Watchmen

All of a sudden I noticed a small bird (wren?) on the potted plant (Rose of Sharon) outside my bedroom window a few minutes ago. It was hopping from branch to branch and even hopping on the window sill. This was atypical behavior and I grabbed my iPhone and was drawn closer to take a photo.

As I drew closer to the window, I saw what was drawing the attention of the wren — a snake slithering up the side of the brick by the window!! I then noticed my cardinals flying closer…perching on a nearby plant trellis.

It was interesting to me that the snake drew their attention and they came closer. Why? Was it because my back patio is where they get their food and they were ready to defend it if the snake encroached on their place of sustenance?

One thing is for sure, my feathered friends noticed something was where it shouldn’t have been. Something that they weren’t letting out of their sight!

I pray that we are as vigilant in our being Watchmen over our families, churches, and communities. May we see any encroaching danger and give the alarm and take a stand against it!!

God be with you today as you allow the Lord to use you to defend His territory!!

BE READY FOR THE UNEXPECTED!

Be ready for the unexpected!! And that unexpected for me this morning was receiving a call on the way to church from my Pastor (who was sick) asking for me to preach in both Services!

Pastor David, we prayed for you and I will continue to pray until you are well!! Rest and be strengthened in Jesus’ mighty name!!

Today, the Lord had me walk out the last Scripture I posted:

Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?” 1 Corinthians‬ ‭3:16‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Well, if God’s Spirit dwells within me, then what have I to fear? The Holy Spirit guides me and empowers me to speak what His people (including me) need to hear.

I am thankful and humbled to be a vessel of Almighty God!!! I am thankful and humbled to be able to fill in for my pastor when he is sick and needs time to heal! I am thankful and humbled to partner with God whenever He calls and wherever He calls!!

I would say to YOU, dear Brothers & Sisters….BE READY FOR THE UNEXPECTED!!

And the way to be ready is to draw near to the Lord and to stay near. He is preparing you for what’s ahead. Are you ready?

All glory and honor to the King of kings and the Lord of lords!!!!

WAKE UP! RISE UP!!

 I hear the LORD this morning speaking to all of His Churches:

WAKE UP! RISE UP!! I HAVE WORK FOR YOU TO DO!

WAKE UP! RISE UP!! I AM LOOKING FOR DOERS OF MY WORD!

WAKE UP! RISE UP!! DON’T LIVE IN THE PAST! STEP FORWARD INTO YOUR DESTINY!!

WAKE UP! RISE UP!! JOIN ME MY PRECIOUS BRIDE! THE WORLD IS WAITING FOR A DEMONSTRATION OF MY POWER AND GLORY AND LOVE!!

“For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power.” 1 Corinthians‬ ‭4:20‬

“Blessed …are those who hear the word of God and obey it.” Luke 11:28

“After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.” Acts 4:31

“For the word of God is alive and active!!” Hebrews 4:12

Go Into All The World!

We don’t have to travel thousands of miles to obey The Lord to “Go into all the world…”

The world is wherever we find ourselves at any given moment: in our homes; in our workplaces; in our churches; or simply going about our daily errands.

Yes, some are called to far off regions…but some are called to their own communities.

Both are needed and both are important!!

May we walk in boldness, power, authority and love wherever The Lord has placed us!!

Vessel of Change!

There are things you are praying about that you would like to see happening in your church, in your family, in your job, or in your community. I would like to challenge you this morning! Maybe the Lord wants to use YOU as the vessel of this change!

Are you waiting for the Lord to bring His Change through someone else??

Maybe the Lord is waiting on YOU!!

Are you willing to be the VESSEL OF CHANGE that He can use for such a time as this?

Are you ready to say YES?

He’s ready!

~Tina K. Roach

ENTHUSIASM!

“Enthusiasm is contagious – and so is the lack of it.” (John Wesley)

The definition of enthusiasm is “a feeling of excitement.”

I don’t go to sports events (although I did when my children were young). And when parents are cheering for their children, there is much enthusiasm to be seen and heard.

We witness the same thing at adult football games, baseball games, basketball games, and other competitive events.

Sports and entertainment elicits much enthusiasm! Laughing/crying, shouting, clapping, and jumping up and down is not uncommon.

There are many things in life to get excited about – to show much enthusiasm over – births, weddings, graduations, and other milestones.

It is hard to show enthusiasm without an outward expression of excitement! Stillness and silence simply do not go along with enthusiasm.

I am talking about all of this to lead up to our behavior in church. There absolutely are times to be quiet and worshipful. But, there are also times to show enthusiasm!!

Why is it so easy to show enthusiasm at sporting events but not show enthusiasm in church? There are times during praise and worship when I want to SHOUT! What God has done for us; is doing for us; and will do for us is as exciting as someone catching a football!!!! I would say more so!

There are times during the Pastor’s message when I must shout out an “AMEN!” I get EXCITED over God’s promises and faithfulness!

During a lively praise song, I have been known to jump up and down and yes – even dance a little. 😃 (even though I am 66 years old!). There is no age limit on getting excited over the LORD!!

I want to show ENTHUSIASM for my God and for all He is!! I would rather be found guilty of too much enthusiasm than not enough. How about you?

If enthusiasm is contagious, I want to be a carrier and make everybody catch it!

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