Scripture of The Day
July 9, 2021

There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. (Galatians 3:28)

By Ed Henderson (2018)

Our Pastor just preached a fantastic message on Mother’s Day about “Warrior Women”. He used the following word (Warrior) as an acronym to describe the attributes of a Godly woman: (Worshiping, Abounding, Rising Up, Reforming, Impossible Odds Breaker, Overcoming, Reclaiming). I was so proud of him for encouraging and speaking the Word to all the women in our church to be warriors and not to shrink back from religious and satanic lies that try to convince them to keep their mouths shut. No, No, No!!!! God has a calling on women and one of those main callings is to “Go tell the Men”.

You might ask, where in the world do you get that from? I am glad you asked. First of all, there is neither male nor female in Christ (Galatians 3:28). We are all one in Christ Jesus. Secondly, one of Satan’s primary goals is to get people (all of us) to quit talking about Jesus by threatening us. We see it in the Book of Acts:  And they called them, and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John answered and said unto them, Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye. For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard. (Acts 4:18-20)

We see the same threats being made today under the banner of diversity, hate speech, and political correctness. We see this same tactic being bought into by many religious organizations by taking scriptures out of context and not lining them up with the very words and actions of Jesus. That’s very dangerous because what they are doing is erroneously validating a scheme of the enemy.  Let’s take a look at a couple of examples in the Bible. The Samaritan woman at the well is a prime example (John 4). What was the first thing she did after meeting with Jesus? She went and told the men. She became an evangelist and started a revival in her own city. This Samaritan woman was the first person Jesus personally revealed himself to as the Messiah. Think about that!!!  Let’s also look at Mary Magdalene at the grave site of Jesus. After Jesus was resurrected he appeared to Mary Magdalene first. What was his instruction to her? He told her to go tell his disciples and Peter. In other words, Jesus told her to go tell the men (Mark 16:7).

When I look back on my own life it is amazing how much influence women have had in my spiritual life. It was a black woman that loved me at 4-5 years old that broke off any influence racism would have on my life. It was my wife that gave her life to Jesus first and was instrumental in leading me to the Lord. It was a Holy Ghost woman of God that laid hands on me to receive the Baptism of the Holy Ghost. Think about your own life. I bet there were some very influential women in your own life.  Women, don‘t let the enemy lie to you! God made you a warrior. You have been given the gift of influence and you can make a difference if you just don’t buy into this “keep silent” doctrine. The only way the enemy wins is if you keep quiet. It’s time to arise Warrior Women and take back everything the enemy has stolen!!!

 


 

Scripture of The Day
July 8, 2021

Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction faithful in prayer. ( Romans 12:11-12) NIV.

By Cheryl Henderson

I read a devotional today that really inspired me. I like things simple, bottom line, and easy to follow. I realize that God’s Word is not a formula, nor is it always easy or simple. However, for me, I like to have steps and guidelines to keep me straight.  In several passages in Paul’s letters to the church he boils down the walk of faith to 3 keys.. I pray that it inspires you and helps you as it did me.

1. “Be joyful in hope.” You know, the word hope, as it is used in the Bible is not wishing. The definition of hope is confident expectation. That means that you are confident in expecting to see God do what He said He would do. Just like Abraham, who hoped against hope that he would be the father of many nations.

2. “Patient in affliction.” I must say that this is not my favorite. However, in this world we will have tribulations. We are living in a fallen world. Jesus has redeemed us and we are no longer fallen, but the world we live in is fallen and a mess! When we experience problems our first reaction is to get out of them as quickly as possible . But whether God takes us out of the them or through them He wants us to turn to Him for wisdom and strength. That is where our growth happens. That is where our faith matures.

3 . “Faithful in prayer.” The faithful prayers of the righteous avails much. I love to pray. Never give up on prayer. And when the answer delays I stop praying and start listening.  These seem to be 3 guidelines I can put into practice to build my faith. To trust God more and to look to Him for everything.

