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Choose Freedom

Pastor Jay Brookes 

July 15, 2018

Proverbs 14:12 “There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death.”

When we're hurting, we can end up isolating ourselves. People try and help but our pain is all we can think about so we push them away. We may be hurting so much that we feel like we can't trust anyone, including God. And if we believe God can't help us, we'll turn away from him too. We'll avoid reading his Word or praying to find an answer. We can try and find other ways of coping with pain, but those ways never give us true freedom. The Bible says: 'There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death' (Proverbs 14:12).

The only right way to find real freedom is to turn to God. 'Give all your worries to him, because he cares about you' (1 Peter 5:7). Throughout the Psalms, we see David crying out to God through tough times. He says: 'My eyes are ever on the Lord, for only he will release my feet from the snare...Relieve the troubles of my heart and free me from my anguish' (Psalm 25:15;17). David chose to keep his eyes on God and to turn to God for the comfort and freedom he needed.

When we choose to let God into our pain, his love and power go right to the root of the issues and set us completely free.

Today, choose to invite God into the places in your life that are causing you pain. Then choose to allow him to set you completely free.

PRAYER

God help me today. You have the ability to deliver me from everything that hurts me or causes me pain. Today I trust you to help me. Amen

 

5 Things about Palm Sunday that reminds us Christ is King

Pastor Jay Brookes 

March 23, 2018

1. God's Word tells us the people cut palm branches and waved them in the air, laid them out on the ground before Jesus as He rode into the city. The palm branch represented goodness and victory and was symbolic of the final victory He would soon fulfill over death.

1 Cor. 15:55 “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?”

2. Jesus chose to ride in on a donkey, which directly fulfilled Old Testament prophecy of Zech. 9:9. In Biblical times, it was common for kings or important people to arrive by a procession riding on a donkey. The donkey symbolized peace, so those who chose to ride them showed that they came with peaceful intentions. Jesus even then reminded us that He is the Prince of Peace.

Zech. 9:9 "Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is he, humble and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey."

3. When the people shouted "Hosanna!" they were hailing Christ as King. That word actually means "save now," and though in their own minds they waited for an earthly king, God had a different way in mind of bringing true salvation to all who would trust in Him.

Ps. 118:26 "Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD!" 

Rom. 10:9 "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." 

4. The Bible says that Jesus wept for Jerusalem. In the midst of the praise of the moment, He knew in His heart that it wouldn't be long that these same people would turn their backs on Him, betray Him, and crucify Him. His heart broke with the reality of how much they needed a Savior.

Luke 19:41-42 "As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it, and said, "If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace--but now it is hidden from your eyes."

5. Palm Sunday reminds us that the reign of Christ is far greater than any the mind of man could ever conceive or plan. Man looked for someone to fight their battles in the present day world. Yet God had the ultimate plan of sending His Son to fight the final battle over death. This is the greatness of why we celebrate this week. Because of Christ's ultimate sacrifice, we can be set free of death.

John 11:25 "Jesus said to her, 'I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies,'"

We have so much to be grateful for this week. The enemy knows that, and you can bet, he's going to do everything he can to try and distract us away from the true meaning of what this Holy Week means. Don't let him win.

In this Holy Week, may God direct our thoughts and attention towards what matters most, Jesus Christ our King.

Let's choose to focus on worshipping our Lord, thanking Him for the gift of His sacrifice, celebrating the power of the Resurrection, and the new life found in Him alone.

PRAYER

Lord, I know you are Christ the King. You rule over this earth yet you also rule over my life. I pray for your help this day to strengthen me as I face life’s challenges, with reassurance that you are my king. Amen

 

Keep Pressing On

Pastor Jay Brookes 

February 18 2018

Philippians 3:13-14 Straining towards what is ahead, I press on.

Developing your faith is like taking swimming lessons. Observe: (1) Fear is like water; if you let it, it will take you under. (2) You can only tread water for so long before you drown. (3) When you reach a certain point, there's no turning back. (4) Faith is like the air in your lungs; it will sustain you and keep you afloat if you just relax.

