First of All-Prayer

1 Timothy 2:1

We need to get the church stoked in prayer. God cares about worship and praise. This altar should be worship and praise! God works through our prayers!  God even said to the disciples to watch and pray for one hour. Stay awake for one hour, but God had to remind them!

First we need to be a praying people, before winning the lost, and the men, as head of the household, need to pray!  We need to pray in our homes, daycare,hallway, and pray for our children in this dark world!

To the men of this church—God is calling you to pray, lifting holy hands, in our homes, cars, convenience stores, etc. It is God’s will for men to pray everywhere. There is a need to pray with lifted hands.

There may be a situation that will come along that will make us NOT want to pray, but we need to persevere and pray until something happens!!

Elijah was a praying, righteous man and he prayed for a rain cloud. Seven times he prayed and finally God answered that the rain was coming soon. Don’t give up and don’t get discouraged. Matthew 21:22 says ” And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.”

The Children of Israel complained before they crossed over and got manna. After they complained, they got meat. After they crossed over they saw the promised land and became a praying people.

Pray everywhere and you will see the effects. We want to be a revival church—on fire, fresh and alive!! We want to see praise reports!  If the church REALLY prays, they will be happy because prayers lift oppression!

When the church starts to pray, an aroma goes up to God and He can smell the prayer! Remember to pray without ceasing! David knew that incense was prayers going up to God! Incense and prayer are synonymous with each other! When we pray, it becomes a fragrant cloud to God. Cologne is supposed to attract people so we should want our church to smell good to God!

We want to make our church a fragrant cloud to God.We need a church willing to pray against evil!!

 

Pastor Eric Cleveland

Dec. 1, 2019

From Manna to Promise (Part 2)

Joshua 5:11-12

When God said “Let there be light” He did not have to say it again.

We are the church, not the building! We don’t want to “plug” into God just a little bit, because what you plug into is what you get out of it!  We need to be in a place in life to move beyond manna.

Mercy is a good thing and we need manna in our lives, but we do need to be in a place in life to move beyond manna. Manna was for the Children of Israel to always have food and for 2 years they had manna to survive. They crossed over and possessed the land. He called them to another level and purpose.

The purpose of manna is the purpose of the mercy of God., but it comes a time when we need more than manna. God put an expiration date on the manna. it was only good for one day! In heaven we will not need mercy, it’s just for this time. The judgement will come and then all mercy will be gone.

God has more than manna for you. We will all go through the wilderness and need the mercy of God.

There are problems with manna.

I like steak!! Forty years of eating manna..every day!! Manna is just mercy. Mercy will get old. One day you will not want to leave your tent to get manna and you will lose value in your life! God made you for more than a “manna life”. Manna falls for everyone, not just certain people.

There is no inheritance in manna. When spending time living with what God did in the last year, you are not living in manna! Manna joy is temporary, so plant a seed and it becomes permanent. Paul learned how to get through things and plant seeds. God has a walk of faith for us, not just mercy!

Did you know that 3% of athletes make it. They eat, sleep, and drink football. The world only offers temporary things. Manna was just to be temporary also! God wants to take you from manna to something permanent!

The Children of Israel had no persuasion to die. They did it to get the inheritance for their children and their children’s children.

Are you persuaded that God has a promise for you or are you fine with manna? The moment the Children of Israel stepped over into Kadesh-Barnea, they had new corn, not the old corn.

God says NO MORE MANNA!! You will now live off of the promise!!

I WANT THAT PROMISE !!

 

Bishop Jared Staten 

Nov. 24, 2019 

 

 

Manna from Heaven (part 1)

Exodus 16:3-4

There were 4 million people in the desert traveling to the Promised Land. They were hungry and they wanted something different than the manna that they had been fed every day. God prepared manna to sustain them the whole time they were in the wilderness. It was a good bread, not like rye or wonder bread. It was sweet like honey. It was a 2 year trip for all the Israelites going from Egypt to Canaan. They were tired of manna and wanted more. They finally turned to God, after trying to do it on their own and begged Him. He saw their immediate need.

It is not what you or I can do but it’s God’s purpose in His heart. He wants 2020 people to fill this church next year in 2020!

