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You’re Victorious

We read in our holy scriptures about the love of God and the love of Jesus. Let us learn to share the love that is within us. If we do not have love to spare, maybe we can share of our necessity. Our necessity is within our redemption.
May God bless you in the church of your choice. I have heard the excuse in times past that their church was full of hypocrites. If you feel this way, please return and help these poor people see that love is stronger than delusion. Obviously ones that feel this way must be able to identify a problem in the spirit, or they have misidentified the situation.
James 5:20 Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.
Be a victorious Christian and not feel defeated. Read the book, WE WIN! God bless all those that continue to work for his purpose.
Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. Have a wonderful and blessed day, Pastor Dan

 


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Father’s Day

I am not the greatest writer. I already know this 🙂  However, I do know about the greatest story ever told.

Good day to everyone, It has been a while since I have written anything.   I would like to start by saying that you are important and have a destiny. I want to encourage you to embrace the fact that you are important. I know this, because I understand that Jesus died for you. Not only did He die, but rose again. 1 Peter 5:4 And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away. (sounds like this includes all that are born again) Many churches still emphasize, being born again is necessary to mention. If not, read John 3:3.

Tomorrow is set aside to take a little time to show appreciation to our father. There are several characteristics to a good father. Many struggle with the raising of children. Maybe a few words of encouragement would be in order?

Let's take some time to encourage young and older dad parents. It seems that encouragement is somewhat like a fire. When you put more into the fire, you get more out. Even when you refuse to encourage yourself, the intensity of light goes down. Take a little time and share some encouragement to your dad and young parents. They have a tough job.

I would like to give a suggestion to all parents. Take your children to church. Many may send their children to church, but it is not the same as taking them. Help them receive the greatest gift given to planet earth.

If you have had issues with your dad in the past, look really hard and see if there is anything good you can find. Surely there is one or two? Let the good be known.

If your dad has grown old and feeble, comfort him. He does not want it to be this way. You may be the key to changing some things for him. You may be the only prayer that is going up for his healing. If your dad has already left earth, maybe you can ask God to deliver a message to him for you. Tell him you still love him and all is well. How much would it mean to you to be away from your family and friends and God deliver you a message that reads "All is well here at home, thanks, signed, YOUR FAMILY."

I leave you with a scripture to think about and apply to your friends and family. Proverbs 18:24 A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother. Find this friend and have a conversation with him, it will be priceless!

Have a passion for what you do and whatever you are involved. Jesus loves YOU!

Pray for your friends, family, and country. Consider me as your friend and let's pray for one another.

May God bless and keep us safe, Pastor Dan


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Life Lessons from Ezekiel 24

Good morning, January 20, 2019.
 
Blessings from our Father which is in heaven.
 
