“Remember the parable about the four types of soil? Let’s revisit it here: The first time we hear God’s Word, it may be like the footpath. It’s so new to us that it would be easy for the enemy to snatch itaway if we don’t take further action to truly move that Word deeper into our heart. Maybe we hear the Word or sermon again, and receive it with joy, but it still doesn’t have very deep roots yet… so when temptation comes calling, we fall away from that truth. Then, the next time we hear it, it’s still pressured out by the distracting cares of this world. BUT when we hear the Word yet again (for the fourth time!) —and cling to it, store it deep within our heart, and sprinkle on patience and faith—that’s when it produces a harvest in our lives!”—Beth Jones
“And He said to them, ‘I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.’” Luke 10:18-19
Guest minister Don Kolterman shows the powerful connection between consecration and authority in the life of Jesus and in the lives of His disciples. Jesus said and did only what the Father gave him— how can any disciple of Jesus do otherwise and expect victory?
“The word which God sent to the children of Israel, preaching peace through Jesus Christ—He is Lord of all— that word you know, which
was proclaimed …: 38 how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who
were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.” Acts 10:36-38 The church is called to set the oppressed free. Jesus equipped us for this. Are you prepared? Pastor Harley Kolterman teaches the first of a series on consecration that brings power.
Choosing to side with God’s Word is a continual
challenge. It’s not something you do just once. It’s a process of choosing to believe and act upon the Word of God over and over in every circumstance.—Kenneth Copeland
Guest pastor Tom Farland from Living Water in Anderson, IN, explores what it means to be saved… and he clarifies some of the wrong thinking we’ve had about what it means to believe in Jesus with saving faith. Texts include Joshua 24:15— “choose this day whom you will serve” and Hebrews 12:14.