Pastor Star R. Scott of Calvary Temple in Sterling, VA

Elevated Opinions

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This is an excerpt taken from the teaching at Calvary Temple in Sterling, VA, by entitled In Due Time

Don’t shy away from success–natural success, preeminence, exaltation, abundance, authority, prominence–and think that that’s humility. If God is the source of your blessing, your preeminence, or your prosperity, then the way you respond to that is the expression of humility in your life. Do you humbly go around saying, “God just blessed me,” but you know you’re better than everybody else? Or is there a true recognition in your heart as God is the source? You don’t have to possess these things to establish any self- worth or personal value, and you don’t need any of these things to believe in the goodness of God. Pride believes that gain is godliness.

“I’ve got these things because I’m spiritual. I’ve got these things because I deserved them.”

Godliness with contentment is great gain (1 Tim. 6:6). Do you feel that the more you get, the easier life is, and the more you obtain that you must be doing right and pleasing God?

“I’m going through some trials. Things aren’t working out. God has deserted me.”

God may be testing and purifying you. He may be humbling you, but He doesn’t love you any less. You can never experience true humility when you’re trying to earn God’s acceptance. There needs to be a rest in that relationship, an assurance of who you are. Humility comes when you know who you are in Jesus Christ, accepted in the Beloved.

So often we think of ambition and preeminence in the realm of work. We think of the workaholic, the type A personality, and these types of things. It’s really about an attitude. “And [Jesus] spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others” (Luke 18:9). Are you holier than everybody else? Do you know a little better than everybody else? Are you the one that hears from God beyond what anybody else can hear? Are you the one with special revelation? Are you the one that has new understandings? Are you the one that always hears the word of the Lord to set course in a given situation? Are you pliable in your oversight of your family, or are you always right? Nobody is always right. We’re dealing with heart attitudes and perception. The quietest, most meek appearing person among us can have the strongest stranglehold of pride on their lives. It is all how you see yourself.

“I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted” (18:12-14). Do you know it all? Are you wiser than your counselors? You know more than Mom and Dad? Do you know more than husband? Is there always an elevated opinion of your opinion? I am not talking about a false humility that says, “I don’t have any input.” How about just letting yours be on the level with everybody else’s and letting God choose what’s best? Put in your two-cents worth. But do you have to defend it? Are you afraid to put it in because it might be rejected or you might look stupid? Are you afraid to put it in because people might perceive you’re being proud and trying to take over? You might have the answer, but you don’t always have the answer. Are we going to inject our knowledge or our understanding because it will be helpful to somebody or because it will be seen as being helpful to somebody? What are the real motives?

Humility is a Choice

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This is an excerpt taken from the teaching at Calvary Temple in Sterling, VA, by entitled In Due Time

Some aspects of true humility and becoming a servant in the kingdom are by choosing a position of subservience. God does not force humility upon us; we choose to serve and humble ourselves. God will give us opportunity and will set circumstances to purge, discipline and teach us humility, but the only way it can be embraced is finally by choice. We have to choose it. You can resist all of the chastisement; you can resist all of the refining. Humility can be resisted. It doesn’t have to happen in you, regardless of the amount of pressure God puts on you. It can be chosen with little pressure or much pressure. Why not choose it with the first opportunity? Why have to go through a whole life of pressure, purging, refining, testing, brokenness and pain to finally humble yourself? Why not do it today? Just do it today, praise God! It is a choice of devaluing yourself. It’s hard, isn’t it?

All of us are in the same boat. We will never be content with what natural life can provide us with. We are haunted by this Adamic nature. We’re told that there must be a daily cross to remedy this situation. Take up your cross daily; die to self daily. We know the need of the cross, but why is it that we can’t habitually apply the daily cross to ourselves? It is because we lack humility. It has to really be desired. The glory of God has to be desired more than the glory of self. It is a very simple statement that we all know is true. But until we can glimpse the goodness of God and be awed by His presence and His worth, God cannot be all until self is nothing. We still must work at placing the proper value on self.

Father, we do thank You for Your Word. We ask for that childlike faith to be able to trust in Your care for us. You resist the proud, but You give grace to the humble. “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God,” the Scripture says, “[and cast] your care upon him; [because] he [cares] for you” (1 Pet. 5:6-7). But watch out; there’s an adversary who goes around constantly telling you what you deserve, how good you are, what your rights are.

