October 13, 2009

Encouraging Words 10/13/09-BCF Praise Report

Romans 12:1, 2 Amplified Bible

1I APPEAL to you therefore, brethren, and beg of you in view of all the mercies of God, to make a decisive dedication of your bodies presenting all your members and faculties as a living sacrifice, holy devoted, consecrated and well pleasing to God, which is your reasonable, rational, intelligent service and spiritual worship.
2Do not be conformed to this world-this age, fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs, but be transformed-changed by the entire renewal of your mind by its new ideals and its new attitude, so that you may prove for yourselves what is the good and acceptable and perfect Will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect in His sight for you.

Greetings BCF Family & Friends!

I hear the Spirit of the Lord saying to us, "Come up higher! Come up higher! Take your position next to Me, consecrate yourself to Me so that I may do even greater things through YOU!"

I was watching Joyce Meyer this morning and the Holy Spirit is really emphasizing to all of us right now, that to make Jesus LORD of your life means to surrender to His purposes, goals and objectives for your life! What does Jesus want you and I to be doing? He wants us to be loving people like He does! He wants us to be HELPING people like He does! We are His hands and feet, His mouthpiece, the representative of His Kingdom and righteousness!! It's not enough just to tell people "Jesus loves you!" Of course we want to do that, but it is more needful for us to start SHOWING people that Jesus loves them by helping them out! How about giving someone some encouragement, a warm hug, slip them some cash when you know they are struggling financially, how about DOING the works of Jesus!

It says in Acts that Jesus of Nazareth was anointed of God and went about doing GOOD to all people! THAT is what He wants you and I to be doing!

Yesterday, worship was powerful, we got our love tank refilled and had a sweet time in the Lord together. Sister Melissa walker then shared an awesome teaching about what it takes to be called a "Friend of God." Not every one in the Bible was called a friend of God- Abraham was, but not Moses- why? Because Abraham trusted God and just DID what God asked of him; Moses himmed and hawed, made excuses for why he couldn't- and didn't always DO what God told him to do! Even though God used Moses mightily- without a doubt, but Moses held back. King David was called a man after God's own heart because He knew the heart of the Father and what God desired, and even though he sinned, he was quick to acknowledge he had sinned and repented. He valued the anointing of God on his life more than anything else. DO YOU?!? Are you sold out to Jesus as the King and LORD of your life, or are you satisfied just to have your ticket to heaven?

I know that I'm not satisfied just to have a ticket to heaven. I want MORE of God and I want to PLEASE my Heavenly Father by doing what He has asked of me to do. I believe that God is calling us to a higher dimension in Him, a higher level of yielding and submission to His purposes and Will than we are currently walking in. What would happen if EVERY Christian on the planet would take this serious and start living to please God and serve others rather than to selfishly live for their own fleshly desires? I imagine that world hunger would end quickly, that the homeless would have a place to live and support to get back on their feet, that the orphan and widow would no longer be lonely and destitute- but would have a family and a place that they knew they belonged in and were wanted.

LOVE demands a sacrifice. God made the ultimate sacrifice when He gave Himself, His one and only Son to live and die for our disobediance. It only takes one lie to be a liar, it only takes one sin to be a sinner, and Jesus sacrificed His life to pay the penalty for our sins. The scripture says that no greater love has anyone, than to lay down his life for his friends. Today and from now until Jesus calls us home- it's time for US to sacrifice and lay down our lives for each other, for the poor, for the lonely, for the rejected and outcast- it's time for US to BE God's hands and feet! This is the hour for which we were born, so that the power and glory of God could be revealed to all people- through YOU and I!

I'm praying for you today and that the Holy Spirit will show you how you can help someone else today. Get your mind off of YOU, quit worrying or prioritizing YOURSELF, and start looking out- find a need and meet it. THAT's what Jesus is doing and would be doing, THAT kind of obedience to God will cause you to become a real "Friend of God", too!

Renewal is just three and a half weeks away. We are all praying, believing, preparing our selves, for an incredible outpouring of His love, grace and GLORY! Please continue to pray for us and the weekend. We have confirmed 61 people outside of our congregation who are attending. If you've ever been to our ministry facility- you know we are going to pack the house!
Praise God- He's going to blow the roof off!! :-)

Also, if you'd like to share information about Fall Renewal/Outpouring with others, you can send them to our website for more information.
www.bcfchurch.us or www.believerscovenant.org.

Last of all, I want to remind everyone of our leadership training course on Saturday, October 24th, 10 AM-2 PM on "Healing for Damaged Emotions" led by Brenda Johnson. It's going to be an awesome workshop. Lunch will be served. Please let me know if you are coming for sure.

God BLESS you, we love you and we're praying for you. Have a great week in the Lord and START HELPING OTHERS! That's what Jesus would do!

Shalom and much love in Christ our Lord,
Ap Dale

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