28 February, 2011 13:38

“Call It Out”
Verse of Concentration: Romans 4:17
As it is written: “I have made you a father of many nations.” He is our father in the sight of God, in whom he believed—the God who gives life to the dead and calls things that are not as though they were. (NIV)

Sometimes we find ourselves in situations where it seems like we have come to the end of our ropes or we see no light…at the end of the tunnel; but if our desire is to change our situation, then know the bible gives us great provisions.

First, we must call it out! If we need something, we need to call it out. Instead of talking about what “we fear” or “what we don’t have”, call out to God and say “God I may not see it yet but I see myself walking in that new house or new place of worship; God I see myself healed from all sickness; I see myself debt free”. Like the Word tells us in Romans 4, “Call those things that are not as though they were.” When you “call it out”, you are putting what you need out in the atmosphere for your ears to hear, thus making a declaration for what you need to see!

After we “call it out” it’s put in the atmosphere for our ear-gate to hear, our spirit to receive and our hearts…to believe! “Calling it out causes our mindset to change…therefore our actions change. A change in action causes us to walk in expectation and in confidence, knowing what we need is on the way. Our actions will no longer say “I have no passion or expectation…but our actions will let everyone around us know that our Heavenly Father will supply all that I need”.

New Normal: If you’re sick, call it out…”I’m healed”! Whatever you need to see, call it out… believe it…receive it, and then…walk it out.

Michelle Harris

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21 February, 2011 12:19

Character Counts With God

Scripture Reference: Job 2:1-3
Verse of Concentration: Job 2:3 (NLT)

Then the Lord asked Satan, “Have you noticed by servant Job? He is the finest man in all the earth. He is blameless-a man of complete integrity. He fears God and stays away from evil. And he has maintained his integrity, even though you urged me to harm him without cause.”

In this passage of scripture it appears as if God is

foregoing His plan for His servant Job and going with Satan’s plan; and in a way He is. God is allowing Satan to test Job, because God knows the end of Job’s story. Satan tested Job and made him suffer greatly. Job didn’t know why he was going through such great struggle, which created some questions for God.

We to go through trials, tribulations, and seasons of great struggle, not understanding that God…sometimes permits the problem because He is the solution. He is not necessarily punishing us, but perfecting us. God is actively and always creating character in us. He will use everyday occurrences or an extreme situation such as Job’s, to give us distinguishing features or characteristics.

Character is important to God, as is your inward appearance by which He judges us. We spend a lot of time on our outward appearance. We should spend even more time on our inward man since that is what is important to God.

FOCUS: Take steps to improve your inward man, renewing it through the Word of God.

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14 February, 2011 14:04

Weekly Meditation

“Come”

Verse of Concentration: Matthew 11:28

Jesus said, “Come unto Me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden,

and I will give you rest”.

A WORD FOR THOSE WHO STRUGGLE WITH A PAST! First let me say…”we’ve all had one”! We have all wrested with something…though it may not always be the same challenge. Your wrestling may not be the same as mine, or of someone close to you, but regardless of the wrestling…we all have been given a way of escape!

Thank God…no matter what…He still calls us, even with a past. He reaches out and says “get up…and COME to Me”. Regardless of what a person has done, or what kind of abuse one has suffered, know…He still calls. We may think our secret is worse than anyone else’s. But rest assured that He knows all about it and still draws us to Himself with a sincere and earnest plea.

No matter how difficult life may seem, people with a past need to make their way to Jesus. Regardless of the obstacles within, we must reach to Him. You may have violated someone or been violated…you may have committed a great sin…you may have done some things that you are not proud of…but don’t cease to reach out to Him. You don’t have to tell others your entire history. Just know that He calls, on purpose, individuals with a past. He knows your history, be He’s calling you anyway.

New Normal: Release the past and press forward to the One who secures your future. Respond to the plea and just “COME”.

Elpis Fellowship

“Growing Together In The Things of God”

Tammy L. Harris, Pastor

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7 February, 2011 12:02

Ordinary becomes Extraordinary in the Hand of God

So the wall was completed on the twenty-fifth of Elul, in fifty-two days. When all our enemies heard about this, all the surrounding nations were afraid and lost their self-confidence, because they realized that this work had been done with the help of our God”.

Nehemiah 6:15:16

Except for Jesus, God has always used ordinary people to do extraordinary things; and Nehemiah is a great paradigm for us. God used him, an ordinary person, to do something extraordinary. God often shapes people with personality characteristics, experiences and training that prepare them for His purpose, and usually they have no idea what God has in store for them. God prepared and positioned Nehemiah to accomplish one of the bible’s seemingly “impossible” tasks.

Nehemiah was not a deacon, not an elder nor was he a pastor. He was simply a layperson! In other words, he was just a regular, ordinary person with a heart for God and His people. And God used his willing heart, coupled with a prayer warrior’s spirit, to produce through Nehemiah one of the greatest accomplishments in the history of Jerusalem.

