Rest & Let God Work

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TODAY’S SCRIPTURE:

“Cease striving and know that I am God…”

Psalm 46:10

TODAY’S WORD:

We all have to make numerous decisions throughout the week. When you face a difficult decision, did you know you can ask God to lead you in the right direction? Just like what we learned in that Amazing Word Thursday night in the Book Of James- 1:5 “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.”

You’ll be amazed at the insight you get from relying on God’s Promises (His Word To You) instead of striving to find the answers on your own.

If you’re constantly trying to figure things out and make things happen instead of waiting for God’s timing and leading, you’ll wear yourself out. Instead, why don’t you come back to a place of rest and simply trust and know that God has given you power over any situation you might be facing. His ways are higher than ours. If you’ll trust Him to do things His way, you’ll see His best plan for your life unfold. When you feel worried or uptight, that’s the time to say, “God, give me Your wisdom to make good decisions. I refuse to worry. I’m staying in peace, knowing that You are in control. I’m going to Rest In You”

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord God, thank You for remaining in control even when I’m worried or stressed.I receive Your Peace right now! I receive Your supernatural wisdom to make decisions that honor You and are for my good.

In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Love in His Grace, Pastor Joe

See you Sunday!

Today’s Devotion- El Shaddai

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“El Shaddai”- The God That Is More Than Enough-

The All-Sufficient One, Lord God Almighty

In the Old Testament El Shaddai occurs 7 times. Let’s see a great New Testament fulfillment in Christ-

Today’s Scripture:

“After everyone was FULL, Jesus told his disciples, ‘Now gather the leftovers, so that nothing is wasted.” – John 6:12

The Scripture here tells of a time when Jesus fed a crowd of five thousand with only five loaves. That day, everyone had “more than enough” to eat and there were still twelve baskets full of bread. That’s because we serve a God of abundance! I love that Jesus told the disciples to collect all the leftovers “so that nothing is wasted.” With God, nothing is ever wasted. He’ll never waste an experience; He’ll never waste a hurt; He’ll never waste a dream; He’ll never waste even a single piece of bread.

God is still in the miracle-working business. He is still our Creator, and He is a Restorer. His Name is El Shaddai not El Cheap-O!  If you’ve felt like you’ve wasted years of your life in the wrong job, hanging around the wrong people, doing the wrong things, God will gather those years and restore them back to you. He’ll take those experiences that the enemy meant for your harm and turn them around for your good. He’ll make you stronger, wiser and better off than you were before. He can launch you further into your destiny than before. Be encouraged today because with God, all things are possible and nothing is ever wasted!

A Prayer for Today: “Father, I give You every bit of my life – my past, my present and my future. Thank You for being more than enough and for taking every experience in my life and turning it around for my good in Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

Love in His Grace, Pastor Joe

 

Come Just As You Are

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Come just as you are

Hear The Spirit call

Come just as you are

Come and see

Come receive

Come and live forever

Life Everlasting

Strength for today

Taste the living water

And never thirst again

Words and music by Joe Sabolick

 

Jesus Said; Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.”(John 7:37-38)

Receive His Living Water and refresh your life with His Love and Mercy simply by Believing and trusting Him.

He will give you strength for today and you’ll never thirst for again- That means He will satisfy the spiritual part of your life and provide healing in every area of your life-

The Bible says, “God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, [Jesus Christ], that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:16).

Jesus said, “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly”—a complete life full of purpose (John 10:10)

We come to Him to step out of sin consciousness into Son Consciousness-

From failure into Success, From prison to Praise, From hate to Love, Form disappointment to Expectancy, From sinner to Saint, From separated from God to Joint heir to Christ, From disturbed to Peace, From Anxiety to Comfort , From slave to Free, From cursed to Blessed . From incapability to More That Able, From unrighteousness to Righteousness, From unhappy to Joyful and the list goes on to the amazing Joy Give us~

 Listen and sing for all these reasons…

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Forget What’s Behind

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 Forget What‘s Behind!

TODAY’S  SCRIPTURE:

…But one thing I do: forgetting those things which are behind and pushing forward to what is ahead.

Philippians 3:13,

TODAY’S WORD:

Many people don’t fully understand what it means to forget the past. One definition of the word “forget” is “to disregard intentionally, or to overlook.” You have to intentionally disregard your past so that it doesn’t keep you from moving forward. That means the good and the bad. If we’re not careful, even our past victories can keep us from rising higher if we get too comfortable where we are. God wants to take us from glory to glory, but if we don’t let go of the old, we’ll never be able to embrace the new. It’s time to forget what lies behind. Put it away once and for all. When you release it, it’s an act of your faith. Focus all your faith on moving forward. Trust that God has new levels of victory, peace and favor. Trust that He’s working all around you on your behalf. As you forget what lies behind and press forward, you will see the abundant life Our God has in store for you!

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Father, thank you that you have made all things New in my life- I choose to forget the past today. I don’t want anything to hold me back from the future You have prepared for me. I choose forgiveness and thank You that You are helping me in every area of my life!  By Your Spirit I am pressing forward.

In Jesus Name. Amen!

Love in His Grace, Pastor Joe.

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Sabbath Rest

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Are You Resting Today? Be diligent to enter that rest Heb.4:7-11. Enter right now into His Rest. Enjoy being seated together in Christ in the heavenly places, then you will run and not be weary.

See You Sunday @10AM

Read about Your Rest This Sabbath Day- 

Hebrews 4:10–11

…he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His. Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest...

A baby learns to sit first before he starts to stand and walk. The Christian life also begins with sitting. God “raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:6). How well we walk after that depends on how well we sit and rest in the finished work of Christ.

The promised land was a land of rest where God promised His people “large and beautiful cities which you did not build, houses full of all good things, which you did not fill, hewn-out wells which you did not dig, vineyards and olive trees which you did not plant” (Deuteronomy 6:10–11).

But for 40 years, God’s people wandered in the wilderness because they refused to believe that God had given them a land where everything had been prepared—the work was finished. They could not believe that God had given them a land full of good things to enjoy, a land which just flowed with His abundant supply.

Today, there are believers who still cannot believe that the work of Jesus is truly complete and finished. They are trying to complete a completed work, finish a finished work and defeat a defeated devil.

There are believers today who are always working and trying to produce their healing, success and victory. God wants us to stop striving  and start trusting in His love for us.

He wants us to stop working and struggling, and start resting and believing in His grace toward us.

The only “work” left for us to do today is to enter His rest.

We are to labor every day to enter His rest. We are to rest inwardly and believe that the work is done because it is a finished work, and trust in God’s undeserved favor toward us. We are to rest in Jesus our true ark, who will carry us through the storms of Life!

So today, “if you will hear His voice, do not harden your hearts…be diligent to enter that rest” (Hebrews 4:7, 11). Let’s enter His rest. Let’s enjoy sitting together with Christ in the heavenly places, then we will run and not be weary (see Isaiah 40:31)!

Love in Christ, Pastor Joe- 

See You Sunday- The Lord’s Day

Jehovah-Rapha

You can learn a lot from a name, and that’s especially true of our Creator.

Throughout the Bible, God presents Himself with different names that describe who and what He does. Each name reveals something important about Himself. One of the names of God is Jehovah-Rapha, “the Lord who heals.” (Ex. 15)

God is the one who Heals!

