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9/5/2020

 

When I Get Around To It 

 By: Evangelist Barbara A. Colbert

 When I get around to it, I’m going to let some people know the wrong they’ve done to me in my life. When I get around to it, I’m going to remind some people of what I’ve done for them, and what they have not done for me. When I get around to it, I’m going to nicely bring to some people’s remembrance how things used to be and how now, they’re not. When I get around to it, I’m going to warn some folks that they need to seriously recognize just how blessed they are. Yep, when I get around to it, that’s exactly what I’m going to do.

 Okay, so call it a “pity-party” if you so wish. Sorry, but it’s just the way I’m feeling, and that’s that. All the wrong that so-called “friends” have done, yet, I’ve kept true to the “friendship” anyway. All the things I did for them, like lending a compassionate ear in their times of strife, midnight runs and midday crisis’ that were crucial to me because it was crucial to them. But where were they when I needed them? Where’s the payback? Seriously?

Yes, I’m feeling just that way. I want to call up a folk or two and bring to their obviously forgotten remembrance, just how far God brought them. Take them back to the days when things were tight. I mean really rough. When they had to “rob Peter to pay Paul.” Had to decide whether to pay the rent or the light bill. Those days when the mailman only brought bills and the phone calls only came from bill collectors. Come on now . . . we’ve all been there.

Yes, I’m feeling just that way. Somebody pushed the proverbial “envelope” and just went a bit too far. You see, some folks forget, that in this world, there really are children of the almighty God walking amongst them. They better recognize, right? Some people need a reality check, and now I’m feeling like I need to exercise some righteous indignation. I feel compelled and obligated to warn some folks that they better start giving God some glory, even in and through His people. The endless well of “blessed” water don’t last forever unless you are ‘bonafide’ connected to the water supplier. I’m feeling like some folks are flat out taking God for granted, and thinking that they can get by on grace and mercy till death do they part.

 Exhaling done. There’s a distant light shining through it all. Suddenly, my indignation is really insignificant. Right or wrong, personal feelings set aside, I myself am reminded of a few things that someone who presides above all else, not only told me, but engraved in my heart, and fashioned into my very soul. Forgive limitlessly. Pray for those who mistreat me. Do unto others as I would have them do unto me. Remember that the same measure of grace I give to others, is what will be given unto me.

Yes, so now I’m feeling this way. Admonished but restored. Chastised but channeled, back to the Spirit, where I am supposed to be. Gently reminded of my own rocky road to salvation. So really, who am I to act as judge and jury? Amen and praise the Lord. Enough said. I think I’ve come full circle. Perhaps even dodged a bullet or two. Jesus said, “Be ye angry, and “Be ye angry, and sin not” and that “. . . love shall cover a multitude of sins.”

 Thank God I never really got around to it after all.

 

8/8/2020

 

The Doctrine of Perseverance 

By: Evangelist Barbara Colbert 

Perilous and unpredictable times, the world gone wild. Factors that call for those who strive to walk in the ways of the Lord, to cleave and cling more than ever, to God’s unchanging hands.  

Piercing the core of my heart, came the Word of God in the Book of James, telling me to “ . . . count it all joy when we fall into divers temptations; knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing." For those who have committed their lives to the Lord, we must understand that with sanctification comes trials, and all trials have a purpose. They are an integral and unavoidable part of walking in the grace of God. Most always trials are purposed to take us to a higher level of faith in Christ. Trials produce perseverance. Perseverance produces endurance. Endurance is a Fruit of the Holy Spirit. As such, James says to let perseverance be complete, that we must endure to the end so we may be perfected, lacking or wanting for nothing. Completeness, lacking or wanting for nothing, produces Joy and Peace - more Fruit of the Holy Spirit. 

James further explains that if we lack wisdom or understanding, if we cannot comprend the trials that we are going through, to simply ask God for this knowledge, and He will supply without discrimination, “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, who giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.”  Yet, warning us that when we ask, we must believe undoubtedly in God’s Word, or His ability to perfect that which He is doing in and through us, by way of diverse trials; “But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering.” Otherwise, we  ask in vain, and cannot expect to receive anything  from God; “For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing from the Lord." For assuredly, “A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.”  Double-minded, double-hearted, rendering him unreliable, untrustworthy, and wishy-washy, a useless vessel and a poor representative of Christ. 

Who then can endure the trials of this life? As always with Christ, the hope is in the humble heart, “Let the brother of low degree rejoice in that he is exalted . . .”  Through tests and trials, we are brought to a place of recognizing our own human fallibility and deficits. We are tried by fire, brought low, to be redeemed and raised again, strengthened by our relentless hope in Christ. We become spiritual vessels to be emptied of ourselves, and re-filled with His Holy Spirit. Only the brother of low degree can endure such spiritual surgery, persevere, and in his healing, made whole in Christ Jesus.  


So goes the Doctrine of Perseverance. We are blessed  when we endure trials and temptations, as we will be exalted. We are promised a Crown of Life exemplifying power, resurrection, legitimacy, victory, and honor, which can only be attained through unwavering perseverance and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. The Savior promises that “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and coming down from the Father of Lights with whom is no variableness neither shadow of turning.” God is the divine architect of spiritual completeness, wholeness, and perfection. All that can only be attained when we are indoctrinated with the Doctrine of Perseverance in Him and Him alone.

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7/4/2020

 

Dreams

By: Evangelist Barbara A. Colbert

 

It’s really not unusual to dream about the past. It is, however, not a good thing to dwell, on the past. Yet, Joel 2:28 tells us that “. . . your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall have visions.” When I was young, I didn't quite understand the meaning of this prophetic word, probably because I myself was a visionary, yet untamed. Now, as I’ve grown older, I seem to have molded right into those Words. These years, dreams never escape me, and I’ve come to understand that visions and dreams are God's way of facilitating the work of redemption of mankind. Through dreams, the seasoned veteran shall have the knowledge to navigate and stabilize the passionate energy of the fervent visionary. Visions and dreams: the means to accomplish God’s divine Will. The stifling hot July sun brought with it a spirit of weariness to me. Though I had slept the night, I had not rested, and I needed to understand why. Shaking loose the residue of a night traveling back into the past, I realized how most every night, my dreams never failed to take me on a journey where I sojourn with loved ones that have now departed, or those who were once friends but whose current whereabouts have long escaped my knowledge. In my reveries, the dead are back to life and doing well, and we’re all together again with life just as it was before. I often awaken from these dreams in a state of wistfulness, missing what was, and wishing I could have changed some things. But worst of all, my spirit cries out to me, that God is not pleased with this particular manner of dreaming, and that the adversary will take anything that God meant for good, and turn it around for evil. I have always been a visionary. God has given the vision, made the way, and ordained the manifestation of it all, useful for His glory. Even still, He reminds me that his Word says that “young” men will have visions, and “old” men will dream dreams. So be it then. I’ve had my visions. I shall now transition to dreams. With this revelation, my soul enlightened. I understood that just as my visions had to be honed and fashioned by God for His use and purpose; so must my dreams be reformed, refined, and refashioned for God’s use and purpose. Melancholy excursions to the past, only serve to detour from the future. As Jesus once said, “ . . . let the dead bury the dead.” Suddenly, this summer sun wasn't so sweltering. The warmth of God’s Word radiated within my heart, releasing me from the weight of nocturnal restlessness. Somehow, deep in my spirit, I am now assured that I shall dream dreams that will reveal wisdom and knowledge. Dreams that I may awaken from and then impart into the spirits of others, as guideposts and stabilizers. While the young shall envision, the old shall guide them along, decent and in order. So, I raised up from my bed, and as the song says, “. . . the summer wind, came blowing in from across the sea . . .” God breathed new life into me this morning. It came like a soft windstorm in the light of day, leaving a sparkling trail of dewdrops gleaming with hope and expectation. I now know without a doubt that while dreams unbridled may seek to distract us from the future, God has already proclaimed the inhabitation of our hearts. He will not be removed for He reigns supreme - even in our dreams!!