“Everybody else has this; you should have it. God is not fair. They’re not fair. Parents aren’t fair. The pastors aren’t fair. Your deacon is not fair. Nobody is fair. You’re the only one that’s not getting the good deal in life. Everybody else is getting blessed, and you never get what you deserve.”

Can I remind you that you don’t want what you deserve? You deserve a devil’s hell, yet God has given you eternal life. Humility is a choice to not squander your life on yourself but to lay up in heaven treasures of serving others and preferring others–primarily God, His children, and His kingdom. The choice is to become great in the eyes of God instead of great in the eyes of men. Make it real for us, Father, we ask in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Yoked to be Free

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This is an excerpt taken from the teaching at Calvary Temple in Sterling, VA, by entitled In Due Time

“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (Matt. 11:28-30). A yoke is emblematic of work. When the yoke was put upon the oxen, it was for a purpose to produce energy and force, whether to plow or whether to grind at the mill. The yoke is on for the purpose of serving and productivity. Jesus is basically saying that you can’t produce anything of yourself. Your methodology isn’t sufficient. You cannot do anything that will please God. You must yoke up with Him, doing it His way in His strength. “Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly.” Divest yourself of all ambition, self-reliance and self-righteousness. Take up your cross, die to yourself daily, and have one identity–to be identified with Jesus. “For me to live,” Paul said, “is Christ and to die is gain” (Phil. 1:21). My ambition is to be free from self-will. Jesus in His teaching here tells them that to serve and produce in the kingdom has to be in a spirit of meekness and humility. It is vitally important!

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus says we need to be a people who are poor in spirit. We need to become meek, for then we will inherit the earth. When He talks about the poor in spirit, He means people that don’t try to strengthen themselves in the arena of the world, in the spirit of humanism with its methods, ambitions and goals. The poor in spirit is someone who does not rely on self. The problem that we have is that people go to extremes. When we talk about education and the deifying of education, God is not against education. I am surely not against education; I am against trusting in it. There is nothing wrong with going to MIT or Stanford. But we can’t be trusting in that, thinking, “That is what will put me over. If I can identify with them, if I can become one of the alumni, they have the best professors in this area, and the doors will be open for my goals to be obtained.” What we have always tried to promote in our lives is this: What is God calling you to do? Are you going to trust in that?

The Scripture says we can’t trust in the uncertain riches, whether it’s monetary or academic. Whatever it is, we can’t trust in the world. It’s the broken reed of Egypt. We need to realize that God’s wisdom makes us ten times wiser than anything that the world can produce (Daniel 1:20). Humility is doing things God’s way for God’s glory.

Jesus says, “Take that yoke upon you and learn of Me.” Jesus’ meekness and humility was in that He fulfilled the eternal purposes of God and was willing to condescend for the glory of God. What really blows my mind in all of this is that when Jesus became that example for us, He deserved the glory but didn’t demand it. We don’t deserve it, yet we demand it. We think we deserve it and we don’t. He did and denied it to free us, to give us a glimpse of Himself, and to deliver us from ourselves.

Got to Tell Somebody

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This is an excerpt taken from the teaching at Calvary Temple in Sterling, VA, by entitled Almost Content

In this hour as we’re admonished to be careful, that the love of many is waxing cold, He said, “…I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked” (Revelation 3:15-17). You know, one of the tragedies that so often many of us deal with is the deception to think that when we become illuminated we been delivered. “Oh, I see that!” It’s not seeing our heart’s condition that frees us. It’s obedience; it’s denial; it’s the cross! It’s by our fruit that we’re known.

Ask yourself then, “What really is my treasure?” We don’t want to be the proverbial older generation that looks to our young people and says, “Oh, give it a few years, and you’ll cool off like me.” We don’t want to be a Kurt Warner who is trying to tone down a Tim Tebow. Some of you may not know who I’m talking about. There’s a young man who was recently a professional football player; the kid is on fire for God, and everybody was sick and tired of him talking about Jesus. I say, “Keep it going!” Don’t listen to your [so called] wise counselors who are telling you, “Just tone it down. You’re going to offend your teammates. You’re turning off the media. Just live your life before them, and they’ll all seek you, knock and beat your door down, and say, ‘How can we be saved like you?’” It doesn’t work that way. There is nothing in the Scriptures that teach that. What the Scripture teaches is, “Shout it from the housetops” (Matthew 10:27). What you have freely received, freely give!

