“Guard Your Heart” (Continued)

 

GREETINGS FROM THE TEMPLE ….

“Guard Your Heart” (Continued)

Hello to all my Blog followers! Yes, I’m right back at you with the ending to my Blog which posted yesterday. Ending? Yes, after I posted my Blog yesterday, I kept having the feeling that it was not quite finished. I felt that something was missing.

I awoke this morning, had my talk with God. This is what God gave me:

“Guard your heart because that is where God resides!”

Of course, after He gave me this, I immediately went to His Word. (Yes, I love searching Scripture. I love to see confirmation in His Word.) I went to one of Paul’s epistles, Ephesians.   Paul was praying for spiritual growth for the Ephesians. 

“Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong.” – Ephesians 3:17 (NLT)

So, this is more to the account of guarding our hearts. I am sure, the more I search Scripture, the more validation I will find. However, I will stop here. Now it is your turn to search Scripture for additional validation as to why we should guard our hearts.

“Guard your heart above all else.” – Proverbs 4:23 (NLT)

When you take care of God, He will take care of you.

Provisions – Peace – Love – Joy – Comfort – Strength – and so much more!

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“Guard Your Heart”

GREETINGS FROM THE TEMPLE ….

“Guard Your Heart”

Heart. This five-letter word has several representations. Your soul, mind, thoughts, emotions, love, and your life all flow from your heart. Literally, your heartbeat is your life-beat. It is your source of life. Your heart is a muscular organ that constantly pumps blood around your body. Surely, your heart can be surgically replaced with an artificial heart or a donor heart, however, no heart, whether natural, borrowed, or artificial – no life.

“Guard you heart above all else,  for it determines the course of your life.”                             – Proverbs 4:23 (NLT)

Your heart is not only critical to your life-being, it is also critical to your spiritual being. God is your Source of life. Wow! Didn’t I just talk about the heart as being our source of life? Oh, I failed to mention that the five-letter word, h-e-a-r-t, also represents God. Therefore, your heart- beat is your God-Beat. Your heartbeat is God sustaining you.

“I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.”                                  – Psalm 119:11 (NLT)

“When God is in your heart you will think right, live right, and do right.”                                                         – Pastor Victor S. Brice

Our shepherd, Pastor Brice, is constantly telling us to get the Word in our heart. Go deeper into the Word. Read – study – meditate – pray! Ask God to protect your heart from the wiles of the Devil. Why? Because the wiles of the Devil will have you harboring evil thoughts about something or someone, which will lead to evil speech and actions. Good thoughts will produce the right speech and the right actions.

“To control your thought-life is to control your actions.” – Pastor Victor S. Brice

Get under God’s protection and guardianship. Stop blocking God! Let God in! Allow your heart, soul, mind, and thought life, to be under God’s control. Recognize that God is your Heartbeat (God-Beat) – Life Beat – Life Source. Guard your Life Source – guard your Heart!

“For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.” – Luke 6:45b (NIV)

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“Encourage Yourself”

 

GREETINGS FROM THE TEMPLE ….

“Encourage Yourself”

We all have people in our lives that we can rely on to give us words of encouragement: spouses, pastors, ministers, close friends, relatives – just to name a few. This is fine, we should encourage each other. However, there will be times when your network is down, no response, unavailable.  It is 03:00 a.m. – you can’t get to the church. What do you do?

“Call to me and I will answer you.” – Jeremiah 33:3 (NIV)

Yes, time to turn to the Lord, The Source, who is always available. The Network that never shuts down, never sleeps. Prayer will take you directly to The Source. He will answer you. Did you even realize that when you talk to the Lord and stay in His Word, you are drawing closer to Him? Building a better relationship with Him? Encouraging yourself?

“My heart heard you say, ‘Come and talk with me.’” – Psalm 27:8 (NLT)

“When you have a talk with Jesus, He’ll make everything all right.” – Pastor Victor S. Brice

Our church choir used to sing a song called: “Encourage Yourself”

“Sometimes you have to encourage yourself – Sometimes you have to speak victory during the test. And no matter how you feel – Speak the Word and you will be healed – Speak over yourself – Encourage yourself in the Lord.

Yes, this is a good song to sing or listen to while going through this pandemic, this test. When singing praise and worship, He hears you. We touch His ears – He will touch our heart – results – encouragement.

“Sometimes you have to speak the Word over yourself – The pressure is all around – But God is present help – The enemy created walls, but remember giants, they do fall. – Speak over yourself – encourage yourself in the Lord.”

