Jewish scholars used to debate why God revealed Himself to Moses in the middle of the desert. Why not a highly populated or religiously significant place? The consensus was that God wanted to how that no place on earth, not even a thorn bush, is devoid of God’s presence. Pastor and author A.W. Tozer wrote: “God is above, but He’s not pushed up. He’s beneath, but He’s not pressed down. He’s outside, but He’s not excluded. He’s inside, but He’s not confined. God is above all things presiding, beneath all things sustaining, outside all things embracing, and inside all things fulfilling.” And here’s the best part: “God… works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure” (Php 2:13 NKJV). Today God is living within you, working within you, and giving you a desire to do the things that please Him. And here’s an interesting thought. Since God lives within you, don’t go anywhere that you know He wouldn’t be please to be in. When you feel wrong about being with a certain person, or in a certain place, pay attention. It may be the Holy Spirit telling you that you don’t belong there and you shouldn’t be doing that. Is God being narrow-minded? No; He wants only the best for you, so He’s protecting you from harm. The Bible says, “For the Lord God is a … shield… no good thing will be withheld from those who walk uprightly” (Ps. 84:11 NKJV). Today wherever you go, remember that God is there.



“The gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”


You cannot sit on the sidelines, because God has called you to the front lines. Sometimes that means taking a stand for what is right. Jesus said, “I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” Note, gates are defensive measures. That means we have been called to attack the powers of hell. In 1517 a monk named Martin Luther picked a fight with the religious establishment. He challenged the status quo by attacking the selling of indulgences (licenses to sin). He posted the Ninety-Five Theses on the door of All Saints’ Church in Wittenberg, Germany, and ignited the Protestant Reformation. Luther probably didn’t know that he was making history. But small acts of faith and courage have a domino effect. When we do what is right regardless of the circumstances or consequences, we set the table for God to turn the tables. At the Diet of Worms in 1521, Luther was summoned by Holy Roman Emperor Charles V and put on trial for his beliefs. Instead of recanting, Luther mustered the moral courage to take a stand: “My conscience is taken captive by God’s Word, I cannot and will not recant anything. For to act against our conscience is neither safe for us, nor open to us. On this I take my stand. I can do no other. God help me. Amen: So, who do you need to stand up for? The homeless? The fatherless? The voiceless? Don’t let the problem overwhelm you. Don’t let what you cannot do, keep you from doing what you can.


“He lifted me out of the pit of despair.”



When an earthquake struck Haiti, an aid worker trapped under a collapsed hotel prayed, “Lord, I haven’t been in touch with You lately. Now I need You more than ever: He writes: “I heard a sound. Who’s there?’ I shouted. ‘Jim,’ a man replied. He and five others were trapped too. Would you like to pray with me?’ I asked. Yes,’ he answered. So I said, ‘Lord, we’re asking You for a miracle. Please rescue us.’ I was drifting off to sleep when rhythmic thumping woke me. Helicopters! We waited, but nobody came. I felt drained. No food and water for twenty-four hours and I needed a doctor … I closed my eyes, sure I’d never open them again … A voice shouted and I jolted awake .. . a survivor had contacted a rescue team through a small hole … An hour passed, then two … I banged on the wall. No response. I’m going to die here, and there’s nothing I can do.’ Then this thought came to my mind: Worship Me. I began singing: ‘Great is Thy faithfulness; morning by morning new mercies I see.’ I sang: ‘Be still my soul.’ Praise songs … to the One who knew exactly where I was. I felt God’s presence … and heard Him whisper, Trust me with everything¬∑ … and I let it all go. ‘Your will be done, Lord’ … Hours later a team of rescuers came down the elevator shaft, hoisted me to safety, and took me to the hospital. My wife was waiting. ‘I thought you were dead,’ she said. ‘Me too,’ I whispered. And I would have been if it hadn’t been for what I had with me in that dark place-my faith that’s more alive than ever.”


As you CHASE YOUR DREAMS as I encouraged you to do on yesterday, BELIEVE. This is my word for you today: BELIEVE. Jesus said, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes” (Mark 9:23 NKJV). Go forth and do it!!!


God wants to communicate with us and He is communicating, but are we listening? Are we tuned into God’s frequency of transmission or someone else’s? So many things go on in our daily lives that seek to intercept and compete with what the Spirit of God is saying and we need to learn how to decipher what is being said and from whom. Note: 1 Timothy 4:1. Do not miss what God is saying in the earth realm, especially to His people. Read your Bible, pray and fast, meditate on God’s Word, and be still and quiet and listen for God’s voice speaking. Reception is important. Make sure nothing in your life is interfering with yours. If it is sin, confess it so your connection will not be lost. If it is wrong associations, leave those circles of ungodly alliances so you can hear what the Spirit is saying to you. Again I say: God is speaking, but are you listening? Jesus said, “Whoever has ears, let them hear” (Matthew 11:15 NIV).

Because of Calvary,
Bishop-Elect Brookins