Have you ever watched a seasoned swimmer? Stroke after stroke, he takes what's in front of him and pushes it behind him, letting it propel him towards his goal. He literally takes what stands between him and his goal, and uses it to get there.

Sometimes we despair and say, 'I'm just keeping my head above water,' and that's ok as long as you keep 'stroking' and pressing on. It's when you feel backed into a corner with nowhere to turn that you've got to take hold of the faith God has placed within you and keep moving forward. Jesus said, 'The Kingdom of Heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force' (Matthew 11:12 ). The word 'violence' suggests ferocity, passion, and intensity. You must be relentless and fight your way through, confident that God is on your side - because he is (see Psalm 56:9). The waters you're in don't determine your destiny; they either carry you over or take you under. It takes faith to keep going. When you quit, God can do nothing more for you!

So today whether you're doing the breaststroke, the backstroke, or some other kind of stroke that nobody's ever heard of - keep pressing on.

PRAYER

Lord, I can’t turn back and I can’t quit. Today I press on by faith even though I am tired, overwhelmed and afraid. Give me the strength I need to keep pressing on towards the other side of what I face. Amen

 

Pray Like Jabez

Pastor Jay Brookes 

January 24, 2018

1 Chronicles 4:10 God granted his request.

Jabez is an ancient name that means 'a cause of pain'. Imagine growing up with a name like that! But Jabez refused to wear the loser label and you should too. You don't need to wear any of the labels people try to stick on you. Your identity is that you are a unique child of the awesome God and nothing less. The Bible says that you were in God's mind before you were in your mother's womb (see Psalm 139:13-15).

Jabez wouldn't let his beginnings dictate his end. He refused to allow his family to keep him down and his boundaries to keep him in. Listen to his prayer, 'Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain. And God granted his request' (1 Chronicles 4:10). At first it seems like a selfish prayer, a bit different from the prayer Jesus taught his disciples in Matthew chapter 6, but something about it obviously got through to God because he answered it.

The learning from this prayer is that God meets people who have a determined faith, and he grants what they ask him for. Today, God has not changed and he still responds to anyone who dares to believe that he has the power to do the things he has promised in his Word.

The question is, 'Do you dare to ask God for what Jabez asked?'

PRAYER

Lord you reward determination. Today I am determined to pursue your goodness and blessings. I am asking you to bless every area of my life – In Jesus name. Amen

 

7 Keys To A Happy Family

Pastor Jay Brookes 

October 11, 2017

The fifth key to a happy family is to be a good parent. Being a parent is one of the most fulfilling and challenging things you will ever do. Raising children is fulfilling as you reach certain milestones and celebrate with your children.

However, moving from one stage of life to another often places stress on the family unit. Understand, opposition coming from a child is only half of the issue. There is also a spiritual fight taking place. The devil doesn’t not want your child to live for God and be a person of integrity walking in the promises of God.

I can guarantee you this, satan will fight you every step of the way. But God will fight him for you. The bible says:

Romans 5:20 But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more

God’s grace will get you through the season of battling and fighting to be a good parent. I encourage you, don’t give in or give up on your children. They are relying on you to raise them right. You and God are their only hope. They are depending on you. You may not see that now, but one day your child will appreciate how you raise them. Here’s what the bible instructs in relating to raising our kids:

Deuteronomy 6:6 And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.

God wants us to teach our children His word so they will grow up and be successful. You can be a great parent as God leads you and teaches you His word.

PRAYER

God my kids are depending on me to be a good parent, a godly parent. Please help me to teach them the right way and give them wisdom they can use throughout their lives. Help me to fight what fights against my family and children. Give me strength day by day, in Jesus name. Amen

 

7 Keys To A Happy Family

Pastor Jay Brookes 

September 20, 2017

The fourth key to a happy family is to respect your spouse as your best friend. What a blessing it is to be married to your best friend. Your spouse is someone who knows you more intimately than anyone ever will. They know your strengths and weakness, the good and the bad. Your job is to support and please your spouse.

Ephesians 5:33 So again I say, each man must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.

How we respect each other is in the way we communicate with each other. We should listen intently and respond appropriately and positively. Communication is usually the number one issue many married couples have. If we work on this area, it will impact our marriage.

