The New vs. The Old

by Kevin Litchfield

In Luke Chapter 5:37-39 Jesus tells a story about new and old wine. “And no one puts new wine in old wine skins. For the new wine would burst the wine skins, spilling the wine and ruining the skins. New wine must be stored in new wine skins. BUT no one who drinks the OLD WINE seems to want the NEW WINE. The OLD is just FINE they say.”

In your own life and in the life of your church where are you stuck? Where are you complacent? Where are you settling for second gest?

I am praying for a fresh wind that causes us to desire the heart of the Father no matter what it costs.

Praying for the Lost

When praying for the lost; friends, relatives, neighbors, and co-workers you may find it helpful to use the acronym H-E-A-R-T.

H – Heart. Pray for receptive hearts. Pray God will soften their hearts. Love them. Act kindly toward them.

E– Eyes & Ears. Pray God will open their spiritual eyes & ears.
(2 Corinthians 4:3-4, 1 Corinthians 2:14, Matthew13:15)

A– Attitude. Pray their attitude toward sin would change. Pray for the Holy Spirit to convict them of sin. (John 1:8)

R– Release. Pray they will be released to believe. (2 Timothy 2:25-26). Note: For long-term issues it takes intense prayer and counseling. This is spiritual warfare at its highest level.

T– Transformation. Pray their lives will be transformed. Pray they commit to be a living sacrifice. It takes a deep and inward spiritual change. (Romans 12:1-2).

Pray they will understand God’s Grace & Mercy. Pray they will repent and understand the gospel. Pray God will grant them the grace of His healing and a deep and true repentance. Pray they will be transformed by the renewing of their minds.

(Message by Ron Taylor, Hickory Road Baptist Church)

What Work Has the Lord Given You Today?

by Kevin Litchfield

Paul in the book of 1 Corinthians rebukes the church for its divisions and its boasting about following a particular human leader. In chapter 3 verse 5 Paul shares:  Who is Apollos? Who is Paul? We are God’s servants through whom you believed the Good News. EACH OF US DID THE WORK THE LORD GAVE US.

What work has the Lord given you today, this week, this year. As the Lord’s servants obey Him and do the work He has given you. Keep your eyes on Him not on comparisons to other’s pastors or leaders. The comparing competing game always leads to discontentment and discouragement.

Trust Jesus To Do The Impossible

by Kevin Litchfield

While reading the story of the feeding of the 5000, there were several “aha” moment that jumped out at me: It was late and 5000+ men, women, and children had gathered to be healed by Jesus. Their location was remote, and it was getting late.

The disciples highly encouraged Jesus to dismiss the crowd so they could get something to eat and find a place to sleep. Jesus startled the disciples by saying that isn’t necessary. He said, YOU FEED THEM. The disciples responded, BUT WE HAVE ONLY 5 loaves and 2 fish. Jesus responded, BRING THEM HERE.

What are the WE ONLY HAVES in your life right now? What challenges? What God sized task are you being presented with today that requires faith, vision, and courage that prompt you to respond BUT I ONLY HAVE? Trust Jesus today to do the impossible in your life.

Something to Think About

By Kevin Litchfield

Ministry is often a thankless task. Before my allergies got the best of me, I used to love cutting grass because I got to easily see my progress and that I accomplished something.

Paul shares in 1 Corinthians 15:58 that we are always accomplishing something in our service to the Lord: So, my dear brothers sisters, be STRONG and UNMOVABLE. Always work ENTHUSIASTICALLY for the Lord for you KNOW that NOTHING you do for the Lord is EVERY USELESS.

In the midst of whatever challenges, you are facing today know that you serve an audience of one and nothing you do is without accomplishment. You must might now always get to see it.

The Battle Is the Lords

By Kevin Litchfield

One of the greatest challenges we battle is control. No one likes surprises. Often times in leadership we can over strategize, over plan, over future forecast, and over fret and worry. We often forget that ultimately the battle we are facing is God’s not ours.

Jehoshaphat experiences this first hand in 2 Chronicles 20:15 when faced with an impossible situation: The says, “Do not be afraid! Don’t be discouraged by this mighty army, for the battle is not yours, but God’s.”

Later in verse 17: But you will not even need to fight. Take your positions; then stand still and WATCH the Lord’s victory. He is with you. What life challenge or battle are you facing today that you need to stand still and wait upon the Lord.

Jesus… The Source of Peace

by Kevin Litchfield

Remember this week that in the midst of all our fears, worries, grief, and doubts that Jesus is still the source of all peace.

In Matthew 14:27, Jesus speaks out these words in the midst of a life-threatening storm: Don’t be afraid, Take courage, I AM HERE!

In your own personal storms Jesus says the same words to you: “Don’t be afraid, Take courage, I AM HERE.