When the Children of Israel murmured and complained, there was still manna on the ground the next day. No matter how far you get from God, there will still be manna for you! It is all about God providing for us. We will mount on the wings of eagles, we will walk and not faint!

When we get up in the morning we need to say “I cannot wait to see what God has for me today!” There will still be manna on the ground!

God showed me last week when I was out of town that we have a mighty revival coming! If you are wanting a small church then you will have to go somewhere else, because this will not be it!!

God said to Moses to tell the children of Israel that they were only to gather the amount of mannah needed for that day because it would rot if they took more than needed and some of them did take more and guess what? It did rot!! Only on the 6th day were they allowed to gather enough for 2 days!

We need to realize that the prophecy given to us 5 years ago is not the same prophecy He has for us today!! Step out and get that new prophecy for you!! The manna is still there !

We fall down sometimes and have to literally crawl from our tents to the outside to receive our manna. During their long journey, the children of Israel had all their tents surrounding the tabernacle, which was right outside their tents. If you can crawl out of that tent there will be a tabernacle waiting for you with manna there also.

Remember that Jesus is the BREAD OF LIFE! He does not give us just any bread but Heavenly bread! Remember that it is not me , but CHRIST IN ME! We don’t understand why He gives us mercy, or manna, but that mercy is new every day!

The children of Israel got tired of manna everyday and wanted meat. Two years of it was a lot so they were not as excited about receiving manna after all that time!

Remember that many are called, but few are chosen. To be chosen is up to you. Are you going to get out of your tent?

Greater is He that is in me, than He that is in the world. Thank God He doesn’t leave me in my sin. We need to get back to the concepts that His mercies are NEW EVERY DAY!!

David learned as a young boy of 15 to depend on God. He ripped a bear apart with his own hands. He let the Lord sustain him. He called God his Refuge, Rock, Shield, Rescuer, Life, and Salvation.

So crawl out of that tent because there is manna right outside your tent. We are going to go forward… How?? By trusting in Jesus!! He got us here and He will keep us here! We need that manna!

Step out on faith and come to the altar for that manna you are needing ! The manna for the children of Israel was new every morning but they tired of it after 2 years. The thing is, there attitude changed about the manna …the manna did not change!

We need to put our faith in God and in His church and HE WILL OVERCOME!

The year 2020 is the Vision ! We are going to see the vision, but we must see God HIGH AND LIFTED UP!

 

Bishop Jared Staten

Nov. 17, 2019

Our God is Mighty

Job 36:5

There are no churches without problems. We sometimes get offended over the dumbest things! We get too emotional. We sometimes act like everyday Christians but we need to return to a life and walk with the sovereignty of God. God is mighty and strong in power! Does God do anything NOT mighty??

God gives us life and life MORE ABUNDANTLY!! He did not come just to help me make it through life but make it more abundantly!

There is Heaven and Hell then death and it’s over! Lazarus came forth out of the grave still in sin. He could not walk out because he was tied up in the grave. ALL the people that witnessed his raising were amazed. He does mighty works all the time!!

After Job lost everything and was in ashes he called to God…”El Kahora” Which means God is Mighty! Don’t call out to God only during circumstances because He is mighty ALL THE TIME!

1 Corinthians 5:19 IT was God in Christ who saved us. God wants to be the almighty in your life. He wants to be your bodyguard. He wants to be there at the beginning of your life and at the end of your life!

We don’t know the end… no man knows, but we will understand it in the end!!  In Revelation it is revealed the majesty of Jesus Christ, the Mighty God, who dwelt among us and died for us and who rose on the 3rd day for us!

Cedar Rapids NEEDS Jesus! He needs to be high and lifted up! The Bible says ” They shall be my people and I shall be their God.”

When God is on the throne and we fall in love with Him, He will change our heart from stone to love. WE MUST HAVE A HEART FOR GOD! 

Isaiah 6 it says He saw the Lord high and lifted up! There was a train so long that ll the robes of all the kings that they had conquered were attached to this train because He was the ONLY GOD, the mighty God and he was above all other kings and defeated all other kings!

