Results for October 13, 2020

Event:  Pastor's Notes Part 7
Date:  Tue, October 13, 2020 (Recurs Weekly)
Details:  Mountain Moving Power: Zechariah 4:6
What a timely word came to the leaders and people of Israel, as they were rebuilding the Temple of the Lord. In spite of all the hardships, failures and delays, God's temple would be finished. The project was a massive undertaking, with many challenges and opposition. It began with zeal and courage but eventually gave way to discouragement and defeat. It seemed that they were up against a mighty mountain or insurmountable difficulties. Zerubbabel and the people had grown weary in well doing. Rare is the person who can resist discouragement. David and Elijah experienced it on more than one occasion (1Sa. 15:13-37;1Ki. 19:2-3). The Scriptures remind us that we are not the only ones undergoing sufferings(1Pe. 5:9). The cause of discouragement can be relationships, health, finances, job, lack of visible and positive results and many others reasons, but only a small percentage are capable of overcoming them. The reason being that they do not participate in God's power. They try to solve spiritual problems with human resources. God's work must be done God's way and with God's power. We are no match for our enemies and they are no match for the Omnipotent God. Apart from His energy and power at work in and through us, we can do nothing( Jn. 15:5;Phil. 4:13;1Jn. 4:4). No wonder Jesus commanded the Church to wait in Jerusalem until they were endued with power(Lk. 24:49;Acts 1:8). The only power the devil fears is the power of God active in the life of the believer. His divine power is unbeatable and inexhaustive. We have this power and we need to use it, daily. When we do use it, we are victorious and triumphant. We are enabled to do His will His way, conquer our enemies and accomplish the impossible. Our God specializes in doing the impossible through weak and ordinary people, like you and me. He sees the finished product, we see the pain and the failures. Yet He reminds us that we are all going to be conformed to the image of His Son (Rom. 8:29). What He starts, He will finish. We need to take His word and promises to heart and follow Him (Phil. 1:6).

Event:  Pastor's Notes Part 23
Date:  Tue, October 13, 2020
Details:  From Faith To Fear: 1 Kings 19:1-14
Elijah spiritual resume is very impressive,powerful and inspiring. His life and ministry impacted many lives, an entire nation and future generations. Yet, there were blemishes and imperfections. This chapter records and reveals the humanity of God's man. This is encouraging for followers of Christ, because it shows that even giants of th faith have flaws and failures. In spite of our imperfection and weaknesses, God employs us in His service. He wants us to learn from our mistakes so that we do not repeat them but grow up and be mature. Before we succeed we usually fail. The true believer will not give up. We are involved in spiritual warfare and we need to be aware of the schemes of the devil, so that we do not fall for his traps. Experience is a great teacher because we pay a personal price for that lesson. Yet we need to learn from others as well. God as left us a record of others to teach us important lessons. Even the father of our faith, Abraham had a temporary relapse in his faith, but he learned his lesson and never had to look back ( Genesis 12:10-20 ). If we want to avoid going from Faith to Fear, these factors must be considered: 1. Wrongful Expectations 2. Physical Exhaustion 3. Negative Circumstances 4. Loneliness 
When he was questioned by God, Elijah said "I am the only one left." He said this, twice (19:10,14). Isolation and loneliness have a way of magnifying one's problems. The devil blows things out of proportion in our minds, if we allow him. He takes advantage of our weakness. Once we loose our focus, we can't see past our problem. That's when we need other believers to show us God's perspective and encourage us. Having another person who has your back is powerful ( Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 ). Jesus send out his apostles in groups of two ( Lk. 10:1 ). The Holy Spirit set apart Barnabas and Saul for Missionary work ( Acts 13:2,3 ). We accomplish more when we work with other fellow-believers. God understood Elijah and provided him with Elisha, a younger companion with a kindred spirit who would assist him in carrying out the work of the Lord. It was a match made in heaven. They made a great team and accomplished much for the kingdom of God. We all have low moments in our journey with the Lord, but He works with us and lifts our faith so that we can achieve great exploits for him. Be encouraged, better days await us in Him.