 

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6/7/2020

 

Running in a Fog


By: Evangelist Barbara Colbert


Once I saw a movie where a woman was running on a pier in the dark of night. The only light to the darkness was the smoky illumination of the fog. It seemed like an oxymoron to see that fog could have an eerie sort of illumination, but nevertheless, she could only see what was perhaps just inches from her sight. She was not only running, but she was literally running for her life. There was someone following her concealed by the fog, and all she could tell of her pursuer was their relentless footsteps that resounded in the heavy silence of the night. Adding to her dilemma, she was also searching for someone somewhere ahead of her, who’s only whereabouts were gaged by a faint calling of her name that pierced the thickness of the fog like a sharp-edged knife. Her instincts were her only guide. Desperate fear to escape her deadly pursuer was her motivator. Desperate desire to reach the one calling to her from the midst of the fog was her motivation.
Even the ship at sea depends on the lighthouse to guide him along, and the buoys to warn him of danger in the waters. No matter how clear the light of day, how beautiful the depths of the seas, there is always somewhere, somehow peril that will be waiting around the bend, sometimes pursuing us just for the purpose of demonic intention. But because the lighthouse and the buoys of life are purposely placed by a loving God just for these reasons, providing guidance and protection, it is imperative that we know that in our times of dangers seen and unseen, we should never cease to run to Him, as He is absolutely even in the midst of the fog.
So, I want to say in essence, that perhaps the difference between victory and defeat is the motivation and the motivator. Without a doubt, the recent pandemonium that invaded our lives dictated a stringent and abnormal state of isolation. What was the norm suddenly came to an abrupt halt. Ironically, “separate but equal” took on a whole new meaning. “Safety in numbers” no longer applied. The simple hug or handshake, rejected and rendered taboo. Uncertainty of what was, is, and will become, emerged as the “new normal”.
What we make of it all must be deeply examined by the heart, and turned around for good. We’ve got to take what we learned from this proverbial “fog” that paralyzed a whole nation - nearly an entire world - and consider it all confirmation of the frailty of humanity and the sovereignty of God. We must give our own personal selves a reality check that life is temporal, the sureties of tomorrow are not promised, and that God must be our only motivator and fortified faith in Him, our only motivation.
As we exit from the fog and back into a world naturally reestablishing itself on its’ own merits, let the enlightened cling to the comforting words of the Psalmist, “Yeah, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death . . . thou art with me“ God will see us through every foggy place in life even when the pursuer is cloaked in darkness, and the Rescuer seems to be shadowed by the fog. If we keep running with our hearts attuned to the voice calling to us from ahead, motivated by our faith in Him, what was shrouded by smoke and daggers will surely fade away with the morning light, and return back to the darkness from whence it came.

 

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5/3/2020

Never Alone

By: Evangelist Barbara Colbert 

The prophet, Jeremiah (23:24), assures us that God is always with us, there is no place we can be out of His sight. Yet, in times of upsets and uncertainties, it is easy to feel that we are indeed, alone. God is present at all times and in all situations. He desires to walk with us through the pressures of life, and provide comfort and companionship. However, we must learn to tune our hearts to His voice, yield to His embrace. Today’s world limiting social contact and enforcing self-quarantine, presents an excellent opportunity to cultivate a relationship with the Father. Get to know Him, almost as well as He knows us.  

One. Develop a stronger awareness of God. Strive for a desire to be in His presence, become more in tune to His voice, and be increasingly transformed  into the image of Jesus. (Psalm 27:4) Pursue God’s will for our lives, and base our decisions on His guidance. We will find ourselves growing more dependent on Him, and developing more strength through Him. 

Two. Learn from our spiritual stepping stones. Take time to reflect on events or encounters in our lives that had a deep spiritual influence on us. A time when God came to our rescue and we learned something about His sovereignty. This may have been God’s way of revealing to us our areas of weaknesses and where we need strengthening. Pray about them and ask God how we can gain insight and growth in Christ Jesus. (Psalm 119:9-11) 

Three. Stop, Look, and Listen!  Learn to STOP before acting or reacting. LOOK for God’s omnipresence. LISTEN for the voice of the indwelling Holy Spirit who is waiting to lead us in the way of the Lord. Remember that the voice of the Holy Spirit is soft and quiet. We will only be able to hear Him when we make a conscious effort to STOP, LOOK and LISTEN. (1Kings 19:11-12) 

Four. Learn from interruptions. Consider interruptions as more than mere annoyances. They are often opportunities to hear a word from God that may be specific to our own personal circumstances. When we find that our plans have been interrupted, we should ask God to show us how He wants to use that interruption to change our thinking, or even the direction of our lives. Remember, God’s way is not always our way – but His way is always the right way! (Proverbs 3:5) 

Five. Let the darkness help us to see the light. Commit the suffering and hardships that come our way to God, and trust Him to be with us every step of the way. Let the negative experiences we encounter motivate us to pursue God even more. Learn from losses and mistakes and remember that hard times can usher in transformation and new life. Learn to cast our cares upon Him. Why?  Because He cares for us! (1Peter 5:7) 

Six. Be our brother’s keeper. No matter how grave situations become in our own lives, remember to pray not only for ourselves, but others as well. We should strive to help others as much as we can. When we take our eyes off our own problems, and focus on helping others, selfishness decreases and selflessness increases. (1Peter 3:8)    

Turning the trials of life into the triumphs of life, is what separates light from dark. This the very essence of a God who is Light and has assured us that He is always with us, and will never leave us alone!

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4/4/2020

Fear Factor

By: Evangelist Barbara Colbert

There's a devil on the loose. Something we cannot see until it has attacked us and

manifested into our physical being. It comes undercover, infecting its victim, sometimes to

fatality. Because of this, the nation - the world, has been brought to a standstill, mandated to

“shelter-in”, wherever you are, “stand-down” and keep your distance from any other human

being. So these days, many live in constant fear of their health and survival, even to the

extreme of husband and wife, bound together as one for better or worse, in sickness and in

health, yet separated by the Flu Factor a/k/a the Fear Factor.

Now is such a time that every God-fearing Believer, had better “suit up” with the whole

Armor of God. Remember that there is spiritual wickedness in high places, and that spiritual

wickedness can only be fought with spiritual weaponry. Realize that the president, the governor,

the doctor, and all the powers-that-be, can tell you to “stay safe”, “stay healthy”, and “stay

home”, but if you believe that the earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof, and that the Lord

has power over life and death, and that God is ever present, all powerful and truly able, then

preserving the physical body is an effort in futility, if we neglect the preservation of the spirit;

essential, for such a time as this.

It's such a time as this, that every one who says they are a Believer in the Lord Jesus

Christ as their Savior, had better know, that they know, that they know. For those who do not

trust in the Lord, and instead put their trust in man, will find that this is a trial. But for those who

trust in the Lord with all their heart and all their soul and all their mind, who know the finished

work of the Lord Jesus Christ, and cries out, “Oh death, where is thy sting?” , will find that this is

a test.

Especially for such a time as this, the disciple of Christ must commit the preservation of

his health, life, and strength, to the Lord Jesus Christ. Required to be upright law-abiding

citizens, in the world but not of the world, we are not exempt from obeying the laws of man.