We stand before God as a sinner and He looks down on us in all His wonder and says ” I LOVE YOU ANYWAY!” Jesus was the fulfillment of all strength and wisdom.  There is not one person in this church who should not have miracles in their life! I don’t want to just know about God but I want to experience Him! It doesn’t matter how far away you go, you cannot deny the experience of the Holy Ghost!

Because He lives, I can face tomorrow! He has comforted me, healed me, He became the light in my darkness, and when I was thirsty He gave me drink! He wants to be your MIGHTY GOD! Not just a friend in your posse, not just on of your loves.

He is the Creator, the All in All, Omnipresent, King of Kings, and the Great and Mighty One!! He is the God of every moment, in the good days and in the bad days. In all of these… I AM GOD! 

 

Bishop Jared Staten

Oct. 27, 2019

God is Mighty

2 Chronicles 18/20:1

You are not alone. The battle goes to God! You can go to Him with any situation. The devil plans to destroy you because you can’t save yourself so you need to call on the Lord and say “I need you to save me! Without you I can’t live!”

We also need the gospel to do mighty things. God is Mighty!! He is mighty to save. We have temptation everyday. We have friends who drag us down to their lifestyle! BUT, even when we are bad, GOD LOVES ME!

We need to ask ourselves the question–“Why did You save me?” Why am I alive? ” We serve a God that is almighty. It is hard to understand why God loves me but He does! He is merciful and He constantly gives us chances to get right with Him!

Psalm 47 says ” He is our refuge and our strength,” He is always with us. The world can take my life but not my soul! NOTHING can separate us from the love of God! That is the MIGHTY God we serve! He is ALWAYS THERE —-ALWAYS!!

We are given a promise of eternal life. What a mighty God we serve! What a mighty God we serve to save a sinner like me.

We are surrounded by sin everyday and we have to pray daily for God to deliver us from temptation. The devil is fighting every day!!! We can take three steps forward and one step back but we need to get tired of fighting! We need to cry to the Lord to deliver us!! We always need Go to deliver us. The enemy will try to sidetrack us and bring up past mistakes and try to destroy our family BUT we have to let God hold it all in His hands.

The devil will never gives us a break! BUT TRUST IN GOD !! Why??

BECAUSE GOD IS MIGHTY!!

 

Pastor Bill Gayete

Oct. 20, 2019

 

Stand on the Promises of the Almighty God

Pastor Tom Pina

Oct. 13, 2019

“I was glad when they said come to the house of the Lord.”

Jeremiah 32:17

God knows your situation. With trust and confidence we can lay it all on the altar! He will not leave you alone. We can trust Him no matter the situation. Abraham was told to drop everything so he could be shown the promise land. God wants us to drop everything so He can show us the promise land also!  It is human nature to not be able to grasp the power of the living God, But someday we will see beyond human nature!

I never thought I would walk a different life than what I had. I figured it was my lot in life . to either die of an overdose or armed robbery. We will overcome!! God will never leave us nor forsake us! We need to stand on the promise of the living God. He can bring you through! You need to put forth the confidence in Him!

I worked in tamale factory when I was young. I rode a bike to work. That bike had one bent wheel and 1 pedal. One day after work my bike was stolen! Wow, someone must have needed it worse than I did! I hitchhiked, rode the bus, etc. to get to work after that. I am so glad God had a better plan for my life!

God protects His children! Will it get heavy? YES! Sometimes stubbornness gets in the way also. Obey the word of God and allow yourself to fall into the hands of God.  We may have situations we cannot handle BUT  there is nothing too hard that God cannot do for you.

The key is to allow Him to be our God all the time, not just when you want Him to be! He always wants to be by your side. The simple power of the Mighty God is awesome, but we put limits on God. We need to understand that He is there to walk us through. He will never leave us but we will leave Him. We will leave and we will fail!

The strategy is to have faith in God. Jesus will help you cross the Jordan or the Red Sea and He will do it with understanding. Is there anything too hard for God? Don’t let the devil tell you you won’t make it! GOD WILL SEE YOU THROUGH!

Don’t lose your promise. When He said He will never forsake you…He meant it! He has never turned His back on me!

We serve a mighty God! Don’t let the enemy cheat you !!