It seems like fear is rampant in our world. Fear of Covid-19 has invaded our society and world for over a year now. Fear can paralyze you from doing anything. Fear will steal your peace, your joy, your freedom and ultimately your life. 2 Tim 1:7 “God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power, love and a sound mind.” Use God’s word to ward off the spirit of fear and declare you have power over fear, and declare you have a sound disciplined mind, and you have the love of God residing in your heart. Declare that God’s word has the final say in your life and that fear doesn’t have the final say.
To say we live in uncertain times would be an understatement. God intends for us not to be moved by circumstances but to be at peace in whatever situation we find ourselves. 2 Corinthians 5:7 says “We walk by faith and not by sight.” Sometimes that is easier said then done. Read the following passage of scripture for a principle to live in peace.
Philippians 4:6-8 (NASB)
6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.
I’ve emboldened areas to focus on. One, rather then worry we must pray. Rather then complain we must be giving thanks. Second, where is your focus? Notice the apostle Paul tell us where to put our attention.
If we are going to have peace in times of uncertainty we will have to know that God is greater then our circumstances and change our focus.
Until next time be blessed
Pastor Carl Benton
Hello, It’s been a while since my last post. I’m not sure where the time has gone. I’ll endeavor to be more consistent this year. We are working on a new design for our website, be looking for it in the near future.
Our world is in more turmoil then few of us have ever seen it. I believe the Lord gave me a message for this season. When everything around us is uncertain and influx, we must know that God does not change. Last week He spoke to me these words, when I was dealing with concern about the future. “There is only one thing that you must concern yourself with. You Be The Light!” As i pondered on these words God reminded me that, He is the source of light. Mat 5: 14 says, “You are the light of the World…”
I believe Jesus was proclaiming what the disciples and now we are intended to be in our world. As we walk in the Light of God’s word other will see “our good works” and give glory to God. Remember, lights are used for warning, guidance, illumination.
Be blessed today as you, “Be The Light!”
In today’s Pastor’s Minute, I want to challenge you to stand and confess a portion of Ps 91. God has made a way for us to be protected from any and all attacks of the enemy whether we can see him or not. First don’t let fear enter your thinking process as it will open the door to the enemy. Second, stand in faith on God’s word. Third began to confess that according to Isa 54:17 “No weapon formed against me shall prosper!!!!” and from Ps 91Because you have made the Lord your dwelling place—the Most High, who is my refuge—no evil shall be allowed to befall you, no plague come near your tent.
Confess this everyday! God is not taken by surprise by anything Satan endeavors to do. This in only temporary, therefore don’t lose heart.
Until next time follow God’s words to Joshua “Be strong and Very Courageous”.
We know that the Coronavirus (COVID-19) has become a worldwide concern and is on everyone’s minds. So, we wanted to take a few moments to send you this special note to encourage you in your faith and in some practical steps you can take.
While it’s good to be informed, don’t allow the plethora of media reports (sometimes confusing or contradictory) to create fear in your heart — rather, this is a good time for us as believers to stay anchored in the truth of God’s Word. Let your fearless faith shine as you trust in Jesus.
2 Timothy 1:7
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”
Psalm 91:5-7, 10-11
“Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night,
nor the arrow that flies in the day.
6 Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness,
nor the disaster that strikes at midday.
7 Though a thousand fall at your side,
though ten thousand are dying around you,
these evils will not touch you. …
9 If you make the LORD your refuge,
if you make the Most High your shelter
10 no evil will conquer you;
no plague will come near your home.
11 For he will order his angels
to protect you wherever you go.”
Thankfully, as of 10 AM on March 12, there are only a few known cases of Coronavirus (Covid-19) in Louisiana. Our state leaders are doing their best to prepare Louisiana for any more potential cases.
We wanted you to know, we are planning to hold our regularly scheduled services at Living Glory Church and we want to assure you that we are dedicated to offering a clean and safe environment. Our janitorial team regularly and thoroughly cleans our buildings — giving special attention to surfaces that are commonly used and touched. In addition, hand soap is available in the bathrooms and we now have a supply of alcohol-based hand sanitizers available for use at every service. The sanitizer pumps are located at the entrance of the Sanctuary and Administration building from the foyer. Please use them as you enter either of the buildings. We will continue to monitor the situation and we will follow recommendations from federal, state and local government agencies should they be given.
As a general rule, if you are feeling unwell online viewing is the perfect way to be part of the church. You can watch our Sunday morning live services online on the Living Glory Church Facebook page .
The CDC has issued practical ways that you can lessen the spread of the Coronavirus — should there be any future cases in Louisiana or if you travel to places where there are cases of the virus:
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• Stay home if you are not feeling well.
• Cover your mouth and nose with your forearm when coughing and sneezing.
• Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds at a time. Use soap and water when possible.
• If no soap and water are available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with 60%-95% alcohol.
• For the next several months, use your faith and wisdom, but consider giving your friends a wave or elbow bump rather than shaking hands or hugging one another.
• For more: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
On the practical side — we encourage you to prepare now (while there are only a few cases of Coronavirus in Louisiana) for any potential issues with supply chains or in the event of any spread or unexpected quarantines. We recommend all LGC members prepare by doing the following:
• Be sure to refill your important prescription medicines and keep extra Tylenol or Motrin on hand.
• Keep 14-21 days of essentials on hand — things like disinfectants, water, paper products and non-perishable food.
Finally, keep your own heart encouraged by spending time with the Lord in prayer, praise and reading His Word . We love you and we are praying for you,
Pastors Carl and Belinda
Very often there is correlation between the natural and the spiritual. When is comes to sight or vision we know that there are reasons why people may have impaired vision. Likewise people may also may have spiritually impaired vision. In the gospel of John Jesus says that unless one is born again they can’t see or enter the kingdom of heaven.
Another reason a person may be spiritually blind even when they are born again is that they choose to walk in darkness or sin rather then confess the sin and walk in the light of God’s word. The remedy for spiritual blindness is to either receive what Jesus did for us on Calvary and be born again or confess our sin, repent and walk in the light.
There are a couple of other issues that can affect a person’s sight. A person may be near sighted so that the distance vision is out of focus. In the Spirit aspect, a person is near sighted when all they see the problems, challenges, offenses, fear and worried around them and can’t focus on the Good things wants to do in their life. They dwell on the immediate and allow fear to steal their future. Other people have far-sighted vision where the things near are out of focus. Individuals with this problem are always looking for the future success, the windfall prosperity, and fail to deal with the present very well. They are the dreamers, visionaries who don’t confront the present day issues or prepare for the future.
Just as there are natural means to correct impaired vision there are means to correct Spiritual vision. Next session we’ll discuss three way to begin the process of correcting spiritual vision.
Until then, Remember it is the truth you know and walk in that sets you free.
Pastor Carl Benton
LIVING GLORY CHURCH
200 E. Butcher Switch Road
Lafayette, LA 70507
A Non-Denominational, Christian Family Church
LIVING GLORY CHURCH
200 E. BUTCHER SWITCH RD,
LAFAYETTE, LA 70507
- Community Minded
- A Christian Family Church
Reaching Lafayette, Breaux Bridge, Scott, Carencro, Sunset, Broussard and Lafayette Parish, LA