Monday, July 30, 2012

Excerpt from The Way of The Holy Spirit: How Sweet It Is To Be Led by Him


....The only downside of the building I moved into was that at night I was the only occupant.  The daycare downstairs closed at 6:30 and the various congregations were rarely there after nine at night.  For the most part it was me and Jesus.  Needless to say after I moved in, on any day that I  was out and about past sunset I would camp on Pastor Jean's or somebody's else’s couch.  You see there was a long dark walkway between the street and the stairs that led to my front door and I just couldn't seem to bring myself to take that walk after dark by myself.

 To make a long story short though, I was growing in the Lord and one wintry, windy Saturday night there were so many strange noises in that building that I started to panic.  That same night I clearly heard the voice of the Holy Spirit say, “Go see what that noise is”. It was unmistakably God and I had a choice to make.  Fortunately for me I chose to trust and obey the Lord.  I grabbed a lampstand, opened my back door which led into one of the building's hallways and discovered that the slamming and banging noises I was hearing were some old rickety windows that had come loose from the frames and were swinging back and forth.  That night was the beginning of the Lord leading me out of  that fear place I had lived in for so many years.  He didn't do it all at once; He gently led me out one step at a time.

A year or so after that night I knew I was making progress when I came home, discovered that all the security lights were out in the back and kept walking toward my stairs. As a matter of fact, I kept walking even after I looked up on my porch and saw a pair of beady little eyes leering back at me. Turns out that it was a possum that refused to budge even after I yelled and stomped 'get' at the top of my lungs.  That possum wasn't intimidated by anything I did or said.  I kept walking though, walking and swallowing.   
Everything inside of me said God did not give me the Spirit of fear.  He gave me love, power, and a sound mind.  I stomped up those creaky wooden steps and still the possum glared at me with those beady eyes.  As I approached the top of the steps, I saw that there was sufficient room for me to put my key in the door without having to battle with that  beady eyed possum and I kept walking.  I threw my shoulders back like in a Rocky (Sylvester Stallone) movie and said aloud, “This is my house and the He that is in me is greater than the he that is in the world.” I put my key in the door, opened it, stepped in, closed it, double-bolted it, looked out the window and saw those beady eyes still glaring.  But thanks be to God I was inside, safe, secure and thankful. 
In fact I have never been so thankful in my life.....
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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Are You One of the People Called by God’s Name



II Chronicles 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land


                                        Are You One of the People Called by God’s Name

by Pastor Teirrah McNair


All rights Reserved, Hayward, California, Updated 7-2012



Before we can even get to a place of humility, prayer and repentance we must rest in knowing that we are truly God’s people, called by His name. The children of Israel in the Old Testament had great difficulty with this fact of life and in this season some of us may not be embracing this truth as we should. The question then is who are the people who are called by God’s name?

The awesome thing about the answer to this question is that it causes us to hold up the Word of God like a mirror to see if we qualify.  It also should cause us to look around us and see if our light is shining as intensely as it should in a time and a season when it is not fashionable to be a practicing, bold Christian. The greater call in this scripture is not simply that we wear the name but that we stand up for Christ and all He stands for 24 hours a day 7 days a week.  Being called by God’s name is a tall ticket but thanks be to God that He has given us His own precious Holy Spirit to dwell within us and to lead, instruct and control us every step of the way.  Are you up to the challenge?


Names are highly significant to God.  In Genesis He was careful with the naming of those things we know as sun and moon and stars and night and day.  Then when God made man in His own image, He named us Adam meaning earthy/red.  Sounds to me like our God knew then that His 1st Adam which He made from the earth would need a redeemer, a second Adam to shed red blood.  It was in the name from the beginning.  God is mindful of us like that.


 Later on our blessed Lord would stamp destiny on men and women with name changes like Abram to Abraham, Sarai to Sarah and Jacob to Israel.  Those names became a divine label, a mark and a reputation that had to be lived up to.  The names came with both privilege and responsibility. What was true then is still true today.  When we accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior we take on His name and we too must accept the privileges with the responsibilities for wearing His name.  I challenge you to embrace seven truths as bearers of the name of Jesus Christ.

#1  Depart from iniquity or known sin according to 2 Timothy 2:19  When the Holy Spirit brings a ‘don’t do that or get away from this’ to our conscious minds we need to obey quickly.

#2 Don’t let sin rule in any aspect of your life.  Rule it, don’t be ruled by it. Heed the word in Psalms 19:13  We have to remember that sinning or missing the mark can be habit forming and we cannot afford to yield our body or soul to anyone but Jesus.  Paul warns us in Romans 6:16 that we become the servant of whoever we obey.  We don’t have to go out like that.

#3  Let your flesh bless His name as it is written in Psalms 145:21.  Now if ever there were a holy preoccupation for our flesh, this is it. Flesh is a known troublemaker that always wars against the Holy Spirit.   Flesh demands an immediate reaction that can cause our blood pressure to rise, our nerves to stand up, our arteries to clog, our head to ache and our hormones to moan.  When we choose instead to command our own selves to bless the name of Jesus, we go instead with the flow of the Holy Spirit and the fruit thereof is love, joy, peace, gentleness, faith, self-control et al (Galatians 5:22-23).   We must always remember that we bless the name of Jesus best when we line up our lips and our hips with the Word of God. 


#4 Honor His name with our conversation and attitude. Read Hebrews 13:5.  This point is a message in and of itself.  For the sake of time I recommend that you tape record yourself over the course of just one day and see if your words bring forth life or death.  Do your words build people up or tear them down? Is your conversation full of murmuring and complaining or more like apples of gold in pitchers of silver?   Does your attitude attract or repel people?  Need I say more?


#5 Choose the good name as the Word says in Proverbs 22:1.  We wear the name of one so high and lifted up that at His name every knee has to bow and every tongue confess that He is Lord. God exalted Jesus and gave Him a name above every other name (Philippians 2:9-11). If we choose to walk in a manner contrary to that, we are settling for less than God’s absolute best. If we can abide so easily in lies that destroy us why can’t we abide in truths that will bring forth life?  I remember a time in my life when I called myself Bud—short for Budweiser.  I lived, moved and had my being in my brew.  I was bent toward self-destruction and was totally faithful to the cause.  I now know that I must be equally faithful to the cause of Christ and to bearing His glorious name. It is just that simple.


#6  Colossians 3:17 caps off this discussion and encourages us to do everything in Jesus’ name.   When we obey this scripture in word and deed then we can rightfully claim the privileges.  We can run to Him knowing that he is a strong tower.  (Proverbs 18:10)  We can be assured that He remembers what we do in His name.  (Hebrews 6:10) We can walk in His authority as Paul did in Acts 16 and expect miraculous results like we see in the 26th verse when the “foundations of the prison was shaken, doors were open and everyone’s bands were loosed.”
 

#7  John 15:16 is our final encouragement on this subject.  This scripture tells us that we can indeed pray in Jesus’ name and expect the Father to give us what we ask for.  What a blessing; what a privilege that is completely ours as we line up our lives with God’s will, His way and His Word.   

 I don’t know about you but I want to be counted in that number.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Healing Scriptures


Special thanks to the folks at www.facebook.com/prayallday for this month long focus on what God has to say about healing. I pray that this calendar will bless you richly! Pastor Teirrah