In the name of Jesus, the Anointed one, and by His blood, and the Word in Matt 16:19, I bind, rebuke and bring to no effect: All division, discord, and disunity, all strife, anger, wrath, murder, and violence; all criticism, condemnation, and vainglory, envying, jealousy, and gossip; all slander, evil speaking, and filthy communication out of people’s mouths; all lying, hindering spirits, all retaliatory spirits, all deceiving and scorning spirits; all false teaching, false gifts, and false manifestations, and lying signs and wonders; all poverty, lack or fear of lack; all fear and fear related spirits; all murmuring complaining, all seducing, beguiling, and religious spirits, and spirits of the anti-Christ; all occult and witchcraft spirits, all Apollyon, Jezebel, and Delilah spirits. I bind all curses that have been spoken against me, and I bless those who curse me, and pray for those who despitefully use me. I bind all spoken judgements made against me, and judgements I have made against others. I will order my conversation according to the Word of God and allow only sweet water to flow from my mouth. I bind the power of negative words from others, and I bind and render useless all prayers not inspired by the Holy Spirit, whether psychic, soul force, witchcraft or counterfeit tongues that have been prayed against me. I am free from all demonic forces, for whom the Son sets free, is free indeed.

I am subject to God and I resist the devil, and he must leave, for no weapon, no evil, shall prosper against me, for I escape from the snare of the devil. I put on the whole armor of God: the helmet of salvation the breastplate of righteousness. I gird my loins with truth; the preparation of the gospel of peace on my feet, and I take the sword of the Spirit and the shield of Faith, with which I quench all the fiery darts of the evil one. I claim Psalm 89 for my life, especially verse 22 which says the enemy shall not bring harm upon me, or the son of wickedness afflict me.

I take authority over this day, in Jesus name. Lord, let it be prosperous for me, let me walk in your love, and show forth your glory in the earth. My steps are ordered by the Lord. The Holy Spirit leads me into all truth. I discern between the righteous and the wicked, between those who serve God, and those who do not. I take authority over Satan and all his demons and those people who are influenced by them, and I declare Satan is under my feet, and shall remain there this entire day and every day! I plead the blood of Jesus over every area of my life, for I overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of my testimony.
I am the righteousness of God in the anointed one and His anointing, and I am saying so! I have the God kind of faith, ever increasing, limitless faith. I am God’s property, so Satan get out of my life, my family, my mind, my body, my home, my finances, and all that concerns me. I confess this day that I am healed and whole; and according to Psalm 92, I am anointed with fresh oil, the picture of stately grace. I quickly discern those who lie in wait for me. I flourish, and am long-lived, majestic, stable, durable, incorruptible, useful, fruitful, full of virtue, love, trust and contentment; full of peace and patience. I am the head and not the tail. Whatsoever I set my hand to shall prosper, for God supplies all my need according to His riches in glory by the anointed one and His anointing, I have authority over all devils, demons, beasts of the field, angels, the elements in the earth, and to cure all diseases. Jesus is in me, and I am in Him. I have favor with God and man. I have the fruit of the Spirit which is love, joy, peace, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, meekness and self-control. I have perseverance, Godly character, an excellent spirit and hope. I am in the anointed one and His anointing, Jesus who gives me wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption. I pray for the ministry, you Lord have called me to have, and I call for intercessors to, at all times, hold us up in prayer. I pray that all who are involved are perfectly united in our common understanding, opinions, and judgements. We stand firm in united spirit, and purpose, working side by side, centering in on the Gospel. We live in harmony and unity, sharing the same love. We do nothing through strife or vainglory. We follow after righteousness, in meekness and long suffering (endurance). We draw nigh to God and He draws nigh to us. We are called, anointed, and equipped to accomplish all God has called us to do. I dispatch ministering angels to assist us this day. I rebuke any negative expectations. I forgive all people, I receive from the Lord, for He is my provider. I call forth divine appointments, open doors of opportunity, divine strategies, God ordained supernatural encounters, ministry positions and ministry opportunities. May the Lord perfect that which concerns me. In Jesus name, AMEN.

Confession of Faith

I AM well, healed and whole; I am anointed with fresh oil, the picture of stately grace. I quickly discern those who lie in wait for me, I flourish and I am long lived, majestic, stable, durable, incorruptible, useful, fruitful, full of virtue, trust, love and contentment, full of peace and patience. I am the head and not the tail, the righteousness of God, whatever I set my hands to prospers, for God supplies all my need according to His riches in glory by the anointed one and His anointing, Jesus. I have authority to overcome all devils and to cure all diseases. I am an overcomer, I have authority over the elements, demons, beasts of the field, angels, and they obey me in Jesus name. Jesus is in me and I am in Him. I have favor with God and man. I have the fruit of the Spirit, which is Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. I have perseverance, Godly character and hope. I am in the anointed one and His anointing, Jesus who gives me wisdom, righteousness, sanctification and redemption.


I had an unusual dream a few nights ago, actually it was a bit more than a dream. I was in another city in old europe and was in the middle of some monuments. One in particular had a raised eagle with outstretched wings at the top.

This morning the Lord spoke to me about the dream and said that darkness is again setting the stage to overtake this area of the world. That He (the Lord) is calling prayers to pray on behalf of this region of our world.

The Angel of the Lord that accompanied me told me the name of the city I was in, BELGRADE. I have never thought of this place before so I do believe that the Lord wants us to earnestly contend for light to be maintained and grow in this region.

Lord, your will be done.

Imitating Christ - #68: Our Whole Life

Use all occasions for your spiritual gain. If you observe good example, follow it; and if you see bad example, take care no to do the same; If you have already fallen into this fault, work to correct it quickly. As your eye observes others, be sure that you also are observed by them.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Imitating Christ - #67: Our Whole Life

Two things which a man needs to make real progress are: He must withdraw himself from those things to which he is prone by nature and to strive for the particular virtue he most needs. And, especially be on your guard against and correct those faults which most annoy you in other people.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Imitating Christ - #66: Good Christian Practice

If you cannot recollect yourself all the time, you should do so at intervals; for instance, in the morning you should make your resolution for the day; and then in the evening check up on yourself to see what your conduct has been during the day - how you have kept your resolution, what have been your thoughts, words and actions.  For in any of these ways you may have offended God and your neighbor more often than you think.

Arm yourself with humility and charity so as to ward off the attacks of the devil.  Refrain from gluttony and it will be easier for you to restain carnal desire.  Never be idle: read, write, meditate, pray, or work for the good of the community.  As for bodily mortification, practice these with discretion; for what is profitable for one may be harmful to another.  - Thomas a Kempis

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Imitating Christ - #65: Good Christian Practice

If for the sake of charity a pious practice is omitted, it may be recovered later; but if omitted through laziness or our own negligene, it is not a small fault and will prove harmful.  Though we try our best, some failures will be unavoidable.

Nevertheless, we must have a resolve about something definite, particularly concerning those things which are our greatest hindrances.  We should carefully search and put in order both our interior and exterior life, for both are necessary to our spiritual progress.  - Thomas a Kempis

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Imitating Christ - #64: Good Christian Practice

As our intention is, so will our progress be, and we have need of great diligence if we want to advance.  For if he whose purpose is to do good often falls short of it, what shall the man do who seldom, if ever, makes such a resolution?

Let us then make up our minds to do the best we can; even so our good intention may be hindered in various ways, such as the omission of a good exercise for a slight reason.   It is seldom that such willful omission can be recovered without spiritual loss.

The resolution of a devout man depends more on the grace of God than on his own wisdom.  For man purposes, but God disposes, nor is the course of his life as he would have it.  - Thomas a Kempis

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Imitating Christ - #63: The Example of the Holy Fathers

The life of a good religoius should be distinguished by virtue, being inwardly as he appears outwardly, for He Who sees the heart is God, Whom we should always reverence.  We should walk in His Presence as pure as the Angels.

