Encouragement For The Soul

(2 Chronicles 6:18) “But will God indeed dwell with men on the earth? Behold, heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain You. How much less this temple which I have built! (NKJV)

I preached a message at a revival some years ago titled “You Gotta Let Him Out Of The Box.” We are so quick to put God in a box when it comes to the way He works in our life. In other words we are quick to put boundaries and limits on what God can do and how it does things. 2 Chronicles 6:18 says, “…heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain You. How much less this temple which I have built!” How dare we think that our God is limited to any one way of doing something or that He will only work within the boundaries of our finite way of seeing things? The Great I AM, is an unlimited and infinite God for whom nothing is impossible. He can do anything as long as you trust in Him completely. You can go with God as far as you are willing to let your faith take you. The only boundary that God sets for Himself is His Word and if His Word is true, then why do we think that there is any limit on what He can do for us and how He does it.

Right after I first started serving the Lord and preaching His Word, I was concluding a message in a church and gave an invitation for any who where lost to come forward and receive Jesus as their Lord and Savior. 13 people answered the call of Christ that morning and were saved. After the service I was greeting people at the door and this one elderly lady came up to me and just started to rake me over the coals, she was very upset. She said, “I don’t know what just went on in there, but we just don’t do things that way around here. I don’t think that was from God because we have never done it that way before.” I was stunned to say the least. I answered her angry outburst by gently saying, “13 people just made a commitment to Jesus. They received His free gift of salvation and became born again. Now if that is not from God, I don’t what is. As far as that not happening here before, maybe it’s because you have never allowed the Holy Spirit to move like that. Could be that you have put too many limitations on God.”

That’s the problem; we put too many limitations on our God. If we will just get out of the way, let the Holy Spirit have control, then God can move any way He wants to fulfill His purpose in our life. He can save lost souls, heal the sick, deliver those bound down in the bondage of the strongholds, and He can work all manner of miracles through His unlimited power. So come on church, stop putting limits on what God can do. Let Him out of the box and let Him work. He is all powerful, all knowing, and all seeing, He can do anything. Just let your faith control your thoughts and actions. Let go and let God do what He wants do for you. You will be surprised at the miraculous things He can accomplish in your life.

Be blessed my friends. Have a great and glorious day with the Lord.
Pastor Bobby
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Encouragement For The Soul

(Luke 19:37-40) Then, as He was now drawing near the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works they had seen,
38 saying:” ‘Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the LORD!’ Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”
39 And some of the Pharisees called to Him from the crowd, “Teacher, rebuke Your disciples.”
40 But He answered and said to them, “I tell you that if these should keep silent, the stones would immediately cry out.” (NKJV)

Spontaneous praise and worship of the Lord Jesus has always been frowned upon by religious people. When Jesus entered the city of Jerusalem on the last week of His life, the people began to spontaneously shout and praise Him (“rejoice and praise God with a loud voice”). The Pharisees did not like it one bit. They asked Jesus to tell them to quiet down those that worshiped Him, to “rebuke” them and make them stop. But Jesus told those ole religious stuffed shirts, “I tell you that if these should keep silent, the stones would immediately cry out.”

In the Book of Psalms we are told 17 times to give a shout of joy or triumph to Lord for what He has done for us. We are to praise Him loudly and joyfully for He is a great, wonderful, and loving Savior who deserves to be praised. But people don’t want to hear it today. They think it is not dignified to “shout for joy” in the presence of the Lord.

I was raised that when you came into the church, you were to sit down, put your hands in your lap, be still and be quiet. It was like you were in a tomb attending a funeral. Well I got news for you today, the funeral was held on a Friday and He rose from that grave on the following Sunday. We got a lot to shout about my friends. We have a lot to be joyful about today. I’m not about to let the stones of the ground out praise me or let some religious stuffed shirt tell me I have to be quiet when it comes to praising my God and Savior Jesus Christ. I’m gonna shout! I’m gonna raise my voice in praise for He is worthy. He has given me a new song to sing and a reason to be joyful and I don’t care who knows it. I love my Savior for He loves me and proved it on Calvary’s Cross. He gave His all for me publicly and unashamedly so why should I hold back my praise.
Come on let us praise His name together and give a shout out to the Savior… “HALLELUJAH! PRAISE HIS NAME FOR HE IS WORTHY!”

