“Communication – Communication – Communication!”

 

GREETINGS FROM THE TEMPLE …

“Communication – Communication – Communication!”

When looking to buy a house a realtor will tell you that the most important feature to look for is: “Location – location – location!”

In our relationship with God it is of utmost importance to acknowledge Him – acknowledge His presence through prayer. What is prayer? Communicating with God. Communication – Communication – Communication!

“Am I only a God nearby, and not a God far away?” – Jeremiah 23:23 (NIV)

Reality, we are always in His presence. He is a God that is always near – always close by. Acknowledge Him – talk to Him – pray – overcome your stumbling blocks while building your relationship with Him. Your relationship with God should be built on the solid foundation of prayer. Prayer is vital. Before making your next decision communicate with God.

“Every decision without God you’ll end up on a dead-end street.” – Pastor V.S. Brice

His Word is also vital to your relationship with Him. Get anchored in His Word – grow in His Word. Your relationship with Him will become more intimate and personal. Getting to know Him – believing – confessing – repenting – acknowledging His presence is our salvation. As you grow in His Word – your prayer life will follow.

“I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.” – John 17:26 (NIV)

“Decisions determine your destiny. Don’t delay your destiny.” – Pastor V.S. Brice

Make the decision to communicate with God – trust – obey – talk to God at every opportunity. Talking to God is life-changing – it will change your perspective – it will change your life. It will change your destiny. Take your relationship with God to the next level through communication!

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“Under Attack!”

GREETINGS FROM THE TEMPLE …

“Under Attack!”

“The more you focus on the Word – reading, hearing, serving – the more attacks you’ll receive from the Devil.” – Pastor V.S. Brice

We are all subject to daily attacks from the Devil. It is critical that we arm ourselves with the full armor of God. We need His help to fight what is not seen.

“Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” James 4:7 (NIV)

“Prayer energizes your armor.” – Pastor V.S. Brice

Armor: Belt of TruthBreastplate of Righteousness Shoes of Peace – Shield of Faith – Helmet of Salvation – Sword of The Spirit?

Pray consistently, adamantly and openly. Make prayer contagious. Let others see and hear you praying, they will follow your lead. Acknowledge His Preeminence – His Power – He will provide peace – joy and protection. Pray His Word back to Him.

“ …… God’s Word is an indispensable weapon.” – Ephesians 6:17 (MSG)

Arm yourself with His Truth – guard your heart with His Righteousness – stand on His Peace – shield yourself in Faith – let the salvation that He freely gives protect you – remain in Him, His Spirit will remain in you. You’re now locked and loaded for battle!

Commitment – persistency – intensity – unity – steadfast in the Word of God. Stand your ground! Pray! Energize your armor! Victory will follow.

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Blessings!

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“Action!”

GREETINGS FROM THE TEMPLE …

“Action!”

Being fed requires action on your part. You can’t just sit and wait on your pastor – teacher – or preacher to feed you the Word and not act on It! He’s leading you to the Water – it is up to you to drink It! Action!

“But whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” John 4:14 (NIV)

Why are we not feeding on the Word being generously given to us by our pastors – teachers – preachers?

“We join church expecting others to feed us. The church is not a country club with perks and privileges.” – Pastor V.S. Brice

Let go of the mind-set of waiting to be fed. Waiting to be fed is stalling your Spiritual growth. It will cause complacency.

To be fed is to hear the Word – read the Word – act on the Word or apply the Word to your life situations. No one can do these things for you. However, in order to hear – read – act on or apply the Word, you must first understand the Word.

How often do you attend church and come away not understanding exactly what was being taught?

Ok, if this has happened to you then it’s up to you to find clarity in the subject. How do you do this? Attend Bible Study. Ask the person delivering the Word for clarity. Simple! Yet, many of us will hear the Word – not completely understand the Word – but fail to ask for clarity. You will never grow in the Word if you do this.

The pastor is doing his part – delivering the Word. It’s time for you to do your part. It’s feeding time! Act on the Word – make the Word an intricate part of your everyday life. Serve Him! Get up out of that pew and get to work! Pray for your pastor – leader! God is leading him to shepherd you. Let go and let God lead you to serve Him! Action!

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Blessings!

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“Praise Him!”

 

Sing: “Praise Him – Praise Him – Praise Him – Praise Him

            Jesus – Blessed Savior – Is worthy to be Praised!”

“Let the name of the Lord be praised, both now and forever.” – Psalm 113:2 (NIV)   

You cannot have a successful prayer life without praising Him. Praise Him through Word and song.

“Praise correlates with Word.” – Pastor V.S. Brice

The more you focus on the Word – hearing – reading – serving – the more attacks you’ll receive from the devil. Why is that? Because the devil wants you on his team.

“Develop your prayer life – the devil will flee.” – Pastor V.S. Brice

Pastor Brice has started a series of teachings on how to develop your prayer life. “How to Make Prayer Work”      1) Be Sensitive  2) Be Submissive  3) Be Steadfast 4) Be Separate  5) Be Sincere.

