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The Good News

Who’s Knocking The Loudest?

                In Rev. 3:20 Jesus said “Behold I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.”

Satan knows that Jesus stands at the door of your heart knocking, asking you to open the door of your heart and let him in. Jesus Christ never has nor ever will force Himself upon anyone. No one has ever been made to become a Christian. He will however beckon you with a strong drawing upon your heart. You will feel that slight tug at your heart strings and you know that it is Jesus again! You do not hear aloud audible voice asking will you let me in? Will you let me in? Inside yourself at that moment is complete silence except for that small voice of God asking to come in.

Satan on the other hand knows that God calls all mankind to repentance. Satan does not want anyone to hear God calling and knocking at the door. Satan knows he must create a distraction resulting in someone or something knocking at your heart louder than Jesus. Remember the advertisements you have seen with loud music, exploding scenes, puiack action to draw the eye and an allurement to excitement? How about the 3-d billboard where images jump off the board to grab your attention. Or even friends and family that demand your time and attention, It could even be a job that requires so much of you that there remains no time or strength to respond to the call of God upon our heart.

Satin is placing distractions in the way of people, He does not want you to heed to the still small voice of God or the knock you hear at your hearts door, so he attempts to knock the loudest.

                A person may feel that more excitement and joy will come by yielding to the one who is knocking the loudest, But a life absent of God leaves one feeling empty and void. There remains that empty spot in the heart that nothing can fill.

                You see, there lies the real issue, There is a Place in your heart that only Jesus can fill, Nothing else can fill God’s spot in our heart, Jesus is simply knocking; asking you to let him come in and fill that empty, hurting spot in your heart.

                Once you’ve yielded to the knock of God and opened the door, you will have the same testimony as the Apostle Peter, He said that it is “Joy unspeakable and full of glory.”

                Would you open the door of your heart to God? He is still knocking

The Good News

True Revival

II Chronicles 7:14 "If my people who are called by My name will 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 heal their land." NKJ

            What we need today more than anything is revival! I mean a mighty manifestation of God beginning among His people. God will give revival when the people of God love Him with all their heart, soul, mind and strength.

            Many have given up on revival. There are fewer attempts every year. I read of the great revivals in the past and remember how churches would be packed. In our southern culture revival was defined as a week of spirited preaching with services each night. My first revival meeting lasted two weeks and now some attempts last only one day. In earlier days the first week was to get the church members revived and the second was to get the lost saved. In our day revival services are usually well attended on Sunday morning but only the faithful few attend the remainder of the week. I had rather see a few meet the requirement of humbling themselves, seeking God's face through prayer, and turning from sin to obey God. Then God will bless with answered prayer, forgiveness of sin, and healing of our land.

            Genuine revival will always be preceded by a hunger for God's Word and a desire for the presence of the Lord expressed in sincere prayer. Prayer will become so effective that requests will come from near and far because God hears and answers the prayers of revived people. Weeping over the lost will become as prominent as praying for the sick in our midweek prayer services..

            When revival comes there will be equality before the law for all classes and races.

            Those who have been nursing grudges over past slights will repent.

            Revival begins with the people of God but will not end there for folks will be saved and there will be a generosity in meeting the needs of others and sharing Jesus here and around the world.

            Families will be committed to having an effective family altar. There will be fewer broken marriages. Backsliders will be revived and their children will once again be taught the gospel, and moral values.

            Satan will intensify his attack but will be overcome by the blood of Christ.

            The people of God will reflect moral values consistent with Christ. When enough of us are right with God, crimes will decrease, children will be safe in our parks, and the aged will not have to live in fear in their homes. There will be less drunkenness, drug addiction, pornography, abuse, disease and crimes.

            Youth will be mentored by caring adults and surrender to serve the Lord in the church and society.

            God will give birth to souls who will join with us and will be nurtured and matured.

