Dream Catchers

BelieveGen 28:10-22 “Now Jacob went out from Beersheba and went toward Haran. 11 So he came to a certain place and stayed there all night, because the sun had set. And he took one of the stones of that place and put it at his head, and he lay down in that place to sleep. 12 Then he dreamed, and behold, a ladder was set up on the earth, and its top reached to heaven; and there the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. 13 And behold, the Lord stood above it and said: ‘I am the Lord God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac; the land on which you lie I will give to you and your descendants. 14 Also your descendants shall be as the dust of the earth; you shall spread abroad to the west and the east, to the north and the south; and in you and in your seed all the families of the earth shall be blessed. 15 Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have spoken to you.’ 16 Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, ‘Surely the Lord is in this place, and I did not know it. 17 And he was afraid and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven!’ 18 Then Jacob rose early in the morning, and took the stone that he had put at his head, set it up as a pillar, and poured oil on top of it. 19 And he called the name of that place Bethel; but the name of that city had been Luz previously. 20 Then Jacob made a vow, saying, ‘If God will be with me, and keep me in this way that I am going, and give me bread to eat and clothing to put on, 21 so that I come back to my father’s house in peace, then the Lord shall be my God. 22 And this stone which I have set as a pillar shall be God’s house, and of all that You give me I will surely give a tenth to You.’”

God gave a word to a man named Jacob, but it was after he was transformed into ‘Israel,’ that he was able to catch it. He knew what the angels were doing because he’d caught it. Jacob saw a ladder, angels taking prayers going up to Heaven’s Gate and angels bringing the answers back down. A transaction took forth. It was a prophetic dream, a lot of symbolism.

In God’s house, there is stuff happening in heaven and earth. This is the first place in Scripture we find something out about the House of God.

Jesus said, ‘On this rock, I’ll build my house.’ You only need one rock. You need a revelation.

What revelations has God given you and how have they changed your life?

Jacob was in awe at this revelation. He recognized God was speaking directly to him. He was even willing to pay tithes! He took the rock that he’d slept on and poured oil on it (symbolizing God’s Spirit). He called that rock a pillar and set it up on the premise of that dream.

The reason why God gave Jacob a vision, a dream, is because something had to stay inside of him in order to get him through some stuff. He’d been lied on and cheated. He got none of the money he’d earned from his father-in-law. He decided after he’d had children that he needed to go home. He had God’s promises. He had that dream and followed it.

He sent his family on ahead and stayed behind to pray. He grabbed an angel because he needed something. He refused to let him go, wrestling with him all night. He held onto those promises. He wanted that blessing—a new name, a new future, peace with his family, change his past, make him different. This encounter was All. Night. Long.

The word he got was in Jacob, but the answer was in Israel. God gave him a promise in his situation, but the fulfillment was in a new nature, a new identity. No longer was there depression and suicidal thoughts, now there was preaching and love and hope and life.

He caught the dream when he became Israel.

If you want the dream, you may have to have an encounter with God. You may have to wrestle for it. It won’t come because of someone else. YOU have to fight for it.

What dream/s do you feel God is calling you to fight for? How will you do that?

This isn’t for Chicken Littles among us. It’s not about doom and gloom. Don’t give up. Never give up! If you have a little chicken in you—fry it!

It is promised that we will suffer. This kind of faith takes a little bit of crazy! But, we have promises to hold onto in spite of our circumstances.

Micah 7:8 “Do not rejoice over me, my enemy; When I fall, I will arise; When I sit in darkness, The Lord will be a light to me.”

In the fight, you will grow a little bit, you will learn about yourself, you change when you wrestle.

Luke 13:24 “Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I say to you, will seek to enter and will not be able.”

Those who don’t make it are the ones who gave up.

Salvation isn’t free, it cost Jesus His life on a cross. Salvation is free—for YOU.

Blessing requires striving, pressing, work!

You can squeeze a grape and get juice. But, you can’t squeeze an olive to get the oil. It must be pressed. If you want something from God, you’ve got to press. If you want to bust loose, you’ve got to press. If you want to change, you’ve got to push through. Those obstacles are no match for pressing in.

Mat 11:12 “And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force.”

Suffer doesn’t mean ‘cause hurt,’ it means ‘to allow.’ Violence doesn’t mean ‘hitting and causing damage,’ it means ‘passion’ and ‘pushing forward’ and ‘pressing.’

It’s about seeking after Jesus with everything you’ve got. If you press in, you’ll get in.

You are not entitled to anything at all. You’ve got to want it enough to work for it, fight for it, press in. Say no to some stuff and yes to God. Do you want the Kingdom more? There is no fear in spending too much time with Jesus. There is no such thing as too much God. Get Jesus in every area in your life. Keep pressing until this is your reality.

What have you given up on? What are you afraid of? What do you feel entitled to? Are you willing to seek the Lord and change what you need to change in order to see those dreams fulfilled?

It should have been ‘The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Esau.’ The second born fought for it and we say, ‘The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.’

Something happens to you when you want more of God, when you say, ‘God, I want more anointing in my life.’

There are strings attached to you and you’ve got to lay them down, your money, your stuff, your identity. If you want God’s will for you, you must give up some things, entertainment, identity, your will. There is a wrestling match going on in your spirit. Pin down that will and call out to Jesus!

Jesus won’t give out freebies. He’s looking for those who’ll kick down some doors.

Gen 38:27-29 “And so it was, when she was giving birth, that the one put out his hand; and the midwife took a scarlet thread and bound it on his hand, saying, ‘This one came out first.’ 29 Then it happened, as he drew back his hand, that his brother came out unexpectedly; and she said, ‘How did you break through? This breach be upon you!’ Therefore his name was called Perez.”

It’s important who breaks through first. In the womb, there’s a fight going on. All of a sudden, it was the time of labor. The first brother stuck his hand out, then the second brother pulled him back and got there first.

That second/first born child was named Perez, which means ‘the blessings and the breakthrough.’

Sometimes you’ve got to reach out and catch that dream.

Luke 16:16 “The law and the prophets were until John. Since that time the kingdom of God has been preached, and everyone is pressing into it.”

You’ve got to press into it.  

You have to be willing to ‘dig deep’ in order to accomplish your God-given dreams. He will help you, but are you willing to give up something good for something better, for something supernatural? What are you going to do to work towards seeing that God-given dream become reality?

This Bible Study excerpted from a sermon preached by Pastor Anthony LoCascio. 

For the full YouTube audio/video, click here.

If you are looking for an Apostolic Pentecostal church and are in the Chicagoland area, come check out The Life Church located at 3030 Central Road in Glenview, IL. Services are Sundays at 1pm and Wednesdays at 7pm. We would love to see you there!

www.thelifechurchofglenview.org

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An Open Door Bible Study

open doorRev 3:8 “I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it; for you have a little strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name.”

1 Cor 16:9 “For a great and effective door has opened to me, and there are many adversaries.”

There is an abundant opportunity for usefulness. God opened a door of faith to the Gentiles. They now had an opportunity to express faith.

2 Cor 2:12 “Furthermore, when I came to Troas to preach Christ’s gospel, and a door was opened to me by the Lord,”

What ‘doors’ have been opened for you? How did the Lord work out the details? Did you have to fight to go through those doors? How was the ‘other side’?

It’s good if you don’t understand Scripture to seek it out. Figure it out. Study to show yourself approved unto God. Don’t just memorize Scripture, seek understanding. Know it. Apply it.

The opportunity for great effectiveness is open. There’s a huge opportunity to do something. You have access to great things from God, but there are adversaries. There is an enemy that will obstruct us.

God has let you in, but there’s an opponent.

Isaiah 22:22 “The key of the house of David I will lay on his shoulder; So he shall open, and no one shall shut; And he shall shut, and no one shall open.”

Rev 3:7 “And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write, ‘These things says He who is holy, He who is true, “He who has the key of David, He who opens and no one shuts, and shuts and no one opens”

Do you understand God’s power in your life? What does it mean ‘He who opens and no one shuts and shuts and no one opens’? How does this apply to your life?

The opportunity that you may not have expected to happen has been granted to you, but there is something in the way. Opportunity granted. Access allowed.

Paul chose to stay in Ephesus because there was an opportunity and Paul wanted to seize the moment before the door shut.

A stronghold is a spot in a wall or gate or a fortress that has fortification, guards, weaponry, a pot of oil over your head. It won’t be easy to break in because of the fortifications.

There is never access given without there being a stronghold. The enemy fortifies any access given to you. You must overcome in order to get in. The opening has an adversary to stir things up against you.

Understand that God’s authority is higher than any other opposition that is trying to stop you from what God has given you.

