You Are God’s Masterpiece

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20110106-120344.jpgGrace and Peace be multiplied to you, through the knowledge of God and of Jesus Christ. I pray this day finds you well. It has been a while since I have posted and I wanted to encourage you during our advent season. We are drawing close to our high Holy Season of Resurrection Sunday and I thought that while this is usually a time to define Christ and his purpose, it might be a good idea to share what God says about you and your purpose. Let’s look at the text:

Eph. 2:10 For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.

 

In this passage, the Apostle Paul is describing what God was doing when he saved us. God gave us life, even though we were dead in our sins. He raised us from the dead along with Christ. He seated us with him in heavenly places. He saved us by his grace. This is why we cannot lawfully brag about our salvation.

In verse 10, Pastor Paul teaches us that God did something incredible. The Pastor teaches that we are God’s Masterpiece. This is such a loaded phrase. I think we should look at this concept as we get a better understanding as to how we should comport ourselves.

A Masterpiece represent a finished work of a Master. In most cases, a Master artist. When we look at a Picasso and appreciate that the piece we are looking at represents a Masterpiece, it means we are looking at a work that usually is a finished work. The piece is exactly what the artist wants to depict. Once the Master has finished his work, we never have occasion to see the masterpiece add to what the Master has done. We have never had any news footage telling us that the Mona Lisa has had plastic surgery and added more color to its eyes and less to its hair. We do not have any stories saying to us that the Mona Lisa wants to change its canvas. The painting does not even determine where it is hung. We do not have any news of legal proceedings telling us that the Mona Lisa is suing for its privacy and no longer wants people looking at it. Nor does the Mona Lisa have a gender issue and want you to address the painting as he or she. The masterpiece is at its best being exactly what its creator wants it to be. Do you know what God wants you to be?

Beloved, why are you trying to improve on God’s masterpiece? What do you mean Pastor? I am glad you asked. Why do you think your Christian walk would be improved by infusing a little humanism? Or by adding a dab of Buddhism and a touch of Post-Modernism. Maybe you think the label Christian does not suit you as a Masterpiece of God. God saved you, molded you, and beautified you and he did so perfectly. Why do you think someone else should affirm you? God wants to show you to the world. Are you still the masterpiece he made you or have you made some modifications?

We should strive to be exactly what God made us. A reflection of his glory. Masterpieces show how much of a genius the Master is. How do we do this. Here is what the Apostle instructs us to do:

1Cor. 10:31  ¶ So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.

 

Whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. Can God be recognized in everything you do? Can God be recognized in every aspect of your life whether you are at church or not? Be a masterpiece. Be what God says you should be. You are God’s masterpiece, don’t let anyone change his work.

 

Yours Because I am His,

Leo Colon

www.ihpfwc.org

pastor@ihpfwc.org

 

 

 

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Day Nineteen: Which way are you going home?

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Beloved, Grace and Peace be multiplied to you, through the knowledge of God and of Jesus Christ. Today is day Nineteen (19). Thank You Jesus. With God’s help you have done what you thought was impossible. Every fast I learn not to decide what I can and cannot do. This is incredible and you are doing an amazing job. Allow me to apologize that I did not get a blog out yesterday, but I was flying to Tulsa. I have a show here today and I was not able to get blog out in a timely manner. Today, I would like to repost a blog done by my Friend, Pastor Maurice Johnson of Beth-Car Fellowship in Hampden Connecticut. Here ye him.

 

Remember drink all the water you can. Plan to invite someone to church tomorrow. For many of us the snow may make that a problem, but if you going to church, bring someone with you. It would be a good thing. Use your prayer list as you pray today. We are nearing our victory. Looking forward to hearing your testimonies.

 

 

Live Life on Purpose and Not By Mistake,

Yours Because I am His,
Leo Colon
www.ihpfwc.org
leocolon.wordpress.com

 

 

Maurice Johnson.jpgGrace and peace be unto you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.  Have you ever been asked which way are you going home?  The question is relative to the direction or route an individual may take as they return to their home, but I would like to ask you the same question conditionally.  Matthew chapter 4, verses 1 through 11 describes the account of the forty day fast and temptation of Christ,  4:1 Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.  It is interesting to note that the leading of the spirit does not always take us into pleasant joyful encounters, Jesus is led into a test, and for 19 days you have been tested.

