Pastors Minute

Christmas 2019: Preparation

We are right in the middle of the Christmas season and for many, preparations are well underway are already completed. We do a great deal to prepare for this season and to celebrate the birth of the savior Jesus Christ. Preparation is a good thing, however if we only prepare the external we are missing the entire point of this season. The length and intensity of the preparation is in direct relation to the importance of the celebration or visitation. When we are expecting a very important guest or a very important event much time and effort is exerted in the preparation.

The first thing we do is remove the unnecessary clutter from our clutter corners in our homes. We all have them! That is the accumulation of stuff that we have not made a decision of what to do with the stuff. It is important we remove the clutter from our hearts. Too many live life with a heart so clutter with guilt, shame, condemnation, bitterness, unforgiveness and sin that there is no room for a relationship with Jesus.

Sometimes we need to rearrange our furniture for some of the decorations we put in our homes. I believe a reprioritization of our life is the next step in preparation. We prioritize our time and energies to make room for the savior in our lives.

This season is not complete without gifts to give and receive. We all want to give a useful gift. We go to great lengths to find out what we can give our families, friends and others so the gift will not be re-gifted or sit in a drawer unused. God has given us the greatest gift of All. The gift of eternal life in the package of an infant in a manger. Eternal life is not just going to heaven but having some of heaven here on earth. But what do we give God? The wise men from the scripture brought Jesus, Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh. As we study what these are they have a direct correlation to our worship today. Gold represents our treasures and finances. When we make our possessions available for God’s use in His Kingdom we are worshiping Him. Frankincense, gives off a distinct odor when it is put on hot coals, and was used by the priest in the temple. This represents our prayers lifted up to God. Myrrh is a resin used in the Holy Anointing Oil in Exodus. For us this represents the anointing of God’s grace upon our lives and the talents and abilities we use everyday. When we acknowledge God’s grace is the source of our talents we are worshiping Him with the.

So in all your preparation don’t forget to do some, clutter removal, prioritization, and planning to use your life in worship to God for His gift of Jesus.

Pastor Carl Benton:

Remember it is the truth you walk in that sets you free!

 

Reigning in Life Pt2

   God intends for us to walk in victory in this life. Yes, there will be challenges, however those challenges should not keep up from fulfilling our divine purpose. In Rom 5:17 we read that through the “abundance of Grace and the gift of righteousness” we have the potential to reign in life. Reigning in life is a potential and possibility for every believer, however it requires revelation of God’s Word and a determination to make the right choices. Today let’s look at five key points about righteousness: Righteousness is defined as “right standing with God”, “the character or quality of being right or just”. E.W. Kenyon’s definition of righteousness is, “the ability to stand before God without guilt, shame, condemnation or inferiority.”

1.     We are redeemed, ransomed or bought with the precious blood of Jesus.

2.     We are Delivered, conveyed or transferred out of Satan’s kingdom into the Kingdom of God.

3.     We are free from all our sins, guilt, shame and condemnation.

4.     Righteousness is a free gift. It can’t be earned or bought.

5.     All our successes, victories and triumphs are in and through Jesus.

Meditate on Rom 5:17 until it becomes real to you. Remember it’s the truth you know and walk in that sets you free.

Pastor Carl Benton

 

Reigning in Life Part 1

Romans 5:17 (NKJV)
17 For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.)

I love the above scripture because it gives me a promise that no matter the battles I may face, or the struggles I may have in life, God will always help me to overcome. I want you to notice that because of Adam’s failure, death reigned. The death cycle was released on planet earth by Adam’s treason. All men are born under that cycle of death. In Scripture there are three types of death. First is natural death. That is when our bodies are no longer alive due to age, sickness or accident. The Second in spiritual death. That is being separated from God. When Adam sinned, he died spiritually but not physically at least not immediately. The Third is called the Second Death. That happens when a person who is “spiritually dead dies naturally”, they will forever be separated from God and heaven. They are relegated to be eternally without God.

Praise God, He made a way to move from the death cycle into a LIFE cycle. This move is not automatic, even though the avenue is available for every person born into planet earth.

Stay tuned as we will delve deeper into this scripture in future post.

Remember it is the truth you know and walk in that sets you free.

Pastor Carl Benton

 

 

Solving the Identity Crisis.

Where do you get your identity?

There are a number of factors that people use to determine their identity. Some use their associations, occupation or political and social movements, others identity with a gender or race and still others identify with some even god or bad in their past. In past years people’ identity have become blurred and confused. While trying to be inclusive and politically correct many have misplaced their identity.

Since God created humanity, only He can give us our true identity. That identity will superceede and transcend any other methods of identification. Certainly natural identification is important, but when circumstances change that cause us to no longer be within that group or occupation we must have an underlying identity so we won’t be shaken. Our spiritual identity is such. We must realize that our purpose if life and our destiny in life are inseparably linked to our identity. If we fail to discovery our true identity will never find our true purpose for life nor will we be able to fulfill the destine we were create for.

Eph 2:10 says, ” We are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works.”  1 Cor 5:17,”If any man is in Christ he is a new creation, old things have passed, all things have become new.” These two scriptures state the we have a new identity in Christ and a New purpose in Christ. As we study God’s word we discover who we really are and what we have been called to do on earth.

Ask yourself, Have I made Jesus the Lord of my life? If not, do that now, that is the first step of discovering your true identity.

New time well consider several characteristics of our new identity. Until then remember it is the truth you know and walk in that sets you free.