Abraham was given the land. Isaac, same, Jacob, not Esau, same promise was given. The Israelites were given access to the Promised Land, flowing with milk and honey. The only problem was the big, scary people there and freaked them out. Because the Israelites refused to fight, access was revoked. The occupiers needed to be driven out and God would be with them. Their doubt kept them from what God had for them.

In your life, what doors has God opened, but you had to fight to get through? What hindered you? How did you fight it? Did you eventually get through?

What do you do with the Adversary in front of your Door?

  1. Don’t Quit! Continue to Obey the Lord! This is proof that the enemies are nervous. This is proof that you are in the Lord’s will.
  2. Realize you are doing things right, not wrong. It’s not the absence of God you’re feeling, it’s the presence of the Adversary.
  3. Stay connected. Always understand that you need to be among God’s people to get comfort and strength. In times of distress, you need your brothers and sisters. Regard it as your duty to remain connected.
  4. Be encouraged. You must have mental toughness. This is putting on the mind of Christ and casting down imaginations and every high thing that will come against the will of God. It comes into your heart and comes out your mouth. The power of the enemy is in your mouth.  Don’t speak the devil’s language of negativity and giving up. Instead, speak the heavenly language of victory and overcoming. Take dominion over your mind, heart, and mouth.

David encouraged himself. He looked to others to encourage him and they didn’t. So, David exercised mental toughness. He dealt with rejection from his father and brothers. He could’ve kicked those sheep, but he didn’t. Instead, he recognized that God thought him special and precious and chosen. David chose to worship in the face of rejection. As a teenage boy, he was anointed king. Yet, that was just the beginning. He still had many years of battle before he wore that promised crown. You can run over the devil. Cast down strongholds in your mind.

Knowing the reality of David’s experience, how does that change your perspective on seeing God’s promises come to pass in your life? How does this change your prayer life? Will you fight to go through those doors God has opened for you? What does choosing to encourage yourself look like?

You can walk in only one direction at a time. You can’t think or speak negatively and positively at the same time. One or the other will win out. Don’t speak negative. Choose God’s words for you.

Get excited about the opportunity on the other side of the door!

Fear and confusion and the adversary are in the way, but God wants you to move forward. Go through!

Helen Keller was famous for overcoming blindness and deafness. She said, ‘The marvelous riches of human experience would lose something of rewarding joy without the difficulties to overcome.’

Getting something for nothing loses its value. When you pay for something, you’re more likely to care for and appreciate it.

God knows your heart and how to get deep prayer out of you. He knows how to put you on your knees.

John 10:10 “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”

When God opens a door, no man can shut it, but when God shuts a door, no man can open it.

God has opened a door for you, what are you going to do? Will you fight for it? Or will you run away?

These doors are seasonal, timed, temporary.

YOU HAVE AN OPEN DOOR!

Realize it and recognize it. Keep going and get through that door! Fighting!

  1. Position yourself
  2. Fight the opposition
  3. Rejoice on the other side

What doors has God opened for you recently? What does the opposition look like? How have you prayed through and fought to go through? Have you taken the time to rejoice?

This Bible Study excerpted from a sermon preached by Pastor Anthony LoCascio. 

For the full YouTube audio/video, click here.

If you are looking for an Apostolic Pentecostal church and are in the Chicagoland area, come check out The Life Church located at 3030 Central Road in Glenview, IL. Services are Sundays at 1pm and Wednesdays at 7pm. We would love to see you there!

www.thelifechurchofglenview.org

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Stay Connected

Grafted_blossoming_tree_unidentified_white_pinkJohn 15:1-8 “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. 2 Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. 3 You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. 4 Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. 5 I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. 6 If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. 7 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. 8 By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.”

What does it mean to you to ‘abide’? How do you do that? What does it mean to be connected and how do you keep those connections?

Jesus affirmed who He was over and over again.

Ex 3:14 “And God said to Moses, ‘I AM WHO I AM.’ And He said, Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’”

This is the Name God gave to Moses in the wilderness and the one that the Jews hold in highest esteem. They pronounce it either as Jehovah or Yahweh.

John 8:12 “Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, ‘I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.’”

John 6:35 “And Jesus said to them, ‘I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.’”

John 14:6 “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.’”

John 10:9 “I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.”

In John 15, Jesus is saying He is the Savior, Lord, sustainer, creator. He is saying that He is, in fact, the Great I AM.

We are branches, but in order to live, we have to stay connected to Him.

You can’t have any productivity out there on your own. Disconnected branches don’t bear fruit. Without support, you’ll wither away and die. There must be a flow in and out of your being that can only happen by being connected.

The branch that doesn’t produce fruit is only good for one thing, to be thrown in the fire.

Are you a connected branch or a disconnected branch? How can you tell?

Jer 11:6 “Then the Lord said to me, ‘Proclaim all these words in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem, saying: Hear the words of this covenant and do them.’”

Jer 21:14 “But I will punish you according to the fruit of your doings,” says the Lord; “I will kindle a fire in its forest, And it shall devour all things around it.”

This is prophetic of what happened to Israel when they rejected their Messiah.

God has taken wild branches and grafted them into the vine.

You graft a branch into a very healthy tree right as it’s beginning to bear fruit. When a branch is grafted in, two different trees come together and are fused together like your skin when it’s been cut, it heals.

Rom 11:17-22 “And if some of the branches were broken off, and you, being a wild olive tree, were grafted in among them, and with them became a partaker of the root and fatness of the olive tree, 18 do not boast against the branches. But if you do boast, remember that you do not support the root, but the root supports you. 19 You will say then, “Branches were broken off that I might be grafted in.” 20 Well said. Because of unbelief they were broken off, and you stand by faith. Do not be haughty, but fear. 21 For if God did not spare the natural branches, He may not spare you either. 22 Therefore consider the goodness and severity of God: on those who fell, severity; but toward you, goodness, if you continue in His goodness. Otherwise you also will be cut off.” 

Fat is good in Scripture. It means you’re getting the Spiritual nourishment in order to live.

The door was opened to people who weren’t Jewish. If you want the blessings, you’ve got to continue in His goodness.

The truth will not make you free if you’re not connected to it. How do you get and/or stay connected to that truth? How do you continue in His goodness? 

Rom 11:23-24 “And they also, if they do not continue in unbelief, will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again. 24 For if you were cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and were grafted contrary to nature into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these, who are natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree?”

Jesus said on that last day of Creation, ‘This is very good.’ He formed a man from mud. The body of Adam was made out of dirt.

If you grow something out of that dirt, it’s healthy. You can’t eat dirt, but you can grow things from it. It was only after God breathed into Adam that breath of life. That Spiritual part died when Adam and Eve sinned. Disobedience causes death.

The Bible says we are dead in sin, disconnected from God. Jesus is our total sustenance. Without Him we will die.

Gal 5:22-23 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.”

What kind of fruit are you producing?

In the book of Nehemiah, it talks about rebuilding the wall around Jerusalem. You’re a wall-builder. We are building something as a church in the name of being together with the church, being connected to the Lord.

A sheep has no protection of its own. It needs to be gathered away from the wolves and put inside a place where it’s protected. Sheep simply need to obey the Shepherd.

Psalm 23:1-6 “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2 He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. 3 He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake. 4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. 5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over. 6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the Lord Forever.”

Freddy the fish saw all the stuff going on outside of his fishbowl and wanted to be free. As he grew, he got stronger and stronger. One day, he jumped out and realized that this was not free. A boy came along and threw him back into the bowl. He had realized that he cut himself off from his source of Life. Don’t jump out of the bowl!

The church is not a gas station. You can’t just fill up and then go on your way. The church is not just a social club or a movie theater for your entertainment. The church is a wild branch grafted into the true tree. If you’re disconnected, you’re dead. You’ve got to stay connected.

A brick by itself is just a brick, but a brick connected to the wall is of great strength.

Connection gives you strength.

In what do you seek and find your strength?

You must be connected in truth and Spirit.

The power of Staying Connected:

The Bible says, one can chase a thousand. Two can chase ten thousand.

We are connected to the One who has power over sin, power to heal, power to deliver and save.

If you choose to disconnect, you’ll get eaten by a lion.

A single solo cup can’t hold up a man, but many together can hold up a table and several men!

Fear causes you to run away from safety! How many times have you seen this? We can help each other. You can go to someone who is connected and then get connected again.

How do you react to stress? Are you connected? If you’re not connected, what are you going to do about it? How will you keep yourself connected?

This Bible Study excerpted from a sermon preached by Pastor Anthony LoCascio. 

For the full YouTube audio/video, click here.