Afterall, even the very government is upon our Lord's shoulders. Nevertheless, when it’s all said

and done, practicing Believers must ultimately and assuredly intrust each and every concern of

their lives, to the Father. Furthermore, because the devil is a repeat offender, there is nothing

new under the sun, what has been done before is done again. Yet, to the astute and warring

Believer, there is literally nothing new under the Son . For it is Him who fights the battle, while

we stand on the battlefield holding the blood-stained banner, victorious, for such a time as this.

So, it is at such a time as this that as strong and steadfast Christians, we will have to

answer two questions: Whose report will you believe? and as for you and your house, who will

you serve?

Beloved, let us remain vigilant and sober as to the trials and tests that come with the

affairs of the world, but keep our minds safely rested on Him. Let us keep our earthly domiciles

decent and in order, but keep our spiritual domiciles filled with the things of the Spirit. With this

resolution motivating our hearts, and governing our minds, we are sure to prevail, physically and

spiritually, when faced with such a time as this.

 

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3/19/2020

An Un-bee-lievable Spring Day

By: Evangelist Barbara Colbert

Along with Punxsutawny Phil, my co-worker, a Beekeeper, told me that his bees had already doubled in capacity this year, and that this too, was a sure sign of an early spring. For me, having grown weary of the drudgeries of winter, this was truly encouraging news. It even brought to mind an experience I’d had many years ago. Another time when I became enraptured by the prospect of the springing of spring.

Even though it was officially Spring, dark clouds loomed overhead threatening snow or rain, signs way too reminiscent of the recently departed winter. As I felt my spirit begin to weigh heavy, suddenly, a golden ray of sunshine streamed across my path. Elated and instantly rejuvenated, I saluted the heavens, “Hallelujah!!”

My house was nearly 100 years old. There were doors and windows that had not been disturbed for at least 40 years. But today, because I felt extra jubilant, I was fully charged - invincible and unstoppable! I surveyed the kitchen and the brilliant sunlight streaming across the room. My overzealous imagination convinced me that the sparkling sunbeams were actually chiming “Let me in . . . let me in!” I had a brainstorm. Why not open the backdoor of this stuffy old kitchen, and really let the sunshine in?! So, with hammer in hand, I began to bang and pry at the door with vigorous determination. It seemed that the door’s weathered wooden frame had fused to the house itself, stubbornly resisting separation. Finally, it began to creak open, and a brisk breeze slithered through the rusty screen panel. Inhaling the fresh spring air, I smugly thought, “What a great idea to finally open this door!!”

The first bee attacked while I was eating my sausage. Jumping up from the table sending sausage, eggs and grits, clear across the room, slapping my cheek, I bellowed “What the . . .??!!” Then, from out of nowhere, came twenty, forty, sixty, countless more! Forming a unified front, the hostile yellowjackets surrounded me, positioned for battle. I grabbed the newspaper from the table now blanketed with black and yellow striped bees, and began to wildly swing like a human propeller. Unthreatened, the little creatures not only multiplied, but began closing in, ready to make me their Sunday breakfast. Hopelessly trapped and gripped with fear, I bolted under the table, arms over my head, pathetically sobbing like a baby. Clearly, I now understood why the door had not been opened.

Then, amidst the swarming of the angry bees, and my uncontrollable sobbing, a small voice whispered “Child, get the bug spray . . .” I whined, “Oh no! I can’t!” He said “I’ll protect you . . . now unless you plan on staying under the table the rest of your life -.child, get the bug spray!” Crawling on all fours, I inched my way from under the table to the cabinet, and grabbed a rusty old can of Black Flagg. As I feverishly jammed down the nozzle, there was nothing. Zilch. Nada. The bees hovered around amused and undaunted. Then suddenly, the nozzle exploded, releasing a midst so powerful, the bee brigade began to instantly drop, literally, like flies.

Battle worn and bewildered, I wondered what in the world happened? How did a day of joyful exuberance turn into crazy disaster? Well, the Lord speaks to us in many ways, adages and proverbs rooted in His wisdom, warning us that If it aint broke don’t fix it; leave well enough alone; and just in case we don't yield to the former, then remember, God really does watch over fools and babies!

 

 

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2/8/2020

 

Cousin Worry


 

By: Evangelist Barbara Colbert
 

Did you know, that everyone has a close, or at best, a distant, relative named Worry? Now, if Worry is a close relative, then you better be doing a whole lot of praying. However, if Worry is a distant relative, then you have probably painfully learned, that although he will show up on your doorstep from time to time, he seriously cannot be allowed to stay. 


 

Now, for identification purposes, I'm going to call Worry, “Cousin Worry”, and because it can be so incredibly dominating, I'm going to refer to Worry in the masculine (no offense to the male gender, I'm just saying . . .) 
 

Anyway, some of us have a Cousin Worry that actually lives with us every day of our lives. He's comfortable there, has taken up residence, and has become an integral part of the family. Then some have a Cousin Worry who is an opportunist that shows up when the circumstances make a way, and stays as long as the host allows. For others, Cousin Worry will slip in unexpectedly, generally latched on to some upset or emergency, and will attempt to instantly overwhelm the host with full force. This kind of Cousin Worry knows, only because he's been there before, that his stay is short and his time is limited. The host knows him well and loathes his presence. He knows he will be quickly ousted. This is the best fate for Cousin Worry, short-lived and sent back to whence he came.
 

Now, when Cousin Worry shows up, he brings with him several of his shady parasitic friends. They’re traveling companions named Anxiety, Fear, Panic and Trepidation. Then, if he is allowed to stay long enough, another good friend comes along named, Stress. Stress has a wide variety of antagonistic and sickening friends, named Depression, Hypertension, Insomnia, Migraines, just to name a few. These invasive allies will overtake the host like leeches, some will set up roots and even become a permanent member of the family, for generations to come. Cousin Worry and company can become so controlling, that he will paralyze his host to the point of utter hopelessness, rendering him unable to live or even survive.
 

Not only is Cousin Worry the ultimate hinderer, he is also the proverbial Killjoy. His agenda is to extinguish faith in God, and reinstate the sting of death. Cousin Worry challenges our faith, impedes our relationship with God, flat-out steals our joy. He is an enemy of God, and regarded as sin, absolutely forbidden in the lives of those who love Him.  
 

Howbeit, everyone has a Cousin Worry and he is here to stay. He is related to all humanity in every walk of life, from the poor and impoverished, to the rich and famous. He’s no respecter of persons, no matter what the station in life, he will show up to kill, steal and destroy. Old Cousin Worry is ageless, dating back as far as the Garden of Eden, making his debut when he and his companion, Greed, helped usher in the fall of man.

Okay, that being said, examined and hopefully agreed, all is not lost. If you identify a Cousin Worry residing in your life, or a Cousin Worry that keeps showing up every time a situation arises, or even if you have a Cousin Worry who is kept well at bay, and just dew-drops-in when he can catch you unawares. Whatever, whoever, whenever, just because he’s here to stay, doesn't mean he has to stay with you. It’s alright to kick out a relative, especially when it’s Cousin Worry!

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1/4/2020

Heart Hostages: Set Them Free and Breath Again!


 

By: Evangelist Barbara Colbert


 

“As for me, I will call upon God and the Lord shall save me . . . He hath delivered my soul in peace from the battle that was against me for there were many with me.”


 

When I was five years old, my father came and took my sister away from us. His rescue was quick and clandestine, the only evidence left behind, a trail of her belongings scattered down the stairs and out the front door. He took her 300 miles away to live with him, and there she stayed long enough to know she had a father who did, after all, really care. I didn’t know then, that the memory of that day, would become an unshakable stowaway in the dark places of my heart. (Only God knows the brokenness that His children suffer. He alone knows each tear that is shed, gathers them in a bucket to be poured into the sea of forgetfulness.)