 


 

Scripture of The Day
July 7, 2021

” Of course we wouldn’t dare to put ourselves in the same class or compare ourselves with those who rate themselves so highly. They compare themselves with one another and make up their own standards to measure themselves by, and then they judge themselves by their own standards. What self delusion!” 2 Corinthians 10:12 The Passion Bible

By Cheryl Henderson

The word compare means To liken, to examine for similarities or differences. To examine the relations of things to each other.  I think we are all guilty of comparing ourselves, our gifts and talents, our businesses, our looks and so on and so on with those around us or those we hold in high esteem. I can remember I wanted to be like Amy Grant. I wanted to sing just like her.  There is nothing wrong with checking out how others are doing in their lives and rejoicing with them and their success. But when we compare ourselves with others and try to measure up to their standards we are in dangerous territory.  We women are the worst at this. We compare ourselves with other women, how they look, the color of their hair, how they dress, and the shoes they wear.  I heard a testimony today by Sarah Jakes Roberts who shared how she fell into this trap as she was asked to join The Women of Faith tour . She said she began to compare herself with all the other speakers and felt so insecure.

Comparing ourselves with others can be so dangerous. The devil wants you to get off your game and see all of your disabilities instead of your possibilities. He wants us insecure. This is why we must know who we are and whose we are.  We are accountable for our actions. Galatians 6 4-5 says, “Each of you must examine your own actions. Then you can be proud of your own accomplishments without comparing yourself to others. Assume your own responsibility.” The Message.

Don’t compare yourself with others. Oh, don’t worry, I wouldn’t dare say that I am as wonderful as these other men who tell you how good they are.! Their trouble is that they are only comparing themselves with each other and measuring themselves against their own little ideas. What stupidity!” II Corinthians 10:12 Living Bible  The bottom line is, Jesus is our measuring stick. Not the world, other people in our lives, or the people at work. walk by faith, walk in integrity, walk in truth. God honors His word. You were made one of a kind you need not compare to anything. God created you very special.

 


 

Scripture of The Day
July 6,  2021

II Corinthians 5:7: For we walk by faith, not by sight.

By Chris Musgrove of Future Now

God puts a high premium on faith because, according to the Word of God, we have been justified by faith, have access by faith, are to walk by faith, live by faith, and without faith we cannot please God.  Romans 5:1-2: Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.  We have been justified (made righteous) by faith (trusting in, clinging to, and relying on) in Jesus Christ. We have also obtained access by faith into the grace we are now standing in. Just like money is the currency used to make transactions in the natural realm, faith is the currency that is used to make prayer transactions in the spirit realm. If you go into a store and you don’t have any money, you can’t make a purchase. In the same way, you can’t make a spiritual transaction without faith.

In Mark 5:34 Jesus is speaking to the woman with the issue of blood and says, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace, and be healed of your affliction.” Jesus didn’t say my faith has made you whole. You can’t spend someone else’s faith no more than you can spend someone else’s money. To those that still think that our faith is not important to God, check out these verses Romans 1:17: For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.”  Hebrews 11:6: But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.  Let everything we do be done by faith,

 


 

Scripture of The Day
July 5th, 2021
I will 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

As I sit here this July 4th, I am so Proud, Thankful, and Grateful for this country. I am thankful for all who have served in our armed forces to protect our freedoms and our land. All those who are Firemen, Policemen, First Responders, and those who help their fellow man, just because.  I believe that God ordained this country and I know that I know it was founded on God’s Word.  I realize that things in our world today are crazy and the America I have grown up in seems to be fading. However, I am not giving up to pray for this nation and its leaders. I will not stop doing the things I have always done to bless others and help my country grow and to stand up for  and protect the freedoms many have given their lives for.  It is my first July 4th without Ed and I am a bit emotional. I am just Thankful beyond words. To me this is still the greatest country on the planet. “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord..” (Psalm 33:12)

“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is; there is freedom.” 2 Corinthians 3:17)  Let’s not take this country for granted nor take our freedoms for granted. Let’s be the Ambassadors we all called to be. Let us pray, seek God’s heart, walk in love, and believe that God will do what He said He will do.  I want to see revival, a great ingathering, but most of all I want to see Jesus! He is coming back and I don’t think it is far off! But until He comes I will not just occupy, but I will use the authority He has given me to share the Good News every chance I get.
God Bless America!
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A Nugget from New Life Network

Scripture of The Day
July 2, 2021

Be strong confident and of good courage, for you shall cause this people to inherit the land, which I swore to their fathers to give them.
(Joshua 1:6 )

By Cheryl Henderson

I love the above scripture! I have always gotten so much out of what Joshua was told to do as he took over for Moses. Verses 1 thru 8 give such promises and encouragement as Joshua steps into Moses’ shoes and leads the children of Israel into the promise land.  One day I was reading the book of Joshua and I read it in the Amplified version. As I read verse 6 , I discovered something that has encouraged me to live strong and with good courage.  Be strong confident and of good courage, for you shall cause this people to inherit the land, which I swore to their fathers to give them.
(Joshua 1:6 )

