Archive for January, 2014

YOU ARE IMPORTANT!

Ps 139:13-14, For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. 14 I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well.

God planned your life!  You are so important to the plan and purposes of God. 

Without you, without this church, God’s plan is hindered and at times halted from saving lives.

You were born for this time in history!  You are not an accident! 

Many times people look at themselves as insignificant, but that is the lie the devil wants you to accept.  YOU ARE SIGNIFICANT!  YOU ARE IMPORTANT TO THE PLAN OF HEAVEN!  GOD KNEW BEFORE HE SAID, “LET THERE BE”, THAT YOU WOULD BE HERE AT THIS SECOND IN THIS BUILDING BEING STRENGTHENED TO DO HIS WORK.

DON’T STOP THE JOURNEY

In every church, in every personal ministry, in every life there is a journey.

IT IS NOT HOW YOU START ONLY, IT IS HOW YOU FINISH.

The journey has great victories, hardships, disappointments, discouragement, confusion, weariness…..

BUT DO NOT GIVE UP – YOU ARE GOING TO MAKE IT!!!

2 Tim. 1:12-14, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day.

I AM PERSUADED, CONVINCED, THE VISION IS NOT OVER.. THE JOURNEY, THE IMPACT, PLAN OF GOD IS GETTING READY TO EXPLODE IN THIS HOUSE.

I am convinced in the God I serve.

I’m convinced in the call of God.

I’m convinced in the vision.

God is not done, the journey is not over, get ready!!

 1 Cor. 2:9, But as it is written:  “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”

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If you are interested in having Dr. Spencer come and speak at your church or conference, go to the website and send a request.  We also offer FREE video leadership training via the Internet every Tuesday from 12:00 to 1:00pm, and Thursday evenings from 6:30-7:30pm weekly.  If you’re interested then send your email address and receive the link.  Send your email address to drspencer@empoweringpastors.com.  Visit us on the web at http://www.empoweringpastors.com.  Dr. Spencer is the Sr. Pastor of His Tabernacle Family Church in Horseheads New York.

 

2 Tim. 1:12,  For this reason I also suffer these things; nevertheless I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day.  NKJV

It is so easy as a GREAT LEADER to be tempted to get caught up in “MOMENTS”.  Moments are important, but when we live in moments we take our eyes off the journey.

The great successes in the Word of God walked the journey, not just the moments.

It was not just a journey for the men of the Old Testament, but also for the New Testament!

Paul

Acts 9 – He was fighting against Jesus, then he meets Jesus.  For 3 years he was in the desert being trained by Jesus.  When he was released into ministry he went on 3 missionary journeys.

2 Cor 11:24:29, Five different times the Jewish leaders gave me thirty-nine lashes. 25 Three times I was beaten with rods. Once I was stoned. Three times I was shipwrecked. Once I spent a whole night and a day adrift at sea. 26 I have traveled on many long journeys. I have faced danger from rivers and from robbers. I have faced danger from my own people, the Jews, as well as from the Gentiles. I have faced danger in the cities, in the deserts, and on the seas. And I have faced danger from men who claim to be believers but are not. 27 I have worked hard and long, enduring many sleepless nights. I have been hungry and thirsty and have often gone without food. I have shivered in the cold, without enough clothing to keep me warm. 28 Then, besides all this, I have the daily burden of my concern for all the churches. 29 Who is weak without my feeling that weakness? Who is led astray, and I do not burn with anger? NLT

It is the journey – not just the moments!

Jesus

Rev. 13:8 – Jesus is the Lamb slain before the foundations of the earth.  Before His journey ever began on this earth to redeem us, it had already begun before the foundations of the world.

He was born a virgin.

He died on the cross – It is finished.

He defeats the devil, sits at the right hand, sends the Spirit.

He had been rejected by his family, friends, nation, Father!

In Matt. 28:18-20 Jesus passes the batonNEVER GAVE UP!

IT IS THE JOURNEY – DON’T LOSE SIGHT OF THE VISION – DON’T YOU EVER GIVE UP!!

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If you are interested in having Dr. Spencer come and speak at your church or conference, go to the website and send a request.  We also offer FREE video leadership training via the Internet every Tuesday from 12:00 to 1:00pm, and Thursday evenings from 6:30-7:30pm weekly.  If you’re interested then send your email address and receive the link.  Send your email address to drspencer@empoweringpastors.com.  Visit us on the web at http://www.empoweringpastors.com.

