The Pulpit is Responsible for it!

As I read this quote this morning I feel pricked in my conscience:

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The Pulpit is Responsible for it!

One of America’s eminent Pastors, Charles G. Finney wrote, “Brethren, our preaching will bear its legitimate fruits. If immorality prevails in the land, the fault is ours in a great degree. If there is a decay of conscience, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the public press lacks moral discrimination, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the church is degenerate and worldly, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the world loses its interest in religion, the pulpit is responsible for it. If Satan rules in our halls of legislation, the pulpit is responsible for it. If our politics become so corrupt that the very foundations of our government are ready to fall away, the pulpit is responsible for it. Let us not ignore this fact, my dear brethren; but let us lay it to heart, and be thoroughly awake to our responsibility in respect to the morals of this nation.”

Read a couple verses this morning, and encouraged myself in the responsibility I have as a minister to preach the Word!

preach the word2 Corinthians 2:17

You see, we are not like the many hucksters who preach for personal profit. We preach the word of God with sincerity and with Christ’s authority, knowing that God is watching us.

The Word of God will change people!

Not my works, not my efforts, but my prayer, clear, bold deliverance of the Word, and the power of Holy Spirit demonstrated.

There is no plan B.

Jesus set the example:

Jesus preached

Soon the house where he was staying was so packed with visitors that there was no more room, even outside the door. While he was preaching God’s word to them

[ The First Disciples ] One day as Jesus was preaching on the shore of the Sea of Galilee, great crowds pressed in on him to listen to theword of God.

For this the disciples prayed:

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And now, O Lord, hear their threats, and give us, your servants, great boldness in preaching your word.
30 while You extend Your hand to heal, and [w]signs and wonders take place through the name of Your holy [x]servant Jesus.” 31 And when they had prayed, the place where they had gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak the word of God with boldness.

The world does not need sermons; it needs a message. You can go to seminary and learn how to preach sermons, but you will have to go to God to get messages. 

Oswald J. Smith


Acts 8:25

After testifying and preaching the word of the Lord in Samaria, Peter and John returned to Jerusalem. And they stopped in many Samaritan villages along the way to preach the Good News.

[ The Church in Antioch of Syria ] Meanwhile, the believers who had been scattered during the persecution after Stephen’s death traveled as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus, and Antioch of Syria. They preached the word of God, but only to Jews.

John Wesley used to ask his young men whom he had sent out to preach on probation two questions: “Has any one been converted?” and “Did any one get mad?” If the answer was “No,” he told them he did not think the Lord had called them to preach the Gospel, and sent them about their business. When the Holy Ghost convicts of sin, people are either converted or they don’t like it, and get mad. 

Moody’s Anecdotes, P. 123

There, in the town of Salamis, they went to the Jewish synagogues and preached the word of God. John Mark went with them as their assistant.

[ Paul Turns to the Gentiles ] The following week almost the entire city turned out to hear them preach the word of the Lord.

There is a tale told of that great English actor Macready. An eminent preacher once said to him: “I wish you would explain to me something.” “Well, what is it? I don’t know that I can explain anything to a preacher.” “What is the reason for the difference between you and me? You are appearing before crowds night after night with fiction, and the crowds come wherever you go. I am preaching the essential and unchangeable truth, and I am not getting any crowd at all.” Macready’s answer was this: “This is quite simple. I can tell you the difference between us. I present my fiction as though it were truth; you present your truth as though it were fiction.” 

G. Campbell Morgan, Preaching, p. 36

They preached the word in Perga, then went down to Attalia.

Paul and Barnabas stayed in Antioch. They and many others taught and preached the word of the Lord there.

And after Silas and Timothy came down from Macedonia, Paul spent all his time preaching the word. He testified to the Jews that Jesus was the Messiah.

And because I preach this Good News, I am suffering and have been chained like a criminal. But the word of God cannot be chained.

This is our command, our responsibility – Preach the WORD!