Every day renew your dedication to God, arousing fervent devotions in your heart as if it were the first day of your turning back to God. Pray to Him, saying: "Help me, Lord Jesus, to persevere in my good resolutions and in your holy service till death.   Help me to begin this day well, for up to now I have done nothing." - Thomas a Kempis

Monday, September 13, 2010

Imitating Christ - #62: The Example of the Holy Fathers

How sad it is that through our own negligence and wasting of time we have fallen  so quickly from our first fervor, and are even tired of life itself! God grant that the desire to advance in virtue be not dormant in you, who so often have had the examples of the Saints before you! - Thomas a Kempis

Friday, September 10, 2010

Imitating Christ - #61: The Example of the Holy Fathers

How fervent were the religious when their institutions were founded! What devotions in prayer, what zeal for virtue and what strict discipline was maintained! Reverence and obedience under the rule of the Superior prospered!

The history of their deeds bears witness to their holiness and perfection by which they were able to subdue the world and trample it beneath their feet.  Nowadays, he that can keep the rule and maintain patience in what he has undertaken is the thought the world of.  - Thomas a Kempis

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Imitating Christ - #60: The Example of the Holy Fathers

They were strangers to the world, but to God they were dear and intimate friends.  In the world's eyes and in their own they were despised as nothing; but in the eyes of God and His Saints they were beloved and precious indeed.  True humility,  simple obedience, charity, patience - in fact all the virtues shone forth in them.

This is why they grew spiritually every day, gaining great grace from God.  They were given as an example to all who desire to be holy; how much more, therefore, should they inspire us to advance spirituall than the number of the lukewarm influence us to grow lax. -  Thomas a Kempis

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Imitating Christ - #59: The Example of the Holy Fathers

These men and women worked by day and they prayed by night.  Their time was always profitably spent, for even in their physical labors they turned their minds to God and considered the time in His service all too short.  Often they forgot the need for food, so consoling were their contemplations.

They abandoned riches, honors, friends and families; they would have nothing of this world, scarcely even taking what was necessary for the body.  Outwardly they were in need, but inwardly they were filled with grace and spiritual consolation.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Imitating Christ - #58: The Example of the Holy Fathers

Consider the many and grievous trials endured by the Apostles, Martyrs, Confessors, Virgins, and indeed all the Saints who folllowed in the footsteps  of our Lord!  In order to possess everlasting life they rejected honors and all the pleasures of this life. 

How strict and mortified was the life our Fathers led in the wilderness!  How many grievous temptations they endured and violent assaults of the devil!  How fervently they prayed daily to God, imposing rigid fasts on themselves! What ardent zeal to advance in the spiritual life!  What relentless war they waged against all sin and with what pure and wholehearted intention did they aspire toward God!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Mountain Moving Faith Part 1 - LOVE TV's Mid Day Meditation

Imitating Christ - #57: The Example of the Holy Fathers

Look at the shining examples of our ancient Fathers and the Saints, in whom true perfection and religion flourished and then you will see how little we do by comparison.  How can we even compare our life with theirs!

These friends of Christ served Him amid all sorts of tribulations: hunger and thirst, heat and cold, labor and weariness, in vigils and fasts, holy meditations and prayers and in persecutions and insults.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Imitating Christ - #56: On The Religious Life

It is good, therefore, often to remember that you entered religious life to serve and not to be served, and that you are called to suffer and to work, no to waste your time in idleness and gossip.  In religous life you are meant to be tried as gold in a furnace and you will not last long unless with all your heart you are ready to humble yourself for the love of God.  - Thomas a Kempis

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Imitating Christ - #55: On The Religious Life

Receiving the habit(1) and the tonsure(2) is but little help; it is the reforming of your life and the dying to self-love that makes the true religous. If you seek anything in religious life other than God and the good of your soul, you will find nothing but trouble and grief and you will not persevere there in peace unless you strive to be the least and be subject to all.

(1) Habit: a : a costume characteristic of a calling, rank, or function

(2) Tonsure: : the Roman Catholic or Eastern rite of admission to the clerical state by the clipping or shaving of a portion of the head; or, 2: the shaven crown or patch worn by monks and other clerics

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Imitating Christ - #54: On The Religious Life

If you want to get along with others, it is necessary to curb your own will in many things.  It is not easy to live in a monastery or a congregation, to remain there without complant or reproof and to persevere in your vocation.

If you wish to remain steadfast in grace and to grow in virtue, consider yourself an exile and a pilgrim in this world.  You must rejoice to be considered a fool and a contemptuous person for the love of God.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Healing Report

ANOTHER GREAT TESTIMONY: On Sunday, August 29th after service one of our newest members came to me to share a testimony of healing. Her son, now only a few months old was not expected to live. at birth, he was diagnosed with a serious intestinal blockage and the doctors told her to expect him to die any day.

She decided that it was not God's will for him to die so she took a bottle of olive oil to the hospital and anointed him with it and prayed. Three days later, he began to pass his stool and take his appropriate feeding. He was in church with her and had some very good lungs and energy. GOD IS GOOD AND WE MUST WALK IN OUR AUTHORITY!

Imitating Christ - #53: Bearing with the defects of others

God wills us to learn to bear one another's burdens. No one is without faults, no one without his cross, no one self-sufficient and no one wise enough in himself.  Therefore, we must support, comfort and assist one another, instructing and admonishing one another in all charity. 

Adversity is the best test of virtue.  The occasions of sin do not weaken a man; on the contrary they show his true worth.

Monday, August 30, 2010

The Sin of Presumption

This coming weekend, I plan to speak on the topic of the Sin of Presumption.   I have heard others teach on the topic - from a FAITH - PRESUMPTION - perspective but I have never seen what has been conveyed to me in my study of the subject from the Holy Spirit's perspective.

"Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins." —Psalm 19:13.

This is an Old Testament, Israel relevant scripture but is still appropriate to us from a spitirual perspective:

"But the soul that sinneth presumptuously shall have no atonement; it shall be out off from the midst of my people." Numbers 15:30

The Amplified Bible reads:
30 But the person who does anything [wrong] willfully and openly, whether he is native-born or a stranger, that one reproaches, reviles, and blasphemes the Lord, and that person shall be cut off from among his people [that the atonement made for them may not include him].

Presumption is almost as dangerous as "Pride" but God seems to hate our presumptious attitude!

Imitating Christ - #52: Bearing with the defects of others

We want to have others strictly reprimanded for their offenses, but we will not be reprimanded ourselves.  We are inclined to think the other man has too much liberty, but we ourselves will not put up with any restraint.  There must be rules for everyone else, but we must be given free rein.  It is seldom that we consider our neighbor equally with ourselves.  

If everyone was perfect, what would we have to endure for the love of God.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

SPIRITUAL SEASONS Part 4: The Prophetic Word

Jacob's prophetic utterance to his son Issachar gives us great insight into Issachar’s calling and anointing.

"Issachar is a strong donkey, Lying down between two burdens; He saw that rest was good, And that the land was pleasant; He bowed his shoulder to bear a burden, And became a band of slaves." Genesis 49: 14-15

• Strong in character
• Shouldered burdens
        o Shoulders represent realms of authority & responsibility.
• Walked in difficult places
• Rested in the LORD-no striving (the secret place)
• Had a vision for the land (harvest field)
• Humble servant

SONS OF Issachar
Looking at Jacob's prophecy, the Issachar anointing is something we need to operate in for our troubled times. SONS OF Issachar were mighty warriors, fruitful, under grace, wise, full of knowledge and had an acute gifting to perceive or discern times, seasons and strategies.

Of the tribe of Issachar were sealed twelve thousand. Revelation 7:7 KJV

In Revelation 7:7 the tribe of Issachar is mentioned one last time as being sealed. That seal is a protection from God's wrath. We too are sealed with the Holy Spirit and can rest in the LORD that we are protected just like the SONS OF Issachar.
As we read in Ecclesiastes 3, everything has its time and purpose under heaven.

Moving in the Issachar anointing during these difficult times will help us to reach our world for Jesus Christ. The world is fearful, without hope and confused. They are unable to discern the times or seasons they need the grace of an Issachar flow to show them the way.

