Scripture of The Day
October 21, 2021

I Corinthians 13:4-8: Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8 Love never fails.

By Chris Musgrove of Future Now

I like this verse about love in the Amplified Bible:

Love endures long and is patient and kind; love never is envious nor boils over with jealousy, is not boastful or vainglorious, does not display itself haughtily. 5 It is not conceited (arrogant and inflated with pride); it is not rude (unmannerly) and does not act unbecomingly. Love (God’s love in us) does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for it is not self-seeking; it is not touchy or fretful or resentful; it takes no account of the evil done to it [it pays no attention to a suffered wrong]. 6 It does not rejoice at injustice and unrighteousness, but rejoices when right and truth prevail. 7 Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, is ever ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances, and it endures everything [without weakening]. 8 Love never fails [never fades out or becomes obsolete or comes to an end].  You don’t hope to receive back. That’s how you get your spiritual credit score up!

 


 

Scripture of The Day
October 20, 2021

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord
(I Corinthians 15:58) NKJV

By Cheryl Henderson

Being rooted and grounded in Jesus is so very important in this hour. We must believe in what we say we believe in or we can be deceived, moved, tempted, or just give up.  This is not what God has called us to. In Colossians 2:6-7 the Word says, ” So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.”

You have to make sure that Jesus is your foundation. If He truly is, then know that you do not have to carry the load all by yourself. We can and should cast our cares on Him! (I Peter 5:7, Matthew 11:28)  This next scripture is my prayer for you today.

Ephesians 3 :16-19, ” I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.” NLT  One of the keys to being rooted is that we must have love in our hearts and we must have a love for God and all of his people. And sometimes that isn’t always easy. Yet , God’s tells us we must.
​​​​​​​We must be committed to stand firm in Him.  We must have a dependency on Him and keep Him at the center of our lives.  We must be thankful for His love and we must operate in it.
Dig Deep today!

 


 

Scripture of The Day
October 19, 2021

Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. Be sober, be vigilant, because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour. Whom resist steadfast in faith. ( I Peter 5:7-9)

Excerpts from Kenneth W Hagin

I read an article the other day that really ministered to me.  The enemy is really on the attack these days. Maybe it is because our time is short on this earth and he knows he is headed to the pit very soon.

Please know this does not scare me nor should it scare you. We are here at this time because God chose for us to be here in this moment. So what do you do to overcome the enemy’s attacks?
Here are 4 strategies that Brother Hagin suggested. I like them by the way!

1. Know that Jesus defeated Satan on the cross. Our victory has already been won. So act like it, talk like it, live like it.

2. Remember the testimonies of God’s people. Read stories in the Old and New Testaments of how God delivered His people. And listen to the testimonies of our brothers and sisters in the Lord. (If He did it for them, He will do it for you!)

3. Know what God said in His Word. We have been given authority to stop the enemy by speaking God’s Word.

4. Trust God alone. Reasonings and opinions don’t matter-only what is written in scripture. God said it, I believe it. And that settles it.

I realize that things have been very hard for most of us in this last year. However, we did not hang on a cross. We have been given all things that pertain to life and godliness. God has equipped us. Get your armor on, pick up your sword, and on we go!

 


 

Scripture of The Day
October 18, 2021

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a consecrated nation, a [special] people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies [the wonderful deeds and virtues and perfections] of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. (1 Peter 2:9)

By Ed Henderson ( 2017 )

I think we need to be reminded periodically of who we really are in Christ Jesus. There is just so much negative stuff out there that constantly wants to brand believers with all kinds of nasty names. We are what the Word of God says we are, not what anybody else says we are, and you need to always remember that.  The following are just a few reminders from the Word of God that defines who we are as believers:

• I am a child of God.
But to all who have received –those who believe in his name–he has given the right to become God’s children … (John 1:12).

• I am a new creature in Christ.
So then, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; what is old has passed away–look, what is new has come….. (2 Corinthians 5:17)!

• I was formerly darkness, but now I am light in the Lord.…
For you were at one time darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of the light (Ephesians 5:8).

• I am a friend of Jesus.
I no longer call you slaves, because the slave does not understand what his master is doing. But I have called you friends, because I have revealed to you everything I heard from my Father (John 15:15).

• As a child of God, I am a fellow heir with Christ.
And if children, then heirs (namely, heirs of God and also fellow heirs with Christ)–if indeed we suffer with him so we may also be glorified with him (Romans 8:17).

