“Access Denied!”

 

HELLO FROM THE TEMPLE …

“Access Denied!”

Being denied access to something can be awkward – humiliating – embarrassing. However, you can correct it or put it to rights. But, what if you’re in line at the gates of Heaven and you hear:  “I don’t know you or where you come from. Away from me, all you evil-doers!” (Luke 13:27)

“You’ll have a rude awakening too late!” – Pastor V.S. Brice

Now you are frantically trying to remember His Word. Didn’t He say: “Whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die.” – John 11:26 (KJV)

Yes, this is true, but He also said: “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.” – Matthew 7:21 (NIV)

This is key: “but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.” Have you prayed recently to let His Will be done in your life? Did you know that by His Will you’ll have access to Heaven?

“I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.” – 1 John 5:13 (NIV)

In reality- access into God’s Kingdom will be denied to many because we don’t know how to handle our gift of salvation. We tend to treat our salvation just like any other gift we receive. We’ll say thank you but may or may not use the gift – we may even put it on a shelf and forget about it. Do – not – treat – your – salvation – this – way!

“Jesus come into my heart – I’m a sinner – save me! Salvation is not about a feeling – it’s about a knowing.” – Pastor V.S. Brice

Our salvation is a gift from God. Sincerely ask the Lord to come into your hearts – believe with your whole hearts and minds – believe intensely – totally – know Who Jesus is – then act like it!

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

Our relationship with God matters and what we do must match what we believe in our hearts. Acknowledge Jesus as Lord and Savior – confess – repent – believe!    Access granted!

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“Get Your Priorities Straight!”

 

HELLO FROM THE TEMPLE …

“Get Your Priorities Straight!

“Put the things needed for your growth first.” – Pastor V.S. Brice

Commonly the ones close to you have top priority in your life. Family and friends. Employment: you must provide for your family – house: you’ll need a roof over your head –transportation: you’ll need a car to get to work – food: you must have food to sustain you in order to get that job – buy that house – buy that car – entertainment: you can’t have all work and no play.

What place does God have in your priorities?

“But, seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” – Matthew 6:33 (KJV)

God should be first and foremost in everything. Everything started with God. All that you are and ever will be comes from God. Also, all that you have and all that you ever will have comes from God. Pastor Brice has been teaching on how to prioritize. Are you ready to prioritize?

“You’ll become a product of what you prioritize. What you put in front of you, you’ll become.”                           – Pastor V.S. Brice

What should I prioritize?

  • Prioritize the Bible, the Word of God. “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.” – 2 Timothy 3:16 
  • Prioritize prayer. Prayer is a discipline that needs to be learned, practiced and developed. “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.” – Luke 11:1 (NIV)
  • Prioritize your community – church of Bible believers. Growth into maturity is through a Jesus centered community. “God ministers to us through us.” – Pastor V.S. Brice
  • Prioritize your mission – your purpose in life. Walk in purpose – peace – and tranquility. “Your mission is to share the goodness of God in your life.” – Pastor V.S. Brice

Why should I prioritize? “Prioritization will get you to the right destination.” – Pastor V.S. Brice

Pastor Brice is giving us the message he has received from God. It’s up to us to pay attention to the message and act on it. Don’t risk being denied by God.

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Blessings!

Solomon Temple Ministries International – Blogger – Othella Hill-Jordan

“Access Granted!”

 

GREETINGS FROM THE TEMPLE …

“Access Granted!”

Pastor Brice gave a spiritual analogy during Sunday’s sermon for accessing our private worldly data vs accessing our spiritual data. In this 21st Century we store our private information on computers: bank accounts – creditors – charge accounts – bill paying activity – programs – correspondence, etc. However, we must select a username and a password to access it.

The key: you must remember your username and password in order to retrieve your information.

