Monthly Archives: January 2013

ALL IN – Day 24 of 60!

II Peter 3:9 let’s us know “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.” God is patient.
In other words He has given us all way more time than most short fused people today would give people who offended them. God wants us to change and experience 1) the power to be more, 2) the power to say no to the old self, 3) the power to see the right choice and 4) the power to make the right choice. The result is a life of peace regardless of where you find yourself. Don’t you want peace at all times?

YIC – Pastor James L Henley, Jr.

ALL IN – Day 23 of 60!

2 Corinthians 5:9-10 states “So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it. (10) For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.”

Bottom line, like it or not, these verses make clear we are all accountable to God for our conduct. We know that standing between us and fully being All In with God is our pride, which if we let it, will hinder our desire to please God by submitting.

At some point it must resonate within us that God through His Spirit has given us a valuable power, an “edge.” He has not given us an impossible challenge. Receiving His Holy Spirit has given us the means to meet our responsibility to submit voluntarily to Him.

Because of exposure to Satan and the world, pride is within us almost from birth. Humility, though, is not part of us from birth. Spiritual humility is manifested in us as we sincerely chase after God and our choose to be under His direction. Only then can we truly be sure our works are judgment proof.

YIC – Pastor James L Henley Jr.

ALL IN – Day 22 of 60!

As a member of the Kingdom of God by birth, you have life long membership. “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. (1 Peter 2:9 NIV84)
Do you make sure everyone knows who you are in Christ by how you live your life? Do you daily declare how great is our God? Do you recognize that as part of royalty their are certain things that are beneath your status? Separate from anything that seeks to hide your true identity in Christ. Remember you are the temple of the Spirit of Christ. Remember He is ALL-IN you!

YIC – Pastor James L Henley Jr.

ALL IN – Day 21 of 60!

In Luke 17:20-21 it reads “Once, having been asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, Jesus replied, “The kingdom of God does not come with your careful observation, (21) nor will people say, ‘Here it is,’ or ‘There it is,’ because the kingdom of God is within you.”
Clearly, the Pharisees’ conception of the Kingdom of God differs from that of Jesus. They believed in a spectacular, eye popping coming of the Kingdom. The knight on a white horse riding in to save the day. Yet, in Luke 10:9, 11 and again in Luke 11:20, Jesus plainly says that it was already present, whether in the persons of the apostles or Himself, as exhibited in their acts. Acts can include miracles, conduct, and their messages. His statement in Luke 17:20-21 explains that they should not expect the arrival of the Kingdom to fit the image they expected.
Jesus’ own testimony clearly implies that the Kingdom of God was in their presence in His Person and ministry. Therefore, the last phrase of Luke 17:21 should be translated as, “The kingdom of God is among you.” He was in their midst, and He where he was so was the Kingdom of God.

God is present and near in the people to whom God has given His Spirit and has chosen to represent Him – those who have accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. They are all in the Kingdom because they have truly been born again. Their citizenship has changed from earthly to heavenly. Are you a citizen of heaven?

YIC – Pastor James L Henley Jr.

ALL IN – Day 20 of 60!

Hebrews 3:19 states “So we see that they were not able to enter, because of their unbelief.” Many times I find people who say it’s impossible to really go All- In. Some of the Israelites failed to go All-In and suffered the consequences.

In 3:19 Paul points out why their hearts could not be changed, why they consistently sinned and rebelled: “So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.” Paul breaks this down to us later in a warning in Hebrews 4:1-2 when he says “Therefore, since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it. For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it.”

The children of Israel had living examples of 1) the faith of Moses, 2) demonstrations of God’s presences and power such as the parting of the Red Sea, manna, water from a rock, etc., and 3) the Word of God by His servants Moses and Aaron. Yet despite all this proof many chose not to fully believe. Thus, Hebrews 3:17 says He was angry with them forty years! If ever a people almost drove God to the point of enough is enough, it was the wilderness Israelites.

“For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope” (Romans 15:4).

The lesson is clear. Those who are ALL IN and believe God reveal their faith by obeying Him. Those who do not believe, disobey. Are you making Christ real to all you meet by showing His love?

YIC – Pastor James L Henley Jr.

ALL IN – DAY 19 of 60!

My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. (John 15:12 NIV84)
The most difficult task of being all-in is observing this one small command. Why? Because it incorporates so much. You don’t want people to gossip about you so you can’t gossip about them. You don’t want people to take advantage of you so you can’t take advantage of them. You want to be taken seriously by others so you have to take others seriously. You want to be cared about so you have to care about others. You want the truth so you have to tell the truth. You want others to sacrifice for you so you must sacrifice for others.
Jesus showed us true love. He sacrificed his life for us. He didn’t take advantage of his heavenly rights but endured life as a human to fully understand how it felt to be in our shoes. Are you loving as Christ loved?