Jesus was tested in three areas, first verse 2, “he was afterward an hungred,” he is touch in the area of his physical need.  How often are we tried by economic, relational or emotional need?  Our spiritual focus is often hampered by our basic human needs and interest.  Second, Christ’s identity and relationship with the father is questioned.  Verse 6 And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.  How many times have you asked yourself is this really of God or does this kind of thing really move the Lord?  Third, Jesus is tempted to switch sides, verse 9 And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.  In every area Christ quiets the adversary with the word; how you respond will determine how you return.  By this time next week you will be enjoying the same foods at the same restaurants or preparing your favorite recipes for yourself or your families.  So what has changed?  The scripture says that Christ rejects the adversary and receives the ministering of angels; if you get nothing else from this consecration make sure you receive the ministering of angels.   Why come all this way and go back the same spiritually, and the Bible says in Luke chapter 4 verse 14, And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit.  I pray that as you reach the finish line that you return in POWER, power to accomplish the purpose of God for which you have been created.

Pastor Maurice Johnson.

Day Seventeen: Psalm 91

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no-tie-head-shot.jpgBeloved, Grace and Peace be multiplied to you, through the knowledge of God and of Jesus Christ. Today is day number seventeen (17). You have three days and a wake up. You are doing great. Hang in there. Victory is ahead of you. Well done. Today I want to encourage with the scriptures. The scriptures are precious and I find that the scriptures move me. They encourage me and I want to encourage you. Some of my favorite scriptures are the Psalms. I want to share this with you today. Let’s look at the text:

 

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Psa. 91:1 ¶ He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

Psa. 91:2 I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.

Psa. 91:3 Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.

Psa. 91:4 He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.

Psa. 91:5 Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;

Psa. 91:6 Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.

Psa. 91:7 A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.

Psa. 91:8 Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.

Psa. 91:9 ¶ Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;

Psa. 91:10 There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.

Psa. 91:11 For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.

Psa. 91:12 They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.

Psa. 91:13 Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.

Psa. 91:14 Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.

Psa. 91:15 He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.

Psa. 91:16 With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.

 

Remember, drink all the water you can. Just do today. Do not try to fast all 21 days at once. Let tomorrow take care of tomorrow. Also, plan now to bring someone to church with you on Sunday. Whatever church you belong to you need to bring someone with you. Certainly, if you do not have a church home we would be honored to have you as our special guest. Join us at 8 AM every Sunday and every Wednesday at 7 PM at In His Presence Family Worship Center on 1673 Dean St. Brooklyn NY. Our website is www.ihpfwc.org. We would love to see you.

 

Live Life on Purpose, and not by Mistake,

Yours Because I am His,

Leo Colon

pastor@ihpfwc.org

www.ihpfwc.org

 

 

 

Day Sixteen: Hang in There. You are a winner, now!

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no-tie-head-shot.jpgBeloved, Grace and Peace be multiplied unto you, through the knowledge of God and of Jesus Christ. Today is Day number SIXTEEN, (16) of our journey. You are to be commended. You are doing well. You are counting down. Our late Archbishop McKinley use to say, “You have FOUR DAYS and a WAKE UP”! Today, I decided to repost one of our post from 2010. I pray you are encouraged by the Word of God. Let’s look at the text:

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Psa. 119:85 These arrogant people who hate your law have dug deep pits for me to fall into.
Psa. 119:86 All your commands are trustworthy. Protect me from those who hunt me down without cause.
Psa. 119:87 They almost finished me off, but I refused to abandon your commandments.

Beloved, our success will not happen because our adversary decides to back off. We should not expect our enemies to give us a pass. They will not do it. As a matter of fact, what we can count on is the fact that our enemies in Christendom always makes our lives harder when success is in our sights. Thank God, because God’s word tells us that we can win, even when it looks like we are through. Sometimes when we look at our own situation, winning does not look possible, even to us. Our way to win according to the word of God is to make up our own mind not to abandon God’s commandment. The word of God is encouraging us to know that seeing the way we are going to win is not necessary. Our victory is tied to our resolve. Actually, it is tied to faith. Evidence says that losing is inevitable, but what you believe can negate the certainty of the evidence of your life. Do not give up on the word of God. You can win if you refuse to abandon God’s commandments. What do you believe? What does your faith say about your ability to finish what God has started? Hang in there. You are a winner now. Do not give up. Not only the 21-day journey, but this also goes for your dreams. If you refuse to believe that God can fail, you can win. If you refuse to believe that God can lie, you can win. I am in agreement with you. With God everything is possible.
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Matt. 19:26 ¶ Jesus looked at them intently and said, ‘Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible.’

