Sunday, January 28, 2007
Ordination of Joe Acanfora as a Deacon
Words Received for Sunday School Lesson 18
Words Received for Sunday School Lesson 18I AM preparing you for what lies ahead -- don't be afraid.
Jesus is Tested and Prepared to Share the Good News
Matthew 4:1-17, Deuteronomy 8:1-5
"Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." (Matthew 4:17) Repent means "turn to me." I want each of you to repent. I want each of you to turn to me. I AM coming, be ready by being turned to me.
I want to go into the wilderness places in your lives. I want to go into those parts of your lives where you are tempted by the devil.
Sometimes you will be led into difficult times by My Spirit. Always remember that I, your Father, will be there with you. You are never alone, and you always have My word.
I prepared myself by fasting. Ask for more of Me in your life so that you can subdue your body.
You must learn to distinguish My speech from the tempter's. Let Me teach you to hear Me and recognize My voice. Ask Me to help you do this.
What is in your heart? Are you keeping My commands?
Both are necessary nourishment, bread for the body and My word for the soul.
In resisting the devil you are leaning on Me for strength. Lean on Me, look to Me, cry out to Me. As you decrease, I can increase in your life. Then I can use you.
The leaders despised Galilee and what came out of it, but I made it a place of blessing.
I want everyone to be in my light. I want everyone to see by My light. Do not sit in darkness any longer. Cry out for My light to dawn on you.
That is still My word to My people today. Repent, for the Kingdom of heaven is at hand.