So, who are we at work – Kurt Warner or Tim Tebow? Who are we in the supermarket? Is there a compulsion to have to tell somebody what Jesus has spoken to you that morning in devotions? “For we cannot [help] but speak the things that we have seen and heard” (Acts 4:20). When you get up from devotions, ladies, and you have to go to the supermarket or whatever the errands are for the day, and you just can’t wait-it’s a fire burning in your bones-”I can’t wait to tell somebody what Jesus has shared with me this morning!” Is that what motivates us? Are we driven, compelled, obsessed, with the gospel and the kingdom and sharing the goodness of God? If we are, guess what? One of these days that trumpet is going to sound-it could be very soon-and He’s going to say, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”

Or are we lukewarm? Do we have need of nothing? That’s not just talking about material things. It includes not needing others speaking into your life. “I hear from God. I don’t need the body in my life. I don’t need anything. I’m fine; I’m right with God. I look around and I probably spend more time in devotions than most people. I’m okay.” Is the question in your mind, “Am I okay?” or is it, “Am I godly; am I Christlike?” For godlikeness with contentment is great gain. We might think we are rich and have need of nothing. You don’t have a clue what you need, He says, “..knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire?” (Revelation 3:17-18).

The Glory of Being Nothing

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This is an excerpt taken from the teaching at Calvary Temple in Sterling, VA, by entitled In Due Time

Peter admonishes the shepherds about the spirit that they were to oversee the flock of God. If we are ever going to represent the kingdom properly, we have to imbibe the spirit that Jesus manifested as the chief shepherd; and that’s the spirit of humility. The spirit of servant empties self to properly represent Father. That is what Jesus’ whole expression was in the incarnation. God became flesh and dwelt among us, the Scripture says (John 1:14). Jesus in the flesh showed that God’s original intention for man is reflecting the glory of God and not taking it to himself in any way. Everything that we are being called to do is to bring us back to that place of absolute childlike faith and reliance upon Father. Humility is total reliance and trust in God’s care for us.

1 Peter 5:6 says, “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time.” We see then that God will put pressures and trials on us in our life. Are you in a trial right now and counting it all joy? Are you in a trial right now and you would like to count it all joy? Are you are in a trial right now and don’t want anything about joy; you just want out? We are all faced with the same desires, and that’s that we don’t like the pressures that God puts on us to make us like Himself. We want to be like Him but not through His process.

We need to buy gold that was tried in the fire. Nothing good comes in your life that doesn’t cost you something, put pressure on you, or is not through a refining process, because the fact is there is no good in us. All that is self, all that is man, has to be purged that the Christlikeness can begin to emerge. That which is in the inner man, the hidden man of the heart, can only be revealed through the humbling process that God is calling you to. He is going to put pressure on you, then in due time He will exalt you.

We seem to think that exaltation is one that says, “Praise God, I get to drive my Rolls Royce, everybody will know who I am, and I will be able to have everything I want.” That’s not what God is talking about. The exalting is that in due time, God will free you from yourself. Exaltation is God making you a representation of Himself. He will give you the highest place–servant of all. That is what we need so desperately in our lives. There is nothing that we can do but come to that place of death to self and emptying self that will enable us to bring glory to God. You can’t build great buildings in His name. You can’t become a great humanitarian. You can’t build religious empires. To be nothing in God’s presence is the glory of man. That is what we are to pursue. We need to come to the place where we can be nothing in the presence of God. There is no higher calling or higher glory that you can attain then being able to walk up to Him empty of self because of what His grace has done in our lives. That’s our ambition. It’s vital, and we need to obtain that. God’s service is your greatest liberty; to be a slave for God is your greatest liberty. To be involved in representing Him by Him is your glory and your liberty from sin, self and everything destructive.

Teaching Children Humility

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This is an excerpt taken from the teaching at Calvary Temple in Sterling, VA, by entitled In Due Time

Jesus learned obedience by the things He endured (Heb. 5:8). He humbled Himself and took humanity upon Himself. Because of our abundance, we have created an environment of an easy life. Don’t think abundance is just about dollars and cents. Is there merit in the simple life of cooking on wood or coal? No, because there are people who don’t even have coal. It’s not how little you have; it’s how little you think of yourself.