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Let’s pray:
‘Father, may I be faithful to You, your will and your word, to preach, faithfully your commandments, without compromise! May I not shy from Your harder truths, teaching all men and women to live holy lives, fully obedient to You. Please grant me grace, strength, and fresh fire to get this done, for Your great name’s sake Lord Jesus! Amen”

Faith Filled Words

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As time has gone on, I see more and more the importance of learning the criticalness of watching what words I speak. As I look back over the years, I see clearly, this is an area God Himself has been dealing with me on, so for my own sanity, I am compiling a list of articles I have written over the years on the power of our words:

In no particular order then, for yours and my edification, here are some articles on using our words:

https://chrisaomministries.com/2016/10/03/living-words-life-from-above/
https://chrisaomministries.com/2016/09/27/first-words-life-or-death/
https://chrisaomministries.com/2016/08/21/what-are-you-saying-of-the-lord-today/
https://chrisaomministries.com/2016/07/14/reclaiming-our-words-reclaiming-our-life/
https://chrisaomministries.com/2016/07/13/legos-are-in-the-bible/
https://chrisaomministries.com/2016/05/21/using-our-words-to-heal-our-marriage/
https://chrisaomministries.com/2016/06/04/speak-and-be-blessed/
https://chrisaomministries.com/2016/06/04/speak-and-be-blessed/
https://chrisaomministries.com/2016/02/24/the-lips-of-the-righteous-feed-many/
https://chrisaomministries.com/2016/01/28/the-discipline-of-silence/
https://chrisaomministries.com/2016/01/15/oh-that-my-words-be-written/
https://chrisaomministries.com/2015/11/11/the-silent-scream/
https://chrisaomministries.com/2015/08/04/do-you-talk-to-much/
https://chrisaomministries.com/2015/06/14/singing-their-sermon-what-are-you-listening-to/
https://chrisaomministries.com/2015/02/21/reap/
https://chrisaomministries.com/2014/11/13/praying-gods-word-over-your-children/
https://chrisaomministries.com/2014/07/03/2034/
https://chrisaomministries.com/2014/04/23/speak-and-he-will-appear/
https://chrisaomministries.com/2014/04/18/discussing-cussing/
https://chrisaomministries.com/2014/01/16/the-spirit-of-faith/
https://chrisaomministries.com/2014/01/09/hidden-from-the-scourge-of-the-tongue/

Leadership – Governing in the Fear of the Lord!

Leadership, God’s way: governing in the fear of the Lord.

Please read James chapter 3

James 3:1 ¶ My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation.
2 For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able
also to bridle the whole body.

Controlling the Tongue

NLT James: 3 Dear brothers and sisters,[a] not many of you should become teachers in the church, for we who teach will be judged more strictly.Indeed, we all make many mistakes. For if we could control our tongues, we would be perfect and could also control ourselves in every other way.

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Want to be perfect?

I do like this verse in James, because the Word of God shows us how to do it.

We know that as we grow in the things of God, and are promoted and given resource and responsibility, we are expected to continually remember that we are but stewards of God over the things He has given us, and we are wise to seek Him diligently, humbly, often for His help to continually do right.

Here we see a faithful, productive leader described:
Mt 24:45 Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season? (meat today equals food, jobs, opportunity, justice and truth for starters)

Mt 24:46 Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.,

Notice here that Jesus himself watches over our work. We are His children and ambassadors in the earth, but there is clearly an Almighty throne in heaven that speaks and judges the affairs of men.

Ps 82:1 God presides over heaven’s court;
he pronounces judgment on the heavenly beings:
That would be us, saints..
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Then there is the selfish, self centered leader:

Luke 12:48 But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.

We will give an account of our leadership, and will be judged for it.

Sure God is love, and is raising us up to be set in position, and when in position, is still growing, promoting, and expanding us, for the sake of the harvest!

Yet, I see here one of the ways we can measure our own development: our words.
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We cannot bridle our own tongues, the Scripture states, but the Holy Spirit can!

He can help us shut our mouths, and will purify our hearts and motives, if we let Him.