Remember; take one day at a time. Drink all the water you can. Pray, and make a prayer list. Pray with understanding and with a purpose. Just do today, do not think of the entire journey. You can do this. Also, start to plan now and make plans to bring someone to church with you. If you are not a member of a church currently or are seeking a place God wants you to call home, allow me to invite you to In His Presence Family Worship Center. It’s a good church and a good place to call home. Be my special guest. We would love to meet you. We are at 1673 Dean Street, Brooklyn, NY. Our Sunday services start at 8 AM and our midweek prayer and bible study is on Wednesday at 7 PM. Go to our website, http://www.ihpfwc.org. Invite someone to come with you, why? God wants his house filled. He told us that. (Luke 14:23)

Live on Purpose and not By Mistake,
Yours Because I am His,
Leo Colon
pastor@ihpfwc.org
http://www.ihpfwc.org

Day Thirteen: Trust in the LORD

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Beloved, Grace and Peace be multiplied to you, through the knowledge of God and of Jesus Christ. Day number Thirteen (13). You are really close. Close to what? Close to your victory. I am so thrilled to be on this journey with you. You are doing Awesome. Really, you are doing an amazing job. Today I want to encourage you from the word of God. The scriptures really have a way of helping me keep my feet on the Ground. Today, let’s look at the book of wisdom. Let’s look at the text:

 

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Prov. 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

Prov. 3:6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

Prov. 3:7 ¶ Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.

Prov. 3:8 It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.

Prov. 3:9 Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase:

Prov. 3:10 So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.

 

This is really a scripture that does not really need a lot of pontification. Really, one would think if you are fasting then you trust God. That is true, but I have learned that sometimes while seemingly going through the motions, no one knows the trepidation we go through as believers. You cannot go through life a not experience good reason to question your life.

Here is the word of God for You. Trust in the LORD. Now before we start trying to defend yourself, stop. Think for a minute. Here the word of the LORD. Again I say, Trust in the LORD. Just trust him. Now, to throw a monkey wrench in this, I want to share this maxim I heard one of the Bishops of the Church of God in Christ say. He would do this as a call and response. I need to share this with you. The idea is this. We understand that Jesus is the Word in Flesh. That we cannot separate God from his word. So he would ask the church what I will ask you now and give the response.

 

Question:

How much do I love God?

Response:

As much as I Love His Word.

Question:

How much do I Trust God?

Answer:

As Much as I Trust his word.

Question:

How much do I obey God?

Answer:

As Much as I obey His Word.

Question:

How much do I believe God?

Answer:

As much as I believe His Word.

Question:

How much do I honor God?

Answer:

As much as I honor his Word.

Question:

How much do I reflect God?

Answer:

As much as I reflect His Word.

Beloved, Trust in the LORD.

 

Remember, drink all the water you can. Just do today. Do not try to fast all 21 days at once. Let tomorrow take care of tomorrow. Also, plan now to bring someone to church with you on Sunday. Whatever church you belong to you need to bring someone with you. Certainly, if you do not have a church home we would be honored to have you as our special guest. Join us at 8 AM every Sunday and every Wednesday at 7 PM at In His Presence Family Worship Center on 1673 Dean St. Brooklyn NY. Our website is www.ihpfwc.org. We would love to see you.

 

Live Life on Purpose, and not by Mistake,

Yours Because I am His,

Leo Colon

pastor@ihpfwc.org

www.ihpfwc.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day Twelve: Don’t Quit. Don’t Fear.

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no-tie-head-shot.jpgBeloved, Grace and Peace be multiplied to you, through the knowledge of God and of Jesus Christ. Day Twelve (12) you are really turning the corner. The end is in sight. You are truly a giant and God will honor your effort. Celebrate what you have achieved. This is a good thing. Let’s go a little bit further in the text and gain some insight in how to achieve what God would have us achieve. Let’s look at the text:

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Num. 14:9 Only rebel not ye against the LORD, neither fear ye the people of the land; for they are bread for us: their defence is departed from them, and the LORD is with us: fear them not.

