A lot of our friends and family have seen the pictures and heard the story from Richard and mine’s 30th anniversary trip to Fiji but few have heard the whole story. It has taken me awhile to compose all my thoughts and get them into writing. For those of you who are wondering about the pictures of […]

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Posted by: richardpowell2013 | May 1, 2016

The Defeated Disciple 


 
     This year I celebrate 30 years of marriage to the most beautiful person I’ve ever met. That’s right. God provided me with a special someone that loves me with all my shortcomings and puts up with all my flaws and still, helps me grow into a faithful disciple of Christ.  

     As I continue to grow as a disciple my passion to make disciples grows, but not without struggles. One of Satan’s favorite setbacks is for God’s people to feel defeated. When we are a defeated disciple, we are not going to carry out the mission and purpose that God created for us in Matthew 28:18-20. I speak from experience as I have allowed defeat to be my identity instead of Jesus at times during my Christian walk. 

      Now folks, you know exactly what I’m talking about! We go to church on Sunday to worship and get all fired up about telling someone about Jesus and the Good News just to be knocked down by negative comments and what others may think. We walk away feeling defeated and perhaps deny the very news that could change a life forever. We become another defeated disciple.

     That is not why Jesus went to the cross. He did not go to the cross in order for us to accept defeat, but rather to defy it and stand victorious in the name of Jesus our Lord and Savior! I constantly have to remind myself that the battle has been won. (Point to the cross) Instead of dwelling on my circumstances I need to focus on growing the kingdom of God 

Folks, I can be hardheaded and prideful when in the face of defeat. God made me to be a fighter and not to give up. Once I traded the life of being a comfortable, casual Christian for a radical, disciple making soldier in God’s kingdom, I got the enemies attention. That is when the evil one knew right where to attack me on unfamiliar ground, defeat. The advancement of evil forces was fast and hard and forced me to retreat to the original battle plan, Gods Word. 

     When I opened my bible, God reminded me that Satan is a liar. God used the letter of the Apostle Paul to Rome to reveal it to me….“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,” Romans 8:1 . How encouraging it is to read the truth after believing all the lies. I have read this scripture at least a hundred times before, but now I am finally starting to understand that this battle has been won by the work on the cross! 

     I continued to study Romans 8 and it says in verse 11, “And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you.” So not only has the battle been won, the same power that won it lives in me! Just so I don’t lose anyone here, the same power that raised Jesus from the grave is in us. Praise God, He is alive in me! That is exactly what Satan does not want you to know, because that truth will change the world.

     I want to encourage you to read Romans chapter 8 in its entirety and let God’s power flourish within you and not believe the lie of defeat. I want to leave you with the last 2 verses of this encouraging chapter…“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Until next time……

 

Posted by: richardpowell2013 | April 17, 2016

Having Shallow Faith in God Is Dangerous

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Having a shallow faith in God is not enough, the Rev. Billy Graham wrote in a recent column.

The evangelical leader wrote in a post for the Kansas City Star this week that it is not enough to simply say you believe in Jesus and then do nothing to live out or nurture your faith.

Such a shallow view of your relationship with Christ can put you in “grave spiritual danger,” Graham says, referencing James 2:14-17, which reads: “What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? […] Faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.”

Christians need to live out an active faith instead of a passive, weak faith because Jesus died on the cross for their sins, Graham continues, and we need to fight the power of sin daily.

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Posted by: richardpowell2013 | April 7, 2016

5 Reasons Why I’m Not Worried About The AntiChrist

There are some Christians who are so focused on the end times that they almost talk about the Antichrist more than Jesus Christ. Not only is my focus absolutely not on the Antichrist, but I’m not even worried about him. It is true that the Bible paints a dreadful picture of this individual whom Paul […]

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Posted by: richardpowell2013 | March 13, 2016

Daniel: The Impact Of A Godly Influence

Daniel 6:1-28 Daniel had the rare opportunity to influence four kings and their kingdoms with godly principles. Remaining true to God often meant putting himself in danger, but he never once wavered in his convictions. The record of his life shows us what is required of someone who wants to have a godly impact on […]

https://stopandpraytv.wordpress.com/2016/03/11/daniel-the-impact-of-a-godly-influence/

Posted by: richardpowell2013 | February 7, 2016

Looking Past The Pain

  

Have you ever wondered why bad things happen to good people? Well, to start with according to God’s Word, we are like filthy rags compared to His righteousness(Isaiah 64:6). So when I say good people I mean people that try their best. So we try our best to do good in the eyes of the Lord and bad things still happen. 