 

My father’s abandonment sent me vainly searching for a fulfillment I could not define. In spite of the love generously bestowed upon me from my mother, nothing could take the place of him. Little girl lost, looking for her natural protector, the only man who could give her what comes exclusively from the paternal blood tie. Even growing up with fine memories and excellent rearing that prepared me well for womanhood, the need to satisfy the perpetual feeling of rejection left by my father, never ceased. (Only God hears the cries that flow from the deep well of the heart.)


 

Years later my mother, deeply loved and cherished, passed on to glory. A  source of strength and a strong tower, she’d never left nor abandoned me. Yet, when she was gone, the void was just as deep as the one left by my father. Her memory lingered on, made bittersweet, tainted by his ghost. For now, they were both gone, and I had no one. (Only God can take away the pains of life, things lost, things regretted.)


 

Then, again many years later, the Father whispered into my shattered heart, “Even though your father and mother may forsake you, then I will take you up.” Be it death or desertion, we will all have to depart this life one way or another; for as the grass flourish today, tomorrow it fadeth, so shall the mortal man. Nothing lasts forever, but God Almighty, the Great I Am. He who loves me more than my father or my mother ever could, caused me to love Him, even more than I could have ever loved my mother or my father. (“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.”) 


 

Because He knew my brokenness. Because He heard my cries. Because He wanted me made whole. For this, He set the captives in my heart free forevermore. He is the only One reigning within my heart. Not as a hostage, but a willing inhabitant, a gatekeeper to my heart and my soul.  


 

“Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.” I shall know it unfailingly. God has made a way out of the wilderness of past hurts, pains, and sorrows. He has provided water for the dry and thirsty places in my heart. Now, He is doing a new thing, bringing forth a new year, springing forth a new life. Creating a hostage free heart, just ripe for the harvesting, ready to breathe again! 

 

 

 

No Ordinary Man

12/07/2019
 

By: Evangelist B. Colbert


 

Sometimes, God does a particular thing for a particular purpose. Then, in order to bring that particular thing into fruition, He selects a particular vessel. Thus, His Will be done.  


 

l know a natural man, who confronted life with ferocious intent, seizing, dividing and conquering. In his carnal state, he could not possibly know that he was yet a vessel being prepared for God’s divine plan. He was like Jacob, wrestling with the Angel all night long until his deliverance came. And as unbeknownst to any natural being, when God has destined you for a purpose, there is no way out. In spite of obtaining victory over social injustices, generational curses, and personal demons, this man had yet to spar with the Lord Himself. In our carnality, we will believe we are conquerors strong and mighty, rulers of the world, masters of the universe.  We convince ourselves that by our own mortal power, we can even prevail over the will of God. Yet, by the testimony of countless witnesses, when God takes you to the ring, and the wrestling match begins, the fight is fixed. This man learned that his wrestling matches in the world, were divinely designed to ultimately reward him a blackbelt in salvation.  


 

Even as Paul the Apostle’s relentless pursuit to annihilate Christians, earned him the reputation as a brutal assassin, in spite of it all, the Lord had already predestined him to be the one He would use for a particular purpose, to implement His own particular agenda. God met Paul on the road to Damascus, struck him off his feet, and when he rose again, he was a new creature in Christ, drafted eternally into the army of the Lord. What the devil used against God, now God used for His glory. Centuries later,  this man I know traveled his own road to Damascus, and like Paul, was knocked down and out, permanently retired from the world, inducted into a life for Christ. The devil’s deadly script depicting the role of a man beaten and broken, destined for damnation, was cast and burned into the consuming fires of the Holy Ghost. God, the true orchestrator of our lives, had flipped the script; a chief slave of satan, had now become a chief servant of God.  


 

William Shakespeare said, “All the world's a stage and all the men and women merely players:  they have their exits and their entrances; and one man in his time plays many parts . . .” True enough for those on the stage mimicking life, perpetrating reality from the uninvolved mind. But this man learned, in his newfound enlightenment, that when God is the author, every stage that is set, every part that is played, is for the single purpose of salvation; the final curtain call must introduce a cast of newly born-again believers. 


 

Now, the quintessential delegate for Christ, this man I know, is a formidable warrior in the battle between good and evil. Especially preserved for use in God’s kingdom, he is a living testimony of His providence, and confirmation that the Lord will use whomever He chooses. And that no matter how rough the diamond, God will perfect it, and let it shine for His glory alone. 


 

So should you find yourself on a Damascus road, let God be the author of your way. Then, at the end of your journey, when the final curtain is closed, you too will have a testimony of victory, like this man I know. 


 

(P.S. Merry Christmas to all, and to all a Good Life - In Christ)


 

 

 

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11/02/2019

The Heart is the Garden

By: Evangelist B. Colbert

Galatians 5:22 says that “the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness,

goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control”. The “fruit” of the Spirit, singular. One

Spirit, one fruit, inhabiting the heart of the Believer, fusing the Spirit of the Lord into the spirit of

the man, making one whole new creation in Christ.

You see, those of us who are “peculiar” people, proclaimed followers of Christ, are mandatorily

and statutorily required to become new creatures made in His image. Easier said than done, but

only for us - not for God. It’s His fruit of His Holy Spirit, which can only be imparted and

cultivated by the father God through his Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. Myths and lies will tell us

that we don't have to possess all of the Fruit of the Spirit. Well, just having some of the fruit of

the Spirit, is like having a half, or a portion of a piece of fruit, incomplete and malformed.

Remember, it is one fruit comprised of many devine attributes, without the whole fruit, we are

undernourished, unevolved, possibly ineffective.

Keeping it simple, it's like a garden planted with a variety of fruit and vegetables. While we may

not eat or have a taste for them all at the same time, we will inevitably need them all at some

point in time. When we neglect to cultivate all of the fruit or vegetables in the garden, we will find

ourselves lacking at a time of need a necessary ingredient, rendering the dish incomplete,

distasteful, and maybe inedible.

Another thing. Ecclesiastes 11 teaches us to “ Cast thy bread upon many waters, for thou shalt

find it after many days. Give a portion to seven and also to eight; for thou knowest not what evil

shall be upon the earth.” It is wise to sow unsparingly and indiscriminately, for we never know

when we will need a return. Ecclesiastes 11 also promises that if we sow bountifully, we will

reap bountifully, opening a gateway for us to receive bounty from the least likely places, due to

the righteous seed sowed along the way. Essentially, we cannot sow seeds of righteousness,

from an unrighteous garden. We cannot produce a garden of righteousness, except it be the

Fruit of the Spirit.

On a personal note, I will testify of a very recent time in my own life, where I needed every one

the fruit of the Spirit. Furthermore, I needed the Lord to enable me to sow unsparingly, and

quench my doubt of any return whatsoever. Negotiating the weeds that had infiltrated my

garden, the Lord brought to my spirit the remembrance of his words in 1st Corinthians 13:13; a

divine assurance that if I possess love, the very essence of Him, His Spirit, His fruit, then all else

shall surely spring and prosper therefrom. The fruit of His Spirit will prevail one way or another,

the garden will flourish nevertheless.

As always, God does not leave us without hope. So, when your garden is not flourishing and

storms of snow and rain, drought and infestations have compromised the cultivation of your fruit,

remember that God set love as the very first fruit of the Spirit. The one that will always take

dominion over your garden and never die. So that although we may be a bit spiritually

undeveloped, we will still nonetheless sow unsparingly, reap bountifully, and be continually

fruitful and multiply!

 

 

 

September 2019

Giants

By: Evangelist B. Colbert

Joshua said, “Now give me this hill country that the LORD promised me . . .” and though the land was inhabited by giants, because the Lord had promised it to His people, Joshua again declared, “ . . . but the LORD helping me, I will drive them out . . ." What is impossible to man, is more than possible with God. 

