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An Overcoming Faith In A Sin Rocked World

“For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.   Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?”  1 John 5:4-5 KJV
 
Our victory is in Christ.  We can live victorious over anything and everything this world has to dish out because our lives are “hid in Christ”.  
 
Our nation seems to be falling apart all around us but as Christians we need to remember we already have complete victory over all the world’s chaos.  We must have the proper perspective as true believers of Jesus Christ.  We need to release our faith and go active.  We are not to “waver nor stagger at the promises of God”.  We are to step up to the plate and with resurrection power level the playing field.  We are to be courageously engaged in spreading the good news of the gospel while appropriating the victory of Calvary wherever we go.  Let’s not focus and become preoccupied with the condition of our world but rather see the world as a backdrop for God to show forth His glory.  We are not called to insulate ourselves from the hardships and pain of a sin rocked world but with a bold compassion we are to demonstrate who Jesus really is and that He loves and cares for people.  The bible says,  “For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God”  Romans 8:19 NKJV

 



Our Attitudes


God’s favor is being poured out and He is telling me it’s not the devil or his demons that will be able to hold back His favor. The only thing that has the power to hold back God’s favor in this season is our very own attitudes.

The Lord is fine tuning areas in my life so He can poor out His favor. Most of this involves attitude. The key is realizing I can’t change anything but I can call upon His grace which will enable me to change. I’m monitoring every thought and dealing with each one accordingly. God’s grace is releasing wisdom that leads to the right steps which in turn effects change. The good thoughts I build on with Godly principles and the negative thoughts I cut off immediately with the proper thoughts and scriptures. If they continue to pop up I increase the battle by turning up the heat with more scripture, praising and praying in my native tongue and in The Spirit.

As I follow this all the way through, the end result is a right attitude. In this frame of mind my conscience is clear and I can expect God’s favor with an uncompromising faith.



From The Heart Of A Pastor

heart_convertedI have something stirring in my heart and spirit this morning of which I feel the Holy Spirit wants me to share.
First, if you’re a Christian and you are not committed to a local church then you are being disobedient to God’s Word. Wow! What a way to start out, right?  Please hear my heart, I’m not writing this to intentionally offend anyone but if we are honest all disobedience is sin.  Most of the new testament which was written by Paul and inspired by the Holy Spirit was written to individual local churches.
God has given to his people the five fold ministry.  The office of the pastor is given by God to his people to help mature their lives, among other things.  This does not mean the pastor is perfect but he is a gift to the body of Christ.  The pastor is not better than the people he is commissioned to pastor.  He is not more important than the people he is called to lead.  But he is gifted by God to be the overseer or under-shepherd of God’s flock.  In other words, God puts a grace on his life to do what would otherwise be impossible.
If you don’t think it’s impossible without God, please try getting a group of people together of which are volunteers.  Then get them to do what they really don’t want to do.  I think you get my point.  Trust me this task is hard enough with God and doing it without Him would be likened to spiritual suicide.
I would like to make a plea on behalf of all true pastors everywhere.  I’m going to say what many pastors across this land truly want to say but won’t because they don’t want to offend anyone.  First, please stop comparing your pastor to your favorite TV preachers.  Respect your pastor for who God has called him to be.  Remember, he is not perfect but I promise you if you truly knew that TV preacher you just might develop a different opinion of him.  What I’m trying to say is; you’re seeing only the very best of the TV preacher and you never see his faults.  How is it fair to your pastor when you know him and his faults to always compare him to your perfect illusion?  Second, your pastor takes his task very serious because he has to give an account to God for your soul.  Don’t make this difficult for him because if you do you are only hurting yourself.  Take courage and let your pastor speak into your life even if it hurts, and believe me at times it will hurt.  Your pastor is like a parent and if a parent loves you they will discipline you and love you in truth.
Remember, he is gifted by God with wisdom to speak into your life.  Third, God doesn’t make mistakes.  He has placed you in your church under your pastor and ministry team on purpose.  God knows exactly what he is doing with your life.  He created you for His glory and placed you into the body of Christ both to grow and to contribute.
Remember, God gifts your pastor with an insight into your life that no TV preacher is given.  This grace is given to your pastor for your life and it’s not given to another pastor in the same way when it pertains to you.  A good pastor will be praying for you and your family.  I’m sure the TV preacher won’t be doing that.  A TV preacher is just that, a TV preacher, not your pastor.  Your pastor is hearing from the Lord concerning your life.  It’s to your benefit to ask your pastor what The Lord is laying on his heart concerning your life.
I will stop here for today.  Please, if you like this and believe this message should be heard, please post it on your social media page,  share and pass it along.  I will continue this series if there is a response that warrants it’s continuance.  Thank you and God bless you.- Pastor Noel