As I read the part about causing people to inherit the land it dawned on me that as you and I follow God’s Word that we too can cause others to inherit their land. Salvation, Healing, Deliverance, Peace, Comfort, and whatever else they need.  I have always known that our testimony is holy and God uses it in a mighty way. Your testimony is simply telling others what Jesus has done in your life. It gives others hope that if God did that for you, then He would do the same for them.  The scripture says that the Joy of the Lord is our strength and our stronghold. (Nehemiah 8:10)

I want to encourage you that you are stronger than you think, and God told Joshua, actually He commanded him , to be strong and very courageous for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go!  Sharing God’s Word and telling others what He has done for you will give them hope and make them stronger and give them the courage to follow the Lord.  That Word is for you today. You and I can live every day strong and courageous because all of Heaven is for us and God never leaves us! I speak over you today and say that you will lead others to inherit their
land.

 


A Nugget from New Life Network

Scripture of The Day
June 29, 2021

But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first. (Matthew 19:30)

By Ed Henderson ( 2015)

Many of the media in sports are astounded by the attention and admiration given to underdogs such as Tim Tebow. They just don’t understand how so many people can love and support someone that is not perfect according to their professional football standards and stats. It’s not just Tim Tebow. People love underdogs period, because they can relate to them better than the super, the great, and the perfect. It gives regular folks like us hope. We are actually living and playing through them vicariously. We are cheering for them. We don’t care if they complete every pass. We just want to see them succeed and win, especially someone with the heart and character of a Tim Tebow.

Did you know that God is the same way? God loves underdogs! You can see it clearly as you study the Bible. For example, read the story of David (1 Samuel 16). God told the Prophet Samuel to go to the house of Jesse and there he would find and anoint the next King of Israel. Jesse was so thrilled and proceeded to bring out seven of his sons one by one to introduce them to Samuel. One by one Samuel said this is not the one. At the end Samuel asked Jesse if he had any more sons. Jesse reluctantly said, well I do have one more son that is the youngest but he is out in the field tending the sheep. Samuel told Jesse to go get him. As soon as Samuel saw David he knew that this was the one and anointed him with oil. David was the underdog of the entire bunch. His own father would not have chosen him, but God did!

All through the scriptures we see certain glimpses of God’s love for underdogs:  For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; (1 Corinthians 1:26-27)  What does this all mean for us, the non-pro athlete, the non-college grad, the non-whatever. It means that God has leveled the playing field. It means, in the Kingdom of God, He has made a place for you and I to rule and reign as Kings and Priests (Revelation 1:6). It means that He has given you and I equal access to all of His heavenly treasures and gifts. His heart’s desire is for you and I to prosper and be in health even as our soul prospers (3 John 1:2). He is rooting for us, as is all the heavenly hosts. We have our own cheerleaders!

Since we have such a huge crowd of men of faith watching us from the grandstands (cheering for us), let us strip off anything that slows us down or holds us back, and especially those sins that wrap themselves so tightly around our feet and trip us up; and let us run with patience the particular race that God has set before us. (Hebrews 12:1, TLB)  Stand up, hold your head high, for you have an inheritance that was bought and paid for by the King of Kings and Lord of Lords! The next time the enemy attempts to discourage you, or remind you of everything you are not, you remind him that you are a child of the Father and whatever belongs to the Father belongs to you. His grace is sufficient for you and I! We are winners, so do not let anyone convince you of anything less. We may be underdogs in the world’s eyes, but God and a very large cloud of witnesses are cheering for us and if God be for us, who can be against us (Romans 8:31).

But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light; 

(1 Peter 2:9)

 


 

Scripture of The Day
June 30, 2021

For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding:
that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all might according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy; giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light.
( Colossians 1:9-12 )

By Chris Musgrove of Future Now
The Scripture above is a prayer that Paul prayed for the church (the saints, the body of Christ) at Colossae. Well, if you are a Christian, you are part of the body, so this prayer is for you as well. I like praying it in the first person, so then I’m praying it for myself and sometimes I will put other people’s names in it to pray it for them..

Here it is in the first person: For this reason, since the day I heard it, I do not cease to pray and to ask that I may be filled with the knowledge of Your will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that I may walk worthy of you Lord, fully pleasing you, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all might according to Your glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy, giving thanks to You Father who has qualified me to be a partaker of the inheritance of the saints in the light.

