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Scriptural Thoughts for Practical Living
"And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment,"

Hebrews 9:27:

ARE YOU READY?

Thank God for life today! As I reflect back on this year, I can't help but think of all the "celebrities" that have passed away in 2016 alone! One Hollywood star passed away two weeks ago while playing sports with his son. On Christmas Day, a world renowned musician died, at only fifty-three years old. And the latest, a well-known star from a one of the biggest movie franchises of all time, died at the age of sixty years old. All of these people had one thing in common: they all had made their "mark" in the world and received their "reward" of fame and fortune on this earth. But it was not enough to stop the sting of death! Their name, fortune and fame could not alter their appointment with death! The great question for them is this: "were they ready?" Yes, were they ready - not for death - but for the coming judgment! What a sobering thought!


The Bible makes it very clear that there is an appointed time for men to die "once" and then the judgment! The physical death of these celebrities or of anyone is not the end, nor does it pay the necessary price for the coming judgment that can result in "eternal death." Why? Because the only payment thoroughly sufficient enough for mankind's sin, is the Blood of the Sinless Sin Bearer – Jesus Christ! His blood is the only propitiation that can keep one from eternal death and damnation! And, it is only by the acceptance of His shed blood and death at Calvary's cross for our sins, believing in His resurrection for our lives, and then living the life of belief and obedience to God's will, can one truly be ready for their appointment with physical death. You see, physical death stops all of our physical abilities and efforts to accept Christ while on earth. However it is not the final stop; there is an eternal judgment to face and it is the results of that judgment that determines the final outcome! (Read 1 Peter 4:1-8;
Revelation 20:14-15; 21:8).

So today, as you read and meditate on these sited scripture verses, ask yourself the question: "am I ready" for my appointed time. There is no "expiration date" stamped on our bodies that lets us know the exact date, so preparation is vital! If you are certain of your salvation and have made your election sure, then to God be the glory! Thank Him for His grace, love and mercy over your life. Worship Him and give Him praise for all He has done for you and commit to remaining faithful in serving and honoring Him with your life. Or if the Lord has placed someone on your heart or in your path that may not be saved, who may not have the assurance of salvation, then ask the Lord to give you the wisdom and the burden to be the salt and light to them so they too can be ready for their appointed time. However, if after reading this challenge, you realize that you are not ready, then right now ask Jesus Christ to come into your heart and to save you and make you new in Him; to fill you with His Spirit and Love so that you can live for Him! "Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation." (2 Corinthians 6:2).
One popular song said it this way:

"I pray we all be ready for His return!"

Spend time meditating on God's word today.

Rev. John Sherrod

 

MEDITATE ON THIS SCRIPTURE TODAY

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Joshua 1:9

"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage;
do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

God encouraged Joshua greatly after Moses died. Joshua was now in charge of the great people of Israel and was set to take them over into the Promised Land. He had to vanquish the enemy in that land as well as make decisions of how to divide the land among the Israelites. He had an enormous task ahead of him. So God spoke directly to Joshua and told him that as He had been with Moses, He would also be with him. God told Joshua to have "courage!"

Today, we, like Joshua have been given an enormous assignment - to walk holy as God is holy! To stand victoriously against the enemy of our soul so that we too can enter into our promised land - heavenly glory with Christ! That's a big job in the midst of everything we face in our lives. Like Joshua, who recognized he could not do it alone, we too must realize that by ourselves we will fail. In our own strength, we are no match for satan and his wicked spirit kingdom.

But God said be of "good courage!" In fact He commanded it! That means you don't choose to be courageous or not - you simply obey God and stand up! Why? Because God is with you!! And when God is with us, we are no longer the minority - we are the MAJORITY! If God be for you, who can be against you! We stand courageous simply because it's not by our might nor by our power, but it's by God's Spirit- says the Lord!

When you think of the word "courage" , most times the understanding is someone without fear! But it means so much more than that! The word used in this text means: to be alert: physically or mentally; to be steadfastly minded; to be established; to fortify, harden, increase, prevail, strengthen yourself, make strong (to be "obstinate", speed). In other words, the Lord told Joshua "because I told you that I'LL be with you, because I commanded you, then fortify yourself in the RESOLVE that no weapon formed against you shall proposer! Don't allow your mind or heart to be changed or moved from this understanding!! Because the Lord is on your side, whom shall you fear!! As believers we don't stand because we're fearless, we stand because our God is FEARSOME! If God be for you, who can be against you!! Be grounded and rooted in knowing WHO you serve and WHO has given you the VICTORY - each and every day, every step of the way!

So when you feel discouraged, when you feel afraid, when those moments of doubt and dismay come upon you, remember WHO is with you, WHO is protecting you, WHO is fighting your battle! As a soldier in the army of the Lord, remember your command: "Be strong and of good courage!"

May God richly bless you today.



--
Reverend John Sherrod

SUBMIT, RESIST, WIN

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"SUBMIT, RESIST, WIN"

James 4:7 (NIV)

"Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you."