• God supplies all my needs.
And my God will supply your every need according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19).

• The peace of God guards my heart and mind.
And the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:7).

One of the best chapters in the Bible to read about who we are is Romans 8. Take time to read and meditate on the words of that chapter that describe us as “more than conquerors”. Regardless of what we go through in this crazy life, nothing (no thing) can separate us from the Love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Take the time to remind yourself who you are and also take the time to remind satan who you are when he tries to brand you with all his negative stuff.

 


 

Scripture of The Day
October 15, 2021

Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him! (Psalm 34:8)

By Ed Henderson ( 2015 )

Our home is not in the country but it is on the edge of some woods in South Georgia that serves as the home for all kind of animals. We have deer, squirrels, rabbits, raccoons, opossums, armadillos, owls, all kinds of birds, and a few snakes that visit our yard (my wife Cheryl does not like the snakes).

It is amazing to me how all these animals are drawn to good food, water, and shelter. I would swear the squirrels must have a lookout because within minutes of putting bird seed in our feeder the entire squirrel family appears out of nowhere to raid the feeder. The rabbits know exactly where the clover grows and every afternoon they are right in the middle of it chomping away. I tried once feeding a couple of the deer with corn but within a week there were twelve deer in our backyard. They obviously talk to each other. Had to give up on the corn.

Here is my point. God has built into each one of these animals a keen sense of survival and communication. They just instinctively operate in their God given gifts. The good news is that God has done the same, and even more, for you and I. We really don’t have an excuse. We just need to learn to flow with those gifts and trust Him.  Who teacheth us more than the beasts of the earth, and maketh us wiser than the fowls of heaven? (Job 35:11)

Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? (Matthew 6:26)
But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows. (Luke 12:7)  For so many years I thought I could do it better than God, or worse yet, do it without God. Big mistake!! How arrogant can one person be?

God has a plan for all of us. We just have to tap into His wisdom, His ways, and His Word. Once you taste the goodness of God, the bitterness of the world will never satisfy you again. There is a peace that passes all understanding and it is found when you are walking with God.  I challenge you to taste and see!!!!!! God is good, all the time!!!  According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: (2 Peter 1:3)  I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. (Psalm 27:13)  Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men. (Psalm 107:15)

 


 

Scripture of The Day
October 14, 2021

Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever. (Hebrews 13:8)
For I am the Lord, I change not; (Malachi 3:6)

(excerpts from the testimony of Dr. David R Reagan)

I grew up in a church that believed God retired at the end of the First Century when the last apostle died. My church was legalistic and sectarian. We believed we were the one and only true church. We considered the rest of the so-called “Christian world” to be terribly deceived. We consigned them to hell and believed they deserved it because, after all, they didn’t agree with us.  We believed the Bible was the Word of God, but we did not believe in the God who was revealed in the Bible. Our God was a God of Nostalgia. He was the “Grand Old Man in the Sky.” He was a God who once performed mighty deeds in Old Testament and New Testament times – but who ran out of gas at the end of the First Century. He had gone into retirement. The age of miracles had ceased.  If I wanted to experience God, I had to go see a movie like the Ten Commandments, in Technicolor and Panavision, with a cast of thousands. I would sit there in awe as I witnessed Cecil B. DeMille recreate the miracles of God dividing the Red Sea, leading the Children of Israel with a cloud and feeding them with manna. I would drive home with goosebumps, yearning for such a God today – a God of power who was concerned about me and my problems. But I didn’t believe in such a God. My God was an impersonal God who had more important things to worry about than my problems. Furthermore, even if He were concerned, He couldn’t do anything because He no longer intervened in human affairs.

My church had rejected more than the power of God. We had set aside the whole realm of the supernatural. We did not believe in demons or angels. They too had retired at the end of the First Century. We knew nothing about spiritual warfare. We thought our battle was with flesh and blood. We knew nothing about the power of the Word, the power of prayer or the power of the Name of Jesus. Our faith was all past tense – directed at the Cross. Our faith did not relate to the present or the future.

