Last Sunday, Bro. Perry ministered from Psalm 139. The title of his message was – “We are Fearfully and Wonderfully Made”..... Following are some excerpts from The Voice Translation on this chapter. We hope it is a blessing to you....
God You have explored my heart and know exactly who I am, down to the smallest details. Why You even know when I’m sitting down or standing up!
You always know exactly where I am and what I am thinking! You know whether I am asleep or awake. And You know what I am going to say way before I say it! (that’s rather scary, right?)
You have me surrounded....Oh how I praise You for this. You are on every side of me. You go before me, making the crooked places straight and You are behind me.....You literally have my back! Your hand is gently on my shoulder guiding and directing me all the way!
You know me inside and out. I cannot go anywhere from Your Spirit. Your watchful presence is always with me! Thank You, for never leaving my side!
When darkness is all around me, You are there, turning that darkness into Light, for there is no darkness in You!
You knit me together in my mother’s womb. You are the One who made me a unique creation. You have truly filled me with wonder and awe. Nothing in my life is hidden from You.
Your thoughts and plans are treasures to me. You have always had good plans for my life. I am sorry that “my” choices get in the way of the these being fulfilled at times. You have more thoughts of me.....more than I could ever count....more than all the grains of sand on earth. This is INCONCEIVABLE!
You know those who are against me....I do not have to fear them, for You will take care of this for me. You have promised that No weapon formed against me will prosper, as long as my trust is in You, Lord.
So, I ask You Lord to search me and reveal to me those things that aren’t pleasing in your eyes and please, Lord, guide me down Your path forever!
1-10,18-20 The Voice
“After the Sabbath, as the light of the next day, the first day of the week, crept over Palestine, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to the tomb to keep vigil.
Earlier there had been an earthquake. A messenger of the Lord had come down from heaven and had gone to the grave. He rolled away the stone and sat down on top of it.
He veritably glowed. He was vibrating with light. His clothes were light, white like transfiguration, like fresh snow.
The soldiers guarding the tomb were terrified. They froze like stone.
The messenger spoke to the women, to Mary Magdalene and the other Mary. ‘Don’t be afraid. I know you are here keeping watch for Jesus who was crucified.
But Jesus is not here. He was raised, just as He said He would be. Come over to the grave and see for yourself.
And then go straight to His disciples, and tell them He’s been raised from the dead and has gone on to Galilee. You’ll find Him there. Listen carefully to what to what I am telling you.’
The women were both terrified and thrilled, and they quickly left the tomb and went to find the disciples and give them this outstandingly good news.
But while they were on their way, they saw Jesus Himself. (Jesus) ‘Rejoice. ‘The women fell down before Him, kissing His feet and worshiping Him.
‘Don’t be afraid. Go and tell My brothers to go to Galilee. Tell them I will meet them there.’
Jesus came forward and addressed His beloved disciples. ‘I am here speaking with all the authority of God, who has commanded Me to give you this commission....
Go out and make disciples in all the nations. Ceremonially wash them through baptism in the name of the triune God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Then disciple them.....And I will be with you.....’ “
We are living in a world today that needs to be made completely new.....And according to Revelation 21:5 All things will be made new when Jesus returns. But when will that day ever come??? I want to tell you friend that it is very close!
Jesus said, in Matthew 24:37-39 that it will be like it was in the days of Noah when He returns. He said that they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and they didn’t even realize what was happening until the flood came and took them all away.
If you will read in Genesis 6:5-22 you will see that as God looked at the way people were living at that time, He was sorry that He had ever made man....He was grieved in His heart. It tells us that every thought and intent of man’s heart was on evil continually!
Look at verse 7...the Lord had decided to destroy mankind from the face of the earth.....BUT Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord. It tells us in verse 9 that Noah was a just man, perfect in his generation. He walked with God.
Thank God for Noah. He stood strong for the Lord when no one else was. His focus was on God....Not on man. He was surrounded by evil doers yet he continued living for God. He did not choose to listen to man and follow his ways. He made a quality decision to follow God.
So many times we use people or circumstances as an excuse to just throw up our hands and quit. We say that it is just too hard, maybe even impossible to live for God in the world we are living in....But Noah did! Noah just kept on keeping on for God. He never complained about being the only one who was living for God! He refused to be distracted! And God noticed!!!