Many times the enemy will attack a believer by using stealth measures to defeat our spiritual walk. It's not always the obvious, external tactics that trip us up but it's those besetting "internal" sins" that lie quietly within us that when triggered, come forth like a spring board! And in many cases, it is our MOUTH that becomes the "instrument of defeat."

The devil is our "adversary" and that means he doesn't haphazardly attack us, but he "studies" us and observes our weaknesses. He quietly and patiently identifies the triggers in our lives, the "pull switches" that when released, will open the floodgates of unaddressed and repressed issues of hurt, resentment, fear, disappointment, anger and even loneliness that we've stored in our emotional closets. He will also use the carnal habits we allow to remain active in our lives; those particular things we hide and hold on to that keep the sinful lusts and desires alive and active within us. Then after we've given him all the ammunition he needs, he then picks the perfect time to press that "right button" to open the door to all that you've held reserved. He'll use a  nagging personality, or the injustices and misdeeds of people, a sudden traumatic moment or even an elongated season of loneliness, even a honking horn in a traffic jam that's aggravating your "last nerve!" The triggers that satan has used - that have WORKED BEFORE, he will use again!

But you can defeat the devil and your flesh by following a divine prescription for overcoming the enemy within and the enemy without:

James 4:7 (NIV)

"Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you."

As with all prescriptions designed for healing, in order to receive the FULL BENEFITS of the medicine, you must take it as prescribed. Notice the directions: (1) first we submit to God. This means that everything that you hold dear, those areas of your life that you feel make you "who you are", your aggression, your quick temper, your unbridled tongue, your ability to "tell it like it is" - submit it ALL to God. Let it go! Not only are we to humble ourselves before God, but we are too give Him all of those things that keep us defeated! Second (2) we are to resist the devil. Simply put - tell the devil "NO" - in the name of Jesus! The word "resist" means to stand against, to oppose, and to withstand. In other words, we don't simply say no to Satan, but we "position" our hearts and minds to OPPOSE his works, his lies and his schemes - in Jesus name! It means we disapprove of his works and don't minimize who and what he is - a liar, a deceiver, a murderer, a slanderer, and accuser of the saints! It's not enough to just say no, but we work to bring down his schemes and plans by presenting the gospel of Jesus wherever he tries to promote his plans. We put the gospel where our mouth is! Not only should we oppose satan, but we must withstand him! That means we put on our full warfare gear - the whole armor of God, so we can remain "undamaged" after his attacks. It's not enough to say no, but to be able to give God glory with our lives when we come through the storms of the enemy. When we follow this prescription of submission to God and resisting the devil, we will experience the (3) third phase of our healing - DELIVERANCE! Remember when Jesus resisted the devil in the wilderness, by the word of God, the Bible says that the devil "departed from from Him until an opportune time." Satan cannot come against the word of God, the faith in God, nor the anointing from God brought forth by a true believer! He will flee! But, he will always look for another time to attack again!

Therefore, stay ready!  How? By always staying humble before God; giving up those besetting sins and weights that so easily entangle you; by keeping a heart surrendered to His will; by allowing your mind to stay transformed by His word; and by never minimizing the tactics of our adversary! Stick with the prescription:

SUBMIT, RESIST, WIN!

God richly bless you.

DON'T LEAVE EMPTY HEARTED

DON'T LEAVE EMPTY HEARTED"

Psalm 119:11

"Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You."

Good morning and praise the Lord! Let God's word be guide you today! Meditate on this scripture:

I always enjoy reading my bible on the train while traveling to work. It is my time to shut out the world around me and concentrate on God's word. I can meditate on Him in my "own world." While others are talking and all different type of distractions are going on, I can hear God speaking to me and encouraging me and counseling me and getting me ready for the day ahead!

One morning as I was preparing to go to work, I cleared out my work bag to relieve some of the weight and removed everything, planning to put back only the "necessary" things and forgot to place my bible back in my bag. I headed out the house, made it to the train, found my favorite sitting spot, reached for my bible and... IT WAS NOT THERE! I felt lost! I was truly disappointed and disconcerted. I felt weak! I sat for a moment wondering what to do because now my "routine" was disrupted and I'm at the mercy of the train ride! I had walked out of my house EMPTY HANDED!

But as I sat there, I began to rehearse some of the scriptures I had read and I began to remember the powerful accounts of the prophets in the Old Testament. I began to think about Elisha who shouted "show me the God of Elijah!", I thought about Daniel in the lions den, I thought about the three Hebrew boys who were thrown into the fiery furnace but walked out unscathed by the protective power of Jesus. I thought about David and Goliath. I thought about Moses asking the Lord "who should I say sent me?" and God said tell them 'I AM sent you.'"  I thought about when Jesus called His disciples to Himself, how he healed blind Bartimaeus, the man at the pool of Bethesda, how He told Peter "COME" and Peter walked on water, how He told His disciples "I'll never leave you nor forsake you." And as I closed my eyes and remembered God's word, I realized that God is still speaking to me - from my heart! I began to feel my strength coming back and I even shed tears because of experiencing the power of His word hidden in my heart! I may have walked out empty handed but I WAS NOT EMPTY HEARTED!

