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Your Platform

Your Platform

By Pastor Dennis Morales

“And I told them of the hand of my God which had been good upon me…” Nehemiah 2:18.

You have a platform.  It’s essentially something that enables you to be heard.  Speakers often stand upon a “soapbox” or a “stage” to be heard and make plain their message to their hearers.   Whether it is adversity, struggle, or triumph, it is a platform for faith.

Nehemiah was in captivity and was the king’s cup-bearer.  He used his seemingly ill position as a platform for faith and to bring awareness of Gods plan.  As a result, Nehemiah was given favor with the king and necessary resources to fulfill God’s plan and rebuild the walls of Jerusalem.  Nehemiah’s opposition was ever present and men sought to discourage his faithful plan, but Nehemiah had faith and trusted in God.  Nehemiah knew God was for him and God turned the enemy’s plot to nothing (Neh 4:14-16).  The people rallied and completed the walls in record time.  God is faithful in adversity.

I am reminded of Bethany Hamilton who entrusted herself to her faithful Creator. She didn’t quit living when she lost her arm.   She gave her life to God. She deposited her life for safekeeping into His hands; and now, God has given her an international platform from which to share her story and bring Him glory.  What is your platform today?  Trust God to give you strength and lead you today (Proverbs 3:5,6).

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Magnitude

Magnitude

BY PASTOR DENNIS MORALES

"In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him" 1 John 4:9

No doubt we live in earthquake territory. Some people react differently to such a seismic event. I have lived in California all my life, so I barely react unless it's an earthquake of higher magnitude. I usually turn to the news to try to find out what the magnitude force of the earthquake was and where it was centered. After an earthquake, we may hear that it was a "magnitude 4.0" which is the measure of energy concluded by a Richter Scale. Magnitude is defined in mathematics as the relative size of an object. In Astronomy, magnitude is a measure of brightness and brightness differences. This got me to think upon the love of God. There is no measure for God's love.

The Bible says "For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord"(Romans 8:38, 39). We can conclude that no measure of life, no measure of power, no measure of time, and no measure of space can outdo any measure of God's love for you.

If you are feeling weighed down today, Jesus said in love to give Him your burdens and He will give you rest (Matthew 11:28). In faith, He has forgiveness and healing in His hands because His love for you is immeasurable and unfailing (Numbers 14:18). We cannot help but to be moved by God's love (2 Corinthians 5:14). Did you feel that?

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Quality Time

Quality Time

BY PASTOR DENNIS MORALES

“And these words ... You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house…” Deuteronomy 6:6–7

Dad is on his phone checking the scores and Mom is cuddled up with her tablet reading her favorite blogs or updating her status. The children can also be seen on their tablets playing their favorite games or watching movies. Unfortunately, this scene is a growing trend in our current family structure. Now I am all for technology, but sometimes it can blur the lines of responsibility for us as parents to schedule “quality time” with our kids. The Bible is clear about parental responsibility to engage their children in deep heart-to-heart conversations about the Lord that impart more than facts, but teach solid wisdom. We can go things like “conversational walks” with our children or go on short drives to the store for “one on one” time. A characteristic of a strong family is that they spend quality time together. Our Heavenly Father exemplifies this to us in His desire to spend time with us (Exodus 29:43). Our children are a heritage from the Lord and “teachable moments” are all around us. If my son is scared, it’s an opportunity to teach him about God’s presence. Jesus did this when he taught His disciples through a storm. The Bible says to make the “best use of our time” (Ephesians 5:16) and to “make the most of every opportunity” (Colossians 4:5). Our opportunity is now to prepare our children to trust God in every situation. Time is a gift and it is short.

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Heavenly Interruptions

Heavenly Interruptions

BY PASTOR DENNIS MORALES

"We can make our plans, but the LORD determines our steps". Proverbs 16:9 (NLT)

"Sticky notes" are my friend. I have lists of "things to do" for almost everything. Sometimes I can get a little carried away, but I consider myself a planner. I once planned out our whole vacation and took my lists of things to do for everyday. Let's say it was short lived. There was a time when no one could get between me and my schedule. When my schedule was interfered with I felt like the wheels fell off my day. How do you go about your plans? How do you handle interruptions? We have vacation plans, weekend plans, a retirement plan, plans for school, and the list goes on. There's nothing wrong with making plans, but Proverbs says no matter what plans you may make, God decides where those plans will lead us. We can plan the day as usual, but expect some Heavenly interruption. These interruptions come in all shapes and sizes. They can come in the form of a son or daughter seeking direction, a spouse seeking your attention, a neighbor in need, or need I say (parents) "urgent care." We can make all the plans we want to make, but we better figure God in there somewhere. God has a way of editing our schedule at times. Without God in your plans, you're going to feel real lost. Your life is going to feel empty and meaningless. God has a plan for you, it involves a bright future and hope (Jeremiah 29:11). Trust the Lord in your planning and you'll find He gives meaning and purpose and life to your plans (Proverbs 3:5-6).

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Don't Give Up

Don't Give Up

BY PASTOR DENNIS MORALES

Galations 6:9 "And let us no grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart."

