5 Principles to Power

  1. Mission.I have found as a pastor many people spend their time seeking position, purpose and status without every understanding the mission that God has for them. Have you ever asked yourself what is my Kingdom Mission? Once you understand your mission, purpose and position will follow accordingly. But most of the time we spend time in prayer asking God to change our position when we need to be in prayer seeking our mission because when we understand the mission the position changes come naturally. Determine today that I am on a mission to make a difference for the Kingdom and watch your positions and situations make dramatic changes.
  2. Maneuver. When God has a plan for your life He will maneuver you. He will change your job, your location and put things, people and places in your life to accomplish the mission he has set forth for your life. The downfall to this is that sometime the maneuver often does not look like a dream but a nightmare as sometimes we have to go to the pit and prison before we ever get to the palace as Joseph did. But the one thing we must do during the maneuver that often looks as a demotion is be like Joseph in that He continued to look up and continued to praise Him understanding that the maneuver is placing you in position to accomplish your mission.
  3. Manage. Ask yourself can you handle it when you get there? Can you handle the stress of the new position, the change in status and the possible success it may bring to your life? The thing Joseph did was that he managed whatever was thrown in his life. If he was in the pit, Potiphar’s house or the prison he managed it. He did not cry over it, did not complain about being overwhelmed he managed it and that is the thing that we need to do as well. We need to break the spirit of procrastination on our life and begin living a life of preparation and organization. How can we be fit for the blessings that come our way if we cannot manage the process of getting there?
  4. Mediate. This is the mission. This is Jesus placing you in a position of power to mediate on behalf of others to be in a position to make a difference in the lives of other people. Joseph was put in a position to make a difference not only for his family but he saved an entire nation because he had a mission, handled the maneuver and managed the ups and downs to get to this position of mediation.
  5. Manifest. Romans chapter 8 tells us that the world is waiting on the manifestation of the sons of God as they are waiting on us to come into our mission. Who is waiting on you?

 

Love Command

Part of my daily prayer is asking God to teach me how to love like He loved and serve like He served.  Jesus was often seen in the company of people who were in sin.  He chose to share with them, receive them and show them love.  Instead of running the other way he chose to interact with them so they would see what He is all about, so they could accept what He wanted to give.

How great for us He chose not to run from the sinner, but to love in the midst of sin giving (of) himself and ultimately giving Himself.  As Christians we are called through the second love commandment in Mark12:31 to   “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:30-31 (NIV)

Perhaps the reason why some of us have such a difficult time loving others, as we are called to do, is because we have such a difficult time loving ourselves. Until we surrender to God’s will for our lives, understand who we are in Christ and adopt a Jesus mentality are we going to be capable of loving our neighbor?

It’s also hard for some of us to reach this level of love because of the plank in our eyes.  “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? Matthew 7:3 (NIV) Ouch, plank or speck, either way this is painful.  I’m praying for the best in this area, praying I’m a fast learner and God will reveal my planks.  If I have learned one thing it’s that Jesus sees us with love and compassion.  It want to learn to love myself as He loves me and let it spill out.

Jesus also spoke these words, “I assure you and most solemnly say to you, unless you repent [that is, change your inner self—your old way of thinking, live changed lives] and become like children [trusting, humble, and forgiving], you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 18:3 (AMP). How about that childlike innocence:  At what point do we lose that?  If we believe the Bible (which I do), stories of Noah’s Ark, the Parting of the Red Sea and oh yes, Jonah and the Whale.  We still must possess some of that childlike innocence.  But where does it go when we are called to love the sinner.  I’m not suggesting condoning any type of sinful behavior.  I am however talking about loving the sinner.  And of course there’s this, let he who is without sin cast the first stone.  (However, when they persisted in questioning Him, He straightened up and said, “He who is without [any] sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.”  John 8:7 (AMP); if you continue to read in the 8th chapter of John you will see that each one of the woman’s accusers after thinking about what Jesus said, left.  I’m sure if we all want to be painfully honest with ourselves each of us would be dropping our stones and leaving the scene.

When fear and unacceptance guide our heart and mind we allow the enemy control.  If Jesus is in control of our thoughts and actions our love simply cannot be contained; rendering the enemy powerless.  Jesus touched those no one else would dare to touch.  He loved those society rejected.

I pray we can be Jesus hands and feet, reaching our full potential and living out His desires. Loving unabated, not condoning sin or watering it down but standing true to God’s word.  Just loving everyone and making a mark on the world for Him.