I sit here looking at the bright snow outside. I watch the animals and birds attempt to stay warm in this frigid temperature. They seem to believe that all will be fine throughout the day. I just sit and think on how much colder it will be when the sun goes down. When we don’t have those short times of the sun shining through to warm the bodies. They do not have a fire to build or place of warming but must depend on their faith. As they depend on their faith that all will be good, they find a place away from the elements and stay still just waiting on the brief times that the sun will shine through.
I also have the task today of getting ready to speak at a funeral tomorrow for a friend. A friend of a family that I have known most of my living. I feel bad for the family because they have to depart from their friend. Many times people have more titles than that of a friend. To some it is their mother and friend. I search my inner thoughts to declare something about my friend that she would be happy to hear said. I will continue to struggle with my thoughts. Soon the time will come and I will be present with friends and family as we say our last “good-bye.” We realize that it is for a short time we part.
Well, church was closed today due to the winter weather. We will all sit at our homes and try to keep warm and miss our friends for a second Sunday in a row. We will miss singing together and praying together and praising together. We hope to meet again in the near future and exchange our good times as well as the trying times. All will share in each other’s concerns. All will take their stance against the troubles and pray for help and deliverance.
As I read through Ezekiel today, I see that we serve an awesome God. He is ever mindful of his children. He is also mindful of those that neglect his demands. We often think that he just request our obedience. I read and understand that our God does more than request our obedience. He demands that we follow him and his statutes.
As I listen to the news and updates around us, I often wonder about our main concern as a country. We push here today and push there tomorrow. Where is the common goal? Many will say it is the people. However the actions are not consistent to the sayings. We could go on-and-on saying what we think we should do as a nation. However, probably none of us would be 100% correct. I think the bigger question is “What does God want from our nation?” Does his concerns match our concerns? I would venture to say that if we all focus on what God wants from our nation, we will begin to have a real common goal.
In Ezekiel chapter 24, I am reminded what happens to a nation that forgets about the Lord. If I typed everything that could be typed about this chapter, many would say I have a bad attitude and don’t understand. Perhaps they would be right. But again, it was the people that doubted the word of God that got this nation into these times of trouble. God called them a rebellious house. Let us, America, not be a rebellious house in the eyes of our Living God. Some may not even know his name. These are a few spellings of our God’s name, YHWH, Yahweh, Jehovah, or Elohim. There are other references to his name, but these are most common.
If I look god names in a search engine, I may get many different names. Many are named in the scriptures. I think it is important to name the God we are praying to and know HIM. I think it is important to know your father on a personal basis. Begin to know when he is unhappy with different segments of our life.
Different segments of our life require different labor. We must attempt to define these different segments and fight our battles accordingly. What do I mean by this statement? I will attempt to explain my understanding. I will use the person Ezekiel as my comparison in several of these explanations.
Situation 1. Let’s start with something very close to us. If we are a child still living at home, we must understand the rules of the household. If we do not, we may be expelled from the house. If things are going on in your home and you do not approve, it is up to you to make the changes because you are responsible for your house. If you blame the economy or outside influences, you may make yourself feel justified, but you did not solve the problem. This is one example of something very close to you in which God has given you the authority and ability to direct.
Situation 2. Another close to the heart situation is the relationship with your spouse. God has given you the ability and authority to love your spouse as Christ loves the church.
Refer to Ephesians 5
25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; 26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, 27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. 28 So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.
 
So let’s examine these few verses from Paul. Verse 25 is pretty bold and clear. We know that Christ gave his own life for the church. Verse 26 gives the how to sanctify and cleanse the relationship. Verse 27 gives us the why he gave himself. It was so he could present it to himself. Present it to himself without spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but it should be holy and without blemish. So why this verse? Is it to help us understand that when we become ONE, we have a responsibility as a couple that is coupled together by a commitment to God? I think it may have something to ponder. We read on. Verse 28 ties the thought together. Very straightly spoken. This is situation number 2 that is considered different than situation number 1. It must be considered and dealt with on a different level with different knowledge and understanding.
Situation 3. This one I take you to church. Many may not attend church. I hear many times in the ministry that people can serve God at home. Well you must serve him at home. However, your get-up-and-go needs to push you outside your house and go to church and help others. If it can’t, you have a weak servitude responsibility to others. Ezekiel will come into play here. He was serving God. However, God gave him the responsibility to serve others. He had to deliver bad news and words from God. Who did help? He helped the poor and needy. He didn’t think to himself, “I am good, I can serve God at home.” Let’s consider these few verses in Hebrew 10:
22 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised  24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: 25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. 26 For if we sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, 27 But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.
 
Must we break this one down? Let me bother you by saying a few words. This is the verse and key word or words; V23 faith without wavering, V24 consider one another unto love and good works, v25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, some is, but exhorting one another, V26 willfully, V27 judgment and fiery indignation which shall devour the adversaries. Sometimes I think others believe I repeat these versus because I am a minister. Well, I do, because I am a minister and sometimes you have to give news to people like Ezekiel had to do. He did not do it by sitting in the security of his home. He was even thrown in the dungeon for trying to warn and help. How far do you go to help others?
I agree this one is a tough one for many people with their busy life. Just need time to slow down and rest? The day will come when you can enter into the Lord’s rest. However, you can enjoy his rest as you travel along.
 