Lu 6:45 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.

We see that the words that we speak, reflect what is in our hearts, and if we want to do what Jesus said:

Mt 5:48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

How can any person be perfect? It’s impossible!

No! It is not!

Mt 12:36 But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.

The word idle here means: non working, or non productive.
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We should be living lives of purpose, and using our words on purpose, to work both in the Spirit, and naturally. All of our words, should be working words, productive words, words of faith, that God can use to get things done here in the earth.

Mt 6:34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

This is the season of life I find myself in, one day at a time, looking at what words I am speaking that day, and how well am I bringing them to pass.

Don’t waste your words, use them on purpose to declare the promises of God, and tighten the reign on what you promise people that you are going to do.
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Application:
1. If you have made promises that you cannot fulfill, confess your sin before God and trust Him to clean up the mess you’ve made. Ask Him for favor with the people you have let down.

2. Contact the people, wherever possible, and tell them. Ask for their forgiveness, and offer to do what you can to fix the mistake you made. If you cannot fix it, do not commit! Leave your case before God.

3. Separate yourself from people or situations that continually cause you to break your word. Negative people, places, and things need to go in your life. You do not have to respond to every telephone call or email, but can quietly obey God and be led by the Holy Spirit as to what to do about creditors, painful relationships, or abusive situations. The servant of the Lord does not strive,

2Ti 2:24 And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient,

If someone is offended, determined to pick a fight, and unreasonable, quietly eliminate them from your life, gently, with no rancor, bitterness, nor wrath, our primary responsibility is to walk right before God, not them.
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Eventually, God will do one of two things with them, Pr 16:7 When a man’s ways please the LORD, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.

Along the way, He may need to get their attention, and Ps 110:1 «A Psalm of David.» The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool.

We are called to love our enemies, when He delivers them into our hands, we must be humble and seek to restore them, for our motive is never self vindication, rather, the expansion of His kingdom!
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4. Deliberately keep an account of our words, each day! Whether in morning devotion, take a pen and paper, and write down your personal directives from the Lord, and the things you SAID you were going to do the day before. If you got them done! Glory! If not, repeat steps one through three as required, and then do what you need to do, that day!

5. When you are not sure what to say, or are radically tempted to say something you know you cannot, pray in other tongues. Emotions are powerful things, but they must come under the Lordship of Jesus! Bridling our tongue is a work of the Holy Spirit, and He gave this gift, not as a badge of spirituality, but as an enduement of power to get things done in the earth. Remember, when we pray in the Spirit, our heart of hearts, our human spirit, is speaking directly to God, the exact and perfect will of God for our lives, personally. Some of things that need to be said, you do not have enough knowledge or understanding to pray yet, so Holy Spirit comes along and does for us, what we cannot do for ourselves, and prays through us, perfect, Holy prayer. Holy Spirit prayer must be a part of our daily walk with Jesus, for only He knows the times, seasons, relationships, and reasons for the circumstances we face daily.

https://chrisaomministries.wordpress.com/2014/11/27/is-speaking-in-other-tongues-of-god/

https://chrisaomministries.wordpress.com/2016/03/05/is-tongues-initial-evidence-of-the-holy-spirit-baptism/

https://chrisaomministries.com/2016/05/04/another-look-at-speaking-in-tongues/
He wants to help, reveal, deliver, work miracles, and provide myriad other tapestries of grace into the earth through us. We truly need Him and His wisdom to do this.

Perfection means perfect words, each day!

One day at a time!

Let’s Pray:

‘Father, I fully surrender to you again, today! Set a clamp on my mouth to NOT say things that are wrong to you. Help me to know what I must say, and what I must only Pray, in Your name I pray Lord Jesus. Amen’

12 Days of Christmas in Texas

Come on out and meet with Jesus in these meetings – Bring your folding chair!

Gonna have a water baptism on Christmas Eve!

