The Road

Luke 10:30-35

The road to Jericho is similar to the Death road. Three thousand foot decline in elevation and it rained for over 2 weeks. The road was dangerous with bandits and was often called “Bloody Pass”. It was a treacherous place to travel.

Men would start their journey to Jerusalem after leaving the presence of God to journey , but would fall into the wrong crowd. Sometimes we mean to worship God but somewhere along the journey we are left a mess. I have never met anyone who walked away from God without something to complain about!

The parable of the sower and the seed is a great example of planting a seed in bad ground. It will not take root there. It is the same with people. The seeds can be sown in our heart but if it falls on dry ground it will wither and die.

There is no need to live inside the walls of mediocrity anymore. Let God tear down those walls. We go to church week after week and go through the motions, but we cannot let those emotions dictate our life! Don’t let a wall keep your from the promise! The world will lie and tell you what church should be but we cannot let them decide who God is to you!

In the parable of the good Samaritan, the Levites had rules and regulations they had to follow. They were not allowed to enter the Holy place after touching any dead thing. In the present day, it is not about the building ,but about the touch from God. We need to find God and not just talk about Him. Christianity does not make you a better person, but is to save us from the sins of self. It is not about being better but being sanctified.

I am so thankful that when I was bleeding and dying on the side of the road, I had someone to save me from my sins!  The Levites were all about work, and were forbidden to touch blood because it was unclean and they had to be pure to minister in the tabernacle.

We build walls around people we know and form groups. It is not wrong to have a group of friends , but there are people in the city that need God so we need to get outside of that group!

The Samaritan was looked at as a dog in Bible times by the Jews, but he was the one who stopped and bound the wounds of the the wounded man and took him to place to get help.

The promise of God is what marks you, not attendance or worship will save you. The promise will save me!

The church is like the special forces. If you are filled with the Holy Ghost, He has filled you with power. He gave us power to destroy the works of the enemy. BUT, is God testing you to see if you love Him? NO!! He allows us to go through things. He knows our heart, and He and wants us to become mature and grow up. He is stretching us!

God called you to be GREAT ! We cannot settle for anything less! When we are facing our biggest problem, God will make provisions because He has already prepared a table for us!

Bishop Jared Staten
February 2, 2020

Release His Spirit

1 Corinthians 3:16

As Christians, we need to take up the cross, deny ourselves, and walk with Christ. Remember, you are the temple of God and the Spirit of God dwells in you ! We need to continually thank God for filling us with His Spirit.

2 Corinthians 4:7 says  “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.” We have options… Brokenness is good for the church. When we break the outer man, the inner man can be released. So if you want to walk with Christ, you need to take up your cross and follow Him. It is not about me, but about releasing His Spirit into the world.

Unless we plant a seed in the ground, it will NOT grow! Sowing that seed in the ground will make it come back up and vegetate, and grow more and more and will produce more seeds!

Jesus even said to His disciples to take up their cross, deny themselves, and follow Me. By a lack of the cross, there will be more divorce, backsliding, and more of a mix of sin with Christianity.

1 Corinthians 10:21 says “Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils.” You cannot be in the world and in the church…you must choose one or the other! We all have a desire for sin and can be wrong in the moment, but God convicts our heart and wants us to cut that sin off NOW !

GET GOD TO GET GOOD! Bring every struggle and desire to Him. He came down and crucified himself for us! Destroy ALL sin that will stop you from living for God! ALL sin!!

As a church, we are under attack! Satan is at work and when Satan comes in like a flood, My God will hold up a standard.

Are you willing to do what God asks of you? Are you willing to lay hands on people? Sometimes our spirit is willing but our flesh is weak! Jesus had to pray 3 times because His flesh was weak! If we are not willing to die to ourselves and take up that cross, we need to pray, pray, pray! Say YES to God!

We need to demonstrate God’s love. Fall on the rock of Jesus Christ… “not my will, but yours”. It is not about you and me but about reflecting God’s glory!

Pastor Eric Cleveland
January 26, 2020