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Divine Connections
October 20, 2016

Divine Connections

 The Lord gave me a message to preach at the Garden of Prayer Baptist Church for Pastor Haynie’s 24th year anniversary that hopefully blessed the hearts of the people, because after much prayer and study it certainly impacted me. The title of the sermon was, “Hold On To Your Divine Connections.”

 Divine Connections are extraordinary connections that God has established that will bless your life. Satan obviously sends people into our life to destroy us, so you must pray that the Spirit enables you to know the difference.

 It took me far too long to distinguish the difference between the two types of people. I learned not to immediately reject or discount people that come across my life’s path.

 Hebrews 13:1,2 Let brotherly love continue. Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.

 Biblical examples of Divine Connections can be found in the story and relationships of: Ruth and Naomi, Saul and David, David and Johnathan, Mary and Elizabeth, Paul and Timothy Moses and Aaron and Hur, Eljah and Elisha, and Jesus and John the Baptist. The connection between Mary and Elizabeth was so strong that John (before birth) leaped in the womb of his mother when he heard the voice of Mary.

 Divine Connections have mutual benefits, it’s not one sided.

 The Bible reads:

Jeremiah 3:15 (KJV) And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding.

Hebrews 13:17 Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.

Most people assume that they are the only ones that benefit from their relationship with their pastor and the pastor receives no benefit at all. Granted, pastors are Soul-Watchers, but they to benefit from the relationship. If they did not benefit from the relationship, then it would not be a Divine Connection. There are spiritual benefits that pastors receive on earth and spiritual benefits that abound to their account eternally. Put yourself in the shoes of a pastor for a moment and imagine multitudes of people pouring into your life spiritually daily and weekly. WOW what a benefit!

Having you as one of my Divine Connections makes me abundantly and spiritually wealthy. I pray that you will likewise let strangers come into your life with deposits of spiritual blessings.

What Are You Planning
August 05, 2016

What are you planning?
 
Is there something that you are planning?  Have you gone through and planned every single detail?  More importantly, did you check with God for His input?    Proverbs 16:9 states "We plan the way we want to live, but only God makes us able to live it." Often we make plans for the future, but we forget to consult God about what His will is for our plans.  It could be the greatest plan, with the biggest payoff, but if it is out of the will of God for us then it will not be successful.  It is so important that as we begin to make plans we not only seek God for direction, but also pray for discernment along the way to make sure we are staying on His path and not venturing off onto our own way.  Proverbs 19:21 states "We humans keep brainstorming options and plans, but God's purpose prevails." God's plan will always be the Best plan, no matter how many different ways around it we can think of.  He has already seen the end of this story and we are only slowing ourselves by not listening to Him.  So the next time you have a bright idea, take some time and talk to God about it before you devote lots of time to it. Let Him lead you on how to proceed.  Always make plans with God in mind.

 

By Tonisha Hood

Miracles
March 19, 2016

For the past few days I have spent several hours in Rush St. Luke Medical Center visiting with two men; both have had surgery and one has to have an additional quadruple heart bypass.  Both families are in prayer for a miracle, as most families are who have love ones in the hospital.

The simple definition of a miracle is an event or divine phenomenon or that is not explicable or explainable by natural or scientific law that is caused by the power of God.

Acts 2:22 (KJV)  Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know:

A few examples of a miracle are:

The Rising of Jesus Christ from the grave, known as the resurrection.

The Burning Bush that was not consumed. Exodus 3:3 (KJV)  And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt.

The Red Sea Divided. Exodus 14:21 (KJV) And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the Lord caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided.

The shadow of the sun turns backward. 2 Kings 20:11 (KJV)  And Isaiah the prophet cried unto the Lord: and he brought the shadow ten degrees backward, by which it had gone down in the dial of Ahaz.

Two Blind Men Healed. Mat. 9:28-29 (KJV) And when he was come into the house, the blind men came to him: and Jesus saith unto them, Believe ye that I am able to do this? They said unto him, Yea, Lord. 29 Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you.

 

It is essential that Believers have faith that God can and will perform miracles and despite how bleak a situation appears God can turn the situation around. 

 

It was not by coincidence that God allowed my wife and I to be at a Bishop T. D. Jakes meeting to preview the new movie “Miracle from Heaven”; it was destined to be for a purpose. My personal experience elevated by faith level to believe that all things are possible, and with this faith I am entitled to supernatural blessings.

 

We wanted everyone that we are connected to see this movie, not because Bishop Jakes produced it, but it is a terrific movie that will increase your faith in God and raise your expectation of a miracle. We also wanted particular people to enjoy the movie with us because the anointing on the fellowship will make a difference in their life. There is a reason why you keep seeing miracles, favor and the power of God in my life. You need to be touching what’s touching God.

If you want to join my wife and I as we increase the faith of others please give us a call today to receive the blessing of faith.

Incredible God, Incredible Church, Incredible Life