It is written, “He healed all that came to him” multitudes of people came to him, not only from Israel but also from surrounding nations and they brought all their sick to Jesus to be healed.

The Name that He revealed to the Israelites after they came out of Egypt was Jehovah Rapha, the Lord who heals you-  It was as if He was telling them, as they began their new life with Him, that He had already healed them of all the diseases and pains they suffered when they were in bondage in Egypt. When He brought them out of Egypt, the scripture says “there was none feeble among them” (Psalm 105:37).

Today, just as the Israelites were delivered from their bondage in Egypt and from slavery to Pharaoh, you have also been delivered from the bondage of sin and sickness, and from slavery to the devil, by the body of Jesus and His blood. And the Lord, who is the same yesterday, today and forever, still says to you, “I am the Lord who heals you.”

A family recently came to church desiring their daughter to be healed of epileptic seizures- she was diagnosed with having the beginning stages of epilepsy. As I called her forward to be prayed for, we laid hands on her and believed God’s promise that she was healed in The Name Of Jesus.  They came back the next week telling us the Doctors were amazed as they were doing follow up tests that there were no longer any traces of epilepsy whatsoever! Glory to God!

Child of God, If the doctor has given you a bad report regarding your health, don’t despair. Look to Jesus and expect healing for your body. He is the same yesterday, today and forever. He is still Jehovah Rapha—the Lord who heals you!

You need to know what God’s Word says about your healing-

For yourself and those you know that need healing-

Listen to my audio on “The Healing Scriptures-

Tap on the link below and let them minister to you.

Love in His Grace, Pastor Joe.

https://newcreation.tv/sermons/2016/10/26/the-healing-scriptures

Love Is...

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 "Love . . . is patient and kind. . . .

Love (God's love in us) . . . is ever ready

to believe the best of every person."

—1 Corinthians 13:4–5, 7 (Amplified)

It is so important that we learn to practice love in our lives on a daily basis. Many people refer to First Corinthians 13 as "the love chapter." Too often, we want to skip over reading that part of the Bible.  Let’s Read It Together~

1 CORINTHIANS 13:4-7 (Amplified)

4 Love endures long and is patient and kind; love never is envious nor boils over with jealousy, is not boastful or vainglorious, does not display itself haughtily.

5 It is not conceited (arrogant and inflated with pride); it is not rude (unmannerly) and does not act unbecomingly. Love (God's love in us) does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for it is not self-seeking; it is not touchy or fretful or resentful; it takes no account of the evil done to it [it pays no attention to a suffered wrong].

6 It does not rejoice at injustice and unrighteousness, but rejoices when right and truth of Love prevail.

7 Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, is ever ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances, and it endures everything [without weakening].

If we would practice this passage daily, we could live peaceful, productive lives. The problem is, we give power to our old nature and allow it to get in our way. Instead of ignoring injustices that are done to us, we want to get even; instead of walking in love, we want to repay evil for evil.

Life is too short to live in constant turmoil in your home, work or in The Church. This holds true regarding your relationships with friends as well. When strife arises in our relationships, we can deal wisely with it and keep First Corinthians 13:4-7 as our foundation.

We can learn something about this from the Apostle Paul. The church at Corinth was suffering from such strife within it that he had to remind the members, "Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you" (2 Cor. 13:11). "Be of one mind. Live in peace." This is God’s will for you to maintain a healthy mental, spiritual and physical life.

In order to live out that instruction from the Word of God, we must learn to communicate effectively with others, beginning with our spouses and children. Communication is often the most difficult skill to master, because we can experience so many different emotions when we are sharing our thoughts and feelings. Paul wrote about this in Ephesians 4:26-27: "Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: neither give place to the devil." "Be angry and sin not" sounds like a contradictory statement, but it isn't. The Lord knows that anger is one of the emotions we experience in life, yet He tells us, "Although you may be feeling angry, do not sin." What exactly does that mean?

You may experience angry feelings, but don't use those feelings to get even. In the midst of anger, you might say words that you may not really mean, but those cutting words can forever ring in the ears of the recipient.

When we choose to love, it causes peace to reign in our relationships and in our lives.

It's important to express your love and appreciation for your family and friends on a continual basis. We all need to be reassured of the love others have for us, and we need to reassure others of our love for them.

You may not have heard anyone say to you, "I love you," and you may find it awkward to say those words yourself. But I encourage you that if you'll start saying, "I love you," to people you care about, each time you repeat those words, they will become easier to say and more natural to you. Remember our God is Love- (1John 4:7&8)

You can begin right now by determining that every day, not just on special occasions, you will walk in love and express words of love to your family and friends.

Love in His Grace, Pastor Joe.

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Listening To The Holy Spirit

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Are you having trouble distinguishing between the voice of your New Creation spirit and the voice of your soul? Your spirit and soul are two different entities, but only God’s Word can separate the two. As you begin renewing your mind with God’s Word, you will position yourself to follow your new heart—your spirit—with confidence in every situation of life!

God’s Word tells us-

I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you;...Ezekiel 36:26

Just because you’re a Christian doesn’t necessarily mean you will be successful in fulfilling God’s plan for your life. Certainly, if you’ve accepted Jesus Christ as Savior, you will go to Heaven one day. But it’s quite possible to live out your entire life on the earth and fail to fulfill your destiny and receive the rich blessings God has planned for you.

The only way you can successfully run the race God has set before you (Heb. 12:1) is by learning how to receive guidance from the Holy Spirit as you listen to your new heart, your re-created human spirit. Learning to be led by the Holy Spirit according to the Word of God is the most important lesson you’ll ever learn in life.

When I say, “Listen to your heart,” what “heart” are you supposed to listen to? Even in the world, people sometimes say things, such as, “I mean it from the bottom of my heart” or, “He has a big heart.” They understand that these phrases don’t refer to the physical heart, the physical organ that pumps blood throughout the body. They know there is more to a person than just the body.

The Bible teaches that man possesses a spiritual heart as well as a physical heart. In fact, there are more than 800 references in the Bible to a persons heart, and very few of them refer to the physical part of the body. Most of these references refer to the unseen center of a persons being—the inward man (2 Cor. 4:16; 1 Peter 3:4). When I say, “Listen to your heart,” I am referring to listening to your new spirit, the inward man.

Of course, it’s true that at times, your physical senses give you information that you should listen to and heed. For instance, if you touched a hot stove, your sense of touch would tell you, “Take your hand off that stove quickly!” And you need to obey that!

But I’m talking about listening to your heart, or spirit, in situations for which there may be no solution in the natural or in the physical realm. Your physical senses might tell you, “Run from this problem!” Or your mind might tell you, “There’s no way out!”

But in those kinds of situations, you need to receive the Holy Spirit’s direction and stand on God’s Word without wavering. Successfully following God’s plan for your life depends on what you choose to listen to—your physical senses or the Word of God and the leading of the Holy Spirit. If you just listened to your physical senses or to your mind, you’d eventually lose your peace and joy and forfeit the victories God intended for you to have.

For instance, if you focused your attention on what you heard on the news, you could become depressed thinking about all the problems in the world around you. You could begin wondering, How are we ever going to make it?

But it doesn’t matter what your mind or your physical senses tell you! It doesn’t matter what the news media says! Regardless of what the circumstances look like, the Word of God is still true. And if you would get quiet on the inside and begin listening to what your heart, or spirit, is saying, the Holy Spirit would minister the truth of God’s Word to you.

