LOVING your WIFE by Pastor Joe Campbell

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Loving Your Wife

Pastor Joe Campbell – Sunday AM July 31, 2016

“Without the correct keys the great potential and blessing God has for you will never be experienced.” – Pastor Joe Campbell

Ephesians 5:25,28,29

“(25) Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her…(28) So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself. (29) For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church.”

God has provided certain keys that are critical to marriage. Without the use of these keys, the marriage experience will be horrific and never reach its full potential. Keys provide access to places and treasures that we would never gain access to without them. Matthew 16:19, “[a]nd I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”

We are given access to heaven for insight on how to respond to our wife, speak to our wife, and treat our wife. Ecclesiastes 4:9-11 states, “(9) [t]wo are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor. (10) For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, for he has no one to help him up. (11) Again, if two lie down together, they will keep warm; But how can one be warm alone?” The keys provided to us by God make marriage beautiful and provide a refuge for our wives.

The great potential of a marriage will never be realized if we continue to inject the wrong key. Far too often we try to apply methods and suggestions found in books or provided by the world, but the key to marriage is found in the Word of God. Ephesians 5:25, “[h]usbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it.” It’s not through wealth and riches that a marriage prospers, it flourishes as we recognize our selfishness and kill it.

The old wild, selfish ways and attitudes must die. It is our thoughts, our time, conversation, our passion, and our effort that our wives desire. Ephesians 5:28-29, “(28) So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself. (29) For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church.” When you think about loving yourself, do you think about living her? It isn’t natural to hate your own flesh. We must be a fountain of love that nourishes and sustains her. The true joy and great reward of marriage follows the use of God’s keys.

“God’s word always works when you apply it…this is how you build a strong marriage” – Pastor Joe Campbell

SECRETS OF PRAYER – PS JOSEPH CAMPBELL

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Secrets of Prayer, Pastor Joe Campbell – Sunday AM July 24, 2016

“If you set yourself apart…you will discover the secrets of prayer.” – Pastor Joe Campbell
Matthew 17:1-5
“(1) Now after six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, led them up on a high mountain by themselves; (2) and He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light. (3) And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Him. (4) Then Peter answered and said to Jesus, ‘Lord, it is good for us to be here; if You wish, let us make here three tabernacles: one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.’ (5) While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them; and suddenly a voice came out of the cloud, saying, ‘This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him!'”

Far more occurs in prayer than you and I realize. Through prayer, there is an observable transfiguration in which the power of God overcomes externalities. 2 Corinthians 3:18 states “But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.” Through prayer, Jesus was transfigured before the disciples.

Luke 9:29, “As He prayed, the appearance of His face was altered, and His robe became white and glistening.” The glory of God became evident in Christ during prayer and His countenance was altered. Can this be said about you? Is your prayer life evident? Praying people force others to become aware of God.

Exodus 34:29, “Now it was so, when Moses came down from Mount Sinai (and the two tablets of the Testimony were in Moses’ hand when he came down from the mountain), that Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone while he talked with Him.” Through prayer, the Holy Spirit that lives within us has the ability to break through and overshadow the flesh, the flaws, the stains, the outward appearance that everyone sees.

Moses’ burning bush experience is a perfect example. Moses doesn’t feel qualified and expresses that to God. Exodus 3:11, “But Moses said to God, ‘Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and that I should bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?'” God quickly answers and reveals to him the power he has through Christ. Exodus 4:2-4, “So the Lord said to him, ‘What is that in your hand?’ He said, ‘A rod.’ And He said, ‘Cast it on the ground.’ So he cast it on the ground, and it became a serpent; and Moses fled from it. Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Reach out your hand and take it by the tail’ (and he reached out his hand and caught it, and it became a rod in his hand.)’

This scripture reveals that through Christ, we have dominion over the physical (represented by the staff) and the demonic (represented by the serpent). Through prayer, God will begin to touch every aspect of our life and we will begin to impact the material world.

As we pray, God will not only send a spiritual word to us, but He will give us words to speak. If we are going to survive and make it in our pursuit of God, we must be aware of whom we will allow to speak into our lives. As Pastor Campbell says, “If you want to know your future, take a photograph of your friends. If you want to know your destiny, consider those you allow to speak into your life.”

The devil is the master of sending the wrong people at the right time, but God will give us discernment and authority as we draw closer to Him. In Matthew 17, Jesus has been transfigured on the Mount and is speaking with Moses and Elijah. Peter is among the disciples who have witnessed the transfiguration and in verse 4 answers, saying “Lord, it is good for us to be here; if You wish, let us make here three tabernacles: one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”Verse 5, “While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them; and suddenly a voice came out of the cloud, saying, ‘This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him!'” How many good people miss God because they don’t listen? We must become sensitive to the Holy Spirit and listen for God’s voice.

Prayer also provides a supernatural connection. In Acts 10, we read about Peter and Cornelius. Through prayer and fasting, Peter and Cornelius receive divine direction and make a connection with someone critical to their destiny. Their commitment to seeking God’s will opened a door that was otherwise closed.

Within this same sequence, Peter receives a vision and a voice. God causes people to want to hear him and revival breaks out. These scriptures reveal the importance of prayer and fasting. Prayer and fasting effectively laid the foundations for revival and breakthrough. Will you take part and fast and pray for what God wants to do? Of course you can. People do what they want to do.

