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    ReadHalting and Limping

    March 1, 2021

    ‭‭1 Kings‬ ‭18:21‬ ‭AMPC‬‬

    “Elijah came near to all the people and said, How long will you halt and limp between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him! But if Baal, then follow him. And the people did not answer him a word.”


    To halt is to come to an abrupt stop. To limp is to walk with difficulty.  For many believers instead of walking by faith we are halting and limping.  For a while we may be walking by faith but all of a sudden we stop.  For whatever reason we just abruptly stop believing God.  We give in to the deception of the world around us and believe the lies of the enemy rather than the truth of God.  You know you have arrived at this place because of the things that you saw.  You no longer speak the Word on your situation.  You only speak the situation.  For others of us, we never stop believing, we just limp by faith.  We don’t get anywhere anytime soon and the attention is on how hard it is for us to get anywhere by faith because of this limp. We testify about coming up the rough side of the mountain rather than speaking to the mountain in faith and commanding it to move. 


    In 1 Kings 18, Elijah challenges the people and he sends that same challenge to us.  Make a commitment.  If the Lord is God follow Him.  There must be a time when we make a decision that is not based on the circumstance, but based on the fact that the Lord is God.  Where does halting and limping get me?  To a place of scratching and surviving.  Where do I get to when I am walking by faith?  Honestly, I can get anywhere because nothing is impossible for those who believe.  So, if the Lord is God, follow Him.


    Lord, I want to walk by faith and not by sight.  Help me not to be moved by my situation or circumstance. Help me to speak the Word into my situation and to keep myself committed to you.  In Jesus’ Name…



    Deidra B. Johnson, PhD


    Halting and Limping

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    1. Sunday Service - 2/28/2021

      Message from Pastor Deidra Johnson

      Halting and Limping

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        ReadFully Committed

        February 26, 2021

        1 Kings 19:19-21 New Living Translation

        19 So Elijah went and found Elisha son of Shaphat plowing a field. There were twelve teams of oxen in the field, and Elisha was plowing with the twelfth team. Elijah went over to him and threw his cloak across his shoulders and then walked away. 20 Elisha left the oxen standing there, ran after Elijah, and said to him, “First let me go and kiss my father and mother good-bye, and then I will go with you!” Elijah replied, “Go on back, but think about what I have done to you.” 21 So Elisha returned to his oxen and slaughtered them. He used the wood from the plow to build a fire to roast their flesh. He passed around the meat to the townspeople, and they all ate. Then he went with Elijah as his assistant.


        Are you committed enough to God to get rid of your plan B?  When Elisha thought about what he was being called to he gave up his whole life to serve God.  As a farmer, Elisha needed his oxen and his plow to get the crop in the ground to have a harvest to sell.  When Elisha committed to God he killed the oxen and then barbequed them using the plow as the wood to make the fire.  He totally tore up his plan B.  There was nothing else for him but to serve God.  His commitment to God opened avenues for him to operate in the supernatural.


        We cannot live a committed life to God if we are holding on to our backup plan.  Commitment means this is our only plan.  We can only do it God’s way.  We can only trust God to see us through.  We can only rely on God’s timing.  We will only listen to God’s wisdom.  That is commitment.  I encourage you to check your life for backup plans and get radical like Elisha.  Choose to commit to God alone and watch Him operate supernaturally in your life. 


        Lord, I have everything around me encourages me to have a backup plan, but I want my life to be fully committed to you.  Transform my mind with Your Word.  Help me to live for you, rely on you, and listen only to you.  In Jesus’ Name...




        Deidra B. Johnson, PhD

        Pastor


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          ReadThink About It

          February 25, 2021

          1 Kings 19:19-21 New Living Translation

          19 So Elijah went and found Elisha son of Shaphat plowing a field. There were twelve teams of oxen in the field, and Elisha was plowing with the twelfth team. Elijah went over to him and threw his cloak across his shoulders and then walked away. 20 Elisha left the oxen standing there, ran after Elijah, and said to him, “First let me go and kiss my father and mother good-bye, and then I will go with you!” Elijah replied, “Go on back, but think about what I have done to you.” 21 So Elisha returned to his oxen and slaughtered them. He used the wood from the plow to build a fire to roast their flesh. He passed around the meat to the townspeople, and they all ate. Then he went with Elijah as his assistant.


          Here is an example of committing your life. What we see in the scripture is the calling of Elisha to become a prophet. The prophet Elijah chose him, but Elisha wanted to tie up loose ends with his family before he committed. Elijah admonished him to “think about” it. When we make commitments it is important that we think about it. Commitments do not need to be made on a whim or wrapped in emotions. When we make a commitment to the Lord, our minds need to be engaged in the process. Paul instructs us to be transformed by the renewing of our mind. How we think about our commitment is important.  


