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Weekly Teaching

Be a

 As we prepare our hearts daily, submitting to the Lord, we need to ask ourselves some tough questions. One of which, am I selfish? Am I accumulator of things? We should ask ourselves do we continually think of others. Am I a giver? 

The Lord has not called us to keep holding on to things, believing we will never have enough. Are our houses, garages, and rooms running over with stuff? He also does not desire for us to think we will not be able to obtain a certain thing again, because we are holding on to things it indicates a lack of trust in the Lord. We are saying that He is not more than enough. It is easy to continually collect things, thinking we will need them sometime in the future. However, if we have not used or worn them in a year we do not need it. We could clean things out and give to others in need. Often, needy people hoard things thinking that they will never get any more.

II Corinthians 9:7 (AMP) “Let each one [give] as he has made up his own mind and purposed in his heart, not reluctantly or sorrowfully or under compulsion, for God loves (He takes pleasure in, prizes above other things, and is unwilling to abandon or to do without) a cheerful (joyous, “prompt to do it”) giver [whose heart is in his giving].” Every believer should be a giver. Our love for God should motivate us to give. Giving shows our heart condition. 


Copyright ©November 2019 Carol Wright/Oasis Worship Center

Repentance

 Some people believe because they live in a nation founded on Christianity, that they are Christians. Others believe because they grow up in Christian home, they are a Christian. But truly each individual must accept the redemptive work of Jesus Christ for themselves. Not only must we receive Jesus Christ as our Savior, but Luke 3:8 states “Bear fruits that are deserving and consistent with [your] repentance [that is, conduct worthy of a heart changed, a heart abhorring sin]. And do not begin to say to yourselves, we have Abraham as our father; for I tell you that God is able from these stones to raise up descendants for Abraham.” What kind of fruits are in our lives? Do they indicate that we have had a heart change? Our live proves whether we have repented or not. If we are born-again, there should be a radical change in our lives.


It does not say bearing a fruit but fruits which means there is consistency in our life. Repentance is not a one-time of act repentance, it is a continuing way of life different from the one the required repentance in the first place. We do not just merely make an outward confession of sin and acceptance of Christ but our life must change. There must be that inward change which expresses itself outwardly in God-glorifying conduct, fruit-bearing in keeping with conversion. Our changed lives will reflect giving, generosity, fairness, thoughtfulness, contentment, love, kindness, integrity and forgiveness. So, our lives must show that we have turned from our sins.


Copyright ©November 2019 Carol Wright/Oasis Worship Center

Do Not Worry

 Do we worry? My grandmother use to say it was her job to worry. People do worry and even believers worry. Some people are worried about the upcoming election, about the economy, that they might lose their job, their future, world safety, their health or someone the love’s health and the list goes on. People often times get into a frenzy. Fretting and having anxiety does not change anything. 

Philippians 4:6 states “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.” Amplified Bible states it this way “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.” It is never our job to worry, as the Word of God tells us not to worry. When we worry, we do not trust the Lord; we are in fear. The solution for worrying or being fretful is that we should pray. We ask the Lord for an answer to a specific need or problem. No situation is too big or too small to take to the Lord in prayer. We come to the Lord with a heart of thanksgiving. 


In I Peter it tells us to cast all of cares or anxiety on the Lord because He cares for us. We leave our concerns with the Lord and trust Him to work in each and every situation. He is all knowing. He knows what is best. He is Almighty. There is nothing too hard or difficult for Him. 


Copyright ©November 2019 Carol Wright/Oasis Worship Center

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Depend on the

 What or who do you depend on? Do you depend on your spouse, friends, your job, or your assets? In today’s world, we cannot depend on the economy. We cannot depend on our jobs. Too many individuals are losing their jobs with no advance warning. Others have lost their lives’ savings. People will let us down from time to time.


We need to always depend on the Lord, that is His desire for us. We need to have our reliance in Him. We need to place our trust in Him. Psalms 20:7 “Some trust in chariots and others in horses, but we depend on the Lord our God.” (NET) Psalms 37:5 “Depend on the Lord; trust him, and he will take care of you.” (NCV) We do not have chariots or horses today but we have other things in life that people but their trust in. Our promise that we should trust in the Lord because He will take care of us not matter what everything looks like.


We need to realize that the Lord can do what we cannot do. The Lord can do what our government cannot do. The Lord can do what the world economics cannot do. We need to turn over to the Lord our whole life; all our desires, needs, problems, and anxieties. Trust Him. He will take action and do whatever is necessary. He will help us. We need to yield to the Lord totally. Look to Him for support and guidance. Psalms 105:4 “Depend on the Lord and his strength; always go to him for help.” (NCV) 


Do not just claim to depend on the Lord but truly depend, rely and trust in Him. When things are difficult, go to the Lord for help. When we do not know what to do, we need to go to the Lord for guidance. The Lord is always there for us and we should depend on Him every day and in every situation.


Copyright ©November 2019 Carol Wright/Oasis Worship Center

God's Masterpiece

 When we are growing-up, we often look at ourselves and we find fault with the way we look. Maybe we think that our eyes are too close, ear or feet too big, our hair has a cowlick or something. Especially as teens, we want to look and dress like our peers. Even as young adults, we are trying to change the way we look. We need to remember that the Lord God made us and He did not make junk. We always look at the outside, instead of the inside. 


Ephesians 2:10 “For we are God’s masterpiece. He created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” You are God’s work of art; a work in progress that only He can do. The purpose of His masterpiece each of us as believers is that we will do good works. God’s workmanship is not achieved by us doing good works but as we allow the Lord to work in us, we will do good works. He desires that we each walk in good works.


The Holy Spirit works through transformed hearts and produces a good life with us walking in good works. So, in other words, good works flow from what God does in us, rather than God’s work in us flowing from our good works.


Copyright ©October 2019 Carol Wright/Oasis Worship Center

Rejoice in the Lord

 Rejoice in the Lord! When we have troubles, overwhelming circumstances and situations our inclination is to become upset with life, others and even the Lord. Too often, we let circumstances discourage us. In these situations, we are not supposed to whine, complain, gripe or ask why God why or why me. Instead, we should rejoice in the Lord! The key is “in the Lord.” We do not rejoice about the troubles, circumstances or situations but we rejoice in the Lord, in that situation. We need to remind ourselves no matter what happens, we can rejoice in the Lord. We do not have to be happy in circumstances but we can rejoice in the Lord. Paul was an example of one who had inner joy when external circumstances, such as persecution, imprisonment, the threat of death were against him.


Instead of focusing on the troubles, we focus on the Lord and we look to God, who He is, His character, nature and qualities. Philippians 4:4 “Rejoice in the Lord always and again I say rejoice.” Rejoice means delight. We can rejoice in His goodness, love, faithfulness, mercy, hope, grace, deliverance and His salvation. We can rejoice, as we recall all that He had done for us. Another way of saying rejoice in the Lord, is always to stay full of joy in the Lord. Always being thankful brings joy. 


Copyright ©October 2019 Carol Wright/Oasis Worship Center