Situation 4: we move to our community. What do we do in our community? This situation must be deal with differently than situation number 2 or 3. The church should gather together and pray about situations outside their four walls and congregation. The church can engage in missions for the needy in their community or outside their community. Whichever you choose as your mission should be supported by the church. Many may say you do not have the money or time. Look at the situations a little differently. It is not always about the money and time. God is awesome at taking a little and turning it into a lot. Follow him and be counseled by him.
 
This situation will require a different type of battle plan. It may be a tough one for a church to become engaged. It will take a corporate faith and corporate desire. It is not about supporting one person, it is about supporting the kingdom of God and getting others to join into His Kingdom. IF you get discouraged, take a look at this verse. Luke 10:19 Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
 
Christ gave the power and he can give it to you and your church. Let us join together in love. I could go on with situation 5 and 6 and 7. But at this time you can define your own. I close with these final words from the book of Colossians 2:
2 For I would that ye knew what great conflict I have for you, and for them at Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh; 2 That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ; 3 In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
 
Let all churches become one and knit together in love. Not the love of the flesh, but the love of the spirit. Galatians 5: 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
Let us trust in the Lord the author and finisher of our faith.
 
God bless all, Pastor Dan Reed

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“Never before…” 21 Reasons Why Christmas is Unique

 
 

 

 

 The Name and Birth of Jesus

 
 
 This list was presented to the congregation by Pastor Dan Reed at the Christmas Candlelight Service 2018
Adapted and posted by admin January 12, 2019
 

"Never Before Jesus"

 
  1. Never before has a birth been so well predicted.
  2. Never before have so many people predicted what would happen to a man after he was born.
  3. Never before had the world adjusted its time to match when a person was born (B.C. and A.D.).
  4. Never before have so many people celebrated the birth of a person.
  5. Never before have so many people traveled just to get a glimpse of where someone was born.
  6. Never before have so many congregations praised a name.
  7. Never before have so many songs been written about a person.
  8. Never before have so many lives been changed by a person.
  9. Never before had so many people yelled a name when they were experiencing life threatening moments.
  10. Never before had the world been changed by the birth of one person as much as Jesus.
  11. This birth has had more songs written to celebrate it's holiday than any other noted day since time began.
  12. This birth has had more books written in reference to it than any other event in time.
  13. This birth has been the most notable birth across every culture in the world.
  14. No other name makes demons tremble as much as this one, "Jesus."
  15. More songs have been written containing this name than any other name in history.
  16. Never before had a star announced the arrival of a person.
  17. Never before had a single prophecy caused so many people to search the skies for the sign of a birth.
  18. Never before had a virgin carried a baby.
  19. Never before had so many people traveled far distances, guided by a star to a specific location.
  20. Never before had it been said that even statues of gods attempted to bow down to a baby.
  21. Never before have you had the opportunity to celebrate this Christmas and join into the celebration of a life that gave so many a purpose to live.
Dreams depend on Him. 
Health seeks Him.
Marriages need Him. 
Families are cemented by Him.
Babies know Him. 
Angels still speak of Him. 
Songs still praise Him. 
Hearts are still mended by Him. 
 

Reverend Dan Reed is the Pastor of Waters of Mercy Independent Church of God in Westboro, Ohio


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10 Keys to Spiritual Breakthrough

 

Have you been praying for

Spiritual Breakthrough lately?

Are you in the middle of the battle?

This Bible Study from Waters of Mercy Elder Tony Upton

may be just what you need today.

