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Put God First

December 26, 2010

The year 2011 is going to be a supernatural harvest and breakthrough year for Christians.  But before we get there, we must be positioned correctly to receive the magnificent blessings that are to come.

First and Foremost…

God must be first in your life (Exodus 13:11, Leviticus 27:26, Deuteronomy 26:1).  As you dedicate your time, talent, or treasure to the Lord, remember that He will never let you give something to Him without you receiving something greater in return.  Many times God gets reprioritized in our lives during the course of the year.  For example, we may seek do to things that benefit us first and not Him.  The Lord must be our number one priority, and we must keep Him first—one decision at a time.

Attitude Says a Lot

Our hearts and attitudes determine the measure of our harvests. Abraham, Joshua and the famous widow (who fed the prophet Elijah—1 Kings 17) not only kept the Lord first, but did so in the right attitude.  What’s the point of being obedient if we are doubtful and reluctant?  These three trusted the Lord with a mindset of expectancy.  And in each of their lives, the harvest of their obedience was more than they ever dreamed of.  Think about it, we’re still talking about their testimonies today. They put God’s agenda before theirs.

Are you going to put the Lord first?

Love,

Pastors Cedric and Joyce Oliver

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December 19, 2010

Celebrate the Real Reason of Jesus’ Birth

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Seasons Greetings!  Whichever welcome you choose is fine.  However, one certain thing is that this season is set aside to honor Jesus Christ.  Far beyond Christmas carols, trees and gifts, the cause for His arrival on earth was to rule and reign.  Never forget that His kingdom is above all others (Luke 1:26-33, Isaiah 9:6, Matthew 4:7). 

Why Did Jesus Come?

  • To proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor (Luke 4:14).
  • To ensure our freedom from sin.
  • To undo everything that satan has done in our lives.
  • Jesus submitted Himself to the womb of His mother then came to earth as a baby to grow and develop into a man.  It was important for Him to have the complete human experience, so He could help us and win us back from the enemy!
  • To destroy the works of the devil (1 John 3:8, John 10:10).
  • To take authority from the enemy and give it back to us (Matthew 28:18).

Now that Jesus has come to the earth for us, we have total access to His power.  His mighty authority has been transferred to us, and He has implemented the power to back it up. The power of Jesus Christ is alive in you (1 John 4:4)!  If you decide to operate in what Jesus left you, then your life will change.

 Be Committed to Be Like Christ

Even though the Christmas holiday has passed, there are some qualities that the Lord would like for us to adopt or brush up on.  We should keep the spirit of Christ in our hearts all throughout the year, not only for a season. 

Go out of your way to bless someone.

  • Love unconditionally.
  • Be forgiving.
  • Be non-judgmental to all (even when they don’t deserve it).
  • Care more about others more than you care about yourself.
  • Fulfill God’s purpose.
  • Live by faith.
  • Be the ultimate giver.

Remember that the power of Christ is alive in you! 

Merry Christmas!

 Pastors Cedric and Joyce Oliver

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