We are spirit beings, but the Bible also teaches that we each possess a soul and we live in a body.

1 THESSALONIANS 5:23

23 And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole SPIRIT and SOUL and BODY be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

It’s easy to distinguish our body from our spirit or even from our soul, because the body is the part of us that’s visible and contacts the physical, tangible realm. With the body, we contact the physical realm. With our spirit, or heart, we contact the spiritual realm. And with our soul—including our mind, will, and emotions—we contact the intellectual and emotional realms.

But what about distinguishing our spirit, or heart, from our soul? It’s much more difficult to distinguish between our spirit and our soul, because they are intangible, unseen parts of our being. Yet it is vitally important that we learn how to correctly distinguish between the two. If we don’t, we won’t be able to successfully listen to our heart and be led by the Holy Spirit in the situations and circumstances of life.

Hebrews 4:12 shows us not only that the spirit and soul are separate entities, but that they can be divided or distinguished.

HEBREWS 4:12

12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to THE DIVIDING ASUNDER OF SOUL AND SPIRIT, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

The Word of God “divides asunder” or separates the soul and spirit of man because they are two separate and distinct entities. There would be no need to divide them if they were the same. For instance, if you tried to separate water from water, you would find it is impossible. You cannot separate something from itself.

But two distinct entities can be separated. For example, when water and dirt are mixed together in a container, the muddy water is still basically made up of two different elements: water and dirt. If left undisturbed, the mud would settle to the bottom of the container. The mud could be separated from the water, because dirt and water are two separate entities.

Similarly, although the spirit and soul are intertwined within the nature of each of person, they can be separated from each other because they are two separate entities. But they can only be separated and distinguished by the Word of God.

The truth is, you can only follow the Holy Spirit’s leading in your spirit, or heart, if you are continually renewing your mind with the Word of God (Rom. 12:2). You become more sensitive to God and the things of God when your mind is being renewed with the Word.

If you will continually fill your mind with God’s Word by reading, meditating on, and speaking the Word, you will begin responding to circumstances in line with the Word rather than from your physical senses or from your emotions—according to the way you used to think. (Eph.2:2) So just stay faithful to daily receive the Word into your heart and mind (James 1:21), and it will become easier and easier to listen to your heart with confidence, following the Holy Spirit’s leading in all the situations and circumstances of life.

Love in His Grace,

Pastor Joe

www.NewCreation.TV

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“Your Mighty Power“

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Taste The Living Water

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 Family hardships, Relationship tensions, Indecision, restlessness and emptiness.

Are you overwhelmed with life—drinking in self-help and psychological counsel to satisfy your craving for peace and fullness in life? The living water of Jesus Christ is what you are really thirsty for.

One day Jesus was walking through Samaria. He was weary, so He rested at Jacob’s well.

In the heat of the day, a woman came to draw some water. The Bible says: “Jesus said to her, ‘Give Me a drink.’ … The woman of Samaria said to Him, ‘How is it that You, being a Jew, ask a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?’ … Jesus answered and said to her, ‘If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, “Give me a drink,” you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.’ The woman said to Him, ‘Sir, You have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep. Where then do You get that living water? Are You greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank from it himself, as well as his sons and his livestock?’ Jesus answered and said to her, ‘Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life'” (John 4:7-14,).

Jesus is the Living Water. This is what all people need, whether they are in Africa or India or China or the United States. We all need the spiritual water that Jesus gives. The Bible says that we are prisoners of “the pit wherein is no water” (Zechariah 9:11). Think of that–prisoners in a pit with no water.

How long do you think a person can live without drinking water? Not very long. You can live a long time without food, but not without water. Have you ever been really thirsty? So thirsty that you thought you were going to die? I’m told there is no feeling quite like it.

The Apostle Peter talked about wells without water (2 Peter 2:17). Think of traveling across the desert and coming to a well where you believe there is water. You are thirsty. Your tongue is swollen. Your cheeks and lips are parched. But when you arrive at the well, there is no water.

Restless and Searching

The Bible says that “The wicked are like the troubled sea, When it cannot rest, Whose waters cast up mire and dirt. ‘There is no peace,’ Says my God, ‘for the wicked'” (Isaiah 57:20-21). I’ve seen the sea moving and tumbling, and the great waves lashing against the coast. The sea is always moving.

The Bible says that those outside God are like the troubled sea. They are restless, searching, questing, trying to find a place where it will be calm and smooth–and they cannot find it. Life is rough and hard and tough, especially without God’s peace and God’s joy and the living water that Christ can give.

How many of you are in a “waterless pit” right now? In your family? In your business? Maybe you are a young person not knowing what vocation to follow, not knowing what to do about marriage, not knowing what to do about the problems you’ve gotten yourself into–you are finding yourself in a pit without any water.

Why don’t you come to the well that Jesus offers and drink of the living water that He gives? That’s what you’re really thirsty for.

Maybe you are running madly from place to place, searching for something that will bring satisfaction to the terrible spiritual thirst that only God can satisfy. Jesus said He is the Living Water. He is the Living Water who will come into your heart and quench the thirst that you have.

Maybe you have tried everything to satisfy, to bring peace and joy to your life, to have a sense of forgiveness and a sense of belonging. And you haven’t found it. Jesus said, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again” (John 4:13, NKJV).

Drink of the water of drugs, and you will thirst again.

Drink of the water of fame, and you will thirst again.

Drink of the water of popularity, and you will thirst again.

Drink of all the other waters being offered today, and you will thirst again.

But drink of the living water that Jesus will give you, and you will never thirst. Jesus said, “The water that I shall give [you] will become in [you] a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life” (John 4:14).

Have You Been There?

Every person can have everlasting life by drinking at the well of Jesus. Have you been there? Oh, I’m not talking about being a member of a church. I’m not talking about baptism. I’m not talking about knowing all the right answers. I’m talking about having a relationship with Jesus Christ every day, a genuine living experience with Him.

The woman said, “Sir, give me this water” (John 4:15). Will you say that? “Lord Jesus, give me that living water. I want forgiveness of my sins. I want to know that I’m going to heaven. I want a new life. I’m tired of the old life I’ve been living. I’m tired of this merry-go-round that I’m on. I want something else in life.” You’ll never find it until you come to Jesus Christ.

What You Thirst For

Jesus said that if you want this living water to come into your heart and into your life and change you, then you must be born again.

Jesus said, “I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you. … Let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely” (Revelation 22:16-17). Whoever–that’s you. Come just as you are. Come to Jesus Christ.

After you receive Christ, dedicate your life to Him. When you receive Christ, He becomes not only your Savior, but also the Lord of your life.

The Bible says, “Ho! Everyone who thirsts, Come to the waters; And you who have no money, Come, buy and eat” (Isaiah 55:1). Yes, come and buy; it’s without price. Some of you are thirsting for this–a personal relationship with Christ.

Come to the water! Drink of the living water! Become excited about Christ. “The Lord … has become my salvation. Therefore with joy you will draw water From the wells of salvation” (Isaiah 12:2-3). The wells of salvation are being offered to you. Come and draw the water with joy-

The Living Fountain

When you come to the water, there’s a satisfaction beyond anything words can describe. Jesus said, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water” (John 7:37-38).

The woman had come to that well. She had come by divine appointment. Jesus was passing by, and He stopped to rest. This woman came at that moment.

