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Monthly Devotional

March Devotional

 

 

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By Pastor Lew Pizzala

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” 1 Pet. 1:3

 When people lose hope they die from the inside out. “Hope deferred makes the heart sick.”  This is why the resurrection of Jesus is so important.  It offers us a “living hope.”  I know hope is “living” when it discovers what can be done instead of grumbling about what cannot be done. Israel lost hope, grumbled against Moses and many ended up dying in the wilderness.  Second, I know hope is living because it lights a candle instead of cursing the darkness.  In prison, and at midnight, with their lives on the line, Paul and Silas lit a candle.  How?  By singing praises to God.  When hope is alive the night is less dark and the fear is less acute.  Praise Him!

Prayer: “Thank you that when Jesus was raised from the dead my hope was also raised from the dead. Thank you that it is in me as a spiritual force – very much alive, making me alive, from the inside out.”

 

February Devotional

familytime

By Pastor Lew Pizzala

Psalm 27:8  My heart has heard you say, “Come and talk with me.” And my heart responds, “Lord, I am coming.”

When our youngest daughter was living at home she would often times and still does to this day when she is home, go into our bedroom and get on the bed and holler: “family time.”  What she was saying was come talk to me. When she hollered “family time” everyone stopped whatever they were doing and went in.  We would all get on the bed to talk and share things about what was going on with us.  We were having “family time.”  Just like Kayla, we have a God who cries, “family time”!  He is saying drop everything and come away with me.  Spend some time talking and sharing all the details of your life with me. This is what an intimate relationship with God is all about.  It’s God saying:  “come and talk with me” and our hearts responding with a, “Lord, I am coming.”

Take time in your busy schedule for “family time” with your Lord and Savior today! It will truly be life changing!

 

January Devotional

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Forgiven To Forgive

By Pastor Lew Pizzala

Then Peter came to Him and said, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times? Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven” Matt. 18:21,22

 Two of the greatest needs of a child of God is to be forgiven and to forgive others. The one flows out of the other.  Your ability to forgive others is due to the fact that you have been forgiven.  Somebody once said: “God has a big eraser.”  The question is: “how big is yours?”  One of the reasons why we have a struggle forgiving others is because we often insist on having the last word.  We have to win.  Having the last word is important to our flesh.  Have you ever considered that:  “an apology is a good way to have the last word?”  Forgiveness is giving up the right to hurt someone because they hurt you.  Why should I forgive someone?  Because I have been forgiven.  Your sin against God will always be greater than somebody else’s sin against you.  If God has forgiven you, go and do likewise.  When you fail to forgive someone you carry that burden with you like a dead weight, when all along you could have released them through the avenue of forgiveness.

Prayer: “Thank you for forgiveness.  May I show my gratitude for forgiveness by forgiving those who have wronged me.”

 

December Devotional…

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Attitude Adjustment

By Pastor Lew Pizzala

But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 15 But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. 16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.”  1 Cor. 2:14-16

Most Christians who live a defeated life are only one inch away from total and complete victory.  That inch is an “attitude inch.”  There is little difference in people.  That little difference is in their attitude.  The big difference is whether it is positive or negative.  One of the biggest differences between the saved man and the unsaved is the saved man has “the mind of Christ.”  What does it mean to have the mind of Christ?  It means to look at life from the Saviors point of view.  What kind of mind set did Jesus have when people hurt, offended or wounded Him?  Did He retaliate, “render evil for evil back, or seek revenge?  Somebody once said:  “the reason why people are so “dog tired” at night is because they growl all day long.” Or, did He simply forgive?  Paul says you have that same mind set.   What kind of attitude did Jesus display when circumstances came against Him?  On one occasion He crawled into the back of a ship and laid His head on a pillow.  He did not worry about the wind, waves, water or weather.  Paul says we should have the same mind set.

Prayer:  “Manifest the mind of Christ in me that I would respond to people and circumstances the way the Lord has patterned for me to follow.”

 

November Devotional By Pastor Lew Pizzala

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Power In Perilous Times

Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands.”        2 Timothy  1:6

 In the last days we will face “perilous times.” The word means:  “difficult times; or seasons of peril.”  However there is a power that God would have us to walk in.  This power is conditional and there are certain things we must do to operate in it.  First, we have to stir up the gift.  Literally, we are to “kindle afresh the fire of God.”  If Satan can make you become a lover of self or a lover of money, etc. he can blow that flame of passion out.  Once the fire is blown out we become timid and lethargic, shrinking back from spiritual service.  So, Paul tells Timothy to “kindle afresh the flame of God.”  The responsibility is upon you.  You are only as hot in God as you choose to be.  It will take a hot flame to persevere in the days that lie ahead.  It’s been said that hell trembles when men kindle.  Every fire needs repeated stirring.  God lit the fire when you got born again; it is up to us to make sure the fire is not quenched.  In order to do this you must allow the Holy Spirit to move upon your heart with the fire from heaven.

Prayer: “Show me what it is my life that may need rearranging in order to increase the heat of passion within my soul. If it is a dull devotional life help me to try a different approach.”

 

October Devotional

Nourish Your Inner Mantime

By Pastor Lew Pizzala

 

As newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word that you may grow thereby”                  1 Peter 2:2

Jesus had a rhythm to his ministry. First, He would encounter God, then He would encounter man. He would go from prayer closet to prayer closet, and in between He would meet the needs of people.  It wasn’t complicated.  Jesus ministered out of the context of His devotional life.