So, as we continue to shelter-in-place, keep encouraging yourselves in the Lord. Smile – trouble only last a little while. Know He is there – know He is your care. He waits on us day and night – to get our postures right. Praise Him! Fervently pray your heartaches away. Cry, if you must – adamantly call the Name you can trust. When this pandemic is over – you will have been changed. Just keep calling on His Name. Encourage yourself!

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“Spiritual Umbilical Cord”

Othella Hill-Jordan                                                                                         April 23, 2020

GREETINGS FROM THE TEMPLE ….

“Spiritual Umbilical Cord”

umbilical cord defined: a flexible cordlike structure, birth cord, containing blood vessels and attaching a human fetus to the placenta of the mother.

Spiritual Umbilical Cord defined: Jesus.

Unlike the umbilical cord that is severed from the mother after giving birth, your Spiritual Umbilical Cord is a Living Cord that can never be severed. He is always there, however, you must acknowledge, confess, believe, and repent. This is salvation – this is being born again:

  • Acknowledge in your heart that Jesus is Lord.
  • Confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord.
  • Believe that Jesus died for your sins and was raised three days later.
  • Repent of your sins.

“For, everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” – Romans 10:13 (NIV)

The Blood of Jesus is your Spiritual Umbilical Cord connection to God and brings spiritual nourishment to your mind, body, and soul. You will feel His love, peace, and joy. You will benefit from His Power, His Protection, and His Provisions. You can then, nurture and grow in your relationship with God in His Omnipresence – Omnipotence – Omniscience.

“Jesus wants His followers to have the same kind of relationship with His Father as He does. He wants us to be with the Father, like He was with the Father, so that the world may know us. It is time for us to let our light shine. Be a reflection of God! It is time for us to glorify God and let the world know who God is.” – Pastor Victor S. Brice

“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”   – John 14:6 (NIV)

Your Spiritual Umbilical Cord is your Way to God – He is your Connection to God.

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“Now Faith”

Othella Hill-Jordan                                                                                             April 16, 2020

GREETINGS FROM THE TEMPLE ….

“Now Faith”

 

“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.”   – Hebrews 11:1 (NIV)

I’ve read this Scripture throughout my Christian life, I’ve even memorized It. However, I must share with you that I have never, I mean never, gotten the real meaning of this Scripture until last night during our, Word on the Web, Bible class. You’re probably saying to yourself, “What? Even I know that!” Ok, let me explain where my thinking was before last night.

i.e. I’ve been reading the Scripture like this: “Then (Now) faith is being sure…” I had been reading the Scripture with the first word of the Scripture “Now” as in (then) and not as an adverb that modifies the word and puts The Word in action. “Now” is an adverb that modifies – puts action – into a noun, which in this case is the word (faith). Ok, English lesson over.

When in all actuality, I should’ve been reading the Scripture as: “Now Faith” – which describes the type of faith and at the same time, puts action in The Word. “Now Faith”.

“Faith is taking God at His Word and acting on it right now.” – Pastor Victor S. Brice

This confirms my epiphany that the writer is talking about “now faith.” Therefore, we must act on faith right away. If for some reason you fail to act on faith or fail to step-out on faith right away, then you must question yourself: “Do I really have “now faith?”

“Faith is an action – not talk, but a walk. Faith must be demonstrated.” – Pastor Victor S. Brice

“Without faith it is impossible to please God.” – Hebrews 11:6 (NIV)

So, there you have it. Please God by showing Him you trust and believe in Him. Let your faith dictate your actions. Let your faith speak for you. Let your faith guide you in your walk. Others should also be able to see by your walk that you are a believer in Christ Jesus.

God’s Word is Truth and His Word comes with responsibility. It is our responsibility to read –heed – then proceed. We must read the Word – obey God’s Commands – then proceed to share His Word with others – make disciples – bring new members to Christ. To diligently seek Him and remain steadfast in His Word is to grow our relationship with Him.

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“Get Out the Way!”

Othella Hill-Jordan                                                                                                     April 14, 2020

GREETINGS FROM THE TEMPLE ….

“Get Out the Way!”

Get out the way! Sounds rude doesn’t it? Perhaps. I’m talking to me, well, maybe you too. Reality, we sometimes must get out of our own way in order to let God do His Work. To say this in more colloquial words we must: “Get out of God’s Business!”