Be blessed my friends. Have a great and glorious day with Lord.
Pastor Bobby
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Encouragement For The Soul

(Psalms 29:2) Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness. (KJV)

How often do you really worship the Lord? I am not talking about church services or camp meetings. What I am talking about is personal one on one worship of your God and Savior Jesus Christ. Just taking the time to offer up praise to the Lord for who He is and what He means to your life. Worshiping Him for His righteousness and holiness. Worshiping Him for His love, mercy, and grace. Worshipping Him for all He has done in your life and what He is going to do for you in the future.

You don’t need a “good” reason to worship your King, you already have one; He died for you and rose from the grave for you. He has given you the promise of eternal life when you placed all your trust and faith in Him. He covers you with His love and grace each day.

Worship should not just be reserved for “official” church services, but worship should be a way of life for the born again child of God. Offering up the “fruit of our lips” (Hebrews 13:15) should be a continual daily devotion for you and me. And just not in the good times of our life, but the troubled times as well. Because when you begin to worship the Lord, even in the troubled times of life, He moves to envelope you in His arms to comfort, consol, and protect you. Worship is an intimate time between God and His child, praise is an act of love directed toward your Lord and He steps into your presence at the first sound of your voice as it is lifted in praise to Him.

(Psalms 22:3) But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel. (KJV)

When was the last time you just took the time to spend time in praise and worship of your Lord and Savior? When was the last time you got alone with your God to just say, “Lord I love You and I praise You. I just worship Your holy name now and forever more. I just want to spend some time with You today Lord. Come into my presence Lord. I need You.”

If you will take the time to do this, be still with Jesus, worship the Lord in sincerity, He will make Himself known in your life in new and exciting ways. You will find yourself with fresh and wonderful new outlook on your relationship with Jesus. Try it you, you just might like it.

Be blessed my friends. Have a great and glorious day with your Lord.
Pastor Bobby
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Encouragement For The Soul

(Jude 1:20) But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, (KJV)

Prayer is one of the most awesome things we can do concerning our relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. And what most people do not realize is that prayer is so much more than just asking for something from our Lord and if that is all it is with you, how empty you must feel.

Prayer is all about your intimacy with Jesus. It is talking to the One who loves you the most. It is worshiping your Savior, the One who died and rose from the grave for you. It is about just spending time with your God and Creator.

My youngest son John will just come up to me sometimes when we are watching TV together and say, “I just want to love on you a little bit Daddy,” and I just love to hear those words. They just make my heart melt and I have to reach down, scoop him up in my arms and just love on him. It is times like this that lets us both know how much we mean to each other. It is an intimate bond between father and son.

I think our Lord Jesus longs to hear those words from us sometimes, “Daddy, I just want to love on You a little bit.” You see that’s wjat prayer is, an intimate time of love between you and the Savior. A time spent just loving on one another. It is a time of bonding and intimacy that nothing in this world can break or take away. Paul said it this way in Romans 8:38-39: “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Prayer is a time of worship and stillness with the Lord that strengthens the love we have for the Savior and His love for us. It is in this intimate time that you open yourself up to the Lord and He can speak directly to your heart in matters of your personal relationship with Him. It is a time of love and devotion that so many people miss because they are so focused on getting and not giving, giving back some of the love that has been given to us.

Go ahead then… “Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” (Philippians 4:6)
But don’t forget to just stop sometimes and say, “Heavenly Father, I just want to love on You for a little while.” You’ll be surprised at the how close you will become with your Savior.

Be blessed my friends. Have a great and glorious day with the Lord.
Pastor Bobby
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A Mighty Standard Is Our God

Encouragement For The Soul

(Zechariah 4:6) Then he answered and spoke unto me, saying, This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, says the LORD of hosts.

We waste so much time, energy, and emotion over things we can do nothing about. When problems arise we get so anxious to resolve them that we forget that we have a loving and caring Savior who will step in and accomplish more than we ever could if we will just call out to Him and get out of the way and let Him work. All you have to do is be still and listen, wait on Him, and He will either give you direction or He will resolve the problem. He’s just kind of awesome like that. There is nothing He can’t do for you when you just trust and obey.

Jesus tells us in Matthew 11:28 to come to Him when we are burdened and He will give us rest. We are taught by the Apostle Peter in 1 Peter 5:7 that we are to cast all our care on Him because He cares for us. Jesus cares about what is going on in your life and if you will just come to Him, cast that problem at His feet, and then He can and will do something about it. But, you have to be willing to walk away from the problem; that is to let Him handle it the way He sees fit. Quit worrying about it, stop trying to pick it back up, just be still, listen, and you will see it all taken care of by the Lord.