This woman had an empty life. Her expectations in life had faded. No longer expecting, no longer hoping for anything different, she was on the same old repeat of an empty life. She had been married five times, and when Jesus spoke to her she was living with a man who was not her husband. Having tried nearly everything, she was miserable, unhappy and thirsty.

“Come to the waters; drink of the living fountain,” Jesus told her.

He offers the same living water to you.

Will you accept His offer today?

Simply pray; Dear God, I Receive by faith this living Water that you offer- through Jesus Christ. Thank you Jesus for dying on the Cross and rising from the dead- I put my trust in you and Receive Your Living Water; In Jesus Name, Amen.

Love in His Grace, Pastor Joe.

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The Power Of Agreement

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 “If two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven” –Matthew 18:19.

Did you know there's one area of God's BLESSING in your life that involves other people?

The prayer of agreement is one of the most powerful tools God has given us as believers. It is the prayer that Jesus Himself guaranteed would bring results every time. Believers agreeing together in the Holy Spirit are a powerful, unstoppable force.

A Biblical agreement is based on the Word of God. Some people think that as long as you just have more than one person in a room praying, you have agreement. But that’s not true agreement. If you want to get into true Biblical agreement with someone or even a group of people, all parties must be standing on the Word of the living God. That is the essential to the prayer.

How do you pray in agreement?

Keep your heart on God’s Word.  

The prayer of agreement should be based on the Word. Find scriptures that cover your request. That Word from God is the faith foundation of your prayer. Now remember you are agreeing on something God has already said! If you’re not standing on the Word of God in total and complete faith, you’re wasting your time, and you won’t achieve what you’re after. That means, when you walk away you are certain what you prayed for is done.  You are Believing and Standing on God’s Word-

Keep your mind on the Word. Once the agreement is settled, continue to minister to your faith and feed your faith on the foundation of that agreement. The scriptures you stood on—those that guarantee the answer—should be the focus of your attention. Satan will come and mess with your mind to get you to doubt what you agreed upon, but don’t give in!

Keep away from fear, doubt and worry.

If you walk away from your prayer of agreement and fall into fear or worry, you’re already losing the battle. Stay prepared all the time. Never wait for an emergency to begin feeding your faith.  Feed and meditate on The Word Of God everyday- Remind yourself that God has not given you a spirit of fear but Love, Power and a Sound, stable and balanced Mind.

2 Tim.1:7- Stand firm on what God said in His Word about your situation.

Act as if it’s done.

This is where many people miss it. You have to act on your faith. Don’t leave your prayer closet and start doubting, speaking fear and unbelief. Speak the desired end result. Speak what you just agreed on. Refuse to act like that issue is a problem anymore. When someone asks you about it, say: “Glory to God, that issue is handled.”

Meditate on these verses-

Psalm 1:1-2: “Blessed is the person …[whose] delight is in the Word of the Lord…. Whatever they do shall prosper”.

Proverbs 22:4: “By humility and the fear of the Lord are riches and honor and life”.

Psalm 84:11: “No good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly”.

Proverbs 10:22: “The blessing of the Lord makes a person rich, and He adds no sorrow with it.”

2 Corinthians 9:8: “And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others.”

Jeremiah 17:7-8: “Blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence. They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit.”

Proverbs 3:9-10: “Honor the Lord with your possessions, and with the firstfruits of all your increase; so your barns will be filled with plenty and overflowing...

God’s Word is always the answer to your prayer. Always.

Whatever you’re facing today, find someone who is filled with faith and believes the Word of God to come into agreement with you. Your miracle is one agreement away from manifestation!

Love In His Grace,

Pastor Joe

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Speak words that agree with The Word of God

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Words are serious business. And, as believers, we need to get serious about learning how to use them. We need to begin to put them to work for us like God Himself does. The Bible tells us that He uses words to “call those things which be not as though they were” (Romans 4:17).

Most of us don’t have the faintest idea how to do that. We’ve spent our lives “telling it like it is.” We’ve constantly used our mouths to report on the sorry state of affairs around us. As a result, the very thought of calling “things which be not as though they were” seems a little crazy.

“You mean I’m supposed to say, ‘I’m healed’ when I’m feeling sick? I’m supposed to say, ‘I’m prosperous’ when I’m penniless? That sounds like lying to me.”

No, no. There’s a vast difference between lying and speaking by faith. A lie is meant to deceive someone. It’s designed to make someone believe something that’s not true. But to speak by faith is simply to speak words that agree with the Word of God instead of the circumstances around you. It’s speaking from your spirit instead of from your mind.

As the Apostle Paul said in 2 Corinthians 4:13, “We have the same spirit of faith as he had who wrote, I have believed, and therefore have I spoken. We too believe, and therefore we speak” (The Amplified Bible).

Now that’s important. Read that verse again. “I have believed, and therefore have I spoken.”

There are some people who speak the words, but they don’t have the faith to back it up, and as a result, they fall flat on their spiritual faces. They didn’t actually “call things that be not as though they were.” They called things that be not the way they wished they were.

Those are two very different things. The words may be the same. But just wishing and hoping won’t get the job done. You’ve got to believe.

Begin today bringing both your tongue and your heart in line with the Word. Stop “telling it like it is” and start speaking and believing the promises of God. Put the power of words to work for You.

Love In His Grace, Pastor Joe Sabolick  

 

The Mighty Name Of Jesus

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In John 16:23 Jesus Said; “Truly, truly, I say to you, whatever you ask of the Father in my Name, He will give it to you.”

As a child of God you must understand the devil is already defeated—but you have to enforce Your Victory!

There is a force so great in its power that it triumphs over any problem, any trial and any situation. Demons flee from it, disease cannot remain in the face of it, lack and fear shrink before it, and every darkness is instantly shattered by it. Even death itself cannot contend with it. What is it?

It’s The Name above all names. The Name of Jesus!

The power and authority of the Name of Jesus rightfully belongs to You as a born-again Christian, and He expects you to use it!

Before Jesus ascended to be seated at the right hand of the Father, He said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me” Matthew 28:18. He has The Authority!

What did He do with it? He delegated it to us when He said, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. And these signs will follow those who believe: In My Name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover” (Mark 16:15, 17-18).

The Name of Jesus works. There is far more power wrapped up in this one Name than you may even realize. There is power to overcome everything in the world through the Name of Jesus. You can put the Name of Jesus to work in every area of your life—big or small. There are four times when you should use the Name of Jesus.

1. Use the Name of Jesus against Sickness-

“In my name…they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.” –Mark 16:17-18.

Notice this verse doesn’t say the sick might recover—it says they will!

No matter how minor or severe, sickness and disease don’t belong in your body.

You are healed! But you have to take your health by force and take it by faith.

Every sickness and disease has a name—the flu is a name, cancer is a name, heart disease is a name. Every name must bow to the Name of Jesus.

When you use the Name of Jesus, Satan backs off. He has no choice. The only thing he can do is try to deceive you into believing something other than what the Word says.

So, when you start believing for your healing or divine health, don’t allow him to get a foothold. The Bible tells us to give him no place. Instead, learn to be bold.

When we use the Name of Jesus to lay hands on the sick—we’re ministering the love of Jesus to them.

It’s the love of Jesus within that will cause you to put your own feelings aside—your reservations about laying hands on people in public or in other situations—and will give the opportunity for the love of God to operate.

