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Inhale The Future Exhale The Past


 If you want to fulfill God's purpose for your life, you must first understand that you have a Divine Destiny.

You will never fulfill what you don't know you have, and you must learn to leave the past behind.

This generation loves its technology, scientific discoveries and all its physical conveniences such as the world has never before known.

But no other generation has had as many cares of life as we do or faced the perplexing social, psychological and mental disturbances we face today.

Despite all of our advances, humanity as a whole stands in desperate need.

Although the devil tries to fill our lives with pain and sorrow, we can alter those plans through Faith, Believing and Trust in Our God.

We as believers hold the key to our own destiny, because God has already made a way of escape through the redeeming blood of Jesus Christ! As a result we can enjoy All that God has for us.

You and I have two choices: We can either be complacent, or we can fulfill our divine destiny!

You may have been unconsciously choosing the first one, but You can decide to follow after God's plan for your life.  It’s a choice!

Once you realize that you have a divine destiny and make a decision to pursue God's plan for your life, you need to take care of some things before you begin the task of fulfilling your destiny.

The first thing you need to do is to leave the past behind. You will never be able to move forward in life until you let go of the past.

Paul says in Philippians 3:13–14: "Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended [or obtained, or excelled]: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus."

I want you to see something in this passage. The Apostle Paul said, "I count not myself to have excelled." He then went on to say that he forgot those things which were behind him. That's an interesting statement for this great man of God to make, because not only did Paul have to forget success, he also had to forget failure!

As Paul wrote those words, I'm sure his mind went back to the day he held the coats of believers and had them stoned to death including Stephen, one of God's chosen servants (Acts 7:58–8:3).

In addition to forgetting his mistakes, Paul also had to forget his successes. His impressive accomplishments in the Jewish Religion before he came to Christ.  Also after he came to Christ, in Athens, he met with learned Greek philosophers and proclaimed the "philosophy" of the Gospel. Many believed and were saved. Their salvation was a great success for Paul. Here was a man from Tarsus, an outpost of the Roman empire, standing on Mars Hill with the greatest philosophers in Greece—and he matches them word for word and argument for argument through the power of God (Acts 17:16–33). That was a great success. But Paul had to forget it in order to move forward in his divine destiny.

Paul also had to forget that he started one of the largest churches in history—the Church at Ephesus. If you will study the Bible, you will find that this church had between 20,000 and 40,000 members! That's a pretty good-sized church!

Yet Paul said, "I count not myself to have accomplished anything, but this one thing I do—forgetting those things which are behind, I press toward the mark."

Paul forgot success. He forgot failure. He forgot everything that happened to him in the past, because it was history.

Too many of us want to live in the past, but it's time to move on to the greater things God has for us in the future.

Doing that will take commitment.

Too many people do not realize what commitment means. Paul showed his commitment when he wrote, "Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and REACHING FORTH . . ." (Phil. 3:13). Reaching forth involves effort, and that is spelledw-o-r-k.

Are you still interested in following God's plan for your life and fulfilling your divine destiny?

If so, it means you have some work to do. Oh my! We don’t like that word today- 

You have to reach forth, strain, and strive to obtain "the high calling of God in Christ Jesus" (v. 14).

Paul said, "I press toward the mark." Well, when you're "pressing" to get something, you're putting forth a lot of energy and effort.

You're going to discover very quickly whether you want to take the effort it takes to be this kind of believer because the devil is going to fight you. You're going to have to choose between running back to your comfort zone or pressing toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

When you make the decision to go with God and you plant His Word in your heart, there isn't any place for you to go but up and over the top!

Make the commitment today to forget both the failures and successes of your past.

Press into All God has for You!

Decide today to leave the past behind and start pressing toward Your Divine Destiny!

Love in His Grace, Pastor Joe-See You Sunday at New Creation Church 10AM

Rise Above The Pressure


We saw God work in remarkable ways in 2018, and we give Him all the glory.

We are grateful to Him for continuing to open doors for us to help people understand the Victorious Power of the Gospel.

As we come to a close of 2018 God desires you to be more victorious than ever.

I believe God desires you to have a prosperous and successful non-frustrated life.

First Peter 5:7 instructs us to cast all of our cares and concerns on the Lord.