          When we make up our minds to be committed to the Lord we will not be swayed by circumstances. Think about when you have made up your mind about something. That is a firm decision. Your mind has the power to help you stick to your decision. If your commitment to the Lord is only about your heart or how you feel, you might find yourself moved based on the circumstance or situation. So today, follow Elijah’s advice and think about what the Lord has done for you. Think about His promises in the Word. Think about the life You have in Christ, and decide in your mind what you want your commitment to Christ to look like.  


          Lord, I thank you for giving me a sound mind and the ability to think. Transform my thinking with Your Word. Manifest the mind of Christ in me today. Think through my thoughts and guide my actions. Help me to think as one committed to you. In Jesus’ Name...




          Deidra B. Johnson, PhD

          Pastor

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            ReadYour Actions

            February 24, 2021

            Proverbs 16:3 New Living Translation

            Commit your actions to the Lord, and your plans will succeed.

             

            I don’t think the Lord could have been any clearer with His instructions.  If you want to succeed then you need to commit what you are doing to the Lord.  I find it interesting that we are told to commit our actions to the Lord.  So many times people want to give their hearts to the Lord and keep doing what they want to do.  You will not find success like that.

             

            Have you noticed that God always has our success on His mind?  Throughout scripture we are told how to be successful and how to be conquerors or victorious.  God wants us to win.  He wants us to enjoy this life Jesus died to give us.  In order to enjoy Kingdom of Heaven life now we have to be committed to the Lord.  It can’t just be our words, and it can’t just be about how we pray and have devotions.  Commitment is about our actions.  Take some time today and do inventory of your actions.  Are they committed to the Lord? I know some people are afraid to commit things to the Lord because He might tell them “no”.  Well, if it’s a “no” from God, it’s not going to work out well for you.  That’s why He’s saying “no”.  Trust God to lead you to success.  Trust God to be good to you.  Trust God with your actions.  

             

            Thank You Lord for this promise.  I commit my actions to You today.  Thank you for success.  Thank you for leading me to victory.  Help me to trust you more.  In Jesus’ Name...




            Deidra B. Johnson, PhD

            Pastor

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              ReadCommitted Lifestyle

              February 23, 2021

              2 Chronicles 16:9 (NLT)

              The eyes of the Lord search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.


              A commitment is a decision made in advance regardless of the circumstance.  Think about marriage vows.  Two people pledge to live and love together in sickness and in health, for richer or poorer, for better or worse as long as they live. On that wedding day no one knows the future.  No one knows what the economy is going to do.  No one knows if a global pandemic is coming your way, yet you make a commitment in advance.  The commitment is that we will stay together regardless of the circumstance.  Do you realize that when you received your salvation you made a commitment to the Lord?  Many people think getting saved is about preparing for your future when you die, but it is actually making a commitment about how you will live.


              Being born again, getting saved, receiving your salvation, whatever you want to call the event that adopts you into God’s family and makes you a part of the Body of Christ, is all about making a commitment about your lifestyle.  Romans 10:9 says, “ If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved”  Declaring Jesus is Lord with your mouth is the same as making a marriage vow.  You speak it and declare it to be so.  Confessing that Jesus is Lord is saying that I am committed to living my life Jesus’ way and not my own.  He is in charge and I am not.  The Lord is looking for people that are fully committed to their declaration or confession.  Too many people have made the confession, but they are living a separated  life from the Lord, and some are on the edge of divorce.  They are more concerned about their wants, will, and rights than the Lord’s will. In what ways are you living your commitment?  How can you demonstrate your commitment today?


              Jesus I declare that You are Lord.  I do believe in my heart that you paid the price so that I can have life.  Thank you for your gift of life.  Help me to live committed to you today.  In Jesus’ Name...   



              Deidra B. Johnson, PhD

              Pastor


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                ReadSix Weeks of Commitment

                February 22, 2021

                2 Chronicles 16:9 (NLT)

                The eyes of the Lord search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.


                It is the season of Lent.  It almost feels like it snuck up on me because so many things associated with Mardi Gras were canceled because of COVID, and then on Ash Wednesday we were in the middle of a winter storm.  So many people plan what they’re going to give up for Lent, but I’ve already given up almost a week of no electricity during the coldest time I have ever had in Baton Rouge.  So instead of giving something up these next six weeks, I’m going to put my focus on commitment, and I invite you to join me for Six Weeks of Commitment.