Pressing Into Prayer

Greetings, everyone.   There has been a stirring inside of  me to “press” into more of what God has for us. As you are  aware, we are praying and believing that our Lord will see people totally healed. As I’ve been pressing into prayer for them and all of City Church,  one word is vibrating through my spirit. I’m hearing the word “contend.” At first, I heard it for Nina, and then I felt it moving towards our servant leadership team and to the church at large. The word has grown to encompass more than it’s definition as it has been transformed into an attitude. It is an attitude that conquers first within and then translates into victory throughout. Think about it- An attitude. Yes, an attitude that won’t be denied. You know- that Jacob kind of attitude. It’s a power from within that’s generated by the Holy Spirit that moves us into the mighty conquerors Christ is calling us to become. To “become” , we must be willing to contend for what belongs to us. To contend, we must be willing to fight the good fight.   To contend we must not agree with our enemies counter- plan, of which, he has designed for us. We must engaged him according to the biblical directives and be totally committed to being led of the Holy Spirit. Remember, you are on the winning team.

Victory is your future!

Pastor Noel                                                    Pastor%20Noel

The year of 2014 is upon us. As we close out this year, I believe it’s important to take note of the experiences we’ve walked through and the varied lessons we’ve learned. Yes, it’s true that we should learn from our mistakes, but we also learn many lessons through our victories and the victories of others. We may not win every battle we wage, but through it all, we gain strength and wisdom as we keep our hearts and perspectives in proper order. In keeping with the order of God, we are able to lay hold of God’s purpose for our lives. We’ve been told for years that God has a plan for us, but it’s when we grasp the purpose of God for our lives that things truly begin to materialize.

We step into a new year with more grace. More grace gives us more courage to take bigger steps to accomplish the will of God for our lives. I can hear the year 2014 calling us to take larger risks for God. Taking larger risks causes God to respond in greater degrees of favor, power,

and blessing.

God is calling City Church to believe that, as the body of Christ, He will do great things in and through us. In Christ, we are called to do extraordinary things. Just as Caleb and Joshua did exploits for God, so will we. They believed and responded by faith. The fruit of faith is always victory. Victory is our future, because we are a people of faith. The Lord came to save people, and He wants us to join with Him in this good work. In 2014, the Lord is coming to step in our boat to show us where to cast the nets. The call is to join together with Him in the work

of harvesting souls. Let’s go fishing, City Church!

Pastor Noel



Springtime Is Upon Us

Hello Friends,

Springtime is upon us. Spring speaks to me of new life. The Bible declares that the Lord’s mercies are new every morning. How wonderful it is to wake up to these words every day! Maybe, on the previous day, we blew it and know we’ve let God down. Maybe we disappointed a loved one, a friend or even ourselves. The feelings of guilt consume the peace of God which keeps our hearts and minds.

To be honest, I’ve woken up more times than I care to admit in this frame of mind. What must I do to get rid of the guilt and the voice of accusation? I turn to God’s Word to combat the ugliness that is consuming my thoughts and draining my strength. John 1:9 instructs, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” When I choose to obey and humble myself in order to ask for God’s forgiveness, His love returns like a gentle stream and peace is restored. It’s almost as though God hits the play button, and I hear those faithful words which bring healing to my soul — “His mercies are new every morning.”

I love new things. I love the dawn of a new day as the sun’s glow radiates over a mountain skyline. I love making new friends because friends are treasures from God. I love the fresh start that God promises at the end of a seemingly endless trial. I love being able to hold a new baby in my arms. I love the touch and smell of a newborn that brings me back to the days that I held my boys for the first time. I love the new beginnings and new  experiences that God brings to the people of my church. I love having a choice to exchange a bad attitude for a new, good attitude which  results in a much more pleasant life.

I love experiencing the freshness of God’s living Word. You might read a particular verse or portion of scripture over and over until the dawn of a new day when God seems to say, “This word is for you, today!” You feel compelled to read it again and again. It’s a now Word from God which grips your heart and demands your complete attention. City Church, I have such a word for us today from God’s Word. “Never again will you be called the Godforsaken City or the Desolate Land. Your new name will be the City of
God’s Delight and the Bride of God, for the Lord delights in you and will claim you as His own.” (Isaiah 62:4 NLT) I pray this promise from God’s Word grips you as it has me. Blessings City Church, Blessings indeed!

Your Servant In Christ,   

Pastor Noel