Jump-start your faith in the Name of Jesus with this confession and believe what Jesus Said about the Power Of His Name-

Secondly; Use the Name of Jesus to Rebuke Lack

“Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave Him The Name above all other names, that at The Name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth.” –Philippians 2:9-10

Just like every sickness has a name—lack is a name. And it covers more than money. Any area where you are in lack—peace in your family, joy in your spirit, finances—every name in that category has to bow to the Name of Jesus. Everything you read in Deuteronomy 28 that is under the curse of the Law, is lack, and it is of the devil. You have been redeemed from everything under the curse. So, don’t tolerate it!

THE BLESSING is your inheritance—that’s what you’re to expect. Nothing less. How do you contend for it?

By using the Name of Jesus when the devil comes to steal from you. Just as you wouldn’t tolerate someone barging into your home and taking your valuables, you can’t tolerate the devil and his attempts to take what is rightfully yours in the Name of Jesus.

So, when lack tries to come into your family, rebuke it. Say, “Lack, I rebuke you in Jesus’ Name.  You’re not coming into my family. You can’t come into my bank account. Jesus came that I might have life and have it more abundantly. I take my BLESSING now, in the Name of Jesus.”

Stand your ground in every area. Revelation 19:13 says the Name of Jesus is the Word of God!

So, when an evil spirit is trying to bring sickness, poverty, depression or any other garbage into your household, you don’t have to quote every scripture you know to stop him.

You can just point your finger at him and say, “Jesus!” That’s like throwing the whole Word of God in his face at one time

Thirdly; Use the Name of Jesus to Send Demons running-

“In My name they will cast out demons.” –Mark 16:17.

Have you ever noticed the devil doesn’t play fair?

Well, God never told you to give the devil a fair shot either—He said use the Name of Jesus on him. He’s already defeated—you just keep him away where he belongs.

Now, here’s how he comes at you—he sends demons, or evil spirits.

But you have authority over every one of them.

If the spirit of strife, envy, suicide, murder, drugs, alcoholism or any other wrong spirit tries to enter your home and family—deal with it IMMEDIATELY!

Speak to it; say, “I command you in Jesus’ Name to take your hands off my children. You spirit of rebellion, drugs, alcohol (whatever it is), I break your power over my child, my spouse, my family.

I forbid you to operate in their life anymore.

I take by force what belongs to me and that includes my children and my family. You get out of my home and family, in Jesus’ Name!”

If you aren’t born again, or you don’t have faith in what you say when you use the Name of Jesus, you won’t get results.

That’s what happened in Acts 19:13-16 when Jewish exorcists went to a demon-possessed man and said, “In the name of the Jesus whom Paul preaches, I command you to come out.” That demon spoke up and said, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know about, but who are you?” And then that demon whipped all seven of those men, tore all their clothes off and rode them all out of the house nearly dead.

They were using a Name that they had no right to use.

They could have used it. All they had to do was accept Jesus. But they didn’t accept Jesus; they accepted Paul and what he did and were trying to use the Name of Jesus like some kind of hocus-pocus.

They realized it was the Name that was getting things done, but they were not using it as their right.

That devil knew it, and he didn’t have to bow to that.

When you are born again, and you have faith in the Name—there is no situation too great for that Name.

But you have to take what belongs to you by force. You have to force Satan—with the Word of God and the Name of Jesus—to give up ground in your life.

He’s a thief, he’s a killer, and he’s an outlaw.

He’ll steal anything you’ll let him have.

So be bold with the Name of Jesus—don’t let him steal your kids, don’t let him steal your money, don’t let him steal your ministry, don’t let him steal your church.

Be forcible in the spirit and force him out.

If you even smell the devil from a distance roaming and trying to break into any area of your life, don’t wait for it to escalate—get him out!

And do it with the Name above all names.

Lastly; Use the Name of Jesus for Supernatural Protection

“The Name of the Lord is a strong fortress; the godly run to him and are safe.” –Proverbs 18:10

Oh, how the enemy doesn’t want you to know this one. His entire profession is steal, kill and destroy.

So, when you start using the Name of Jesus to protect you, your family and your property—he’ll go out of business in your neck of the woods.

Saturating his wicked plans with the Name of Jesus will stop him from oppressing you and your family, and will keep you safe.

The Name of Jesus is your supernatural protection, your emergency number and your rescue vehicle, all wrapped up in one.

It responds immediately, acts perfectly, and gets the job done without delay or hiccup. The Name Of Jesus should always be your first line of defense and will help you when there seems to be no way out.

Romans 10:13 For “Everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved.”

Love in His Grace, Pastor Joe.

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Inhale The Future Exhale The Past

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 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

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The Gift Of Righteousness

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Romans 5:17 says, “17 For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the Gift of Righteousness Reign in life through the One man, Jesus Christ!”

Romans 5:17 talks about. This verse goes on to say that you shall reign by Jesus Christ. Now where are you to reign?

Many unfortunately have a limited belief system and as a result they can’t expect much in this life. 

They believe You can be saved, but you have to continue to be ruled by the devil—by sin, sickness, poverty, fear, and bondage. You have to go through life this way until you finally barely make it into Heaven. But that’s not what the Bible teaches.

Romans 5:17 says we can reign in life—in this life—by Christ Jesus. Weymouth’s translation says, “For if by the trespasses of the one, death reigned as king through the one, much more shall they who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign as kings in the realm of life.” We are to reign in the here-and-now!

The King James Version doesn’t use the word “kings” as Weymouth’s does, but the very idea of reigning brings the thought of “kings” to mind.

The very notion of reigning carries with it the idea of ruling, of dominion, and of having authority.

Paul said we “reign in life.” We have the authority to rule and reign and have dominion in our life—in the life we have here and now!

Someone might say, “Well, I don’t see very many people ruling and reigning in life.”

One reason is that this truth hasn’t been taught as it should be.

Hosea 4:6 says, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge . . . .” Notice this verse doesn’t say sinners are destroyed for lack of knowledge. It says God’s people are destroyed because of their lack of knowledge.

This infers that if God’s people had knowledge of who they really are in Christ, of who God is, and of the rights and privileges of their dominion—they wouldn’t be destroyed.

One reason Satan is often able to reign, or rule, in the life of Christians is because those Christians do not realize the authority that has been given to them.

Many times Christians think Jesus is going to do everything for them; they do not realize they have a part to play.

Notice that Romans 5:17 doesn’t say, “Jesus Christ will reign through you.”

No! It says, “…They (that’s us) which receive Abundance of Grace and of the Gift of Righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.”

This verse says that You and I will reign. Of course, it’s by, or because of, Jesus Christ that we have this authority, but He has given us the authority to Rule and Reign!

Many times people say, “I’ve left it up to the Lord; He’s going to do it.” But, no, the real truth about the matter is, He has left it up to you!

Let’s find out our job and position. Let’s find out what we’re supposed to do!

Romans 5:17 mentions two things we have received: “Abundance of Grace and The Gift of Righteousness”. It’s receiving the abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness that enables you to Reign. (See Revelation 1:6  & 1 Peter 2:9)


If you don’t know what you’ve received, you’ll be hindered in Reigning.

I’ve taught you a lot about grace, and thank God for His grace.

But not only have we received abundance of grace; we’ve also received the “Gift of Righteousness.”