Friends, we may not always be able to carry our physical bibles with us and even though we can download vast material to our tablets, phones, pads and pods, they too will break down, run out of power or even stop working. But if God's word is laid up in your heart, if your mind has been transformed by it, then no matter where you are or what circumstance you may find yourself, you will always be able to connect to Jesus - through His Word!

So today, right now, start reading, meditating and rehearsing God's word. Make it a daily routine - day and night! When you're at home, in a private place, read God's word OUT LOUD so your brain hears the word of God and your senses are impacted by His counsel and love and spirit! If you do this regularly, you will experience what the "living word" will do for you. 

The Psalmist knew what it meant to carry God's word with him - not in a bag, or on a device, but in your heart!

Don't leave empty hearted!

God richly bless you.

GROWING PAINS

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"GROWING PAINS"

Psalm 37:25

"I have been young, and now am old; Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, Nor his descendants begging bread."

Good morning and praise the Lord!

Have you ever reminisced over your life and reflected upon a time or even a particular circumstance that caused you pain; either physical or emotional hurt? But now after time has passed and you're out of that turmoil, you recognize how it has helped make you a better person. And although it was painful when it occurred, it reaped good results. That happens often in our Christian walk. Whenever we experience pain when obeying God,that means we are growing!! When we choose to do it God's way, many times that will bring hardship and conflict - not just with others, but more often within ourselves. To illustrate this point, notice when our physical bodies go through growth spurts, we often experience pain in our joints and muscles. We feel awkward sometimes and unbalanced. So too when we are growing in God! We experience the pain of letting go of the "carnal man" and his lusts; the awkwardness of letting go of our natural desires, wants and needs, as we "yield" our wills to the leading of the Holy Spirit and learn how to let go and follow Him!

Hebrews 12:11 says it this way:

"Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it."

Yes the "growing pains" we experience in our spiritual journey with God, is actually "training" taking place, teaching us how to live above the wants and desires of our flesh - which are natural and automatic to us, and how to "crucify" our flesh for Christ! The apostle Paul said it this way:

Galatians 2:20

"I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me."

As we grow in Christ, the carnal man should continuously decrease and die so the spirit man can continuously increase and live! Read Ephesians 4:20-25.

Sometimes during our growth spurt, we can become discouraged because everything appears to be off! Nothing fits anymore! In the natural, our voice changes, we look differently, the clothes we liked to wear suddenly don't fit right anymore. Those special shoes and outfits that gave us that good feeling just aren't working like before! In fact, some people have experienced growth so quickly, that they have to go out and buy whole new wardrobes and get rid of the old things completely. So too in our spiritual growth. The old habits and desires, the old ways of thinking and decision making processes that we felt comfortable with, our independent lifestyle, our way of talking and walking no longer fit the new man! Now we have to put on our new wardrobe of submission and humility, obedience and sacrifice, worship and praise! These are the new garments of the spiritual-growing man!

One more thing happens in our spiritual growth experience: we become "perfected." That means we become "mature"; we start growing up! The things that use to bother us, that use to cause us to worry, that use to cause us to fall backwards, that use to cause us to give up, no longer have the same effect! Once again the apostle Paul gave us this comparative analogy in 1 Corinthians 13:11:

"When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things."

Those besetting sins and weights that use to knock us down every time no longer have that same impact. The growing pains are finally paying off sweet dividends - We're growing up!

Finally, in spiritual growth, we learn one of the most important and powerful lessons in our walk - "Thankfulness." We learn how to say "thank you" to God for all that He has brought us through! We learn to say "thank you" when we have and when we don't have; when we we're surrounded by so-called friends, and when we're all alone; we say "thank you;" when our bodies no longer look, feel or function like they did in our youth - we say "thank you Lord" for another day! The Bible tells us that "giving thanks" is the will of God for the believer:

1 Thessalonians 5:18

"in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you."

Remember, when we learn to thank God in our growth session, we stop giving the devil ammunition to use against us! Read James 4:7-11.

So be encouraged when you experience "growing pains" during your walk with God knowing He loves you and is perfecting you to His glory and for your good. Know that when we submit to God to break us and build us again is the only time that we truly experience God for ourselves; that's when we begin to mature and grow up! That's when we can one day say as did King David:

"I have been young, and now am old; Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, Nor his descendants begging bread."

Give God "thanks" for your "Growing Pains."

God richly bless you is my prayer.


Reverend John Sherrod

TASTE TEST

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The psalmist David was inspired to write: “Oh taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusts in Him.”

Psalm 34:8

Being a true follower of Jesus means (or should mean) that we allow every aspect of our lives to come under His scrutiny; everything we say and every way we act, our lifestyle, should be weighed and measured by His Holiness. The Bible says that we are not to lean on our own understanding, but in ALL OUR WAYS acknowledge Him, and He will direct our path. So not just our spiritual walk (prayer Life, bible reading and meditation, church attendance and tithing, supporting missions and kingdom building) but our physical walk as well (our dress, our associations, the places we visit for recreation and relaxation, and even our eating habits and how we take care of our bodies); all should come under the realm and authority of God.

