FAITH

faith 1“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” -Hebrews 11:1

The two words that stand out for me are, “sure” and “certain.”  When true faith is alive in a person, you’ll find they are certain, confident, and positive of what God has shown them will come to pass.  It might look bleak, and hopeless, but they’re not moved.  They’re absolutely convinced God will do as He has said.  Abraham was persuaded He who promised was faithful to bring it to pass.  God was to be trusted.  It didn’t matter Isaac wasn’t born yet, and he was 99 years old.  He knew God promised a son to be birthed through his wife, Sarah, who was a 90-year old woman.  For him, it was undeniable, irrefutable, and indisputable;  for sure, God was going to do it!   After all, “Is there anything too hard for the Lord God to do?”  Do we possess this kind of faith?

Faith can’t be explained!   I can’t explain to anyone the promises God has made me because they wouldn’t make sense to someone else.  Perhaps it might even make me seem crazy, and to be honest, I wouldn’t blame them.  However, this is what faith is all about.

Faith, as we know, is like a muscle.  It must be exercised.  There are running days when I know I’m pushing my exercise to the point of dying,  but I also know those days are important to build muscle. Yes, exercise hurts and is painful.  It also requires the commitment and the time to do it. It is the same with faith.  We want faith.  We want that “faith without borders,” but the truth is faith without borders is very painful.

God will take you deep into the ocean where you’ll experience the storms you’ll never see. However, He’ll keep you from drowning and show you the majestic waves. Not everyone is privileged to see these kinds of waves, and not everyone is prepared for them either.  I promise you, just like a body builder works hard to build those muscles, so we must work the muscle of our faith.  All the trials are worth it because we come to a place where nothing can satisfy us like our God.  Nothing can separate us from His love, and nothing can stand in the way of the promises of God.  Stand strong.  Believe the testing of your faith will produce an intimate relationship between you and your God.  Will you say with me,  “Give me this kind of faith, God?  I will stand certain, positive, convinced, confident, assured that you will do as you have promised.”

You must be confident in what you know and think of God. You must have absolute no doubt and know that you’re right on in with what you believe because He who promised is faithful to accomplish it.


Teresa Allissa Citro

Founder and President, Thread of Hope, Inc.

Holy Astonishment – Written By Pastor Michael Heil

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“When these things had been done, the Jewish leaders came to me and said, ‘Many of the people of Israel, and even some of the priests and Levites, have not kept themselves separate from the other peoples living in the land. They have taken up the detestable practices of the Canaanites, Hittites, Perizzites, Jebusites, Ammonites, Moabites, Egyptians, and Amorites  For the men of Israel have married women from these people and have taken them as wives for their sons. So the holy race has become polluted by these mixed marriages. Worse yet, the leaders and officials have led the way in this outrage.’  When I heard this, I tore my cloak and my shirt, pulled hair from my head and beard, and sat down utterly shocked.” -Ezra 9:1-3

Our church worships God often by singing a song called “Hosanna.”  It is such a beautiful song and brings me to tears of reverence every time we sing it.  One phrase in the song moves me deeply, a truth that needs to happen often in the saints of God; the phrase is “break my heart for what breaks yours.”

May the Lord fill my heart and the heart of all His saints with such an intimacy and reverence and may we, His church, fall on our faces and repent any time our heart senses the smallest affront to our Lord.

This holy humbling, this sacred shocking, far from being wrong, is innate within us. It is what instantly sprung up in Ezra.  It is what immediately grieved Paul (Acts 17:16), and it is what moved Jesus to drive the money changers from the temple (Matthew 21:12).  Let the world call us extremist because our heart is so completely interwoven with the heart of God.  Let others giggle and mock behind our backs because our eyes fill with tears when our Lord demeaned.  If the world didn’t understand our Lord, it won’t understand us. Oh, Brothers and Sisters, what a joy to be identified with He who loves us.

Like I said, far from being wrong, may the Spirit of God place this instant upsetting within us.  It is what will drive us to holiness in our walk before God, ripping and dragging all the cancers of the flesh out of our lives.  It is what will move us to spread into society the honor and reverence for Jehovah God.  After Ezra mourned, he and the leaders publically directed the nation to separate themselves unto God.  Revival broke out, and Israel returned to the Lord.  I firmly believe the times we live in are shocking to our spirit.  Every day it seems new depth of depravity happens often driven by our President and national leaders. May you and I, the saints of God, be like Ezra and confront these doors to destruction for the honor and glory of our God, for the hope of a peaceful, Godly life for all.