Another way we respect our spouse is supporting each other in the way we deal with our children. Kids know how to work their parents to get what they want. The married couple must come to the same conclusion on the ways you will discipline the children as well as reward them.

In both of these areas, the enemy will try to bring confusion and chaos.

James 3:16 For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there.

However, we know that when God is the center of the marriage He brings peace, love and understanding.

1 Corinthians 14:33 For God is not the author of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints.

PRAYER

Lord I need your help to prefer my spouse’s needs over my own. Help me not to be self-seeking but become more of a partner in my marriage. Give me wisdom and guidance each day to become a better spouse. In Jesus name, Amen.

 

7 Keys To A Happy Family

Pastor Jay Brookes 

September 12, 2017

The third key to a happy family is loyalty and faithfulness to your spouse. We must have strong moral values which protects our marriages.

Infidelity creeps up on a marriage because of broken relationships and lack of love for each other. Is it possible to live in the same house, share the same bed with someone and have a broken relationship? The answer is yes.

But the bible tells us God wants our marriages to be vibrant, strong and able to withstand all kinds of adversity and trouble.

Mark 10:9 "Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate."

Don’t let the enemy win. Don’t let the enemy destroy your marriage. Work hard at it every day. Do your part to be loving, kind, forgiving and understanding with your spouse. Practice patience and lift them up when they are down.

God wants your marriage to survive and thrive. When it does, your family will be so much happier.

PRAYER

God we all need help to become a better spouse. Help us not live life selfishly but rather prefer our spouse above ourselves. We lean on you for help in our times of weakness. We are asking that you strengthen our marriages and bring peace into our homes when trouble arise, In Jesus name. Amen

 

7 Keys To A Happy Family

Pastor Jay Brookes 

August 28, 2017

The first key to a happy family – God is the foundation on which the family is built. He is our all in all and He is our firm foundation. When life falls apart and we face dire struggles, we can always depend on God. No matter what your family is facing right now, God is always the answer.

The second key to a happy family is a commitment to submission. Submission means surrendering to a decision or action of another.

Ephesians 5:21 Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.

When we submit to one another we are preferring others over ourselves. When we do this in the family, we will find happiness and joy, along with contentment in all of the family relationships.

However, if we become stubborn and choose not to submit to each other, this leads to contention and strife in the family unit.

Proverbs 17:14 The beginning of strife is like releasing water. Therefore, stop contention before a quarrel starts.

This is great advice from the bible. When we learned to submit and listen to one another and value each person in the family, you will find less stress in your home. Isn’t life hard enough outside of the home? Shouldn’t we do everything we can do avoid bringing more stress into our homes?

Be challenged to listen and value each member of your family. And allow each other to make decisions and have the whole family follow that decision. It could be as simple as allow your son or daughter to choose a restaurant to eat at and the whole family gets behind that decision.

When we learn to work together as a family unit and works towards unity through submission, God will bless your home in many ways.

PRAYER

Lord help me in this area. I need to learn to submit in my home and bring peace into my house. Help my entire family to be caring and loving towards one another, through submission we express that love to a greater degree. I thank you for your help and praise you for giving me such a wonderful family. Amen

 

7 Keys To A Happy Family

Pastor Jay Brookes 

August 17, 2017

Family is one of the greatest creations of God. It is where love takes place on a daily basis. It is where encouragement is given to everyone in the home. Where discipline and respect is found and taught. It is a place that changes and adapts over time.

With these changes comes challenges within the family unit. A family starts with two people coming together in marriage. When children are born the family changes. As the children and the parents grow older, more changes impact the family unit. Over the years families are faced with maintaining strong healthy relationships with each other.

The first key to a happy family – God is the foundation on which the family is built. He is our all in all and He is our firm foundation. When life falls apart and we face dire struggles, we can always depend on God. No matter what your family is facing right now, God is always the answer.

Some families turn to things that can’t sustain, can’t heal, don’t have the answers. However, for each stage of family life the Lord has the answers and the ability to support your family. That’s why the bible says:

Joshua 24:15 But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.

