January 04, 2010

Encouraging Words 1/4/10-BCF Praise Report

2010: Living in Covenant with God.....and one another!

What a great time we had yesterday in Father's House! It was so good to be back together again after a two week hiatus. Worship was wonderful and the Word of the Lord to us was a great exhortation and comfort to us all.

There were three key points that the Lord reminded us to remember daily as we go forward into 2010: Follow Peace, Follow the Word, Follow Jesus!

Colossians 3:15 says for us to "LET the peace (shalom) of Christ rule in our hearts..." the word in greek for 'rule' means to act as umpire, to direct, or to guide- and in this case, let God's peace be your umpire to direct or guide your decision making in the new year. If you don't have peace about a situation- then take the time to wait on the Lord, seek His heart and direction, ASK for wisdom to know what to do and to walk in God's perfect Will for your life.

Divine delays are not necessarily Divine No's; Just because something you're waiting on God for hasn't happened yet, doesn't mean that it is NOT going to happen- we must live in faith and exercise patience. Remember, the righteous will LIVE by faith- so Trust God and His Goodness towards you, and follow peace.

Second, follow the Word of God! "Thy WORD is a Lamp unto my feet and a Light unto my path!" Psalm 119; "Trust in the Lord with ALL of your heart and lean not on your own understanding; In ALL of your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path." Proverbs 3:4,6; "For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans to prosper you and give you HOPE and a future!" Jeremiah 29:11; "I would brethren that you prosper EVEN AS your soul is prospering." 3 John 2; "FEAR NOT, for I am with you!" Over and over again the Lord tells us to FEAR NOT and to TRUST Him in all of our ways. Obey His commands and you WILL prosper! Be obedient to God!

Be faithful, Be devoted to Him and His Church, Be a tither and giver!

Remember, you are sowing seeds TODAY for your tomorrows! What you give your time and attention to- you will become. If you give your time and attention to the things of the Kingdom, to His Word, to worship and fellowship with like-minded Believers- YOU WILL BECOME STRONG IN THE LORD- like them! But if you give your attention to anything else, or nothing at all- look out! That is what you are going to become yourself!

Third, follow Jesus- the Author and the Finisher of our faith! Jesus is doing a work in you and in US (His Bride) that as He polishes us up- we will reflect Him in all of His Love, Power and Glory!!! Colossians 3:12 tells us to clothe ourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; For us to bear with each other and forgive any and ALL grievances with each other even as God has forgiven US! And finally- it says for us to put on LOVE- which binds us all together in perfect unity! BE LIKE JESUS!

Follow Him by following His example of what it means to be a Son or Daughter of God!

In the year ahead, we must remember that God is a faithful and COVENANT KEEPING God! He is faithful even if we aren't! Be not afraid, or intimidated- you are not alone, and you are not spiritually impotent! God the Lord is on your side! Who can be against you? AND....if you will keep your covenant with His Church, you have a whole company of like-minded Believers to fellowship with, to comfort you, to help and support, to give in to, and to count on! We are COVENANT People, and we must endeavor to continue to be such- no matter what comes our way.

We want to remind you that we LOVE you and deeply care about your well being. We are praying for you and we remain your faithful, COVENANT partners, Brothers and Sisters in the Faith- and we will continue to be such for you til Jesus comes and takes us all Home! Please continue to pray for us to be fruitful in the work of the King- and to lead many souls to Christ in the days ahead. Have a great week and a most BLESSED New Year! It is going to be a GREAT year for us all, we just know it!

In Christ's love and Shalom,

Ap Dale

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