You can’t change the past, but you’ll ruin the present by worrying about the future.

If you have a tendency to despair over lost opportunities or if you worry about the future, ask yourself this question: “What is right in front of me?” In other words, what circumstances and relationships are currently available to you? This question can get your focus off a past regret or a scary future and back to what God can do in your life.

It’s similar to the question God asked Moses at the burning bush. Moses was troubled. Aware of his own weaknesses, he expressed fear about the Lord’s call for him to lead Israel out of bondage. So God simply asked Moses, “What is that in your hand?” (Ex. 4:2). The Lord shifted Moses’ attention away from his anxiety about the future and suggested he notice what was right in front of him—a shepherd’s rod. God showed Moses that He could use this ordinary staff to perform miracles as a sign for unbelieving people. As Moses’ trust in God grew, so did the magnitude of miracles God worked through His servant.

Do you think about past failures too much? Do you have fearful thoughts about the future? Recall God’s question: “What is that in your hand?” What current circumstances and relationships can God use for your benefit and His glory? Entrust them—and your life—to Him.

Onward and upward your course plan today,
Seeking new heights as you walk Jesus’ way;
Heed not past failures, but strive for the prize,
Aiming for goals fit for His holy eyes. —Brandt

You can’t change the past,
but you’ll ruin the present by worrying about the future.

 Article by Dennis Fisher, Our Daily Bread, Copyright 2013 by RBC Ministries, Grand Rapids, MI. Reprinted by permission. All rights  reserved. Further distribution is prohibited without written permission from RBC Ministries

From the Pastor

The worst disappointment is disappointment in yourself. That is the reason we blame everything on someone or something else. If we acknowledge it is our own fault we must be the one to address it.

But sometimes you are placed in a corner with no-one else to blame. It is at these times we hurt the most, withdraw the farthest, and struggle the hardest.

It can destroy you if you let it, but it can also rebuild you if you let it.

It can be the most life changing experience of your life when you deal with self disappointment in a healthy manner.

Evaluate, change your actions, and overcome that which is staring you in the face…

In other words, self disappointment will always lead to repentance.

Pastor Custer

Word from the Youth Pastor

“If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit? Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.”
‭‭James‬ ‭2:15-17‬ ‭KJV‬‬
http://bible.com/1/jas.2.15-17.kjv

It’s not enough to know what is required in order to have faith

We must put it to work
We must act upon it

Bro. Tim Clark

All Day Prayer

POSF is going to try a different approach to Prayer  Instead of the all night prayer, we are going to try an All Day Prayer starting at 6:00 a.m. this Saturday, December 3rd.  Reveal is coming and NOW is the time to begin preparing!

Froggy Problems

A group of frogs were hopping through the woods, going about their froggy business, when two of them fell into a deep pit.

 

All the other frogs gathered around the pit to see what could be done to help their companions.

 

When they seen how deep the pit was, the rest of the group agreed that it was hopeless and told the other two frogs in the pit that they should prepare themselves for their fate, because they were as good as dead.

 

Unable to accept this terrible fate, the two frogs began to jump with all their might. Some of the frogs shouted into the pit that it was hopeless, and the two frogs wouldn’t be in the situation if they had been more careful, more obedient to the froggy rules and more responsible.

 

The other frogs continued sorrowfully shouting that they should save their energy and give up since they were already as good as dead. The two frogs continued jumping as hard as they could, and after several hours of effort, grew weary.

 

Finally, one of the frogs took heed to the call of his fellows. Spent and discouraged, he quietly resolved to his fate, lay down at the bottom of the pit, as the others looked on.

 

But the other frog continued to jump with every ounce of energy he had, although his body was wracked with pain and he was completely exhausted. His friends started back up again encouraging him to just give up, stop the pain and die.

 

The weary frog jumped harder and harder until finally he leaped out of the pit.

 

Amazed, the other frogs celebrated his miraculous freedoms and then gathered around him and asked, “Why did you continue to jump even after we told you it was impossible.”

 

Reading their lips the frog explained to them that he was deaf, so when he seen their shouting and gestures he thought they were urging him on, which inspired him to try harder despite the odds.

 

 

The message is simple, every now and then we just need to put some spiritual ear plugs in and ignore those that try to hold us back. If you find yourself in a pit, spent and tired, keep trying a little harder, keep pushing a little further, that pit is not your final destination!

 

Psalms 121:1-2

I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills,
from whence cometh my help.
My help cometh from the Lord,
which made heaven and earth.