If you are looking for an Apostolic Pentecostal church and are in the Chicagoland area, come check out The Life Church located at 3030 Central Road in Glenview, IL. Services are Sundays at 1pm and Wednesdays at 7pm. We would love to see you there!

www.thelifechurchofglenview.org

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Three Things that Bother the Devil

2000px-Coat_of_Arms_of_Moscow.svgJames 2:19 “You say you have faith, for you believe that there is one God. Good for you! Even the demons believe this, and they tremble in terror.”

Mark 6:4-5 “Then Jesus told them, ‘A prophet is honored everywhere except in his own hometown and among his relatives and his own family.’ 5 And because of their unbelief, he couldn’t do any miracles among them except to place his hands on a few sick people and heal them.”

v5 KJV: “And he could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them.”

What is it about God that terrifies the devil? Why does our unbelief affect whether or not we’ll experience a miracle?

The first thing that bothers the devil is the revelation of the one true God. Before there ever was a mountain or sea or river, there was God, only one God, the true God, the Creator, the heavens and the earth Maker. There weren’t planets or stars or galaxies. But, still there was a God and that God determined within Himself to create some things.

He began not with earth, but heaven, a spiritual realm. He created angels. They were there at the creation of the earth.

Gen 1:1 “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.”

The angels worshipped that one God. It wasn’t until a created being (Lucifer) decided he wanted to be god that there was war in heaven.

Rev 12:7-9 “Then there was war in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon and his angels. 8 And the dragon lost the battle, and he and his angels were forced out of heaven. 9 This great dragon—the ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, the one deceiving the whole world—was thrown down to the earth with all his angels.”

Luke 10:18-20 “Yes,” he told them, “I saw Satan fall from heaven like lightning! 19 Look, I have given you authority over all the power of the enemy, and you can walk among snakes and scorpions and crush them. Nothing will injure you. 20 But don’t rejoice because evil spirits obey you; rejoice because your names are registered in heaven.”

This really bothers the devil. There is only one God and His name is Jesus!

You have power over the devil. The serpent bites with the head and the scorpion with the tale. You’ve got power over both.

In place of that dragon, your name has been reserved in that place where an angel has fallen. The devil lost his right that God has now given to YOU!

We will celebrate deliverance from the devil. We will rejoice forever in heaven in the devil’s place.

Why did the angel Lucifer want to be god? Why do we struggle with that same desire? Why do we want power without responsibility?

Satan was always trying to be god, but the true God told him he wasn’t god. So the devil lied and manipulated.

Rev 20:11 “And I saw a great white throne and the one sitting on it. The earth and sky fled from his presence, but they found no place to hide.”

When God reveals His presence in His fullness, everything else gets out of the way. Lucifer will be bound up in fire. Everything will see the glory and presence of God. Everything will bow to Jesus. Everything God has said so far has come to pass, there is no reason that the rest will not happen too! The judgment of God is coming for Satan, not for the church.

2 Peter 2:4 “For God did not spare even the angels who sinned. He threw them into hell, in gloomy pits of darkness, where they are being held until the day of judgment.”

Jude 1:6 “And I remind you of the angels who did not stay within the limits of authority God gave them but left the place where they belonged. God has kept them securely chained in prisons of darkness, waiting for the great day of judgment.”

There is an end to the reign of the devil, but there is no end to the reign of Jesus Christ.

Mat 25:41 “Then the King will turn to those on the left and say, ‘Away with you, you cursed ones, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his demons.’”

There is torment waiting for the devil. An end is coming to the havoc and dominion that Satan has had. This hell isn’t for you, it’s for the devil and his minions. The devil doesn’t control hell, that’s his prison, where he’s going. He hates fire. He doesn’t like his judgment. He has no way out, but you have a way out.

Jesus made a way through His blood. We’ve got a way out, but the devil does not!

Sometimes, you feel so guilty because you got tired and you made mistakes and you want to quit. Plead the blood of Christ. That isn’t coming from inside. Recognize the difference. You get discouraged but plead that blood, it will set you free.

What makes you discouraged? What is the remedy? Where is your hope? You can’t make yourself right, but there is Someone who already paid the price for you. Will you trust Him and allow Him control over your life, every day, in every way?

Eph 6:12 “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.

1 Tim 6:12 “Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.” 

Not only is there no other God, you are one of His children because of His blood.

There is only one gospel. Serve the one true living God, Jesus Christ.

T. W. Barnes in our day was probably the closest thing to Elijah. He asked the Lord to send him to speak to the devil. He wanted to torment them before their time. He told the devil that the devil had never created anything and he ought to be ashamed. He is not anyone’s god, he is just a deceiver.

One time a witch sent a tormenting spirit to him. The spirit came to him to cause him to lose his sleep for a week. He told the spirit to go back to the one who had sent it. A few days later a woman called him and begged for him to call off that spirit, she hadn’t slept for days.

In Jerusalem, the angel Michael greeted him.

He preached nothing new, only the Word of God.

We have all the tools we need. There is no spirit that can stand against God’s people. You have been given authority over the devils.

The second thing that bothers the devil today is the name of Jesus. If it’s used in faith, miracles happen.

Mark 16:17 “And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; “

In the name of Jesus Christ devil’s will be cast out. There is deliverance in Jesus’ name. That name bothers the devil.

Isaiah 52:6 “Therefore My people shall know My name; Therefore they shall know in that day That I am He who speaks: ‘Behold, it is I.’”

Zech 14:9 “And the Lord will be king over all the earth. On that day there will be one Lord—his name alone will be worshiped.”

YWYH means ‘I AM.’ He is here always. He heals, provides, victory (banner), makes us holy (sanctifies), gives peace. He is Lord of lords. He is our righteousness. God alone provides righteousness to man. He is our Shepherd. He is there. He is Lord of hosts, God of all. He is highest, the God who sees, the very highest, from everlasting to everlasting, the mighty God.

Psalm 90:1-3 “Lord, You have been our dwelling place in all generations. 2 Before the mountains were brought forth, Or ever You had formed the earth and the world, Even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God. 3 You turn man to destruction, And say, “Return, O children of men.”

Rev 19:15 “Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.”

Isaiah 12:1-6 “And in that day you will say: “O Lord, I will praise You; Though You were angry with me, Your anger is turned away, and You comfort me. 2 Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid; ‘For Yah, theLord, is my strength and song; He also has become my salvation.’ 3 Therefore with joy you will draw water From the wells of salvation. 4 And in that day you will say: “Praise the Lord, call upon His name; Declare His deeds among the peoples, Make mention that His name is exalted. 5 Sing to theLord, For He has done excellent things; This is known in all the earth. 6 Cry out and shout, O inhabitant of Zion, For great is the Holy One of Israel in your midst!”

John 7:37-39 “On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. 38 He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” 39 But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.”

Mat 1:21 “And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”

The name has great significance.

Do you choose to wield the name of Jesus over your life and situations? If not, why not? Do you recognize the power that you’ve been given in that Name? Do you know Jesus? What can you do to build up your faith to work in unity with Him to use His name more effectively in your life?

Zech 3:1-4 “Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the Angel of the Lord, and Satan standing at his right hand to oppose him. 2 And the Lord said to Satan, “The Lord rebuke you, Satan! The Lord who has chosen Jerusalem rebuke you! Is this not a brand plucked from the fire?” 3 Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments, and was standing before the Angel. 4 Then He answered and spoke to those who stood before Him, saying, “Take away the filthy garments from him.” And to him He said, “See, I have removed your iniquity from you, and I will clothe you with rich robes.”

Jesus was to be the commander of all the armies and take the filthy garments off all the people and rebuke the devil. Jesus is the sacrifice and the judge.

There is healing in the name of Jesus.

Luke 10:17 “Then the seventy returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name.”

Pro 18:10 “The name of the Lord is a strong tower; The righteous run to it and are safe.”

John 14:14 “If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.

The wisemen understood that He was to be the sacrifice as well as King of kings.

There is only one God and His name is Jesus Christ. This bothers the devil.

When you entertain and engage in spiritual warfare without a revelation, you’re doomed.

Do you understand what Jesus’ sacrifice means for your life? Do you understand the deliverance and forgiveness and cleansing and transformation (spiritual change) you’ve been offered? Do you know that this covers not only the past but the present and the future for you? Do you recognize the hope that you can walk in every day of your life?

Jesus isn’t all that excited about defeating the devil. He is more excited about your deliverance and redemption from the devil’s power. He wants to rescue you. That is what excites Jesus!

And this bugs the devil.

David said, ‘Restore unto me the joy of salvation.’ Joy has got to accompany the reaction of salvation. You can’t be saved without joy. You can’t be delivered without joy. If you’re an intercessor, learn to rejoice in the Lord. Don’t carry that burden. Instead, rejoice at what God has done and is doing and will do.

