2 Year Blogoversary


Hi Everybody, 

Technically my blog was opened 3 years ago but I didn’t really start blogging until a year later so that’s why I’m calling this my 2 year blogoversary. I’m amazed that I’ve been able to keep this level of dedication to writing in the first place. Yay me :D lol. Thanks to all my blogger friends for continuing to stop by and leave comments, questions and encouragement. You are all indeed special to me. I’m sure in the third year of blogging that’s yet to come, new and amazing things shall be written about. The focus will still continue to be about God though so expect new content soon.

So instead of a picture I’m going to put a song by Micah Stampley called Heaven on Earth  to celebrate. God Bless You everybody! :)

Search for You – We need your Rain


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Hi Everybody!

Happy Sunday! I just want to share this song that’s in my spirit right now by Micah Stampley called Search for You. 

I’ve been commanding my mornings lately on a consistent basis and let me tell you, each day something new keeps happening in my life. God has shown me that if we want change in our lives we must pursue God differently. If the normal way of seeking Him is at an average level, then the results we expect to receive will be at an average level. But, when you start to pursue God and go the EXTRA MILE, and I mean the EXTRA MILE for God, you’ll receive EXTRA just because of how you pursued Him. So my encouragement for you today is to seek God differently if the natural course of doing it isn’t yielding major results in your life. Go the Extra mile in your pursuit of God and expect supernatural things to occur during your journey. This can’t happen if you don’t do your part and be active – KEY WORD IS ACT-IVE in your pursuit of God.

I declare that in this season of Signs and Wonders that this year is indeed the acceptable year of the Lord as is says in Isaiah 61 (NKJV):

The Good News of Salvation

61 “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me,
Because the Lord has anointed Me
To preach good tidings to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives,
And the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord,
And the day of vengeance of our God;
To comfort all who mourn,
To console those who mourn in Zion,
To give them beauty for ashes,
The oil of joy for mourning,
The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness;
That they may be called trees of righteousness,
The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.”

And they shall rebuild the old ruins,
They shall raise up the former desolations,
And they shall repair the ruined cities,
The desolations of many generations.
Strangers shall stand and feed your flocks,
And the sons of the foreigner
Shall be your plowmen and your vinedressers.
But you shall be named the priests of the Lord,
They shall call you the servants of our God.
You shall eat the riches of the Gentiles,
And in their glory you shall boast.
7 Instead of your shame you shall have double honor,
And instead of confusion they shall rejoice in their portion.
Therefore in their land they shall possess double;
Everlasting joy shall be theirs.

“For I, the Lord, love justice;
I hate robbery for burnt offering;
I will direct their work in truth,
And will make with them an everlasting covenant.
Their descendants shall be known among the Gentiles,
And their offspring among the people.
All who see them shall acknowledge them,
That they are the posterity whom the Lord has blessed.”

10 I will greatly rejoice in the Lord,
My soul shall be joyful in my God;
For He has clothed me with the garments of salvation,
He has covered me with the robe of righteousness,
As a bridegroom decks himself with ornaments,
And as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
11 For as the earth brings forth its bud,
As the garden causes the things that are sown in it to spring forth,
So the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations.

Meditate on this Word for the Month of September and consider that double blessings will come to you when you double your efforts to pursue God. Faith without action is dead, so MOVE.

Hear this song and allow it to minister to your spirit today. God bless you everybody. :)

A new way to help since the old one didn’t work


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Pastor Mike has set up a Gofundme.com page to make it easier to contribute. Spread this post around everybody and God bless.

Originally posted on Pastor Mike Says:

I have gotten a lot of people who clicked on the website that I created asking for help, but nobody chose to contribute. When I asked why, I was told that they preferred to be able to pay with credit or debit card. So, I have created a site from gofundme.com which is extremely reliable, and allows you to donate via the internet. I hate to do this again, but could you please repost the link below to your friends so it will make it easier. Please remember that you can give whatever you wish. I had one person donate 100 dollars to the new site, but 10, 20, 50 dollars is also greatly appreciated. Every dollar counts…:) Here’s the link…

http://www.gofundme.com/dz47h8

And here is the body of the site for the link above, thank you for reposting the link above to make it easier for people to help.

 

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We are in desperate need of help


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Here is the original post from Pastor Mike. Spread it around my blogger friends.

