Bishop D. H. McKillopMarch 25, 2012
It shook Jerusalem when Jesus entered the temple. Instead of a place whereIsrael’s sins could be pushed on ahead, it had evolved into a place of merchandise. He was grieved and disturbed with what He saw. Exchange of goods in such a place was not part of His plan. It was designed to be a house of prayer, a place wheresacrifices were to be accepted. He was jealous about his house and its purpose.
We are His temple, His place to dwell. This temple is a target for thieves that aim to rob us, kill our spiritual life, and destroy our walk with God. The thieves will take His temple and use it for their own gain because they are self-centered, uncaring and unconcerned. God needs to be a frequent visitor in our temple but when He comes does He see changes in our love? Our passion? Our compassion? Our zeal? Does He see evidence that a thief has been there? Never get away from desiring His visitation. Our focus needs to be on Him, nothing should have a higher priority in our life than our communication with Him. When blessings come your way, allow them to roll out to someone else instead of becoming selfish with them. Life is more than about me. How do you look at the needy stranger, the hungry, the thirsty, the imprisoned, and the sick? Who and what do you really see?
How can we worship without a sacrifice? On Mount Carmel, Elijah faced a dilemma when confronted with the prophets of Baal. The answer was found in an altar, a sacrifice, time and effort. Fire fell from heaven and consumed the sacrifice. Allow God to come into your temple to clean it up, rearrange it, and remove bitterness and question marks. Ask Him to step in and overtake the thieves. Be thankful for an altar that allows us to put our sins and the damage caused by thieves behind us. Pray for the fire to fall and consume your sacrifice. What is on your altar of sacrifice? There can be no true worship without a sacrifice. You must be willing to lay everything on the alter for His use and purpose, leave no space for a thief to get a foot hold in your life. Can it be said of you that, “for me to live is Christ”!
Bishop D.H. McKillopMarch 18,2012
Paul sitting in bonds could call reminisce about the saints of the church of Philippi. He identified with their sufferings as he prayed for them and wrote the inspired Word of God. In spite of the words of encouragement to the saints, he was torn with his feelings. More than anything, he wanted to depart from this life to be with Christ but was aware of the fact that he was needed by the church on this earth. He had anobligation to carry out the plan of God for the furtherance of the gospel until that day of perfection.
There is purpose for every one of us and only God can lead us to fulfill that purpose. In spite of this, there will be times you walk through dangerous areas that only God can be with you to provide security and safety. Despite your shortcomings and negative circumstances, learn to grasp that anchor that keeps you firm and grounded. Put your focus on heaven, yes, it is real and will someday soon be tangible. When the battle seems to get heavy, ask God for a revelation of what awaits us eternal in the heavenlies. Keep travelling on to the land of peace and rest with Him. Paul was caught up in the spirit, saw heaven from another dimension that significantly impacted his life. A resulting thorn in the flesh never allowed Paul to forget the power of all that lies beyond us and became a means of discipline to him.
Timothy worked and learned from Paul as they laboured together among thechurches. Paul’s aim was to obtain a crown of righteousness even thoughhe felt that he had fallen so short of the goal. With excitement and admonition, he wrote to Timothy that it had been a good fight, his purpose was filled, departure time had come and a crown of righteousness was waiting for him! His parting words of encouragement and instruction to Timothy assured him that this crown was available to all love his appearing!
Take a moment and tune your ear heavenward as you watch for His appearing. Listen carefully; you can hear Jesus saying, “When you become overwhelmed in your travelling, anchor yourself in me as I lift you up into another dimension in the Holy Ghost. Weary saint, live not for yourself, put me at the center and you will learn that to die is a destiny of gain! Heaven will be a reality soon, look closely, I have your own crown of righteousness waiting for that day!”
Bishop D.H McKillopMarch 4, 2012
Be careful what you open your mind, heart, and eyes to for there will be consequences. There can be desires awakened within that you will struggle with it for the rest of your life. Mercy is unmerited favor, His mercy endures forever, mercy will let you off but it does not have the power to change you. Paul tells us here that the “grace of God has appeared to all men” for a purpose to, “teach us”. Mercy lets us off the hook but it is grace that tells us how not to do it again. Scripture tells us to, “be strong in grace”!