God told Noah what He had planned to do, but because of Noah’s life, He changed His mind.....He told Noah that He had a major project for him to do in order for the Lord’s creation to continue. God told Noah that He wanted him to build an ark. He told him exactly what materials to use and exactly how big to make it. He told him exactly where to place the window and the door. And I love verse 22 which says, “Thus Noah did according to ALL that God commanded him, so did he.”
Now you know that the people mocked and made fun of Noah day in and day out. But Noah refused to be distracted. He kept God’s Words in his heart and did exactly what He had told him to do!
You see, we can learn something very important from the life of Noah....what we focus on, what we think on the most becomes our god.....Noah kept his mind on God and what He had spoken to him. And this was a long, drawn out project. Daily he was ridiculed, but daily he did exactly what his God told him to do! And the end result......Noah and his whole family were the only ones that made it through the flood. His family depended on him. The animals depended on him! And Noah succeeded because he did exactly what God told him to do!
We are living in a world today, much like it was in Noah’s time. There is violence everywhere you turn. There is war and hate and turmoil everywhere you go. And the majority of the world’s minds are on evil continually! Fear is running rampant in our world today. But remember the Word says that God has NOT given us the spirit of fear. So where did it come from?
Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord! Will we? Jesus asked the question in Luke 18:8....”when the Son of Man comes, will He find (persistent) faith on the earth?”
Now is the time friend, to grow stronger in the Lord than you’ve ever been. Get rooted and grounded in the Word. Know what you believe and refuse to be distracted by all that’s going on in this world. If Noah did it, so can we!!!
Given to J. Hammack - August 4, 2020
He calms the storm so that it’s waves are still
He speaks Peace in the Chaos
And all bow to His will.
He satisfies man’s soul
and fills the hungry with meat.
He brings forth light in the darkness
And fear He defeats.
When you cry out to Him
In the midst of your storm,
He will come to your rescue
Gathering you in His arms.
He will love and protect you,
He will give you rest.
His is a Father’s love,
And for you He wants the Best.
So focus on Him today, child,
No matter what storms you face,
He will heal you through His Word,
And all your fears He will erase.
For He is the One who will calm your storm,
By speaking Peace to your heart today.
Put your hand in His hand,
And let Him show you the way!
Here we are already into February. We want to give you a little recap on some of the messages that went forth in January of 2021....
Pastor Brad started off by saying that we need to have a clear vision. We must never forget that the Just shall live by Faith. The Word tells us in Timothy to Fight the good fight of Faith.
He said that we need to assure our hearts and build ourselves up on God’s Word. A child of God should walk in Revelation Knowledge....then we would have true Joy in the church! He told us that God had revealed to him that 2021 was going to be the Year of God’s Favor for His children. God gave him the scriptures of Isaiah 60 – 62 to study and share with the church. (Have you been studying these chapters?)
Isaiah 60 tells us to Arise and Shine forth with the Glory of the Lord. Isaiah 61 shows us that the Spirit of the Lord is upon us. He has promised to comfort the mourning hearts, to give us beauty for ashes, the oil of Joy for mourning and the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness. He shared Ephesians 3:20 with us which says that God is Able to do exceedingly abundantly above ALL that we ask or think! And also, 2 Corinthians 9:8 says that God is able to make ALL grace abound toward us at all times.
Continuing on in the 61st chapter of Isaiah he declared that this IS the year of God’s favor. He said that according to 2 Corinthians 8:9 and 9:8 that poverty is evil, but God is Able to make all grace abound toward us! He said that whatever the world can do....the church can do better....IF we are walking by Faith and doing what God tells us to do. He said that comfort, healing, joy and beauty all belong to God’s children....We simply must Receive it and Believe it! God’s favor can take you anywhere! (Do you Believe???)
The following Sunday, Pastor Brad taught that God’s Grace is receiving what you don’t deserve. He referred to Isaiah 60 and said that the glory of Zion is referring to a place of God’s special presence. He said that we are that place today....the place of God’s special presence....BUT we have a choice, just like the children of Israel....(1) we can stay in the land of slavery/bondage, the Land of Not Enough, with no rights at all and no freedom (Egypt), (2) or we can stay in the Land of Just Enough, not having to stretch our faith, always grumbling and complaining, as they did in the Wilderness, Or (3) we can choose to enter the Promised Land, the Land of More than Enough, a taste of Heaven on earth, Canaan....the land of Super Abundance/ Surplus. He brought out how we cannot be a real blessing to others until we are overflowing with God’s favor. We need to Believe for More than Enough! God has set before us an open door where there is No more Bondage! We need to declare....”I’ve been delivered from the land of Not Enough. I’m moving through the Land of Just Enough and I am entering the Land of More than Enough!!! I am Blessed to be a Blessing. The Glory of the Lord is upon me! It is my responsibility to shine! God wants to transform me and use me to bless others! BUT, we can’t bring the truth to others if it’s not in us! The choice is up to us!