 

Israel had just received a report from the spies Moses sent into the land. Two spies, (Joshua and Caleb) said we are well able to go and possess the land. Ten other spies, who saw the same thing as Joshua and Caleb said we can’t do this. The land will swallow anyone who lives there. The people are stronger than we are. They are bigger than we are. These people are giants. The awesome thing about this report is that Joshua and Caleb never said, “we never saw any of that”. They saw the same thing yet, Joshua and Caleb, both from the Tribe of Judah, a tribe of people who are known for their praise of God, said even though that’s true we can still Possess this. Selah! Be careful who interprets your dreams. Be very careful who advises you. People who love you, good people can be negative. A person who believes God, can see things and believe things that are not obvious. Stay around people who believe God.

Yet, here the people believed the majority report and began to murmur and turn on God’s leaders. They even had the nerve to elect their own leaders and decide we should go back to slavery. Beloved, don’t do this journey, see a little obstacle, then decide to go backwards. You have come too far to turn back.

Joshua and Caleb addressed the people and said we can do this. The land is exceedingly good. If the LORD delights in us, we can have it. Just don’t rebel against God. Don’t go backwards. Don’t know what God wants for you and then quit. Beloved, winning means you have to make up your mind not to quit. Don’t quit now. That would be rebellion. To see the promise and go back to slavery is insane. Don’t rebel. Don’t quit. Don’t listen to people who want to convince you that God’s promise is unattainable. You are still well able. Also, Don’t Fear People! Usually fear begins with what you don’t know. Fear begins with ambiguity. Don’t fear anyone. The word of the LORD is they are bread for us. This is an easy thing. A basic thing. Bread is an easy food to make and break. It is basic to your meal. That’s what your opposition is this year. Don’t fear anything. Go for it. The people are bread to you. Don’t Quit. Don’t Fear.

 

Remember; take one day at a time. Drink all the water you can. Pray, and make a prayer list. Pray with understanding and with a purpose. Just do today, do not think of the entire journey. You can do this. Also, start to plan now and make plans to bring someone to church with you. If you are not a member of a church currently or are seeking a place God wants you to call home, allow me to invite you to In His Presence Family Worship Center. It’s a good church and a good place to call home. Be my special guest. We would love to meet you. We are at 1673 Dean Street, Brooklyn, NY. Our Sunday services start at 8 AM and our midweek prayer and bible study is on Wednesday at 7 PM. Go to our website, http://www.ihpfwc.org. Invite someone to come with you, why? God wants his house filled. He told us that. (Luke 14:23)

 

 

 

Live on Purpose and not By Mistake,

Yours Because I am His,

Leo Colon

pastor@ihpfwc.org

http://www.ihpfwc.org

 

Day Eleven: You Are Well Able to Overcome It!

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no-tie-head-shot.jpgBeloved, Grace and Peace be multiplied to you, through the knowledge of God and of Jesus Christ. Well, Today is day Eleven (11)! You are technically PAST the half way point. Which means, you now have less time in front of you on this journey than you have behind you. Isn’t that Amazing? Aren’t you glad you did not quit because day two and three look undoable? You are doing very well. Today I want to finish the thought we have been looking at for the last few days. Let’s look at the text:

 

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Num. 13:30 And Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it.

 

Today, I want to tell you, you are “well able to overcome it”. That is your word for today. The promise in front of Israel was daunting. Something is wrong with the promise. The problem is, someone else is living there. God promised the people of Israel that he would give them a promise land. When they get there, someone is living there and they believe they are the rightful owners. In the natural, they would be right. The problem is God promised Israel. When God promised you something, it does not matter who is living there, it is YOURS! The issue is, in order to get the promise, you will have to fight. In other words, you need to overcome a serious obstacle. This particular obstacle is a people, that don’t want you to have what God promised you. Do you know some people who don’t want you to have what God promised you? Well, that is an obstacle. You are going to have to overcome that. This means, you need to be prepared and willing to fight. Will you fight for what’s yours? Sure, but here is another problem. The people you need to fight, are giants. They are bigger than you are. Realistically, you have a good reason to walk away. Beloved, this is usually how God works. If what God is promising you is easy, you really should question if it is God. God forces us to dream big. Dream extraordinary huge dreams.
Well now that you have a promise and a fight, the word of the LORD to you is, you are “well able” to overcome it. Not just able but well able. God has not just given you the ability to fight, He has given you more than enough ability to fight. Remember, no fight is ever won by staying out of the ring. You don’t deserve to win if you do not show up for the fight. Now that you are here and ready to fight, here what should remember: You are Well Able. Go get what God has promised you.