You don’t have to be worried about saying that the devil is a loser. It’s the truth. He’s a loser and you are not.

I believe in one God. I know His name—Jesus. I’ve got the fire!

The Holy Ghost fell on the Day of Pentecost. This was symbolic of the fire that came down on Mt. Sinai. There was a tempest—fire, and wind when Moses received the Ten Commandments.

On the Day of Pentecost, they saw and heard a supernatural symbol that God was doing something new. Fire was on their heads and the wind was blowing and that fire should never go out.

The prophet Jeremiah simply had to speak. It was like fire shut up in his bones.

Fire bothers the devil!

When you’re on fire, you don’t shut your mouth. Fire burns all that chaff, all those things that are ungodly. Fire brings light and warmth.

John the Baptizer was a hard preacher. He called the people hypocrites. He didn’t go to the crowds, the crowds came to him. He knew the Messiah was on His way. He spoke the truth and there were people who didn’t like it. John knew that he wasn’t the Messiah. He knew Jesus was coming with the Holy Ghost and fire!

When there’s a fire, you want to stop the oxygen, but if you blow on it a little bit, it will spread.

The devil hates the fire, especially when it spreads.

Heb 12:29 “For our God is a consuming fire.”

God wants us to burn up with fire, not hellfire, but Holy Ghost fire. 

The devil doesn’t want you on fire. He hates it.

Moses was instructed to never let the fire burn out. In the tabernacle, that fire was what burned the sacrifice. Repentance fire brings praise fire. Always be ready to burn a sacrifice and everything that needs to go.

All fire, even Holy Ghost fire requires fuel. What needs to be consumed by that Holy Ghost fire in your life? What can you determine in yourself to feed that fire? What benefits are there in continuously feeding that fire? What weights and sins do you get rid of? Do you feel lighter?

That fire breeds love that causes you to reach for souls and love people. Let the fire burn and let your light shine to this world! Don’t let that fire ever burn out!

Besides sin and weights, other ways to feed that Holy Ghost fire are through prayer, Bible study, and simply, actively seeking to hear and obey the voice of God. How hot is your fire burning? What else do you need to feed it to keep it burning bright?

This Bible Study excerpted from a sermon preached by Pastor Anthony LoCascio. 

For the full YouTube audio/video, click here.

If you are looking for an Apostolic Pentecostal church and are in the Chicagoland area, come check out The Life Church located at 3030 Central Road in Glenview, IL. Services are Sundays at 1pm and Wednesdays at 7pm. We would love to see you there!

www.thelifechurchofglenview.org

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Your Way or God’s Way? Bible Study

mordor follow meHeb 11:21 “By faith Jacob, when he was a dying, blessed both the sons of Joseph; and worshipped, leaning upon the top of his staff.”

Jacob had faith in God to bless his grandchildren, even on his deathbed.

What kind of faith did Jacob have to trust God, even on his deathbed? What were his priorities in that he was concerned for his children, rather than thinking about himself at his death?

‘Leaning upon the top of his staff.’ Why does Scripture say this?

Gen 25:29-34 “And Jacob sod pottage: and Esau came from the field, and he was faint: 30 And Esau said to Jacob, Feed me, I pray thee, with that same red pottage; for I am faint: therefore was his name called Edom. 31 And Jacob said, Sell me this day thy birthright. 32 And Esau said, Behold, I am at the point to die: and what profit shall this birthright do to me? 33 And Jacob said, Swear to me this day; and he sware unto him: and he sold his birthright unto Jacob. 34 Then Jacob gave Esau bread and pottage of lentiles; and he did eat and drink, and rose up, and went his way: thus Esau despised his birthright.”

Yes, Esau sold his birthright for a bowl of beans. But, Jacob knew his brother would be coming home soon and which way he’d be coming. Jacob knew he’d be hungry and set him up.  He had delicious soup that smelled from a ways off. Jacob planned to take what he wanted. Don’t we do the same? Don’t we make plans to get it?

The next time Jacob did this, he had help from Momma.

Gen 27:15-20 “And Rebekah took goodly raiment of her eldest son Esau, which were with her in the house, and put them upon Jacob her younger son: 16 And she put the skins of the kids of the goats upon his hands, and upon the smooth of his neck: 17 And she gave the savoury meat and the bread, which she had prepared, into the hand of her son Jacob. 18 And he came unto his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I; who art thou, my son? 19 And Jacob said unto his father, I am Esau thy first born; I have done according as thou badest me: arise, I pray thee, sit and eat of my venison, that thy soul may bless me. 20 And Isaac said unto his son, How is it that thou hast found it so quickly, my son? And he said, Because the Lord thy God brought it to me.”

Jacob impersonated his brother. He lied and said God gave it to him! After Jacob brought God into it, Isaac stopped asking questions.

Jacob is a man who epitomizes self-reliance, the ends justified the means. To look at it, we say, morally, you’re wrong. Yet, don’t we do the same? If you rely on yourself, what you can do and what you can accomplish, you are doing the same thing as Jacob.

There are men who rely on their ‘presence’ when they enter a room, very intimidating. Women do the same by relying on their looks.

Where did all this get Jacob?

After he got his daddy’s blessing and his brother’s birthright, it got him the threat of death (from his brother).

Have you ever tried to manipulate things to get your own way? Are you a control freak? How do you handle it when things are not done your way? How do you handle it when you can’t control things? 

God dealt with Jacob while he was on the way to his uncle’s and he had his own encounter with God. He named the place where he saw angels going up and down a ladder Beth-El, House of God. At that moment, he decided to live for God.

When he got to the uncle he had never met before, he saw the most beautiful woman he’d ever seen. Instead of trying to con his uncle (Jacob as usual), he agreed to work for seven years. However, after seven years, his uncle conned him into marrying the wrong girl! So, instead of seven years, he worked fourteen years for the woman he loved. Yet, in all this unfairness, he never worked a con to get what he wanted. He was faithful to God.

Even his uncle noticed God’s favor on Jacob.

Have you noticed the favor of God on your own life when you do things His way? What has He done for you?

Gen 30:27-43 “‘Please listen to me,’ Laban replied. ‘I have become wealthy, for the Lord has blessed me because of you. 28 Tell me how much I owe you. Whatever it is, I’ll pay it.’ 29 Jacob replied, ‘You know how hard I’ve worked for you, and how your flocks and herds have grown under my care. 30 You had little indeed before I came, but your wealth has increased enormously. The Lord has blessed you through everything I’ve done. But now, what about me? When can I start providing for my own family?’ 31 ‘What wages do you want?’ Laban asked again. Jacob replied, ‘Don’t give me anything. Just do this one thing, and I’ll continue to tend and watch over your flocks. 32 Let me inspect your flocks today and remove all the sheep and goats that are speckled or spotted, along with all the black sheep. Give these to me as my wages. 33 In the future, when you check on the animals you have given me as my wages, you’ll see that I have been honest. If you find in my flock any goats without speckles or spots, or any sheep that are not black, you will know that I have stolen them from you.’ 34 ‘All right,’ Laban replied. ‘It will be as you say.’ 35 But that very day Laban went out and removed the male goats that were streaked and spotted, all the female goats that were speckled and spotted or had white patches, and all the black sheep. He placed them in the care of his own sons, 36 who took them a three-days’ journey from where Jacob was. Meanwhile, Jacob stayed and cared for the rest of Laban’s flock. 37 Then Jacob took some fresh branches from poplar, almond, and plane trees and peeled off strips of bark, making white streaks on them. 38 Then he placed these peeled branches in the watering troughs where the flocks came to drink, for that was where they mated. 39 And when they mated in front of the white-streaked branches, they gave birth to young that were streaked, speckled, and spotted. 40 Jacob separated those lambs from Laban’s flock. And at mating time he turned the flock to face Laban’s animals that were streaked or black. This is how he built his own flock instead of increasing Laban’s. 41 Whenever the stronger females were ready to mate, Jacob would place the peeled branches in the watering troughs in front of them. Then they would mate in front of the branches. 42 But he didn’t do this with the weaker ones, so the weaker lambs belonged to Laban, and the stronger ones were Jacob’s. 43 As a result, Jacob became very wealthy, with large flocks of sheep and goats, female and male servants, and many camels and donkeys.”

Jacob pulled another con. He got worried and took matters into his own hands to stack the deck. Instead of asking for God’s leading and peace, he did it himself. What did this get him?

Uncle Laban’s sons told him that Jacob had conned him and ran away. Another death threat followed!

Prov 14:12 “There is a path before each person that seems right, but it ends in death.”

Again, God intervened and Jacob’s life was spared. Uncle Laban wasn’t to curse or bless him, but just let him go.

