Pastor's Message

“But God, who is rich in mercy, because of
His great love with which He loved us,
seven when we were dead in trespasses,
made us alive together with Christ (by
grace you have been saved)."

- Ephesians 2:4, 5 - New King James Version.

 

Before you can establish a new and deeper relationship with Jesus Christ, you must first acquire enough intellectual light to satisfy your mind that you have been given the right to stand in the new relationship. Even the shadow of a doubt will destroy your confidence. Then, having seen the light, you must advance. You must make your choice, commit to it, and take your rightful place as confidently as a tree planted in the ground. As a bride entrusts herself to the groom at the marriage altar, your commitment to Jesus Christ must be once and for all, without reservation or reversal.

 

Then, there follows a time of establishing and testing, during which you must stand still until the new relationship becomes so ingrained in you that it becomes a permanent habit. It is comparable to a surgeon setting a broken arm by splinting it to keep it from moving. God, too, has His spiritual splints He wants to put on His children to keep them quiet and still until they pass the first stage of faith. Sometimes the trial will be difficult, "But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you” - 1 Peter 5: 1 0 - New King James Version.

 

There is a natural law at work in sin and in sickness, and if you just drift along following the flow of your circumstances, you will sink under the power of the Tempter. But there is another law of spiritual and physical life in Jesus Christ to which you can rise, and through which you can counterbalance and overcome the natural law that weighs you down.

 

Doing this, however, requires real spiritual energy, a determined purpose, a sure stance, and the habit of faith. It is the same principle as a factory that uses electricity to run its machinery. The switch must be turned on and left in that position. The power is always available, but the proper connection must be made. And as long as that connection is intact, the power will enable all the machinery to stay in operation.

 

There is a spiritual law of choosing, believing, abiding, and remaining steadfast in your walk with God. This law is essential to the working of the Holy Spirit in your sanctification and in your healing.