When He says move, move. When He says go, go. When He says, do, do it. But until you have clear guidance and direction, leave it alone so He can resolve the issue. Stop fighting battles that is not yours to fight. Stop worrying when there is nothing you can do. Let the Lord work it out and it will work out for the best because He knows what is best for you.

(Romans 8:28) And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. (KJV)

Be blessed my friends. Have a great and glorious day with the Lord.
Pastor Bobby
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Encouragement For The Soul

When you begin to walk in obedience to the Lord’s call to accomplish  a task He has called you to, the enemy (satan and his demonic forces) will come against you. They will do this through those around you whether they be friend, family, or foe. You will be laughed at, scorned, despised, held in contempt and conspired against. But don’t give up; press on, for the Lord your God will be with you. Don’t let the fear of failure or the contempt of others stop you from trusting in the Lord. He will see you through to the end and He will accomplish through you what He has called you to do. You will be successful if you don’t give up. Trust in the Lord completely and you will succeed.

Here are five things to help you overcome the scorn of the enemy:

I. Declare the victory through your God who has called you. (Nehemiah 2:20) Then answered I them, and said unto them, The God of heaven, he will prosper us; therefore we his servants will arise and build:…  (KJV)

II. Remember God will supply all you need to accomplish the task He has called you to. (Nehemiah 2:7-8) Moreover I said unto the king, If it please the king, let letters be given me to the governors beyond the river, that they may convey me over till I come into Judah;  8 And a letter unto Asaph the keeper of the king’s forest, that he may give me timber to make beams for the gates of the palace which appertained to the house, and for the wall of the city, and for the house that I shall enter into. And the king granted me, according to the good hand of my God upon me.  (KJV)

III. Don’t let fear cloud your mind or control your emotions or actions, remember who is on your side. (Nehemiah 4:14) And I looked, and rose up, and said unto the nobles, and to the rulers, and to the rest of the people, Be not ye afraid of them: remember the Lord, which is great and terrible, and fight for your brethren, your sons, and your daughters, your wives, and your houses.  (KJV)

IV. God will fight your battles for you, you just have to show up on the field of battle and hold up His banner. (Nehemiah 4:20) In what place therefore ye hear the sound of the trumpet, resort ye thither unto us: our God shall fight for us.  (KJV)

V. Keep your eyes on the goal because God is in control all the way. (Nehemiah 6:15-16) So the wall was finished in the twenty and fifth day of the month Elul, in fifty and two days. 16 And it came to pass, that when all our enemies heard thereof, and all the heathen that were about us saw these things, they were much cast down in their own eyes: for they perceived that this work was wrought of our God.  (KJV)

So don’t give up, “…press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” He is on your side and you will accomplish all He has called you to do.

Be blessed my friends. Have a great and glorious day with the Lord.

Pastor Bobby

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Encouragement For The Soul

I want to remind you of a great truth today…GOD LOVES YOU! This is the most glorious and important truth of the Word of God, He loves mankind and furthermore He wants to forgive people of their sin.
(Romans 5:8) But God commends His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (KJV)

(1 John 1:9) If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (KJV)

So many people today have the mistaken idea that God is unloving and uncaring because bad things happen in this world. Evil people do evil things because they choose to do so and because God has made all of mankind in His image, He has given men free will choice. God loves men enough to let them make their own choices in this world, whether good or evil, He does not interfere. But one day He will judge those choices and punish those who have done evil.
(2 Peter 2:9) The Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the Day of Judgment to be punished: (KJV)

As far as natural disasters, this world that God has created has been affected by man’s sin as well. In the Garden of Eden when Adam sinned the world was cursed because of his disobedience to God (Genesis 3:17; Isaiah 24:5-6). Because of this curse creation now groans and travails awaiting the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ so it to can be released from its curse.
(Romans 8:20-22) For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope,
21 Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.
22 For we know that the whole creation groans and travails in pain together until now. (KJV)

And concerning physical death, it was the punishment that came with original sin. When Adam sinned in the Garden he condemned not only himself to physical death but all who would come after him.
(Genesis 2:16-17) And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat:
17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, you shall not eat of it: for in the day that you eat thereof you shall surely die. (KJV)