Joshua proposed, where will you make your dwelling place? Will it be in the hill country? Or the valley low? Though there may be “giants” in the way, will you surrender to them, making your dwelling place in the valleys, intimidated and afraid of the mammoths that hover overhead? 

God did not give those who serve Him, the spirit of fear. In fact, He is glorified through challenges and battles seemingly unconquerable. He lovingly brings His people out of valleys and into the high places. God will see us through the valley of the shadow of death and we shall fear no evil, for He is ever with us. He will permit the giants to come and hover about us like rumbling mountains threatening avalanche, but He will protect us from their devour. As Joshua proclaimed “. . . but the LORD helping me, I will drive them out.” 

Still, we must realize that all Giants do not come from the wiles of the Enemy. Some simply emerge from within. Having dwelled within us as companions willingly entertained by our own deficits and desires. Giant’s will distract, impede and devastate our lives in whatever way they are given passage. If they come from without, they will seek to infiltrate. If they come from within, they will seek to manifest. Joshua said that though there were giants in the land which God had promised His people, and though the people were insufficient on their own to conquer those giants, with God’s help they would drive them out and take possession of that which He had promised. 

    Where have you made your dwelling place? What giants are in your life that you have not served over to God for eviction? What shapes your thinking, your emotions, even your health, to the point of control and manipulation? What Giants inhabit your  life, and bound you to dwelling in the valley, instead of the hill country that God has promised? Giants of fear, worry, anxiety, anger, jealousy, strife and unforgiveness. Giants that have taken habitation within the heart. We may live with them all our lives and never realize how much of a role they play in our actions and reactions, our choices and decisions, sometimes our very life and death. Yet, where they come from and how they got there is secondary to casting them out, and closing the door for entry no more. Joshua said, “ . . . but the LORD helping me, I will drive them out.” With God all things are possible. 

    The Father is a master surgeon, a supernaturally divine Healer. With the balm of “Peace that Surpasses all Understanding”, He soothes worry and anxiety, fear forever denounced. With the oil of “Grace and Mercy”, He quenches the fires of anger, jealousy and strife. With the precious “Blood of Jesus” He covers a multitude of sins, enabling forgiveness. By God, Giants shall fall, rendered impotent and unpowerful. 

Joshua would only settle for the hill country, because he knew that by God, he was not meant to dwell in the valley low. God has promised Hill Country to all who know Him and any Goliaths inhabiting that land shall flee, when we declare “Now give me this hill country that the LORD promised me that day.“ 

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AT LIFE’S INTERSECTION: CROSS WITH CAUTION!


 

By: Evangelist B. Colbert


 

“WANTED: CROSSING GUARDS - IMMEDIATE OPENINGS”

 

Years ago, the Lord inspired me to start an outreach ministry. However, already working full-time was a distraction, so I decided to step out on faith, and focus on accomplishing this task exclusively. To preserve my mental energy, and generate at least some minimal income, I took the crossing guard job. Even though it was well below my skill set, it offered flexibility and would not require much time or effort. Little did I know, that even a job so seemingly trivial, would provide a plethora of human experience to lay the groundwork for what I would do for the rest of my life. 


 

By my third week as a crossing guard, I knew all the children and all the vehicles that frequented my intersection. I had developed a small fan club  of bus drivers, police officers, and the former crossing guard who passed my corner daily, shouting out rather risque accolades better left unsaid. As simplistic as a crossing guard’s job may seem, it did have its perks.


 

The mornings, before the children came, were quiet times used to simply reflect on this unusual juncture in my life. I found the early hours inspiring, as trees bristled in the wind, and the sun made it’s brilliant debut from behind the billowy clouds. My thoughts flowed freely and uninhibited. I confidently planned the course of my endeavors, provoked by the beautiful kaleidoscope of autumn leaves swirling about in the warm autumn breeze, providing an atmosphere of supernatural inspiration. 


 

Then came the business of  doing what I had been hired to do; safely leading people from one side of the street to the other and becoming acquainted, one way or another.  


 

First to travel past my corner, were the elementary school children. In a whirlwind of youthful exuberance, they traveled in groups of three or more, like colorful balloons loosed in the wind, racing to my corner, halting just short of my STOP sign. Then, as I lowered the sign off they’d go, carefree, full of joy and innocence, never failing to provoke a wistful tug at my heart. 


 

Next were the junior high pre-teens, who always traveled in pairs, girls with girls, boys with boys. Endlessly chatting away, their gait light and quick, tolerating my crossing commands, as long as I kept my distance. 


 

Periodically, I’d get a high-schooler. Interesting creatures for sure. Generally walking alone and self-absorbed, their body language spoke volumes. They were never candidates to engage in conversation.  I knew to give them their space. Reluctantly, yet wisely, I’d leave them be. 


 

Finally, came the seniors. Their gait was much slower, rarely were they in a hurry. My most enjoyable pedestrians. Welcoming my assistance, they were always engaging and never failed to impart into my spirit kind words of wisdom and many times, encouragement.


 

I came to realize that I had observed life full circle. From the energetic youngster; to the caterpillar-to-butterfly pre-teen; to the self-absorbed teen; and finally, the seasoned senior. I came to learn that in God’s divine scheme of things, His purpose is not only on a grand scale, but a personal one as well. Graciously, my experience as a crossing guard prepared me to cross an intersection in my life that would equip me to minister to people from all walks of life. But more importantly, it taught me to never forget that God’s divine providence can be seen even in the business of something so mundane, as standing on a corner and crossing folks across the street.  

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Kiss the Devil

By: Evangelist B. Colbert

I spent this past week in the hospital. Not the hospital as we know it in the standard,

physical sense with doctors and nurses, etc. but the hospital for the critically spiritually

wounded.

Moving along as normal, an ordinary day in my life dealing with the things of the world I

felt pretty good, all was fairly well. Then, from out of the darkness, came a fiery dart, a/k/a trouble!

 Satan came to me as a thief, a trickster, and a slanderer, and to my despair, I did not have on my spiritual Armor.

The Word of God tells us that the Enemy comes to kill, steal and destroy. For this

reason, the Believer is to put on the whole Armor of God ; a spiritual weaponry, for a spiritual wickedness.

 He says that we wrestle not with flesh and blood, but against principalities, against

powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

That we may be able to stand in the day of evil . . . and having done all to stand.

Stand. That even when the attack is unexpected, unwarranted and unrelenting, we can still yet, stand.

I foolishly engaged in battle without my Armor. A potentially fatal mistake any soldier can make when things seem to be going well, and he forgets that the enemy is still at large.

The attack that came upon me was sudden. The enemy came smiling, silver-tongued and conniving, took me by surprise and knocked me off my feet.

 While I had my loins belted with truth - Id laid down my breastplate of righteousness.

 Forgetting that His righteousness has been given to me, my heart was left dangerously vulnerable for infiltration.

 While I had my shield of faith - I did not keep it positioned to quench the fiery darts. My helmet of salvation had been set to the side, and my mind was under siege. My Sword of the Spirit - the Word of God - had slipped from my embrace, rendered powerless by prevailing flesh.

 Because my spiritual weaponry was absent, and my carnal weaponry was inadequate, my stand was weak. I was fighting a losing battle. I succumbed to defeat for three days. Like Jonah in the belly of the whale, I would have drowned in my sea of mayhem, but for the Lord who carried me along the shore.

While in my recovery, I had to learn the essentialness of keeping on the whole Armor of

God. Not a portion, but the Whole Armor. When my hospitalization was over, and I was renewed in his Word, I was sent back to confront the enemy and make amends. I had been taught that there is no true victory in any battle, unless God is glorified. The attack itself, the resulting injuries, the healing process, the conviction of venturing outside His will, none of these things were as challenging as confronting the adversary in a spirit of humility.

