Pastor Eric Cleveland

Oct. 6, 2019

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

There was a kid in my high school that, although he was short in stature, would bully kids in his class. He managed to make friends with the football team and they would walk behind him and it would intimidate his “victims”. One day he decided it was my turn to be bullied. He kept walking behind me and kept kicking my leg and foot. He was always looking for a fight and had a cocky confidence even though he was short.  I ignored him and kept walking to class and that was the end of it!

We have an antagonist who keeps trying to kick our foot , BUT, we need to turn around and look at that little imp and tell him that he will NOT MESS WITH MY CHURCH OR MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS!  We need to push back against the enemy after so much and stand up to him! No more intimidation from the enemy!!

If prayer was like salsa, what would you be? Mild, Medium, or Hot?!  Mild salsa is bland, Medium is still too bland, and then there is HOT… on fire HOT !!

Before we merged our two churches together, we had fought battles separately, BUT now we are 2 in 1 and need to stand in unity. The Cedar Rapids church persevered and pushed through. The STAF church had to seek the Lord and pushed through.

God is calling all of you to fight for family, marriages, children and this church! If we don’t do this now, we will not be able to trust each other.

Are you faithful and dependable? We need commitment from everyone. We want everyone to be a part of the passion. We have a greater goal…. 2 cities …Cedar Rapids and Marion. God is preparing us by connecting and making new relationships. We need to share that there is a Jesus-name, Spirit-filled church that is here !!

In James 5:16  it says we need to pray for one another. ” The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” There is no break through without spiritual warfare.

We need to pray and refocus. If we don’t, then we will let the little pressures come in and make us pray.

We will know if the enemy has beat the church! We will sit here with no roof, and no one baptised. The praise team will sing the same songs and what does that all mean? The enemy has prevailed!!

Heaven is my home ! The devil cannot convince me to walk out of church. He has a plan B to distract and shut you down and hinder your work and get you to stop! We need to stir the church to pray for action!

 

 

 

 

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