(Romans 5:12) Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: (KJV)
But none of this cancels out God’s love for man. All the evil, all the natural disasters, all the death cannot take the fact away that God loves His unique creation man. Because of His great love for us, one day (and it will be soon) God is going to make all things right. He already has given the remedy for all these troubles, His Son Jesus Christ.
To all those who will call upon the name of the Lord Jesus Christ by faith they will be saved. Saved from the penalty of sin, saved from the evil that is in this world, and saved from natural disasters.
(John 3:16-17) For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. (KJV)

(Revelation 21:1) And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. (KJV)

(Revelation 21:4-5) And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
5 And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful. (KJV)

Have a great and glorious day with the Lord. Be blessed my friends.
Pastor Bobby
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Encouragement For The Soul

One of the worst feelings you will ever experience is to have the feeling of being all alone, especially when facing an overwhelming or desperate situation. All of you know what I am talking about, the feeling that comes in times of trial and tribulation when it seems that all your family and friends have left you high and dry. Those that have said they would be there for you no matter what, seem to disappear as smoke in the wind. It hurts, it discourages, it disappoints, and it angers you. Listen to what Job had to say about just such a situation:
(Job 19:14-20) My kinsfolk have failed, and my familiar friends have forgotten me.
15 They that dwell in mine house, and my maids, count me for a stranger: I am an alien in their sight.
16 I called my servant, and he gave me no answer; I intreated him with my mouth.
17 My breath is strange to my wife, though I intreated for the children’s sake of mine own body.
18 Yea, young children despised me; I arose, and they spake against me.
19 All my inward friends abhorred me: and they whom I loved are turned against me.
20 My bone cleaveth to my skin and to my flesh, and I am escaped with the skin of my teeth. (KJV)

There is only One who you can completely and totally trust for all your needs in this life. There is only One who will never leave you nor forsake. There is only One who will always be there for you no matter what, when, or where and that One is Jesus Christ.
Over 100 times in the Bible does it speak of trusting in the Lord your God. He is ever vigilant to your needs in time of distress and trouble. As long as we stay by His side, walk and live by faith in Him, He always upholds you and delivers you in time of trial and trouble.
(2 Samuel 22:3) The God of my rock; in him will I trust: he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my saviour; thou savest me from violence.

(Psalms 5:11) But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee.

(Hebrews 13:5-6) Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me. (KJV)

Is Jesus your Rock today? Is He the Anchor that holds you steady in the storms of life? Is Jesus the One upon whom you place all your trust and faith? If not why not do so today, ask Jesus to forgive you of your sin and come into your life as Lord and Savior. Give Jesus all authority, control, and care of your life and you will never face another trying time alone.

Have a great and glorious day with the Lord. Be blessed my friends.
Pastor Bobby
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Encouragement For The Soul

(Jude 1:24) Now unto Him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy,  (KJV)

    I have met many people during my time in the ministry that walk in fear of failure when it comes to their walk with the Lord. They will not take steps of faith because they are afraid that they will fail in the task. They are afraid that God will not do has He has promised. They are afraid they do not have what it takes to do to what needs to been done. This is the spirit of fear from the enemy controlling their life and not the Spirit of God in control.

(2 Timothy 1:7) For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.  (KJV)

Fear is a tactic of the enemy to stop the child of God from making a step of faith that would result in Jesus being glorified and the child of God being strengthened for another step of faith. You see satan himself is afraid of those you walk in faith in Jesus. He knows that the child of God who is faithfully dependent of Jesus, obeys His voice, leaves the consequences to the Lord, is unstoppable. satan knows the the child of God who is lead by the Spirit of God is a force to be reckoned with because (1 John 4:4) You are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world.  (KJV)

Do not let fear cloud you mind and spirit. Fear leads to confusion and confusion is not of God (1Corinthians 14:33). Confusion leads to discouragement, discouragement leads to depression, and depression leads to defeat. Defeat has no business in the child of God’s life because the scripture teaches us that we are victorious through our faith in Jesus Christ (1Corintians 15.57). Jesus has overcome the enemy. Jesus has overcome the world. Jesus has overcome fear itself. So we as children of God have overcome all these things through our faith in Christ our Lord.

    Stop letting fear stop you from taking leaps of faith. Put your eyes on Jesus. He will keep you from falling. He will hold on to you all the way to victory because He loves you and He wants to see you succeed.

Have a great and glorious day with the Lord. Be blessed my friends.

Pastor Bobby

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