When God came down to us wrapped in flesh, he came to bring something to us called grace. God wants us to be saved; He came to us, “full of grace and truth”. You can't have truth without grace to help you live the truth
God had mercy for the woman caught in adultery – “neither do I condemn thee” but he did not stop there He also showed her grace when he said, “go and sin no more”. He had to put grace in her to enable her to change, God will never ask you to do something that you cannot do. Grace will teach you how to make the adjustments in your life that you need to make
“If I walk in the light” – my cleansing is contingent on the fact that I've laid some things down and am still walking towards the light. You say, “BUT You don’t know my situation or my struggles” - hear what God offers to you, “where sin abounds, grace that much more abounds”. Rest in His grace and be strong in His grace it will teach you how and enable you to live a godly life. Once grace touches you it will enable you to change – grace does not leave you without a knowledge of how and what needs to be changed in your life in order to live pleasing to God.
We can frustrate people but don't frustrate grace. We need it too much. Grace appears to all men, both to the sinner and to the saint. Grace teaches you not to have fellowship with unfruitful works of darkness. Mercy draws us and grace tells us not to do it again. Mercy will build you a way out but it is grace establishes your walk with God. You can't accept mercy and ignore grace. This world is the enemy of grace. Don't let the spirit of this world get a hold of you. Don’t just play a part like an actor on the stage – life is too short and eternity is too long. God said my grace is sufficient for you; don’t live a life of pretence when there is a power within your reach that will enable you to change.
Pastor D.R. McKillopFebruary 26, 2012
The name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it and is safe. Throughout history, towers have always been significant. Enemies of the United Statescarefully chose the towers they wanted to destroy to have the greatest impacton the nation. Around the world countries compete to build the tallest tower tomake a statement – “We are better and stronger than you”. Our tower, the Nameof the Lord, won’t fall regardless of circumstances, finances, repression,oppression or sickness.
Amazing things happen around towers. Jezebel was thrown from a tower. The towerin the vineyard in Isaiah 5 brought security, identity, dominion and safety tothe fields. Abimelech tried to burn the tower where the people had takenrefuge, but was killed when a woman dropped a millstone on him.
When the enemy is coming after you, run into the tower (Jesus). We cannot buildour own tower. Only 340 years after the flood, the people wanted to build the Tower of Babel in their name so they could run to it when judgment came rather than change their lifestyle.
Although the Name of the Lord is our strong tower, there is an entrance requirement. It is for the righteous. How you live determines whether you get into the tower. This Scripture was written by a man who didn’t know the name.There are not three towers – only one which is the Name of Jesus. In word ordeed, do all in the name of Jesus. Luke 2:11-18 states that we will be hatedfor His Name’s sake. Although some may face death, fear only those who candestroy the soul, not those who can only destroy the body.
In the tower there is joy, help and healing. David wrote that while some trustin horses and chariots, he would remember the Name of the Lord. His confidencecame from being in the tower when he faced Goliath. One day every knee will bowto that Name. Whatever you need, run to the tower – the Name of Jesus!
Bro. Kevin ArcherFebruary 19, 2012
An assurance is a promise given by something credible and the contingency is the outcome that is dependent on something. When you get the assurance you are certain of your situation. The gospel is our assurance and through faith we can reach out and get a hold of things even though we can’t see it. There is never any down time in our connection with God. His promises are sure and steadfast. There is always an answer and solution in God’s Word no matter what our situation is. Wise and godly counsel comes from something reliable.
God loves to love us. He wanted us here so that is why he planted us here. When you are rooted in His will and the trials come, you will not wither. The sky is the limit when the foundation is right.
Jesus is able to present us faultless with joy and keep us from falling but there is a part that we have to do, too. Jude tells us to keep ourselves in the love of God. We keep ourselves by receiving the Word of truth; our security depends on whether we accept truth or not. Grace will make up the difference in our lives when we commit to keeping ourselves. We don’t need to be afraid of our past or our future when we have goodness and mercy following us. If we continue to abide; we will stay. Thismessage is full of hope. We are being made perfect in Him.
Pastor D.R. McKillopFebruary 12, 2012
Come to the house of God believing He can do ANYTHING - today in this service! God is drawn by needs. You can draw His attention by saying, "Hey Jesus, overhere!" He's not going to do anything until you ask Him. He's not even going to come back until we ask Him to - the Spirit and the bride say Come!
Jesus died so everyone could be saved, not so everyone would be healed. There is still a sickness unto death. Earnestly pray - the effectual fervent prayer of the righteous avails much, it brings results, it unleashes the tremendous power of God. The key isbeing righteous. My prayer doesn't even begin tapping into the source of poweruntil I get the things in my life needing adjusted confessed and fixed. The answer that you’re praying for may be hindered by the need of a course correction. There is tie between confession and healing.
