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Weekly Teaching

Magnify the Lord

 Where is our focus? What are we magnifying? Are we focused on the economy, our finances, circumstances, or situations in our life, community or world? Are these things causing us distress, anxiety, depression or fear? Are we discouraged by what we are facing in life?


Instead of focusing on these things which trouble us, we need to focus on the Lord God Almighty and magnify Him for His greatness. Focus on the goodness of the Lord and His greatness, His blessings, love and mercy. As we magnify the Lord, we will realize He is bigger than anything we are facing. Psalms 34:3-4 “O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together. I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.” We really cannot make God greater or higher than He is; we can only realize how great He is.


How does a magnify glass work? It makes things bigger or enlarges them so we can see them better. If we are constantly focused on our situations of life, then we amplify, blow them up and make them appear bigger than they are really. As we continually focus on them, we become overwhelmed by what they seem. It similar to the 10 spies going into the promise land by direction of the Lord, safe while there and still being overwhelmed by what they saw; they did see the goodness of the land only of the giants and how they viewed themselves as grasshoppers. They did not remember the promise of the Lord that He would give them the land. They only focused on what they regarded as their overwhelming circumstances and difficulties and how they were unable to have what the Lord had promised them.


We must remember that the Lord’s hand is not too short. There is nothing impossible to Him. We need to continually trust Him (rely on Him, have confidence in Him). His hand is there to lead us and to hold us. (Psalms 139:10) Look to the Lord for He is always the answer to everything. He is greater than anything we are facing, so always seek Him in the circumstances and challenges of life.


Copyright ©August 2019 Carol Wright/Oasis Worship Center

First Love

 Revelation 2:4 rebukes the church, “Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love.” They had left their deep devotion to Christ. Nevertheless, indicates all the good the church had done is cancelled out by what Jesus says next, they had left their first love. They once had a love that they do not have anymore. Have we left our first love? If we examine our life, our priorities now compared to when we were first born-again have they changed. Do we still have that same excitement and zeal? Has our love deepened or waned? When we are first saved we are so thankful that were delivered, we were hungry for things of God, and ready to share Jesus with anyone who would listen. We were at church every time there was a service or event. We were full of joy and believed nothing was impossible with God. 


First born again, just in love with Jesus. When you think about being in love, we desire to be with that person as much as possible. We want to do anything that they want to do. We desire to please.

First born again, we had faith as a child, just trusted the Lord. I remember when we were first born again, we desired to attend a Christian Camp for a whole week. We did not have a vehicle that would make the distance or the finances for this camp, but we trusted God that He would take care of it. We did not speak to anyone about this. A person stopped by our house one day and said I felt like the Lord was prompting me to give you this money. It was exactly what we needed. We had been driving a friend’s auto and they allowed us to drive it to the camp. As we trusted the Lord, He provided.


Copyright ©August 2019 Carol Wright/Oasis Worship Center

Offense

I Peter 4:8 (AMP) “Above all things have intense and unfailing love for one another, for love covers a multitude of sins [forgives and disregards the offenses of others].” We all have the opportunity to be offended by others. How does offense come? First, offense is the deception and trap of the Satan. Others do not live up to our expectations, and we become disappointed, which leads to offense. People might say the wrong thing or bring hurt in some manner. Our eyes are on others, instead of on the Lord God. Offense gets us off track and brings us to a standstill. We become consumed by the offense. We are not trusting God.


How should we respond in those times, we should walk in love by forgiving and disregarding the offense? We realize that we all have short comings and we all unknowingly can fail others. Where love is lacking, every word is scrutinized, every action is apt to misunderstanding, and offense to Satan’s delight. The “covering of sins,” is the ability that we forgive one another because Christ has forgiven us. Love works as a shock absorb-er, cushioning and smoothing out the bumps and irritations caused by others. We could say love overcomes sin by forgiving and disregarding the offenses of others.


Copyright ©August 2019 Carol Wright/Oasis Worship Center

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More Christ-Like

The Holy Spirit is with us to show us the way, to make us more Christ-like. He will deal with sin in our lives, challenge our thinking, expose our wrong attitudes, behavior and speech. Will we work together in the process of change or hinder His working, by continuing in the same old way? Wrong thinking and attitudes, behavior and speech can keep us from all that the Lord us for us. The Lord wants us to be yielded and obedient, not stubborn, desiring to do our own thing. He desires for us to trust Him and be joyfully knowing that He is at work in every situation, no matter how hard and difficult they seem. 


Our attitudes play a big part in how we handle life’s challenges. When someone hurts us, betrays or even overlooks us. We must choose to be obedient to the Word and choose forgiveness. Forgiveness is not a feeling. Feelings will hinder us from doing what the Lord desires but if we make the decision to forgive, to love the feelings will follow. We need to quit blaming others and let the Holy Spirit show us what we need to change in us. 

Our thoughts need to line up to the obedience of Christ. We need to surrender our attitudes that our contrary to His nature and be transformed into the image of Christ. II Corinthians 10:3-5 “ For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,” 


Copyright ©August 2019 Carol Wright/Oasis Worship Center

God is Bigger

How big, important, immense or great is our God? How do we perceive Him in our life? Do we believe He can and will handle all the issues in our life? Is He greater than our mountain of circumstances? Is He bigger than any problem or problems that we think we have? Is He greater than situations that arise in our life? Psalm 47:2 (NKJV) “For the Lord Most High is awesome; He is a great King over all the earth.” Great here emphasis importance, size and significance; all the great acts of God. In Deuteronomy it states, do not be terrified of them for the Lord your God is great and awesome. Psalm 66:5 (NKJV) “Come and see the works of God; He is awesome in His doing toward the sons of men.”


Reflect on all the interventions He has done in your life; the miracles, protections, provision and healing. The Lord God is bigger than individuals who trouble you. He is bigger than job issues. He is bigger than rebellious children. He is bigger than any lack we are facing. Begin to magnify the Lord and His awesome. Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal the greatness of the Lord God to you personally. 


Copyright ©July 2019 Carol Wright/Oasis Worship Center

Rely on Him Daily

Too many of us stress and worry, not just occasionally but all the time. Stress and worry indicate, that we are not trusting the Lord and that we believe that He is not able to handle whatever we are facing or are going through. We are not certain that He is all-powerful or has enough resources or that He even cares. Worry and stress reveals to us that we are attempting to be in control. We should realize that we cannot control life or fix all the situations we face. We have been given the Holy Spirit, who is to be in control. Everything is not going to go our way 100% of the time. 


Stress and worry can cause us to be ill. I have known people to break out in a rash because of stress, others having their heart race, and other’s being out of sorts and grumpy all the time. Philippians 4:6 (AMP) “Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God.” Mark 11:22 (AMP) “And Jesus, replying, said to them, Have faith in God [constantly].” We need not to be anxious be have faith, trust, confidence in our Father God. We need to rely upon Him daily. 


Copyright ©July 2019 Carol Wright/Oasis Worship Center