Read: James 4:5-10 for the Scriptures that correlate with statements #1 to #5.

No matter where or how the devil makes his attack, we must counter his attacks by being more fervent in prayer. We must quit making the devil laugh with our lackadaisical prayers – our “ho-hum” type prayers. Quit giving him a foot hold in your prayer life.

When the devil attacks – pray harder! Be sensitive – be submissive – be steadfast – be separate – be sincere in your prayers. Make the devil flee!

Give God the glory and the honor. Listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit. He’ll teach us to pray for things that honor God.

“Prayer is about aligning your will with the Will of God.” – Pastor V.S. Brice

God put Himself in us. He put His Holy Spirit in us so that we could connect with Him.

“Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts.” – Galatians 4:6 (NIV)

Don’t make the mistake of overlooking what God has put in you. Align your spirit with that of the Holy Spirit. This is a sure way of making the devil flee. Praise Him!

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“Are You A Partaker?”

 

A partaker is a person who consumes, indulges, joins or takes part in an activity or action. Ok, so a better question would be: Are you a partaker of God’s Power – Peace – Glory? Do you pray?

“When we call on His Name, we become partakers of His Power – Peace – Glory.”    – Pastor V.S. Brice

Call on Him! Just calling His Name is powerful. Even the song says: “There’s power in the Name of Jesus.” His Powerful – Glorious Name! Pray! Intercede on the behalf of others – communities – governments – world situations.

“Therefore, confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.” – James 5:16 (NIV)

“Prayer should be something you can’t stop doing – you can’t control.” – Pastor V.S. Brice

Prayer is simple talk with powerful results. When praying you’re connecting to The Source, God. Praying ignites God’s Power and gives Him control over any and every situation. Realize that you need Him, you can’t do it alone. You must partake!

“Get in the car and ride – He doesn’t need any back-seat drivers.”   – Pastor V.S. Brice

“Jesus take the wheel!” I’m sure you’ve heard this statement before, but what does it mean? It means, “Jesus take control!” Connect with God through prayer! Give Him control over your life. Trust Him! Be like Jesus! Jesus always took time to pray to His Father. He would often go to a quiet place to pray.

“But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.” – Luke 5:16 (also) “After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray.” – Matthew 14:23 

Remember to partake and make prayer a priority in your life. Be consistent – be committed – and you’ll be comforted in prayer. May, The Source be with you!

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Blessings!

Solomon Temple Ministries International – Blogger – Othella Hill-Jordan

“Getting to Know You”

 

How do you get to know someone? Talk (communication) – devote time listening and observing (concentration and observation) – work or volunteer with them (obligation) – discover who they are and share (revelation). Engage in a Relationship. This is how you get to know someone.

Communication (pray – talk) – concentration (listen) – observation (contemplation) – obligation (serving – working) – revelation (discovery – sharing) = relationship.

Can we do this with God? Yes, we can! Start with talking with Him. Pray! Then, get in His Word and stay in His Word. Make the commitment to participate in Bible study. You can’t get to know Him if you don’t know His Word. Expand your search of Him. Talk – listen – and abide. 

“For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.” – Romans 15:4

“Prayer is reciprocal, put it out there and it’ll come back. Keep engaging in prayer, you’ll see a return. When you know His Word, you can pray His Word back to Him.” – Pastor V.S. Brice

Don’t worry about using formal (Biblical) words, nor be anxious about what to say. Speak to God the same way you speak to your closest friend or relative. You can do this while sitting – standing – kneeling – or prone. However, I suggest you get into a quiet place (no interruptions) so that you can concentrate on Him and Him alone.

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” – Philippians 4:6 (NIV)

“Prayer helps us see the great expectations God has for our lives. Develop these expectations through prayer.”   – Pastor V.S. Brice

“Pray without ceasing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:17 (KJV)

A good servant is an obedient servant. Therefore, stop worrying about it – consistently pray about it! He is waiting on you!

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“How Are You Doing?”

 

Three simple words, however, answering these three simple words can range from smiling happily with a positive report or not smiling at all but still positive with: “I’m fine, thanks for asking. How are you?” Only the person close to one who is positive but not smiling will know that something is wrong. Time to intercede on their behalf and ask God to cover them during their troubling time or bless them with their needs.

Trouble don’t last always! We hear this often yet fail to look to the One who can help us during our trials. We must make it a habit to pray more, pray often, and pray for self as well as others. I must admit that I’ve been guilty of leaving myself out of my prayers. Intercessory prayer is great, but don’t forget that you need prayer just as much as anyone.

“The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their trouble.”

Psalm 34:17 (NIV)

Other than God, you are the first to know when you’re in need of prayer. Praying for yourself is the one selfish act that is not defined by selfishness. God wants us to care for the well-being of others and He wants us to care for ourselves as well.

“Depression will make you disappear.” – Rev. Seymore Brice

Yes, when we’re worrying – stressing – depressing about our problems we’re out of circulation, so-to-speak. We withdraw from family – friends – acquaintances – the public. We disappear into a world of our own making. Pray! Communicate with God! Then, wait! While waiting, praise! Praise Him during your wait!

