Faith Messages to build your faith

Friday, December 29, 2017

Multiplied Generosity


Sheridan Voysey: "Cheryl was in for a surprise as she pulled up to deliver her next pizza. Expecting to arrive at a home, she instead found herself outside a church.

   Cheryl confusedly carried the pepperoni pizza inside, where she was met by the pastor. (Google image, Pizza girl).

Thursday, December 28, 2017

#22 How Spiritual Power is Depleted or Lost


Dr. Wesley L. Duewel: Jesus Christ did not begin His ministry until He received a special bestowal of Holy Spirit power. Hear His words: "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to preach" Luke 4:10:18).

   Peter summarized Christ's ministry by saying, "God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power" (Acts 10:38). (Google image, Jesus walking with disciples (slide 20)).

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

#21 Depleted Spiritual Power Can Be Renewed


Dr. Wesley L. Duewel: When the Holy Spirit fills us He imparts purity and power. 

   The person who dedicates his all as a living sacrifice in absolute surrender (the term Andrew Murry loved to use) and asks for and trusts for the Spirit's infilling is given a new dimension of spiritual life.

   The Holy Spirit cleanses and makes one pure in the inner person to a degree he never knew before, and in the same moment fills with a divinely greater power. (Google image, Couple praying).

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Light Us Up!



Lisa Buffaloe-While praying for a friend’s upcoming ministry conference, in my spirit I could “see” a dark place, a place with much opposition.

I felt there was much hard ground to navigate, much darkness, but as I prayed I could "see" a crack in the earth, a dark crack opening and the opposition falling in. Then, God's light came blazing forth from the crack getting brighter and brighter as the crack grew wider and wider. 
(Google image, Man praying).

Thursday, December 21, 2017

#20 Do You Lack Spiritual Power?



Dr. Wesley L. Duewel: Over many a Christian leader's record could be stamped these words: LACKS POWER. 

   Why do so many ministers and lay leaders have a vague restless awareness that something is lacking in their leadership?

   They have had adequate training; they make all the needed preparation; they work faithfully and hard. But it all remains largely on the human level. (Google image, Preacher and church)

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

#19 You Need Repeated Empowering



Dr. Wesley L. Duewel: The more you experience God's power working in your life and through your ministry, the more you will sense your repeated need of the Spirit's new touch.

   The Holy Spirit is leading you into this deep awareness of your need and your joy in the Spirit's availability to you. (Google image, Prayer with intention).

   When He fills us, that is, takes complete lordship in our lives, He cleanses and gives us power to be victorious in our Christian living.
As the gospel song states, "His power can make you what you ought to be." But in the service of God, indeed, in dynamic Christian living of the Spirit-filled life, you need new infillings, new empowerings, new anointings, new outpourings of the Spirit from time to time.

   In the book of Acts the 120 born again disciples who gathered in the Upper Room were all filled with the Holy Spirit at Pentecost (Acts 2:4). Later God used Peter and John to heal a man crippled from birth who had begged each day at the temple gate.

   Such a crowd gathered that Peter preached to them and another 5,000 new believers were added to their number. The Sanhedrin threatened Peter and John and commanded them not to speak again in the name of Jesus.

   The Christian leadership group went to prayer. The Holy Spirit came upon them. The place where they met was shaken as by a mighty earthquake, and we read, "They were all filled with the Holy Spirit" (Acts 4:31). Many of these, if not all, had been present at Pentecost and had all been filled then.

   The Spirit mightily anointed Stephen as he spoke to the Sanhedrin (Acts 6:10), and filled him as he was being stoned to death (Acts 7:55). While Peter preached to Cornelius and his family, the Spirit came upon them (Acts 11:15).

   When Ananias place his hands on Paul's head and prayed, the Holy Spirit filled Paul (Acts 9:17). The Holy Spirit filled him when he confronted the sorcerer Elymas (Acts 13:9). When he prayed for the Ephesian disciples, the Holy Spirit came on them (Acts 19:6).

   At Antioch after Paul's ministry, the report was that "the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit" (Acts 13:52). It is spiritually natural for the Holy Spirit to come upon God's children again and again, once they have been initially filled with His presence and power.