No Offseason

This is something we often neglect yet it is a very vital reminder that we should be constantly interceding for the leadership in the church. The Pastor, his staff, the ministry teams etc…

 

Last night the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Golden State Warriors for the NBA championship.

From here they will enter the offseason where they will recuperate, rest, and spend time with family for the next few months until training starts back up in preparation for the next season.

 

The same happens in pretty much all sports, football, baseball, basketball, hockey…

They all have off seasons in order to continue to stay healthy to play the game they love for the years to come, its necessary to prevent wear in tear on the body.

 

The Pastor doesn’t get an off season. The ministry team doesn’t get an offseason. They may take a day off or two for a day vacation but essentially their lives or dedicated to the kingdom of God.

 

They spend many nights from their family in order to serve yours, they buy groceries they will never eat, pay bills that aren’t theirs, pay for gas in cars that don’t belong for them, all for the sake of serving others.

 

You will really here them complain or ask anything in return. They understand they are spending valuable time they will never get back in order to serve the church because their reward is laid up in heaven.

 

Of course they try to keep a balanced life between church and family, its biblical and important in order to prevent burnout. Yet as I type this and I allow you to get a look at the inside of a ministers mind I can tell you we don’t spend as much time with family as we should.

 

Please don’t take this as a complaint because we are happy to do it, souls and the church are our passion, its our calling and its our burden. What I’m trying to do is explain that theirs two sides to this coin. The church sees a preacher thats blessed, they see someone in a suit that has it altogether. Essentially on the outside all is well.

 

Yet on the other side of this coin they are constantly under spiritual attack. Perhaps the guilt of not being able to get through to a saint they have been working with in the church.

 

Late nights in prayer interceding for your families and lost loved ones.

Leaving their family outings to go visit someone in the hospital.

Discouragement from time to time because of a program or idea that just doesn’t seem to be working.

Maybe the AC goes out, or the bathroom requires maintenance.

Complaints about the music or temperature in the room.

 

All while trying to work a full time job in most cases, balancing their family, as well as church life.

Yes surely the leadership of the church is under attack now more than ever before.

 

So theres no offseason, Sunday ends and they prepare for the rest of the week, and the week after that. So what can be done to help take the load off the leadership?

 

Pray for them. Pray for your Pastor. Pray for the ministry. Intercede for them and fight with them. Get involved so they don’t have to do it on their own. Tell them you love them and appreciate them from time to time because from experience that alone reminds us why we continue to do what we do.

 

Your prayers have the power to revitalize them and restore them. Your prayers give them strength. Pray for them.

 

My Pastor doesn’t know I typed this but it needs to be said from time to time in order to remind us the weight and burden that sits on the shoulders on the men and women of God.

 

God bless,

-Bro. Taylor

 

Dont Run With the 10 Spies

Interesting Read

 

The Story is familiar. Moses sent 12 spies to investigate what needed to be done to take the Promised Land. When they returned from their trip, 10 spies spoke words of unbelief. The children of Israel listened to them more than the two men who said they were well able to take the land. The 10 spies were negative and filled with unbelief. They believe what they saw, more than what God had promised them.

 

In order to take the world we must cleanse our mind of negative thinking. Our attitude is crucial in conquering, The mind must be cleansed from anything that is connected to unbelief/

 

Paul wrote, “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 2:5). The mind of Christ! What we feed the mind will determine what we are. Understanding this should cause us to be extremely careful, for our mind is like a computer: what you enter into it determines its performance. Thus our meditations are critical. What the ear hears, what the eyes sees, what we read, the music that is listened to, anything that affects the mind needs to be critiqued.

 

“Finally brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just,whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” (Philippians 4:8). Whoever you run with will influence the way you think.

 

We are the product of our environment. Every one must selective of their choice of friends. Who you run with will rub off on you. Negative conversations produce negative thoughts. Paul said, “Bring every thought into captivity.”

 

What discussions go on between you and your friends, even preacher friends, will determine your performance. To discuss negative situations, bad things that happen to people, even people that do bad things, is not edifying. There is a time and place to deal with the failures of men, but to dwell and linger on negatives will adversely affect you. One cannot expect to have and fruitful and productive ministry dwelling in such a negative atmosphere. There is plenty of doom and gloom if one looks for it. However, it will keep the church from living in a growth mold and hinder revival! It is imperative to control our minds in order for us to go forward.

 

As the children of Israel listened to the wrong voices, so can we if we are not careful. If one listens to those who are anti-revivalists, those who say the church is not what it used to be, its going down, such notions will keep you from the Promised Land.

 

-Kenneth F. Haney