Praise the Lord. What I need to make it through what I face today is a revelation of the word of God.

PRAYER

Lord I fully trust you to help my family. You are able to bring peace and joy to the family unit. You alone are the one we count on today to help us with every trial that comes against our families. We trust you to bring us through strong and closer than we have ever been before. In Jesus name, amen.

 

The Word of God Stands

Pastor Jay Brookes 

August 7, 2017

Matthew 24:35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.

What a powerful scripture. If everything around you is falling part, God’s word always stands. In fact, even if Heaven and earth pass away – the word is still working for me.

What I learn from this is, I need to focus more on God’s word. It’s the word that heals, it’s the word that saves, it’s the word that brings me out, it’s the word that reconciles my family – IT’S THE WORD!

BThe word of God is actually how you survive in life, due to the fact that it sustains you. Here’s what the bible says when Jesus was tempted by the devil during His time of fasting. Satan challenged Him to turn stones into bread instead of fasting and going hungry:

Luke 4:4 But Jesus answered him saying, “It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.”

Praise the Lord. What I need to make it through what I face today is a revelation of the word of God.

PRAYER

God I need your help today. When my world is turned upside down, I know I can trust in and depend on your word. I stand on your word because I know your word stands, In Jesus name. Amen

 

Still Going On

Pastor Jay Brookes 

July 21, 2017

We all face struggles and battles that seem impossible to overcome. A call in the middle of the night, a child that is in trouble, the boss has told us we lost our job, and on and on and on.

Paul went through diverse trials throughout his entire ministry. He was beaten with metal rods, shipwrecked and left to die at sea, stoned by his enemies who rejected him.

But he did something amazing – he got up from that stoning bleeding, bruised and battered but still going on. Here is a powerful scripture to remember when you are down to your lowest point and seemingly have no answers.

Phil. 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

No matter what has happened to you, no matter what you are going through today, keep going by the grace and strength of God

PRAYER

God help me to get up every time I get knocked down. Help me to go on in spite of what I am going through. In Jesus name, amen

 

God Can't Lie

Pastor Jay Brookes 

July 13, 2017

Have you ever had someone lie to you? Of course you have, we all have. It hurts, it disappointments and leaves us with an unstable view of that person’s ability to come through for you and believe what they say in the future. You develop a track record in your mind of them letting you down.

But God is not like this. Think about this, God can’t lie. Praise the Lord! In fact, every word ever uttered by God is and was absolute truth. His word has to be true. That’s why we read in the bible:

Numbers 23:19 God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will not make it good?

When He decrees a thing, it must come to past. If He says you will be healed, you will be healed. If He says you will make it through, you will make it through. No matter what people say or what the devil does to confront God’s word, He has to perform the word He spoke. His word is a gift to you. And here’s what the bible says:

Romans 11:29 For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable

Stand on the gift of God’s word today and know what it says, must happen. He can’t take it back because His word was sent to save, deliver, encourage, sanctify, heal, anoint and much more!

PRAYER

Lord I thank you for your word. Today I stand upon every word because I can. I place my full faith and hope upon the scriptures and speak them over my family and my life. I have full confidence that you will perform your word in due season.

 

Right Living Pays Off

Pastor Jay Brookes 

May 5, 2017

Jeremiah 18:10 "if it does evil in My sight so that it does not obey My voice, then I will relent concerning the good with which I said I would benefit it.”

The most important thing about living right is the fact that one day you will be in Heaven. Heaven is a wonderful place.

Revelation 21:4  "And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away."

Right living will produce all kinds of blessings in your life, favor, joy, anointing, and revelation. But beware, as you strive to do right and live according to the Bible - evil is lurking and waiting to work you over. Evil has a desire to pull you away from what is right.

Matthew 26:41 "Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak."

So what can you do? Strengthen your spirit man. You soul needs to grow stronger through prayer, bible reading, worship and attending church.

Don't let anything overwhelm you and cancel out the good things God has planned for you. No matter how bad you want something. God tells us even though you want it and He desires to give it to you, He will relent (keep back) what you are supposed to have when evil creeps in.