God treats everyone the same way. Your access to Him is granted by acknowledging that you’re a sinner saved by the Blood of Jesus. Username: Sinner – Password: The Blood of Jesus

“You’ll have access to an awesome experience. Access: the bread of life – living water – hope – life and life more abundantly.” – Pastor V.S. Brice

“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)

Our very approachable God wants us to have a relationship with Him. Therefore, He has provided easy access to Him. You can approach Him at any time and from anywhere. You don’t have to worry about a computer crashing – no cellphone service – or someone trying to steal your identity. He knows who you are.

“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)

“God is faithful, loving, merciful. We have a forgiving God – a God of another chance. We’re sitting here because He is a God of another chance.” – Pastor V.S. Brice

Access! He is waiting on you to open that closed door of self. Let Him in! Stop fighting! Let the Blood of Jesus wash you clean – give you hope – life, and life abundantly – drink the living water! Secure eternal life! Connect with Jesus!

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Blessings!

Solomon Temple Ministries International – Blogger – Othella Hill-Jordan

“Make It Personal”

HELLO FROM THE TEMPLE …

“Make It Personal”

“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)

Pray for each other, commit to intercessory prayer. This is one of God’s commands. When you look back over your life, you’ll realize that you are where you are today because somebody somewhere prayed for you. Praise God! Thank Him for His grace and mercy! Thank God, that somebody prayed for you!

“But your iniquities have separated you from God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear.” – Isaiah 59:2 (NIV)

When is the last time you prayed for yourself?

Time to pay it forward and “make it personal!” Your relationship with God is personal. We have all sinned however, only you and God know exactly what sin you’re guilty of. Go directly to God in prayer. Ask Him to remove that specific sin from your life. It may not happen over-night, but it is something you can pray for consistently, adamantly and fervently.

“To advance to the next level we must get rid of some stuff. Remove the barriers that hamper or hinder your relationship with God.” – Pastor V.S. Brice

What’s hindering your relationship with God?   What has separated you from Him?

“Come clean with your confessions. Check-in with God on a regular basis.” – Pastor V.S. Brice

You will get to know God through His Word. He reveals Himself through His Scriptures. God wants to hear from you. He wants you to grow in your relationship with Him.

Make a serious effort to grow in the Word and you will grow your prayer life. Also make a serious effort to get rid of sin stuff in your life. Grow in Word – grow in prayer – remove sin. Move to the next level. Make it personal!

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Blessings!

Solomon Temple Ministries International – Blogger – Othella Hill-Jordan

 

“Turn to Your Neighbor”

 

HELLO FROM THE TEMPLE …

“Turn to Your Neighbor”

“Turn to your neighbor!” How often do you hear this statement, yet, when you turn to your neighbor you don’t even know their name? Guilty? Yes, I am guilty! I’m open and friendly towards everyone. I see everyone week after week – speak to everyone week after week – yet, I don’t know everyone by name. Shame on me!

“Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.”  – Romans 12:10 (ESV)

One of God’s greatest commandments is that we love one another. However, you can’t really love someone until you get to know them.

This past week I attended a retreat that a team, under the direction of Pastor Brice, organized for our membership. This retreat was so that we could fellowship and get to know each other. Our retreat, in Occidental at the Alliance Redwoods Conference Grounds, accomplished its purpose. I can honestly say that I’ve gotten to know more about my neighbors – their names included.

There were a lot of planned activities: Team building – Archery Tag – Redwood Express Zipline – Sky Swing – Kayaking – Naturalist Hike, just to name a few. You could also gather your own team for basketball – volleyball – swimming or go on your own nature hike.

“Let no one seek his own good, but the good of his neighbor.” – 1 Corinthians 10:24 (ESV)

At this retreat we were challenged, and we prevailed as we connected with each other while enjoying a fun-filled weekend. Our mission: A time to come together to rest, relax and play together in nature and God’s great creation – was accomplished!

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Blessings!

Solomon Temple Ministries International – Blogger – Othella Hill-Jordan

“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!

Solomon Temple Ministries International – Blogger – Othella Hill-Jordan

“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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Solomon Temple Ministries International – Blogger – Othella Hill-Jordan

 

 

“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!

Solomon Temple Ministries International – Blogger – Othella Hill-Jordan

 

 

“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