Neglect of a devotional life is the locust that devours your spiritual strength.   Somebody once said: “if you don’t got it you can’t give it.”  Your devotional life should not just be nourishing the inner man with what you receive from God for yourself but also what others will need from you.  Remember, you are only as big and instrumental in the work of the Lord, as what your inner man is.

Prayer: “Release a new found grace into my life to follow the example of Jesus and cultivate a pure and simple devotional life that will grow me in the inner man.”

 

September Devotional

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When God Opens His Hand

By Pastor Lew Pizzala

 You open Your hand And satisfy the desire of every living thing” – Psa. 145:16

If your lifestyle isn’t governed by, “Jesus is all I need”, then, like the wave of the sea, you will be tossed around by disorientation and instability. The key is to be satisfied by the “open handed God.”  If you want God to open His hand then you have to open your mouth. In that same chapter he says: “My mouth shall speak the praises of the Lord…” (v. 21). When you speak up, God shows up.

We must also consider that if we want God to open His hand, we must open our eyes. He said: “The eyes of all look expectantly to You…” (v. 15). God opens His hand to those who expect Him to. When the Holy Spirit opens your eyes the end result is an expectant look. An old proverb says: “Blessed is he who expects nothing for he shall not be disappointed.”  The Scriptures teach that God is open handed to those who’s hearts are surrendered to Him. The unsatisfied life is always the by product of an un-surrendered heart.

 

Prayer: “Father help me to open my mouth, lift up my eyes and surrender my heart this day. Then, and only then, will I be able to proclaim: “The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want.”

 

July Devotional

 

I Have Set The Lord Before Me                                                                                                                      Pastor Lew Pizzala

 “I will bless the Lord who has given me counsel; My heart also instructs me in the night seasons. 8 I have set the Lord always before me; Because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved” Psa. 16:7,8

When you think of people who are effective in what they do you have to realize that it is not by accident.  Being effective is the result of developing the right kind of habits that enhance your effectiveness.  One of the habits that David developed that made him great was he “always set the Lord before him.”  This is what gave him his stability.  We can’t bodily pick God up and set Him before us, so how do we “set the Lord before us?”

First, set your eyes on the presence of the Lord. Because God is invisible you have to train your eyes to see Him who is invisible (Heb. 11:27).  Adjust your heart so that you are fully aware that God is in you, upon you and with you.  Second, turn your affections toward Him.  David was not just a great warrior; he was also a great worshipper.  He did more than live by the theory of God’s presence, he was a practitioner.  Don’t settle for the menu.  Partake of the course.  In order for a truth to be validated in your life it has to turn into an experience.

Prayer“Help me today to bless the Lord.  I receive fresh strength to look to Him who is invisible.  May the reality of setting you before me enable me to live victoriously.”

 

June Devotional

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For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.”  Romans 8:15

A fracture occurs in the life of a child when a father was either not able or willing to be everything you needed him to be.  That fracture in your emotions is the soil where insecurity and inferiorities can find lodging and grow.  Every human heart cries out for a father.  This is where Jesus comes in.  It takes a son to reveal a father.  Some symptoms of the father fracture are:  feeling unimportant; feelings of rejection and lacking in confidence.

The key to victory is forgiveness.  You know that you have forgiven your earthly father for his lack of fathering, when your Heavenly Father more than makes up for what is broken in your life.  Forgiveness does not require understanding.  People are to complex to try and understand why they have hurt you.  What you need to understand is: “I have been forgiven by my heavenly Father, and that gives me the authority to forgive my earthly father.  Nor, does forgiveness require forgetting.  Nobody can forget on demand.  When people tell you:  “you need to forget about it and get on with life”, they are not being realistic.  Your memory banks may never be erased, but what you will forget is the sting of the hurt.  Be challenged to not project the image of your earthly father onto your heavenly Father.

Prayer:  “Grant me a fresh level of grace (divine influence) to practice true forgiveness towards my dad.  Bless my dad, and may he experience a fresh wave of forgiveness from the Heavenly Father for what he has done to me.  Lay not his sin to his charge.”

April Devotional

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When God Opens His Hand – By Pastor Lew Pizzala

 You open Your hand And satisfy the desire of every living thing” – Psa. 145:16

If your lifestyle isn’t governed by, “Jesus is all I need”, then like the wave of the sea you will be tossed around by disorientation and instability.  The key is to be satisfied by the “open handed God.”  If you want God to open His hand then you have to open your mouth.  In that same chapter he says:  “My mouth shall speak the praises of the Lord…” (v. 21).  When you speak up, God shows up.

We must also consider that if we want God to open His hand, we must open our eyes.  He said:  “The eyes of all look expectantly to You…” (v. 15).  God opens His hand to those who expect Him to.  When the Holy Spirit opens your eyes the end result is an expectant look.  An old proverb says: “blessed is he who expects nothing for he shall not be disappointed.”   The Scriptures teach that God is open handed to those who’s hearts are surrendered to Him.  The unsatisfied life is always the by product of an unsurrendered heart.

Prayer:  “Father help me to open my mouth, lift up my eyes and surrender my heart this day.  Then, and only then, will I be able to proclaim: “The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want.”

 

 

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