When we look at Nehemiah’s accomplishments and attributes, we notice that his first response to every situation, issue and problem was always prayer. Although he did not have a specific title, he used his spiritual gift of administration, and his political influences to encourage, motivate, and organize the people. Finally Nehemiah displayed character, persistence and a prayerful spirit that endeared him to God and others.

Nehemiah shows us that we don’t need titles, positions or extra letters behind our names to be effective for the Lord. We don’t need breathtaking charisma, illustrious charm or a flawless vocabulary to communicate His purposes to a dying world. What is required is a willing heart, a prayerful spirit and a willingness to obey God. With these characteristics, ANY born-again believer can accomplish greatness in the sight of God.

New Normal: Allow God to take what others think is just ordinary and make it extraordinary. In every situation, pray for God’s direction and guidance; be organized with a plan and purpose. Learn to look beyond yourself to do the work of the Lord. Expect opposition…but always be a person with great trust and integrity; and watch what the Lord will do for you…and through you!

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31 January, 2011 00:37

Why Do We Run This Race?

Scripture Reference: 1 Corinthians 9:24-27

Verse of Concentration 1 Corinthians 9:25 (NLT)

“All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize.”

Like runners on a track team, we also train for and run a race. Some of our training includes prayer and worship, which allows us to run with energy and to have staying power. We have to be disciplined and run with purpose in order to receive the prize we so desire.

We run to win! What, you may ask, is the prize? If you are a Christian, then you already know the answer to that question. But if you don’t know, let me let you in on a little secret. Running this Christian race is all about the prize of “eternal life.” That is the ultimate prize for us as Christians. Being joint heirs with Christ, entitles us to this Heavenly reward. This prize should motivate us to continue on in the race. Even though we may suffer setbacks, or the fact that certain situations may send us into a tailspin, which may take us a while to recover from, don’t loose focus! I encourage you to keep training and to keep running, for it will be worth it all in the end. For the scripture says “the race is not given to swift nor to the strong, but to the one that endures”. So pull out your running shoes, dust them off, get on your mark…. get set…and GO!

Focus: Be faithful to what you are called to do and you will receive your just reward which is eternal life with our Heavenly Father.

Elpis Fellowship

Michelle Harris

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17 January, 2011 14:20

A Cry for Change

“When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout,

“Jesus, Thou Son of David, have mercy on me!”

Mark 10:47

There are some wonderful scholars who have developed what they call “A cycle of Change”. They talk about this cycle in 3 stages:

The first stage of change is “Pre-competent”; which is an unconscious and unconcerned type of change, that no matter what’s going on, individuals think they don’t need to change. The next stage is “contemplative change”, which is the kind of change when one begins to think that it is possible that something can happen, if they work real hard. But the problem with this kind of change is that people run into obstacles and they quit easily, giving up before they see the change take place. The third and final change is that of “determination”. Determination change says “I’m determined, no matter what, to put action into motion to bring about my change; and the moment I put this action into motion, I believe that God can and will do something! I believe that God can change it, and He will bring me into His ultimate plan for my life!”

Blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, which means “one of value”, has been sitting by the side of the road, blind and begging. He hears that Jesus is passing by, and decides regardless of the crowd, no matter the opinions of others, I need “change”. The moment he gets determined for change, he moves past the stages of pre-competent and contemplative, and goes straight to a spirit of determination. He cries out “Thou Son of David, have mercy on me”. In exhibiting this spirit and moved by his cry, Jesus stops and bids him to come! Jesus asks “what do you want me to do for you”? Bartimaeus cries “change”. Jesus responds, “Your faith has made you whole”. He received his change – his sight!

Focus: In the case of Bartimaeus, everyone around you don’t want you to change! He knew who could bring about the change he needed for his life, and was determined to receive his change from Jesus. When change is necessary and needed in your life, get determined to go to Jesus and allow Him to work through you for the manifestation of your change. Not the crowd, but Him! Just cry out, He’s a very present help!

Tammy L. Harris, Pastor

Elpis Fellowship

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RECEIVE THE DOUBLE

Readers…we thank you for your comments regarding our weekly meditation. The meditational scriptures are for inspiration and their designed to encourage you in your walk with God. They strengthen your faith and give you specific scriptures to meditate on for the whole week. To get the most out of these scriptures, we encourage you, like Joshua…”meditate day and night and you will have good success”. The “New Normal” is about not just saying it…but applying the scriptures to every aspect of your life! Read them…meditate on them…believe them…and speak them until you experience the reality of the truth…of our Living God! 

RECEIVE THE DOUBLE

Scripture Reading: Isaiah 61:7-8

Verse of Concentration: Isaiah 61:7

Instead of their shame my people will receive a double portion, and instead of disgrace they will rejoice in their inheritance; and so they will inherit a double portion in their land, and everlasting joy will be theirs”.

Know that God has made a promise to give you “double” for your trouble! No matter what you have faced…no matter what you go through…no matter what it looks like, He will restore and give you recompense.

New Normal: Go ahead…walk in assurance of the promises that God has given!

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