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God Is Still In Control

In liu of the recent election’s outcome, I felt the need to put something in writing to relay how I feel on where our country stands. Mind you, I’m not surprised by the outcome, nor am I upset. Regardless of the outcome, I’ve felt an overwhleming compulsion to pray for the leaders of our country.

  
In Isaiah 9 Scripture talks about the punishment of Israel, and I can’t help but to see a parallel to our current circumstance.
 
1Nevertheless the dimness shall not be such as was in her vexation, when at the first he lightly afflicted the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, and afterward did more grievously afflict her by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, in Galilee of the nations.

The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.
Thou hast multiplied the nation, and not increased the joy: they joy before thee according to the joy in harvest, and as men rejoice when they divide the spoil.
For thou hast broken the yoke of his burden, and the staff of his shoulder, the rod of his oppressor, as in the day of Midian.
For every battle of the warrior is with confused noise, and garments rolled in blood; but this shall be with burning and fuel of fire.
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.
The Lord sent a word into Jacob, and it hath lighted upon Israel.
And all the people shall know, even Ephraim and the inhabitant of Samaria, that say in the pride and stoutness of heart,
10 The bricks are fallen down, but we will build with hewn stones: the sycomores are cut down, but we will change them into cedars.
11 Therefore the Lord shall set up the adversaries of Rezin against him, and join his enemies together;
12 The Syrians before, and the Philistines behind; and they shall devour Israel with open mouth. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.
13 For the people turneth not unto him that smiteth them, neither do they seek the Lord of hosts.
 
It struck me that we, just as Israel did, have seen the hedge being removed, not as judgment, but in warning. God allowed things to happen to Israel in an attempt to warn of the judgment to come, not to be the fulfillment of judgment. In verse 10, rather than put their faith in the Lord, they instead respond with “The bricks are fallen down, but WE will build with hewn stones; the sycamores are cut down, but WE will change them into cedars” everything about that verse speaks of their dependance upon themselves, and not the Lord. It’s no surprise that the next verse begins with ‘Therefore the Lord shall set up the advesaries….”
I see in America the many warnings we’ve been given, those oppurtunities to regain our focus upon that which is most important. On Him! We stand upon our platforms and speak of the unwavering will of our American pride, our fortitude, our peserverence, the indomitable spirit! We hear riveting speeches of how Americans strive in the face of adversity, and how, when come together, we can meet any challenge. We defiantly stand and say, the bricks may have fallen, but we will rebuild….
All the while God looks down, saddened that in our hearts, our pride will not allow us to see that it’s by His strength that we stand. What He wants is not renewed hope in our ability to perservere through tribulations, He simply longs for a nation to learn to rely on Him.
Jesus said in Matthew 23:37 “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!”
In 2 Chronicles 7:14 His word says: “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”
 
I watched the election with a sweet peace as these things rumbled in my mind. I fear for our country, but not because of the man who’s in office, or the men/women in our congress, but rather because we are a nation determined by our refusal to acknowledge God, and seek His face. We have traded Divine Providence for American Fortitude.
 
Our country will never be regained by the election process, we will never experience the greatness of America until we humble ourselves in prayer to the one who established our nation.
 
Most great nations have followed the following sequence:
‘From bondage to spiritual faith; From spiritual faith to great courage; From courage to liberty; From liberty to abundance; From abundance to selfishness; From selfishness to apathy; From apathy to dependence; From dependence back into bondage.’ ~Alexander Fraser Tytler
 
I hope this doesn’t discourage you, but rather encourage you to pray for Revival to come.
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“And the God that answereth by Fire, let Him be God”

Recently while mowing my lawn, begrudgingly enduring the high 90 degree weather, I enjoy taking that time to think, speak and listen to the Lord. During this time, and quite possibly motivated by the blazing sun, and staggering heat, I remember voicing this question during my chore. “God, why don’t you answer by fire anymore?” My question arose as I had cast my eyes in the distant sky overlooking my back yard, and my imagination wondered what it would be like to see the pillar of fire that guided Israel through the wilderness. Subconsciously, this feeble mind believed that if God would simply show the signs and wonders that He showed unto the children of Israel, then surely we would see an awakening, a revival break out. And thus my mind said, God why don’t you simply show yourself by fire once again?

            Instantly, the Spirit began to rebuke me, and in turn, the Holy Spirit answered in the form of a question. “Why would you think I no longer answer by fire?” I began to ponder the response, and the realization hit me like a ton of bricks, and to be quite honest, had I not been attached to the mower, I would have taken a shout break right there in the back yard. God began to speak to me through the Holy Spirit and I began to worship Him amongst the grass clippings.

            My question, while ridiculous, was, if nothing else, an honest question of my desire to see this world saved, simply a misguided question. My God still answers by fire. While my mind envisioned a pillar of fire rising up from the earth, I could only imagine the awe in which those who looked upon it would feel. The power it would radiate, after all, this pillar of fire was the Spirit of the Living God! How insignificant would we feel in its presence?

            And yet, the Lord brought to mind another fire He started, one that has yet to go out. That fire began in the book of Acts, and fell upon each of those assembled in the upper room, but not only those, but it fell upon countless others after that point. It fell on me 2 years ago, and since that day, it has burned within me day by day. This Holy Ghost fire still burns today, in those who seek Him diligently. As I began to think and meditate on this, the Lord showed me how each Holy Ghost believer should also radiate the same awe and wonder to this world around us, for it’s the same Spirit that inhabits us that inhabited the pillar in the wilderness! The same Fire that licked up the water on Mt.Caramel lives in me. Do others see that fire in me, and wonder why I have joy even in sorrow? Why I have peace even in trials? Have I allowed that fire to burn as it was intended? This fire in me, it strengthens me to endure the valleys. This fire ensures me victory in battle, it provides hope in despair. It provides light in darkness, and it renews me day to day.

            This fire burns and try as it might, the world can’t put it out, Satan has done everything he can to diminish it, to throw water upon it, he’s raged against it daily, but Praise God! It still burns within me and tells me I can make it! Without it I’d have fallen long ago, but I find that I can’t lie still when this fire gets a hold of me, and I understand what Jeremiah proclaimed “But his word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay“.

            While at times we might think God isn’t moving in the way we would like, remember, we don’t need the pillar of fire to light the sky before us, for He has put that fire INSIDE us. My God still answers by fire, every time a believer broken before a Holy God is filled with the baptism of the Holy Ghost, God has once again answered by fire, and He has equipped you with the all the power of Heaven to go forth and show this world that God indeed still does answer by fire.

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2011 Women of Faith Conference

Ladies, It’s that time again. Community Family Church will be holding their annual Women of Faith Conference on November 3rd, 4th, and 5th at their church in Independence KY.

Speakers will be Martha Tennison, Edna Wagers, and Tommy Bates.

You are sure to be blessed by these wonderful women and men of God. Make sure to reserve your seats so you won’t miss out!

For more information, please see Jeanie Spencer or Karen Pennington, or click the link below. You can also email us at info@anchorofhopelebanon.com

http://www.tommybates.com/wp/events/fall11wconf/

 

God Bless!

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Sunday Morning Downloadable Audio Unavailable

Sunday Morning, 08/07/11,  we experienced an unforeseen power outage. Fortunately, we were able to still hold service, unfortunately, We were unable to record Pastor Bill Lamb’s continuation of 1 Corinthians. We are hopeful that Pastor Lamb will be able to bring listeners up to date on this Sunday’s morning teaching. Sorry for the inconvenience, and thank you for your continued support of this ministry!

 

God Bless

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