When Psalmist penned this verse, he was describing his relationship with God as being one that could be equated with first, our physical sense of eating a delicious piece of fruit, or one of your most favorite meals, or sitting down and relaxing with your most delightful dessert. Second, he was bringing attention to our mental ability to “see” with our mind and remember how faithful and strong God is in our lives. And third, when he said “oh taste and see”, he was saying that we are to allow the “whole man” to experience the awesome joy of being in relationship with the Lord!

The word “taste” in this text is translated from the Hebrew word “ta ‘am” which means to perceive. It is used figuratively here to bring the understanding that we are “to become aware of, to know, or identify by means of the senses” God’s presence in our lives. We should train ourselves by being ever thankful for His loving kindness toward us each and everyday, and we should ask the Holy Spirit to make us sensitive to recognize, discern and understand when He is moving in our midst and when we’re moving away from Him! That’s so important because when we get use to not having something, we eventually forget what it was and the joy we experienced when we did! The memory becomes faded and distorted and we replace it with other things. That’s why all our senses and every aspect of our being should be involved with worship and praise of our Lord!

When we allow ourselves to become “connoisseurs” of Jesus, one that has been trained to recognize righteousness from sinful lusts, and can truly say with conviction that today with Jesus is sweeter than the day before, that’s when we experience the superlative blessings of His love and faithfulness toward us. That’s when we learn to trust in Him and commit our ways to Him. That’s when our spiritual, emotional and even physical palettes become acutely refined to taste His goodness and to never accept carnal imitations.

Today, give your senses a refreshing, exhilarating and delightful treat - give Jesus a taste test and experience the GOODNESS of the Lord and declare as did the psalmist David: “Oh taste and see that the Lord is Good!

God richly bless you.

ALWAYS

 

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Meditate on this scripture today: Hebrews 13:8

"Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever."

We can't see our tomorrows and never know what's going to befall us but we serve the God that does! The Bible says He is the same God yesterday, today and forever! (Heb. 13:8). That means Jesus not only knows our tomorrows but orchestrates them, guides us through them, and can even change them according to His will for our lives. Jeremiah 29:11 says it this way: "For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope." So our future is planned, productive and purposeful in God!

Since we have been assured of this promise, our responsibility then is to bring our cares to Him, lean on Him for continued strength, and trust in Him to bring us through. That's how we live victoriously - from faith to faith, glory to glory. The success of our future is not in our own wisdom or understanding, but in our trusting, believing and obeying God's instructions. Proverbs 3:5-8 encourages us this way: "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him,

And He shall direct your paths. Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the Lord and depart from evil. It will be health to your flesh, And strength to your bones."

So rest in the Lord today, bring your cares to the Lord today, be strengthened in the Lord today and have great success in the Lord today - knowing that your future has already been secured in Him.

Remember, no matter what occurs in our everyday life, whatever might catch us by surprise, it's never a surprise to Jesus - because He's the same God yesterday, today and forever!

He is ALWAYS.

Be blessed today!

Reverend John Sherrod

LEANING FORWARD

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Because we are free moral agents and have the ability to make decisions on our own, it is only "natural" for us to try and figure out our lives and make our own way. But we forget one thing - our way of thinking is broken! It happened when our great parents "decided" to go their own way and brought sin into our world. Since that time, our thinking has been tainted with corruption, mistakes, pride, unforgiveness, resentments, and the lists goes on! Rather than trust in our own way, which has only led us into further turmoil, trust in the Lord who knows the way that we should take. How do we do that? By taking our "minds" out of the equation, by stop trying to figure it out and let God handle it. That means putting our "hearts" into trusting God! By really getting to know Him and His love for us. Spend more time in prayer, in the reading of His word, through fellowship with like believers and by "proving" God in our lives - by trusting Him during the hard times and leaning on Him when our hearts are broken. That's how we "acknowledge" God and learn to trust Him. This cannot be a "sometimes" occurrence. We must be committed to trusting Him in all our ways - in every area of our lives - the small and the big! That's when our hearts become made up to serve Him. The benefits of trusting God truly outweigh the choice to go our own way. Our minds will think better thoughts, our hearts will produce love for Him and others and our bodies will be healthier and stronger to serve Him.

Give up your way of thinking and start leaning, learning and growing healthier through the counsel of God!

Be blessed today and prosper as your soul prospers!!


Rev. John Sherrod

THE WAITING GAME

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Good day and praise the Lord! Stand courageous today! Meditate on this scripture today:

Psalm 27:14
"Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord!"

I'm sure most would agree that the process of "waiting" is no picnic! And especially if the wait is LONG or if you're waiting for something that you REALLY WANT OR NEED - then it seems like an eternity. Funny thing is when we're in those "waiting seasons" of our life, we experience changes in ourselves that we did not recognize or expect. We come to realize that we don't have the "patience" we thought we did; we're not as "loving" as we are when things are comfortable; we find ourselves "grumbling and complaining" more than before. We also experience something that is very dangerous - we begin to "SOLICIT" for another way, another means to get what we've asked the Lord for! Our heart can grow weary, and we stop TRUSTING God. When that happens, we begin to LOSE HOPE. We begin to give up on - not only the "promises" over our lives, but we begin to lose hope in the PROMISE MAKER!