 

Remember, drink all the water you can. Just do today. Do not try to fast all 21 days at once. Let tomorrow take care of tomorrow. Also, plan now to bring someone to church with you on Sunday. Whatever church you belong to you need to bring someone with you. Certainly, if you do not have a church home we would be honored to have you as our special guest. Join us at 8 AM every Sunday and every Wednesday at 7 PM at In His Presence Family Worship Center on 1673 Dean St. Brooklyn NY. Our website is www.ihpfwc.org. We would love to see you.

 

Live Life on Purpose, and not by Mistake,

Yours Because I am His,

Leo Colon

pastor@ihpfwc.org

www.ihpfwc.org

 

 

 

Go and Possess It.

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no-tie-head-shot.jpgBeloved, Grace and Peace be multiplied to you from God our Father and from Jesus Christ. You did it! This is day number TEN (10)! WOW, you should really be amazed at how far you have come. You are truly making it happen. I want to encourage all of you go getters from the passage we were looking at yesterday. Let’s look at the text:

 

Num. 13:30 And Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it.

 

Today, I want to encourage you by saying to you and to your spirit go and possess your promise. Like you, Israel was looking at their promise and have not actually possess it yet. There were some real challenges to getting the promise. They could even see it, but they were not actually owners of their promise. This year, 2016 is not actually ours yet, but I decree it belongs to us. You can do this. Start today, go and possess the promise. It belongs to you. I believe all you need is the right word in your ear and the promise from God that you will win the day, the month, yes and even the year. Don’t concentrate on what you don’t have. Today does not define you. You are what you prepare for. Do you want to possess your promise? I do and I will. Confess that to yourself. I will possess the promise. I want it and I will have it.

 

You can have your promise, just remember the word of the LORD to you. Go and Possess your promise.

 

Remember, drink all the water you can. Just do today. Do not try to fast all 21 days at once. Let tomorrow take care of tomorrow. Also, plan now to bring someone to church with you on Sunday. Whatever church you belong to you need to bring someone with you. Certainly, if you do not have a church home we would be honored to have you as our special guest. Join us at 8 AM every Sunday and every Wednesday at 7 PM at In His Presence Family Worship Center on 1673 Dean St. Brooklyn NY. Our website is www.ihpfwc.org. We would love to see you.

 

Live Life on Purpose, and not by Mistake,

Yours Because I am His,

Leo Colon

pastor@ihpfwc.org

www.ihpfwc.org

 

 

Day Nine: Be Still.

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no-tie-head-shot.jpgBeloved, Grace and Peace be multiplied to you through the knowledge of God and of Jesus Christ. Today we are on Day Nine (9) of our journey! Congratulations!!! You Are going to make it. You are at a pivotal point now. You are about to go into double digit days. This is a daunting time in the fast. It is common to be fearful at this point. I want to encourage you through the word of God. Let’s look at the text:

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Num. 13:30 And Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it.

Moses and the people of God were within sight of their promise. Just as you are beloved. Moses wanted to gather some intelligence about the people that Israel would have to fight in order to get what God promised them. Side point, sometimes you are going to have to be ok with moving people out of your way to get what belongs to you. The spies came back, ten of them thought it could not be done. Two of them had a minority report and said it was well within their ability. Important issue here. Israel lost FORTY YEARS because of listening to the wrong report. They listened to the wrong prophet. Who you listen to can effect whether you win now or FORTY YEARS from now. Be careful who interprets your vision! Be very careful WHO encourages you. Doubt from some sensible people can cost you. You need to listen to someone who is bold enough to hear from God and not be persuaded by what they see in the natural.

In this text, the wrong opinion cause an uproar and Caleb “stilled” the people. Told them to calm down. Doubt can cause an unnecessary uproar in your spirit. I want you today to calm down. All that negative talk going on in your spirit cannot get you to the finish line. You have a promise from God and it does not matter who is in your promise, God said it’s yours. Be still beloved. Does this make sense? Well the word of the LORD to you today is:

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Psa. 46:10 Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.