Cindy Montgomery- Women’s Leader, New Beginnings Outreach Ministries

The Peace Process

Many times over the years I have been asked by people how do I know God’s will for my life, the will for the situation that I am in, the will for the relationship I am in and is this opportunity is it God for me. Years ago God shared with me a formula that has been a great benefit to me as well as many others called the P.E.A.C.E Process. I believe we can apply this to many areas of our lives and see a great benefit from it.

P- Stands for Providence- Did God or Has God opened the door or does it have to be knocked down; if    it has to be knocked down and pried open there is a good chance that I am in the flesh and it is not from God.

E- Stands for Enemy- What do you think the devil your enemy would want you to do? After you make      this determination do the opposite.

A- Stands for Authority- What does the Word of God say? The Holy Spirit would never lead you in a way that is contrary to the Word of God and the authority of that Word.

C- Stands for Confidence- When you pray and ask God about the situation does confidence swell up inside of you? If so, I have learned to recognize it as sure signal that the Lord is it. If I have fear, is it based on what God thinks or what people will think?

E- Stands for Ease- Do I feel at ease with my decision, do I have peace on it. God will never allow you to be untrue to yourself or in a way violate you conscience

If these five things do not line up it is a good chance that the Lord is not leading you in this matter at this time and the best decision would be to back away from the situation, relationship or opening.

Pastor Barry Pelphrey,

Senior Pastor New Beginnings Outreach Ministries

 

Relentless

  1. Repent– The Bible tells us that we all sin and fall short of the glory of God. It also tells us to repent and turn from our sin. So often we try to do this on our own, instead of relying on God to give us all that we need.  Knowing we aren’t trying to navigate this life alone is a huge comfort.  Through His grace, mixed with a lot of love and an extra portion of mercy you have a recipe for success. If we are weak He will give us strength, if we are stressed he will give us peace and if the enemy whispers lies, He will be there to speak truth.

~~Now repent of your sins and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped away. Acts 3:19 (NLT)

  1. Redeem-Did you know that the same God who created the universe and everything in it has summoned you by name? He has also laid claim to you by saying you are His. Close your eyes and picture with me, if you will.  Jesus standing before you.  Imagine that he reaches out His hand to you and says, “Come with Me” and He calls you by name.   Remember that the same hand He has outstretched to you is the same hand that was nailed on the cross so that you are redeemed.  Go ahead, take ahold of His hand.

~~ But now, this is what the LORD says– he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. Isaiah 43:1 (NIV)

  1. Relax– Have you ever been upset and tried to relax? What about anxiety or fear over something and tried not to worry? I don’t think it’s possible to do this on our own.  The Lord has given each one of us the gift of peace.  He covered all the bases too, mind and heart.  If you have ever sought peace in something besides Him, I think you will have already learned it doesn’t work.  You may get temporary relief.  But temporary and counterfeit peace is no match for the perfect, supernatural peace that God has in mind.  If your heart and mind are troubled and afraid cast all your cares on Him; accept His gift and relax.  All your troubles now belong to Him.

~~ “I am leaving you with a gift–peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.   John 14:27 (NLT)

  1. Rest-If you have ever suffered from insomnia you will know just how much lack of sleep affects every aspect of your life. Our Heavenly Father created us to work and also to rest. He made the sun to shine by day and the moon to light the night.  Just enough light, so that we can rest.  The enemy of this world knows how important our sleep is and yes he can attack us while we sleep.  The enemy of this world doesn’t know the words “off limits”.  He will stop at nothing to cause God’s children pain and distraction.  But God says, do not be afraid and our sleep will be sweet.  And to come to Him all who are weak and He will give you rest.  Playing praise and worship music softly has become an important part of our nightly routine. It has helped to bring a peace; ushering in His presence.  Where you seek Him you shall find Him. Trust in Him to bring you rest.

~~ You can go to bed without fear; you will lie down and sleep soundly.  Psalm 3:24 (NLT)

  1. Restore-It’s always nice to get new things. Anybody who knows me well knows I love to go the thrift stores and flea markets.  Something doesn’t have to be brand new to get my attention, just new to me, something unique; it’s exciting.  How exciting that because Christ died for us we become new.  “Behold new things have come (spiritual awakening).  I’m thankful Jesus decided like those flea market finds He could turn our trash into treasure.  I’m thankful He knew we could be restored and when He looks at us He doesn’t see that old broken person, He sees the “New You”.