            The question is, will we seek revival now, or wait until calamities are released which are poised to afflict our world? It is time for the people of God to wake up, go down to pray, seek God's face, turn from their wicked ways, get up, and go out in the

power of the Holy Spirit. Then the Lord will hear from heaven, forgive our sin, heal our land and His church will be refreshed!

            We must not give up on true revival.

By Bro. Gene Fant, Sr

The Good News - Choose Joy!

Choose Joy! Devotion – taken from Jesus Calling, Enjoying Peace in His Presence “Remember that Joy is not dependent on your circumstances. Some of the world’s most miserable people are those whose circumstances seem the most enviable. People who reach the top of the ladder career-wise are often surprised to find emptiness awaiting them. True Joy is a by-product of living in My Presence. Therefore you can experience it in palaces, in prisons…anywhere. Do not judge a day as devoid of Joy just because it contains difficulties. Instead, concentrate on staying in communication with Me. Many of the problems that clamor for your attention will resolve themselves. Other matters you must deal with, but I will help you with them. If you make problem-solving secondary to the goal of living close to Me, you can find Joy even in your most difficult days.” I read this devotion out of sequence because the word ‘Joy’ jumped out at me. ‘Choose Joy’ has been my motto for a long time now. At the beginning of 2008, I felt like God spoke to me and said this was going to be a rough year. I don’t claim to be super spiritual, but I believe God was warning me to be prepared for some difficult things so I could be strong enough to handle them in the right way. It was a very rough year and I cried and prayed with people I love dearly dealing with things I never dreamed they would be dealing with. But the Joy of the Lord has been my strength! The Joy of the Lord can be your strength, too. …. for this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the LORD is your strength. Heh. 8:10 You may ask yourself how I can really have Joy in my situation. Fill your day with Godly music – songs that encourage and uplift. Read God’s Word and religious books instead of the newspaper and fiction books. Prayer is essential. Start your day with prayer – go through your day talking to God – thank Him for the good things first – then present your petitions – end your day in prayer. Keep company with Godly people. Listen to recorded sermons. Think on the happy things in your life – not the sad. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Phil 4:8 I know this works – I’m speaking from personal experience. The Joy that comes from God is unexplainable. The world will look at us and say – I don’t understand how you can be so happy with your circumstances. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Phil 4:7 When you get up each day – claim your Joy. Speak it – I Choose Joy! …I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the LORD… Ps 121:1-2 Regina Gardner Huntland Pentecostal Church

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The Winds are Blowing

The Winds are Blowing
John 3:8 states “ The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof , but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth…”

 During the month of March each year we look to the sky expecting the winds to blow. After all, the winds blow every March so why should this year be any different. What we fail to realize is that the winds are always blowing. We may not see or hear the winds but there is always a moving of the wind. The Spirit of the Lord is the same. We may not see or hear the moving of his Spirit but be not deceived, His Spirit is moving.

 On the day of Pentecost the wind was evident. The Scripture states “suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.” On that feast day in Jerusalem all the city heard of the commotion and came to see what happened. God used this moving of His Spirit to speak to the masses that day in Israel. In contrast I Kings 19:12 states that God moved as “a still small voice”.

 When God chose to speak to one man named Elijah, He moved in a manner that only Elijah heard. While we want God to move in the supernatural so that it can be seen by the masses, if we will stop and listen, the wind may be blowing to where only we can hear. Yes, the wind is blowing. Man cannot direct the wind nor harness it. Neither can we, the Spirit of the Lord. He moves in His own time, His own direction and in His own will. Since we look to the sky anticipating the moving of the wind we should always look to the Lord expecting His Spirit to move. We should not be surprised when we do not see Him move- We should not be surprised when we do mot hear Him move- after all He is always moving in His own will and direction as He listeth.

 We just need to keep working till the Lord comes and understand we cannot predict the wind, neither can we predict the Spirit of the Lord. But be not deceived, He is moving, The Winds are blowing!

Keep the Faith,

Pastor Stephen Reed

Lake Wales, FL

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