Take a step back. Let God do His Work in you and for you. Quit trying to help Him. He doesn’t need your/our help. “Let go, let God!” – “God’s got it!” – “Wait on the Lord!” When we get in God’s way, we block Him. He can’t help us when we block Him. Once we block God, we open ourselves up to worldliness – to darkness. We’re a hinderance to God. Time to take another step, into the Light. “Walk in the Light – beautiful Light!” “Jesus, The Light of the world.”

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” – Matthew 7:7 (NIV)

Do you see anywhere in this Scripture anything that says once we pray, ask God, we must guide Him or direct Him? What we must do is read – study – live – obey – and share the Scriptures. You can read your Bible from cover to cover and nowhere in the pages of Scripture does it tell you it’s ok to deviate from It. That it’s ok to do things your way. This Scripture is telling us to pursue God, by asking – seeking – and knocking. It’s not telling us to pursue God and take the wheel – take control. God is in control – follow His lead, don’t change things to suit yourself. Don’t change things to suit your ambitions.

“We must align ourselves with the Scriptures – we’ll be covered if we stay under the Will of God.” – Pastor Victor S. Brice

We should always get out of God’s way, but never out of The Way (God). During this shelter-in-place, stay under the teachings of our Pastor, Rev. Victor S. Brice. Let him lead you via the latest media: Livestream – Teleconference – Facebook. During this crisis it is critical that we remain steadfast in His Word. For God has said:

“Remain in me, and I will remain in you.”John 15:4 (NIV)

Let God do the driving – Let God take Control – Get out the way and get in The Way!

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“Rise!”

Othella Hill-Jordan                                                                                         April 11, 2020

BLESSINGS FROM THE TEMPLE ….

“Rise!”

This four letter word, r-i-s-e, can have a multitude of meanings depending on how you use it in a sentence. To rise means movement – raise – ascend – arise – appear – increase – get up. Court room: “All rise!” – the judge is entering the room. Community: “Rise up!” – a gathering or movement. Cooking: dough – breads – cakes – will “rise”. Church: acknowledging God. “Raise your hands in praise – honor – homage” – “He has risen!” – “He got up!” There have been many songs, both secular and gospel written and centered around the word, or a derivative of the word “rise”.

“Rise Up” by Andra Day: “And I’ll rise up – I’ll rise like the day – I’ll rise up – I’ll rise up unafraid – I’ll rise up – And I’ll do it a thousand times again.”    Also: “He Got Up” by Edwin Hawkins: “Death, where is your sting – Sting, where is your grave – Grave, where is your victory. He got up – God raised Him up – He got up – All power in His Hand.”

Stop the sorrow, worry, and anxiety. Stop being afraid! Stop depending on man! God is controlling this pandemic. God has brought the world (us) to our knees, but He has not forsaken us. God is waiting on us to tap into His Power – to tap into His strength. He is waiting on us to acknowledge Who He is and to do what He has commanded.

“Draw nigh to God and He will draw nigh to you.”James 4:8

“Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial.”James 1:12

“Love one another as I have loved you.”John 13:34

How do we deal with this pandemic?

“We deal with it by being in Christ. God will help us with this crisis.” – Pastor Victor S. Brice

What does it mean to be in Christ? Ok, I’ll give you a clue: Resurrection Sunday!

“We get in Christ by accepting what God has done.” – Pastor Victor S. Brice

God is waiting on us. Raise your hands in praise –in honor. Tell God you’re sorry! Yes, we have all done something that we need to apologize for. Repent! Stay strong in the Lord – stay strong in His Word. In due time, God will bring this pandemic to an end. He will bring this world (us) to our feet. We’ll rise!

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“Are You Feeling Low?”

Othella Hill-Jordan                                                                                                   April 6, 2020

HELLO FROM THE TEMPLE ….

“Are You Feeling Low?” 

Are you feeling down – depressed – unmotivated? This pandemic (coronavirus) has a lot of us feeling low. Sheltering-in-place, we’re stuck at home – glued to the TV – listening to the news of the many verified COVID-19 cases and the many deaths as a result of it. This news is making us self-focused, worrying – afraid – anxious. It’s time to redirect our focus. Time to re-direct our focus to God.

“Have you had a conversation with the Lord while sheltering-in-place?”“This is a good opportunity to do that.” – Pastor Victor S. Brice

Have you, as I have, forgotten to include God in your plans? Yes, this sheltering-in-place should include Him. Everything you and I do should include God. Therefore, time to get back on the road to righteousness. Time to do the right thing, and include God in everything you do.