Talk to Jesus. Don't just tell Him that you love Him - tell Him why you love Him. The Bible tells us to avoid vain and repetitious prayers. You have to talk to Him to get throughsituations in your life. Tell Him what you want, and when He answers, you need to be happy with the answer. If you haven't got an answer yet, then pray. Live a lifestyle of prayer and asking. Until God gives us the answer we have nothing to stand on. Things happen when you pray.
Let your moderation be known amongst men, but be careful of nothing with God. Don't talk moderation to God. Job didn't talk with those sitting around him about his concerns; he asked God the hard questions. Hannah earnestly prayed for a baby, and she left cradling not a baby, but an answer. When she got her word, her countenance was no more sad. Yes, no, or wait - you need an answer. Pray until you get and answer.
When we start pursuing the miraculous the same way we do a move of God we will start seeing more miracles. God doesn't do miracles for spectators. We need power and it will take something from every one of us. There is a power that comes with everyone pulling together. God is not the variable, we are.Be a prayer warrior,don't back down from the fight. God wants to help us; He wants to come to ourdefense.
Pastor D.R. McKillopFebruary 5, 2012
The ruler of the synagogue was quick to protest, with indignation when Jesus, on the Sabbath, healed the woman who had been bowed together for eighteen years with a spirit of infirmity. Calling him a hypocrite, Jesus reminded him that he would rescue his ox or donkey on the Sabbath because he valued them. Jesus’ purpose was to bring the Day of the Sabbath to the Dispensation of the Sabbath.
The three sources of sickness are to reveal His glory, as an outcropping of sin, or a binding by a satanic force. Salvation and healing were the two reasons for Calvary. Faith isn’t our currency to buy from God. Faith’s purpose is the salvation of our souls. We need unfettered faith to believe God can do anything. When the Word goes forth, we can be healed and signs will follow those that believe.
We often state that we trust God and don’t continue to ask for deliverance. However, Paul prayed repeatedly until God showed him the reason for his thorn in the flesh. We must pray until we get a Word from God -- His answer, not our preferred answer.
Jesus didn’t stop for the blind man until he called out. Then, ignoring his obvious condition, Jesus asked him what he wanted. He needs to hear us say what we want. We worship to get into God’s presence, and rejoice as a few get blessed while He wants everyone to gain access to the throne room.
God made the Sabbath for man - a day of rest set apart to worship Him. Jesus performed seven miracles on the Sabbath and each time met with resistance. He was establishing His authority over the Sabbath, The resurrection occurred at the end of the Sabbath. Jesus descended to Hell to take the keys. Because of Calvary, the Sabbath is no longer a day, but a dispensation,
Meeting resistance, we labor to get into that rest to receive healings for every situation. We can rejoice in the Lord in spite of our circumstances. When we can’t rejoice or worship, we have a spirit of infirmity. Pray aggressively for what you need. Let’s mix the Word which wehave heard with faith and keep asking until we get an answer. If the answerisn’t our preferred answer, we will still worship and praise as we acceptHis will.
Sunday, January 29, 2012Pastor D.R. McKillop
Hell wants to bring us back into the bondage we were delivered from, but liberty is against its objectives. The only way the enemy can stop our liberty is for us to allow it, because it wasn’t the enemy that gave us our liberty. It was given to us by Jesus! The devil would love to steal our crown. God hates sin and if we don’t possess the same hatred for sin then it will get the upper hand in our lives. It is not called weaknesses or a short coming….it is called SIN! We need to admit to the sin in our lives. God lovessinners but hates liars. You deny your help and God’s grace when you cover sinup. When you call it sin, grace kicks in.
Before we met the plan of salvation, we were dead in trespasses and sins. Sin does not change but the liberty that we receive helps us to have the power to be dead to sin; it doesn’t have to dictate to us. When we give in to sin, our spirit needs to be grieved and be quick to repent.
What would happen if everyone came to church like they had just received the Holy Ghost? Church would be filled with liberty! We need a baptism of the sensitivity we had with our first love. The enemy is busy at every church service to do whatever he can to attack our liberty because he knows it will set us free. We can’t use liberty as an occasion to the flesh, it can lull us to sleep while we think it is grace, but actually it is lasciviousness and we will wake up to find that liberty is gone. Don’t fake it…fix it! When sin becomes a habit you better work overtime to change it. If you keep striving for Him when you fall, there WILL be liberty there for you. We need to get tired of falling and giving in to sin and do whatever we’ve got to do so we can keep our liberty. Let’s not get too far from the City of Refuge, when sin is on your trail, RUN to the City. Liberty is worth fighting for!