Hope and Courage are so very vital in our walk because of how they relate to one another. There are several meanings for the word "Hope" (confidence, expectation, optimism, faith and COURAGE), but one meaning clearly stands out: "a person or thing in which expectations are centered." Now notice the meaning of the word "Courage": "the quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger, pain, etc., without fear." When these meanings are combined, you come up with the only course of action to take during our waiting seasons: "WAIT ON THE LORD AND BE OR GOOD COURAGE." Why? Because God is the only "PERSON" that (1) will guard our hearts and minds, touch our bodies and heal every infirmity, (2) give us peace that surpasses our understanding, (3) begin and complete our faith, (4) strengthen us to go through; make a way out of no way; open doors of immense blessings, not allow us to go through more than we can bear, (5) fight and WIN every battle we face, (6) answer every prayer that we bring to Him, (7) not condemn us when we fall short but is faithful and just to forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness, (8) not allow the enemy of our souls to destroy us, (9) is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble, (10) can perfect and mature us during the process of waiting. And the list goes on and on - HALLELUJAH!! With this kind of coverage over your life, wouldn't you say that's reason enough to be of good courage! You're in good hands - with Jesus!!

So if you are in your "waiting season", don't be afraid, don't grumble, don't become impatient and go your own way - STAND STILL and see the salvation of the Lord! Remember, "them that WAIT (hope, be courageous) ON LORD will renew their strength. They shall mount up with wings like eagles; they will run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint."

Be bless today and WAIT, I say, on the Lord!!

Rev. John Sherrod

GUIDANCE SYSTEM

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Good morning and praise the Lord!! Let God be your "Guide" today.

Meditate on this scripture today:

Psalm 5:3
"My voice You shall hear in the morning, O LORD; In the morning I will direct it to You, And I will look up."

How you begin something, can often determine how it will end. For example, if you start a plumbing project without the proper preparation of planning, correct tools and parts, and simply "wing it" or "shoot from the hip", then you can be pretty sure that once you "believe you're finished", a leak or two will surely spring up -somewhere, someplace and definitely somehow!! That's the same as a pilot strapping into a cockpit and taking off without ever checking all of the navigation and radar controls in their aircraft. They call that "flying blind!"

Believe it or not, many people begin their day the same way. Although you may watch the news the first thing in the morning with your first cup of coffee, or turn on 1010 Wins to catch the latest updates - ("you give us 22 minutes and we'll give you the world"), you still are "flying blind" because your "Source of Guidance" is limited and temporary. You see, even though you may think you've heard it all in 22 minutes, you still don't know the "next 22 minutes" before it happens. BUT GOD DOES! He knows the yesterday, the today and the TOMORROW of every situation. In fact, He even knows the very "thoughts He has for you, of peace and not of evil, but of a future and hope!" (Jeremiah 29:11). He is your absolute best guidance system anywhere, at anytime and will take you anyplace you're supposed to go! And the best part, HE CAN FIX ANY PROBLEM you may have now, and LEAD YOU THROUGH any situation you will face in the future. You can be confident that when God fixes a problem, it's fixed - because He gets to the ROOT of it - what caused it and why. He knows the very thoughts and intentions of the heart. His very eyes "run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him." (2 Chronicles 16:9) Don't rely on man's limited radar, man's breakable parts, or man's temporary fixes. Get the job done and done right!

So today, before you start making plans, decisions, before you start trying to "fix things", go to the ONLY REAL AND TRUE "Source of Guidance" - GOD and let Him begin your day the right way.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not to your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge Him, and He will direct your path. (Proverbs 3:5)

Be blessed today and let God be your Guide!!

Rev. John Sherrod

STAY CONNECTED

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Good morning and praise the Lord! Call out to God with confidence today!

Meditate on this scripture today:

Psalm 4:3

"But know that the LORD has set apart for Himself him who is godly; The LORD will hear when I call to Him."

Most everyone today owns a "smartphone" with all kinds of "bells and whistles" included. But as "smart" as they claim to be, all phones and communication devices experience one thing - "blackout" moments. Those are the times when you "lose connection" when speaking, you "drop calls" or you "go silent" and neither you nor your party can hear each other. Your "signal weakens and dies." No matter how much you paid for your phone or your service, you will experience blackout moments. Why? Because your connection is dependent upon the "continued strength" of your signal, which is determined by (a) the distance between you and the transmission tower, (b) your position in relation to the wireless satellite, and (c) the amount of interference within your zone. Fortunately, for the most part, these blackouts are few and far in between and your service basically remains continuous.

Sometimes in our walk with God, we too experience blackout moments; times when we lose connection for a minute, when our prayer life goes silent, when there is a hesitancy to speak to God. When that happens, "check your position" - where you're standing in relation to God! Has an unresolved sin hindered transmission? How about that on-going relationship with an unbeliever that has moved you out of range? Maybe it's the interference of going after secular pursuits (bigger position on the job, higher education, acquiring wealth), or could it be not receiving the answer you wanted that caused a blackout of faith?