YIC – Pastor James L Henley, Jr.

ALL IN – DAY 18 of 60!

No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it. (1 Corinthians 10:13 NIV84)

In other words nothing in the flesh confronting you is unique. We all think “nobody knows the troubles.” Yet, God makes clear your troubles are actually quite common. More importantly, God makes clear He is faithful even in the midst of your issues to provide you not just spiritual salvation but also practical salvation from wherever you find yourself stuck. Christ in you gives you the ability to stand up to it because He did. His Spirit living in you leads you to your escape if you listen and then act. For example, you are about to go out and party instead of completing an assignment due the next day. The phone rings and you see it’s your mom, friend, cousin who will ask you how things are going. The escape path is to answer the phone – yet, so often, we choose to ignore the call and say I’ll call them later. So out you go. Later we complain about the negative results on the project – completely forgetting our chance to escape the bad result. As you go all-in are you taking advantage of your escape routes provided? Who do you think put it in their mind to call you?

YIC – Pastor James L Henley, Jr.

ALL IN – DAY 17 of 60

“Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death . . .” Guess what? Even when ALL-IN we may experience periods where we feel like death is hovering over us. Physical, emotional, relational, financial decline can feel like death to some. It is exactly at those times that we should be filled with the most joy. Why? Because facts triumph feelings at all times. Fact is that in order for a shadow to be cast there must be sunlight above. Fact is that to grow in Christ we must die to our old self. Fact is our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ keeps His promises and He promised to never leave or forsake us.
Fact is nothing can separate you from the love of Christ – so realize you are about to move up to different more exciting level and the rod and staff of Christ the Good Shepherd has you covered. Your cup is about to overflow because you have anointed for more.
If all in – you should no longer fear.

YIC – Pastor James L Henley, Jr.

ALL IN – DAY 16 of 60!!

Hebrews 11:5 says “By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death; he could not be found, because God had taken him away. For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God.”

Walking is often used to describe how we live our daily lives. Obviously how we walk is important to God. Paul encourages us to make our walk a worthy one (Colossians 1:10) and to walk by faith and not sight (II Corinthians 5:7).

For 300 years (Genesis 5:22, 24) Enoch’s walk included God in every aspect of his life. Wherever Enoch was, God was. They were inseparable partners.

Enoch was in constant communication with God. How do we include God in every aspect of our lives as Enoch did? By prayer – which is our means of constant communication with God. Prayer is a major element in walking with God.

Can God say of us what He says about Enoch, that He is a partner in every aspect of our lives? Enoch wanted God to be present and involved in his life. He willingly submitted and subjected himself to God daily.

Enoch’s walk with God is an example of a life lived ALL IN! Guess what? It can be the same for us. The first Great Commandment is to “love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind” (Matthew 22:36-38). When you truly love someone you should communicate with them often. Are you praying daily? Are you ALL IN?

YIC – Pastor James L Henley, Jr.

ALL IN – DAY 15 of 60!

Day 15

You are not your own, for you were bought with a price (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). Any issue regarding whether you should be ALL IN should end at this verse. Your new IDENTITY is in Christ alone. Christ is everything. We own nothing from our head to our feet. Every drop of blood, every hormone, every heartbeat was paid for in full. Christ didn’t die for the parts we let Him have; He wants all of us. That’s why it makes no sense for us to justify what makes us happy or what satisfies us. Finding areas where we will and will not surrender/be ALL IN, what we will and will not hand over to Christ. But the choice isn’t ours. The price paid was for the complete package. The enemy tries to tell us that we know who we are, and we can’t change. But the possibility of change is completely beside the point. Even if no change comes before the perfect does (1 Corinthians 13:10), even if the desires never stop, we have no room to act on them or justify them. We have no ownership in ourselves. It all belongs to Jesus.
Just as the Christ surrendered Himself to be crucified, we crucify ourselves to surrender. Our true identity starts and ends with who we are in Christ. Nothing should come between us—the purchased—and the One who paid the price. We must not let anything drown out the call of Christ to follow how He leads. Salvation is free, but following Jesus isn’t. The cost is sacrifice—the willful surrender of putting us first. When we come to Christ but refuse to surrender it all, we’re like the rich man who couldn’t bear the thought of not having all his stuff (Matthew 16:19-30). We’re not all in. Have you accepted the new you yet? Are you ALL IN?

YIC – Pastor James L Henley, Jr.