Regarding the present, our attitude was that God had given us a rule book and minds. We were to follow the rules and use our minds to cope rationally with the problems of life. Our faith did not relate to the future because we ignored God’s Prophetic Word. Also, we were caught up in works salvation, and therefore we were all uncertain about our eternal destiny. The future was unknown. We tried not to think about it

Another aspect of our rejection of the supernatural was our treatment of the Holy Spirit. We mainly ignored the Spirit. Our preachers felt that any emphasis on the Spirit would lead to “dangerous emotionalism.” The Holy Spirit was the great taboo topic of our fellowship.  I have found over the past 40 years of ministry that many professing Christians are in the same box I was in for many years, specializing in limiting God. I came to understand that God has never changed – that the miracle-working God of the Bible is the God of today and that His Holy Spirit is still active in the lives of believers, gifting them to serve our Lord and Savior.

 


 

Scripture of The Day
October 12, 2021

God called to him from within the bush, “Moses, Moses!”
(Exodus 3:4 NIV)

From “Ultimate Success God’s Way Devotional” By New Life Network

God doesn’t waste anything: He uses all our experiences to prepare us. Moses grew up in a “foster home.” He spent 40 years in Pharaoh’s palace learning the language and ways of the Egyptians. That’s because God was going to use him to lead Israel out of Egypt. What better preparation for understanding your enemy than to be raised among them. But Moses also needed to learn some personal lessons, so God took him out into the desert for another 40 years to tend sheep. The grandson of Pharaoh is now a lowly shepherd.

Nothing will humble you more than having to take a job for which you are overqualified, especially when it’s your own failure that put you there. Those years on the poor side of town taught Moses what it’s like to identify with the hurting. Finally, at 8o, he’s ready to fulfill his calling. God spoke to him personally out of a burning bush, “Moses, Moses!” It was at this most unlikely place that God revealed to Moses his calling as Israel’s deliverer. And even though he experienced fear, made excuses and raised objections, he ended up doing the job.
The point is, Moses’ 80 years of training weren’t wasted. His 40 years in the palace prepared him to deal with Pharaoh, and his 40 years as a shepherd prepared him to lead God’s people through the wilderness and into their destiny. So even though you may be going through a difficult time, rejoice. God never wastes an experience. Never! He’ll use it for your good and His glory.

 


 

Scripture of The Day
October 11, 2021

Consider it nothing but joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you fall into various trials. (James 1:2)

By Ed Henderson (2016)

We all go through challenges, trials, and down periods in our life. Even ministers are not exempt. But the unique thing about walking with God is He will always use every situation to teach us. The very things the enemy intends for harm, God will turn them for the good. I want to encourage you today with a worship song I heard years ago by Rita Springer who I consider one of the greatest psalmist I have ever heard. I have reprinted the words to her song “Worth It All” and you can click on the link below to listen to this great song. In one of her live performances Rita added the line that through every hurt, every rejection, every failure, and every graveyard, it is still going to be worth it, and I say AMEN to that Rita!

“Worth It All” by Rita Springer
I don’t understand your ways, Oh, but I will give you my song
Give you all of my praise, You hold on to all my pain
With it you are pulling me closer, And pulling me into your ways
Now, around every corner, And up every mountain, I’m not looking for crowns, Or the water from fountains
I’m desperate in seeking, frantic believing, That the sight of your face, Is all that I needed
I will say to you, It’s gonna be worth it, Gonna be worth it, It’s gonna be worth it all I believe this,
It’s gonna be worth it, It’s gonna be worth it, It’s gonna be worth it all
I don’t understand your ways, Oh, but I will give you my song
I’ll give you all of my praise, You hold on to all my pain
And with it you are pulling me closer, Pulling me into your ways
Now, around every corner, And up every mountain, I’m not looking for crowns, Or the water from fountains
I’m desperate in seeking, And I’m frantic believing, That the sight of your face, Is all that I needed
I will say to you that, It’s gonna be worth it, It’s gonna be worth it, It’s gonna be worth it all,
I believe this, It’s gonna be worth it, It’s gonna be worth it, It’s gonna be worth it all,
oh yeah, It’s gonna be worth it, It’s gonna be worth it, It’s gonna be worth it all
I believe, oh, my baby, It’s gonna be worth all my joy, It’s gonna be worth it all,
oh Now, around every corner, And up every mountain, I’m not looking for crowns anymore,
Or the water from fountains, I’m desperate in seeking, Lord, I’m frantic believing
That the sight of your face, Is all I needed, You’re all I needed, Lord, You’re all I needed
I’ll lift my voice to you and say, You’re gonna be worth it, You’re gonna be worth it, You’re gonna be worth it all
I believe this, You’re gonna be worth it, You’re gonna be worth it, You’re gonna be worth it all, I know *****************************************************

