The lessons we learn from the waves we face

SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER REVEREND RYAN NEER

Do you ever wonder what is going on? This time of change makes us ask what is going on? Everything is happening, one thing after another.

In the Gospels, Jesus taught about the storms we face. For three and a half years He molded and shaped the disciples into what they needed to be. Jesus is always teaching us something, somewhere. The rate of learning must be greater than the rate of change. We need to become a student of what we are going through! Isaiah 30:20 says the Lord gives a little adversity to make you a good teacher.

In Luke 8 the disciples were faced with a storm and they were fearful. Jesus awakened and in Luke 8:25 He asked them “Where is your faith?”  He had given them faith, and they had faith, but where did they place it?

We put a bandage on anything that we put our faith in that is not God! We put faith in a bottle, pills, relationships, which in return can create a bandage. Disappointment is God’s way of delivering you by what you did not know you were bound by.

God wants us to locate our faith! If you put your faith in relationships, you will get let down. Disappointment is the first step tp faith. Put your faith back in God. Remember the storm is about you seeing His sovereignty.

The same storm where Jesus was asleep, raged on and they were filled with water.  The Bible does not say the boat was filled with water but THEY were filled with water! They had internal waves. How can Jesus sleep when I am going through this storm? For the disciples, Jesus was trying to teach them where their faith was.

When the disciples were on the boat at night and a storm came upon them, Jesus saw it all and knew they would go through that storm.They were afraid. The waves were pounding, but they saw a figure walking on the water on the very waves they were afraid of!  Just remember that no matter how dark the night, there are still waves under our feet. Step on top of what you are going through. Jesus said “Heaven is my throne and earth is my footstool”.

Put your faith back in God! We are called to be like Him, not swallowed up in fear. Don’t get bound by uncertainty. Now is the perfect time for the church to step out in faith! Be a student like never before! He will put it under your feet!

 

Rev. Ryan Neer

April 19, 2020

 

 

Resurrection Sunday

John 19: 25-28

We are living in uncertain times. We are not sure what is going on.We are a lot like the disciples in the New Testament. They walked with Jesus for three years and learned to love this man. In the Upper Room, Jesus said he would be gone soon. Judas left.

Jesus went into the garden to pray and the soldiers came. All of the disciples left Jesus, yet John the Beloved was with Him to the end. As the crowds mocked Jesus, Jesus looked down to see Mary, His mother, and John the Baptist standing together. He said to them …Woman, this is your son and son this is your mother.

Remember, when you are in the garden, Jesus is there. When we stand at the foot of the cross, Jesus will notice us. Even in His agony, He took notice of His mother and John the Beloved. There is always room at the foot of the cross for you!

In these uncertain times there is room at the cross for ALL of us! When we feel like we are not worthy, our response should be not to run away but run to the cross, to be covered by the blood of the cross.

Jesus is the Way the Truth, and the Life–not me but by ME ! He said to repent and you shall be saved.

On a hill there was a cross for me! I should have died, I was the sinner. The cross is a place of liberty! I believe in an interactive God!

Pray the prayer of the Father and people will be healed!

So..Make your way to the foot of the cross!

 

Bishop Jared Staten

April 12, 2020

Introducing the Son of Worship

2 Chronicles 29: 1-2

Hezekiah, the son of worship, grew up with evil all around him, but worship was instilled in his life. His name equaled strength or empowered of God. Ahaz was his father, a wicked king. Hezekiah was not the son of Ahaz but a son of David. He was the first king to get rid of royalty and worship God with all he had!

When we worship God and if you worship, the Spirit of God will be with you. There is no hopelessness, just look to Jesus.

In Hebrew, the word worship means to bow down. You need to show that He is greater than you ! We have an opportunity to worship with all our hearts! Those that love Him will get down on their knees, because He is greater than me or my problems and my needs. Give Him the honor as a sovereign God.

The Greek word for worship means to give reverence or adore, or showing awe to someone who is higher.  We need to work out our salvation with fear and trembling.

There were three princes in Babylon. They had made a name for themselves. They were told to bow down and worship another god but they told them , with all due respect, that they would not do it. Shadrach, Meschak, and Abednego were thrown into a fiery furnace for not bowing down to “their” god. King Nebuchadnezzar became very angry and set the heat in the furnace 7 times hotter to make them obey. they still did not obey and so the king had the bound and cast INTO the furnace.

They were very choosy about who they bowed down to worship. They decided to worship the ONE TRUE GOD!

Remember that we are still free to worship. The government has never said we cannot worship God. Don’t stop worshipping at home when all of this is over. You can be a worshipper no matter where you are !

In Daniel 3 as they looked into the furnace at the three princes, they noticed a fourth. God walks with us in worship, it is not predicated on how you feel. Shadrach, Meschach, and Abednego worshipped God and danced in the furnace, so we can worship God in the midst of the bills!

The body may get sick, but one thing never changes and that is our walk with God. He took away the sting of death and the grave.

No one should never walk out of church depressed. You may have walked into church depressed but God was there and HE CAN DO ANYTHING !!

 

Bishop Jared Staten

April 6 2020

Annoyed or Anointed

John 9:3-9

Anointing sounds pretty in the Bible, but in the Bible Jesus wanted to heal a blind man. He mixed his spit with dirt and made mud. He did not just dab the mud on the blind man’s eyes but, like a carpenter, he splattered it on and mashed it into his eyes. He filled on all the gaps and made sure to rub the mud in very well. It was not pretty, and did not look good and I am most sure it was irritating to the blind man. There were three ways the blind man could have been irritated:

  1. Socially irritated-He was minding his own business and did not know who Jesus was. He was just trying to make money and was not even thinking of being healed. He never asked to be healed.Miracles take anointing.
  2. Emotionally irritated-He could hear the spit, but did not know what was going on. He felt the wetness on his eyes as Jesus rubbed the mud mixture into his eyes. All he had to go by,was his hearing and feeling. HE was irritated emotionally because he could not see what was going on.
  3. Physically irritated-Jesus actually rubbed mud deep into his eyes and most likely it would have been very uncomfortable to the blind man, and may have even been in pain by it.

We will get irritated in life. God will take you to a place of irritation. There are many things that make us irritated. Circumstances can irritate us, a stomach ache can irritate us. So many things can be of an irritation to us. We do not understand that God is trying to anoint us! If you have no irritation then you will not have anointing!

Why did Jesus use spit? He could have used wateror just said a word, but why did He humiliate him? We do the same with church. We get irritated so we switch churches.We just don’t understand God’s anointing!

The blind man was justified to be annoyed. He never received an anointing. Anointing is meant to be annoying and is meant to irritate you! We become comfortable with what we live. We expect God to move us when in our comfort zone but that won’t work.

His ways are bigger than our ways. He has GREAT plans for us! Just remember that irritations come with anointings. Even though we are irritated right now, we will get to a place where something changes. We either get comfortable with the irritation or or look for something on the other side of that irritation.

Get to that place of irritation and move to obedience and a miracle will happen!

As the blind man washed the mud and spit from his eyes, he was able to see for the first time in his life! Are you tired of not seeing what God can do in your life?

We are programmed to believe that irritation is from the devil. God created good and evil. He let the devil irritate Job. Don’t you think God knows what is going on in your life? A little irritation and you will come out like gold!!

Just remember to NOT give up in the middle of the irritation. God has something for you!!

 

Bishop Jared Staten

March 15, 2020