So, what time is it? It's your time; it's your season! Seize that Kairos time of an Issachar anointing and walk in it!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Imitating Christ - #51: Bearing with the defects of others

Learn how to be patient in enduring the faults of others, remembering that you yourself have many which others have to put up with. If you cannot make youself be what you would like, how can you expect another to be as you would like? We wish to see perfection in others, but do not correct our own faults.

SPIRITUAL SEASONS Part 3: Names Are Important

As we can see, if we read about the sons of these two women they named their children after their circumstances or a particular situation. An example is Rachel's 2nd son; she named him Ben-Oni, which means "son of my suffering". The reason was is that she was dying in childbirth and was suffering greatly. Jacob later renamed him Benjamin, which means "son of my right hand". So we can see that naming children had various reasons, some were because of circumstances and others were named for their destiny. As in the case of THE SONS OF Issachar which had destiny in their names.

GENEOLOGY: I Chronicles 7:1-5
7:1 Now the sons of Issachar were, Tola, and Puah, Jashub, and Shimron, four. 2 And the sons of Tola; Uzzi, and Rephaiah, and Jeriel, and Jahmai, and Jibsam, and Shemuel, heads of their father's house, to wit, of Tola: they were valiant men of might in their generations; whose number was in the days of David two and twenty thousand and six hundred. 3 And the sons of Uzzi; Izrahiah: and the sons of Izrahiah; Michael, and Obadiah, and Joel, Ishiah, five: all of them chief men. 4 And with them, by their generations, after the house of their fathers, were bands of soldiers for war, six and thirty thousand men: for they had many wives and sons. 5 And their brethren among all the families of Issachar were valiant men of might, reckoned in all by their genealogies fourscore and seven thousand. 1 Chronicles 7:1-5 KJV

SONS OF Issachar:
There were four sons of Issachar:

• Tola = clothed in scarlet. (red being the color of salvation)
• Puvah = mouth, utterance. (a prophetic voice)
• Job = the persecuted, cry of woe (entire book devoted to Job's life)
• Shimron = watchman

The Issachar anointing flows in the birth of these ministries in the body of Christ.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Imitating Christ - #50: Bearing with the defects of others

If once or twice you have warned a person and he does not comply, do not contend further with him, but leave all in the hands of God, that His will be done and that He be glorified in all His servants, for He knows well how to turn evil into Good.

SPIRITUAL SEASONS Part 2: Understanding the Times

In I Chronicles 12:32 we read about the SONS OF Issachar. They understood the times and knew what Israel should do ... all their brethren were at their command. They were commanders in King David's army and understood battle conditions. They were mighty men of valor. I Chronicles 7:5 What Time is it?

"And their brethren among all the families of Issachar were valiant men of might, …" 1 Chronicles 7:5 KJV

THE SONS OF Issachar had a unique distinction apart from the other tribes (clans) of Israel because they understood the times which, gave them great wisdom and knowledge.

Issachar was born the 9th son of Jacob, 9 speaking of fruitfulness. He was the 5th son of Leah, (FIVE) 5 speaks of grace. His birth is described in Genesis 30:17-18.

17 And God hearkened unto Leah, and she conceived, and bare Jacob the fifth son. 18 And Leah said, God hath given me my hire, because I have given my maiden to my husband: and she called his name Issachar. Genesis 30:17-18 KJV

His name means: (1) wages(2) may God show mercy, and (3) there is reward.

His mother Leah had to pay a price or wage to have Jacob come to her bed the night that Issachar was conceived. The price was giving her mandrakes to Rachael. What was so special about mandrakes? Mandrakes are a special plant with avocado type fruit on them, that when eaten produced fertility. Why did Rachael desperately want them? She was barren and thought she would become fertile and birth Jacob a son, which would take away her shame. Later we see that God pitied her and supernaturally opened her womb.

In Genesis it speaks about the lives of Jacob, Leah, Rachael and their sons. Leah and Rachael were at constant odds with each other you might say they were in a wrestling match. What was their constant battle? They both were after the affections of the same man, Jacob. They had a duel of who could birth Jacob sons and even gave their personal maids to Jacob to make him sons.

Rachael's maid Bilhah bore Jacob a son and Rachael said in Genesis 30:8 "With great wrestlings I have wrestled with my sister, and indeed I have prevailed." So she called his name Naphtali.

It's funny that Jacob wrestled too, if you remember he wrestled with and Angel all night. Genesis 32:24 Then Jacob was left alone; and a Man (Angel) wrestled with him until the breaking of day. It was a theme in that family.

Issachar was birthed in the midst of struggle. He was named Issachar because of the wage Leah had to pay Rachel. The wage or price was high and it would mean that if Rachel became pregnant she would lose any hope of winning Jacob's affection for her.

Rachel was barren at that moment and so Leah had the advantage but she also knew it would all change once she paid the price of the mandrakes.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Imitating Christ - #49: Bearing with the defects of others

There will always be defects in ourselves or others which we cannot correct.  These we must simply tolerate until God in His goodness sees fit to change things. After all, this may be the best possible way to prove our patience, without which our good qualitites are not worth much.

Nevertheless, you must pray earnestly that God in His mercy will help you to bear these impediments with patience.

SPIRITUAL SEASONS Part 1: The Issachar Anointing

Knowing Times and Seasons

Let's read the book of Ecclesiastes, chapter 3, verses 1-8.
3:1 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: 2 A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; 3 A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; 4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; 5 A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; 6 A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; 7 A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; 8 A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace. Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 KJV

A Time to...

There are 2 basic types of TIME in the scriptures (Chronos & Kairos)

CHRONOS: this is time, as we know it, the ticking clock that cannot be moved backward, ever-moving forward.

• #5703: a continual time into eternity, a forward process, perpetual.
• #5550: a space or succession of time.

KAIROS: this is a specific moment of God's divine intervention in our everyday lives. He enters into kairos time with a door of opportunity.

• #2540: due season, short while, opportunities, right time, chosen time.

We must be in an intimate relationship with the LORD in these turbulent times or as David Wilkerson wrote, in his article "Times of Calamity." We must continue our relationship with the LORD by soaking ourselves daily in His presence, eating His Word and praying continually.

If we do not maintain our relationship with the LORD the distractions of this life can cause us to sleep and miss that Kairos moment!  We cannot risk missing those God opportunities of provision, protection, blessing and destiny that will come our way.   Therefore we need to walk in an Issachar anointing.

And of the children of Issachar, which were men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do;1 Chronicles 12:32 KJV

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Imitating Christ - #48: Work Done From the Motive of Charity 3

True charity is not self-seeking, but goes all the way for the honor and glory of God.  The charitable man envies no one, nor does he seek his own pleasure, but desires above all things to find his joy in God.

How well he knows that no good begins in man and so he refers all to God, fromWhom all things come and in Whom all the Saints find their eternal blessedness.  If he had only a spark of real charity, he would know in his soul that all earthly things are vain.

SPIRITUAL SEASONS (What They and How Do We Relate to Them)

I recently received an email from one of our members with the questions below.   I believe the questions are so important that I will answer them in this forum so that those of you who may also have them will be able to receive the answers.  Each section may have several entries before the complete email is addressed.  Blessing to all of you ...  Here is the email:

Pastor, I have a question about something you said in service while ministering to ----------. You said that she had just experienced a "season of disappointment." That was new to me, I never knew there could be something like that. But then it caused me to think about "seasons" in general and what they mean for each believer.

PART 1 – Spiritual Seasons
1. Do we all experience the same things in each season?
2. For example, it has been declared that it is a new season, but who determines what it will mean for each person?
3. For the persons that have been ministered to, they will have a semblance of what to expect but what of those who are not ministered to, how will they know what the new season will bring for them?

PART 2 – Our Responsibility in Spiritual Seasons
There have also been those who may say that a particular thing has been declared for the season, yet it seemingly never happens.

1. Is it that they have missed it?
2. Whose responsibility is it to bring what has been declared to pass?
3. Is it dependent on the believer or once it has been declared then it is established?
4. And how do we know when the season ends? Do our seasons begin and end at the same time?