Just as a tall, strong signal tower does not change locations, neither does God! He is always able to hear the call of His people. And as a satellite can be re-positioned to boost the signal, so God is our "ever present help in time of need!" He never moves out of range!! Our God "neither sleeps nor slumbers" and "He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." He will never leave you nor forsake you. He loves us with and everlasting love! How's that for continuous service!

So before you start wondering why you're not hearing from God, check your personal connections first and re-position yourself! He's listening for the godly and waiting for their response.

"My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me." (John 10:27)

Be blessed and STAY CONNECTED!

Rev. John Sherrod

PUSH

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GM and praise the Lord! Remember to pray today! Meditate on this scripture today:

Luke 18:1

"Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart,"

Prayer is so awesome in that we gain access to the Almighty Yahweh at any time, anywhere for anything (Jesus said if you ask anything in My Name, it shall be given you); yet it is the most under-utilized resource of the believer. Prayer is not just talking to God, but more importantly allowing God to talk with us - that's when we receive  wisdom, knowledge understanding and even strength to live victoriously each day. Prayer is also our access to unlimited power! He will mount you up with wings like eagles, you shall run and not be weary, and you shall walk and not faint! When we are going through trials, tribulations and turmoil, we can call on God in times of trouble to take our hand and lead us through! 

That's so important because in our own natural strength, we won't make it. Remember, physical stamina is no match for "spiritual warfare!" But through prayer, God strengthens our physical, emotional and spiritual man. Prayer brings us into "closer relationship" with God so that we come to know Him as our "Great I AM" - everything you need Him to be - HE IS! Prayer also reminds us that we are not alone! When friends fail us, when plans escape us, and when our own thoughts fool us - we can come to God in prayer. He says we can ask WITHOUT REPROACH! Don't ever feel like you've become a nuisance to God. He loves you with with an "everlasting love" and "His mercy endures forever"!

As you go to God in prayer, don't "lose heart." Don't ask - and NOT BELIEVE YOU'LL RECEIVE! That's fruitless, "for those that come to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those that diligently seek Him." So come with EXPECTANCY, come with an attitude of PATIENCE, prepared to wait upon Him, and  come with THANKSGIVING - knowing that He heard you and will answer in the fullness of His time. Remember, a WAIT does not mean NO, a YES does not always mean NOW, and a NO is always for your GOOD! 

So PUSH in your prayer life (Prayer Until Something Happens).

Be blessed and keep on PUSHing!!

Reverend John Sherrod

 

Keep On Shining For Jesus Today

shine

 

GM and praise the Lord! Keep on shining for Jesus today! Meditate on this scripture today:

Matthew 5:16

"Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven."

Have you ever noticed that when certain people enter into a room or space, the atmosphere changes? Sometimes the change is good, up-spirited and "bright", while others bring a solemn, dreary or even a "dark" shadowy change. Those persons are usually the ones that are never invited to the party! They're typically described as "downers." Often it is because they have a "negative spirit"; there always seem to be controversy when they're around, they never have any "good news" to talk about, and most people would rather not be round them and "not hear" anything they have to say.

When you walk into the room, how would people describe you? As "born-again believers" we are to let our "light so shine!" That does not mean the flamboyant, charismatic, jovial personality that many have naturally. That can be fun and enjoyable but it's not "life changing." It does not produce "righteous transformation" in individuals. The "light" Jesus is talking about is "His Light" - the life changing, transforming power of the Good News of Jesus Christ! A life fully given over to Christ, so lived in front of others, that when you walk into the room, people get the feeling that everything is going to be alright! Your words are up-building and encouraging, your attitude represents excellence and your actions glorifies God! People will come to expect you to look for the good in a bad situation, they will depend on you to uphold what is right even when everyone else accepts wrong, and they will come to you for pray because they know that you know the True and Living God!! They will see that "Christ in the life of a believer truly does make a difference!" They won't credit you for who you are, because you've never "taken the credit" for your walk but give honor and praise to God! Your light is the "treasure that God placed in earthen vessels - that the excellence may be of God and not of us!" It is the only power that will lead others unto salvation - just like it led you.

So make a difference in someone else's life today by being the light of Christ wherever you go. Speak words of encouragement always letting others know that your life is because of Jesus' life in you! Truly be the "life" of the party - in Jesus' name.

Be blessed and shine on!!

Reverend John Sherrod

REMEDY FOR INSOMNIA

sleepless

 

GM and praise the Lord for His grace and mercy! Meditate on this scripture today:

Psalm 4:8 

"I will both lie down in peace, and sleep; For You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety."

How did you sleep last night? When most people are asked this question, the answers are varied and often totally unexpected. But you rarely hear someone say "perfect!" That's because it's not about the mattress or pillows but about what's going on in your heart and mind when you lie down. The issues of the day are with you and the uncertainties of tomorrow are always before you. Many find themselves staying awake late into the night thinking, planning, anxious about what will be, until they become "insanely" sleepy and eventually "pass out." However, that only serves to make you "insanely irritable" from lack of proper rest. Others resort to sleep "inducers" to help with their inability to "relax" only to later find themselves "dependent" upon such means but never achieving "true rest." (Some of us remember "Sominex"). One very relevant example is that of a well known prominent entertainer who just several years ago, died in their sleep from a wrongfully applied sleep inducer. The report stated that they demanded it in order to achieve total rest. The need for peaceful, safe and total restful sleep is very real but sadly to say, most look for it in all the wrong places.