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https://chrisaomministries.wordpress.com/2014/10/30/be-healed-jesus-wants-you-strong/

https://chrisaomministries.wordpress.com/2014/11/10/the-gospel-the-power-of-god/

https://chrisaomministries.wordpress.com/2015/12/02/december-newsletter-aomministries/

Victory Daily Bible Reading

Victory Daily Bible Reading

March 30th, 2014

Eyewitnesses to the Word!

In today’s reading we read: Luke 1: 2 Even as they delivered them unto us, which from the beginning were eyewitnesses, and ministers of the word;

If you have been around this book for very long, you quickly discover that it is alive! That as it goes into the earth, Jesus watches over it, and performs it with signs, wonders, and mighty acts of His power. You will see things wherever the Word goes, making you an eyewitness, and a servant of the Word. Stay in the Word! It is power and it is life!

Luke 1, and Num 21, 22 are today’s readings!

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Get the whole year schedule, here: https://www.victory.com/assets/v6/resources/brp/BibleReadingPlan.pdf

Do you know Jesus?

Each day, we seek first the kingdom of God, and this post is designed to encourage you to read through your Bible, daily, each year.

Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Joh 5:39 Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.

Each day, as we read, we must meet with Him, for He is life!

Knowing Him, is the difference between heaven and hell, healing and sickness, heartbreak or peace, success or failure…

Today, give Him your life, for He is King of the universe.

Ac 2:21 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Call on Him today! He loves you!

Ro 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
Let’s pray!
“Father God in heaven, I come to you now, and ask that You would forgive me. I choose to believe, that You raised Jesus from the dead, and Lord Jesus, I receive You now. Please come into my life, and fill me with Your presence, plan, and purpose, that I am created to live. Fill me with Your love, and may I obey, and love all those You place in my path, Amen.’

God’s Word Has Power! May Your life Demonstrate it!

God's Word Has Power! May Your life Demonstrate it!

God’s Word has power!

Job 26:1 Then Job replied:
2 “How you have helped the powerless!
How you have saved the arm that is feeble!
3 What advice you have offered to one without wisdom!
And what great insight you have displayed!
4 Who has helped you utter these words?
And whose spirit spoke from your mouth?

Job heard words, devoid of power, that could do nothing to help him, or anyone else. Yet God’s Word, spoken out of the mouth of man, have POWER to heal, deliver, and empower! What are you speaking today?

Luke 24:19
“What things?” he asked. “About Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied. “He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people.

When we walk with God, we will speak His Words, and do glorious deeds, for His Word, is His Will, and He demonstrates it in POWER.

1 Corinthians 2:4
My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power,

Let’s pray:
‘Father, May my speech and preaching be in demonstration of Your power Holy Spirit, for I want to be like you Lord Jesus, Amen!’

Victory Daily Bible Reading

Victory Daily Bible Reading

Jan 17th, 2014

Matt 17, Job 25, 26, and Psalm 7 are today’s readings!

Jan 18th, 2014, Matt 18, Job 27, 28 are Saturday’s readings!

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Get the whole year schedule, here: https://www.victory.com/assets/v6/resources/brp/BibleReadingPlan.pdf

The Power of God!

The Power of God!

Some of My Favorite Bible Verses:
Mark, 16:15 , Living BibleAnd then he told them, “You are to go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone, everywhere. 16 Those who believe and are baptized will be saved. But those who refuse to believe will be condemned.
17 “And those who believe shall use my authority to cast out demons, and they shall speak new languages.[c] 18 They will be able even to handle snakes with safety, and if they drink anything poisonous, it won’t hurt them; and they will be able to place their hands on the sick and heal them.”
19 When the Lord Jesus had finished talking with them, he was taken up into heaven and sat down at God’s right hand.
20 And the disciples went everywhere preaching, and the Lord was with them and confirmed what they said by the miracles that followed their messages.
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Over the years, these verses have been my battle cry. I have spent hours praying in the Holy Spirit in other tongues, I have cast our demons wherever they have reared up their ugly presences, I have laid hands upon the sick and seen them recover, and have even had the Lord heal me when I drank some bad water. I do not look for serpants to handle, but I love to baptize people in water when they come to Jesus, and I love preaching, and stand in awe and wonder, as I review in my mind, the tremendous signs, wonders, and miracles that Jesus has performed for me, as I He has honored His Word, with signs following. I could probably write a book on healing, deliverance, or adventures in the Holy Spirit as I have prayed extended periods of time in other tongues, but quite frankly, I am too busy living these verses, to take time to write about how God is regularily demonstrating them in my life, and yours!
Let’s Pray:
Father, I come to you today, asking for opportunities to proclaim the indeed, Jesus has risen from the dead, and He is Lord! Everywhere I go, may I live, speak, and walk in Your demonstrated power, authority, signs, wonders and miracles, today, and every day You give me in the earth, in Your name I pray Lord Jesus, Amen!’