I know this is not always easy to do. But when the pressure is on, it is the only way to walk above the circumstances and not be buried by them.

The next time you are under pressure and you are tempted to cave in, here are some things you can do. If you follow these four simple steps, you will be able to overcome pressure instead of pressure overcoming you.

First of all Keep Your Focus on God-

Isaiah 26:3 says,You will keep him in perfect peace,

Whose mind is stayed on You,

Because he trusts in You.

Many people who encounter a crisis fail to keep their minds stayed on the Lord. They focus on the negative and only see what is going wrong. Instead of believing their situation can have a positive outcome, they begin to doubt that they will ever recover.

Focusing on the problem will never do a thing but keep you frustrated. In fact, the more you think about the problem instead of the Problem Solver, the weaker your faith becomes.

To rise above the pressure, you have to think on the right things. You must replace negative thoughts with good, scriptural positive thoughts. Doubt has to be replaced with Faith.

The Apostle Paul told the Philippians to "let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus" (Phil. 2:5).

What was in the mind of Christ? All things are possible if you can believe (Mark 9:23). Whatever is impossible with man is possible with God (Luke 18:27).

Problems become small or great depending on the way you think about them. We see an example of this in the Book of Matthew when Peter walked on water.

On Jesus' one-word command, "Come," Peter jumped out of a boat in the face of a strong wind and walked on the choppy waves. He continued walking on the water as long as he maintained an unwavering focus on Christ. But when Peter took his eyes off of Jesus and looked at how strong the wind was, he began to sink. (See Matt. 14:25-32.)

Your success in the midst of the storms you encounter is determined by how well you control your thought life.

No one can control your thoughts but you. You determine what you think about and how you react to any given situation.

Secondly, Focus on Your Potential in God-

You probably don't realize the potential you have in God. Although you can't accomplish some things in your own strength, you can accomplish anything in God's strength.

Instead of focusing on your weaknesses, focus on the strength potential you have in Lord. Joel 3:10 says, "Let the weak say, I am strong." No matter what is surrounding you, "I am strong" needs to be your daily confession.

You've got to believe that Christ is in you. Col. 1:27.  The "Christ In You" is what is important. That's the part that will see you through any adversity.

People often ask, "How is God going to turn this situation around?" I don't know, but God does!

Instead of focusing on "how," focus on the author and finisher of your faith (see Heb. 12:2). He is the One Who can give you the ability to triumph over your circumstances.

Thirdly, Focus on What God Is Saying-

Have you ever been talking to someone and you realized they were not hearing a word you were saying? Although they were right in front of you, their mind was someplace else.

God is talking all the time. Are you listening when He is speaking? Isaiah 55:3 says, "Incline your ear, and come unto Me: hear, and your soul shall live."

The main way God speaks to His children is through His Word. However, when you're under a great deal of pressure, do you run to the Word to find strength and peace? Or are you so focused on the problem that you neglect to pray and read Gods promises? The Word of God contains the answers you desperately need.

It is through prayer and meditating on the Word that God will show you what steps to take to see you through adversity.

Lastly, Focus on Speaking out loud Gods promises-

Speak out loud the life giving promises of His Word over the situation.

You have to kept your mouth shut to complaining about anything that would not glorify God or His Word. 

Psalm 105:2 says, "Talk of all His wondrous works." Speak Of His Power To Deliver! 

Throughout the Book of Psalms, you will see that the various writers “Talked” about the bigness of God. They exalt His greatness. They praised His goodness. They set an example for you and me.

Anytime you are under pressure, begin to talk about Who God is and how big He is.

Put the devil and doubt in their place and remind them that God is bigger than anything they are trying to bring about.

You may not "feel" like talking about God when you're under a lot of pressure.

But especially in times of adversity, you need to talk about the goodness and bigness of God.

As you do, you will be revived and released from the pressure that is on you.

It doesn't matter how bleak your future looks; God is bigger.

It doesn't matter what anyone says; God is able to bring you through.

As you follow these steps, you will feel the pressure lift off of you.

You'll be able to look at your circumstances with an assurance that God will see you through.

See You Sunday at New Creation Church- 

Love in His Grace,

Pastor Joe-


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