 Written by Michael Heil

Discernment – Written By Pastor Michael Heil

Fruit 1“But solid food is for the mature, whose perceptions are trained by practice to discern both good and evil.”  -Hebrews 5:14

In the garden, there was a tree of the knowledge of good and evil.  God told Adam and Eve they were not to eat of it.  On the other hand, in Hebrews 5:14, the Lord reveals to us He wants us to have discernment or the ability to know the difference between good and evil.  What is the difference between these two scriptures?  How is it that in creation God limited the knowledge of the good and evil, but later reveals it is an example of spiritual maturity in the saints?  The answer to this dilemma lies in the way a person receives knowledge.

There is knowledge of good and evil which comes through self-indulgence.  God doesn’t want this for us. When we casually follow the prodding of our flesh, with no thought about God, we gain knowledge of pain and destruction. We tell a lie, and then, quickly we need to tell another lie to cover our first lie.  Soon our trail of lies ends up hurting others and destroying relationships.  Did we gain knowledge of what is good and what is evil?  Yes, but at such a cost!
However, there is a right way to learn the difference between good and evil, and that way is through the teaching of the Word of God.  By daily meditating on God’s word, by faithfully attending worship, by anointed pastors and teachers, we receive the ministry of the Word as seed in good soil it grows within.  As we walk in the revelation the Word brings, the ways of God take root in our life, and proper discernment of good and evil fills our mind and conscience.  Satan said knowing good and evil would make us like gods in the garden.  God said He would make us into the image of His Son so we would not partake of evil.  As we walk in God’s Word, our ability to sense in the spirit grows.  Our ability to sense of the Lord is magnified.  This maturity is what God intends for all His children, a maturity that keeps us safe from destruction and a maturity that makes us like Christ.

Written by Michael Heil

Grace & Glory

Now the Lord is the Spirit,

and where the Spirit of the Lord is,

there is freedom.

And we,

who with unveiled faces all reflect the glory of the Lord,

are being transformed into His image

with intensifying glory,

which comes from the Lord,

who is the Spirit.

2 Corinthians 3:17-19

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Full Deliverance In Full Obedience – Written By Pastor Michael Heil

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“Now the angel of the Lord came up from Gilgal to Bochim. And he said, ‘I brought you up out of Egypt and led you into the land which I have sworn to your fathers; and I said, ‘I will never break My covenant with you, and as for you, you shall make no covenant with the inhabitants of this land; you shall tear down their altars.’ But you have not obeyed Me; what is this you have done?  Therefore I also said, ‘I will not drive them out before you; but they will ]become as thorns in your sides and their gods will be a snare to you.’” -Judges 2:1-3

Jehovah God had given directions to Israel to purge the land of Canaan.  They were to drive out the inhabitants and make no covenant with them.  However, some of the tribes allowed the inhabitants to stay as forced labor.  Manasseh, Ephraim, Zebulun, Asher, and Naphtali all allowed the Canaanites to live around them.  This was not what God wanted or directed.  The result was the Canaanites and their idols became a constant snare for Israel.

What do we allow in our life?  God knows how to protect us, how to sustain and keep us in His blessings. One big way we can remain free in our life is to turn from the influences and trappings of the world.  We need to follow the leading of the Spirit about what we watch on television, what we listen to on the radio, who we spend time with, and what news we receive.  With the new social networks today, this may be even more important than before; so many distorted, perverted thoughts are now instantly available.

Like Israel, the Lord wants us to stay separate from these ungodly influences.  He doesn’t tell us to stay separated from people, for then they could not be the light of Christ to them. Rather by the inner leading of the Spirit, He guides us away from the fears, lies, doubts, and anxieties Satan can bring into our life through the world. By following the Lord in this, we are “driving out the inhabitants of the land” and protecting the blessing of God.

Written by Pastor Michael Heil

JUNE – Daily Bible Portions



JUNE’S DAILY PORTION OF SCRIPTURES

ONLINE BIBLE (Multiple Translations Available):