Victory Daily Bible Reading

Victory Daily Bible Reading

November 15th, 2013

For years, this page was hanging out of my Rhema Study Bible, because I had preached this passage so many times! Speaking in tongues, casting out devils, laying hands upon the sick, are normal Christianity, demonstrating God’s power, in our genereration!

Mark 16, Ezek 37, 38 are today’s readings!

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Hungry?

Hungry?

Desire the Sincere Milk of the Word!
1 peter 2:2 Like newborn babies you should crave (thirst for, earnestly desire) the pure (unadulterated) spiritual milk, that by it you may be nurtured and grow unto [completed]
salvation,
I had a pastor say to me one time, that pastoring is kind of like a nurturing a new born baby. First thing a newborn wants to do, is nurse. There is this innate ‘sucking mechanism’ that every healthy baby exhibits.
When I asked him how to decide, as a young pastor, where best to spend my time, when there are so many obviously hurting people in the world, I heard some wise counsel.
“Spend your time with those that want to be fed!”
While at Bible school, I had an instructor read this verse, that answered my question quite clearly:
Acts 20:28
Take care and be on guard for yourselves and the whole flock over which the Holy Spirit has appointed you bishops and guardians, to shepherd (tend and feed and guide) the church of theLord or of God which He obtained for Himself [buying it and saving it for Himself] with His own blood
Amplified says it fairly plain, but good old King Jimmy English makes my point clearly:
Acts 20:28
Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.
He said: Chris, are the people you are counseling and pouring your life into attending church regularly?
The Word of God is clear, people need to be part of a local Body.
Heb 10:25 Not forsaking or neglecting to assemble together [as believers], as is the habit of some people, but admonishing (warning, urging, and encouraging) one another, and all the more faithfully as you see the day approaching.
He said, ‘Although I understand the good shepherd left the ninety-nine to go after the one, that one was still part of the flock. Chris, the Bible says to feed the flock of God. If they will not even attend church, they are not part of your church.
Again, I remembered the thoughts of that newborn infant, hungry to nurse.
If someone is hungry, they will eat. My job is to serve hot, fresh out of God’s oven, bread of life from the Word.
Yet, here, I don’t get to see all of you face to face. People stumble across this post, hungry for a Word from heaven, and I, in obedience to the Holy Spirit, am breaking the bread of God’s Word for you, daily, trusting that through this, Holy Spirit is feeding, leading, and ministering to you, just because He loves you, and I do too!
There are many verses on spiritual growth; we took an entire course on it at Bible school, and this is not the purpose of this teaching today, rather, to put before you a good meal from the Word, that will help you to be all you can be in Jesus.
With respect to church attendance though, the way I see it, we need to be either in attendance at a local church, or out pioneering or pastoring one.
Even if we are evangelists, prophets, teachers whose primary ministry is outside of the local assembly, we still need to bring our families into the house of the Lord.
Let’s pray:
‘Father, we desire to do only you will. Please show me clearly, what church I am supposed to be attending, supporting, serving in, or providing leadership to, at this point in my life and ministry. May I continually be in Your perfect will, intimately hearing Your voice, and moving fully obedient to You Holy Spirit, in Your name I pray Lord Jesus, Amen’