PART 3 – The Spirit of Issachar Anointing
The Bible makes reference to the sons of Issachar who understood the times and seasons and what they ought to do. It occurred to me that it referred specifically to the sons of Issachar, does it mean that not everyone has the ability to interpret time and seasons?

I know the Holy Spirit plays a part in all of this, but where is the balance between the work of the Holy Spirit and the role of the believer? A lot of questions, I know but I just need some understanding.

Imitating Christ - #47: Work Done From the Motive of Charity 2

He who loves God much does much, and he does a deed well who performs it for the common good and not to please himself.  Often what appears to be charity is really done for carnal motives; self-love, the hope of a reward or some personal advantage seldom being absent.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Kenneth Hagin Prophetic Word (1980)

You are right on the verge, right on the verge of the greatest move and manifestation of the Spirit of God that this world has ever seen.

You’re right on the edge of it; and like on standing on the creek bank about to jump in. And if you’ll give the more earnest heed unto the things which you have heard, not only those things that you’ve heard about faith and those things that you’ve heard about healing, but also those things which you have heard about the Holy Spirit, and the things that you’ve heard about angels, and the things that you’ve heard about Divine Visitation, (for remember that it was prophesied of Joel of old that in the last days, saith the Lord, I will pour out My Spirit upon all flesh, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams, and upon My hand maidens will I pour out My Spirit, and they will prophecy), so not only will it be that the young men will prophecy, but the young women will prophecy, and the anointing and the out-flow of the Spirit of God shall be great and amazing in those days — for there shall be a visitation of angels. 

Be not afraid, but yet take heed even in these areas, for Satan himself has at times come as an angel of light. But examine things in the light of the scriptures and walk in the light of the Word of God. And sometimes the angel will give you direction, and even in your finances, and the direction that would save you life, as in the case of the shipwreck of Paul, and direction concerning ministry, as the salvation of Cornelius and his household, and Philip as the angel spoke to him to go down to Gaza and the Ethiopian was converted. And so in these days there shall come a mighty manifestation of the Spirit, and the work that God intended should be done in these last days shall be accomplished. For the time is short and things must be speeded up.

And you’ll learn much faster spiritual things then those of yesteryear. And you’ll develop much faster and it’ll be said of some they just virtually matured overnight. And they shall go forth to speak in the name of the Lord, because they understood the principle of faith.

They’ll understand the principles of the Kingdom. And they’ll understand the laws of God. And they’ll operate and minister in that area. And nothing will be hid from them. And though there are some who stand here now and have operated in a measure in those areas in times passed, and because they’ve let these things slip, they themselves in ministry and in life have slipped. And they shall be restored.

Yea, they shall even be restored this night. And the manifestation shall come and the glory of the Lord shall rest upon it and rest upon thee. And His glory shall be seen round about and the cloud of God will come and fill the house. 

And, yea, it will seem as though the whole building is filled with smoke, because you see, the glory of God shall be in manifestation. And great, great shall be the noise thereof and praise and adoration that shall go up from His people. And it shall be noised abroad. And men from afar shall here it. And men from afar shall here of it. And men from afar shall come to behold it. For the Lord shall be in manifestation in those days in all ways that He ever manifested Himself, both in the Old Covenant and in the New Covenant, plus the multiplying of the Spirit in the power of God of these days.

For men, as men grow more wicked and more wicked, and as Satan, because he knows his time is short, and, all of his cohorts and evil spirits go about as never before to devour, so the power of God, the glory of God, shall be increased and shall be multiplied. And it will flow like a mighty river, flow like a mighty river. Yea, the Spirit of God will flow like a mighty river.

And many, not only hundreds, not only thousands, but millions will be swept into the flow of that river, and shall flow forth in praised and glory. For the glory, for the glory of the Lord is in manifestation. The glory of the Lord will be seen of the face of the saints. The glory of God shall shine forth until men will walk in a place of business and people will fall on their knees and cry out to God though be said nothing. And women will walk into a place of business and people will fall and their knees and cry out to God though she opened not her mouth . For the glory of God will shine through. Yea, the glory of God will shine through.

Yea, the glory of God will shine through. For the manifestation of His power, and the manifestation of His glory, is reserved until this hour! And if it could be told, if it could be told in a way that you could see it, even with the eyes of your spirit, if it could be displayed at this moment before you in a tangible form that you could see with your physical eye, it would be very difficult for you to believe that which shall shortly come to pass. It would be very difficult for you to accept it.

But as you walk with the Lord, as you prepare your heart, as you feed upon His word, as you listen to what the Spirit of God says, your heart shall be prepared, and your mind will be changed until you will flow in the supernatural as naturally as a bird flies through the air. And you’ll flow in the super natural as naturally as a fish will swim in the water. And you’ll flow in the supernatural as naturally as you breathe the very air. You’ll not be conscious of your faith. 

You’ll not be conscious of what’s going on around you. But rather, you’ll be conscious of the flow of the Spirit God. And He will manifest Himself. And He will accomplish that which He desires. For you see, these are the last days, and this is the end time. And what is done must be done quickly. And it will be done. And the hearts of many will be cause to rejoice. So rejoice. Rejoice. Be glad and praise the Lord and prepare your hearts. And let Him prepare you for that which He has prepared for you. 

And so walk in it. You shall walk in it. And you shall run. And you shall fly, literally, spiritually speaking. And you shall enjoy the fullness of that which is provided for you

Imitating Christ - #46: Work Done From the Motive of Charity 1

Never is evil to be done for any worldly gain nor for love of any man. But there are times when a good deed may be deferred for the benefit of one who is in need, or it can be changed to a better deed. In that way the good planned is not undone, but rather is transformed into something better. 

Without charity the outward deed is worthless; but whatever is done out of charity, no matter how small and insignificant, is profitable in the eyes of God, Who looks not so much at what we do, as to the love with which to do it.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Imitating Christ - #45: Avoiding Hasty Judgements 3

An old habit is not easily overcome, and men are reluctant to be led beyond their own views. If you cling more to your own reason or will, rather than to humble obedience of Jesus Christ, you will only with difficulty become an enlightened man.  For it is the will of God that we be perfectly subject to Him, rising above our own reason and will by an ardent love.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Imitating Christ - #44: Avoiding Hasty Judgements 2

There is often in us some inward tendency or some outward attraction which carries us along with it.  Many are secretly self seeking and therefore do their own will and not the will of God, though sometimes they are unaware of it.

As long as things go their way, they appear  to be at peace, but if they meet opposition, they become impationent and depressed.  Often through diversities of opinions dissension springs up between friends and neighbors and even among religious and devout person.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Imitating Christ - #43: Avoiding Hasty Judgements 1

Watch over yourself and take care not to judge the actions of other people. 

We gain nothing by criticicizing others, but often are mistaken and thereby offend God.   Nevertheless, to judge yourself and your own actions is always a profitable work.

We often judge a thing according to our preference and therefore our judgement is emotional rather than objective.  This stubborness in our own opinons should not dominate our judgements if our hearts were set on God.

Thomas à Kempis

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Imitating Christ - #42

Through temptations and trials a man's spiritual progress is tested.  If he is fervent and devout and unaware of any difficulties, it is not credit to him; but if he endures patiently inthe time of temptation or adversity, then his spiritual advancement is apparent. 

Some people are kept from grave temptations and yet every day they fall into the same petty faults.  God in His merciful goodness permits this to keep them in humility, so that they will not trust in themselves, seeing how easily they are daily overcome.

We overcome by the blood of the LAMB and the word of our testimony!!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Christ Alive Kingston International Missions

During the recent Mission trip to our neighboring island, the mission team reported a number of experiences that I believe will be a blessing to all of you. 

First,  their prayer for a woman that had almost totally lost her sight.  She was immediately healed and began dancing in celebration of God's gift of sight.

A young boy who suffered from polio had one leg shorter than the other was prayed for and his leg immediately grow to the length of the other.  An amazing God!

