Imagine if all of us paid attention to just the highlights from last night. Imagine how they could open amazing worlds of opportunity and change.
We all need Monday motivation. What is distancing you from His blessings? Do you feel like it’s church, the messages, the people? Perhaps it’s none of that, but the shift is in you.
Like every weekend and every service, we gather to lift up the name of Jesus and gather more oil for our lamps. It’s no small thing what the Lord gives us. We’re sharing, but know the door has not been shut (Matthew 25:10). There is still room for you.
Share this with a friend who wants to know what it’s like to start every morning on the right foot.
As Praise Went Up, The Holy Ghost Came In, And The Walls Came Down
As we follow the call of God in our lives, we encounter roadblocks, heartache, and other unexpected things that blindside us, and we find ourselves sometimes desperate for hope, healings, or answers. We go down to the altar crying out to God because of the truths and promises we’ve heard that are now deep inside of us, and we are asking God to please let them work in our lives and sustain us. Other times we just want to touch the Lord because we love Him that much.
No experiences—good or bad—are ever a waste. God uses whatever we’ve been through and whatever comes up against us to develop us into who He intended. When we understand what the Ministry is teaching, we can’t help but respond in praise and reaching out to Him for help. We want to make it.
That’s how our Sunday night started.
Your Day Just Got a Lot Better
Brother Nobles gave us a tip to change how our day starts. Our default mode is to wake up in Romans 8:7 (the natural side). Hello, grumpy.
Don’t let the man get you down.
How Do I Fix That?
When you first wake (or if you’re like Sister Dee Dee, right after your first sips of coffee), Brother Nobles told us how to get up on the right side of the bed . . . every morning.
Two simple things will change your life, guaranteed.
Let these two things be a joy, not a chore. Do them consistently and watch the change in your life. They will take you out of Romans 8:7.
Make the switch when you get up. I promise you, it will make a difference. -Brother Nobles.
Seeing More Than an Altar Call
Brother Suggs says things in a way that connects with the hearts of people. He was touched by seeing all the faces down at the altar crying out to God, “Help me”. It touched his heart that our church is so tender. After all the messages Brother Nobles has been working on with this spirit of perfection, Brother Suggs said it meant a lot to him to see people responding by coming down asking for the Lord’s help, trying and wanting to get this message of perfection right. With our tears, with our faith, we were able to touch God tonight. Brother Suggs gave us good scriptures and a bonus scripture to take with us this week as a hurricane looms over those living on the East coast:
Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. -Psalm 46:10
When the Altar Does Not Move You Anymore, and You Just Don’t Sense God’s Presence the Way You Once Did
Brother Shannon reminded us of what God gave us and how He sent us the Holy Ghost to be the Great Comforter. It will get us through what we need to do. When the Holy Ghost comes in, you can see the trees blowing in the wind, and it is a beautiful, beautiful sight!
Getting Off The Carnal Nature Merry-Go-Round
Brother Patrick said out loud what we are all feeling. We really want to make it. We’re not here playing. We really want to look upon His face. Making us laugh while striking some serious chords, he always finds a way to relate to us.
Be real. We are a mess. We want to do what we know is good, but we don’t. Even the Apostle Paul feels us. He was fighting the same battle:
For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. -Romans 7:18-21
This carnal nature, aka me, is relentless and it is not going to quit—so we better not.
There is a big difference between conviction and condemnation. Conviction = When you feel bad about something you’ve done. Conviction is the Holy Ghost bringing you back when you’ve gone too far away. Like center-line strips that are placed to alert drivers that they’re getting too close to the edge of their lanes, conviction is trying to alert us to get away from the edge and get back to safety.
When you walk after the spirit, you are FREE. You no longer have to keep up with the world. If you’ve ever been confined (at sea on a military ship, in your mind, circumstances that control you), you know that feeling and your appreciation of freedom is unlike those who haven’t experienced that confinement.
For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. -Romans 8:2
If you’ve ever been in darkness waiting without hope or light, and heaven came running and opened your eyes, you understand freedom.