For a truly charismatic, Spirit-filled church experience, Pastor Micheal Spencer invites you to a time of fellowship, worship and incredible spiritual growth at His Tabernacle Family Church every Sunday morning at either 9:00am or 11:00am.  Pastors Micheal and Rhonda Spencer are committed to preaching the Word with boldness and conviction, for the purpose of equipping the believers for the work of the Kingdom.  We enjoy a culturally diverse congregation, with attenders from all over the world.  So, whether you’re looking for a solid, Pentecostal, Bible-believing church in Elmira, a church in Corning, or a church in Ithaca, His Tabernacle Family Church in Horseheads is the church home you’ve been searching for.

 

Dr. Micheal Spencer

 

His Tabernacle Family Church

A House of Grace and Mercy

2 Tim. 1:12,  For this reason I also suffer these things; nevertheless I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day.  NKJV

It is so easy as a GREAT LEADER to be tempted to get caught up in “MOMENTS”.  Moments are important, but when we live in moments we take our eyes off the journey.

The great successes in the Word of God walked the journey, not just the moments.

God’s purposes are completed through the JOURNEY, not just the high points, or the low points, but the WHOLE.

Noah – Gen. 6 – build an ark!  What’s an ark?

  1. He was about 500 years old when he was given the directive, and he was to build a boat that was 450x75x45 – Never had rain fallen, he was rejected, he was mocked, and it took up to 75 years to build it.  NO DEWALT POWER TOOLS!
  2. If Noah had not been faithful and passionate about the vision then none of us would be here.  If he would have been living in the moments, then discouragement would have overtaken him and the vision would never have been completed.  We would all be dead!

Abram – Gen 12 – get out of your country!  To where?  I’ll show you…

  1. It was about 500 miles – with his entire family, flocks and servants.  It was a huge undertaking – BUT HE BEGAN THE JOURNEY!

Joseph – Gen 37 – The vision was given!  Sold into slavery, sold again, falsely accused, thrown in prison, forgotten, RAISED UP, delivered the entire nation of Israel.

MINISTRY IS A JOURNEY……..

We will cover more GIANTS and their JOURNEY’S in the next post!

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If you are interested in having Dr. Spencer come and speak at your church or conference, go to the website and send a request.  We also offer FREE video leadership training via the Internet every Tuesday from 12:00 to 1:00pm, and Thursday evenings from 6:30-7:30pm weekly.  If you’re interested then send your email address and receive the link.  Send your email address to drspencer@empoweringpastors.com.  Visit us on the web at http://www.empoweringpastors.com.

God has given you a vision that is larger than you!

 

The key there is that it is LARGER THAN YOU AND I!

 

When something is larger it means that it is too big for one person to handle alone.  If the vision is small enough for you to handle it alone, it is not from God!

 

Every time God spoke vision it was larger than the one individual, and went beyond the one who the vision was given.  The cool part about God is that when He speaks vision it is for the ENTIRETY OF THE COMPLETED VISION, not just for the moment vision.

 

So vision must be:

 

1)    MUST BE IMPREGNATED BY GOD.

2)    MUST BE LARGER THAN YOU.

3)    MUST GO BEYOND YOUR LIFETIME.

4)    MUST HAVE HELP TO FULFILL THE VISION.

 

I can hear everyone shouting AMEN!!

 

BUT

 

Many visions remain small, not because it is God’s plan, but because the leader struggles with one of the four main components of success.

 

1)    It is not usually that God didn’t give them a vision.

2)    It is not that it is not larger than you.

3)    It is not that it could not go beyond your lifetime.

4)    It is USUALLY that leaders struggle with the HELP FACTOR!

 

The unspoken issue of INTIMIDATION!

  1. Many pastors and leaders are ok with help as long as the people are not as good as they are at the task.
  2. I have watched Pastors step on leaders who were more gifted in an area to keep them under thumb.
  3. Leaders – we must know who we are.  We must be confident is our calling.  Man did not call you, God called you to leadership.
  4. Dan. 2:20-21, He said, “Praise the name of God forever and ever, for he has all wisdom and power. 21 He controls the course of world events; he removes kings and sets up other kings. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the scholars.
  5. Intimidation is not of God.  It is fear.
  6. God is not the author of fear.  2 Tim. 1:7, For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. NLT  2 Tim 1:7 – fear – timidity – IN-TIMIDATED  1 John 4:18, Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love.
  7. SURROUND YOURSELF WITH PEOPLE THAT ARE BETTER THAN YOU!
  8. BE BRAVE – BE CONFIDENT – SURROUND YOURSELF WITH STRENGTH – THEY WILL COMPLIMENT YOU AND THE VISION!

 

We offer FREE video leadership training via the Internet every Tuesday from 12:00 to 1:00pm, and Thursday evenings from 6:30-7:30pm weekly.  If you’re interested then send your email address and receive the link.  Send your email address to drspencer@empoweringpastors.com.  Visit us on the web at http://www.empoweringpastors.com.