Monthly Archives: February 2013

ALL IN – Day 42 of 60!

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6, 7 NIV84)

When you worry you basically tell God that even though you say you’re all in – the cold hard reality is that you are not. You indicate by your doubt your unbelief that he can and will supply all your needs. Worry causes you to forget the first thing – Seeking God first!

God is not a man – He does not lie. Starting today live for today and watch and see the love, compassion, caring and power my God wii display in supplying the needs of those of us who love Him above all and diligently seek Him!

YIC – Pastor James L Henley, Jr.

ALL IN – Day 41 of 60!

Jesus, at the point of the greatest most savage attack by his enemies, did not retaliate. He didn’t seek revenge, he didn’t say negative things about them to those beside him or to his father. Instead, because of his understanding of their issues, he chose instead to make a pathway for reconciliation. He understood the negative implications of any response other than one fueled by love.

So he chose to allow his crucifixion to continue. He chose the ultimate sacrifice to provide a way for them to have what he possessed – a home in heaven. He chose to SHOW us all the way to respond when he uttered “Father forgive them for they know not what they do.” Jesus knew they didn’t understand, he knew they thought they were in the right, he knew they were blind to their ignorance and he knew the one way to offer them the ability to see the truth – his sacrifice on Calvary.

Quite often some sort of sacrifice has to be made to bring about reconciliation. Sometimes the sacrifice that is made has consequences itself. When we are offended – we must consider whether our response will lead toward reconciliation, we must think deeply about it; it is not something we should do carelessly or automatically. We must really take the matter to heart to understand fully what we are doing. We have to try to predict what will happen as a result, so that it does not cause greater problems down the road. Reconciliation is not an easy matter and often hard to do. Yet, because Christ now resides in us – we know we can do the right thing because his Holy Spirit will show us the right path each time. The question is will we follow his lead and make Jesus visible by our response. Will you?

YIC – Pastor James L. Henley, Jr.

ALL IN – Day 40 of 60!

A car MUST have a fuel source to operate. Something that empowers it to do what it was created to do. A caterpillar MUST go through metamorphosis to become a butterfly. Absent the change the caterpillar will never fly and be forever a creature of below. Without an energy source the car just sits.

So what MUST exists for those All In? Jesus Christ told us in John 3:3 when he declared, “I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.” (John 3:3 NIV84)

In other words, to be an “All Iner” you MUST be born again. Your heart has been changed by the agent of the Holy Spirit. Mission impossible has been accomplished because the thoughts, attitudes and things you thought you could never let go of now are not important. Like a butterfly looking down as it flies you see the lowly existence that once defined you. But now powered by a new source, a new heart, a new power (God’s Holy Spirit) you desire and pursue a better way. Your thoughts now are focused on God and pleasing Him. Your attitude toward those who offend/wrong you is now to shower them with the love of Christ versus the fleshly response of strike back. Your things now are simply tools to help others come to know what you know in order for their lives to be changed. They to MUST be born again.

Are you ALL IN?
Have you been BORN AGAIN?

YIC – Pastor James L. Henley, Jr.

ALL IN – Day 39 of 60!

“All Iners” are by definition finishers. They understand that fear is simply a tool of the enemy to hinder and stunt their work for The Lord. When attacked by doubt or depression they cry out to The Lord like Nehemiah “strengthen my hands.” (See Nehemiah 6 for schemes of the enemy to make you quit.) They know the source of the attack and refuse because of the greater source of power dwelling in us.

Lots of people are good at starting things – school, yard project, building project, etc. – but not good at finishing. Emotions or an encouraging word got them started but they quit when they don’t “feel it” anymore.

We, the “All Iners,” keep going and finish the task. When the excitement is gone, when no one is cheering us on anymore , when it looks like we’ll never make it to the finish line – we keep going – we push on because we believe, trust and have faith in the Word of God and the word He gave us to encourage us to start the task. We know deep down inside and we “are being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you (us) will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”(Philippians 1:6 NIV84)

So get up and get moving. Completion is assured.

YIC – Pastor James L. Henley, Jr.

ALL IN – Day 38 of 60!

People are often afraid of the unknown. They worry about tomorrow today and fret over yesterday. The result is they often become depressed because of their unfounded fears. How often those who really know Christ in this situation forget Jesus’ word to us in Hebrews 13 – Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?” (Hebrews 13:5, 6 NIV84)

Most of the time we are afraid because we feel all alone. We are afraid to try new things, afraid we won’t be successful, afraid we won’t get another job, afraid we’ll be made fun of.

I used to be like that until one day I realized I am never alone. In fact it is impossible for me to be alone because Christ is inside me and always with me. He made me and He cares what happens to me. Thus as long as I do the best I can in whatever situation I find myself – if I have faith in Christ everything is going to be okay. I had no reason to be afraid so I quit being afraid. The same applies to you this Valentine’s day.

Are you ready for the next thing?

YIC – Pastor James L. Henley, Jr.

ALL IN – Day 37 of 60!

Because Romans 8:31 says “What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us?” I should not fear the consequences of change. You see Jesus is on my side therefore I will be victorious. I learned as a child “that when you mess with blood” a whole family gets involved. When you accepted Christ – He became your blood. Simply put He can be counted on to step in on your behalf whenever anything comes against you. You simply have to believe and have faith.

It really is that simple. Each day I wake up knowing Jesus is all in me which makes Him all for me. As a result I know that whatever today brings I can handle it if I simply channel it through Jesus. He’ll remind me of what His word says about it and I act accordingly REGARDLESS OF MY FEELINGS or EMOTIONS. I simply trust and obey. After all He has seen and dealt with every situation I encounter numerous times already. Thus, He knows exactly what to do.