There are 6 things that are prayed for in this prayer: 1) That I may be filled with the knowledge of Your will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding. 2)That I might walk worthy of You Lord, fully pleasing You. 3)Being fruitful in every good work. 4)Increasing in the knowledge of God. 5)Strengthened with all might according to His glorious power. 6)Strengthened for all patience and longsuffering with joy.

I have prayed this prayer for many years and I have seen the results of this prayer in my own life and in the lives of others for whom I have prayed it. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. (James 5:16) The Lord is far from the wicked but he heareth the prayer of the righteous. (Proverbs 15:29)

 


 

Scripture of The Day
June 29, 2021

Most blessed is the man who believes in, trusts in, and relies on the Lord, and whose hope and confidence the Lord is. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters that spreads out its roots by the river, and it shall not see and fear when heat comes, but its leaf shall be green It shall not be anxious and full of care in the year of the drought, nor shall it cease yielding fruit. (Jeremiah 17:7 and 8)

By Cheryl Henderson (with notes from a sermon by Trent Corey )

Have you ever been in a church service and the sermon had your name on it? It is like the pastor had been listening to your private conversations with the Lord! It was like my Alexa had been talking to his Echo.

The sermon touched my heart, inspired me, encouraged me, and gave me a spanking all at the same time.  You may think I am crazy to say I felt all those emotions from a 40 minute sermon. Well, that is how God’s Word is. It is sharper than a two edged sword, healing, comforting, freeing, encouraging and full of life!  The pastor taught on enemies of growth. Since you and I are under construction we are constantly in the process of growing up in Christ.

We know that the devil does not want us to mature and be more like Jesus. He has many lies to keep us from doing just that. I am going to expose two of them here and now.
1. Insecurity
Lack of trust in the Lord and His Word. Boy, have I been there lately. I have been listening to the lie that it is all up to me! That somehow I had to do everything all by myself. I forgot 2 Corinthians 10:5 to cast down every thought and imagination that exalts itself against the knowledge of God. I forgot to take every thought captive. I have been relying a little too much on myself! The bottom line is that insecurity in unbelief!! Insecurity robs our potential. I had to repent right there in the pew!! I changed my thinking and my confession to All Things Are Possible!
2. Inconsistency
We must stay consistent in all things. The story of Joshua and Caleb was used to help us see that these two men were consistent in serving the Lord. When they went in to spy out the land they came back with good news while the others came back with a negative report. Staying consistent in knowing who God is helps us to see what others cannot. It keeps you and I in the right spirit. It keeps us connected to the vine. The vine that feeds us and gives us life. We establish a deep root system in truth and faith by being consistent. I am renewed in my spirit and I’ve got my eye on these two.

Most blessed is the man who believes in, trusts in, and relies on the Lord, and whose hope and confidence the Lord is.

 


 

Scripture of The Day
June 28, 2021
Jesus Spake a parable to them, that men always pray and not lose heart.
(Luke 18:1)

As I read the Word I find certain things repeated over and over again. Things like fear not, wait on the Lord, don’t lose heart, and so on. Why does God give us these messages over and over again? I think it is because it is so easy to get into fear, get impatient, and just lose heart and give up.  I had a friend say to me, “why is everything so hard?” My response was, ” the only things easy is getting saved, everything else is hard!” Don’t you know that God knew what kind of world we would be in and He wants the best for us so that is why He keeps reminding us to not lose heart!

I have personally found this season of my life to be very hard. However, I know Ed would not want me to lose heart, give up, or get into fear. That’s why God’s Word is so precious to me right now.  In Luke 18:7 there is a story of a woman who went before a judge to settle a legal issue. He ignored her. The scripture calls this judge, a thick skinned and godless man who had no fear of others’ opinion. Well, this lady kept coming before him pleading with the judge for justice. She kept it up for some time. Finally the judge said , “this woman is annoying  me. I am tired of listening her. I will rule in her favor.”

“Don’t you know that God, the true judge, will grant justice to all of his chosen ones who cry out to him night and day? He will pour out His Spirit upon them. He will not delay to answer you and give you what you ask for. God will give justice to those who don’t give up. So be ever praying, ever expecting just like the widow was with the judge. Yet when the Son of Man comes back, will he find this kind of persistent faithfulness in his people?”  (Luke 18:6-8) The Passion Bible

My friend, don’t lose heart. God’s got a plan for us!

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