A woman whose hand was broken in three places, who was in a metal brace was suffering immense pain.  As she was prayed for the pain left and she was able to move her hand without pain or discomfort.   Now the doctors will have to check and remove the metal inserts. 

A young man who suffered from asthma and apparently could not make it to a service was visited at home by the team, although he was short of breath before the prayer that was not the case afterward.  He was led running up and down three flights of stairs and was perfectly well. 

The team shared on the Holy Spirit and a great manifestation of the Spirit came as he baptised many inside and outside the building with the evidence of speaking in tongues. 

Some were set free from demonic bondage, others became pain free from the healing touch of God, while others were blessed to hear a specific and relevant Word from Him. This was an amazing time for the Missions Team and there were many more experiences that were shared. 

Please continue to pray for us as we plan these outreaches to various destinations to carry the word of Power, Healing and deliverance to our brothers and sisters.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Imitating Christ - #41

We should not be discouraged when tempted, but turn in fervent prayer to God, Who, will help us in all our needs.  The Apostle Paul has said that "along with the test He will give you a wy out of it so hat you will be able to endure it" (1 Corinthians 10:13). Let us humbly submit ourselves to God in all trials and temptations, for it is the humble and submissinve that He will save and exalt.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Imitating Christ - #40

Temptations differ with different people; some are greatly tempted in the first stages of turning to God; some have it in their later days; while still others have it all their lives, and there are also those who are only lightly tempted.  But, during these seasons, remember that all things work for our good and the Lord is able to use even these situations to mature his elect.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Imitating Christ - #39

The beginning of all evil temptations is inconstancy of mind and insufficient trust in God.  Just as as a ship without a rudder is tossed about with every storm, so the man who is negligent and abandons his good resolution is tempted in diverse ways.  Gold is tried by fire and the upright man by temptation. Often we do not know what we can do until tempation shows us what we are.

In the early stages of temptation it is necessary to be watchful, for it is easier to overcome the enemy if he is not allowed to enter into your mind, but is resisted and shut out as soon as he knocks.  As someone has said: "Resist the beginning; the cure applied afterwards is too late."

This is how tempation is: first we have a thought, followed by strong imaginings, then the pleasure and evil motions, and finally consent.   This is how the enemy gains full admittance, because he was not resisted at the outset.  The slower we are to resist, the weaker we daily become and the stonger the enemy  is against us.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Imitating Christ - #38

He who only shuns temptation outwardly and does not pull them out by the roots, will make no progress; for they will soon return to harras him and he will be in a worse state.  It is gradually - with patience and endurance and with God's grace  that you will overome temptations sooner than by your own eforts and anxieties.

When you are tempted seek the advice of a wise counsellor, and do not yourself be harsh with a person who is tempted; rather be happy to console him as you would wish to be consoled.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Imitating Christ - #37

As soon as one temptation or trial goes, another comes.  Many try to fly away from temptation only to fall more deeply into it; for you cannot win a battle by mere flight.  It is only by patience and humility that you will be strengthened against the enemy.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Imitating Christ - #36

Sometimes temptations can be very severe and troublesome, but if we resist them, they will be very useful to us; for by experiecneing them a man is humbled, cleansed and instructed.  All the saints endured tribulations and temptations and profited by them; while those who did not resist and overcome them fell away and were lost.

There is no place so holy or so remote where you will not meet with temptation, nor is there any man completeley free from it in this life; for in our body we bear the wounds of sin - the weakness of our huuman nature in which we were born.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Imitating Christ - #35

It is not easy to break bad habits and harder still to give up your own will.  But if you do not overcome the little things, how do you expect to overcome the greater?  Therefore, resist your evil inclinations at the start and break off bad habits, or little by little they will lead you into greater difficulties.

If only you would think of the great interior peace you would have and how happy you would make others by doing good, you would be more eager to grow in virtue.

Saturday, July 31, 2010


AUG 1, 2010, Our Message Series:
Great Battles - Great Victories, continues. "THE BATTLE WITH AMALEK (The Symbol of All That's Evil in the World)"; Exodus 17. Amalek represent hindrance to the destiny of the Symbolic Church (Israel). He will constantly try to destroy you and will not regard your office, position or anointing but he will ultimately FALL!        A Prophetic Message For Today!   

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Friday, July 30, 2010

Imitating Christ - #34

If we would overcome one fault a year we would soon be perfect! But often we find that we were better and purer when we first turned to God than after years supposedly spent in His service.  Actually, our fervor and desire for virtue should increase every day as we grow older. 

But now it is considered wonderful if we still hold on to the spark of our first fervor.  It is far easier to break evil habits at the outset, for then acts of virtue are done more readily and with a happy heart.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Imitating Christ - #33

If only we would exert ourselves and take a firm stand on this battle, we would see how God comes to our aid, for He is always ready to help those who put their trust in Him.  He even provides occasions for us to do battle so that we will overcome and be victorious.

If our religion consists only in outward observances, our piety will soon come to an end. We had better lay our axe to the root, that being purged from our passions, we may possess our soul in peace.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Imitating Christ - #32

If we would die to self-love, soon we would enjoy spiritual things and then we would experience heavenly contemplation.  As it is , we do not force ourselves to overcome our passions and disorderly desires and to follow the path of the Saints and this is our greatest obstacle to contemplation.  As soon as any little difficulty comes our way, we are easily cast down and turn to human consolation.
Father we turn to you for your consolation and support in all seasons of our lives.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Imitating Christ - #31

The reason why the Saints were so perfectly recollected is that they always sought to abstain from worldly desires, leaving thmeselves free to give their whole heart to God.  But we are absorbed in our own passions and too concerned with passing things.  We seldom overcome even one single fault; we are slow to make progress and therefore remain cold and indifferent. 

Lord, let you grace come to us to change us into the image of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Imitating Christ - #30

We would indeed have peace if we would attend to our own affairs.  How can you remain in peace when you deliberately interfere in other people's business and seek worldly occupation with seldom a thought to interior recollections?  The humble and the single-hearted are truly blessed and will have abundant peace.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Imitating Christ - #29

But the sad part of it all is that all we say and do is for nothing; for the comfort we receive from others hinders us from receiving the comfort that comes from God.  It is better to watch and pray so that we do not waste time in idleness.  If you have leave to speak and it is expedient, then speak of God and of those things which will edify.

A bad use or neglect of our spiritual progress makes us careless of what we say.  However, devout conversation on spiritual matters is beneficial to the soul, especially when men who are congenial in mind and spirit are drawn together in God.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Imitating Christ - #28

Flee as much as possible the company of worldly people.  For discussing worldly matters, no matter how good the intention, is a great obstacle to the spiritual life. If we are not careful, we can be easily deceived and attracted by the vanity of the world.  Often I regret the things I have said and wished that I had not spent so much time in worldly company.

We think that by getting togethere with others we will be a comfort to one another and find relaxation by discussing the things that burden us; but the end result of all this gossip about things we like or dislike only leaves us with a guilty conscience.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Imitating Christ - #27

I have often heard it said that it is surer to take advice than to give it!  It is good to listen to every man's advice; but when it is sound, to disagree is sheer stubborness.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

The Affliction of Pride (When We Get Too Big For God)

King Uzziah started out well, doing everything that was right but over time he decided that he was bigger than God. He was not satisfied in playing the role that he was called to do but decided that he was now able to do what he wanted.

What a travesty in God's kingdom when we become BIGGER THAN GOD! Now matter how good, our GOOD deeds, God is not pleased - let's find our place, rest in it and allow the Lord to use us where we are and please, walk in love in deed not only in Word because it shows!

2 Chronicles 26:9-22
9 Uzziah built towers in Jerusalem at the Corner Gate, at the Valley Gate and at the angle of the wall, and he fortified them. 10 He also built towers in the desert and dug many cisterns, because he had much livestock in the foothills and in the plain. He had people working his fields and vineyards in the hills and in the fertile lands, for he loved the soil.