~~Therefore if anyone is in Christ [that is, grafted in, joined to Him by faith in Him as Savior], he is a new creature [reborn and renewed by the Holy Spirit]; the old things [the previous moral and spiritual condition] have passed away. Behold, new things have come [because spiritual awakening brings a new life].  2 Corinthians 5:17 (AMP)

  1. Resolve-The word resolve is defined as firmly determined. In the first chapter of the book of Daniel, he firmly determined he was not going to defile himself by eating food from the king’s table. Impressive, considering Daniel and his young friends had just witnessed the destruction of their home and been marched miles and miles across a dry and weary land to be held as prisoners in the palace.  He was young as well, early teens.  I desire to be strong and have resolve like Daniel when faced with decisions in my life.  When faced with temptations and things this world entices us with help us to resolve ourselves to choose You God.

~~But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself this way. Daniel 1:8 (NIV)

  1. Relent– Seek God with a constant, unceasing persistence. Desire Him more than anything you have ever wanted. Long for Him in a relationship that is deeper than anything you have ever known. Pursue Him, revere Him and adore Him. Your life will never be the same.

~~ Place me like a seal over your heart,
like a seal on your arm;
for love is as strong as death,
its jealousy  unyielding as the grave.
It burns like blazing fire,
like a mighty flame.
  Many waters cannot quench love;
rivers cannot sweep it away.
If one were to give
all the wealth of one’s house for love,
it would be utterly scorned.   Song of Solomon 8:6-7 (NIV)

Cindy Montgomery- New Beginnings Outreach, Womens Leader

Low Self-Esteem- There’s healing in the garment of Jesus

21 When Jesus had again crossed over in the boat to the other side [of the sea], a large crowd gathered around Him; and so He stayed by the seashore. 22 One of the synagogue officials named Jairus came up; and seeing Him, fell at His feet 23 and begged anxiously with Him, saying, “My little daughter is at the point of death; [please] come and lay Your hands on her, so that she will be healed and live.” 24 And Jesus went with him; and a large crowd followed Him and pressed in around Him [from all sides].

25 A woman [in the crowd] had [suffered from] a hemorrhage for twelve years, 26 and had endured much [suffering] at the hands of many physicians. She had spent all that she had and was not helped at all, but instead had become worse. 27 She had heard [reports] about Jesus, and she came up behind Him in the crowd and touched His outer robe. 28 For she thought, “If I just touch His clothing, I will get well.” 29 Immediately her flow of blood was dried up; and she felt in her body [and knew without any doubt] that she was healed of her suffering. 30 Immediately Jesus, recognizing in Himself that power had gone out from Him, turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched My clothes?” 31 His disciples said to Him, “You see the crowd pressing in around You [from all sides], and You ask, ‘Who touched Me?’” 32 Still He kept looking around to see the woman who had done it. 33 And the woman, though she was afraid and trembling, aware of what had happened to her, came and fell down before Him and told Him the whole truth. 34 Then He said to her, “Daughter, your faith [your personal trust and confidence in Me] has restored you to health; go in peace and be [permanently] healed from your suffering.”

Mark 5:21-34 (AMP)

When you think of people in the Bible with low self-esteem, can you imagine how the lady with the issue of blood must have felt?  According to the old laws in Leviticus she was unclean and could have no physical contact with another person during the course of her illness; twelve years without a hug.  Because of her desperation she stepped out in faith and against all odds pushed through the crowd because she knew that her only hope lied in making contact with the one thing that could bring her complete (permanent) healing.  She didn’t give up, she kept her eye on the prize and she fought.

Part of overcoming low self-esteem is taking our eyes off ourselves and focusing our attentions on Christ Jesus.  When we spend too much time focusing on ourselves we see the imperfections in our lives (Which is a clouded judgment and is not what our Father sees). If we learn to take our attention off ourselves and focus on Him we become empowered.  We gain the strength to push through the crowd, push through the problem, push through the addiction, push through the low self-esteem and reach out and touch the hem of His garment. It’s through Him we are made whole and complete. It’s through him we are restored and filled with peace.

Psalm 139:14 Says, I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. (NIV)  This is a truth the enemy doesn’t want you to know.  If you begin to believe on the truth in God’s word; YOU ARE WONDERFULLY MADE, you become powerful in your thinking and you become powerful in your walk.  You trust God in his plan and you stop allowing the enemy to keep you emotionally sick. The enemy likes to separate you; conquer and divide.  He knows if he tears you down and makes you feel inadequate or unlovable he can keep you from prospering and fulfilling your purpose in life.  When you grow in this understanding of who you are in Christ, you can let go of wrong thinking or rejection from others.  Realizing God’s love is unconditional can set us free.  And His opinion of you is the one that counts.