   Whenever new special times of need arise, the Spirit is available to empower and fill again. God is delighted to anoint us, empower us, and cause His Spirit to flow through us out to others with their needs. As we walk close to God in obedience to His will and as we seek His face for new enduements, we receive by faith His new outpourings.

   The deepest emotions are often the most overwhelmingly private and quiet. Sometimes God's presence is so sweet or so awesome that we almost hesitate to move or speak. Yet at other times God's famous leaders as well as hidden saints have broken out in song, praise to God, or loud exclamations of "Glory to God," "Praise to the Father and Spirit," "Thank you, Jesus" or other spontaneous exultations.

   Power is not an emotion; power from God is inner strength and enabling. power is God's bestowal of inner holy dynamic (indeed, dunamis is the Greek word from which we derive such words as dynamic, dynamite, and dynamo). Praise God, it is often recognizable when He has added His special power to our unworthy efforts.

   Perhaps most of the time this empowering has come as a personal and private experience. Just as Paul was reluctant to mention often his deepest experiences of God, yet constantly mentioned the power of God, so you too will want to strike the balance of not drawing attention to yourself, nor priding yourself in God's hand upon you, yet not neglecting to point constantly to God's presence and power so that God will receive all the glory.
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   Used by permission of the author and Duewel Literature Trust, Inc., Greenwood, Indiana. Creative reading style by Jean.


Ablaze for God
#19 You Need Repeated Empowering
by Dr. Wesley L. Duewel

(pp. 74 - 77) ZondervanPublishingHouse








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#8 God Needs Some Time


Today's prayer:

Worshipping
   Father, the more we sense our need
to be lead into a deeper awareness of 

Your presence, we ask for Your Holy 
Spirit to visit us during our daily times of worship and prayer.
   Thank You for being ever ready to avail Your Spirit to guide and enable us to accomplish what it is You've asked us to do.

   As we see our need for daily fillings to cleanse and help us to be victorious in our Christian lives, we acknowledge our lack of power within ourselves, and we realize afresh that we can draw upon You to anoint us for empowerment.
   Our desire is for Your Spirit to flow through us to minister to the  needs of others; whether family members, friends or acquaintances.
   Help us walk close to You in obedience to Your will, and to receive by faith the new outpourings available upon request.
   We ask this, Father, in Jesus' name, to bring glory to You. Amen. 


Today's Bible verse-

      Ps. 108:1,13 (KJV) "O GOD, my heart is fixed; I will 
      sing and give praise, even with my glory. (v. 13) Through 
      God we shall do valiantly: for he it is that shall tread 
      down our enemies."

      Ps. 89:15 (KJV) "Blessed is the people that know the
      joyful sound: they shall walk, O LORD, in the light of 
      thy countenance."

      Ps. 90:16,17 (KJV) "Let thy work appear unto thy 
      servants, and thy glory unto their children. (v. 17 ) And 
      let the beauty of the LORD our God be upon us: and 
      establish thou the work of our hands upon us; yea, the 
      work of our hands establish thou it."
      
Today's quote-

   O. Hallesby: "Revivals come to those cities and communities which have believers who have taken up the holy work of intercession. A spiritual awakening cannot be brought about by force, and not by magic either. The Lord will send it as soon as it is spiritually possible to do so. In some places the battle is long and hard, and the opposition cannot be overcome except 'by prayer and fasting,'  as Jesus says in Mark 9:29." (p. 80 in his book, PRAYER.)


Special earlier posts-

Sanctification 8/7/17  Jean Oathout: "Have you ever wondered just what "sanctification" means? Let's explore it today, to learn what it means from God's point of view."

Sanctification 8/15/11 "Our interpretation of what this means, may not be what God intends for us to have!" Oswald Chambers (Excellent!)

Today's question-

   When does prayer become real?

   When we actually do it! Make prayer your priority and take time to get alone with the Father. Learn to hear His Voice deep within you. He'll give you validation. When we miss prayer, we miss God's blessing and guidance of divine strategies from praying. 

Adoration 
Confession 
Thanksgiving 
Supplication

   The prayer that moves mountains!