Now, on the way home, he found out his brother was on the way to meet him with an army. So, he tried to bribe him. He wasn’t sure if it would work so he sent his family off. He still tried to do it his own way, in his own ability and power.

In the middle of the night, he prayed. He knew he conned and swindled and he was afraid. God showed up. Jacob took hold of him and wrestled all night. In this case, ‘wrestled’ means Jacob refused to let go until God blessed him. He held on with everything in him.

Jacob was afraid and knew he needed God to help him. Do you trust that God will help you when you’re at your ‘end?’ Do you think it might be a good idea to do things God’s way from the beginning?

We try in our own power and our own abilities. There’s an epidemic in the world today. People are taking anti-anxiety pills and seeing therapists. They are so messed up, but they don’t see any way out.

They tried to do things their own way, but all they end up with is a mess. It’s never enough, no matter what. Even when they get what they ‘want,’ it’s not really what they wanted, what they needed.

Psalm 37:4 “Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires.”

The suicide rate among celebrities is ridiculous. They’re not happy.

There is joy and peace available. There is comfort and assurance for you. God desires to give you what you need.

Gen 32:26-30 “Then the man said, ‘Let me go, for the dawn is breaking!’ But Jacob said, ‘I will not let you go unless you bless me.’ 27 ‘What is your name?’ the man asked. He replied, ‘Jacob.’ 28 ‘Your name will no longer be Jacob,’ the man told him. ‘From now on you will be called Israel, because you have fought with God and with men and have won.’ 29 ‘Please tell me your name,’ Jacob said. ‘Why do you want to know my name?’ the man replied. Then he blessed Jacob there. 30 Jacob named the place Peniel (which means ‘face of God’), for he said, ‘I have seen God face to face, yet my life has been spared.’”

When Jacob refused to let go of God, he was finally able to be blessed. It was all about reaching for God rather than reaching for whatever you think you want. God’s rewards are so much better. Because of that one night, Jacob’s children are known as the people who wouldn’t let go.

Hold on! Check what you’re holding onto. Hold onto Jesus and you’ll get that peace, that joy, that comfort, that assurance that everything is going to be okay.

What are you holding onto? Is it Jesus? Is it Jesus in every part of your life, or only some things? What do you need to let go of? What do you need to stop reaching for? Do you trust God to be that Help that you need?

Mat 11:28-30 “Then Jesus said, ‘Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.’”

Go where Peace surpasses understanding! When you’re hit with trouble, seek the Lord. He wants to lead you. He will tell you what to do. He will take your burdens and cares. Hold onto Him and He will bless you. He will give you that impossible rest for your soul!

God wants to give you a new name. You may see in the mirror, ‘Loser! Failure! Lost!’ Let Him change your name to ‘Loved! Wanted! Forgiven! Cherished!’

What do you believe about yourself? What do you believe about God? Do you trust Him to help you, even with your mess? Will you choose to do things His way?

This Bible Study excerpted from a sermon preached by Skip Christo. 

For the full YouTube audio/video, click here.

If you are looking for an Apostolic Pentecostal church and are in the Chicagoland area, come check out The Life Church located at 3030 Central Road in Glenview, IL. Services are Sundays at 1pm and Wednesdays at 7pm. We would love to see you there!

www.thelifechurchofglenview.org

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Bible Study: Be Not Weary in Well-Doing

work-2005640_960_720Gal 6:7-9 “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. 8 For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. 9 And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.”

Are you tired? Why?

It’s easy to get tired.

There’s a situation called burn-out that comes to those who are exhausted in giving and doing and serving. The joy of service has been replaced with weariness.

2 Thes 3:13 “But as for you, brethren, do not grow weary in doing good.”

Part of the reason why people grow weary is that we don’t see results quickly enough. If you fish, you see your catch, but not always so in Christian service. There are non-visible results, but that doesn’t mean ‘no results.’

Isaiah and Jeremiah were commissioned by God to preach His Word, but the only thing they ever reaped was despair, ridicule, and fear for their lives. They continued their labor with no observable results.

We’ve read so much from these prophets who have blessed us so much. Yet they never saw it. Centuries later, people are still being blessed by their service. It is the same for you, now. You’ve got children and lost souls depending on you. It’s not time to get weary in well-doing.

There’s a seed that takes about five years to germinate and come out of the soil. Can you imagine waiting five years to see anything happen?

How patient are you? How do you lean on God for strength when you are weary? Do you get disappointed and feel you’ve failed when you don’t see results right away? In light of Isaiah and Jeremiah’s experience, will you change your thinking?

There is life beneath the soil. What God is doing that is not seen, is growing strong. Don’t abort the process. Grow those roots that will give you strength and steadiness in the face of trials.

Any plant that grows requires nurturing.

The Chinese bamboo tree is very interesting. It grows 80 feet tall in six weeks! It needs water, soil, and sunshine. But, it does nothing visible for five years. Then, you can watch it grow before your very eyes, 80 feet!

Developing a root system strong enough to support its growth takes every bit of those five years.

In you, alone, there is no victory, no results, but with Jesus, you will have exponential growth! It’s like watching a miracle. Obeying God is the key.

The farmer doesn’t get the credit for those tall trees. It’s a miracle watching them grow that fifth year, but you see nothing before that.

God looks at you and says, ‘If I bless you, will you take the credit for it?’ God is the One Who does the thing. Let Him get the glory He deserves! The absence of results is not God not working. Instead, it is a process of life beneath the soil.

Are you willing to trust God with your life regardless of whether or not you see results right away? Are you being obedient to Him? Will you continue to be obedient even during times of conflict and disappointment?

If you refuse to get weary, you will see the results.

The Agave Americana takes about ten years to flower. Without flowers, it looks like an aloe plant. It looks like something from a Doctor Seuss book. It is grown for food, antiseptics, and juice.

There are seasons that you go through, growth, fruit-bearing, and pruning. It doesn’t feel good to be pruned. That pruning causes growth back stronger and better than before. If you sow in God, in God you shall reap!

The Himalayas have a ‘magical’ quality about them. There is the Giant Himalayan Lily which, for most of its life, exists as a clump of leaves. After seven long years, mysteriously, it produces beautiful flowers with a lovely scent. This is the Lily of the Mountain. It can grow in all kinds of climates and can grow up to ten feet! But, it takes seven years.

You may be questioning your purpose, but God sees your prayers and your service. God sees and hears it all.

Do you believe that God sees you, hears you? Are you willing to trust His Word regardless of what you see in front of you? What does that look like? How is that different from your attitude and actions right now?

Besides not seeing results, the lethargy of others can be discouraging. 90% of the work is being done by 10% of the people. It can be weary-ing for the ones who do the work.

The problem is arrogance and pride. Who are you to think you deserve a reward from the Lord or the pastor? You will receive your reward if you don’t give up.

Be encouraged in doing good. Encourage yourself!

2 Thes 3:6-13 “But we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you withdraw from every brother who walks disorderly and not according to the tradition which he received from us. 7 For you yourselves know how you ought to follow us, for we were not disorderly among you; 8 nor did we eat anyone’s bread free of charge, but worked with labor and toil night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you, 9 not because we do not have authority, but to make ourselves an example of how you should follow us. 10 For even when we were with you, we commanded you this: If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat. 11 For we hear that there are some who walk among you in a disorderly manner, not working at all, but are busybodies. 12 Now those who are such we command and exhort through our Lord Jesus Christ that they work in quietness and eat their own bread. 13 But as for you, brethren, do not grow weary in doing good.”

Don’t get discouraged by those who don’t understand holiness and prayer and deliverance. Trek on, pray on and continue on in the work of God. It’s not time to get grumpy.

What attitudes, thoughts, and actions do you need to eliminate in your own life? How can you encourage yourself to keep from growing weary in doing good?

2 Tim 3:1 “But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come:”

Yes, the world is crazy, but obey Him and you’ll see Him work your good. Noah worked for over 100 years seeing nothing, no rain, and enduring ridicule. But, he kept working and his life and the lives of his family were spared.

God moves on kings and leaders to do His will. God causes favor to fall on whomever He will.

Understand the hour of the visitation of the Lord. Don’t dig up the seed and check on it. You will abort the process. The temptation is to give up, but don’t!

Why not be weary?

  1. There is a reward. Mat 5:12 “Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” Col 3:24 “knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.” Heb 11:6 “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” Rev 22:12 “And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work.”
  2. There is a need. ‘All that is needed for evil to triumph is for enough good men to do nothing.’ —Edmond Burke. 1 Peter 2:15 “For this is the will of God, that by doing good you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men” Luke 6:35 “But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil.” Heb 13:6 “So we may boldly say: ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?’” Rom 12:21 “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” 1 Pet 3:8-9 “Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous; 9 not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing.”
  3. You will bring glory to God. 2 Cor 3:16-18 “But whenever someone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. 17 For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18 So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.” Heb 13:20-21 “Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, 21 Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.”

