Loving Life

One of my most favorite scriptures out of the top two or three is John 10:10. “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life and that they may have it more abundantly”.    

 It clearly and concisely contrasts the motive of the thief (devil) with the motive of the true Shepherd (Jesus). No matter how attractive and popular the messenger is, or how enticingly the media spin the message, any influence or ideology that produces loss, death, or destruction is motivated by the devil. However, Jesus assures us that His motive for coming was to make everlasting provision for abundant life; a life filled with a sense of His purpose, an awareness of His presence, the guiding comfort of His peace, and undisrupted fellowship with God and His people. Turn on your life detector and beware of influences that produce a sense of dread or uneasiness, or maybe just a feeling of being “slimed.” Move towards and open yourself up to influences that produce life, peace, and joy, even if they challenge and stretch you. Loving life will bring you closer in alignment with the source of all life – Jesus!   



Decrees & Declarations from Victory Sunday

Sunday, June 30 we celebrated Victory Sunday and declared & decreed the Word of the Lord over our church, our region, and nation.  Below are the declarations made:

In Jesus Name:

  • We declare we will have more than enough for every good work!
  • We break poverty & lack off of our lives, our church, this city & region & the State of Mississippi!
    We anticipate the favor of the Lord upon us & the arrival of abundance!
  • We declare the favor of God is over every aspect of our lives, our health, our families, our businesses, our relationships, churches & community!
  • We decree open doors for business endeavors, abundant cash flow for expansion, increasing contacts & satisfied customer recommendations!
  • We expect angel led break-outs where chains fall away & people are set free from all types of bondage & the prisons of addiction!
  • We declare that those held captive to various forms of oppression, discouragement & depression are loosed & set free.  That their night gives way to light & hope breaks forth like the dawn. 
  • We bind every kind of demonic assault on Hope Fellowship & God’s people across our nation! With the authority of the Lord, we declare the gates of hell will no longer prevail against us!
  • We lift up our heads & receive the King of glory coming into our lives, our homes, our family, our church, city, region, state & nation!
  • We expect & declare the Word of the Lord to prosper us & increase over our city & nation!
  • We expect & declare the promises of scripture will come to pass in our lives, homes & communities!
  • We declare the time of awakening is here & the season of the favor of the Lord is upon us!
  • We decree hearts healed, blind eyes see, doubters believe & the sad & sorrowful enjoy life again. We decree we win!


Happy New Era!

Do not remember the former things, Nor consider the things of old.  Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness And rivers in the desert. Isaiah 43:18-19 

This new era will require us to “throw off everything that hinders” to stay on track. We must erase the subconscious scoreboard where we’ve kept up with prayers, prophecies and other things that didn’t seem to work.  We need to continually consider those things that build our faith rather than those that build a case for unbelief. We are on an Ephesians 3:20 “immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine” trajectory and what God will do, where He will do it and how He does it will be mind-boggling.  Christian singer Lauren Daigle singing on the Ellen Show & the Fallon Tonight show is just a warm-up and yes, it may get messy. Good well-known roads will be renewed and new God roads will appear in what was thought to be a spiritual untraversable wilderness.  Rivers of refreshing will increase and new rivers of life will burst forth in what was a spiritual uninhabitable desert.  What we thought was out of range, off limits, unaffordable unreachable, unteachable & impossible will suddenly be in play. The only way to stay in the game is to believe and pray and obey. Happy New Era!



God is Good

“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” Luke 2:14 This proclamation was not made at the birth of Christ by a multitude of angels just to engender warm fuzzy feelings for Christmas seasons of the future.  God was saying from the smallest, loneliest most insignificant individual to the largest collective mass of humanity, “Hey everybody, I’m in a good mood and want good for you”.  God desires good for us so much He became flesh to make a way for us to enjoy His limitless goodness.  They shall be My people, and I will be their God; then I will give them one heart and one way, that they may fear Me forever, for the good of them and their children after them. And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from doing them good – Jeremiah 32:38-40. It’s time to settle once and for all the central issue to trusting God; that He is good all the time and desires good for us.  Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning – James 1:16-17.



God’s Favor & His Kingdom

And a judgment was made in favor of the saints of the Most High, and the time came for the saints to possess the kingdom. Daniel 7:22

The prophet Daniel described a coming time when God would reveal His favor to the saints by giving them possession of the kingdom. That time was realized 500 years later when Jesus introduced His ministry to the hometown folks and concluded His remarks with the proclamation of a new era called …the favorable year of the LORD. Later He consoles His nervous followers by saying, “Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom” Luke 12:32. Being favored by God implies that an opportunity to receive the kingdom of God has come to you in some way. Mary, an innocent God-fearing teenager, was called blessed and highly favored by the angel Gabriel and then given the assignment of literally “carrying” the kingdom by becoming pregnant with Jesus. God’s favor will stretch and challenge you but if you determine to have Mary’s response, Let it be to me according to your word, you will carry the kingdom in increasing measure.



