New Year – New You: What you Need to Know

The Divine Power to Change

A New year is a perfect time to reevaluate your life and make important changes. What if you had the power to make lasting personal changes that would benefit you and your family for generations? It is easier than you think!

New Year - New You: You Can Change

There are things that need to change in your life. You know it. I know it. There are things that need to change in my life too. One of the constants of human experience is the need to grow; to improve; to better oneself.

The age old question is “Can people change?” There are those who state emphatically that people cannot change. Their experiences in life have painfully proven it time and time again. The truth is people don’t change on their own. We tend to rise or fall to the level of our character and morality. But notice the important phrase “on their own”.

People don’t change, but God changes people. Yes, God can change people! (more…)

Christmas Grace – Poem

Merry Christmas!

The Lord gave me this poem around Christmas a few years ago. I have thought of it often, but have never shared it until today. I pray that it brings joy to your heart and praise to God.

Merry Christmas Poem

Christmas Grace

O the chasm That grace did span

when our great God became a man!

Angels did herald the glorious birth

That gave my soul salvation’s mirth.

True joy and peace dwelt within (more…)

I Thank Thee

Poem

O Thou whose bounty fills my cup,
With every blessing meet!
I give Thee thanks for every drop—
The bitter and the sweet.

I Thank Thee Poem Poetry

I praise Thee for the desert road,
And for the riverside;
For all Thy goodness hath bestowed,
And all Thy grace denied.

I thank Thee for both smile and frown,
And for the gain and loss;
I praise Thee for the future crown
And for the present cross.

I thank Thee for both wings of love
Which stirred my worldly nest;
And for the stormy clouds which drove
Me, trembling, to Thy breast.

I bless Thee for the glad increase,
And for the waning joy;
And for this strange, this settled peace
Which nothing can destroy.

– Christian Victory

3 Areas Of Gratitude This Thanksgiving

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

I love Thanksgiving.  The good food, time with family, and football are enjoyable.  I even love the name – Thanksgiving.  It boldly declares the purpose of the day.  Let’s give God thanks today!

Thanksgiving Gratitude Give Thanks

We are to be thankful all the time, but it is human nature to look at what we lack instead of what we have.  This creates a feeling of loss and dissatisfaction.  Furthermore, we have a short memory when it comes to God’s blessings and people’s sacrifices for us.  Add that to a sense of entitlement and we have a recipe for ingratitude!

There is a simple recipe for gratitude.  Realize that you deserve nothing and that every good thing in your life is a gift from God.  Consider that things could always be worse if God was not caring for  you.  Compare your life now to how terrible it could be.  Things could always be worse.  This awareness creates a profound sense of thanksgiving.

Let’s look at 3 areas of gratitude we can be thankful for today.

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There is Spiritual Power Available to You Today!

Acts 1:8

God has Spiritual Power Available for You.

God has not left you helpless as you travel this life. There is a power available for you that transcends all that you see and know. It is greater than any earthly circumstance or human frailty. It works in the believer transforming him into a little Christ. How can one so like his sinful father be conformed into the likeness of his Heavenly Father? This Power! How could rugged and unlearned fishermen such as Peter, James and John become great Apostles that would change the World? This Power! The same power is available to you today.

Acts 1:8

This Power Comes from the Fullness of the Holy Spirit.

Jesus did not leave us comfortless when He ascended to Heaven. Truthfully, He said that it was better for Him to go so that we could have the Comforter. John 16:7 Listen to God’s Word! It is better for the Holy Spirit of God to dwell in you than if Jesus was on Earth today and you were walking by His side! And yet, the Holy Ghost is ignored, quenched and grieved by most of God’s people. They live as if there was no Holy Spirit. How sad!

Did you think of Him today? Did you yield to Him? Are you in tune to His promptings and filled with His power?  Confess your sin. Humble yourself. Declare your need of Him. Ask to be filled with the sweet Holy Spirit as you pour out yourself to God in Prayer.

This Power makes us Bold Witnesses of God’s Work.

The Holy Spirit has a great and manifold ministry in us. He teaches, leads, reminds, convicts, empowers, and much more. Yet, His most obvious ministry is that He makes us bold witnesses for God. He loosens our tongue to speak of Jesus. He emboldens our mouths to publicly praise the Father. He overrides our personality to make us proclaimers of the Glorious Gospel of Christ. How can we, who have seen great and mighty things, be silent?  If you are not a bold witness for Christ, it is not because of your personality. It is because your lack of this divine power.

This Power gives us influence near and far at the same time.

God is at work in your life right now and at work across the globe at the same time. His power is not weakened by time or distance. When a believer is filled with this Holy Spirit power, God can use his influence for good near and far. Don’t just focus on your small world today. Realize that God wants to use you both in Jerusalem and Judea at the same time. Your prayers can affect those near and far. Your testimony can bring God glory in your own home and in homes across New England. Your generosity can spread God’s love in your home town and around the world. Furthermore, your testimony could bring God glory in this life and long after you are in Heaven! God’s power is not diminished by time or distance. Yet, most don’t believe it. They proclaim and big God and yet believe Him to be small. Their vision and spiritual goals reveal the true thoughts of their heart.

Let’s live for God today! He can multiply our humble influence far beyond what we dare to believe.

This Power allows our influence to spread to the uttermost part of the earth.

Ah, yes. What if your godly influence could spread across the globe to the furtherest reaches? The shadowy corners of humanity can be brought to God by a surrendered Christian. Never underestimate the power of a humble servant of God. Your effectiveness has never depended on your own ability, but that of the God you serve. He is a great God!  Believe Him for great and mighty things.

I hear someone say, “Preacher, I am barely making it myself. I struggle through each day. I have my hands full with my own life and responsibilities. This is my lot. How can I make a difference?”

Dear friend, I am not encouraging you to “try harder” in your own strength. I am agreeing that your strength is insufficient! Would to God that all of us would seek the Divine strength found in the fullness of the Holy Spirit!

Do you tire of living in your own strength? Have you had enough of not living up to the dreams God has placed in your heart? Then Rejoice! There is divine power available to you today!