What are some of the rewards for not giving up? What are some of the needs that you see around you? How does it change you to know that by your obedience you personally will bring glory to God?

This Bible Study excerpted from a sermon preached by Pastor Anthony LoCascio. 

For the full YouTube audio/video, click here.

If you are looking for an Apostolic Pentecostal church and are in the Chicagoland area, come check out The Life Church located at 3030 Central Road in Glenview, IL. Services are Sundays at 1pm and Wednesdays at 7pm. We would love to see you there!

www.thelifechurchofglenview.org

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‘Let’s Get to the Bottom of It’ Bible Study

397618389_7a5c9fec57_b1 Cor 3:9-13 “For we are both God’s workers. And you are God’s field. You are God’s building. 10 Because of God’s grace to me, I have laid the foundation like an expert builder. Now others are building on it. But whoever is building on this foundation must be very careful. 11 For no one can lay any foundation other than the one we already have—Jesus Christ. 12 Anyone who builds on that foundation may use a variety of materials—gold, silver, jewels, wood, hay, or straw. 13 But on the judgment day, fire will reveal what kind of work each builder has done. The fire will show if a person’s work has any value.” 

We must have a revelation of the mighty God in Christ. There is no such thing as two gods or three gods. There is only one.

Deuteronomy 6:4-6 “Listen, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord alone. 5 And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. 6 And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today.”

Jesus is our foundation.

Col 1:16-18 “for through him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see—such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world. Everything was created through him and for him. 17 He existed before anything else, and he holds all creation together. 18 Christ is also the head of the church, which is his body. He is the beginning, supreme over all who rise from the dead. So he is first in everything.”

There is no such thing as the eternal son, but there is nobody like Jesus. There is one God and His name is Jesus!

How does a revelation of God change your life? Jesus is the name of that one, true God. What difference does this make in your life?

If we have Apostolic identity and continue in the one God message, the message of separation and modesty, then we have Apostolic unity. We weep together and rejoice together. With Apostolic identity and Apostolic unity, we will experience Apostolic growth.

This world pushes discord like never before. This world uses the things of this world to bring the agenda and message of this world which is discord. But, not one thing in the Word of God will fail. ‘Nation shall rise against nation.’ Ethnicities will fight against ethnicities in the end times. ‘Kingdoms will fight against kingdoms.’ These are speaking of leadership. Leadership will fight against leadership.

If we are not careful, we will allow the discord into the church. When we remove ourselves from the things of this world, we can experience something totally different. One Spirit we follow.

We must have an Apostolic identity and Apostolic unity in order to have Apostolic growth.

Eph 2:20-21 “Together, we are his house, built on the foundation of the apostles and the prophets. And the cornerstone is Christ Jesus himself. 21 We are carefully joined together in him, becoming a holy temple for the Lord.”

Why is unity so important? How are you unified with your family, your pastor, your church, and Jesus? What do you need to guard against? What can you do to improve? What can you do to encourage others in Apostolic unity?

Deut 6:12-13 “be careful not to forget the Lord, who rescued you from slavery in the land of Egypt.13 You must fear the Lord your God and serve him. When you take an oath, you must use only his name.”

Acts 4:10-12 “Let me clearly state to all of you and to all the people of Israel that he was healed by the powerful name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, the man you crucified but whom God raised from the dead. 11 For Jesus is the one referred to in the Scriptures, where it says, ‘The stone that you builders rejected has now become the cornerstone.’ 12 There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved.”

There shall be no unity with other ways that are contrary to the Word of God.

When the storm comes, there must be a strong foundation and that is God’s Word.

What does having a strong foundation involve? What do you need to do to have a strong foundation for your life? How can you help others to have a strong foundation?

Josh 24:15-18 “But if you refuse to serve the Lord, then choose today whom you will serve. Would you prefer the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates? Or will it be the gods of the Amorites in whose land you now live? But as for me and my family, we will serve the Lord.” 16 The people replied, “We would never abandon the Lord and serve other gods. 17 For the Lord our God is the one who rescued us and our ancestors from slavery in the land of Egypt. He performed mighty miracles before our very eyes. As we traveled through the wilderness among our enemies, he preserved us. 18 It was the Lord who drove out the Amorites and the other nations living here in the land. So we, too, will serve the Lord, for he alone is our God.”

Psalm 11:3-4 “‘The foundations of law and order have collapsed. What can the righteous do?’ 4 But the Lord is in his holy Temple; the Lord still rules from heaven. He watches everyone closely, examining every person on earth.”

Isaiah 28:16 “Therefore, this is what the Sovereign Lord says: ‘Look! I am placing a foundation stone in Jerusalem, a firm and tested stone. It is a precious cornerstone that is safe to build on. Whoever believes need never be shaken.’”

Nehemiah refused to compromise, not with their enemies, not with his own people who went contrary to the Word of God. This wasn’t saying divorce is okay. It was saying that you don’t need to worship another god. Divorce yourself from that!

If you want to have the identity of Christ, the identity of the church, you must get rid of those things that pull you away from the ways of God.

What is compromise and why is it so bad? How have you compromised and what do you need to do to change that? What do you need to guard against to keep compromise out?

Ezra 3:10-13 “When the builders completed the foundation of the Lord’s Temple, the priests put on their robes and took their places to blow their trumpets. And the Levites, descendants of Asaph, clashed their cymbals to praise the Lord, just as King David had prescribed. 11 With praise and thanks, they sang this song to the Lord: ‘He is so good! His faithful love for Israel endures forever!’ Then all the people gave a great shout, praising the Lord because the foundation of the Lord’s Temple had been laid. 12 But many of the older priests, Levites, and other leaders who had seen the first Temple wept aloud when they saw the new Temple’s foundation. The others, however, were shouting for joy. 13 The joyful shouting and weeping mingled together in a loud noise that could be heard far in the distance.”

There were weeping and rejoicing. They were looking at a foundation, the beginning, and knew they had a great church. God would speak to them and would be pleased with them. Then, their land would prosper. They knew what it meant to please the Lord. There would be safety and freedom and peace and rest.

When there is a church in a community that has Apostolic identity, Apostolic unity, and Apostolic growth, that community is blessed.

We live in a different era, different culture, but God hasn’t changed. There is a difference between tradition and God’s Word.

1 Tim 6:19 “By doing this they will be storing up their treasure as a good foundation for the future so that they may experience true life.”

You’ve got to repent. You need the Holy Ghost. You need to be baptized in Jesus’ Name. This is only the beginning. After these things, there must be transformation, the fruit of the Spirit, continuing in the will and way of God as revealed in His Word.

John 3:5 “Jesus replied, ‘I assure you, no one can enter the Kingdom of God without being born of water and the Spirit.’”

Acts 2:38 “Peter replied, ‘Each of you must repent of your sins and turn to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.’”

What is the difference between tradition and God’s Word? Is tradition always bad? What traditions contradict the Bible? How will you address those and change so that there is no longer a contradiction?

There is a difference between modesty and holiness. You can look holy, but only be modest. If you are mean, but look modest, you’re just modest, not holy. Modesty isn’t a heaven or hell issue, it’s a growth or no growth issue.

There will be people in heaven that will shock you. Don’t major on sleeve length at the expense of kindness. Soul winning is our foundation, but not compromise. Love for the lost is there. We can reach with love and kindness to all people.

Acts 17:6 “But when they failed to find them, they dragged Jason and some brothers before the city authorities, shouting, ‘These men who have turned the world upside down have come here too;’”

If we can get ahold of our Apostolic identity and Apostolic unity, we can have more revival than the early church did. That’s Bible! Believe for 3000+ people.

How is your Apostolic identity? In your thinking and actions, what needs to change? How is your Apostolic unity? In your thinking and actions, what needs to change? How is your Spiritual fruit (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, goodness, faithfulness, and self-control)? What needs to change in your thinking in order for your actions to reflect greater, healthier fruit?

This Bible Study excerpted from a sermon preached by Pastor Anthony LoCascio. 

For the full YouTube audio/video, click here.

If you are looking for an Apostolic Pentecostal church and are in the Chicagoland area, come check out The Life Church located at 3030 Central Road in Glenview, IL. Services are Sundays at 1pm and Wednesdays at 7pm. We would love to see you there!

www.thelifechurchofglenview.org

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The Disciple’s Call Bible Study

019-lumo-jesus-disciplesLuke 9:23 “Then he said to the crowd, ‘If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross daily, and follow me.’”

