Weekly Word: Aug. 19, 2019

When You’re Waiting

Wait on the Lord, and keep His way, and He shall exalt thee ~ Ps. 37:34

Waiting is not a waste of time! David was called by God to be Israel’s next King. However, he was hiding in fear of his life and wondering “where is God in all this?” So the question arises, how do we behave in a cave? What do you do in a waiting period?

First, David encouraged himself in the Lord. He reminded himself of God’s faithfulness, and we should too. Abraham built seven altars during his life as memorials to God’s goodness. We should start remembering! Next, David thought of Joseph’s experience; Listened until God’s time finally came, how God tested his patience ~ Ps. 105:19. David learned from Joseph, who are you learning from?

Waiting can be tough, that’s why you fill your cave with praise and thanksgiving. Make your waiting room a praise room! Stay shut in with God, and when the time is right He will come and get you. If He did it for David and Joseph and countless others, He’ll work it out for you too – if we’ll only wait.

~ Pastor Turner

Weekly Word: August 12, 2019

As the disciples stood round him, he rose up, and came into the city ~Acts 14:20

They stoned Paul and left him for dead, and the other disciples stood around, waiting to see if he would get back up. Unfortunately, if you’re waiting for others to come and lift you up, it probably won’t happen. The first move is up to you! Once you make it, then God will send others to help you. Consequently, until you accept responsibility for yourself, you can’t get anywhere with God. Furthermore, until you accept correction without resentment, your life will remain on hold.

Get Up! Your problems aren’t unique, you’re not the first person to fail. You would be amazed at how many of us are fighting the same battle and show some of the same scars. Your problem is not that you fell, it’s that you haven’t gotten back up! Be like the person who said, “I’m never down, I’m always getting back up.”

~ Pastor Turner

Weekly Word: August 5, 2019

He kneeled upon his knees three time a day, and prayed ~ Dan. 6:10

Someone said, “men don’t decide their future. Men decide their habits, and their habits decide their future.” I think their right.

Let’s decide to get up earlier and spend the first part of our day with the Lord by praying, praising, and reading His word. Most of us already are in the practice of that habit but if you slacked off a bit this summer, let’s all start again. Some days will be easier than others, but the rewards will be well worth it.

The people who made a difference are people of habit! Even in the face of death, Daniel kneeled down to pray three times a day. Paul said in Eph. 15:16, “I cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers.” In the life of every great man or women of God, you’ll discover a foundation of holy habits. As a result of which the power and presence of God flows.

Take time today and think about your habits – especially the ones you need to establish.

~ Pastor Turner

Weekly Word: July 29, 2019

Speaking Words of Faith

Joshua 1:8 The book of the law shall not depart out of the mouth.

Our tongue is one of the greatest gifts God has placed at your command, so use it wisely! The bible says life and death are in the power of the tongue. “Strong words yet so often we don’t think before we speak, or consider the effects our words have.

Have you ever used words like, “I can’t handle this” or, “Things will never change?” I know I have! Our words don’t just affect those around around you, they affect God. Faith talk is what He responds to. What you say about your situation affects what you believe, and what you believe affects what you’ll receive from God.

Are you talking about your expectations, or are you still rehearsing past experiences? Listen to James 3:10; “out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers, this should not be.” It’s so easy to slip from speaking faith to speaking fear. Others might not speak faith filled words to you today, so practice speaking them to yourself.

Weekly Word: July 22, 2019

A Pure Heart

Blessed are the pure in heart; for they shall see God ~ Matthew 5:8

One definition of a pure heart is a heart that’s trusting God. Meaning, an attitude that is not mixed with doubt or carnality; a focus that is single. When we read these words we pray that God gives us a heart like that. A heart that sees potential for a miracle, even when things all around are falling apart.

Shadrach, Meshach, & Abednego refused to bow before the kings idols. Daniel 3:17-18 When he threatened them with the fiery furnace, they answered from pure hearts, “Our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning furnace, and will deliver us out of your hand o King. But if not, we will not serve your gods.”

A pure heart can handle the “but if nots.” If the job doesn’t come through, if that loved one doesn’t come back, or if my health isn’t restored, I will still serve the Lord. David said, “no good thing will He withold from them that walk upright with pure hearts ~ Ps. 84:11. Today ask God to give you a pure heart, an unmixed faith, and a single focus.