 Extending the olive branch of reconciliation was the final, but mandatory, obligation to deliver me from defeat to victory, and God yet be glorified.

Our Savior displayed the ultimate act of humility when he suffered upon the cross.

Done for our redemption, that we may have victory over sin and the sting of death. I not only see where He must be glorified in all that we do, I give Him the glory for all that He does.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

. . . Oh, But What About Those Little Things!
By: Evangelist Barbara Colbert- 04/07/2018

. . . Oh, But What About Those Little Things!


 

By: Evangelist Barbara Colbert


 

    How much do we actually take time to thank God for the little things?  Those everyday things, perks and provisions that we so presumptuously, take for granted. Such as the gentle softness of the morning dew; the innocence of a newborn child; an arching rainbow after a summer storm. Yes, it’s the little things that really remind us that we truly are blessed to be not only be alive, but yet saved by grace. As King David said . . . “I would have fainted if I had not seen the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.”


 

    Contemplate the cottony white snowflakes of the winter snow. Willow trees gracefully lingering over the edge of a rippling stream. Mountain ranges stoically peaking into horizons unknown; lilac, honeysuckle, lacey ferns and big sisters braiding our hair. The smell of coffee brewing on a cold winter morn; popcorn and a classic movie; and a flock of speckled geese marching in formation commanding traffic at a busy intersection. Autumn leaves and apple cider; a friend in need; a warm embrace; a gentle kiss; and of course, banana pudding! How we forget while braving the challenges of life, the irreplaceable little things that make the day brighter, the night softer, the years cherishable.


 

    You see, Ecclesiastes 3:11-14 tells us that God has made everything beautiful in His time. There is a divine harmony in God’s work and all it produces. While we in our mortal imaginations may not always be able to see or comprehend the complete and total beauty of Providence, when we recognize the awesome power and glory of God, we surely shall understand that though it may be beyond our own limited minds, it is not beyond the unlimited spiritual man.

   

    Ecclesiastes further tells us that we cannot find out the work that God makes from beginning to the end. Therefore, we cannot judge anything before the time. While the artist is painting the portrait, or the house is under construction, we see not straightaway the beauty of either. But when the artist has given the portrait its final strokes, and the last brick of the house is in its place, the finished product is a splendor to behold.


 

    When we exercise total dependence upon Him, then we have no problem whatsoever having absolute faith in the perfection of His divine work, not only in our lives, but the entire universe. “Whatsoever God doeth, it shall be forever, nothing can be put to it, nor anything taken from it; God doeth it, that men should fear before Him”


 

    God is the Beginning and the End; the Alpha and the Omega; the Creator of the Universe; the Master of all living creatures. He is the Maker of all seasons and all time. There is nothing that lasts forever, but that which we find in Him.


 

    Let us all take time to thank the Creator for all the facets of our lives. The big and the small, all put together in divine harmony for God to show His hand supreme in our humble lives. The summer wind, the winter snow, the flowers of spring and the brilliant colors of autumn. God specializes in supernatural phenomenon, from the cradle to the grave. We shall remember to praise Him and to give thanks for all that He is and never forget even the little things, that crown us with His loving kindness and everlasting love.

 

 

 

Saving Grace
By: Evangelist Barbara Colbert- 12/02/2017

Somewhere along the evolution of man, we lost our sense of decency. The simple practice of discretion has seemingly become a thing of the past. How did it happen?   Did it come with freedom of expression? The sixties explosion (for those of us who remember Woodstock, revolutions and making love not war?) Did it come from the ever expanding notion that everyone has a right to be heard? Everyone has a right to do their “own thing.” Everyone deserves their “fifteen minutes of fame” and everyone should do whatever they choose, regardless of the consequences and ultimately to the detriment of the moral constitution and fortitude.

 

It is a bleak perspective to find that the common man has created a society of self-serving, self absorbed, and as the Word of God says, men “doing what is right in his own mind.”; a mind blinded by darkness and deception from the old Adversary himself - Satan.  Unevolved man, in seeking to find himself, may shamelessly share their personal lives and sordid affairs willingly through the vast world of social media. Others have no qualms inviting the world to watch while they expose the details of their private lives through cinema or international publications. Reality shows topping it all off - why don’t we just bring the entire world right into our very own living room, kitchen, and bedroom. There’s a new form of  exploitation, preying on the void of human dignity and worst of all, spiraling mankind deeper and deeper into spiritual bankruptcy. We should seriously recognize that vanity, egotism, pride and self-glorification is a significant weapon Satan has devised and planted in the hearts of available mankind, driving a deep-rooted wedge between He and thee.


 

      That is why we live. Believers. Advocates for Hope. Warriors for Christ. Testifiers of all things that are good and kind. Yielding to Galatians 5:22, ". . . the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness and faith." Enhancing the positive. Edifying, not destroying. Knowingly watching our morally deprived brethren suffer at the hands of the Enemy, is against Christian principal and surely not pleasing to God. And carelessly observing anyone's spiritual, physical or emotional depravity, is a serious default in ourselves. We cannot call ourselves Christians and claim to comply with Galatians 5:25, ''If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit" while we casually watch the deliberate spiritual death of our brethren, joining forces with Satan, paving the road to his own spiritual annihilation.


 

         We must wage war against the exploitation of human dignity in this world. Crude behavior, sexual immorality, exploitation of ourselves, are all an offense against God.  We shall not be so heavenly bound, that we’re no earthly good – but we must remember that it is what we do here on earth that will determine where we will spend eternity. It is our responsibility to be our brother’s keeper and to soberly examine the human condition.  Then, to reach out and touch someone with the same hand of grace that was given to us by the Lord Almighty. Remembering in our hearts God’s original plan: For man to dwell in a state of peace, humility and grace. Then, gratefully exchange his “fifteen minutes of fame” for an eternity of spiritual elegance and immortality.


 

"THE THIEF COMETH NOT, BUT FOR TO KILL, AND TO STEAL AND TO DESTROY; I AM COME THAT THEY MIGHT HAVE LIFE, AND THAT THEY MIGHT HAVE IT MORE ABUNDANTLY”

John 10:10

 

 

 

 

Magnificent Obsession
By: Evangelist Barbara Colbert- 11/04/2017

 

Magnificent Obsession

By: Evangelist Barbara Colbert  

            I have a magnificent obsession. Not with man, but with God. I am never surprised by what He can do, because He is omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent; indisputably superior to all there is. As such, He warns us in Proverbs 24:7-9, that “Wisdom is too high for a fool . . .”  God has made it clear that there is no power, nor knowledge on Earth, or even in the universe, that is tantamount to that of the Almighty. That the only thing we can know for absolute certainty, is that we really know nothing for absolute certainty. All of our times, as is all creation, are in His hands. So it is wise to understand that we are in fact, mere human beings, vulnerable to our own immortality, and if lacking the grace of God, then sadly restricted by our own finite carnal knowledge.

 Proverbs says that Wisdom is “too high” for a weak man, he knows it, and therefore he despairs to acquire it. He will not even pursue it, but will become content without it; that in reality, he really has not the capacity for it and therefore the advantages he has for getting it, are all in vain. We are told that Wisdom is no easy thing to get. That those who have ample intellect for it, if they be foolish, or if they be slothful and will not strive or endeavor; if they be playful and trifling, given to their pleasure; or viciously unkind, they are not likely to ever attain it; and for lack of it, they are unfit for most everything. Yet, they know in their hearts that they are foolish men, so they go about uninformed, ignorant and useless. Miserably, they become perpetrators and a fraud. Such is the state of so many today. Thinking so much more of themselves than they really are. Not understanding, or even acknowledging, that God is the only Giver of all things of true essentialness.  Anything we gain outside of Him, including knowledge, is temporal, and will fade with the numbering of our days.  