 


 

Scripture of The Day
October 8, 2021

But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. (Hebrews 5:14)

By Ed Henderson (2017)

Let me first give you a little history on the spiritual background of my wife and myself. My wife Cheryl gave her life to the Lord and was baptized as a young girl in a Southern Baptist church. I was raised in a Methodist church and signed a pledge to serve Jesus and was sprinkled as a young boy. As some of you may know, Methodists sprinkle rather than dunk. Neither of us actually served the Lord until 1978.  In 1978 our youngest son was born. He was born prematurely and had a lot of life threatening complications. The hospital doctor attending him told Cheryl he did not know if our son would live or die. However, Cheryl’s personal doctor had told her early in the pregnancy that God had his hand on this child. That prophetic word from a Christian doctor came rushing back to her the minute the hospital doctor spoke those words and Cheryl told him, “Well, I know. He will live and not die because God has His hand on him and God deals in everlasting life and not death!”

That child is 38 years old today, married with two sons, and is a Pastor.  The miraculous birth of that son changed everything in our household. Cheryl started going to church and she rededicated her life to the Lord. Four years later (I was a little slow) I dedicated my life to the Lord and we started ministering together in prisons and churches within a five state area of where we lived. Our home church was a country Methodist church but it was not like most Methodist churches. Our Sunday school teachers were a couple that was on the staff of Oral Roberts all through his tent crusades. Our young Pastor and his wife were Spirit Filled, which I had no clue what that meant early on. The gifts of the Spirit were allowed to flow freely in that church which sparked a true revival in our area and were very instrumental in our own spiritual growth.

We have been in ministry now for 37 years and there is something that I see that concerns me, especially within Spirit Filled churches. There has been a tendency over the years to back away from the freedom to allow spiritual gifts to flow in the main church services. I have even heard leaders say, “Oh, we ministered like that in the past, but we don‘t minister like that anymore.” It’s almost like we are ashamed of the Holy Ghost. It’s almost like saying we don’t need Him anymore. Have we grown up and matured past that now? Can I tell you something? We need the Holy Ghost and His gifts more now than ever!!! We need to be edified and built up! Unbelievers still need the gifts as a sign! We need that spark that initiates the fire of revival! We still need a Word from God!

I just want to thank the Pastors and churches that have not backed away from the gifts; have not bowed to political pressure; have matured their people by the reason of use and by correction during that use; have not succumbed to the fear of losing members, tithes and offerings; and realize that without the Holy Ghost we are a very sad lot for He is our teacher, helper, and guide, and most of all, Jesus said we needed Him. Thank you Pastors for your courage and your commitment.  The answer to the question is, we still need Him and His gifts!!!

 

 


 

Scripture of The Day
October 7, 2021

I give thanks to you O Lord my God, with my whole heart, and I will glorify your name forever.
(Psalm 86:12)

By Cheryl Henderson

There was a season of our lives when the Lord moved us from Memphis, TN to Jacksonville Fl. That was a huge change in our lives in more ways than one.  Ed started a new job. Chip was nine at the time and he started a new school. The life style in Jacksonville was so different from Tennessee.

As we got moved in and settled Ed came to me one day and said he needed my help financially. I had been home with my children for 10 years and I was a little taken back when Ed asked me to get a job and help for a while to get over the expense of the move.  Well, I did not have a skill and all I knew how to do was preach, pray and prophesy. I was pretty sure no one was going to pay me to do that! I remembered that in our really early days of marriage I worked in a bank as a teller, so I applied to several banks.

I landed a job as a teller and it seemed like it was going to be OK. One day one of the other tellers came to me and wanted me to join their little group and play the lottery. I told her that I did not play the lottery. She was very offended and from that time on I was pushed out of the “group.”

My days at the bank were awful! I griped going to work and I griped coming home. I was not used to being around people that hated me and made my life miserable. It so was so hard.
Well, after many months of my griping Ed had had enough. He met me at the back door one night as I came home from work. He stopped me before I could get in the door, put his finger in my chest and said, “You better quit cursing God’s blessing!” Needless to say I had to repent right there and then.

That job was helping my family get over a financial hump and just because I was a little uncomfortable and being a big baby was no reason for me to grip and complain.
I encourage you today to be thankful for God’s provision in your life. He works all things for your good. Don’t be cursing God’s blessing!