“For the Lord loves the just and will not forsake his faithful ones.” – Psalm 37:28 (NIV)

“Shelter-in-place with the Savior. Plead the Blood of Jesus over your house while you’re sheltering-in-place.” – Pastor Victor S. Brice

Are you still not getting it? Are you still feeling depressed due to this gloomy weather, and the expectation of not having a happy Easter due to this pandemic keeping you from your routine spring shopping for that special outfit to wear on Easter? Or the special decorations you use during this spring holiday?

Stop it!    Stop with all this man-made hype over Easter!

He is Risen! Yes, shout it out! Resurrection Sunday! He is Risen! This is a time for shouting – not reminiscing about prior Easter times. Push, come-to shove, you weren’t celebrating the true meaning of Easter anyway. Jesus died, under the authority of God, but three days later, He came back to save us. Resurrection Sunday! Our Salvation! We believers shout about this! Not the worldly celebration of Easter with new outfits, bonnets, hats, and pretty decorations.

“I dare you to shout! He comes to save – heal – and deliver!” – Pastor Victor S. Brice

Jesus will deliver us from this pandemic. Just keep the faith – keep believing. Keep praying! Keep shouting! Just, as Pastor Brice has said: “He comes to save, heal, and deliver!”   Shout!

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“Wash Your Hands!”

Othella Hill-Jordan                                                                                         March 28, 2020

GREETINGS FROM THE TEMPLE ….

“Wash Your Hands!”

How often as a child, prior to eating or coming in from outdoors, did your mother say to you: “Wash your hands!” or “Did you wash your hands?” During my childhood my mother said this quite often. During this coronavirus pandemic we’re hearing this often. Yes, we need to practice cleanliness during this pandemic because cleanliness is key to eradicating this virus outbreak.

“Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double-minded.” – James 4:8 (KJV)

The above Scripture is a model for this next Scripture:

“For whatever was written in former days was written for our instructions, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.”     – Romans 15:4 (ESV)

Hope – trust – believe – cleanse! Cleanse (wash your hands) – get rid of the ungodly things that you say or do. Purify your hearts, minds, and souls with God’s Word. Most of all, remember His command to love one another and care for one another. We’ve, somewhere along the line, stopped following His command. Why? Life? Has life gotten in the way? We’ve somehow lost our hope (belief). No, let’s not go there. Let’s just say that we’ve gotten so into ourselves that we’ve forgotten where our sustenance comes from. Being happy, successful, his led us to think that we’re the cause. We’re taking credit for what God has done and is doing in our lives.

Redirection! God has gotten our attention with this coronavirus. He is showing us Who is in Control – in Charge. Time for us to redirect! Time to immerse ourselves in His Word. Time to pray – praise – worship – share – love – care for one another – as His Word instructs us.

Wash your hands! This phrase during this coronavirus pandemic has double meaning. Yes, we must practice cleanliness, but we must also wash our hands of the sin in our lives. After you wash your hands the next step is to eat. Partake of God’s Word. Remain steadfast: worship – pray – praise – wisdom. Follow God’s Commands – stay in His Word – share His Word.

“Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.”                          – James 1:12 (ESV)

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“Make A Fist!”

GREETINGS FROM THE TEMPLE …

“Make A Fist!”

How do you make a fist? Start by opening your hand so that the fingers are fully extended – roll your fingers towards the middle of the palm of your hand – then place your thumb across your fingers to lock them in place. By bringing your fingers together and locking them in place with your thumb, you’ve made a fist and created a weapon. Take a moment – give this action some thought. The key word: weapon.

When we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we enter into a spiritual realm with God. We have the gift of Salvation, along with the gift of His Power, which is our strength – His Provisions, when we’re in need – His Peace, during our storms. When we pray, we activate the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit will be in our midst. Praying alone or together activates a Weapon. There is no greater weapon than God.

“For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.” – Matthew 18:20 (NIV)

When we come together in His Name, we are inviting Him to enter into our midst – opening our hands so that He can lock our fingers in place with His Presence – thus making a Fist.

“The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.” – 2 Corinthians 10:4 (NIV)

We are in the middle of a coronavirus pandemic – worldwide. How do we survive this pandemic? Come together – make a Fist!

How do you do this when we’ve been told to physically isolate ourselves from each other?

Technology. Today’s technology allows us to come together without being side by side. STMI uses technology to bring us together by: Live-streaming worship services – teleconferencing Bible study calls – teleconferencing prayer calls. God is in our midst through the use of latest technology which has allowed us to come together and make a Fist.

Continue to pray – praise Him – get locked in – make a Fist! Remain steadfast in the Word!

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