A Ministry of Survivors Sent to Revive

TEMPTED AND TESTED: CHOOSE TO DECIDE THEN BELIEVE! (Pt. 2)

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Scriptures:  James 1:1-8 (AMP), Luke 21:19, 1 Corinthians 2:10, 7:5, 2 Corinthians 5:7, 10:5, Proverbs 3:5, 15:1-2, 16:3, James 1:13-15, 19, Ecclesiastes 7:8, Matthew 4:1-11, Deuteronomy 8:1-5, Hebrews 2:17-18, 4:15-16, 11:6, Genesis 22:1, 1 John 3:8, Exodus 20:18-21, Deuteronomy 8:2-5, Acts 9:1-19, Amos 3:3, Isaiah 1:19, 1 Samuel 15:22, James 2:26, Jeremiah 29:11, and 2 Peter 1:3

In moving forward, while in the storm called waiting how do we maintain peace? First, we embrace the incontrovertible truth that patience is processed through our lives.  In short, patience is developed and we must choose to allow it to exist in our lives. It has to be matured; worked through the intricate fabric of our freewill. Quite frankly, patience is not an acquired taste, but the required lifestyle of every believer.

It is the timeless trait that makes an individual powerful. In Luke 21:19 the amplified version says “By your steadfastness and patient endurance you shall win the true life of your souls.” We may not always be in control of the situation; however, through the yielded fruit of patience, we can respond appropriately, as oppose to reacting inappropriately. In other words, a responder gives the steering wheel to God and takes the backseat and is not tempted to copilot the situation into in navigable waters.

Like Ananias who was afraid, yet despite his fear and inability to comprehend the Gospel being carried to the gentiles by a persecutor of the church, he unflinchingly obeyed and moved forward by holding onto his faith, agreeing with God, obeying without delay, putting action to his faith, trusting God to know all things and consistently asking the Holy Spirit for guidance.

If we would willingly see trouble as an opportunity for great joy, then perhaps those short-lived instances that attempt to consume us would be seen as the divine handiwork of God maturing the underdeveloped fruit.  You see, God wants us to learn the benefits of being tested by him, as well as being tempted by satan.  They both are permissible by God to varying degrees and are more profitable to the Kingdom of God when properly endured. 

Prophet Dr. Tiajuana Pittman

TEMPTED AND TESTED: CHOOSE TO DECIDE THEN BELIEVE! (Pt. 1)

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Scriptures:  James 1:1-8 (AMP)

Most of us when we are tempted or tested in any area of our lives, more often than not we react in unbelief, as oppose to responding by faith. Contrary to modern-day belief, as believers we can embrace the challenge when we understand the benefits of being challenged.  Perhaps the absence of our trials being greeted with joy, being aware of their potential benefits, asking for God’s guidance and not wavering between obedience and our way is the reason for our becoming discombobulated during our trials and tribulations. 

The Apostle James in this profoundly in depth epistle written to Jewish Christians everywhere unravels the intricacies of victoriously maneuvering through trials and temptations.  One primary misconception about faith is that once believed all things are received. Not true.  Upon entering a relationship with God through faith in Jesus Christ our belief does not end there; it is an ever growing faith. Yes, faith comes by hearing the Word of God, but it also requires a decision. 

We must learn when tempted and tested to choose to decide then believe while being processed.  We must learn trials do inevitably produce patience.  We must be willing to face ourselves and allow God to excavate the hidden motives and intents of our heart. 

The greatest benefit in greeting our trials, distractions, shortcomings and ungodly traits with joy is it produces the fruit of patience.  When trouble comes our way, it is the restorative grace of Jesus which enables us to consider it an opportunity for great joy! 

Prophet Dr. Tiajuana Pittman

THERE IS GRACE TO WAIT

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Scriptures:  Isaiah 64:1-4 (NLT), Isaiah 63, 40:29-31, 41:10, 55:8-9, Hebrews 13:5 (AMP), Lamentations 3:24-26, 33, Psalms 27:14, 40:1-5 (TLB), Psalms 143:10-12, 18:6, 98:1 (NLT) , 2 Peter 3:8-9 (NLT), Romans 5:1-5 and Luke 6:46-49

 Too often we get ahead of God because we do not realize the benefits of being processed while we are waiting. Like many processed foods, they have to be prepared and are pre-packaged for immediate consumption. Like, a woman waiting for a husband or a man waiting for a wife. Whether waiting for a new car, healing or perhaps the return of a loved one, all forms of change require a waiting period.

Perhaps the reason why we sometimes stumble and are irritated with God is because we do not realize that there is grace to wait while we are waiting.  In short, if we would realize that while we are waiting for God to move on our behalf, the provision for grace to wait until he does has already been given. 

The Prophet Isaiah said, “no eye has seen a God like you, who works for those who wait for him.” In other words, he understood the benefits of waiting on God. Through fervent intimacy with God, he remained unchanged by what he saw while waiting until the expected happened.  Therefore, might we choose to grasp the profitability of waiting in expectation for God’s will to be manifested in his timing and not ours?

In other words, waiting is the grace perfected conduit utilized by God in the restorative process of our bodies, minds and emotions. Waiting confirms our importance to God. Waiting creates a period of time during which we can learn to trust God. Waiting teaches us who God is; not merely who we want him to be. One of the most ineffable benefits of waiting is that it addresses the root of the issue, as oppose to the superficial.

Prophet Dr. Tiajuana Pittman

Learning how to touch the hem of His garment

Sunday, January 08, 2012

Scriptures:  Matthew 9:18-22, Luke 9:40-48, Heb. 11:1, 6, Luke 17:6, Matthew 14:13-14, Psalm 18:2, 73:28, 105:37, 115:11, 118:8, Proverbs 3:5-6, Numbers 23:19, 2 Peter 3:9, Mark 3:10 and Mark 6:56

When was the last time you asked yourself, what areas of your life you genuinely desire to be touched by Jesus? Unlike the woman who had an issue of blood for twelve years, perhaps the reason we’ve not learned how to touch Him is because we do not know with what to touch Him.

It was not the physical touch of her hand that brought healing – it was the touch of her faith.  The J.B. Phillips Bible says:  “And without faith it is impossible to please Him.  The man who approaches God must have faith in two things, first that God exists, and secondly, that it is worth a man’s while to try to find God.” 

So, how do we learn how to touch Him?  We touch Him with our trust when we depend on Him; intimately intertwining our faith in Him with Him.  In other words, God delights in us when we show our love for Him by patiently waiting and trusting Him to do what He said; regardless of the outward appearing real. 

Prophet Dr. Tiajuana Pittman

What Season Are You In?

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Scripture: Ecclesiastes 3:1-10, 2 Corinthians 5:10, Hebrews 9:27-28, Romans 12:15-21 and Amos 5:13-15

For most of us, we love when the seasons change. Whether spring to summer or fall to winter, it is the opulence of embracing change in one’s environment – socially, economically, emotionally or physically. Yet, when it comes to embracing spiritual change in our lives we tend to distrust God’s purpose for the season.

Have you ever noticed things tend to become more complicated when we think we’re in one season only to be in another? Perhaps, it’s due to our unwillingness to identify with the need to change or with the targeted season of change.  In other words, choose to identify with the profitability of the season, rather than the superficial intensity of the targeted season.

Pastor Michael ("Mike") Pittman