Luke 14:27-28 “And if you do not carry your own cross and follow me, you cannot be my disciple. 28 But don’t begin until you count the cost. For who would begin construction of a building without first calculating the cost to see if there is enough money to finish it?”

If you’re not a Christian, what habits do you think you need to give up in order to follow Jesus’ way? If you’re a Christian, what habits from your past life did you have to give up in order to become a Christian? What do you still need to get rid of in order to give up your own way?

Jesus said, ‘If you follow Me, I’ll make you fishers of men.’ This is a formula for soul winning.

There were people that came to Him and heard Him, but… They had excuses. Jesus had an answer for every argument. You have to give up everything in order to follow Him. You have to follow the formula that Jesus gave.

In both the Greek and Latin the word ‘disciple’ is translated as ‘learner’ or ‘scholar.’ In all cases, discipleship implies that the learner not only accepts the views of the master but also practices them.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer said, ‘When Christ calls a man He bids him come and die.’

Gordon McDonald said, ‘True Discipleship is an all-out commitment to the Lord Jesus Christ.’

You can’t make disciples until you are a disciple. You can teach Bible studies and teach and preach and sing, but if you are not a disciple, you will never be able to be a disciple-maker.

Definition of a disciple

The term ‘disciples’ occurs 269 times in the New Testament. The Disciples were first called Christians at Antioch (Acts 11:26).

Disciple… Greek: mathētēs, ‘a learner, pupil,’ ‘a follower of a teacher/master,’ ‘imitators of their teachers’

You don’t come up with your own philosophies when you’re a disciple. You don’t come up with your own methods. You follow His methods, His philosophies. You make His rule of life and conduct your rule of life and conduct.

How do the world’s philosophies and rules of life and conduct conflict with Jesus’? Have you allowed some of the world’s philosophies and rules of life and conduct to influence your own rather than following Jesus’ way? Take some time to search this out in your own life.

As lost people, pagans, out-and-out sinners in the world today, there are three problems in discipling.

  1. Intellectual problem, Science seems to be against the Word of God. The challenge is to decide Who Jesus is. Is He the way, the truth, and the life? The Bible has something to say about intellect. You can’t be a disciple in just your head. It’s got to get in your feet and hands and heart. You’ve got to love the Lord with all your heart, soul, strength, and mind. Phil 2:5 “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:” You must make a decision to walk towards Him. You must imitate the thoughts and actions of the Master. If you’re going to be a Christian, you can’t just say things. You have to walk away from some stuff. Lesson one is come.
  2. Moral problem, meeting the high standards of Jesus Christ is a problem for some. If you want to be a disciple, you have to pay a price. Are you willing? You can’t take the name without paying. You can’t put Jesus in your life and still have sin. You are going to have to quit lying and sleeping with that person who isn’t your spouse. You must handle and deal with the moral stuff. You can’t cheat in school. Get rid of the things that aren’t right in your life. Morality matters. You’ve got to become something else. You can’t live a clean life today on your own. You can live a clean life with Jesus. “I have been crucified with Christ.” Rom 6:14 “Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, you live under the freedom of God’s grace.” It’s a lie that you’re never going to be ‘good enough’ for Jesus. You will stumble but make progress. Press forward. Look for that brighter future. Sin no longer has a hold on you when you have Jesus in your life. To come after Jesus, you must deny. You must reject one person—YOU! We want luxury and food and sleep. This isn’t promised. Gal 5:24 “Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there.” A disciple says, ‘I have no opinion.’ If you have already committed yourself and you make a mistake, if you confess and repent, He is faithful to forgive and cleanse from sin. You don’t have to disqualify yourself when you mess up. Go to Jesus and deny yourself and be forgiven. Lesson two is deny.    
  3. Passion problem, Jesus wants to be Lord over every aspect of your life, connected to every emotion you have. All your emotions must be surrendered. It’s hard in the presence of God to not be emotional. He died for you and made a way in the midst of something impossible. You should have more passion for Jesus than you do for football. Team Jesus wins every time. He never loses. Why not cheer and have joy? Your emotions must be submitted to Jesus.

Disciple’s Call

  1. The Call to Come to Jesus, the person Jesus Christ, He will make your sins white as snow. He calls you to Himself. ‘Whosoever will, come.’ The first call is not to preach or to mission work or to music or some job. The first call is to come to Jesus. Get a hold of Jesus and get ahold of His identity. Seek Him. Put your trust in Jesus. Search for Him, seek for truth. ‘If you search for God, you’ll find any spiritual thing out there, but if you search for truth, you’ll find Jesus every time.’ Jesus IS Truth!
  2. The Call of Consecration, you are called to be a living sacrifice, separated, set apart. John 8:31-32 “Jesus said to the people who believed in him, ‘You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. 32 And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.’” If you refuse to continue in His Word, you are not a disciple. You might be a believer, but you have to follow Him, His will, His way in order to be a disciple. You can be a believer and be bound. John 8:36 “So if the Son sets you free, you are truly free.” It’s possible to be a believer and not be consecrated to Jesus. You must give Jesus the keys to every aspect of your life, your home, your family, your spouse, your job, your finances, your free time, your future. Stop thinking you know better than Him and trust Him. Col 2:6 “And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him.”
  3. The Call to Serve, you’ve got to work! Servanthood is a part of discipleship. Care about other people. ‘I will gladly spend and be spent if it will profit you.’ What can you do to bless somebody else?

Have you answered these calls to be a disciple? Do you come to Him every day? Do you pray and read His Word? Are you faithful to His way instead of your own? Do you serve others—His way?

A real disciple makes disciples. Jesus said if you do these things, He will make you fishers of men. Built into the program of being a Christian is about caring for people who aren’t Christians yet. You’ve got to love them and see them the way Jesus does, priceless.

Someone told President Lincoln that he shouldn’t make friends with his enemies but destroy them. Lincoln replied, ‘Have I not destroyed my enemies when I make them my friends?’

Are you a disciple that cares about making disciples?

Love will cause you to care, to serve, to consecrate, love for the Word and love for the Lord.

This Bible Study excerpted from a sermon preached by Pastor Anthony LoCascio. 

For the full YouTube audio/video, click here.

If you are looking for an Apostolic Pentecostal church and are in the Chicagoland area, come check out The Life Church located at 3030 Central Road in Glenview, IL. Services are Sundays at 1pm and Wednesdays at 7pm. We would love to see you there!

www.thelifechurchofglenview.org

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Love Is Action

Soldier in Action‘When you walk into your true calling, in many cases, within six months, you’ll be stripped of everything but your call.’  —Nona Freeman, missionary

What has God called you to do? What have you given up in order to achieve it?

Get through on the strength of your call. If you’re called, God will supply. Know that God is true. If you are going to call yourself Apostolic, you need to act (and think) the way they did in the book of Acts.

In the story of David and Goliath, Saul tried to persuade David not to fight.

There are men and women who are more qualified than you to do whatever, but when God calls you, it doesn’t matter your qualifications, God will see you through.

1 Sam 17:34-35 “But David persisted. ‘I have been taking care of my father’s sheep and goats,’ he said. ‘When a lion or a bear comes to steal a lamb from the flock, 35 I go after it with a club and rescue the lamb from its mouth. If the animal turns on me, I catch it by the jaw and club it to death.’”

David grabbed the lion by the beard and killed it.

What have you had to battle (your own doubts and flaws, other people, and/or circumstances) in order to fulfill your calling?

If you are going to be Apostolic, there is a lot more you have to do than show up on Sunday.  A lion took one lamb from the flock. David’s mentality was one lamb was worth going after. That means one soul is worth fighting for.

There are lost souls in this city. People are going to die and go to hell. Get a burden in your spirit to do something about those precious souls.

One lost soul is too many. One person dying and going to hell is worth fighting and dying over.

Do you realize God is in control? How do you act out your faith? 

If the devil is fighting you, there’s a reason for it. God is in control.

Jude says to walk into hellfire and pull souls out!

Jude 1:20-23 “But you, dear friends, must build each other up in your most holy faith, pray in the power of the Holy Spirit, 21 and await the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will bring you eternal life. In this way, you will keep yourselves safe in God’s love. 22 And you must show mercy to those whose faith is wavering. 23 Rescue others by snatching them from the flames of judgment. Show mercy to still others, but do so with great caution, hating the sins that contaminate their lives.

David didn’t respond with prayer when the lion took the lamb. David didn’t think to protect the ones he had left. His response was to go after that lamb. It doesn’t matter how much you fast and pray, if you’re unwilling to grab the lion by the beard, you will not be doing what God wants you to do. Love is action!

Dying on the cross was love!

