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Weekly Teaching

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

Rejoice

  

Philippians 4:4 (AMP) “Rejoice in the Lord always [delight, gladden yourselves in Him]; again I say, Rejoice!” Do we rejoice daily? Do we start each day rejoicing or do we start each day with dread or anxiety? Each day is a day that the Lord has given to us; we should rejoice. Psalm 118:24 “This is the day the lord has made we will rejoice and be glad in it.” Too often we let our circumstances and others dictate our day, whether we will be discouraged or joyful. We rejoice because the Lord is in control 


We should not just rejoice when things are wonderful, exciting or awesome, we can rejoice no matter what. We should and can rejoice when we go to work, praise the Lord we have a job. We should and can rejoice when we take care of our spouse and family whether it is cleaning, maintaining our property, grocery shopping, laundry and preparing meals. We should and can rejoice as we do errands, being a taxi for our children or helping someone. We ought to rejoice even when we have a long “To Do” list. I Thessalonians 5:16 “Rejoice always.” We can rejoice always because our joy is not based in what is happening but in the Lord. We rejoice because of hope. We rejoice because we are saved. We rejoice because we have the Holy Spirit who strengthen us, gives us grace, guides us and is always with us. 


Copyright ©July 2019 Carol Wright/Oasis Worship Center

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Idols

 Do we have things, people, job, pleasure, hobbies or anything else that dominates the place due to the Lord or diverts us from the Lord? I John 5:21 (AMP) “Little children, keep yourselves from idols (false gods)— [from anything and everything that would occupy the place in your heart due to God, from any sort of substitute for Him that would take first place in your life]. Amen (so let it be).” When we live in a modern society where we do think idols exist. We often think of idols as something heathen’s worship. Whatever takes our heart from the Lord, or shares it with Him, is an idol. We also could say whatever we seek happiness in independent of God, is an idol.


Colossians 3:5 (AMP) “So kill (deaden, deprive of power) the evil desire lurking in your members [those animal impulses and all that is earthly in you that is employed in sin]: sexual vice, impurity, sensual appetites, unholy desires, and all greed and covetousness, for that is idolatry (the deifying of self and other created things instead of God).” What is the main interest or quest in our life? If it is anything other than the Lord God, then that quest or interest has become an idol. Is your career idol in life? Is being retired your quest? What about your spouse, children or grandchildren? If your single, what about your boyfriend or girlfriend? What is coming before the Lord God in our life? Keeping ourselves from things that take the Lord God’s place is how we protect our relationship with Him. We must ask ourselves, do we have anything that is a substitute for the Lord God. It could be screen items, food, how we look, and books etc. It is anything that captures your devotion. We need to allow the Holy Spirit to search us and show us the things that have captured our devotion besides the Lord.


Copyright ©June 2019 Carol Wright/Oasis Worship Center

Choose the Lord

  

What does it mean to choose the Lord God? What does it mean to give Him your heart? We should ask ourselves is the Lord really first place? Is He the priority in our lives? Do we give Him time, or do we put other things ahead of Him that we deem important? We sometimes believe we need to get this or that done, and those things come before giving time to the Lord. This is not just praying and reading the Word of God, but it comes to attending church also. What things distract us from the Lord? 


Are we only looking for the Lord God to assist us or help? Do we want only the Lord on our terms and time? Do we only need Him to help us out of a jam or circumstances?

Deuteronomy 6:5 (AMP) “And you shall love the Lord your God with all your [mind and] heart and with your entire being and with all your might.” To love the Lord means to choose Him for an intimate relationship and to obey Him. When we really love the Lord God with all of our heart, soul, and mind, then all things are freely given to Him. Jesus re-emphasis this in Matthew Chapter 22. The Lord desires undivided loyalty.


Copyright ©June 2019 Carol Wright/Oasis Worship Center

We are Forgiven

 Does our past haunt us? Are we bombarded with thoughts of short-comings? Have we hurt or wronged someone, and we are wrestling with it instead of forgiving ourselves? If, we have asked the Lord to forgive us, then we are forgiven. However, often we do not forgive ourselves. We also rank our sins of what is forgivable and what we need to keep rehashing. Even if the people we have wronged or hurt does not forgive us, we still need to forgive ourselves. Too often, we let our past and the mistakes we have made harass us continually. When we do not forgive ourselves, we are playing God. We dishonor Jesus sacrifice when we do not forgive ourselves. If we admit we have been wrong and asked the Lord to forgive us, then we are forgiven and should forgive ourselves. Ephesians 1:7 (AMP) “In Him we have redemption (deliverance and salvation) through His blood, the remission (forgiveness) of our offenses (shortcomings and trespasses), in accordance with the riches and the generosity of His gracious favor,” Karl Menninger, the famous psychiatrist, says that if he could convince the patients in his psychiatric hospitals that their sins are forgiven, 75 percent of them could walk out the next day. So often we do not take God at his word.


Copyright ©June 2019 Carol Wright/Oasis Worship Center