The reason you will succeed is because he is God. There is nothing and no one greater than God. You can succeed in whatever you put your hands to. Anything at all. The word of God says:

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Phil. 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

Notice something in this text. Paul said all things, not just anything. I take that to understand I have a multiplicity of miracles available to me. But I cannot achieve them through worry. I cannot achieve them through fear. Be still beloved. Your promise is before you. Know that with God all things are possible. You can do this. Why is it absolutely necessary that I be still? Because there is another word coming that I need to hear. Tomorrow, I want to tell you more. Hang in there. You can do this. Be still beloved. Know who your God is.

Remember; take one day at a time. Drink all the water you can. Pray, and make a prayer list. Pray with understanding and with a purpose. Just do today, do not think of the entire journey. You can do this. Also, start to plan now and make plans to bring someone to church with you. If you are not a member of a church currently or are seeking a place God wants you to call home, allow me to invite you to In His Presence Family Worship Center. It’s a good church and a good place to call home. Be my special guest. We would love to meet you. We are at 1673 Dean Street, Brooklyn, NY. Our Sunday services start at 8 AM and our midweek prayer and bible study is on Wednesday at 7 PM. Go to our website, http://www.ihpfwc.org. Invite someone to come with you, why? God wants his house filled. He told us that. (Luke 14:23)

Live on Purpose and not By Mistake,
Yours Because I am His,
Leo Colon
pastor@ihpfwc.org
http://www.ihpfwc.org

Day Eight: Believe God.

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20110106-120344.jpgBeloved, Grace and Peace be multiplied to you, through the knowledge of God and of Jesus Christ. I trust your worship on yesterday, (Sunday) was awesome. Today is Day Number Eight (8)! Wow, and some of you thought you would not last a week. Well, you did it. Congratulations! Well Done! Today I reached back and decided to repost a blog from a few years ago. I pray that you are encouraged to Go Forward. Enjoy.

Today I just wanted to encourage you to hang in there and believe God. The Apostle Paul teaches us how to obtain the promises God. I know that God in his word has promised us some things and I want to obtain what God promised me. Let’s look at the text:

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Gal. 3:20 Now a mediator is needed if two people enter into an agreement, but God acted on his own when he made his promise to Abraham.
Gal. 3:21 ¶ Well then, is there a conflict between God’s law and God’s promises? Absolutely not! If the law could have given us new life, we could have been made right with God by obeying it.
Gal. 3:22 But the Scriptures have declared that we are all prisoners of sin, so the only way to receive God’s promise is to believe in Jesus Christ.

Paul teaches us that we do not get the promises of God because we deserve them; we get what God promises because we believe in Christ. Our faith ratifies our expectation. This is great news because all our lives we have been in relationships where promises are dependent on works. I will love you, if you give me this or that. I will keep my promise if you pay a certain amount. Paul tells us that the faith that God gives us needs to be in operation in our lives in order to receive the promises of God. The only way to receive God’s promise is to believe in Jesus. Do you have a promise? Has God-given you a promise? You have a bible full of promises. The word of God is your book of promises; the question is do you believe in Christ enough to expect to receive his promises? As you are praying, believe God for an answer. As you are going through your prayer list believe God for those things. God will honor his word if you believe.

Remember, do one more day. Just do today. God will take of tomorrow. He promised he would. Drink all the water you can and be encouraged.Pray, and make a prayer list. Pray with understanding and with a purpose. Just do today, do not think of the entire journey. You can do this. Also, start to plan now and make plans to bring someone to church with you. If you are not a member of a church currently or are seeking a place God wants you to call home, allow me to invite you to In His Presence Family Worship Center. It’s a good church and a good place to call home. Be my special guest. We would love to meet you. We are at 1673 Dean Street, Brooklyn, NY. Our Sunday services start at 8 AM and our midweek prayer and bible study is on Wednesday at 7 PM. Go to our website, http://www.ihpfwc.org. Invite someone to come with you, why? God wants his house filled. He told us that. (Luke 14:23)

Live on Purpose and not By Mistake,
Yours Because I am His,
Leo Colon
pastor@ihpfwc.org
www.ihpfwc.org