11 Uzziah had a well-trained army, ready to go out by divisions according to their numbers as mustered by Jeiel the secretary and Maaseiah the officer under the direction of Hananiah, one of the royal officials. 12 The total number of family leaders over the fighting men was 2,600. 13 Under their command was an army of 307,500 men trained for war, a powerful force to support the king against his enemies.

14 Uzziah provided shields, spears, helmets, coats of armor, bows and slingstones for the entire army. 15 In Jerusalem he made machines designed by skillful men for use on the towers and on the corner defenses to shoot arrows and hurl large stones. His fame spread far and wide, for he was greatly helped until he became powerful.

16 But after Uzziah became powerful, his pride led to his downfall. He was unfaithful to the Lord his God, and entered the temple of the Lord to burn incense on the altar of incense. 17 Azariah the priest with eighty other courageous priests of the Lord followed him in. 18 They confronted him and said, "It is not right for you, Uzziah, to burn incense to the Lord. That is for the priests, the descendants of Aaron, who have been consecrated to burn incense. Leave the sanctuary, for you have been unfaithful; and you will not be honored by the Lord God."

19 Uzziah, who had a censer in his hand ready to burn incense, became angry. While he was raging at the priests in their presence before the incense altar in the Lord's temple, leprosy broke out on his forehead. 20 When Azariah the chief priest and all the other priests looked at him, they saw that he had leprosy on his forehead, so they hurried him out. Indeed, he himself was eager to leave, because the Lord had afflicted him.

21 King Uzziah had leprosy until the day he died. He lived in a separate house - leprous, and excluded from the temple of the Lord. Jotham his son had charge of the palace and governed the people of the land.

Imitating Christ - #26

In reality, everyone is inclined to do his own will and agrees more readily with those who hold with his views.  But if we want to have the presence of God among us, then we must be willling ot give up our own way in order to live in love and harmony with others.  Surely there is no one so wise that he knows everything.

Therefore, listen to the opinions of others and do not trust too much to your own point of view. Perhaps you are right, but by setting aside your own will and following another out of love for God, you will profit by it.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Imitating Christ - #25

To be obedient, to live under a superior - not seeking our own way - is great virtue.  It is safer to obey orders than to give them.  Many obey more out of necessity than for charity's sake.  These find it burdensome and complain easily;  but they will never have liberty of spirit until they submit wholly to authority for the love of God.

Go where you will, but you will never find rest except in humble obedience to the rule of your superior.  Many are deceived by thinking that a change of location will solve their difficulties.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

The Refiner's Fire

Malachi 3:3 says: 'He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver.' 

This verse puzzled some women in a Bible study and they wondered what this statement meant about the character and nature of God.  One of the women offered to find out the process of refining silver and get back to the group at their next Bible Study. That week, the woman called a silversmith and made an appointment to watch him at work. She didn't mention anything about the reason for her interest beyond her curiosity about the process of refining Silver.

As she watched the silversmith, he held a piece of silver over the fire and let it heat up. He explained that in refining silver, one needed to hold the silver in the middle of the fire where the flames were hottest as to burn away all the impurities. The woman thought about God holding us in such a hot spot; then she thought again about the verse that says: 'He sits as a refiner and purifier of silver.' She asked the silversmith if it was true that he had to sit there in front of the fire the whole time the silver was being refined.

The man answered that yes, he not only had to sit there holding the silver, but he had to keep his eyes on the silver the entire time it was in the fire. If the silver was left a moment too long in the flames, it would be destroyed. The woman was silent for a moment. Then she asked the silversmith, 'How do you know when the silver is fully refined?'  He smiled at her and answered, 'Oh, that's easy --when I see my image in it.'

If today you are feeling the heat of the fire , remember that God has his eye on you and will keep watching you until He sees His image in you.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Great Is God In Our Midst

"The Lord thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing." Zephaniah 3:17 KJV

What else can I say?  Jesus Christ is our all in all, since I was five years old I have known about and loved my Lord Jesus and His Father.   Now that the decades have come and gone I still have such a love and respect for my God!  He is gracious, I've failed, fallen short, even sinned at times but he remains faithfull to forgive me and still walks arm in arm with me through this life. 

O Lord, hear the cry of my heart and save me!

... be satisfied with your present [circumstances and with what you have]; for He [God] Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. [I will] not,[I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let [you] down or ( relax My hold on you)! [Assuredly not!] Hebrews 13:5 AMP

Imitating Christ - #24

We must have charity for all, but familiarity is not always expedient. It sometimes happens that a person, when not known, shines by a good reputation, who, when he is present, is disagreeable to them that see him.  We think sometimes to please others by being with them; and we begin rather to disgust them by the evil behaviour which they discover in us.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Imitating Christ - #23

It is good for us to have sometimes troubles and adversities: for they make a man enter into himself, that he may know that he is in a state of banishment, and may not place his hope in anything of this world. 

It is good that we sometimes suffer contradictions and that men have an evil or imperfect opinion of us when we do and intend well.  These things are often helps to humility and defend us from vainglory. 

For then we better run to God, our inward witness, when outwardly we are despised by men and little credit is given to us.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Imitating Christ - #22

If a man gives in to himself, then he sufferes remorse of consience becaue he has yielded to temptation and does not find the peace of mind he desires.  We find our peace only by resisting our passions, not by giving in to them.  Peace is in the heart of the devout and fervent man, not in the one who is carnal and gives himself to outward things.

Imitating Christ - #21

Whensoever a man desires anything inordinately he is presently disquieted within himself.  The proud and covetous are never easy. The poor and humble of spirit live in much peace.  The man that is not yet perfectly dead to himself is soon tempted and overcome with small and trifling things. 

He that is weak in spirit, and in a manner yet carnal and inclined to sensible things, can hardly withdraw himself wholly from earthly desires.  And therefore he is often sad when he withdraws himself from them and is easily moved to anger if any one thwarts him.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Imitating Christ - #20

Men pass away, "but the truth of the Lord remaineth forever".  God speaks in many ways to us, without respect of persons.  Our curiosity often hinders us in reading the scriptures when we attempt to understand and discuss that which should be simply passed over.  If thou wilt receive profit read with humility, simplicity, and faith;  and seek not at any time the fame of being learned. 

Willingly inquire after, and hear with silence the words of the saints; and be pleased with the parables of the ancients, for they are not spoken without cause.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Imitating Christ - #19

Truth is to be sought for in the Holy Scripture, not eloquence.  All Holy Scripture ought to be read with that spirit with which it was made.  We must rather seek for profit in the Scriptures than for subtlety of speech.  We ought as willingly to read devout and simple books as those that are high and profound. 

Let not the authority of the writer offend thee, whether he was of little or great in learning, but let the love of pure truth lead thee to read.  Inquire not who said this, but attend to what is said.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Imitating Christ - #18

It is great wisdom not to be rash in our doings; nor to maintain too obstinately our own opinion. Nor should we believe every man’s word; nor presently tell others the things which we have heard or believed. Consult with a wise and conscientious man and seek rather to be instructed by one who is better than to follow thine own inventions. 

A good life makes a man wise according to God, and expert in many things. The more humble a man is in himself, and more subject to God, the more wise will he be in all things and the more at peace.

And I went up by revelation, and communicated unto them that gospel which I preach among the Gentiles, but privately to them which were of reputation, lest by any means I should run, or had run, in vain. Galatians 2:2  KJV

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Imitating Christ - #17

We must not be easy in giving credit to every word and suggestion, but carefully and leisurely weigh the matter according to God.  Alas! such is our weakness, that we often more readily believeand speak of another that which is evil than that which is good. 

But perfect men do not easily give credit to every report, because they know man's weakness, which is very prone to evil and very subject to fail in words.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Imitating Christ - #16

How quickly does the glory of the world pass away! I would that our lives had been answerable to our learning; then we would have studied and read well. How many perish in the world through vain learning, who care little for the service of God. And because they choose rather to be great than to be humble, there they are lost in their own imaginations.