Thomas A. Edison was the most prolific inventor in moderns times-perhaps ever. He made scores of attempts to invent the light bulb. After an unsuccessful effort, one of his associates said, "Well, you have failed again." "No," replied Edison, "I have succeeded again. I now know another way how not to invent a light bulb." After 10,000 attempts, Edison had every reason to be discouraged. However, he had the ability to turn what many saw as failure, into fuel for success. God's desire for you is to succeed and be fruitful in life. The devil would have you focus on the failure and measure success by world standards. This can be exhausting. Whether it's ministry, a business, a college plan, being a teacher, or being a parent, be faithful in what you do. God reminds us that success will come, if we don't lose heart. Sometimes to appreciate success, we may experience pressure or failure. Dwell on the blessings to come. In nature, as well as our lives, there are different seasons. We have seasons to plow and seasons to reap blessings. Remember it was "Jesus, for the joy that was set before Him, endured the Cross" (Hebrews 12:2). The Joy Jesus had was in soon seeing victory over death and the blessing of lasting relationship with you. It's a great provilege to do God's work. Don't grow weary. "You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you." (Philippians 4:13)

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Love In Action

Love In Action

BY PASTOR DENNIS MORALES

My son Noah has a very unique ability to make friends easily, a character trait of my wife Michelle for sure. When Noah enters his classroom I can't help but notice all his friends coming to greet him enthusiastically. As his dad, I get a glimpse into his heart every day. It's an amazing joy to see him grow. We were at a park one day and Noah overheard someone crying. He ran over and found a little girl had fallen off her tricycle, so he helped her up, put his arm around her and told her simply "it's ok, it's ok." This little girl was his new buddy for the rest of their time at the park. I believe friendship is the launching pad for love. Proverbs says that a "friend loves at all times" (Proverbs 17:17). Friendship has such an effect on other important relationships in life. Research points out that friendly people live longer than the general population. Jesus spoke highly of both love and friendship. Jesus said loving one another is a mark of knowing Him. "Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another" (John 13:35). As you read the famous 1 Corinthians 13 love chapter, we see words in our language that qualify as descriptors or adjectives. In the original Greek language, these words are action words. John 15:13 says "greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends." God, with love in action, sent His Son. His Son actively loved by sacrificing His life for all mankind (John 3:16), so that we can have the hope of heaven.

 

 

 

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"Reflectors"

"Reflectors"

BY PASTOR DENNIS MORALES

“Let your light so shine...."  (Matthew 5:16)

The moon at night can offer beautiful displays of light, but it's source of light comes directly from the sun. Realistically, if there was no sun, it would be nothing but a dirty rock. In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus shares the very well known "Be"-atitudes." What Jesus teaches certainly isn't about "world peace," it's directed toward our character. The religious leaders in Jesus' day were so concerned with the minute details of conduct that they missed the major issue of character. Character goes much deeper than the surface. The way we live our lives flows from our character. A great preacher once said "Character is who you are when no one is looking." How is your behavior when no one is around? If your character is weak, then you will fall to destructive behavior. If your character is strong, then you will be able to withstand difficult pressures and temptation. What is good character? The bible identifies godly character as one that reflects love, joy, peace, kindness, patience, gentleness, goodness, and self control (Galatians 5:22-23). Do we perfectly reflect this at all times? Not realistically, but influences you have in your life will be reflected by you. The closer you draw to Jesus, the more His life will be reflected in you. Our children need good influence in their lives. We are called to influence character in our children's lives as parents and teachers. Draw close to the source and let your light shine!

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Good Company

Good Company

BY PASTOR DENNIS MORALES

And everyone who was in distress, everyone who was in debt, and everyone who was discontented gathered to him. So he became captain over them. And there were about four hundred men with him. 1 Samuel 22:2

David takes a few men, not perfect men, not model citizens, but men who are stressed, in debt, and have issues. Notice they are distressed, bankrupt, and discontented or literally "bitter of soul". They were looking for something different in their lives, something better. So God led these 400 men to David. The pressures of life caused these men to seek refuge with David. These men came to David in distress, but they didn't stay that way. David made them into the kind of men described in 1 Chronicles 12:8: Mighty men of valor, men trained for battle, who could handle the shield and spear, whose faces were like the faces of lions, and were as swift as gazelles on the mountains. David eventually trains these 400 men into a well oiled fighting force of great discipline and bravery. Jesus said "Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest" (Matt 11:28). David dealt with the physical, but Jesus heals the spiritual. When you give your life to Christ, He goes to the heart of the problem, which is the heart (Jer. 17:9). Jesus doesn't focus on  what brings you to Him, but on what He brings to you. He brings forgiveness, peace, and true change. "...Anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!" (2 Corinthians 5:17 NLT). 

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His Benefits

His Benefits

BY PASTOR DENNIS MORALES

Daniel knew that the writing was signed (to petition the king and not God or be thrown to the lions). So he went to his house, and with the windows being open in his room toward Jerusalem, he kneeled...three times a day. "He prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he always did" (Daniel 6). When things aren't going your way, or when life isn't as you would like to see it, give thanks. I have found that in my most grueling days, that giving God thanks allow me to keep God's perspective. My grandmother often told me to "count my blessings." In other words, "be thankful for what you have." Though cliche, there is much wisdom in this. But can all the ways that God has blessed my life be numbered? I don't think we can even recall all the times God has blessed us. He blesses us even when we aren't mindful of His blessings. The Psalmist proclaims "Bless the LORD, O my soul; And all that is within me, [bless] His holy name!...and forget not all (His benefits) ..." (Psalm 103:1-2). We can find ourselves looking at our situations and miss what God is seeking to do in our lives. Daniel knew "the benefits" that the Psalmist speaks of. Daniel, despite pressure from the outside to stop worshipping God, continued to worship, and thanked God for His faithfulness. God did not keep Daniel out of the den of lions, but He did protect him in the den. Daniel knew the benefit of God on his side. When we are thankful in all seasons, this is faith in action. Jesus said "With God [all] things are possible" (Mark 10:27). This is tremendous benefits for those who know and trust God.

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