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I posted a brief plea for help last week, and took it down immediately. Today I come before you begging for help, and leaving the post up. Today, in a addition to my cancer, major needed surgery, losing our house without the money to move, I lost my job. I honestly have no idea what to do at this point. I am posting a link below explaining our circumstances begging anyone to help. Any amount will be appreciated. If you cannot afford to help us, could you please spread the link to your friends. We urgently need your help, and believe me when I tell you that this is not an easy thing to do. Please keep us in prayer and help in any way you can. Thank you. Here’s the link…

http://mikeandcarmenassistancefund.wordpress.com/why-we-need-your-help/

 

Pastor Mike

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A plea for help, how to contact us.


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Please pass this on everybody. Pastor Mike needs our Help. God bless everybody.

Originally posted on Pastor Mike Says:

After posting the last plea for help, it occured to me that you don’t know how to get in touch with us.

We are not going to use paypal or gofundme.com  because they charge too much to use those services, and there is a security risk of being hacked. We recommend either mailing us (Address to follow), or to wire the money (Western Union, or Moneygram) if you feel led to. If you do choose to mail the check or money order, here is the address and who to make it out to.

Make payment payable to Mike Sanderson

7613 West Delhi Avenue,

Las Vegas, NV 89129

 

You can also call me at 702.501.4816

I understand that some people will not be able to help financially, but there are other ways you can help. We will take prayers, any assistance in finding another job (West Coast) moving tips, or…

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I’m Expecting A Move of God


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Hi Everybody!

I just wanted to give you an update on the situation with one of our band members called Richie. He came back!!!!!!!!!! YAY! His family finally approved him playing in our band! HALLELUJAH! Thank you people for the prayers :D . Prayer changes things, I believe this. Especially when you pray expecting that God will answer.

Today, I feel led to say something that may sound ridiculous, but God has been showing me that it’s time as Christians to pray differently. I must admit that I’ve been a bit lazy to command my mornings for the past few months, but I started to get back into it last week and have found that each time I have, My days would run smoothly, or I would receive new revelation of God’s Word during the 3:00 am – 6:00 am watch.

I believe God wants me to share what I’ve learned during my conversations with Him here on this blog. So here goes…

It is time to pray from our positions and not by our conditions.  What do I mean by this? God wants us to pray differently. We keep asking for stuff in our prayers, but we don’t act like we have enough faith to receive what we have requested.  We know that faith can move mountains based on the Word itself, but when it comes down to the actual practice of faith, Christians are lacking…in fact, God has shown me areas that I still lack faith. It’s a humbling thing to know that we have so much more to work on if we want to be stronger, wiser, vigilant and effective in Christ. 

God showed me during these times that we Christians pray in one of two forms:

1. We either pray with a “lack of knowledge”, or;

2. We pray with “knowledge”. 

If we pray with a “lack of Knowledge” then what we retain from that prayer is LACK. Likewise, in the same way, if we pray with “Knowledge”, what we retain from that prayer is “Knowledge”.  

Think about it. It says in the Word of God that:

Hosea 4:6 

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being priest for Me; Because you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children.
 
Rejecting Knowledge causes us to be disqualified from achieving our positions as “Joint-heirs” with Jesus Christ. When God showed this to me, it sobered me up really quickly that I had to analyze in what way have I been praying? I had to repent of my faithless prayers and have decided to work on praying more effectively for the purpose of representing God properly. I know that many times I have prayed to God knowing what He can do and knowing who I was in Christ that I have achieved results, but at the same time, I recognize times when I prayed and did not achieve results because I was not praying by POSITION, I was praying subdued by my CONDITION. I allowed my circumstances to take precedence over my ability to speak by faith and not go by what I saw, thought or feel. I had many times that I encountered doubt entering into my head that I no longer spoke the language of FAITH, I spoke a foreign language to God called DOUBT.
 
Yes, Faith is a heavenly language  that God responds to and in the same way Doubt is a demonic language that refuses to acknowledge God as sovereign which is what the Devil responds to. Scary thought huh? 
 
Expectations1200X850It is interesting isn’t it, how we falter in our faith by putting more emphasis on our conditions rather than speaking about our positions in Christ. Christ has shown us that we are the HEAD and not the TAIL, Above only and never Beneath (Deuteronomy 28:13), and yet we forget the Word that God has spoken to us simply because we are either, Apathetic, Ignorant (Don’t read or know the Word and what it says about us) or just don’t understand who we are in Christ. 
 