Upcoming posts-
#20 Do You Lack Spiritual Power?
21st- Thursday's post by Dr. Wesley L. Duewel

Light Us Up!
23rd- Saturday's post by Lisa Buffaloe

#21 Depleted Spiritual Power Can be Renewed
26th- Tuesday's post by Dr. Wesley L. Duewel

#22 How Spiritual Power is Depleted
28th- Thursday's post by Dr. Wesley L. Duewel


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Saturday, December 16, 2017

Our Challenge: A Sanctified Life


Jean OathoutWhen we hear that Jesus paid the price for our redemption from our sins through His blood shed on Calvary, and we believe and receive it, there is a process called sanctification which takes place.

   Father God applies Christ Jesus' blood to us and we're covered and challenged to live out our lives to honor Him. (Google image, Preaching God's Word).

Thursday, December 14, 2017

#18 At Times God's Convicting Power Fell


Dr. Wesley L. Duewel: People began to weep as they walked along. Some were prostrated by the power of God while they were alone in their fields or at their weaving looms. Some walked the roads at night, unable to sleep because of such deep conviction of sin. (Google image, When God Breaks In).

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

#17 God's Power in the Ministry of Duncan Campbell


Dr. Wesley L. Duewel: My dear friend, the Rev. Duncan Campbell, minister of the United Free Church of Scotland, was mightily used in the Hebrides revival which began in December 1949 and continued in several waves in succeeding years.

   Perhaps no minister of this century experienced so many remarkable manifestations of the power of the Lord.  He was not a part of the charismatic movement, and there was no emphasis upon gift manifestations. To the day of his death in 1972 he remained the humble prophet of the Lord. (Google image, John D. Campbell)

Saturday, December 9, 2017

The Path Home



How few there be that understand the path in which we trod
The path that God has made for us while living on this sod
The path that's straight and narrow often painful to our feet
But when we navigate it by God's grace there's no defeat

Thursday, December 7, 2017

#16 Widespread Effect of Finney's Ministry




Dr. Wesley L. Duewel: About 1830, according to the estimate of Dr. Henry Ward Beecher, at least 100,000 were converted and joined the churches in one year through the Finney-related revivals and their spreading influence. 

   Probably this was the greatest harvest since Pentecost. (Google image, The secret of Finney's success, by Gordon C. Olson)

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

#15 How the Power was Manifested


Dr. Wesley L. Duewel: 1. Power was manifested in Holy Spirit-given conviction. Through Finney's ministry the power of the Lord was manifested in overwhelming conviction of sin and spiritual need.

   While one normally thinks of such conviction leading to the convicted person's loss of appetite or desire to sleep, in Finney's ministry people were even more powerfully seized by the Spirit. (Google image, Benny Hinn's Falling under the Holy Spirit). 

Saturday, December 2, 2017

What Was Done

Lisa Buffaloe- What was done to me in my past by others — the sins they committed against me, the wrong done by them against me . . .
   What was done by me — the sins I committed, the wrong turns I made . . .

   What was done is replaced by what was done on the cross by Jesus Christ. Through Jesus, what was done is healed, restored, forgiven, and renewed. (Photo credit). 

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

#14 The Power of God Came Upon the People


Dr. Wesley L. Duewel: The power of God that came upon people under Finney's ministry was not something due to his presence, but to the presence of the Spirit.

   People gripped by God during a service often continued under the awesome hand of the spirit after they returned home. Until they completed their repentance, restitution, and confession they found it practically impossible to go about their normal duties. (Google image, Finney).

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

#13 God's Power in the Ministry of Charles G. Finney


Dr. Wesley L. Duewel: As a young law student Finney became interested in the Bible and purchased a copy. He was greatly hindered as he listened to prayers in church which never seemed to be answered.

   As he became more and more concerned about his soul, Christians offered to pray for him, but he told them he did not see how it would do any good, for they were continually asking and not receiving from God. (Google image, Charles G. Finney).

Saturday, November 25, 2017

I Am a Stranger on the Earth

James H CagleThe Bible says, “I am a stranger in the earth: hide not thy commandments from me” Ps. 119:19 (KJV).
   The writer says he’s a stranger in the earth, meaning, there’s no place he goes on earth that he doesn’t feel like an outsider. (Google image, A stranger on the earth). 

Thursday, November 23, 2017

#12 God's Power in the Ministry of John Wesley


Dr. Wesley L. Duewel: John Wesley (1703-91), the evangelist with the burning heart, is one whose ministry was repeatedly characterized by the power of the Holy Spirit.