Given to J. Hammack 2-3-2021
When you’re feeling broken hearted,
And the webs of discouragement abound
Pick up the broken pieces, child
That are scattered all around.
Place them in My hands of love.
Sit still in My Presence and wait.
I will cleanse you from all those webs!
My love for you is great!
I will bring you Joy instead of sorrow,
And real Peace instead of fear.
You will sense My Compassion for you
And you will know that I am always near.
Though you may have grown weary,
I will never give up on you!
I have such great plans in mind,
And if you trust Me, I’ll bring you through.
Oh you may not always feel Me,
There are things you do not understand,
But My Presence is always with you
And your life is in My hands.
So bring Me all those broken pieces,
And trust Me to mend and restore.
Place your confidence in Me, child
And know that I have so much more....
More than you can ever
Ask or imagine in your heart.
There are no limits to what I can do
If you will just Believe....that’s your part.
Well.....here we are at the beginning of a brand New Year! Thank You Lord for bringing us through 2020 in Victory. We are declaring this to be The Year of the Lord’s Favor!
Looking back briefly through the messages given in December 2020.....
Brother Perry spoke about the power in the Name of Jesus. Jesus is the Living Word and Hebrews 4:12 tells us that the Word of God is Alive and Powerful. If we are filled with the Word, we too should be alive and powerful. II Timothy 1:6 encourages us to stir up the gift that is within us! Remember, signs follow the believer who operates in both the Name of Jesus and the Word of God!
Then Pastor Brad came and taught us that We ARE the Righteousness of God, through faith in Christ Jesus. He taught from the book of Nehemiah and encouraged the church to take time and study this book as well. He told us that our “temple” needs to be rebuilt and that we need to make the necessary changes in our lives to bring His joy back....Because the Joy of the Lord is our Strength. Yes we need to renew or rebuild, but that can’t take place until we know where to begin....and that, my friend comes through Prayer. Prayer is often an untapped resource, a last resort after every other possibility has been exhausted....BUT Prayer should be our first response, because God is the only One who can rebuild us and correct our situations. We need to fall on our knees to prevent falling on our faces. And we do need one another for encouragement and help...that’s where the Church comes in! Sometimes, we are on the right road, but going the wrong direction. Just turn around and keep the enemy under your feet!
The following Sunday, the Pastor continued in Nehemiah and told us that we need to run “TO” the Word and not away from the Word Discover God’s promises and Live them! Stop worrying – Stop grieving and receive the Joy of the Lord, because the Joy of the Lord is our strength. We are to stay focused on the Lord and bless Him at all times. Continue to Rejoice and don’t worry. The Lord is our Hope and He is Faithful. Romans 15:13 tells us that the God of Hope will fill us with Joy and Peace IF we Trust in Him!
And then the Pastor told us that the Lord directed him to Isaiah 61 and gave him the Word for 2021....”THE YEAR OF THE LORD’S FAVOR”!
Finally, Jonelle ended up the month of December with the message “I Say to You – Hear!” She reminded us that Grace and Truth was ushered into our world through Jesus Christ. She took a part of the Sermon on the Mount from Luke 6:27-48 and showed us what Jesus expects from the Practical Daily Christian Life...(1) Love your enemies, (2) Do Good, (3)Pray for those who hurt you, (4) Be a giver, (5) Treat others like you want to be treated, (6) Show mercy, (7) Stop Judging / Stop Condemning, (8) Forgive, (9) Give and it will be given unto you, (10) Be DOERS of the Word, (11) Build on the Rock, Jesus Christ. We should be God’s Show and Tell in the world.
These are some great instructions to begin and carry on through the New Year. IF you truly want to live in Victory, that is! God is for us and NOW is the child of God’s time to Arise and Shine! Get ready for the Lord’s Favor to be manifested in your life!