Remember when you are ALL IN you no longer need self-help materials because you’ve got the best already – Jesus Help!!!!

YIC – Pastor James L Henley, Jr.

ALL IN – Day 36 of 60!

Ephesians 4:13 states “until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.”

God’s will is that we grow in the grace and the knowledge of Jesus Christ, so why is it so hard? If God is working with us, should this not be easy? Is your excuse “It must be human nature”; or “I’m not good enough so God must not be hearing my prayers.” Or are you bold enough to just say “God will just have to take me as I am.”

All these may appear to be reasons to you but the real reason is often some besetting sin or sins that we fail to overcome time after time. Why, if it is God’s will, do we not gain victory over them more easily?

The key to growing and gaining victory is recognizing the issue. Until we acknowledge our inability to handle it ourselves and turn it over to God we will remain stuck in a condemnation loop which seems to have no exit.

But remember when we were in the sin loop Jesus revealed himself to us and showed us the exit. He can do the same thing again if you will simply confess the need to him.

Acknowledgment of our powerlessness is the first essential element to spiritual growth. How else would we ever be able to do what Jesus says in Matthew 5:44, “But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you.” He adds in Matthew 6:31, “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?'” If these are challenging, try I Corinthians 15:34: “Awake to righteousness, and do not sin; for some do not have the knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame.”

It is time to stop playing and turn to God with all our heart.

YIC – Pastor James L Henley, Jr.

ALL IN – Day 35 of 60!

You know at some point you will be tested. Your initial commitment to being All In will be challenged. Remember when Peter walked on the water.

Despite his initial faith, Peter soon found himself facing a testy situation, His impulsive faith which led him on to the water vanished and fear took its place. Taking his eye off his Savior to focus on the raging waves, he sank but did not drown. Jesus saved him because He never leaves or forsakes His chosen vessels. Can you imagine Peter’s humiliation later on as he pondered on how his fear and failure revealed his lack of true faith.

As soon as Jesus got on the ship with Peter, the winds immediately ceased. Ceased in Matthew 14:32 means “to grow weary.” The rough elements Peter feared had been overcome by supernatural power. In the same way, the condemnation we feel when we make a mistake can immediately cease when we call out to Jesus as Peter did. There is no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1). Just as the boat was supernaturally and immediately moved to the peaceful shore – we can be restored simply by exercising our faith. We get up, move forward and remember the next time to stay focused. Jesus is with us. He already knew where we were weak which is why He was right there.

Confess whatever it is and move forward.

YIC – Pastor James L Henley, Jr.

ALL IN – Day 34 of 60!

IRAC stands for Issue, Rule, Analysis and Conclusion. Prior to becoming a Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, God allowed me the opportunity to become an attorney. Each attorney learns IRAC in law school as the sole method to evaluate any issue.

Issue – Are you all in? Am I all in?

Rule – And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these. (Mark 12:29-31 KJV)

Analysis – I demonstrate my love by giving God my heart. He is the center of my world. I long for His presence at all times. I want to do what pleases him and I do it. I don’t make excuses for missing church and Bible Study – I show up. I don’t make excuses for not getting to His Word daily – I do it.
My soul is filled with His Holy Spirit and I can’t wait to tell others about Him. About the freedom He has given me by releasing me from my past. My mind is now controlled by His thought process and I see people now through His eyes. I no longer judge or act based on my emotions, feelings or what seems right to me as a man. I use all my strength – time, talents and finances – to serve Him whenever and wherever I can. I sacrifice my wants for His needs. I sacrificially give to Him all of me. I do it daily versus occasionally. Further proof 1) look at my schedule – it reflects the number one priority God has in my life 2) look at my bank statement. God not only gets the first – He gets whatever else is needed to ensure His work is done.

I demonstrate my love to my neighbor by showing him the Christ in me through the words that now come out of my mouth, by my actions when things go wrong, by my attitude in what appear to man as hopeless situations. I live in the power of the Holy Spirit and I allow Him control in my interactions with those around me. When God in my spirit tells me to help someone – I say yes even if it is all I have left to fill a need or takes me out of the way. Christ saw my need, He gave up all and came out of His way to save me. I simply follow His example.

Conclusion – I am ALL IN.

Are you? IRAC to see.

YIC – Pastor James L. Henley, Jr.

ALL IN – Day 33 of 60!

Have you ever been so hungry you felt like you were starving? Your stomach ached for food; however, you were in a place where you couldn’t find anything to eat. Maybe on a long drive when you forgot to pack snacks and the next exit with food is still 50 miles away. You feel like you’re in the wilderness. You search everywhere in the car for just a mint – but nothing. It is like you’re lost in the wilderness.

There come times in our Christian journey when we feel empty. We feel like we can’t find what we need to satisfy our hunger. It is at those times that I remember what King David said when he was wandering in the wilderness of Judah.

“O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is; To see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary. Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee. Thus will I bless thee while I live: I will lift up my hands in thy name. My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips: When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches. Because thou hast been my help, therefore in the shadow of thy wings will I rejoice. My soul followeth hard after thee: thy right hand upholdeth me. (Psalms 63:1-8 KJV)

Like David I begin to seek The Lord even more earnestly. I begin to praise him in advance for leading me to where I will be filled. I remember how in the past He always showed up and I begin to meditate on His word. I know God loves me and He knows what is best for me. I know that once I pass this wilderness test – He will move me to a new level. Praise God the Almighty. Are you praising Him no matter what? Are you ready to move up to a new level?

YIC – Pastor James L Henley, Jr.