That is why I have a Magnificent Obsession. For I have come to learn that the only true Wisdom is knowing that we are not wise in ourselves at all. It is only what we gain from walking, talking, and yielding to the Almighty, that we truly can become wise. Proverbs translates to say  “let young men take pains to get Wisdom.” In other words, the sooner the better.  

I, myself wasted many years young and foolish. But once I came to know the Lord Jesus Christ, true to His Word, He made this foolish mortal wise.  And that is why I have a magnificent obsession - with God. In His infinite grace and mercy, He made a blind woman see, a lame woman walk, a dead woman live. So,

Who am I to speculate what my God can do? Contemplate, evaluate, or even entertain

His awesome power far escapes my fragile mortal frame.

So, who am I to theorize the glory of my God?

Discuss, deduct, or hypothesize, His Majesty quite beguiles

My earthly attained intelligence can only behold His splendor

Humbled by His gentle love, saved by grace, no more a sinner.

So who am I to fraternize with fears or doubts, or silly admonitions

When all I know, yes truly know, is God is ever present;

He’s wonderful, He’s powerful, He’s all I’ll ever need

And that’s who I am, one redeemed by the Blood, He shed on Calvary.
 

            Blessings of Salvation and Wisdom to all who desire to walk in Magnificent Obsession with the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

 

 

A Prayer from the Pew

By: Evangelist Barbara Colbert- 10/07/2017

 

A Prayer from the Pew

By: Evangelist Barbara Colbert

                2 Timothy 3:5-7 tells us that “In the last days, perilous times shall come. For men will be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy   having a form of godliness but denying the power thereof. From such turn away.”

2 Timothy 2:15 tells us to “Study to show ourselves approved, a workman not to be ashamed.” 

Philippians 2:12 tells us to “work out” our “own salvation with fear and trembling.”

These are words from the Lord to all those who have an ear to hear. But especially to the formal Believer, as it is he who has openly professed to have had an exclusive encounter with the Lord, and thus, have been drawn into the Fold and become an official follower of Christ. It is he who not only has to have an ear to hear, he must absolutely have a heart to receive. He has no excuse for not knowing the Word of God, for if he truly loves the Lord, he will hunger and thirst for it, “as a deer panteth for the water.” Moreover, he has no excuse to allow man’s deficiency to dissuade him from his commitment to salvation, or his duty to the church. Not even if the culprit is a perpetrating preacher in the pulpit. Because he too is only a man, but subject to greater warfare because of his calling. Yet, sadly, he can be the one Timothy calls “a lover" of their “own selves, proud, unthankful, having a form of godliness but..” However, he too must “study to show himself approved.” He too must “work out his own salvation with fear and trembling.” He too will stand before the throne of judgment, naked before the Father. 

Considering this, it must sadden the Father when one whom He has snatched from the jaws of death and personally preserved for Himself, decides that a double-talking player in the pulpit, is the sum and substance of salvation. The prodigal who left the church because the pastor was a fake, or a phony, or even a shake-down artist, should remember just why they came to church in the first place. I would venture to say, it is because somewhere along the line they confessed the Lord Jesus Christ as their Savior and became “a new creature in Christ.” And if my Holy Ghost recollection serves me proper, I don’t know of any man, woman or child that can offer Salvation. Only Christ.

That’s why we go to church. To worship the Lord in Spirit and in Truth - not the pastor. To fellowship with other Believers. Pray for one another. Encourage one another. Study the Word so that when we encounter the false prophet in the pulpit or even in the pews, we will not be bamboozled or dissuaded. And most of all, pray for that under-shepherd who could himself very well be on the slippery slope to damnation.

 And if the pastor is living in a mansion on a hill and the members are all living in tenements in the hood; or if the pastor is shaking you down for your rent and bill money; or even if the church gave you a loan and they made you pay it back with interest, just remember, in Detroit, there’s a church on practically every corner. Don’t fall from the vine, just try another branch. After all, Matthew 7:7 says “. . . seek and ye shall find – knock and the door will be opened to you!”

 

 

 

Unforgiveness- The Silent Killer

By: Evangelist Barbara Colbert-  8/7/2017

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By: Evangelist Barbara Colbert 

          Did you know that we are, by God, required to forgive? Not just a simple misunderstanding between one another, or a small mistake easily remedied, but to forgive a wrongdoing, injustice, or a dastardly deed committed against us by a friend or even a loved one. Yes, my friend, we are commanded to forgive one another; if not, the Father will not forgive you. What a shame for us to be in the church, doing God's work, and even faithful to our ministries, and yet, we have unforgiveness in our hearts. 

          We may not even be aware that unforgiveness is lurking deep within. It is quite easy to harbor a grudge, bury it deep within, and nurture it unknowingly. Yet, when we refuse to forgive someone, we are really not hurting them so much as we are hurting ourselves and dishonoring God and His all-powerful Holy Spirit, which is the One who enables us to forgive. Saddest of all, against the unforgiven – we are placing them in a proverbial “debtors prison.” Locking them away in the hidden chambers of our hearts and never affording them – or ourselves a chance at forgiveness or more importantly – redemption. As Christ so did for us, yet we refuse to do it for our brother. And know that it is a sign of arrogance. Are we so concerned about our own feelings, that we cannot allow the Lord to foster forgiveness in our hearts? Or are we so proud, that we cannot submit a cancerous thing to God for healing? Walking in unforgiveness is displeasing to God. It is a hindrance and a pitfall, that only serves to separate us from Him. To dwell in unforgiveness requires maximum energy and a concerted effort, consciously or subconsciously. Ultimately, unforgiveness gone unchecked, will bring about bitterness, resentment, sorrow, and effectively bankrupt the joy and abundant life promised to us by the Father Himself.  

          Yes, it is easier said than done, I agree. But, then again, we are talking about the power of the Holy Spirit. Understand, that forgiveness is a by-product of Love, which is the very first Fruit of the Holy Spirit, and it cannot be manifested and indicative in our lives, if we are not dependent upon the Lord Jesus Christ.  

          I, myself, have had to walk the rocky road of forgiveness foolishly reluctant to allow the Lord to perform the tedious heart surgery that was required to heal the heart from unforgiveness. Yet, as a living witness, I can promise you, that when you allow the Lord to take away the burden of unforgiveness, and though it may be a painful experience and you may feel helpless and unvindicated, trust God to handle the situation to its completion -  which is also required, if you are a Believer on Him. We have all learned early in our lives, whether we believe in the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior or not, that vengeance belongs to the Lord, whether we like it or not.

          Let us all examine our hearts and be sure, be very sure, that there is no unforgiveness lingering deep within. For there is nothing worse than leaving this world without having forgiven those who have caused you grief. The word of God tells us, if we do not forgive others, the Father will not forgive us, and that the same measure of grace that we give to others, is what He will give to us. Beloved, I don't know about you, but I need all the Grace I can get. Be it that brother, that sister, a mother, a father, a friend, a co-worker, or even a stranger that you may never see again, if there is any offense that has gone unforgiven, make this the day that you say, Lord help me to forgive others as you have forgiven me.

 

Praises to the All-Mighty Lord and Savior!

 

 

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Solomon's Song

By: Evangelist Barbara Colbert- 7/8/2017

Today, my church fed the hungry and encouraged the heavy-laden and downtrodden.  We have been in the business of Outreach Ministry over 16 years, yet, I am always newly inspired by the feeling of helping those who have found themselves in the hard places of life. It is good to simply let someone know that they can make it. Not by anything that I can do, or they themselves can do, but by what God can do.

