I went out last night, and this morning my alarm went off at 6:30am which meant that it was time to get up and go to church. My body was like "you got to be kidding me," and I checked the church's website to make sure that Pastor Wesley was preaching before I got out of the bed. (I am still a work in progress.) When I read the church bulletin and it stated that he was preaching today, I jumped up and hurried to get there early so that I could sit in the front.
When I got to church this morning, I received a few bonuses besides the awesome word: the whole "grown folks choir" was singing today, and they were being backed up by the entire orchestra; and it was communion Sunday, and I got to hear one of my favorite communion songs: "The Blood will NEVER lose it Power" being played by the orchestra and sang by the "grown folks choir." (Church was awesome today.)
Pastor Wesley is a master with words and is such a great storyteller. When he told the story of Mary and Jesus and so many other stories today, I felt so excited. There are some things that I am believing God for, and Pastor Wesley preached about "waiting." Now, I am a Master at waiting, but after a few disappointments this week, I needed that confirmation today, and I got it. (Faith comes from hearing, and hearing, and hearing, and hearing of the word.)
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Pastor Wesley stated that his son has a birthday coming up, and he asked his son what did he want for his birthday. His son really did not have an answer. Pastor Wesley stated that he had to dig deeper and his son stated: "You love me, you always buy me good gifts, so do what you do." When he stated this, I did shed a few tears, because I needed that confirmation today that "God loves me, he has always given me good gifts, and I must trust him to do what he do." I wanted to run around the church at this point, but the orchestra was in the way. (Just playing.) Wasn't going to run, but you get my point; I was a little excited. (Faith comes from hearing, and hearing, and hearing, and hearing of the word.)
Pastor Wesley also made the point that "Christmas is confirmation of the reality that God shows up," and my sister, Pastor Tracy, backed this up.
Let me get off topic for a minute. My sister, Pastor Tracy, and I have what I would like to call "church" on Sundays after church. We will recap both of our services and tell stories and talk over each other because of the excitement that we get from the word. Also, Tracy is my fact checker. I will tell her what Pastor Wesley said, and if she says "that's awesome" or something else along that line, then I know that Pastor Wesley is on point, and then I can call and tell anybody who will listen, or I write it out, because I must get the information out of my head.
Back to Christmas being confirmation. Tracy and Pastor Wesley stated that "the people" had been waiting on Jesus. They were not sure what he would looked like, but they were waiting. Pastor Wesley stated that they had been waiting for about 500 years, and guess what? Jesus showed up humbly in a manger, and did just what they thought he would do: heal the sick, give the blind sight, raise the dead, give us the opportunity to have everlasting life. (Faith comes from hearing, and hearing, and hearing, and hearing of the word.)
I have not been waiting for 500 years for the things that I am believing for, but I got my confirmation today that God does show up and show out. (Faith comes from hearing, and hearing, and hearing, and hearing of the word.)
We normally can't hear something one time and get it, we must hear it over and over and over and practice it until it becomes a part of who we are.
However, make sure that what you hear over and over and over is positive, because negative thoughts can be reinforced just like positive thoughts.
Refuel your mind and spirit all of the time because faith comes from hearing, and hearing, and hearing, and hearing of the word.
Be Blessed and Renewed ALWAYS my people!!!