He is truly great who is great in love. He is truly great who is little in his own eyes and holds as nothing the pinncacle of honor. He is truly prudent who looks upon all earthly things as nothing that he may gain Chirst. He is very learned indeed who does the will of God and renounces his own will.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Imitating Christ - #15

Oh, if men would use as much diligence in rooting out vices and planting virtues as they do in proposing questions there would not be so great evils committed, nor scandals among the people, nor so much relaxation in monasteries.

Verily, when the day of judgment comes, we shall not be asked what we have read, but what we have done; nor how learnedly we have spoken, but how religiously we have lived.  Tell me where are now all those great doctors with whom thou wast well acquainted while they were living and flourished in learning?

Now others fill their places, and I know not whether they ever think of them.  In their lifetime they seemed to be something and now they are not spoken of.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Imitating Christ - #14

All perfections in this life are attended with some imperfections; and all our speculations with a certain obscurity. The humble knowledge of thyself is a surer way to God than the deepest search after science.  Learning is not to be blamed, nor the mere knowledge of anything which is good in itself and ordained by God; but a good conscience and a virtuous life are always to be preferred before it.

But because many make it more their study to knowthan to live well, therefore are they often deceived and bring forth none, or very little fruit.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Imitating Christ - #13

The more a man is united within himself and interiorly simple, the more and higher things doth he understnad without labor; because he receiveth the light of understanding from above.  A pure, simple, and steady spirit is not dissipated by a multitude of affairs, because he performs them all to the honor of God, and endeavors to be at rest within himself and free from all self-seeking.

What is a greater hindrance and trouble to thee than thine own unmortifed affection of heart. A good and devout man first disposes his works inwardly which he is to do outwardly.  Neither do they draw him to the desires of an inordinate inclination, but he bends them to the rule of right reason. Who hath a stronger conflict than he who striveth to overcome himself? And this must be our business, to strive to overcome ourselves, and daily to gain strength over ourselves, and to grow better and better.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Imitating Christ - #12

What need have we to be concerned with unessentials? He to whom the Eternal Word (who is Jesus) speaks, is freed of useless opinions.  From the Word all things proceed and all creation cries out that He is God - the same who is the Beginninig who speaks to us.

No man can understand the truth nor make right judgements without Him.  Only he to whom all things are One, who draws all things to One and who sees all things in One, may be strong in heart and rest peacefully in God.

O my God, You are Truth; make me one with you in perfect love.  I am so weary of all I read and hear and see, for only in You is all that I will or can desire.  Let all the teachers be silent in Your presence and let all creatures be silent in thy sight, Lord, speak thou alone to me.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Imitating Christ - #11

The person who is taught by truth and not by symbols or deceitful words is really blessed and happy, for he learns truth in itself.  Our opinions and lack of knowledge often lead us astray, because we do not know the truth as it is.

What Good will it do us to learn many things, the knowledge of which will not help us on judgement day, nor hurt us if we don not know them?  It is foolish not to learn those things which are necessary for us and waste our time on those that mereley satisfy our curiousity and hurt us in the end.  For if we do so, we have eyes but cannot see.

"Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding...." Proverbs 4:7 KJV

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Imitating Christ - #10

Nothing is so beneficial as a true knowledge of ourselves, which produces a wholesome self contempt.   Always think kindly of others, while holding yourself as nothing; this is true wisdom and leads to perfection. 

If you see another commit a grevious sin, or whose faults are flagrant, do not regard yourself as better, for you do not know what you would do if similarly tempted. You are in a good dispositoin now, but you do not know how long you will persevere in it.  Always keep in mind that all are frail, but not so frail as yourself.

3 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. 4 Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. Philippians 2:3-4 KJV

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Imitating Christ - #9

Remember, the more you know, the more severely you will be judged. So do not be proud of any skill or knowledge you may have, for such is an awesome responsibility.  No matter how much you know, realize how much there is that you do not know.  Do not be afraid to acknowledge your own ignorance.

Why have an exalted opinion of yourself when you know there are many, even in your own field whose knowledge surpasses yours?  If you want to learn anything worthwhile, seek rather to be unknown and to be thought of as nothing.

For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. Romans 12:3 KJV

Friday, June 25, 2010

Imitating Christ - #8

An overwhelming desire for knowledge brings many distractions and much delusion.  Many like to be considered learned and to be praised for their wisdom;  how much knowledge there is which adds nothing to the good of the soul! To spend yourself on worldly pursuits which do nothing to further our eternal salvation is unwise.

It is useless to spend much time in talking; only a holy life and a good conscience will ease your mind and satisfy your soul, enabiling you to face God with confidence.

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things .Philippians 4:8 KJV

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Imitating Christ - #7

Knowledge is a natural desire in all men.  But knowledge for its own sake is useless unless you fear God.  An unlearned peasant, whose contentment is the service of God, is far better than the learned and the clever, whose pride in his knowledge leads him to neglect his soul while fixing his attention on the stars.

True self-knowledge makes you aware of your own worthlessness and you will take no pleasure in the praises of men.  If your knowledge encompassess the universe and the love of God is not in you, what good will it do you in God's sight?  He will judge you according to your actions. [Kempis]

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge : but fools despise wisdom and instruction. Proverbs 1:7 KJV

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Imitating Christ - #6

JESUS OPENS OUR EYES TO FOLLOW HIM - "Jesus said to [the blind man], 'Receive your sight, Your fiath has healed you.'  At that very moment he was given his sight and began to follow him" Luke 18:42

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Imitating Christ - #5

Often think of the proverb: "the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing" Ecc1esiastes 1:8. Be determined to detach your heart from the love of visible things, allowing it to center on those unseen.

While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:18 KJV

Monday, June 21, 2010


"... And when I forgive whatever needs to be forgiven, I do so with Christ's authority ..., so that Satan will not outsmart us. For we are familiar with his evil schemes." 2 Cor 2:10-11 [New Living Translation]

We are so blinded to the incursion of our mortal enemy in our churches and our lives that there are times when he walks in and we are not ready to recognize and deal with him. The scripture tells us that he comes as an angel of light. We expect either the horns and pitchfork or we expect a grand entrance of some supernatural presence defying the God of our salvation.

He doesn’t come in any of the forms that I just mentioned. Instead he is subtle, endearing and talented. He comes in the prayer room as a person of prayer but after the prayer he sows seeds of discord that wreck the prayer ministry and can seriously affect the overall church.

He comes in the Worship team and challenges the very authority placed over him. He bucks authority, challenges direction, sows disharmony and leads people into disobedience rather than obedience and true worship.

He comes as a servant in the helps ministry but complains about the leaders, speaking about their attitude and their faults. But he never tells you about his, he makes himself seem demure, humble and the victim of the “church.” He calls you and tells you how much he wants to be at church but he can’t because he cannot be with “those people.”

He comes as a gifted individual who endears himself and then sows discord to undermine the established authority of the ministry. He will say, “if I were the leader I would do this or do that.”

He comes as prophet, speaking enticing words. He can be accurate to the letter, sobering to hear but challenging to recognize for who he is. His words seem calming and influencing, you are draw to him because you believe that this is indeed God speaking to you!

Friends, some of you have had calls from the devil, have entertained him in your living rooms and even chosen to have him become your friend. What was his aim all along? iIt was his strategy to separate you from your first love. The Lord Jesus Christ knew the ground in which you should be planted, designed the right place, with the right people – some to encourage and many to challenge you to excellence – but Satan saw you growing, saw your progress and your successes – he heard your confessions and knew that he must undermine your foundation.

So he sent a friend, a confidant, a counselor, a child that you would not recognize as his puppet to destroy what God has begun in you. I have seen this happen on so many occasions, how a good thing begun by the Lord is aborted because someone influences you otherwise.

Dear friends, recognize Satan and his ungodly message. Jesus himself while sitting with Peter, one whom he loved and who was numbered with the disciples said, “get thee behind me Satan” when Peter spoke words that were not consistent with God’s will and purpose for him.

Beloved, what have you done recently that you have recognized the hand of the DEVIL. Be strong and courageous, speak to the devil and tell him to get behind you and move forward with God’s purpose. You will not prosper in the wrong ground, God’s location of your provision has not changed. Walk in humility and say Lord I am returning to my father, for ground “I” have chosen is not the right ground for me.