Pray The Lord reveal His truths to you and He allows you to see yourself through His eyes.  Remember be patient, this wrong thinking didn’t happen overnight.  Take the time to spend with God in prayer and meditate on scripture to begin recapturing your thoughts and a healthy perspective. Fix you attention on God and allow Him to change you from the inside out. Let the meditation of your heart be positive and your mind be fixed on the things of heaven.  Ask Him to expose faulty thinking and the lies you have believed.  The same power that flowed from Jesus garment that day is available to flow into you!!!  Step out, push through the crowd and claim your healing.

-Cindy Montgomery, Women’s Ministry Leader

New Beginnings Outreach Ministries

 

 

 

 

Devils Battle Plan

John 10:10

The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

I think every Christian should know John 10:10.  The first half of this verse tells us that the thief comes to steal, kill and destroy.  Why is this important to know? It’s the enemy’s battle plan against our lives.  He wants to steal our joy, kill our dreams and destroy our lives.  How does he do that you ask?  It all starts with him getting you to believe a lie about yourself.  See any time a lie is believed, i.e. you’re stupid, worthless, nobody loves you, there’s no hope for you or your circumstances and/or situation, etc.…, your joy starts to fade away to a place where doubt, discouragement and depression sets in.  Once you allow those feelings to take root in your life, they bring with them negativity, critical, cynical and judgmental attitudes, along with bitterness and resentment.  These lead to the killing of our dreams and visions that we once had.  It’s giving up and giving into less than what God has planned for you.  Many times this is where we allow addictions, destructive thinking patterns, etc.… to start forming in our lives.  Proverbs 29:18 says “Where there is no vision, the people parish…”  Once your visions and dreams for your life are killed, then the hopelessness, confusion and despair sets in.  When these lies are allowed to take root, you become deeper and more dependent on your addictions in order to forget the hopelessness you feel.  Your destructive thinking patterns are clouded even more from the confusion that’s caused by the despair.  Often this is the formula the enemy uses to try and destroy our lives.  Once you believe the lie, it sets you on a path were the ultimate goal of the devil is to get you to shorten your life.

However, the second half of this verse, Jesus says “I am come that they might have life and that they might have it more abundantly.”  Jesus died so that we can have abundant and eternal life.  In Him, our joy is restored, our visions and dreams are revived and our hope is regained.  No matter how bad things seem to be or how hard life is, Jesus said He is always with us.  Lamentation 3:22-23 says His mercies are new every morning, great is His faithfulness.  Jesus brings life and He is our source of everything that we need to get us through whatever we face.

-Andy Day, Associate Pastor

New Beginnings Outreach Ministries

 

A Great Big Life

Matthew 7:13-14

When we look at this scripture we often think of constriction, of losing life as we think of it as liquid running into a funnel and the my life with Christ will be one of constriction therefore we often choose not to enter into that relationship with Him. When actually the contrary is true it is more like entering a funnel that is upside down pouring the liquid the narrow hole and it explodes to abundance on the other side. Yes Jesus does have a great big life for you if you are willing to go after it. So what is it going to take for us to grab ahold of this Great Big Life?

  1. Live a life of faith. Get out of the comfort of the boat as Peter did. It will take you places only eternal eyes can see and give you an eternal perspective that will take you out of mediocrity and into your destiny.
  2. Become comfortable in your own skin. That does not mean comfortable in your life. Because living by faith you will always feel a sense of being over your head and you had better be comfortable with the person you are in Christ because most of the time you will need to focus on Jesus and not your own limitations.
  3. Discover your unique you. In this life God did not call us all to act alike, look alike and perform alike. We all have a uniqueness that God wants to use for his glory and to edify The Body of Christ. Discover what yours is and move within it.
  4. Loving others unconditional. This will expand you into areas you never dreamed possible when we love people beyond our disagreements and beliefs.
  5. Living Transformed. The Christian Message is one of salvation but also one of transformation but God wants us to change from the inside out always growing, learning and transforming.
  6. Become a Pioneer and have the spirit of a pioneer. When we are walking in the spirit with Jesus we are pioneering, breaking new grounds expanding territories with a renewed vision of growing and expanding lives and ministries for The Kingdom of God. Never stop pioneering into new territories.

Pastor Barry Pelphrey