PRAYER

God I come to you today, fully aware that you desire your children to live a Holy life. Search my heart and reveal to me anything in my life that is holding back my blessings. I repent and pursue right living to please you. Release all my rightful blessings, as I live right today. In Jesus name, Amen

 

You Can Trust God's Word

Pastor Jay Brookes 

April 27, 2017

Leah had several children. When she birthed Simeon it was vitality important, for Simeon means to hear.

You have to hear the word of God. A lot of people come to church and they don't hear the word. They don't let it sink down in their heart. As a result, we have many superficial Christians with no depth and very little faith

Romans 10:17So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God

Why is faith connected to God’s word? I'll tell you why – when you have God’s word on something and believe it, He will do it.

See you won't be healed because you prayed a pretty pray. You won't see giants fall because you heard a good song today. It will happen according to God’s Holy word and your faith in it.

James 1:21Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.

That word that sticks with you and you remember. It’s in you and that is the only word you can use against the enemy. It’s the only word that can save you. That’s why we encourage everyone to attend church and focus on what is being preached.

PRAYER

Lord I thank you for your word. I reaffirm my trust and confidence in the bible which you gave to us. What it says, I stand on and believe in by faith – In Jesus name. Amen

 

I Have Refined You

Michele Brookes 

April 20, 2017

Undercover Boss is a popular TV show where company owners disguise themselves as regular staff members and work with everybody else. Some of the discoveries they make are real eye-openers - leading to changes that make the company more efficient, profitable and enjoyable for everybody to work in.

To 'understand' people, you have to 'stand' in their shoes. Ezekiel said,

Ezekiel 3:15-16 Then I came to the captives at Tel Abib...and I sat where they sat, and...the word of the Lord came to me.

In order to heal the pain, you must be able to feel the pain. The Bible says Jesus can be 'touched with the feelings of our infirmities,' because he walked in our shoes (See Hebrews 4:15). He experienced family conflict, rejection, betrayal, loneliness and hunger. He walked the path you're on and he knows how you feel; that's why you can turn to him when you're in trouble and get the help you need.

Hebrews 2:18 For in that he himself has suffered, being tempted, he is able to aid those who are tempted

When you offer advice, people want to know if you're speaking out of experience or just head knowledge. So God will permit you to go through experiences you don't enjoy or understand, to equip you and make you effective in ministering to others. Job said,

Job 23:10 When he has tested me, I shall come forth as gold.

If you're in the refiner's fire today, it's because God has something he plans to do through you and for you.

PRAYER

God help me when I go through the refining process. I know it is for my good and for others, but it’s hard and it hurts. Give me the strength to come forth as gold and be stringer, wiser, more anointed – In Jesus name. Amen

 

He's Not Here

Pastor Jay Brookes 

April 13, 2017

Imagine the emotional roller coaster the disciples and friends of Jesus had gone through during the crucifixion and resurrection. First, the deep pain and anguish of watching Him ridiculed, beaten, spit upon and hung on a cross in the most barbaric fashion.

John 19:25 "Now there stood by the cross of Jesus His mother, and His mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene."

I can see them witnessing these horrific acts firsthand, with tears streaming down their faces. But they stayed with Him until the very end, until He took His last breath and declared:

John 19:30 "When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost."

What a wonderful thing to have someone who will stick with you in life, even at your lowest points. God will send you godly people who will love and support you through all life’s challenges.

Now, after His death, they must have felt some sense of relief, due to the fact that the torture, suffering was over. No one wants to see a loved one or friend writhe in pain suffering awful treatment. Jesus was now dead.

Once they reconcile this in their minds and now have peace for a few days, the bible teaches us they discover His body is no longer in the tomb. How can this be? They sealed the tomb with a large stone. The Roman soldiers kept watch over the grave.

However, He fulfilled His promise:

John 10:17 "The Father loves me because I sacrifice my life so I may take it back again"

Once again, imagine the emotions they felt thinking did someone steal Him, did they move Him to another grave so we can’t visit our Lord? What happened to Jesus? However, the angel of the Lord proclaimed:

Luke 24:6 “He is not here, but is risen”

Those are the most comforting words we could hear this Easter season, “He is not here”. Which means He is not dead but very much alive and at the right hand of the father today, praying for you. Jesus Christ rose from the grave to take away our sins and give us new life.