“And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.” 1 Peter 5:10

Take care of yourself – bring back those smiles that really mean something. Lift Him up – praise Him – then lift your hands to Him and pray for yourself – God will do the rest.

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Blessings!

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“Check Your Marital Status!”

 

Are you married? How often do you hear this question? Also, how often do you see: Check your marital status on applications when applying for employment -insurance (medical – house – cars) – driver’s license or for credit: cards – house – cars?

A couple of weeks ago, Minister Gwen Dangerfield gave a sermon and said: “I’m messing with a married Man!” Ok, your thought processes are being overworked. So, I’ll just say it:

“Why would she get before the congregation and admit to something like that?”

Ezekiel 16:8 (NIV) “… I gave you my solemn oath and entered into a covenant with you, declares the Sovereign Lord, and you became mine.”

“We’re married to the One – Holy – Pure – Just! We’re one in spirit with Him – my Way-Maker -my All-In-All. That’s Who I’m married to.”   – Min. Gwen Dangerfield

Isaiah 54:5 (NIV) “For your Maker is your husband – the Lord Almighty is his name – the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer; he is called the God of all the earth.”

Accepting God as your Lord and Savior is your first marriage (there is no age limit). When you accept Him, you enter a never-ending relationship with Him. You’re married to the Right One!

All relationships require active communication. How do we communicate with God? Through prayer – talking to Him. You can talk to Him – morning – noon – late in the mid-night hour. Know Who you’re married to. Increase your time spent with Him. Be bold – be courageous!

Colossians 4:2 (NIV) “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.”

Reach! Seek! Connect! Communicate! Build your relationship with Him! Be consistent!

It doesn’t have to be a long conversation – it doesn’t take long to praise Him. Just commit to talking to Him – praising Him every day. “Thank You, Lord! You’ve been good to me, Lord!

I love You, Lord!” Wow! Short and simple! There is Power in the Name! Call Him!

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Blessings!

“What’s Your Next Step?”

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Othella Hill-Jordan                                                         March 29, 2019

 

HELLO FROM THE TEMPLE …

“What’s Your Next Step?”

“Always include God in your plans!” Heard this before? Well: “Do you include God in your plans?” Make a commitment – move forward – include God in all your plans. Yes, all!

These past few weeks, at Solomon Temple, we have gone through a comprehensive study on prayer. We’ve received information as to who – why – when – where – and how to pray. We also held an Intercessory Prayer Conference. Bishop Sean Teal, from the spiritual movement, Prayer Everywhere, was our closing speaker. As we move forward, this brings my next question:

“What’s your next step in prayer?”

“God provides what you need for your next step. Make it the right step.” – Pastor V.S. Brice

Pray: “Teach me how to live to please You!”

“Teach me how to live to please you, because you’re my God. Lead me by your blessed Spirit.” Psalm 143:10 (MSG)

Go before God with a humble heart. Ask for yourself or intercede on the behalf of others. Hold firmly to your faith. Believe in your heart that Jesus is Lord – that He will provide. Receive His answer – obey Him. “Call to me and I will answer you.” Jeremiah 33:3 (NIV)

“Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.”  1 Thessalonians 5:17-18 (NLT)

“Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” Hebrews 4:16 (NIV)

Connect with us at The Temple. Get in the presence of God – receive His mercy and grace.

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Blessings!

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“What Side Are You On?”

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Othella Hill-Jordan                                                                 April 11, 2019

GREETINGS FROM THE TEMPLE …

“What Side Are You On?”

“We need to talk!” These very words can create a multitude of reactions depending on the person making the request. Whether it’s a spouse – best friend – family member – supervisor – or pastor, your reaction is guaranteed to be different with each one.

Let’s talk about prayer. Ok, this seems simple enough. Simple. Yes, this is the key word to prayer. Make your prayers simple. There is nothing difficult about prayer. Prayer is a simple conversation between you and our Lord and Savior. Make a simple request and receive an exalted answer.

“There are two sides to every prayer: An asking and an answering.” – Pastor V.S. Brice

Luke 23:42-43 is a request from man and a reply from God. This is a prime example of the two sides of prayer: Asking and Answering. God waits on us to make a request.

“Then he said, ‘Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.’ 43 Jesus answered him, ‘I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.’” Luke 23:42-43 (NIV)

“Prayer comes from the heart.” – Pastor V.S. Brice

All prayer begins with God, who is the source of prayer. Therefore, we must believe in order to receive. Simplify your prayers and make your requests from the heart.

“So, I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” Luke 11:9 (NIV)

What side are you on? The asking side or the answering side? Routinely we are on the asking side of prayer. We move to the answering side when we obey God’s commands: Love one another – forgive those who trespass against you – honor thy father and thy mother – remember the Sabbath and keep it Holy. Seek Him first – Connect with God – Trust – Believe – Pray!

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Blessings!

Solomon Temple Ministries International – Blogger – Othella Hill-Jordan