~ Pastor Turner

Weekly Word: July 15, 2019

Big Vision – Small Steps

Does anyone despise this day of small beginnings? Zach. 4:10

Do you feel there’s a huge gap between your present job or ministry position and your ultimate destination? You say, Yes; I would like to be a Pastor or school teacher, maybe a nurse, but that means going back to school. It would take year’s, and I’d have to switch jobs. Maybe starting a business, but you begin to think of all the risks, sacrifices, and know all the reasons to put it off until the kids grow up. Maybe, maybe, maybe…

How do we overcome the fear of starting? We reach big goals by taking small steps! While it’s tempting to think that the amount of time it will take is too long, those days & years will pass whether you’re pursuing your goal or not! God wants you to heed His call, to show up for duty and leave all the details of how it’s going to happen up to Him. If you’ll do your part He’ll do His. Just trust God and take the first step!

~ Pastor Turner

 

Weekly Word: July 1, 2019

Dying to Self

John 12:24 ~ Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.

America is becoming more self seeking, self serving, and more self centered. This describes  what our nation has become. The problem is it’s beginning to affect the church. While we remain in this condition we are prone to become depressed, insecure, fearful, & defensive not to mention a bunch of other things. So what’s the Answer? Die! Imagine how that sounds to someone who has spent their life building bigger homes, obtaining a better car, and pursuing more money. Listen to the word of God out of Romans 6:7, “because anyone who has died has been set free from sin.”

Jesus said in the verse we started with, if a corn of wheat doesn’t die, it’s alone. However, if it does die, it becomes productive. Loneliness is not the absence of affection, moreover the absence of direction. Find a cause bigger than you and give your life to it! Support a missionary, or become a sunday school teacher. Do something that’s not for you and watch what happens.

Start today and get ready to discover a Joy you’ve never known.

~ Pastor Turner

Weekly Word: June 24, 2019

Start Trusting the Lord

Hebrews 7:25 ~ He is able to save completely those who come to God through Him.

A young man saved a little girl who was drowning, she was caught in rip currents. When he tried to rescue her, she struggled so hard she pulled them both under. He was scared and told her, “if you don’t stop struggling I’ll have to leave you.” She stopped immediately and leaned back into his arms, and then it was easy to save her.

Consequently, it’s like that with salvation – the harder you try to save yourself, the faster you sink. You just need to lean back into the everlasting arms of Jesus. Trust Him for what He has done for you and be saved. Paul said in Ephesians 2:8-9, “by grace you are saved through faith. Not of works, least any man should boast.”

The moment you believe and trust in Him alone, you become His child.

Are you trusting in Him today as your Savior?

~ Pastor Turner

Weekly Word: June 17, 2019

When God Blesses You

 Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share.
1 Timothy 6:17-18 

Everything you have, God gave you, so don’t “ego trip” over it! Enjoy all God gives you, but don’t trust anything but Him. It could all be gone in a day. Elijah discovered when the brook dried up, God was still his source (2 Kings 17) The most important thing you’ve got is your relationship with God. Anything you put before that you’re going to lose!

So what’s this all about? Simply this; If your possessions are just a status symbol or a security blanket, then you missed it. Jesus said in Matthew 10:8, “freely you received, Freely give.” Our greatest joys are not what we acquire, but what we’re able to give. You can be the solution for hurting people! If the Lord has blessed you, then bless others. When you can be trusted with little, He’ll give you more to be a blessing with and to enjoy.

God longs to bless you, but can He trust you?

~ Pastor Turner

Weekly Word: June 10, 2019

Give it All to Him

Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you – 1 Peter 5:7

Perhaps you’ve done all you can and things aren’t getting any better. That’s a frightening place to be! However, spiritually speaking you’re on the threshold of a miracle. Don’t beg or plead with God, He’s your Father. Jesus said in Matthew 6:32 ” Your heavenly Father knows that you need these things.” He knows your needs!

Listen to this promise out of Isaiah 46:4 – “I will be your God throughout all your life, yes even when your hair is white with age. I made you I will care for you.” If  you need more assurance read Deuteronomy 33:27, “The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.”

When we stop taking those on cares or anxieties, satan will stop bringing them back. Now that we know this, let’s start acting on it!

~ Pastor Turner