So today, I believe God wants us to incline our ears to Wisdom and actually pursue to understand that we must pray differently. We must pray by our POSITION and not by our Condition. The Centurion understood this principle. He respected Jesus’ authority that did not require Jesus to visit his sick servant. All he needed was for Him to speak and it was so (Matthew 8:8). The woman with the issue of blood understood this…all she needed was to touch the hem of Jesus’ garment and that faith brought her healing (Matthew 9:20)…
 
What I’m trying to say is that, God is saying we have the power to pull miracles from Him because His riches and glory is sufficient to meet all our needs.
And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
 
But if we cannot simply understand this simple fact, we will always pray prayers that will retain LACK because we don’t have knowledge of Who God is to us and what and who we are to GOD. So as God has challenged me, I also challenge you to pray WITH KNOWLEDGE. Do you know that by His stripes you are HEALED today? (Isaiah 53:51 Peter 2:24).
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Do you know that when you call on the Name of Jesus, He hears?
 
 
And it shall come to pass That whoever calls on the name of the Lord Shall be saved.’
 
For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
 
If you don’t know….then it’s time for you to buck up and get knowledge…Look back into the WORD and find the answer…seek and you shall find what you are looking for.
 
But from there you will seek the Lord your God, and you will find Him if you seek Him with all your heart and with all your soul.
 
I love those who love me, And those who seek me diligently will find me.
 
And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.
 
[ Keep Asking, Seeking, Knocking ] “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.
 
If you lack something today, then it just means that you need to search for Knowledge and wisdom. The Fear of the Lord is the beginning of all wisdom.
 
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; A good understanding have all those who do His commandments. His praise endures forever.
 
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge,But fools despise wisdom and instruction.
 
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
 
Wisdom and knowledge will be the stability of your times, And the strength of salvation; The fear of the Lord is His treasure.
I declare and decree from my POSITION and not by my CONDITION, that this Month of September is going to be a “month of Birthings”. New things are going to happen this month that have never happened before. You will start new projects and the end results will bear great fruit. You will change your associations this month. You will be heading into a new direction. Prayers will be answered this month. God is doing a new thing and I am expecting a move of GOD. What are you expecting for this month? 
Listen to this song by William McDowell called Expecting. Let this song bless your spirit today. God Bless you everybody! :)

Do Christians Anesthetize Pain?


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Hi Everybody! 

Today, I think I’m going to touch on subject that’s not always talked about and I’ve been thinking a lot as I take time out from work today. I think that in many respects we try to band-aid the issues that are occurring in people’s lives with “Christian responses” like “The Joy of the Lord is your strength” or “it’ll get better” or “You shouldn’t be sad” like as if grief or pain are virtually non-existent in the Christian’s life. I don’t even know why I am touching on this subject today, but I’ve been talking to a few people this past week who have been hurt and heartbroken because of what someone else did to them. In many respects…the individuals in question where not non-believers but believers who we think should know better but don’t do better. 

When I think about this, I think of the many countless times I myself have been hurt, discouraged, and disappointed by so-called “Christians” that I wonder why is it we put on facades at church acting like we aren’t wounded when you are. Singing a praise song isn’t healing the wound of wrongdoing done by another person and worse off by a believer in the same room clapping their hands getting away with no remorse. The worst thing I’ve also seen is how people in the Church hush people to silence and treat the problem like a silent topic that is a “non-issue” by their standards and simply sweep everything under the rug and start to alienate the victim as the problem and mark victims with scarlet letters as they gang up together to ostracise and criticize behind closed doors.

Is it really a wonder why the heart of Jesus is crying as He continues to watch people walk out of church and never come back?

The truth is, church isn’t a building, church is a community of believers…and if we are simply in a building with no believers…then the only thing for a believer to do is walk out. 

2450238_1329647988400.17res_300_297We cannot simply anesthetize the problem with worship that doesn’t even reach the hurting soul sitting there in your midst feeling as if the songs mock their grievances that are being ignored with band-aid sugar coated words of non-encouragement. I remember when I was in a situation similarly sometime last year where I was wronged by someone in the church I used to attend and they treated me like I was the enemy, that I was the liar and made me out to be a person tooting her own horn. Instead of defending my honor, I decided to apologize for something I didn’t do because God distinctly tells us in the Word to forgive our brothers or sisters otherwise our sins will be retained before God.

If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”
 

I fear God enough to swallow up my dignity and take the beating of someone else’s evil actions and take the slap of humiliation while they continue acting like nothing ever happened. The thing is, that is but one incident that I had endured in that church. It takes a lot to forgive countless times, but that is what we are mandated to do as Christians and the reality is that very few follow this as the standard as many continue to hurt many innocents in the church today. 

When I think back on this one incident I think to myself that forgiveness truly is divine because only God can give you the strength to forgive such wrongs.  That incident broke me because I began to realize how Jesus felt to be betrayed by the so-called people He decided to die for.