Sunday, January 22, 2012Pastor D.R. McKillop
In the days that Athaliah began to reign she set out to have all the royal seed destroyed because she wanted the kingdom for herself and her own desires. There was no price she wouldn’t pay. She was driven by the same selfish motives that herparents, Ahab and Jezebel, had. Jezebel is a spirit that is still alive in this day we live in. It hates ministry, authority, and submission. Be careful of the spirit that motivates you to go after something that you want. We are on a crash course with the forces that want to destroy the spiritual seeds we have planted and protected. We have not been wasting our time by protecting the seed; Satan will NOT get the upper hand!
Athaliah in her zeal for selfish motivations didn’t realize that one of the royal seed, the young boy Joash, was hid away in a secret room in the temple until he was old enough to be crown heir to the throne. Someone seen the importance of protecting the royal seed and the temple was the perfect place for the seed to mature because only certain people were allowed access to this room above the Holy of Holies. Joash was kept there for seven years being molded, developed, and trained in the ways of the Law until it was time for him to be revealed to the people. No matter how young or small he was the crown from the lineage of David fit his head perfectly because he was the man God had chose for that day.
We have some valuable seed stored away in our midst that the enemy doesn’t know about. This is no time to make holes in the wall for Athaliah to see in; no time to change the plot of ground we are fighting over. It is time to grab the shields from the past, shields of battles that have been fought and won. Our song, our testimony, unity, prayer, our faith, and most importantly the “I AM”; these weapons have been tested and proven. In the time of trouble, He will hide us in His pavilion. Stay as close to the Holy of Holies as you can and Athaliah can’t getyou there.
Bishop D.H. McKillopSunday, January 15,2012
God seeks to manifest Himself; He is looking for someone who wants a revelation of Him. Great is the mystery of godliness and the only way this mystery is revealed is through the power of the resurrection. If by any means…no matter what suffering we do or how much we have to die out, we have got to know Him. The value of serving God comes by revelation.
Paul was a doctor of the law and thought the Christians believed in a false doctrine. He even sought to get rid of the Jews. He was a member of the church of that day and was content working for God without a relationship. He was actually found to be working against Him not for Him. God had to blind Paul for him to finally see Jesus. He became blinded to all the negative, his past, and the things he thought he knew. When he truly got the revelation of who Jesus was, he didn’t care about his title orposition. He wanted Him no matter what…if by any means.
Conversion doesn’t come by perception; it takes place by conception. Our perception is always changing according to what the flesh likes but conception reaches the heart. This revelation of Jesus has got to be more than knowledge; it has to go beyond the mind and get deep down in the heart. Your encounter with Him will change something in you. This message works and when you meet Jesus we will see the change.
We need to travail until Christ is formed in us. The biggest part of praying is dying out to self and if we don’t die out we will stop the power. We need to come to church with our eyes blinded to the past, our offenses taken care of, and dead to theflesh. This is when God can really demonstrate His power. When He speaks to us;He speaks words of life to our spirit. If we get a Word there will be joy,peace, and happiness; His Word does not return void. Our past doesn’t stand achance with our future when we have a revelation.
Bishop D.H. McKillopJanuary 8, 2012
God took on a project when he chose us and he is stillworking on us today. He never sups with us that he doesn't change us. Godhasn't appointed us to wrath; but to salvation. It is important that we do nothave an area in our life that is untouchable. When we are locked in with Godthere will be nothing in the world that will catch our attention. Don't beovertaken as a thief in the night; be aware of the times in which we areliving. Our problems will melt away as we embrace His presence. Our purpose for living for Him is not just forourselves. We need a clear vision that requires faith to step out. Abraham gotup everyday, not knowing where he was going, he was just following God. Faithwas not enough in his journey though. God asked him to add some works to hisfaith by stepping out and taking Isaac up the mountain to be sacrificied. Godknew then that his flesh had died and there was no reservation. God was thenable to give him a look into the future and show him his inheritance. If we canget rid of flesh and get in the Spirit it was talk to our souls. Don't letworship entertain your soul. Grab the horns of the altar and get into arendevous with Him to reach true worship. A broken and contrite heart is neverout of place; it will clean out our spirit. Let's kill the flesh, step out, andmove on.
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