Journey to An Overcomer’s Mindset, David Hertel

Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. Romans 8:5

The Holy Spirit desires to develop an overcomer’s mindset in us toward all the fears we have that keep us from being overcomers in all the spheres of influence we have.  As children of God we are not limited to our intellect and human reasoning but because He lives in us we have available to us the Holy Spirit’s insight and understanding of all things.  He is eager to impart the perspective, strategy and timing of heaven to us so that we can confront issues with the power of God governed by the mind of Christ.  No burning down the Samaritan village as the disciples wanted to do because it had rejected Jesus! Moving in the gifts of the Spirit with our mind set on what the Spirit desires is the key to advancing the Kingdom of Heaven. The Holy Spirit’s ultimate desire is to reveal Christ in us and through us as we manifest the reality …that in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us – Romans 8:37



What is Truth, Pastor David Hertel

Truth not only originates with God, it always leads to God’s conclusions.  Scripture is full of “truths” but if any conclusions drawn from it disagrees with the revelation of the Father by the Son, they need to be reconsidered.  For instance any assumptions we arrive at through studying the mystery of Paul’s thorn should not trump the clear revelation that came through the ministry, miracles and messages of Jesus.  Jesus perfectly revealed God’s attitude and desire concerning all the works of the devil; sickness included.  For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil. 1John 3:8 When people are taught that sickness may be the will of God they are at a disadvantage in contending for their healing.  When people are taught that only Jesus’ immediate disciples were commissioned to carry out the eradication of the destructive works of the devil the devil wins.  The impotence and powerlessness of most of the church is not confirmation that these doctrines are true, it is an indictment that they are wrong headed and anything but truth.  


Corner Stone or Stumbling Stone by Pastor David Hertel

Therefore, to you who believe, He is precious; but to those who are disobedient, the stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone, a stone of stumbling and a rock of offense. 1 Peter 2:7-8  

The essential Bible view that “Jesus is the only way” is the chief cornerstone of the Christian faith, but it is a stumbling stone and a rock of offense to our politically correct society where tolerance is considered the highest virtue.  That little word “only” irritates the anti-Christ spirit disguised in religious robes and teaching that all religions lead to God.  It also irritates the independent, prideful ego of man that says nobody, not even God, has the right to tell me I’m wrong.  If I ask you to call me on my cell phone the sequence of numbers that I give you are the only ones that will work.  It doesn’t matter how sincerely you punch in other numbers you will not connect with me unless you use the numbers I gave you.  In Acts 4:12 Peter declares, There is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.  And Jesus warns us in John 14:6 I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. Sorry tolerance extremists, when it comes to eternal salvation there’s only one name that will connect that call.  


Set Yourself Up by David Hertel

 

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, Ephesians 1:3

In Christ spiritual blessings are freely ours now. We don’t have to wait until we get to heaven; we just have to get in the heavenly places. King David said in Psalm 16:11, “In Your presence is fullness of joy and at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore”. He was convinced that the Lord’s manifest presence was the place where spiritual blessings abound. No wonder then that he derived a way to sensitize himself to God’s presence. He gave us a key to his strategy in verse 8 of the same Psalm when he said, “I have set the LORD always before me; because He is at my right hand I shall not be shaken”. We too can set the Lord before us by predetermining that certain things we encounter in our daily lives will be triggers to make us aware of God. A trigger could be something like finding a penny, or noticing a particular sequence of numbers or experiencing a coincidence. Try it – set yourself up.  See if you’re not amazed at how often God will use these kinds of opportunities to get your attention.


Laugh Out Loud by David Hertel

Social media has created a place where acronyms abound; most of which I don’t even know the meaning. However, I do know “LOL” is the acronym for “Laugh Out Loud”, and I love it. It says it all so succinctly and reminds me of Proverbs 17:22 A merry heart does good, like medicine.   Medical science has proven that if you can even fake a laugh, it will elevate your mood and relieve stress. And if you laugh about something genuinely funny it will do even more! The great thing is that fake laughter is funny in itself and usually primes the pump for the real thing. Psalm 2:1-3 speaks of earth’s rulers raging and revolting and plotting against God and His Anointed. Verse four describes God’s response to such serious issues. He who sits in the heavens shall laugh; the LORD shall hold them in derision.
Next time troubles come knocking try some LOL and stay in a good mood… apparently God does!