You can call me a complainer or label me as a person who is bitter if you want, but I’m just giving you some real talk right about now. At this point, I’m so done with cookie cutter responses believers give to others that don’t really address the issue that the person has a legitimate complaint, a legitimate reason to be frustrated, angry, hurt and a reason to cry. Why act like someone should simply get over it??? Yes forgive, but cry if you need to cry, scream if you need to scream, write out your feelings on paper if you have to, do what you have to do to get out how you’re really feeling inside. Don’t bottle it in…let it out and then after that go to the alter and seek God for strength to forgive and heal your wounds. It may be true that the other person may never be sorry for what they did against you, but as long as you’ve done all you could do to release yourself from being offended and remaining offended by giving it up to God, this is I think the most healthy way to deal with people in pain.

Reaching Out to Help Someone in DespairThe one thing I wish I had was someones embrace during the times when things went south in my life…Sometimes people don’t want you to say anything, they just want you to acknowledge most times silently that their hurt and are hurting….you don’t have to voice out everything to encourage them during these hard times…sometimes people just want to simply know that you’re there for them. However, in my experience…I can count the few that reached out and consoled my situations and they are the ones I currently serve with in the new church I attend. Don’t get me wrong…one incident isn’t enough to make me walk away from a situation…in fact, the incident isn’t even the reason why I left my previous church, it was God who told me it was time to leave and step into something new.  I’ve endured a lot as a believer and what I can say is that I have learned so much that I appreciate the lessons I received in my previous church of what to do and what to NEVER do to other believers in my walk with God.

No church is perfect, but that doesn’t excuse why people still remain wounded just because of it.

My question lies in why the churches particularly in North America are losing impact in the now generation and the former generation? We continue to shrug our shoulders and anesthetize real issues that exist in the church and hide behind veils of hypocrisy acting like “this can’t be happening in my church” ….“it must be happening in another church but not mine”. My question is “Are you so sure of that???” are you not simply closing your eyes to these problems…acting like “it can’t be helped?”. 

Let me get one thing straight, I’m not advocating a witch hunt for wrongdoers in the church, I’m simply addressing the fact that people are hurting in the church and hiding it or not addressing it for what it is by simply saying insensitive things like “Get over it already, People will hurt you”...Even if that statement maybe true, my question is why should that even be allowed in the first place??? Call me an idealist, but I have since discovered that as a Watchwoman for God, God’s heart bleeds for His people that are beaten down by their own fellow brothers and sisters actions. Death and life are in the power of the tongue (Proverbs 18:21)…we all know this verse and yet people continue to be ruthless and callous in their actions, in their words and in their deeds against their brothers and sisters. The Fear of God wouldn’t allow for this type of thing to continue to happen so I am of the opinion that what is also lacking in churches today is the reverential fear of God. If we really loved God like we so claim we do...why is it that we continue to shrug our shoulders, fold our hands or look away when a fellow believer is wronging another? is it because we simply don’t want to get involved for fear of excommunication??? Just saying that word left a bad aftertaste in my mouth…people care so much about their status quo in the church that they won’t bend to help their brother lying half dead in the back row of the pew because status is important, not your brother or sisters hurting heart…

Is it a wonder why non-believers are more like Samaritans that go the distance for a hurting believer than what should be the job of a Christian believer in the first place???? 

Please humor me and read that story of the Good Samaritan in the Bible once again if you think I’m lying: Luke 10: 25-37 

It’s one thing to have it be done by a non-believer, but believers hurting other believers, WHY should that be tolerated? I think it’s unacceptable.

I know it seems like I’m complaining…but I needed to get this off my chest today after counseling some individuals who’ve just encountered some crazy things that were done against them by their so called believer friends. I don’t think we can simply stand by like by-standers and watch like uninvolved onlookers to the wounded that are sitting next to you in the church. Let’s all develop a heart of compassion and start to reach out. Reaching out to others may not be your thing, but I’m sure you would like it if someone reached out to you when you were going through a rough time. It’s time to put our facades aside and start to be real again. So people of God, let’s get to it. This is my letter that I want to write to y’all today.

how-to-help-hurting-people040912Let’s love like Jesus today, because tomorrow may just be too late. Think about that as you go about your daily business.

There is this song that has been in my heart for the past few days. I sang it this past Sunday service and it’s such an awesome song of worship…If we really honor God, and worship God and love God, then let’s prove it by our deeds and actions and words to one another.Don’t let a Samaritan (non-believer) put what should be our job to love others like Christ did to shame. Let’s not continue to play church anymore and be the real church.

This song is by Darwin Hobbs called We Worship You Today. May this Song bless your spirit. 

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