What does the “gift of righteousness” mean?

First, it’s a gift, which means we didn’t do anything to earn or deserve it.

Second, it means we have been made right with God.

It means we have right-standing with God!

If you’re in right-standing with God, there is nothing coming between you and Him.

If you’re in right-standing with God, you can’t be in any better standing with Him. That is a truth you need to learn and get firmly settled in your heart and mind.

The Bible never talks about growing in righteousness. The Bible does talk about growing as newborn babes, desiring the sincere milk of the Word that you may grow thereby (1 Pet. 2:2). And Paul talks about faith that can grow exceedingly (2 Thess. 1:3). But nowhere does the New Testament ever talk about growing in righteousness.

The truth is, you can’t grow in righteousness. In other words, you can’t have any more right-standing with God than you have right now.

Even when you get to Heaven, you won’t have any better standing with God than you have right now.

You will never be any more righteous—or any less righteous—than you are right now!

Did you know that a newborn believer has the same standing with God as the person who has been a believer for 50 years? How is that possible?

It’s all through Jesus and what He did for us!

Unlike the sacrificial blood in the Old Covenant , the blood of Jesus Christ does not cover our sins.

The blood of Jesus of the New Covenant (Read Hebrews Chapter 8) washes away our sins (Rev. 1:5). We’re not a “covered creature”; we’re a new creature! Second Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”

God doesn’t make any unrighteous new creatures. We have been made the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus (2 Cor. 5:21)!

As new creatures, we don’t want to practice sin living in our old nature, and God doesn’t want us to either. We are Now Living a New Life in a New Nature.  But if we do miss it, provision has been made for us.

First John 2:1 says, “My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.” The Greek word translated “advocate” means lawyer or one who pleads our case. We’ve got a lawyer in the “Supreme Court” of Heaven pleading our case. Who is it? Jesus Christ the Righteous!

If I chose to walk in my old nature and lose my sense of righteousness, I quickly turn to God and say, “ Lord,  I missed it, thank you that I’m forgiven.”

God sees what Jesus did to wash away sin, and He counts me righteous because of Jesus!

What does John say regarding this? He reminds us that when we fail as believers, we have an Advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ.

Because of our Lord Jesus and what He has accomplished at the cross, we have forgiveness and we still stand righteous before God even when we’ve missed it.

As the apostle Paul reminded the Corinthian believers who had failed that they were still the temple of the Holy Spirit, John reminds us of who we are in Christ and who we have representing us at God’s right hand.

Can you see that the Bible’s answer to overcoming sin is always to remind believers of Their Righteous identity in Christ? The Gift of Righteousness!

This is not to encourage us to sin but to encourage us to look to Our Lord Jesus and Live In The Victory Of our new Nature- to see our sins punished at the Cross and to Live Victoriously and Gloriously for Him.

That is what true repentance is all about—turning to the cross and returning to His Grace!

When you fail, know that you can talk to God honestly about your failing, but do it with a Revelation of the Cross of our Lord Jesus. See your sins punished in His Body and Yourself Washed, Cleansed and receive His forgiveness (once and for all Hebrews 10:10) and His unmerited favor to Reign over your sins.

That means You can stand in the Presence of God without a sense of spiritual inferiority or condemnation. It also means that instead of being ruled by Satan and all of his works, (hate, un-forgiveness bitterness, resentment, slander, accusations and no peace) you can now Rule and Reign over him!

Walking in love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control (Galatians 5:22) and the guarantee of Our New Covenant.

When you realize this truth and it fully registers in your spirit, you’re going to rise up as a giant in spiritual Victory set free to run the race set before you.

Love in His Grace and His Gift Of Righteousness,

Pastor Joe.

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Happy New Year

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Happy New Year to you and your family!

I want to tell you right up front that my expectation is very high today to see God move in your life in new and surprising ways this year. 

God is about to show up and show out in ways you haven’t even imagined as you come into agreement in believing and trusting His Power Promises.

God has given me a prophetic word for this year that will make your faith grow and stretch you to believe for even greater miracles than ever before.

The Lord recently spoke to me saying; 2019 will be a Year of Marvels, Wonders, and Extraordinary Manifestations of the Greatness of Our God!

Whatever you are believing God for, begin to expand your expectation. I guarantee you that God is thinking bigger than you’re asking!

I believe God is about to do something in your life that is greater than you have ever imagined.

Jeremiah 33:3 tells us to, “Call unto M e, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.”

One of the meanings of the term great things, is beyond the usual. Mighty here implies something unfamiliar or inexplicable, that which is unable to be explained other than it had to be something God did.

That’s what God wants to do for you in 2019! 

Do you receive it?________

Get rid of words like “that’s impossible” and “I’ve never heard of anything like that” and “no way, I can’t believe that.” Don’t limit God by your small thinking and negative words! God hasn’t quit the miracle business! He’s still the God of wonders.

Mark 16:17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;

18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

Begin to boldly declare, “2019 will be my year for Marvels, Wonders, and Extraordinary Manifestations of the Greatness of God through The Power Of The Holy Spirit in my life.”

God has repeatedly done marvelous and wondrous manifestations throughout history. His plan is to keep right on doing them in and through you if you’ll dare to mix faith and Trust (Hebrews 4:2) and Believe what He is saying in His Word. All the marvels, wonders and extraordinary manifestations of His greatness are Yours through what Christ did for you at the Cross.

I’m believing for 2019 to be marked by the extraordinary manifestations of the greatness of God through The Power Of The Holy Spirit-  For You!

So, let’s Believe, Agree and Receive together in Unity and experience All God has for us this Year- 

See You At New Creation Church!

The Best Is Yet To Come!

Love in His Grace, Pastor Joe.

 

Rise Above The Pressure

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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.

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For Unto To Us A Son Is Given

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Dear Friend;

As you receive this Letter of Christmas Cheer you may wonder if it’s possible to experience Peace and Joy In a world that is in so much turmoil.  There is political and social uproar; earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, terrorism, and every type of calamity.  Where and how do you find peace in all that is happening?

The Peace you are looking for is found in an event that changed history and separated time- that event is the Birth of Christ.

Christmas is the time of year we celebrate the Birth of our Savior.  When I think of Jesus' birth, I always think of the angels telling the shepherds that the Savior of the world was born.  Jesus’ birth, life, death and resurrection is recorded not only in history but also in the Bible.

"Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. Then the angel said to them, 'Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.' And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: 'Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!' " —Luke 2:8–14

What a glorious night that was. The Prince of Peace was born! Jesus came to give us Peace.  Peace with God and peace with each other. And you can Have the Peace He Promised.  Peace when everything around you seems to be falling apart- Paul The Apostle called it the peace that passes all understanding. (Phil. 4:7)

Before Jesus Christ left the earth, He reminded us of this gift: "I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don't be troubled or afraid" John 14:27.

How do you have this peace God promised?  By receiving God’s love through what Jesus did on the cross when he took our sin and judgement upon himself, cleansing us from all our sin and giving us His righteousness. 

Now we can have Peace to approach God our Heavenly Father. This Peace is amazing because it comes with Joy, Love and The Power Of The Holy Spirit. Yes, Jesus was born, but His mission was to die for the sin of the World- Jesus Said, For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him. (John 3:16-17)

The step to real Peace is by simply believing what God did for you at the Cross and accepting Gods amazing gift.  This will bring you the Peace you’ve been searching for- Peace in the midst of any storm.