What if God doesn’t see our trials as bad, but rather as direction? Philippians 2:13 tells us, “for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.” So when we go through trials in life instead of asking why, we should be asking what. 

The past 2 months have probably been the hardest of my life. I have a plan and goals for my life, but I am also a disciple of Christ and His plan and my plan don’t always coincide. Early in December I came up short of fulfilling a career goal that was set years ago because of a family illness. I lost the love of a sweet little girl that I called my granddaughter realizing I may never see her again. I lost my job and watched a young man get 2nd and 3rd degree burns that was under my direction. So you see, God and I have been talking quite a bit lately.

   
As these life changing events unfolded, I started wondering what is God up to? Where is he taking me and why does it have to hurt so much? Then, I thought about the cross. Looking back to the events surrounding the cross, all the hurt, pain and loss that was felt. The disciples ran and hid afraid of what was coming. Like them, we can’t see the plan God has laid out for our lives and it causes us to run and hide. I thank God He sent His son Jesus to be the final sacrifice for my sins and the ultimate example of what trusting God can accomplish. 

I was once told that God allows us to be knocked flat on our backs so it is easier to see where to reach for help. It seems like I’ve been on my back a lot lately and eagerly awaiting what plan God has for me! Remember, God never wastes a hurt.

Two days after I lost my job, I was called and offered storm work from a company I have never heard of. To this day, I’m not sure how they got my contact information, but God must have been at work. So I went somewhere I’ve never been with people I’ve never met. Needless to say, it was a little intimidating. When I arrived and hooked up with the crew, a young lineman introduced himself and said he knew me from my FB and Twitter accounts. I was honored that God was using it because I didn’t think anyone really noticed. Then he introduced me to about 6 other lineman standing in a circle and said that I’m the guy called HiVoltDisciple on Twitter, the online ministry he follows. Well, I never looked at my Twitter account as a ministry, but when God opens a door I will walk through it. As I stood in the circle with a captive audience, I started to talk about Jesus and what he has done in my life.  

As I witnessed to my brother linemen I realized a lot of them were believers that have just lost faith and needed encouragement. As we persevere in trouble, it motivates other believers to remain faithful. I thanked God for encouraging me by allowing me to serve others. By looking past the pain, God will use it to bring glory to His kingdom!

“Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:28-31 
Until next time…..

Posted by: richardpowell2013 | February 1, 2016

Tempted To Read Tomorrow’s Devotional

I am working on faith and patience. God has shown me lately just how much I struggle with this because I have a difficult time enjoying today, preparing and planning for tomorrow. I am in the natural a type-A workaholic. I’m always checking off lists, planning menus and creating strategic plans. I know these are all […]

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Posted by: richardpowell2013 | January 28, 2016

You’re An Overcomer, Not a Maintainer!

Fresh Manna by Pastor Tim Burt As people exchange greetings, you might hear something like this. Hey Joe, how are you doing? Oh I’m hanging in there man.  People often think of maintaining as not going backwards or forward, but holding onto a certain position.  I want you to imagine for a minute. Imagine that […]

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Posted by: richardpowell2013 | January 2, 2016

Wearing your heart on your sleeve

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Posted by: richardpowell2013 | November 28, 2015

When You’re in the Battle Line…

And no, I am not talking about the lines for Black Friday shopping.  That is one battle I’m choosing not to fight this year – LOL! However, if you’re breathing …. sooner or later you will experience a battle for your very soul.   The enemy in this battle will try to rob you of your joy, peace, […]

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