 
 
This Bible Study is adapted from a sermon authored by Tony Upton, an Elder and Preacher at Waters of Mercy.
Adapted and posted by admin on January 12, 2019
 
Have you been praying for a spiritual breakthrough in your life? Maybe you were praying for something to change in your life, or maybe you're praying for God to help you change from the inside out? The Bible has powerful instructions on encountering God and experiencing a spiritual breakthrough in your life:
  1. Call on the name of Jesus
  2. Prayer
  3. Persistent prayer
  4. Fasting
  5. Faith
  6. Align with God's will
  7. Patience
  8. Forgiveness
  9. Repentance
  10. Stand still and watch God work

Call on the name of Jesus

No spiritual breakthrough is greater or more important than receiving Salvation by faith in Christ in what he did on the cross for us. It’s through His blood we are reconciled to God. Read Hebrews 9:22

Prayer

Read Ephesians 6:12 Often the spiritual breakthroughs we need are brought about through prayer, not by asking favors of people or pushing for our ways. Stop looking to people for your breakthroughs and start storming the gates of heaven through prayer.

Persistent prayer

Jesus shared a story about prayer about an elderly lady who banged on a judge’s door until he brought justice. Jesus taught this in Luke 18:1-8.

Fasting

Jesus taught that some spiritual breakthrough this will not happen without prayer and fasting. Read Mark 9:14-29 When you abstain through fasting, it shows God that you are serious, and God takes that seriously if He is honored. The reality is some spiritual breakthroughs are only possible with the combination of prayer and fasting. For more on fasting, read Isaiah 58:3-8. In other words, zealous prayer combined with diligent obedience to God, with the added impact of faith and fasting leads to breaking forth from the bonds of sin and the chains of spiritual slavery. It is the key to overcoming all problems, faults, sins, oppressions, weakness, and obstacles in life.

Faith

Faith is one of the essential ingredients of healthy daily Christianity. Read Hebrews 11:6. Jesus also taught us to pray in faith. Read Mark 11:24. Even the smallest amounts of faith will do powerful things. Read Matthew 17:20. It is often not enough to pray about something. We need to pray with faith and confidence in our gracious and good Father who rewards us when we diligently seek Him. We should pray with faith, not just that God will give us what we want, but He is a good Father. Read Matthew 7:7-11

Alignment with God's will

We shouldn't just pray for anything we want, but instead, it should be our goal to pray for everything God wants for us. We need God to give us new and better desires that are pleasing to him. Read 1 John 5:14 How do we know God's will? By spending time in His Word. There are few things more powerful than praying the Word because it is the expressed will of God on the earth.

Patience

Patience may sound surprising, but faith is not enough to receive what you ask for in prayer. Read Hebrews 6:12 We need to couple faith with patience. Often we do not receive what we are praying for right away. We must keep on praying with persistence and patience. We should patiently pray, trust, and await God's gracious help.

Forgiveness

Jesus didn't mess around. Read Matthew 6: 14-15 Forgiveness is not an emotion; it is a choice. Sometimes forgiveness is a decision you need to make on a daily basis: to forgive as Christ commanded you. God will strengthen you to be able to forgive when you don't feel you can. When you forgive people who have hurt you and sinned against you, you will feel a powerful sense of God's presence breakthrough immediately.

Repentance

God didn’t save our souls so that we can wallow in sinfulness. He saved us to do good works. He doesn't ask us to pray a prayer of salvation while we run the other way. He calls us to follow him. Read Colossians 2:6-7 If you have put your faith in Jesus but are experiencing spiritual issues, could there be something you need to repent of and turn away from?

Stand still and watch God work

“Be still” is a powerful promise that encouraged many believers over the years. Read 2 Chronicles 20:17
When you have done all of these 10 steps to spiritual breakthrough, this final promise is surely for you. You will not need to fight, Just stand still and watch God work mightily on your behalf.

Tony Upton serves as an Elder and regularly preaches at Waters of Mercy Independent Church of God in Westboro, Ohio


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