Your Joy: From The Almighty, Not Amazon

The seventy-two returned with joy and said,

“Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.”

Luke 10:17 (NIV)


A sermon I experienced on April 22nd seemed to fit very well into the current Prevail, Praise, and Pray Series.  I’ve attended my current church since early December 2017.  While the words don’t do it full justice, they address the joy-happiness conundrum that Christians face (my Pastor is an anointed, gifted preacher, in his early 50s, who’d never be mistaken for a statute).

Sermon by Pastor Ronald E. Speas

Theme: “The Reason I Have Joy”

Scripture – Luke 10: 17 – 20

Location: New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church (Winston-Salem, NC)

How can one walk with Jesus -and prevail- if one doesn’t have joy? In my humble Christian opinion they can’t!

Below is an overview of the Sermon that my Pastor, Rev. Ronald E. Speas, gave a few weeks ago.

  • Joy is not the same as happiness
  • Joy is one of the ‘fruits of the spirit‘ (Galatians 5)
  • The Lord gives us the power to deal with life’s ‘serpents‘ . . . so that even if they bite someone they won’t harm them.


  • This scripture reminds us that we should: Be aware of who and what you’re dealing with; be humble, not arrogant.
  • Joy and happiness are similar, but they are different in many ways too.
  • Joy is from God (the Almighty), while happiness is “dependent on something happening to one” (i.e. it’s situational). 
  • Happiness is temporal
  • Joy is lasting.  Even in times of sorrow, joy still endures.

  • The joy I have. The world didn’t give it to me, the world can’t take it away.

  • Follow God’s insight, follow God’s warning. Those with spiritual discernment are good God followers.
  • God doesn’t share his glory with nobody”
  • Maintain your joy, because it serves as “your connection to the Lord”. ‘Smile, even when all hell brakes loss’. Forgive.

Rev. Ronald E. Speas


While what I’ve just described is just the tip of the iceberg, I felt it was a Message from a great man of God that I couldn’t keep to myself.

It’s through their Joy that Prevailers endure and thrive.  Joy for those who are connected to God isn’t fleeting.  It isn’t ‘of the world’.  It’s from the Lord.  It allows Christians to have assurance that God ‘has their back’. It allows them to endure with faith while weeping, knowing what’s ‘coming in the morning’ (joy).  While some days you and I will cry tears of sadness, others we’ll shed tears of Joy.

I thank my Pastor, Ronald E. Speas, for telling me -and the others in church that morning- the reasons he has joy.  He got it from our Almighty God, not online or in a store.  Joy, like faith, can not be bought. His joy, like yours and mine, comes from our Heavenly Father. To God, the Joy Giver, be the Glory!  Isn’t he worthy to be praised?  

Greg Silverthorne, 66 Assurance Way


Photo credit: “They Got the Word“, Mississippi Mass Choir

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How Christ Can Bless You: Suddenly (Gospel/Scripture)

I foretold the former things long ago, my mouth announced them and I made them known; then suddenly I acted, and they came to pass.

Isaiah 48:3 (NIV)

 


 

 


Suddenly

New Birth Total Praise Choir (Bishop Eddie Long)

featuring Vanessa Bell Armstrong

Verse 1
There’s been a change in me,
once blind but now I see,
God gave me victory;
and He did it suddenly,
and He did it suddenly.

Verse 2
He changed the way I walk,
He changed the way I talk,
He changed my attitude;
and He did it suddenly,
and He did it suddenly.

Vamp 1
Jesus did it,
oh yes, He did it,
and He did it suddenly.

My God changed me,
I’m not the same,
and He did it suddenly, suddenly.

(repeat as desired)

And He did it suddenly…

Vamp 2
And He did it suddenly.
And He did it suddenly.
And He did it suddenly.
And He did it suddenly.

Vamp 3
He did it suddenly.
He did it suddenly.

Writer: Soraya Lamilla
Copyright: Lyrics © BONDED MUSIC PUBLISHING , Universal Music Publishing Group


SCRIPTURE

2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV)

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!

Isaiah 43:15, 18, 19 (NIV)

I am the Lord, your Holy One, Israel’s Creator, your King.”

Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing!  Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”

 


Photo credit: blackgospel.com (Spirit and Trust release, EMI Gospel, May 18 2004)

Lyrics credit: Lyricsondemand.com

 

Praise is Your Weapon: You’re Not Walking Alone

Victory isn’t a straight Street. It can be a rough road at times. ONLY in Heaven will you experience the smooth life of straight, no-curve travel that some hope for – during their lives on this planet. 

While the road, and things you encounter while travelling down it, may hinder your reaching your destination (in the way you wish), know one thing:

That you face all detours, ditches, and the like with someone by your side during the ride. His name is Jesus.

  • If you became Saved based on a Heaven-on-Earth promise you were misled.  Heaven only happens in Heaven.  Afflictions and trials will come . . . but they won’t last or deter you from the plan God has for you. Only you.  If you’re stuck in a ditch, or get lost while detouring, how can you ever fulfill that Plan he has for you?
  • You will never walk alone if you’ve accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Savior.  Sorry AMEX, but my ultimate pledge is to not leave home without Christ, not your card.  You have God by your side!  While the President has the Secret Service, Christians have Jesus and the Lord’s angels.  Like the 3 Hebrew boys who were throw into a fiery furnace (Daniel 3), you won’t suffer . . . because God is ‘in the oven’ (verses 24-25) with you.  Often he doesn’t change the situation, He changes YOU in the situation.  Why fear the Nebuchadnezzars in your life when you have the Lord?