There is no Peace without having accepted the Prince of Peace as your Lord and Savior.  I encourage you if you have never asked Jesus in your heart to do so, Now!

Romans 10:9–10 declares, "If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved."

If you once knew Christ but have not been living in peace with His Word, I encourage you to receive God's forgiveness and return your affection to Him.

We would have no peace had Jesus not paid the supreme sacrifice for it. There was a price paid for peace. God loved us so much that He willingly manifested himself in the flesh of His only Son, sent to the earth, born of a woman to redeem us.

It disturbs me that some Christians rely on chemical alternatives rather than look to the Peace Giver. God can get you through any storm without altering your body chemistry.  He is the problem solver, therefore you have been made an Overcomer through Christ;

How do I keep my peace of heart on the Lord at all times?  By renewing your mind and reciting God’s Word.  Isaiah 26:3–4 says, "You will guard him and keep him in perfect and constant peace whose mind is stayed on You, because He commits himself to You, leans on You, and hopes confidently in You. So trust in the Lord (commit yourself to Him, lean on Him, hope confidently in Him) forever; for the Lord God is an everlasting Rock."

Throughout the day, thank the Lord for what He has done for you.  You now have continuous access to his throne of grace to receive help in your time of need.

Choose to dwell on positive things rather than negative thoughts. Satan tries to bombard your mind with worry, fear, anxiety, confusion, and doubt. I encourage you to follow Gods instructions in Philippians 4:8–9:

"Finally, brethren, whatever things are true( that Christ is your advocate), whatever things are noble, whatever things are just( he justified you on the cross), whatever things are pure ( you’ve been made pure by the blood of Jesus), whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you."

"The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail."—Isaiah 58:11 

Can you imagine the scene? The shepherds were on the hillside at night tending their flocks. Suddenly an angel appeared and spoke to them. Then a host of angels appeared, saying, “Glory to God in the highest. Peace on earth. Goodwill toward men!” Meanwhile, the magi—bearing gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh—followed a bright star, unsure of their destination but searching for their King. And in a manger filled with hay, surrounded by donkeys and roaming sheep, lay Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world. This was the child whom Isaiah had long ago prophesied of—the Mighty God, the Prince of Peace, Emmanuel( God with us) (Isa. 7:14, 9:6). Many hearts had longed for this day. Now it had finally come!

Galatians 4:4–5 says, “WHEN THE RIGHT TIME CAME, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons” and in Romans 8:1-4, “Now there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh , could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for the sin , he condemned sin in the flesh in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who no longer walk according to the flesh but now by the Spirit of God in us.

He reached out to us when we could not reach out to Him because of the law of sin and death that kept us slaves. He came so that we could be His children, no longer bound by sin or shame but free to walk boldly into the throne room of Heaven to Worship the Father for all He is, has done and all we receive from him.

Jesus was born in a stable in Bethlehem at exactly the right time. He was born so that He could offer us Forgiveness, Healing and Peace.  When your struggling He’s the anchor of your soul. When your sick or hurting receive Him as your Healer, when your facing lack, know he’s your Abundant Provision. He came so that you might have life and have it more abundantly (John 10:10).

What a joyous time of year!  Not because of Christmas trees, presents or decorations, but it’s about Jesus being born, it’s about Jesus saving your soul, so invite Him in and be born again and Christmas for you will truly begin.

Receive His amazing love today and know the abundant life he came to give you on earth as it will be in all eternity.

Pray this prayer out loud right where you are-

Heavenly Father thank you for sending Jesus- I believe He was beaten, hung, and died in my place, I believe you rose him from the dead because He conquered the power of sin and death to give me new life, I believe you sent me the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, who you sent in Jesus name that he will teach me all things and will remind me of everything you have said to me. Your peace I receive In Jesus Name Amen- (John 14:26)

Now believe and trust God for His peace and mind to dwell in you.

Love in His Grace;

Pastor Joe & Jacquelyn Sabolick

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Christmas Inter Peace

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Dear Friend In Christ;

I am praying you will have an amazing Christmas season. One of the many things that can be a big distraction of receiving all the blessings Of this wonderful time year is the spirit of offense- Opportunities to give into offense present themselves to everyone. No one is exempt! We all must continually guard our hearts against the temptation to become offended and harbor grudges and other negative emotions.

Where does offense come from? It comes from Satan. Ephesians 6:12 says, "We wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places."

Offense is the enemy's strategy to keep us from fulfilling God's peace and ultimately can destroy us. Certainly, people can yield to Satan and cause problems. But the root of our problems in life is the devil, not people.

Now, in any competitive sport, if we truly want to win, we need a good defense. We can have a great offense, but if our defense is not strong, we won't win many games. Similarly, if we're going to win in life, we need a good defense against Satan's offense.

One of our first lines of defense against offyense is simply to realize that offenses will come. But there also are some key steps we can take to build our defenses and ensure that we're ready when those offenses show up.

One step we can take to defend ourselves against offense is to continually abide in the Word.

Psalm 119:165 says, "Great peace have those who love Your Word, and nothing causes them to stumble." This verse is talking about loving God's Word. When we do that, nothing can make us stumble and fall away from it—nothing!

Verse 105 of the same psalm reads, "Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path." When the Word of God is in our hearts, we can see where we're going so that we won't stumble. Another verse in Psalms says, "With You is the fountain of life; in Your light we see light" (Ps. 36:9). As we keep a firm hold on God's Word in our hearts, we'll see where we're going and recognize offense when it comes.

A second step we can take to build a good defense against Satan's offense is to develop the fruit of the Spirit in our lives.

GALATIANS 5:22–23

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,

23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

The last part of this passage says, "Against such [against these fruits of the Spirit] there is no law." In other words, when God in you has control of your life, Satan cannot gain control!

You would have to give up your position for the enemy to get a foothold and make you stumble. When you're walking in the fruit of the Spirit, you're manifesting the fruits of righteousness—the characteristics of God. And you will not be easily swayed when the temptation to be offended comes.

A third step we can take to become good "defensive players" in the game of life is to use wisdom in choosing our teammates. First Corinthians 15:33 says, "Do not be misled: 'Bad company corrupts good character.' " Proverbs 13:20

carries the same idea: "Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm." The Bible is clear on this point: the company we keep will influence us for good or for evil.

When I talk about being influenced by people we associate with, I mean taking on certain aspects of their character and even some of their opinions and viewpoints. That's fine if the people we're around love God and base their lives on His Word. But it's not fine if those people are critical of others and are continually offended.

Why? Because over time—little by little—we'll begin thinking the same bitter thoughts. We'll develop an intolerant, critical attitude. And we'll find ourselves becoming offended. Just as the Word says, the "bad company" we keep will corrupt our minds, emotions, and actions. That's why it's so important to choose our teammates wisely.

A fourth step we can take to defend ourselves against offense is to keep our consciences clear. Look at what the Apostle Paul said in the Book of Acts:

ACTS 24:16 Therefore I always exercise and discipline myself [mortifying my body, deadening my carnal affections, bodily appetites, and worldly desires, endeavoring in all respects] to have a clear (unshaken, blameless) conscience, void of offense toward God and toward men.

Paul endeavored to keep his conscience clear before God and people. He diligently kept his mind under the control of his spirit by disciplining himself in spiritual things.