Don't let that be your testimony. Rather, go for the ONLY REMEDY for insomnia, the only source of total rest - Jesus Christ. How? By giving Him all your worries and cares "before" you lie down for sleep!! Don't sit on your bed and moan and grumble and become agitated to the point of not being able to rest. Give it all to God in prayer. There is a famous godly hymn which sums this up so nicely:

"What a friend we have in Jesus

All our sins and griefs to bear

What a privilege to carry

Everything to God in prayer

O what peace we often forfeit

O what needless pain we bear

All because we do not carry

Everything to God in prayer!"

Jesus is there for you! But you must take His remedy with something else - TRUST. Once you carry it to God, leave it with Him!" Don't take it back. Allow Him to carry it and handle it. Also, don't give it to the Lord and then try to figure out how He's going to fix it - simply trust Him in His wisdom, His love, and His power to handle anything we give Him!! God does not need your help - He looks for your faith!! God allows us to go through various situations in order to teach us to hand them over to Him. Humbly recognize your inability and make up your mind to trust the Lord with everything and give your brain a rest!!

So start expecting a good nights sleep, by taking the only cure for true peaceful rest - Jesus!

Be blessed and have a safe, peaceful rest in God!!

Reverend John Sherrod

 

KEEP SHINING

KEEP SHINING

"KEEP SHINING"

GM and praise the Lord! Keep on shining for Jesus today! 

Meditate on this scripture today:

Matthew 5:16 
"Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven."

Have you ever noticed that when certain people enter into a room or space, the atmosphere changes? Sometimes the change is good, up-spirited and "bright", while others bring a solemn, dreary or even a "dark" shadowy change. Those persons are usually the ones that are never invited to the party! They're typically described as "downers." Often it is because they have a "negative spirit"; there always seem to be controversy when they're around, they never have any "good news" to talk about, and most people would rather not be round them and "not hear" anything they have to say.

When you walk into the room, how would people describe you? As "born-again believers" we are to let our "light so shine!" That does not mean the flamboyant, charismatic, jovial personality that many have naturally. That can be fun and enjoyable but it's not "life changing." It does not produce "righteous transformation" in individuals. The "light" Jesus is talking about is "His Light" - the life changing, transforming power of the Good News of Jesus Christ! A life fully given over to Christ, so lived in front of others, that when you walk into the room, people get the feeling that everything is going to be alright! Your words are up-building and encouraging, your attitude represents excellence and your actions glorifies God! People will come to expect you to look for the good in a bad situation, they will depend on you to uphold what is right even when everyone else accepts wrong, and they will come to you for pray because they know that you know the True and Living God!! They will see that "Christ in the life of a believer truly does make a difference!" They won't credit you for who you are, because you've never "taken the credit" for your walk but give honor and praise to God! Your light is the "treasure that God placed in earthen vessels - that the excellence may be of God and not of us!" It is the only power that will lead others unto salvation - just like it led you.

So make a difference in someone else's life today by being the light of Christ wherever you go. Speak words of encouragement always letting others know that your life is because of Jesus' life in you! Truly be the "life" of the party - in Jesus' name.

Be blessed and shine on!!

Rev. John Sherrod

FOLLOW THE LEADER

FOLLOW THE LEADER

 

"FOLLOW THE LEADER"

 Well Praise the Lord! Learn to Follow the LEADER this Week. 

Meditate on this scripture today:

Mark 11:1-3: 
"Now when they drew near Jerusalem, to Bethphage and Bethany, at the Mount of Olives, He sent two of His disciples;  2 and He said to them, “Go into the village opposite you; and as soon as you have entered it you will find a colt tied, on which no one has sat. Loose it and bring it. 3 And if anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘The Lord has need of it,’ and immediately he will send it here.” 

There is an expression that has been widely used for as long as I can remember "Don't Reinvent the Wheel." In its basest form, it simply means "follow the steps of those that have already done what you're trying to do." In other words, there is no need to "redo" or "start from scratch" trying to figure out what to do when someone has already successfully done it. Simply "follow their lead."

I remember so many times, tapping myself in the head and saying "wow, I wasted so much time, when I could have simply done it the way my Dad did it!" I'm sure most of us have had a "V8" moment ("I could have had a V8!"). The "should have, could have and would have" times in our lives, simply because we didn't follow instructions; we did not follow the leader, someone who had gone before us and paved the way, blazed the trail, set the course, so we wouldn't have to.