   His conversion story is well known. His godly home environment during his childhood, his intention throughout youth methodically to discipline himself for a holy life, his promotion of the Holy Club at Oxford, his two-year missionary experience in North America, and his deep piety yet lack of the assurance of salvation—these are often cited. (Google image, John Wesley). [This page gives more information about John Wesley, if you'd care to check it out].

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

#11 It Takes Power to Extend the Kingdom


Dr. Wesley L. Duewel: The kingdom of God, of heaven, of Messiah is a great Bible theme that was proclaimed by Old Testament prophets and repeatedly mentioned by Christ in the Gospels.

   God is our Sovereign King. His reign in our hearts today and in the world until the return of Jesus is His saving kingdom. It is built through human hands but not by human hands. (Google image, Preach the Word).

Saturday, November 18, 2017

What Is Repentance?



Gipsy Smith: "If there is a man or woman who has been trying to live a Christian life and has no joy in it, and no victory in it, and no song in it - I know the reason. 

   It is that they have never repented. They have started wrong. (Google image, Sad person)

Thursday, November 16, 2017

#10 The All-Essential Power

Dr. Wesley L. Duewel: "You are witnesses . . . but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high" (Luke 24:48-49).

   This was said to a large group of the disciples by Jesus. The command is clear. We are not ready for Christian witness, service, or leadership until we are clothed with the promised power of the Spirit. (Google image, Jesus instructing His disciples).

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

#9 The Hand of the Lord Upon You


Dr. Wesley L. Duewel: "The Hand of the Lord" is a term frequently used in the Old Testament to express God's Spirit resting upon a person whether in grace or in power.

   When God gave Ezra the vision and burden for Jerusalem he went to Artaxerxes with his requests. He reports that the emperor "granted him everything he asked, for the hand of the LORD his God was on him (Ezra 7:6). (Google image, Living in God's power).

Saturday, November 11, 2017

One Invitation at a Time


Debbie McEwen: How did I come to know Christ? How did I start on my walk with Him?

I was asked the other day how I got to the point that I know him so well that whether I live or die, it is for Him.

If I live I get to do His work. If I die, I spend eternity with Him in heaven. I win either way.
(Google image, Jesus, by permission by Nancy Lee Moran, nancylee@nancyleemoran.com).

Thursday, November 9, 2017

#8 The "UPON"ness of the Spirit



Dr. Wesley L. Duewel: This emphasis of the Spirit of the Lord coming upon God's chosen leaders is frequently mentioned in Bible history.

   "The Spirit of the LORD came upon" Othniel, and he became Israel's judge, went to war, and a forty-year peace resulted. Why could he overpower the enemy even though he had no trained army? Because of God's power upon him. (Google image, Bible Sampson).

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

#7 Do You Long for Power?



Dr. Wesley L. Duewel: It is natural for you as a Christian leader to long for God's power to rest upon you and be evident in your ministry.

   You have often longed for more power in prayer, in your speaking, and in your touch upon the lives of those to whom you minister. (Google image, Firey preacher

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Jesus . . . Your Rescuer




Jesus . . . your rescuer . . .
your deliverer . . .
nothing can defeat Him, 
no problem too big, 
no past too dark,

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

#6 Wanted: A Burning Heart!


Dr. Wesley L. Duewel: No alternative to the Holy Spirit is available for the Christian leader. He must have a heart ablaze with love to God and love for people. (Google image, Man worshipping)

   Dr. George W. Peters said,

    "God, the church, and the world are looking for men with
     burning hearts—hearts filled with love of God; filled 
     with passion for the glory of God, the gospel of Jesus
     Christ, and the salvation of the lost." 
     

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

#5 He Provides You Gifts

Dr. Wesley L. Duewel: He provides you gifts which you are to stir into flame. Spiritual gifts are endowments for service given through the activity of the Holy Spirit.

   God provides whatever divine enablements we need for the service to which He appoints us. (Google image, Gifts of the Holy Spirit) 

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Why Pray?