“I deserve more than this. I’m better than that guy. Look! I have two pieces of coal; he only has one.”

This is the spirit of comparing ourselves with others, desiring to boast of being better and being above. How much is enough?

“Just a little more.”

It’s not even the more; it’s more than.

“I wouldn’t need any more if what I had was the most.”

Stop and think about the society that we’re living in. Are we teaching our children humility? When at Christmas time it takes you an hour-and-a-half to find your kids because they’re buried under all the gifts and toys, what is that telling them? Can we give them all this stuff and survive? Yes, with a lot of counsel and a lot of hands-on direction as to how to use these things and not abuse them. But I believe that some of us would begin to teach our children this spirit of humility by just saying “no” more.

“No, you don’t need that.”

Some of you wives or children are saying, “He better not say no to me.”

What does “no” do to you inside? You are under. Your will is not supreme. Your whims do not have to be gratified. We live in an age of self-worship that has so seduced our thought processes that many of us aren’t even aware of it.

Kids are doing things younger and younger. Now little twelve-year-old kids are wearing all kinds of make-up. What’s wrong with being a kid? What’s wrong with coming through the natural course of innocence, discipline, instruction, maturation, experience, responsibility and authority? We live in a society of “I am; therefore, I deserve.” This pride, this selfness, has no place in the Body of Christ.

“Humble yourselves…under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time” (1 Pet. 5:6). Humility waits for God’s time. Have you set a discipline on your child, and you change it?

“You’re not going to watch your favorite television program tonight. Okay, we’ll let you watch your favorite one, but you can’t watch your second favorite one. Well, okay, you can watch your second favorite one, but next week…”

Most of us get ourselves into trouble because we say, “You’re not going to watch your favorite program tonight.” Leave it open ended.

“Your life is out of order. Until I see a change and some improvement, until God’s time, you may not have any privileges. You’re not going to watch that television program; you’re going to mow the lawn.” If you are aware of a lack of discipline or sobriety, what are you doing as parents to require that of your children? Are you teaching them this spirit of humility?

The real reason that most of us are not doing this is that we are not being ensamples (patterns). We are not willing to pay the price ourselves. Because we have not learned it, we can’t teach it. We don’t want to have our children mad at us. Pride is the wrong value on self. As the representative of God called parent, you are not to be popular; you are to be just. There is a spirit. Are you aware of it? Are you sensing it? Can you feel it?

Consecrated Solely unto God

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This is an excerpt taken from the teaching at Calvary Temple in Sterling, VA, by entitled Almost Content

Jesus, speaking in Revelation 3, reveals Himself as the Amen – the Alpha, the Omega, the Supreme Judge, the One Who has declared His will that none can resist, the One for Whom all things were made and by Whom all things were made, as He says to the church of Laodicea, “I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot” (Revelation 3:15). Now, some of us say, “Why would the Lord will us to be cold?” Because when you’re cold you know the condition you’re in. There’s nothing more dangerous than deception. There is nothing more dangerous than a little leaven. There’s nothing more dangerous than being almost content with God. There’s nothing more dangerous than indifference.

So He is saying to the church at Laodicea, “I’ve got a real concern for your lukewarm condition.” Now, most of us here would say we’re living for one thing, and that’s to stand before Him one of these days soon and hear, “Well done.” And what He is saying to us is we need to be absolutely consecrated. We know what that word “consecrated” means. It makes reference to being holy. The word “consecrated” means to be set apart entirely, solely, for God. You can’t be almost consecrated. I don’t think many of us have come to grips with that in our lives. We have doctrinally, but I think we would surmise that maybe that’s really only for those that are called into fivefold ministry. And the admonition of the Lord is, “…Be ye holy; for I am holy” (1 Peter 1:16). And, “…without holiness no man shall see the Lord” (Hebrews 12:14).

What would we say our pursuit of holiness is in this turmoil, in this last hour, these last seconds of the last minute of the church’s dealing with sin on the earth? Have we been weighted down? Have we been polluted? What do you think? Where are you? Only you know. The cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, the lust of other things that enter in and choke the Word of God out of our lives, that keep us from being solely and absolutely, radical doers of the Word and not hearers only. James says, if we’re hearers only, then we’ve deceived ourselves (James 1:22).