“You’ll never rise above your prayer life” – Pastor Joe Campbell

Duality of Deliverance – Pastor Torey Williams

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2 Sam 21:18 There was again a battle with the Philistines

In his life there were many nations David battled with and you never hear of them disturbing David again but from the first battle with Goliath all through his life David has to battle the Philistines again and again.

There is a duality of deliverance. Some deliverance is immediate, total and final. Other forms of deliverance have to be continually fought for.

Interestingly, you never hear of David losing a battle with the Philistines but nonetheless he had to keep fighting them. As he fought them God gave him the victories.

Paul says in his writings that he had a thorn in the flesh. He asks God to take it away, to which God basically tells Paul “No. I wont take it away but I will show you My grace.”

God’s deliverance for us indeed can be instant and immediate but in other instances of our Christian walk God delivers us as we keep contending for His grace in our circumstances.

Acquiring Confidence – Mark 1:21 – Pastor Nigel Brown

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Jesus taught with authority in the scripture casting out demons and bringing peace to unsettling situations, but what gives us the confidence and authority we need for our Christian walk?

I recall a situation one day where Pastor Wayman Mitchell, walked out of the church onto the sidewalk, into the middle of a pending rumble between an angry group of men and the ushers of the church. He spoke out to a female police officer who was not able to maintain order and with authority said “Dear, you better get these men off our property right now…” and immediately the situation began to settle down, diminish and the men dispersed.

Where do we get the kind of confidence we need to do what God wants us to do?

Things that happen in public first begin in private. Personal battles that we fight through and win amount to larger public battles. Just a few verses prior in our text Mark 1:13 Jesus had fought through 40 days of temptation in the wilderness.

You must make up your mind. There is no limit to the power of a made up mind. Elliott Prior, a four year old British child in the Westgate mall during the Nairobi Kenya terrorist attack confronted a gun wielding militant “you’re a very bad man.” His would-be attacker, broke down apologized to him, gave him a mars bar and allowed him and other children nearby to leave the mall unharmed.

Confidence comes by winning. The more you step out by faith and attempt for God the more confident you will become. Confidence is the byproduct of acting on something and winning.

Psalms 27:1-3 The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell. Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident.

~Pastor Nigel Brown’s Message to the Chandler Church

Radical Faith by Pastor Campbell

radical faithIn a globe full of radicals, the truth is it will take Christians with a Radical Faith to change the culture that is swallowing America and the world. Pastor Campbell ministered from Daniel 3 on three young men whose radical faith caused The Son of God to enter their circumstances!  In Daniel 3 and verse 5, King Nebuchadnezzar commanded that at the sound of the ‘music’ all must bow down and worship him or they would be thrown into the fiery furnace and murdered. These three young men refused to bow down!   Pastor Campbell made a bold proclamation “we can tell what God you worship, by the MUSIC you listen (bow down) to!”  Let your faith be so radical that the fires of life, the stain and stench of sin do not even leave a scent upon you by simply being Radical for Christ!

When Man is Silent, Chaos Ensues

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Gen 1:1-2 KJV In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. (2) And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

In just the first three chapters of Genesis…

God moved from chaos to creation by speaking.

Adam moved from creation to chaos by silence.

When a man or woman will not speak to the elements, influences, opinions, temptations and various issues of life which pass through the home, they are permissive of the chaos that undoubtedly ensues.  Chaos is the default result of no purposeful order that can only be brought by the power of speaking God’s word into your life and situations. Continue reading

Fasting and Prayer is like a Spiritual Detox

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2 Chronicles 7:14

If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

The sewer that is disguised as entertainment today; just because it makes you laugh, it doesn’t mean it’s not nasty, filthy and perverted and it’s called sin. If you are not careful, God will judge you for it. Continue reading

Vision Exam | Acts 9

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Vision comes from God. It’s not something you attained for yourself.  Paul was saved on the Damascus road. He got a vision because God intervened in his life. God is not waiting for you to get good before He can save you. We’re not talking about what You can do but what God can do.

Was recently at the optometrist who ran an exam. From looking into my eye, she said you have the beginning stages of a cataract that was the result of an accident.  She didn’t know me but by examining my vision, she could see that I had an accident. About 35 years ago I had a racquet ball accident when I was pioneering in Phoenix where a ball slammed into my eye . An examination was able to alert me of a potential hindrance in my vision.

2 Corinthians 13:5 Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?-unless indeed you are disqualified.

Memories both good and bad

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There are reports of people selling their computers having thought they wiped out their data only to find that a hacker was able to reconstruct their hard drives memory wreaking havoc on victim’s identities. All of this because they were able to bring up memory from the past. The devil is a demonic hacker and a master at identity theft. If possible he will steal your identity in Christ reminding you of your past.

Heb 9:14 –  How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?

There is a need today for many to have their past erased. Only God can do that. If we come to Him sincerely and with a contrite heart, He will forgive us and He literally says He will remember our sins no more.

Our church is filled with people who have been given a new life, a new chance that’s what this all means. You can live a life in which a bad past is deleted from memory, never to be brought up again in God’s eyes.