A most perplexing question 
Came to light the other day 
If God is in control 
Then why do men have need to pray 

If God knows all the questions
That a soul will likely ask
Then why not give the answers
Saving all that daily task


That task of spending time in prayer
The way so many do
Petitioning the Lord to give
The things they want Him to

Not really thinking that He'll hear
Or answer their request
Believing that the exercise
Is futile at its best

And if He truly hears
Then why do many fail to pray
Believing that He truly will
Deliver them that day

From given circumstances
That have pressed them to the throne
Where they by their confession
Can make all their feelings known

The answer's not that simple
If you're not in love with Him
Who sacrificed His precious Son
To save the souls of men

For those who choose to love themselves
More than their God and King
Will not discern the reason for
His gift of suffering

For as we suffer need
The more we'll understand His plan
And learn how to appreciate
What He has done for man

If we by our confession
Place our soul and trust in God
Who gave us an Example
By the way that Jesus trod

Example by His righteousness
And by His tender care
That started every morning
With His time with God in prayer

A time of loving fellowship
Just with the One He knew
Would share with Him what He had planned
And what He'd have Him do

As He had need of knowing
Not before the time had come
For Him to open blinded eyes
Or heal the deaf and dumb

For prayer as Jesus taught us
Is not simply where we go
With endless repetitions
Making sure that God will know

The things that we have need of
Or at least desire to see
Because we stopped to meet Him
A short time on bended knee

But prayer is where we go to find
The mind and will of God
Who promised us His presence
All along the path we trod

If we will give our hearts to Him
Each day on bended knee
And wait awhile in fellowship
To see what we might see

That God will share the answers
That we need the most to know
And by our invitation
He will show us where to go

And will with every moment
Give us what we need the most
Through the presence and the timing
Of His precious Holy Ghost
(John 14:11-17, 26)

Why Pray?  Lee Forbes
(Google image, Interfaith praying)


Inject your prayer list with life



Our prayer today-  From Show me by Lisa Buffaloe:

"Now when life hits hard and it’s difficult to stand, pray and ask God . . . 
   From this situation, from every situation, 

Heavenly Father . . .
show me how to get through one more day
help me to see Your loving hand during this difficulty
grant me the ability to remember You are always with me
remind me of Your truth and show me Your truth in Your word
show me how to win against the enemy with Your power

and Your truth
help me discover what You want me to know
show me Your goodness and lovingkindess
show me Your power
show me what I can learn
show me how I can grow
show me how I can develop as a Christian
show me ways I can help others through my own 
difficulties
show me, teach me, grow me, develop me, and make 
me more like Your precious Son, Jesus Christ.

   Thank You, Father that You never leave or forsake us. 
Thank You that You are just and righteous and nothing is 
too hard or impossible for You. Show me, remind me, help 
me to always remember, no matter what happens, I am 
always forever safe in Your loving heart."


Today's Bible verses-

    “Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great 
       and mighty things, which you do not know” (Jer. 33:33 NKJV).

    “You will show me the path of life; in Your presence 
      is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures 
       forevermore” (Psalm 16:11 NKJV).

    “Show Your marvelous lovingkindness by Your right hand, 
      O You who save those who trust in You from those who rise 
      up against them” (Psalm 17:7 NKJV).


Today's quote-

"On the day when you cry out to Christ, when all your hope has 
vanished and your faith is week, when circumstances overwhelm you, 
when you've been forsaken and mocked, when your only hope is 
that the Lord really does love you . . .

. . . you're in the safest place you'll ever be.

   L
ord I pray hope to those in sorrow and trials . . . 
Not in words from men . . . 
but the demonstration of your power in their lives. For you Lord
to rejoice with them with joy unspeakable when they see your
hand upon them . . . Lord it's like when you told the father 
that 
you knew He always heard you but you spoke for the 
people's
 sake . . . let them hear and see 
I pray . . . thank you for hearing me."


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"Sometimes we can be so blinded to our own shortcomings 
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 "It is not part of the life of a natural man to pray. We hear it said that a man will suffer in his life if he does not pray’; I question it. What will suffer is the life of the Son of God in him, which is nourished not by food, but by prayer."





Upcoming posts-

#5 He Provides You Gifts
31st- Tuesday's post by Dr. Wesley L. Duewel

#6 Wanted: A Burning Heart!
11/2nd- Thursday's post by Dr. Wesley L. Duewel

Jesus . . . Your Rescuer
4th- Saturday's post by Ernie Miller

#7 Do You long for Power?
7th- Tuesday's post by Dr. Wesley L. Duewel



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