In this context, I want to make an observation regarding marriage. We’ve had so many young people in these last couple of years that are getting united here in our midst. And we hear people say something like, “We want to get married together because one puts a thousand to flight and two put ten thousand.” Well, let me share with you, if you are not both consecrated unto God, the compromises of one just doubles the opportunity for compromise. Compromise is now coming from two perspectives. You were better off single than having a spouse who’s not consecrated. Paul speaks very clearly about this in 1 Corinthians 7. He says when you’re single you care for the things of God, but when you get married you care for the things of the world, how you may please your spouse. What are we doing in our unions, in our marriages? What are we doing in our community, in our provoking one another to love? What are we doing to stand up for lives of total consecration that will not compromise at all, where it doesn’t concern you if it ruffles a few feathers or not, because, “as for me and my house we’re serving the Lord” (Joshua 24:15)?

Patterns, not Lords

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This is an excerpt taken from the teaching at Calvary Temple in Sterling, VA, by entitled In Due Time

“Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being ensamples [patterns]…” (1 Pet. 5:3). Have you ever heard these words, “Follow me, as I follow Christ,” come out of your mouth to your children? You should be the pattern. You should say, “If you do what I do, you’re going to be in heaven when the smoke clears.” If you haven’t said that to your children, you need to. And the moment you do, in all sincerity you will be humbled and understand the awesomeness of this responsibility of representing Jesus and becoming a servant to the will of God.

We have to divest ourselves of all personal agenda. We can’t say, “Tomorrow we’re going to go do thus and so.” “Tomorrow I’m going to make X number of dollars.” “We’re going to move here, we’re going to move there.” We’re no longer our own; we were bought with a price. Have our children been instructed that we’re a different people? Are we ready to hear the voice of God? Are we humble enough in our spirit to where we can realize, “I have an agenda; I have plans and places to go with people to see”? Can we bow our knee and say, “Lord, not my will, but Your will be done”?

Are we ready to humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God? Most commentators usually place that under the context of trials, with God’s hand hard upon us, breaking us. A big part of this is the ability to endure the chastening and purification process so that we can let God work His timing in us, which is perfection. Timing is everything.

Peter is encouraging the leaders, the shepherds, here how to prepare themselves to lead a flock, divest themselves of their own agendas and their own worth, and all of the trials that come with being in leadership–the recognition and the prosperity that come. He said the thing you must be careful of is: Don’t be lords, but be patterns, because lordship promotes lordship. You are lord of your own life if you haven’t learned submission to the lordship of Jesus, if you have plans–a ten-year plan, a twenty-year plan. I’m not talking about natural wisdom of laying up, making preparation, and these kinds of things. I’m talking about an attitude that’s inflexible. It’s an idol. It’s untouchable. You won’t hear anything to the contrary. Circumstances and counsel mean nothing to this course that’s been set. The moment you begin to live that way, you begin to set courses for your children too. You convince them that you are God–your will for their lives, your methodology, your priorities, the way you cross your “T” and dot your “I”, the way you mow your lawn, and the way you comb your hair. This is God’s heritage. This is God’s Church. Those are God’s kids. Are we teaching them that we don’t know best but that the Lord does?

“We are doing our best to find His will and obey, but we don’t have all the answers. God does, and you need to find some answers for yourself. You need to begin to learn to trust God, to seek God, to serve God.”

That is what good leaders do, and that is what we try to do here. We do everything possible to set a standard and course, not compromise it, and cause you to hear from God, grow and be obedient.

God Will Fill Your Empty Pot

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This is an excerpt taken from the teaching at Calvary Temple in Sterling, VA, by entitled More Than Enough

We are not living in the supernatural like we need to be. It has been robbed from us. Fear comes in because we’re trusting in the natural instead of the supernatural. That fear will keep us in bondage and make us prisoners of the world system. It will rob the Word of God out of our hearts. We need to trust God, the God who can fill thirty-two ounces with eight ounces. Our God is more than enough–exceeding abundant above anything that we could ask or even think. Even though our theology is correct, we need to expect more than enough.