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JUNE 1

1 Samuel 18–19, John 5:25–47, Psalm 66:1–5

Proverbs 13:8–9


JUNE 2

1 Samuel 20–21, John 6:1–25, Psalm 66:6–11

Proverbs 13:10–11


JUNE 3

1 Samuel 22–23, John 6:26–40, Psalm 66:12–20,

Proverbs 13:12–14


JUNE 4

1 Samuel 24–25, John 6:41–65, Psalm 67

Proverbs 13:15–16


JUNE 5

1 Samuel 26–28, John 6:66–7:13, Psalm 68:1–6

Proverbs 13:17–19


JUNE 6

1 Samuel 29–31, John 7:14–39, Psalm 68:7–15

Proverbs 13:20–22


JUNE 7

2 Samuel 1–2, John 7:40–8:11, Psalm 68:16–20

Proverbs 13:23–25


JUNE 8

2 Samuel 3–4, John 8:12–30, Psalm 68:21–26

Proverbs 14:1–2


JUNE 9

2 Samuel 5–6, John 8:31–59, Ps 68:27–35

Proverbs 14:3–4


JUNE 10

2 Samuel 7–8, John 9:1–12, Psalm 69:1–5

Proverbs 14:5–6


JUNE 11

2 Samuel 9–11, John 9:13–41, Psalm 69:6–12

Proverbs 14:7–9


JUNE 12

2 Samuel 12:1–13:23, John 10:1–21, Psalm 69:13–21

Proverbs 14:10–12


JUNE 13

2 Samuel 13:24–14:33, John 10:22–42, Psalm 69:22–27

Proverbs 14:13–14


JUNE 14

2 Samuel 15–16, John 11:1–20, Psalm 69:28–36

Proverbs 14:15–16


JUNE 15

2 Samuel 17:1–18:18, John 11:21–46, Psalm 70

Proverbs 14:17–19


JUNE 16

2 Samuel 18:19–19:43, John 11:47–12:11, Psalm 71:1–7

Proverbs 14:20–21


JUNE 17

2 Samuel 20–21, John 12:12–26, Psalm 71:8–14

Proverbs 14:22–24


JUNE 18

2 Samuel 22, John 12:27–50, Psalm 71:15–24

Proverbs 14:25–27


JUNE 19

2 Samuel 23–24, John 13:1–20, Psalm 72:1–3

Proverbs 14:28–29


JUNE 20

1 Kings 1, John 13:21–14:6, Psalm 72:4–10

Proverbs 14:30–31


JUNE 21

1 Kings 2, John 14:7–31, Psalm 72:11–20

Proverbs 14:32–33


JUNE 22

1 Kings 3–4, John 15:1–17, Psalm 73:1–3

Proverbs 14:34–35


JUNE 23

1 Kings 5–6, John 15:18–16:15, Psalm 73:4–10

Proverbs 15:1–4


JUNE 24

1 Kings 7, John 16:16–33, Psalm 73:11–15

Proverbs 15:5–6


JUNE 25

1 Kings 8:1–53, John 17, Psalm 73:16–20

Proverbs 15:7–8


JUNE 26

1 Kings 8:54–9:28, John 18:1–24, Psalm 73:21–28

Proverbs 15:9–11


JUNE 27

1 Kings 10:1–11:13, John 18:25–40, Psalm 74:1–6

Proverbs 15:12–13


JUNE 28

1 Kings 11:14–12:33, John 19:1–15, Psalm 74:7–13

Proverbs 15:14–16


JUNE 29

1 Kings 13:1–14:20, John 19:16–42, Psalm 74:14–23

Proverbs 15:17–19


JUNE 30

1 Kings 14:21–15:34, John 20:1–18, Psalm 75

Proverbs 15:20–21


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Righteousness Brings Protection – Written By Pastor Michael Heil

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“The righteous are delivered from trouble, it comes to the wicked instead.” -Proverbs 11:8

Walking righteously brings many blessings into our life.

Righteousness provides light to guide us.

Righteousness possesses a good conscience.

Righteousness strengthens our faith.

In Proverbs 11:8 (and in verse 6), we also learn walking in righteousness protects us from destruction.

In Proverbs 11:8 (and in verse 6), we also learn walking in righteousness protects us from destruction.

While working in law enforcement, I have seen this spiritual truth play out countless times.  I’ve seen individuals whose thinking will not allow them to be “disrespected” or “mocked.”  So instead of trusting God and walking away from trouble, they get into a fight, assault a person, and end up in prison; or because they want to “do my own thing,” they end up breaking the law and using drugs;  danger and trouble are drawn to them like a magnet.  The words of Proverbs 11:8, “…it comes to the wicked instead,” manifest in their lives by the exaltation of pleasure, possessions, and power that draws destruction into their life.

For the Christian who is in Christ, the presence of the Spirit protects us and keeps us by leading us away from self-gratification.  Following Him, changes our priorities in life and changes our attitudes.  We develop day by day “the mind of Christ.”  Subtly, almost unconsciously, you and I make choices and decision out of our Godly vision of reality which keeps us from the dangers and traps of Satan.  We escape the perfect will of Satan for our life.  Most of the time, we don’t recognize the innumerable ways we have been delivered from trouble because the calamity never touched us.  By faithfully walking in righteousness, we are saved from trouble.

Written by Michael Heil