Love better drive you to action or it’s not real love.

What is love in action to you? How have people shown you love? How do you show love?

It’s time to go out after those who are lost. Do you want to be a book of Acts church? Or do you want to be a western civilized church? Showing up for a happy-clappy club meeting and call it church doesn’t cut it. Apostolic is more than Acts 2:38. Apostolic is a lifestyle and demonstration of God’s love and power in this world.

What would happen if Apostolics were to get out and demonstrate with miracles and love and reaching out? Fill our cities with that truth that sets us free.

Mark 16:15-17 “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. 17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;”

Miracles don’t happen because you don’t go out. In order for signs to follow, there must be a Word to confirm.

God is alive and well. He is able to still do miracles! He loves you!

How are you going to take these truths and apply them to your life? How does this change you?

This Bible Study excerpted from a sermon preached by Pastor Joe Giunta. 

For the full YouTube audio/video, click here.

If you are looking for an Apostolic Pentecostal church and are in the Chicagoland area, come check out The Life Church located at 3030 Central Road in Glenview, IL. Services are Sundays at 1pm and Wednesdays at 7pm. We would love to see you there!

www.thelifechurchofglenview.org

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Are You Ready for the Storm?

Joseph_Mallord_William_Turner_-_Snow_Storm,_Hannibal_and_his_Army_Crossing_the_Alps_-_WGA23167Job 37:5-13 “God thundereth marvellously with his voice; great things doeth he, which we cannot comprehend. 6 For he saith to the snow, Be thou on the earth; likewise to the small rain, and to the great rain of his strength. 7 He sealeth up the hand of every man; that all men may know his work. 8 Then the beasts go into dens, and remain in their places. 9 Out of the south cometh the whirlwind: and cold out of the north. 10 By the breath of God frost is given: and the breadth of the waters is straitened. 11 Also by watering he wearieth the thick cloud: he scattereth his bright cloud: 12 And it is turned round about by his counsels: that they may do whatsoever he commandeth them upon the face of the world in the earth. 13 He causeth it to come, whether for correction, or for his land, or for mercy.”

2 Sam 22:11 “And he rode upon a cherub, and did fly: and he was seen upon the wings of the wind.”

A storm is defined as ‘a violent disturbance of the atmosphere.’

Storms can be seen as negative and destructive. But God uses storms for His purpose. Have you ever considered the possibility that God is using the storm to minister or reach people?

Yet, even David wanted to get away from the storm.

Psalm 55:6-8 “And I said, Oh that I had wings like a dove! for then would I fly away, and be at rest. 7 Lo, then would I wander far off, and remain in the wilderness. Selah. 8 I would hasten my escape from the windy storm and tempest.”

There are those who choose to hunker down and face the storm, but in order to survive, there must be preparation. Very few are willing to stay and discover God’s will in the midst of a storm. It’s not our will to discover, it’s our will to be delivered. Sometimes, God sends storms not for destruction, but for instruction.

What have you learned in the midst of a storm? Usually, people react to deliverance with praise, but in the midst of a storm, do you seek instruction?

Change, alteration, instruction, newness that may not feel comfortable, but if you learned something, growth can come from a storm. Revelation can come through a storm. Looking through rubble in the aftermath of a storm can reveal things. You learn something and make changes so that you never have to deal with it again. God will use a storm to put a mirror in front of your face. If you can’t hear from God, He’ll send a storm.

Endurance in the storm teaches you something. You learn, you grow, you change, you alter. Learn to be prepared next time.

There are plenty of storms going on, hurricanes, destruction, etc. You lose things that aren’t tied down. In the natural, there are all kinds of instruction available, both written and video.

In order to prep your home (and your spirit), you’ve got to tie things down. A little umbrella won’t cut it in a hurricane.

Have you forgotten to tie things down? When things go crazy, do you have Scripture verses to quote to yourself, to remind yourself of God’s promises, His will, His Word, His way? Have you crisis proofed the things you care about?

Another thing you must do in preparation for a storm is to secure windows and doors. Strong winds can make little openings bigger. Reinforce the entrances in your life. Anything that’s valuable in your life can perish in a storm. Your reputation, your children, your marriage must be reinforced. Get prepared for the storms, the big ones.

Jesus is the only answer, the only protection, the only anchor in the midst of the storm.

Mat 7:24-27 “Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: 25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. 26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: 27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.”

Storms come to the wicked and the righteous, the prepared and the unprepared. The sand is beautiful, but unstable. Only Jesus is stable, unchanging, secure. He is your Comforter.

Whether the storm comes from God for mercy and correction, the devil to teach you to fight, or you walk into it through disobedience, you’ve got to get prepared. It’s okay to ask for help in the midst of the storm. It’s okay to say, ‘Jesus, save me!’ In the freakout, seek Jesus. He will answer if you’ll quiet yourself and listen. If you’re prepared, there will be less freakout. Preparation is an act and mindset of maturity.

Job 38:1-4 “Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said, 2 Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge? 3 Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I will demand of thee, and answer thou me. 4 Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding.”

God said some serious stuff. He said, ‘Gird up your loins like a man.’ After God got done talking, Job said, ‘I was wrong.’ God wasn’t there to pamper Job.

God speaks in the whirlwind. Are you ready to listen?

Naham 1:3 “The Lord is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked: the Lord hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet.”

Man is small and frail, God is strong and mighty. Man is clay, God is the potter. Man with God make a good team.

When you need correction, God will take you to the school of hard knocks. Learn how to avoid getting your windows knocked out. Learn how to pray and how to handle stress. If you have personal disobedience, God will send you a correction storm. Humble yourself and receive the good that God gives even in the midst of a storm.

Storms of financial disaster are God trying to correct the problem in the first place. Remember God doesn’t want to destroy you, He loves you and wants to transform you.

What are some storms you have experienced and how did you deal with them? What did you learn? What did you do to get prepared for the next one?

Prov 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”

Relationships that are broken will eventually get fixed if you are willing to prepare and make changes. Some of the situations you find yourself in, Jesus wouldn’t be in. The question, ‘What would Jesus do?’ doesn’t work because He wouldn’t do what you did in the first place to get where you are! But, Jesus will help you make the changes you need to make so you don’t end up in those situations again.

If you sow enough seed, something will grow, but it isn’t immediate. You’ve got to be patient.

Sometimes, Satan will send storms that God allows as a test of your faith. The power might go out, but ‘Thy Word is a lamp unto your feet and a light unto your path.’ Get a Word in your spirit.

Be prepared.

A storm-proof house has a sump pump, to get the storm out. A Satanic storm attacks your mind. God will never put you through depression, blaming yourself, to teach you a lesson. Learn how to sump-pump out the negative stuff. Learn to be prepared for negativity when it comes.

Every day, tell yourself you will not be discouraged. Encourage yourself in the Lord. Speak good, godly things to yourself. What God thinks about you is better than what you think of yourself. His opinion is better than yours—always.

Words produce pictures, pictures produce feelings, feelings produce action, and actions produce destiny. Speak life and hope and truth and love.

Learn how to sustain yourself and trust Jesus to be and do what He said He would be and do. He is your strong tower, your fortress, He will never leave you nor forsake you. Paul brought Jesus into the prison with Him. Jesus was in the storm walking on water. Situations will happen, but if you prepare yourself, you will recognize His voice and His presence.

God can help you find your way.

Can you get a Word from God without anybody’s help? Some have insurance, but do you have spiritual insurance? Do you have Word from God insurance, worship insurance?

‘When the music fades, and all is stripped away…’ When the storm comes, you will either experience deliverance or discovery.

The battle isn’t won on the field, it’s won in preparation.

Goliath was a champion fighter, well trained. David was a teenager, untrained in battle, but he was the only one confident enough to fight. He had already killed a lion and a bear to save his sheep. That was his preparation. David’s sling was a simple, but highly effective weapon. A sling has the power of a 45 caliber handgun. If you’re accurate enough, you don’t need to get close. David had every intention of killing Goliath and knew how to do it. He did it in an intelligent way. He taunted Goliath but stayed far enough away to be able to hit him. David probably hit the lion and bear with his sling first, then killed them, the same way he killed Goliath.

Are you ready for the battle? Are you rapture ready? If not, what further preparation do you need? What do you need to get hold of and tied down and what do you need to get rid of?

This Bible Study excerpted from a sermon preached by Pastor Anthony LoCascio. 

For the full YouTube audio/video, click here.

If you are looking for an Apostolic Pentecostal church and are in the Chicagoland area, come check out The Life Church located at 3030 Central Road in Glenview, IL. Services are Sundays at 1pm and Wednesdays at 7pm. We would love to see you there!

www.thelifechurchofglenview.org

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