PRAYER

Lord I believe what the bible teaches, that you died and rose again. And because you now live, I can have a new life. Jesus help me today to live a life full of hope and faith in the life you gave for me. I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. Amen

 

Is My Next Level Down?

Pastor Jay Brookes 

April 6, 2017

When we talk about the levels we can attain in God, inevitably our minds contemplate moving up or increasing. And that is accurate most of the time. God does take us up.

Revelation 4:1 After these things I looked, and behold, a door [standing] open in heaven. And the first voice which I heard [was] like a trumpet speaking with me, saying, "Come up here, and I will show you things which must take place after this."

John was commanded to go up and he received a tremendous revelation from the Lord. Yet there is alternative level we don’t talk much about – the level down. Everything that goes up must come down, including the child of God. You can’t experience the next mountaintop until you go through the next valley.

Genesis 46:2 And God spake unto Israel in the visions of the night, and said, Jacob, Jacob. And he said, Here am I. 3 And he said, I am God, the God of thy father: fear not to go down into Egypt; for I will there make of thee a great nation: 4 I will go down with thee into Egypt; and I will also surely bring thee up [again]: and Joseph shall put his hand upon thine eyes.

God said to Jacob don’t be afraid to go down. It is during the down season I teach you deep things and build you stronger and stronger. And the Lord says, I will go with you in the down season. You are not alone in the valley, God is with you. And finally He says, I will bring you up again! You won’t always be down, you’re about ready to come out and come up. Now that is a good word for you today.

PRAYER

Jesus, I find myself down lately. Down emotionally, financially, physically or spiritually. I know there is a reason for this season. I trust you that this is working for my good. Help me to hold on until I go up again. I anticipate that next mountaintop – but for now I receive my valley anointing.

 

A New Identity in Christ

Pastor Jay Brookes 

March 30, 2017

Think of Peter—God built His church on Peter. But long before he was "Peter," he was "Simon." Simon was a challenge for Jesus. He often failed Him and put his foot in his mouth more than once. But look what Jesus said about Simon, you can be changed!

Matthew 16:18 "Jesus said to Simon, “And I tell you that you are Peter, which means rock, and upon this rock I will build my church."

Christ gave Peter a new identity that pointed to his calling. Just like Peter, who you are in Christ must come first. God cares so much more about who you are than what you do. Please hear that, God cares about who you are. The good news is, Jesus can help you change to become that better spouse, parent, worker – just turn your life totally over to Him. Here is what the bible says:

2 Corinthians 5:17 "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new"

Before you walk into this busy day, remind yourself who you are in Christ. From that stable foundation, you'll be able to do exactly what He has asked you to do to be successful in all areas of your life.

PRAYER

"God I have some things I need to change in my life. I recognize my ability to make a change only comes through Jesus. As you brought about a new identify in Peter, God transform my life. I no longer want to be the old person I use to be. From this moment on create a new me through the unchanging savior Jesus Christ. "

 

Help Me Holy Spirit

Pastor Jay Brookes 

March 23, 2017

While Jesus was with the disciples, they had confidence and faith to believe Jesus could do anything. They saw the blind healed, the dead raised, thousands fed with just a couple fish and five loaves of bread.

Fast forward just a short season and they find themselves denying Jesus, hiding in homes and scared of what they faced. Does that sound familiar? There was time when I trusted God explicitly with no reservation. But now something I face has challenged my faith and I’m afraid and don’t have the answers.

What is the answer? We find a powerful verse of scripture in the book of John.

John 16:7 "Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you."

The cross represents atonement, the empty grave represents my eternal life but the ascension of Jesus represents MY POWER through the Holy Spirit. Life is so much easier with the Holy Spirit.

Acts 1:8 "But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you."

PRAYER

"Lord I need your help. God fill me full of the Holy Spirit today and everyday so I can become the child of God you intended for me to become. Help me Holy Spirit, I am insufficient within myself but I recognize my need for your power."