King Solomon spent a great deal of his life searching for fulfillment through massive possessions, power, wisdom and knowledge, even surrounding himself with the most beautiful things that money could buy. He entertained every desire of the flesh, and even tried living the life of a common laborer. Sadly, he came to discover that it was all for naught. That although he was exceedingly wealthy, was ruler over many lives, and possessed great wisdom and knowledge, his fate, when it was all said and done, was the same as the paupers'. King Solomon was distraught to learn after all of his searching, that he too would die just as the ordinary man, and would return to the dust from whence he came. It was not until his latter years that he came to the understanding that all that we do in this life is frivolous, if not done to the glory of God. That to live and to work and to appreciate the simple things in life was far more valuable than all of the material possessions that men spend their lives pursuing. 

God is good. He will not let those who serve him go unrewarded. His Word tells us that when we feed the hungry, clothe the naked, visit the sick and the imprisoned, we have done it not just unto others, but we have done it unto Him. I can only believe that each time we reach out and let someone know that there is hope in Christ Jesus, that it further secures our own faith and hope in Christ Jesus. What other duty for the true Believer, but to diligently aspire to bring others into the Fold.

That's perhaps why I call this "Solomon's Song", because like Solomon, I too searched much of my life, for the meaning of life. l I did not have great riches and power, nor was I ruler over many, but I did explorer and entertain all of my heart's desires, in search of fulfillment. Only to find that all I needed was the Lord. Also like Solomon, I too realized that when this journey is over, my fate will be to depart from this world just like every other being. The great exception will be the assurance that my destiny is exclusive for those who have served the Lord. It is a good thing to know that we can secure a life eternal with Christ Jesus, if we secure a life present through Christ Jesus.

I am happy today because I am saved. I understand the meaning of salvation and I thank God that it's not that complicated. Remember the goodness and the grace of God all the days of my life and never forget Solomon's Song, that all that men strive to acquire is but folly, it is what we do for Christ that counts, for what profit a man if he gain the whole world, but lose his soul?

 

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GABRIEL OUTREACH MINISTRIES

  Jesus: the Savior of  My Soul

 

“God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”

2 Corinthians 5:21

 

SEVEN LAST & PRECIOUS WORDS OF CHRIST ON THE CROSS

(A Divine and Heavenly Family Reunion !)

 

 “FORGIVE THEM FATHER FOR THEY KNOW NOT WHAT THEY DO.” 
                Luke 23: 34
   

    

With infinite love and mercy, Jesus cried from the cross for the

forgiveness of those who were performing the most dreadful crime

ever committed in the annals of mankind. Who knows what amount of

divine wrath was adverted by Christ’s utterance of this divine prayer of intercession.

 

Even in the midst of His personal agony for the sins of all humanity,

we find the soul of Jesus without resentment, devoid of anger, having

no lurking desire for punishment of those men was were unjustly putting Him to death.

 

“I ASSURE YOU TODAY YOU WILL BE WITH ME IN PARADISE .”

Luke 23: 39-43

 

Two robbers reviled Jesus at the outset, challenging Him that “if you are the Christ, save Yourself and us.”  But we find one of the robbers had a change of heart. Turning to his companion, he rebuked him for his irreverence. This repentant robber

recognized that they both were suffering the penalties of crimes that

they had willfully committed, but the blessed Lamb of God who hung

on the middle cross had done nothing wrong.

 

 Turning to Jesus, the repentant thief asked the Lord to remember him

when He came into his Kingdom. Jesus rewarded his faith with the

promise that that very day they would be together in paradise.

 

Speaking to Mary and John:

 “WOMAN BEHOLD SON……BEHOLD YOUR MOTHER”   

  John 19:25-27

 

Even while dying on the cross, Jesus was concerned about his family.

Seeing His mother, and John the disciple that He loved, He introduced

John to her as the one who would hereafter take the place of "son" to her.

Jesus had four brothers, (James, Joses, Simon, and Judas -Matt 13:55), they were not followers of the ministry of the Savior at this point in time, as His mother was, therefore Jesus entrusted the care of His mother to His disciple and close friend that we find at the foot of the cross in the midst of His agony.

 

With this in mind, we must be mindful that our families are a precious

gift from God and be diligent of their care regardless of our personal

circumstances and insure the care of our love ones in spite of our

personal afflictions.

 

“MY GOD, MY GOD, WHY HAVE YOU FORSAKEN ME?”

Matt 27:46, Mark 15:34

 

Because God is holy, He can not overlook sin. On the contrary, He must punish it. The Lord Jesus Christ had no sin of His own, but He took on the guilt of our sins upon Himself.  When God, as Judge, looked down and saw our sin upon the sinless

Substitute, He withdrew from the Son that He loved.  It was that   separation that wrung from the heart of Jesus. This physical agony was horrible, but even worst was the spiritual separation from God and the Holy Spirit.

 

We as believers in Christ must understand that our Lord and Savior died

this double death so that we will never have to experience eternal

separation from God.

 

I THIRST

John 19:28

 

Between verses 27 & 28, we have no doubt that three hours of darkness

had passed from the sixth to the ninth hour (noon to three o’clock). It is

during this time that Jesus, forsaken by God as he suffered the penalty for

bearing the weight of our sins, cried out “I Thirst.” this was an

indication of a real physical thirst precipitated by a loss of blood . . .  (what

may be termed as nervous tension, and exposure to weather as a result of

the crucifixion.)

 

 Yet, far greater than His physical thirst was the Savior's spiritual thirst for the

salvation of the souls of humankind. Even in the grip of impending death and excruciating pain, Christ did not call up the leagues of angels at his disposal to deliver Him, but remained faithful to the will of His heavenly Father that we may have eternal life through and in His sacrifice. What a mighty God we serve!

 

 

FATHER INTO YOUR HANDS I COMMIT MY SPIRIT

Luke 23:46

 

The fact that Jesus gave up His spirit emphasizes that His death was

voluntary. He determined the time of His death in full control of His

faculties for scripture tells us that Jesus stated in John 10: 17, 18 “The

Father loves Me because I lay down My life that I may take it up again. No

one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it

down, and I have power to take it again. This command I received from

my Father.”

 

IT IS FINISHED

John 19:30

 

God’s desire to bring His creation back into communion, started in Genesis

3:15, is brought to a glorious conclusion in the finished work of Jesus.

“It is finished”, with these three word, so simple, and yet so powerful

and far reaching, the Son of the Living God cried out in jubilation, for

not only had the sons of Adam been reconciled back into oneness with

God, but the burden of the sins of humanity had been lifted, the sting of

death had been broken, and the Trinity was once again complete!

 

Oh how the angels in heaven must have sung out in victory! Hosanna!

Blessed be the name of the Lord at this family reunion! How much more should we sing praises unto the Lord for His obedience, and to the

Father God who loves us so much that He would withhold nothing, not

even his only begotten Son, that worthless sinners such as you and me

may live throughout eternity in His presences because of these three

words - “IT IS FINISHED!”

 

There are no other words ever spoken so precious to mankind as these seven last words of our Lord Jesus Christ

 

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Please continue to pray that in these turbulent times, we shall all take heed to know that the time is nigh - this is the acceptable year of the Lord - for tomorrow is not promised!

 

Through the fires, the floods, the earthquakes and the wars, that the Lord Almighty shall gather a mighty remnant and many, many, many souls shall be saved!

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Evangelist Barbara Turner -Gabriel Outreach Ministries

“Jesus: the Savior of My Soul”

Resurrection Day Inspirational Word

Taken from Gabriel's Weekly Inspirational Word - October 20, 2008

Additional Contribution by Minister Mack E. Brooks II -

“Seven Last Words of Jesus” 4/2006
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