“And it came to pass, when the vessels were full, that she said unto her son, Bring me yet a vessel. And he said unto her, There is not a vessel more. And the oil stayed” (2 Kings 4:6). As long as you keep giving God an empty pot, He will fill it. As long as you keep your life available to Him, He will fill you. He will never run out of the oil of the Holy Spirit. He will never run out of the comfort, the wisdom, or the strength that He promised to us. He is the God who is more than enough. He opens the windows of heaven and pours out blessings we can’t contain.

What are we believing God for on a daily basis as we’re living and walking in faith? Sadly, many of us aren’t really believing God for anything. We’re believing the doctors, the bank, our friends, the government, fate or chance. We need to stir up within us the ability to trust God and to walk back into the realm of the supernatural to where our first thought is always, “God will supply. There is nothing too hard for the Lord. All things are possible to he that believeth.”

Lord, I want You to consciously be my source as I seek You in my heart without ceasing. I want to boast in Your provision. I want it to be known that You are my God, my source, my present help in trouble, my shield, my buckler, my strong tower that I run to and am safe. You, Lord, are my all and all. We have been vexed and seduced. We are dull of hearing, leaning on a broken reed. We ask You to make our steps and our foundation sure. The rich man trusts in his riches; the spiritual man trusts in his God.

Father, we are living in an hour when the simplicity of Your providence has been lost. We say that You are our source as we cash our checks and buy our abundant supply. We say, “Here are the blessings of God,” but it is only of You when we seek You first and these things are added to us. It’s only You when it’s truly of faith, because everything that is not of faith is sin. So we come and ask You to help us trust You. We look to You as our source. Your blessing doesn’t have to come in bunches, but it can come momentarily, one day at a time, one moment at a time, as it’s sufficient, because our God is sufficient. The next meal will be there even though I don’t know where it’s coming from. The next payment will be made even though I see no hope in the natural. The pain will cease even though I’ve prayed a hundred times before and it’s still there. The child will be restored and the loved one saved because You are more than enough. Fill us, Father, with grace and faith, we ask in Jesus’ name. Amen.

No Limits

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This is an excerpt taken from the teaching at Calvary Temple in Sterling, VA, by entitled More Than Enough

We need to understand that God loves us. He wants to bless us and He provides for us. We limit Him because we are not living by faith. Even though you can’t comprehend God, say about Him what He says about Himself. The fact of the matter is you don’t believe that God loves you as much as He really does. Because you know too much about yourself, you say, “I don’t even like me. How can God love me?” It’s because God is love. Do you believe that? By faith we say about God what He says about Himself even though we can’t comprehend it. We receive His mercy and His blessings even though we don’t deserve it. We don’t limit Him by man’s perceived justice. We don’t become jealous when God blesses people that we think ought to be cursed.

“I don’t understand it. Here I am working and laboring every day, and this younger brother comes home from the pigpen and you kill the fatted calf and he gets blessed. What’s this all about? I’m the one that’s working hard around here.”

Can you rejoice when God blesses others that are not deserving in your eyes? The reason you’re probably not blessed more is because you’re deserving in your own eyes. But how about receiving the super abundance of the mercy of God and the providence of God? Put no limits on the revelation that He wants to give you of Himself, the visitation that He wants to bring to you, the opportunity to minister His Word, the provisions and natural resources, that you might be filled with all the fullness of God.

“Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen” (Eph. 3:20-21). Paul was just overcome by the greatness of God. He didn’t have words to express this, but the Holy Spirit gave him these words that we could identify the abundance of God’s mercy to us, His desire to tabernacle within us, and to become our provider. Are you looking to provide your own comfort, peace and joy? Or are you able to come into His presence just as a little child and accept the great provisions of God?

Father wants to bless us. He wants to involve Himself in each of our lives. Don’t limit Him by your unbelief. I’m not talking about a formula faith where we’re speaking blessings like, “Lord, I’m believing You for a raise.” Leave it up to Him. What does it really matter how much you make if God is the source? Is He or is He not sufficient? Is He or is He not the God of enough, the God of abundance, the God of super abundance? Although we want to have it now, I would rather have God who can give it when I need it. We want to acquire it, count it, and be responsible for it. You are better off having the God of abundance, accepting what He has given you at this moment to handle, and realizing that when you need more, it will be there.