                Those of you that heard Eric’s sermon yesterday on Commitment have a solid foundation for this next six weeks.  For those of you that haven’t heard it, I’ve included the link below.  As we take this journey to strengthen our commitment, let’s look at our scripture for today.  The Lord is searching for those who are fully committed to him.  What do our lives look like “fully committed”? How do we speak? How do we behave?  How do we know we have hearts that are fully committed to the Lord?  What are we committed to?  What will we drop everything for?  That’s what we are committed to.  If the Lord can just find us fully committed to him then we have the promise of His strength.  There is always a promise and God always keeps His promises.  So let’s get ourselves committed.


                Lord, I thank you for this season to  reflect and refine myself as I look forward to celebrating Resurrection Sunday.  In the next six weeks, teach me how to live with my heart fully committed to you.  In Jesus’ Name…


                Commitment

                https://youtu.be/WHXaBs9RC7s


                Deidra B. Johnson, PhD

                Pastor


                1. Sunday Service - February 21, 2021

                  Message from Pastor Eric Johnson

                  Committed

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                    ReadLiving the Impossible

                    February 19, 2021

                    ‭‭Luke‬ ‭1:37‬ ‭ESV‬‬

                    “For nothing will be impossible with God.””


                    ‭‭Luke‬ ‭18:27‬ ‭NLT‬‬

                    “He replied, “What is impossible for people is possible with God.””


                    ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭19:26‬ ‭NLT‬‬

                    “Jesus looked at them intently and said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible.””


                    ‭‭Mark‬ ‭9:23‬ ‭NLT‬‬

                    “What do you mean, ‘If I can’?” Jesus asked. “Anything is possible if a person believes.”



                    Remember that the Word is power.  Dynamite has the power to blow up a situation.  It can clear a path or cause destruction, but it won’t do anything if you just walk around with it in your hand.  You have to light the stick of dynamite in order to experience the power in it.   It is the same with the Word of God.  It is power, but we won’t experience it if we just walk around with it in our hands.  We need the Word in our mouths and in our hearts in order to experience the power. (Romans 10:8-10)  So today let’s spend some time in the Word.  What power do you see in the four verses above?  I see the power of the supernatural.  I see that as long as I am with God all things are possible.  


                    In each scripture the common denominator is God.  I have to be with God in order to operate in the impossible.  When I am with God all things are possible.  When I am with God His super overtakes my natural.  I know I am with God when I  live according to His will and not my will.  Do you want to live and operate with all things possible?  Give God your will.  So many things we do are according to our own will.  Being lazy is our will. Procrastinating is our will.  Cussing is our will.  Sexual sins are our will.  Getting drunk or high is our will.  Gossipping  is our will.  Giving up is our will.  Choosing not to operate in faith is our will.  What is God’s will?  His Word is His will.  If we want to live in a place of impossible we need to live in His Word. The power of the Word will accomplish the supernatural for us.  It’s up to us to decide what we want to do.  


                    Lord, I want to want Your will, but sometimes I choose my own will.  Help me Holy Spirit to choose to live the Word.  Help me Holy Spirit to choose every day to live “not my will, Your will be done.”  In Jesus’ Name...




                    Deidra B. Johnson, PhD

                    Pastor

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                      ReadThe Power of God

                      February 18, 2021

                      Romans 1:16 New Living Translation (NLT)

                      For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes—the Jew first and also the Gentile.


                      We discussed this verse last week in our Bible Study on the Supernatural.  As many times as I have read this verse I have glossed over the part where it says the “It is the power of God at work”.  What is the power of God at work?  The Gospel.  The Good News.  The Word.  We do not go to the Word to find power.  The Word is power.  The linking verb is works like an equal sign in an equation.  The Word equals the Power of God.  If you ever need the power of God in your life you simply need to apply the Word of God.  


                      If we stay ignorant of the Word we will not experience the fullness of His power.  Paul said it is the power of salvation.  It saves everyone who believes.  Saves us from what?  From death.  When Adam and Eve sinned they opened the door to death.  Sin pays off in death according to Romans 6:23.  So when we are saved from sin and death we are saved from everything that tries to get us to death.  We are saved from sickness and disease.  We are saved from anxiety and depression.  We are saved from not having enough to live in this life.  The Word is the Power of God to save.  What minion of death is after you today?  Is it addiction or sickness?  Is it worry or strife?  Is it injustice or hatred?  Whatever you need to save you is in the Word.  It is the power.  Go to the Word.  Believe the Word.  Live the Word.  It is the power of God at work.



                      Lord, I receive Your Word as Your power at Work in me.  Thank you for transforming my thinking, my health, and the way I live through Your Word.  Help me to give Your Word priority in my life.  In Jesus’ Name…




                      Deidra B. Johnson, PhD

                      Pastor