In order to minimize our "V8" moments, there are a few things we must first recognize and accept. FIRST, you must have the spirit of HUMILITY. In order to follow another person's direction, we have to stop thinking that we know a better way to do it! Show me a person that never learns, and I'll show a person that never LISTENS! Successful people are good listeners. They recognize and "admit" that they don't know everything and are "willing" to follow the instructions of others in order to learn. Remember, the opposite of humility is PRIDE and it's always present just before you mess up! SECOND, never "deviate" from the arranged plan. Always FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS! Even if something sounds unusual or non-sensible, don't go off course. Rather than trying to make sense of the instructions, look at the ONE who gave them and put your TRUST there!  THIRD, go in the AUTHORITY of the leader, the one who sent you! When you try to "take the credit" for something you did not originate or orchestrate, you  lose the power of authorship! That's when you put your name in the place of the one who sent you not realizing that their name has the authority to open doors and make ways - and your name does not! You become discreditable. Be quick to give honor where it's rightly due. If someone compliments your work and you know that you're only following the instructions of your leader, then "big up" your leader and let others know who they are. You will gain three things: (1) your leader will be honored; (2) you will receive recognition for honoring your leader; and (3) you'll develop "character." That's when you begin to see yourself not as a "wanna be" but as a "will be". You gain self respect! FOURTH and final look at the benefits of "following the leader" is that we learn to TRUST and DEPEND on their advice. When the disciples of Jesus did "exactly" what He told them to do, the RESULTS were "exactly" what He said they would be. As we listen more and question less, we will finally come to what is the most valuable of all lessons: we gain WISDOM and get UNDERSTANDING! That's when we come to know the reason "why" we had to go a certain way or do it that particular way. 

Proverbs 16:20 
"Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers, and blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord."

When you follow the LEADER - Jesus, He will always guide you to success - for He knows the way that you should take and when you "listen" (to heed, obey; to wait patiently) to Him, you'll come through as pure gold! (Job 23:10).

So, make up your mind NOW, to FOLLOW THE LEADER!

Be blessed this week!


Rev. John Sherrod 

Water - The Miracle Elixir

Water - The Miracle Elixir

"And David said with longing, 'Oh, that someone would give me drink of water from the well of Bethlehem, which is by the gate!" (1 Chronicles 11:17)
WATER - A Natural Remedy For Sound Body And Mind 
HOPPG Family - what do you really know about WATER and are you drinking enough of this miracle elixir created by God? 
One of the true and most "unsung heroes" in the field of natural cures and even in medicine is something that we see and use everyday - WATER!  We hear doctors speak about it and read articles about it and even occasionally see a televised report on the absolute benefits of it to our health.  It has even become one of the biggest purchased items on our grocery list.  But how much do we really know about?

Before you read further, just take a look at some meanings of the word: Elixir: (1) an alchemical prepration supposed to be capable of prolonging life indefinitely - also known as the "Elixir of Life"; (2) anything that purports to be a sovereign remedy; panacea; (3) to cure diseases and prolong life.  

Here is a list of just a few positive impacts that Water can bring to your mind and body:

1.   Heart Disease and Stroke – Water is essential to help prevent clogging of arteries in the heart and brain.

2.   Infection – Water may increase the efficiency of the immune system to combat infection and cancer cells.

3.   Depression – Water helps the body naturally replenish the supply of the neurotransmitter serotonin.

4.   Sleep Disorder – Water is needed for the production of natural sleep regulator: melatonin.

5.   Lack of Energy – Water generates electrical and magnetic energy in every body cell providing a natural power boost.

6.   Addiction – Water can help eliminate addictive urges for caffeine, alcohol and some drugs.

7.   Osteoporosis – Water is an aid to strong bone formation.

8.   Leukemia and Lymphoma – Water normalizes the blood malfunctioning and helps in the prevention of many forms of cancer.

9.   Attention Deficit Disorder – A well-hydrated brain is continually energized to imprint new information in its memory banks.

10.  Muscle Spasm - Water increases the oxygen flow in blood which aids in muscle elasticity.

What has been discovered for the first time in the history of modern science based medicine, is the way to prevent and cure the degenerative disease of human body, simply and naturally with water. In short, prevent diseases by drinking water.

A quick note to our parents: children are constantly and naturally dehydrated. A great deal of water is used in the processes of cell expansion and division. 75 per cent of each cell is water. The body of a growing child constantly needs and calls for water, otherwise, growth would not be possible. If the natural call of the body for water is satisfied by manufactured chemical containing fluid and sugar-containing drinks, health, growth and development events that water itself initiates may not take place efficiently and crisis events such as asthma and allergies may occur.

There are so many more important reasons we could discuss for drinking this wonderful fluid created by God for us.  Take a moment and explore other resources of the benefits of water to the human mind and body.  It's very interesting to note also that our spiritual life is sustained by the "water of life" - God's word. Notice what the Psalmist David wrote by inspiration of the Holy Spirit of this Water in Psalm 1: 1-3:

1 Blessed is the man
         Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, 
         Nor stands in the path of sinners, 
         Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
 2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD,
         And in His law he meditates day and night.
 3 He shall be like a tree
         Planted by the rivers of water, 
         That brings forth its fruit in its season, 
         Whose leaf also shall not wither; 
         And whatever he does shall prosper.

Drink natural water regularly, daily, and in normal quantity - about 8-10 glasses daily. 

Read God's Word regularly, daily, meditating on it day and night

In both cases, you will see significant difference in your physical and spiritual life!

Good Health To You!!

Rev. John Sherrod

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