No weapon formed against you shall prosper.  You don’t even (in some situations) need ‘a smooth stone’.  Why? Praise is your weapon!

Paul and Silas in that jail (Acts 16) weren’t crying and fretting, they were singing.  We all know how that jail story in Acts ends.

  • Singing, be it in a choir or not, can be a powerful expression of praise.
  • Your church is a common Praise Place.  
  • The powerful video above inspired this post; a Greater Mount Calvary Baptist Church (in DC) choir doing a rendition of a classic gospel song written by Jonathan Nelson – “Praise Is My Weapon”.

So, praise him when blessed and praise him in advance. Along with Faith in God, your Praise -in whatever form- is a critical part of living the life of the godly.  It doesn’t hurt to have your Armor on though.  Where is your armor?  Wear it and you will be prepared for the spiritual warfare you face.

Experience joy the world can’t take away.  Praise Him, be steadfastly faithful, and wear the ‘full armor of God’.  Walking with the Almighty has it’s privileges!    

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Trust in the Lord: He’ll Redeem and Deliver

 

 


After (successfully) battling with a medical afflictions myself, I felt it was time -in this season of Lent- to get back to posting.  To God, to Jehovah Rapha, be the glory!

  • If you are a trusting servant of the Lord and have ever faced any trials, these two New Testament verses should speak to your heart.

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It’s Never Too Latte For The Lord! (Assurance)


Want a grande Blessing from the Lord?  It’s not a ‘tall order’ for Him to make a way for you!  The power belongs to God.  He presides . . . even when our political leaders, bosses at work, or friends disappoint us.

While it may seem too latte (too late) at times, trust God will be right on time.

God’s grace, his unmerited favor, is sufficient.  While you may have bold prayer requests, trust that the Lord can do more than you can ask or imagine – a blessing may be just around the corner.   While what he delivers may not be ‘exactly what you ordered’, it may be exactly what He feels you need – for the moment.

  •  You can get a refill!  He’s not a one-blessing God.

So the next time you’re enjoying an espresso at Starbucks (or your favorite coffee shop), meditate on what you need to express in your prayers to your Heavenly Father.

  • Meditate on the benefits of praising Him in advance.  Know, as his child, it ain’t over until God says it is over.  Remember, the Lord’s words NEVER come back to him void. Never.

So praise the Lord and enjoy your latte. Thank you, thank you Jesus.  

Lastly, never forget this one truth: It’s never too latte for the Lord!

But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.

The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

2 Peter 3: 8-9 NIV

  • Hallelujah, salvation, and glory.  

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Photo credit: jpellgen/flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

 

66 Assurance Way: 4 years and Counting


On September 21, 2013, I published the first post for this blog4 years ago.. Why that day?  That was the five-year anniversary of my joining the church I am now a member of in Central NC (Oak Ridge First Baptist Church, in the Greensboro NC metro area). I’ve published exactly 555 posts so far . . . and I feel like I have more to say and share. Smile.

Frankly, with the natural storms of the last month or so, along with the political and racial turmoil I feel this country has gone through since last November, I almost forget this blog’s anniversary!

  • I’m been meditating on a blog entitled Grace and Race, which I will publish when I settle on the words that I feel are the best God will allow me to write and share.
  • I will soon share another NC church sign I recently saw that says a lot in just a few words.  My last post featured a wise Greensboro church sign: 7 Days Without Prayer Makes One Weak.
  • A follow-up to the September 1st post “Jesus: He’ll Do It For You, Suddenly” is on the drawing board.
  • I think you might enjoy a scripture that the Holy Spirit pointed me to yesterday, from a Wednesday evening Sermon my Pastor (Dr. Rev. James A. Webster) gave 8 days ago, entitled: “Step Aside and Watch God Work!

Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian. And he led the flock to the back of the desert, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. And the Angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire from the midst of a bush. So he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, but the bush was not consumed. Then Moses said, “I will now turn aside and see this great sight, why the bush does not burn.”

So when the Lord saw that he turned aside to look, God called to him from the midst of the bush and said, “Moses, Moses!”.  And he said, “Here I am.”  Then He said, “Do not draw near this place. Take your sandals off your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground.”

Then Moses said to God, “Indeed, when I come to the children of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they say to me, ‘What is His name?’ what shall I say to them?”  And God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And He said, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’” 

Exodus 3:1-5,13-14 NKJV



  • Thank you for all who follow this blog – or who have liked or commented on a post on 66 Assurance Way in the last 4 years. In the year ahead, be sure to ‘step aside and watch God work’. To God be the glory!

Greg Silverthorne, 9/21/2017

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Be Righteous, Be Delivered (Psalms 34)


The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears,
And delivers them out of all their troubles.

The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart,
And saves such as have a contrite spirit.

Many are the afflictions of the righteous,
But the Lord delivers him out of them all.

Psalm 34:17-19 (NKJV)



These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace.  In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

John 16:33 (NKJV)


 Greg Silverthorne, 66 Assurance Way