Pastor Carl Benton

Touched by Grace

In the gospel of Mark 1:38-45 we read the account of a leper who approached Jesus and fell on his knees to worship Him. He made a statement in the form of a request, ” If you are willing you can make me clean.” Jesus said I am willing, “be clean!” immediately his lepersy left him.  This man was identified as a leper because of a skin condition. So often our identity is derived from some event or condition we have experienced. We should receive our identity for scripture. Remember you are not what you did, or what happened to you, or what others say you are. You are what God says you are, bought, righteous, redeemed and a child of God Himself. This man was given the name leper, however he approached the man with the name that is above every name. At the Name of Jesus even the name lepersy must bow to Jesus. Jesus reached out and touched this man.

Both, Jesus and the leper broke every religious rule of the Day. Sometimes desperation will drive you beyond your fears, your shame, your smell, your external condition. Sometimes faith looks like desperation. Sometimes Grace will reach beyond the limitations of the mind, caution of the flesh. In that day it was thought that when the Unclean touched something clean the clean became unclean. Praise God when Grace touches the unclean, the unclean becomes clean.  Grace is contagious.

Regardless of when you are, what you have done, what condition you are in, come face to face with Jesus who is full of Grace and receive your touch of grace today.

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Remember it is the truth you know and walk in that sets you free.

Pastor Carl Benton

 

Raise Your Expectations- Continued

This year I want to encourage you to raise your expectations to a higher level. Basing our expectations on the promises of God are essential for every christian. 2 Corinthians 1: 20 says, “All of the promises of God in Him are yes and In Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.”  It is these precious promises that St Peter is referring to when he says, “we can be partakers of the Divine Nature of God.” Some of the aspects of God’s Nature include His faithfulness, His Mercy and His Love. To view the complete message go to Facebook Living Glory Church page and click. I trust that 2019 will be an extraordinary year for each of you. God is always working out things for your advantage. Be Blessed, Pastor Carl Benton

 

Raise Your Expectation!

We’ve moved into 2019 in full swing. I felt like the Lord told me to “Raise Your Expectations” for 2019 and not to base my expectations on my experience of 2018 or the past. He is intending to do much more then we can imagine. Remember if 2018 was an outstanding year, God can do even more in, for and through you in 2019. If 2018 was a terrible year, He always makes things work out for the good of those who love Him and are endeavoring to follow His plan for their life.

Today is the first day of the BEST of your life

The title is my paraphrase of a common used phrase. It is important to remember that God doesn’t examine or consult your past to determine your future. We all have made mistakes, wrong choices and messes at one time or another. God’s plan for our lives doesn’t change. In order to fulfill His plan and indeed experience better tomorrow then we did yesterday, we must do three simple things.

Come to grips with our past. We can’t change what we did. We must release the hurts from others, repents from our wrong choices and walk in forgiveness toward others and ourselves.

Handle the pressures of the present with the help of the Holy Spirit. Life’s pressures will try to sidetrack, wreck or derail us at every turn. Don’t let the pressures of life be a destroying moment but let it become a defining moment for you

Lastly we must sow seed for our future. Use your time, talent and treasures as seed for your future. Remember with seed in the ground a farmer will not have a harvest. Sow your good seed in good ground and get ready for your harvest.

Pastor Carl Benton:

Remember it is the true you know and walk in that sets you free.

LIFE -LOCK

In today’s world we all have our houses locked, our cars locked, possessions are under lock and key. We here about cyber crime and are urged to secure our information like bank accounts, social security numbers, investment accounts. I believe we should be very careful with that information. However, with all the physical and cyber security we may fail to realize we need spiritual security as well.

As we examine any weaknesses in our defense naturally we should also examine our spiritual lives for any weaknesses in our spiritual defenses. Here is a list of potential areas we should examine.
1. Past hurts, offenses, can be an open door if they continue to be issues if our lives.
2. Our words of murmuring and complaining about our life, how unfair things are, can be a drawing the attention of the wrong spiritual elements.
3. Failure to tithe to your local church.
4. Having a “Know it all attitude” is pride that God resist yet opens the door for the thief in spiritual things
5. Lack of knowledge can be an open door.
6. Deception comes in three forms: Traditional Deception – This is how we have always done it.
Doctrinal Deception – Deception based on an improper interpretation of scripture
Experiential Deception – This runs in my family, “Things never go my way ” attitude.
7. Laziness, when we don’t make time to pray, read our bible we are way too busy and are lazy in spiritual things.
8. Disobedience and Sin. Failure to live according to God’s word opens the door for Satan
9. Uncontrolled or Misdirected Anger is another area that Satan will use to infiltrate our lives.
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Thanks for reading.
Remember it is the truth you know and walk in that sets you free.
Pastor Carl

Stand Your Ground

Battles seem to come from every direction. When Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt, Pharoah went after them in order to bring his labor force back to Egypt.  That is a picture of you and I. When we got born again we left Satan’s territory and he seems to be always after us to bring us back into his captivity.  Moses words,” Fear Not, Stand Still and See the Salvation of our God,”  should ring in our ears also.  We must not allow fear to enter or at least stay in our heart as it will open the door to the enemy. We should however, positional ourselves on God’s Word and stand firm. We must stand our ground spiritually, soulically and physically.

Standing in faith means we choose to praise God in the center of the turmoil. Look on the outcome with the eyes of faith, beyond the barriers that seem to surround us. Speak God’s word over you situation and see what you desire with your spiritual eyes.

 

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LIVING GLORY CHURCH

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Phone: 337-237-4462

 

A Non-Denominational, Christian Family Church

LIVING GLORY CHURCH
200 E. BUTCHER SWITCH RD, 
LAFAYETTE, LA 70507
337-237-4462

  • Non-Denominational
  • Community Minded
  • A Christian Family Church

Reaching Lafayette, Breaux Bridge, Scott, Carencro, Sunset, Broussard and Lafayette Parish, LA