Lord, I pray for the church today, thank you for the Spirit of Truth that leads us to make the right choices in our lives. Thank you that I always see and react with Godly wisdom to Satan’s device. In the name of Jesus, Amen.

Imitating Christ - #4

How foolish it is to seek and to put your trust in riches that will pass. How foolish to go after worldly honors and to set yourself above others. How foolish to follow the impulses of the flesh, or to covet those things which so soon will cost you a heavy penalty.

How foolish to wish for a long life, but not care whether it is a good life; to be concerned only with the present, with never a thought of eternity and the endless joy that awaits you.

Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God! Mark 10:24 KJV

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Imitating Christ - #3

To be learned and able to discuss the Trinity will get you nowhere if you do not have humility, and therefore displease the Holy Trinity. Lofty words neither save a man nor make him a Saint; only a virtuous life makes him dear to God. It is better to experience contrition than to be able to define it.

To be well versed in Scripture and all the sayings of philosphers will not profit you if you are without God's love and His grace. Nothing matters except to Love God and to serve Him only. The height of wisdom is to set your goal on heaven by despising the world.

Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. Colossians 3:2-3 KJV

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Praying for the Caribbean: CUBA

On September 6, 2008 the Holy Spirit prompted me to begin to pray for the nation of Cuba.  The prayer was to focus on these areas:

1. Nation be open
2. Nation be free
3. Powers of darkness you have to leave
4. Strongholds be broken

Please continue to pray with us for our island neighbor. 

Imitating Christ - #2

Christ's teaching surpasses that of all the Saints. But to find this spiritual nourishment you must seek to have the Spirit of Christ. It is because we lack this Spirit that so often we listen to the Gospel without really hearing it. Those who fully understand Christ's words must labor to make their lives conform to His. - [Kempis]

But when He, the Spirit of Truth (the Truth-giving Spirit) comes, He will guide you into all the Truth (the whole, full Truth). For He will not speak His own message [on His own authority]; but He will tell whatever He hears [from the Father; He will give the message that has been given to Him], and He will announce and declare to you the things that are to come [that will happen in the future]. John 16:13 AMP

Friday, June 18, 2010

Imitating Christ - #1

No follower of mine shall ever walk in darkness, saith the Lord (John 8:12). These words of our Lord counsel all to walk in His footsteps. If you want to see clearly and avoid blindness of heart, it is His virtues you must imitate. Make it your aim to meditate on the life of Jesus Christ. [Imitation of Christ - Kempis]

"I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life."John 8:12 NKJV

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Healing Testimony #9: A New Lung

During Prayer and Healing School, Pastor was led for several weeks to call a young boy that was there with his mother up to the platform.   Pastor would lay his hand on his head and pray, not specifically for him all the time but he would always place his right hand on the boys head as he would pray for others.    

Pastor was not aware of anything wrong with the child at the time, he was just led to pray for him.  Some time later the young man had an ear infection that caused his mother to take him to see the doctor.  She mentioned to the Doctor that the boy had only one lung (he was born that way) and that it could be a problem with the infection that he was experiencing. 

The Doctor brought her the XRAY of the boy's chest and asked his mother who told her that the boy had only one lung.  A new lung had miraculously appeared and now the young man is running track and doing much more than he was ever capable of accomplishing. 

Glory to God.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Healing Testimony #8: Sickle Cell

A young child that was diagnosed with sickle cell was prayed for during one of our neighborhood outreach services.  Several days subsequent to the prayer, the child was taken back to the doctor and the mother was told that the child did not show the sickle cell traits ony longer. 

Glory to God.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Healing Testimony #7: Deaf Ear Opened

In the first outreach of our Evangelim campaign for 2010 members of our healing team prayed for a woman who was deaf in one ear.   The ear was immediately opened by the power of God.    In the same meeting many received healing from back problems and joint pains.   

Healing is indeed the children's bread!

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Healing Testimony #6: Shoulder Injury

While getting ready to receive our Wednesday night offering we were led to call for a healing line.  When we did so a woman came up that had pulled her arm in some way so that her shoulder was in pain.  As I took her hand she was noticeably in pain and could not move her hand above her waist or to the left or right. 

We took her hand, commanded her bones and muscles to be normal and joints to be set in place.  We raised her hand and instantly there was a loud popping sound and she was delivered.  She was so thankful that she would not lower her hands as she went back to her seat totally healed.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Healing Testimony #5: Back Injury

As I was looking out my office window one Sunday morning, a woman started walking up the steps toward the main auditorium of the church. As she did, the Holy Spirit said that I should deliver her from her distress in the service that morning.

During the service we called for a healing line but had this woman come up first. The Lord had us command a healing over her body, her spinal column and bones. She was unable to do several things like touching her toes or the ground, raising her hands upright but immediately she was able to do these things.

She testified how she had been to a chiropractor and doctor and that they had prescribed a back brace (cage) for her and periodically she had to be using a cane. Here deliverance was instantaneous and she now stands tall in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Glory to Lord.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Healing Testimony #4: Cancer

After a recent Sunday service a young lady that had been diagnosed with cancer and had been through a mastectomy came to the alter with a great deal of post surgery pain.   As we laid hands on her the pain left. 

What we did not know was that the doctors had told her that the cancer had spread.   We commanded the spirit of cancer to leave and that every cancerous cell die and exit her body.    A few Sundays later she came to testify that she had gone back to the doctors and they had declared her cancer Free - An awesome God!

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Healing Testimony #3: Knee Injury

Brother W, had a sport injury to his knee that was getting progressively morning painful.  Medication was not helping as the pain and discomfort began to more than just his knee.  During one of our Sunday morning services as gave the call for prayer for healing he felt a warmth flow over his leg and the pain immiediately dissappeared.

Glory to the God of the impossible.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Healing Testimony #2: Back Injury

In the same healing line as sister A... was a young man, he had a back injury that caused him great discomfort.  Again, as we laid hands on him and spoke to his body - Healing manifested and he was instantly set free. 

Glory to God

Monday, March 29, 2010

Healing Testimony #1: Swollen Tonsils

I'm going to begin using this forum to share our healing testimonie.  They have been so many and I have not chronicled them.   Here's one, look for many more:

Two sundays ago we had a healing line in the morning service.   As we prayed for the people, several receive their healing instantly.  One in particular, Sister A... we will call her, had swelling in her throat from problems with her tonsils and could not speak. 

As we laid hands on her we declared God's healing power - she immediately began to speak and was delivered.  God is good.

Pastor Winston

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Timeless Faith: WE ALREADY HAVE IT

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1

"NOW" faith, faith in the present experience of our life is the "Title Deed" to that which we are believing for. It is the evidence of the end of God's promises. So between asking and receiving, hold on to the unwavering trust in Christ that emanates from our "BELIEVING" in his Word. 

Pastor Winston

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Timeless Faith: HOLD FAST

Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; for he is faithful that promised. Hebrews 10:23

We serve a God that cannot lie! He swears by himself because there is no one more just or greater than himself.   We can therefore trust the word that comes from him without slipping into unbelief - He is faithful that gave us so great and precious promises.

Pastor Winston

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Timeless Faith: CHILDREN OF GOD

For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. Galatians 3:26

We don't have to ask for confirmation from friends or family.  We don't have to go to Mecca or Jerusalem to cement ourselves into the family of God.  Wherever we are, if we believe in Jesus Christ and subscribe to the the tenets of relationship with him - we are accepted in the beloved.

Pastor Winston

Monday, January 18, 2010

Timeless Faith: HIS PROMISE

But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.  Galatians 3:22

We might have been under sin, but the day we believe in the work of Jesus on calvary, we became sons of God.  All the privileges of sonship are ours, the promises of the scriptures are ours..

Pastor Winston

Friday, January 15, 2010

Timeless Faith: SALVATION

And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thous shalt be saved, and thy house. Acts 16:31

If I believe on the Lord Jesus, I am the door to my whole house coming into salvation.

Pastor Winston