Like Paul, we can develop ourselves to instantly recognize and avoid things that cause us to do the opposite of what God says and grieve the Spirit of God in us. We can get to the place where we hear something such as gossip or slander, and an "alarm" will go off in our spirit warning us not to listen.

As we train ourselves in the Word, we'll become spiritually sensitive. If someone says something we shouldn't listen to, our conscience will know it and caution us. If we start to say something we shouldn't say, that voice will witness to us that we should keep quiet instead. This will help us avoid the trap of offense.

As opportunities to become offended arise over this busy Christmas season, remember to keep your defense strong. James 4:7 says, "Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you." When you yield to offense, you are yielding to the devil's influence, and you certainly don't have him on the run. Instead, he has you on the run.

But if you build a good defense, resisting the devil and refusing to become offended, you are yielding to God's influence. And the Bible says that when you do that, you will run the enemy off and stay in Peace-

Love in His Grace,

Pastor Joe

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How To Have A Stress Free Christmas-

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Dear friend in Christ;

Stress is something we have to deal with continually. Actually, this time of year there seems to be more stress on people. But God wants to help us with our stress!

Psalm 40:4 says, "Blessed is that person who makes the Lord their trust". You could also read this verse, "Stressed is that person who does not make the Lord their trust." Our Heavenly Father wants us to trust Him. He does not want us to live stressed out! So let's look at a few things that can cause stress in our lives and consider some ways to handle them through God’s promises to us through His Word.

One of the biggest causes of stress for us is change. Most people don't like change, because it means dealing with the unexpected.

Change happens in all of our lives. Hebrews 6:19 tells us we can deal with change if we have Christ our Anchor as the unchanging center of our lives. Hebrews 13:8 says, "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever". Malachi 3:6 says, "I am the Lord, I do not change". Jesus never changes, and with Him as our center of our lives, we will be all right. Knowing He has our lives in His hands, we don’t have to be all stressed out.

Conflict can also bring stress on us. Confrontations are inevitable. They will happen to each of us sooner or later. But we can still remain at peace!

Jesus said in John 14:27, " 'Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid...”. We need to realize that Christ is our peace! We may have conflict all around us, but if we learn to let the peace of God dwell in our hearts, we do not have to be uneasy and worried.

Being criticized is another big cause of stress. When this happens, we can become defensive and start arguing, or we can realize that there's no point in letting it bother us. Why? Because God has already told us that if we will look intently into His Word, it will give us freedom and we'll be blessed (James 1:25).

People criticize me all the time. Really, some of the things they say are horrible. "Doesn't that bother you?" you may ask. "That would upset me." Well, I have to get to a place where I don't pay attention to it. I choose to live in the blessings of God, knowing that I don't answer to them but to my Heavenly Father.

It's not wrong to be concerned. But it is wrong when those concerns consume us, crushes us and cause us stress.

We have to do as it says in 1st. Peter 5:7 "cast all our anxiety on Him because He cares for us." Look at what Jesus said in Matthew chapter 11:

MATTHEW 11:28–29

28 "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls."

There's no use in being upset or having anxiety. It will choke out your Joy!. Cast your care and concern on the Lord and let Him carry it. You may say, "That's a simplistic way of looking at it." That's what God says! And if we want to get out of stress, we've got to do what God says.

Letting your conscience bring past mistakes to your remembrance can be a real problem when it comes to stress. Around the holidays especially, some of our family members, or others, may try to remind us of things or accuse us of things. That's when we need to remind ourselves that Christ is our Righteousness, He is our Judge and declares us Righteous because He has forgiven us by His own Blood.

2nd. Cor. 5:12 For our sake God made Him (Jesus) to become sin for us- who knew no sin, so that in Him we would be the righteousness of God.

Certainly, if we have unresolved guilt we need to go before God and acknowledge His forgiveness and trust and believe Jesus paid the full price for our sin.

Hebrews 8:12 For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.

But we don't have to feel guilty or live in condemnation about anything we've already asked Him to forgive us for.

First Corinthians 4:4 says, "It is the Lord who judges me." People may try to judge us, but if we're walking with God, we shouldn't let anyone put a guilt trip or condemnation on us and cause us stress.

We are who God made us, and we do ourselves a disservice when we compare ourselves with others. That only brings stress. 2 Corinthians 10:12 tells us it not wise to compare ourselves with others-

You see, if we're not careful we'll begin to compare what we're doing, where we are, and what we're accomplishing with what other people are doing. Eventually, we'll erode our spirituality to the point where we think we're a nobody. And that's exactly what the devil wants.

But God doesn't look at us that way. He only looks to see if we are where He asked us to be, doing what He asked us to do. If we are, we should just enjoy it! We can accomplish more where He puts us than out somewhere else.

Stress is harmful—emotionally, physically, and spiritually. But God doesn't want us to live stressed out! Remember 1 Peter said 5:7 "Cast all your cares on Him." To cast means to Throw it over.

That's why we just can’t  let anything bother us. We don't carry cares or get stressed out about them. Just throw everything over on Him. Refuse to carry stress around. Instead, let the Word work in your life and live in God's peace and blessings.

Like 2:14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth Peace, good will toward all people.

May this Christmas be a stress free Christmas in your life- as you Trust and believe Gods promises He birthed to you this Season through All His Promises- Believe and activate His Promises in Your life-

Love in His Grace, Pastor Joe

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Happy Thanksgiving from Pastor Joe & Jacquelyn

Dear friend in Christ;

Thanksgiving Day is a special time of reflection on all the blessings we enjoy. Many will come together with family and friends to enjoy food, fellowship, and football. Most people will gather around an abundantly supplied table and fill their plates with all the turkey, dressing, mashed potato’s, sweet potatoes and cranberry sauce that their stomachs can contain! Oh; and don’t forget the pumpkin  pie, pecan pie and whipped cream-

However, as delicious as a Thanksgiving table is, even more magnificent is the table God has prepared for you! Psalm 23:5 says that God prepares a table for us in the presence of our enemies. He has a chair at the table with your name on it.

When I was growing up my mother would always say, "If you don't get enough to eat, it's your fault." In other words, the food is here for you to eat. If you don't eat enough, it's on you!

The same rules apply at God's table. Jesus began to prepare the table on the cross when He said, "It is finished." Then through His burial and resurrection, He set the table with everything you need. It contains salvation, forgiveness, restoration, protection, healing, deliverance, prosperity, and many other blessings. If you don't get enough, there's no one to blame but yourself.

Jesus came so you would have life and have it more abundantly (John 10:10). Abundantly means there's plenty. God never runs out of His supply.

At an all-you-can-eat buffet, when a pan gets low on food, they lift it out and put in a full one. There is plenty to go around, and no one has to go home hungry.  It's similar to God's table. It has plenty of everything you need.

So pull out your chair, sit down, pick up your plate, and fill it with whatever you need. Take a big heaping of healing. Take a drink of the Living Water. For dessert, scoop out a big helping of joy. Then rejoice as the devil looks on-because he can't do anything about it!

God's table is ready for you. You don't have to wait until everything in your life is perfect before you can enjoy it.

You can receive from God despite your circumstances. Sit down at the table and get what you need today. And don't worry about stocking up for the future because you can always go back for more!

So, may you sit at the Lords table and have a Happy Thanksgiving-

Love in His Grace,

Pastor Joe & Jacquelyn Sabolick

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