Pastor James White

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The Influence Of Heaven

Come unto me. That’s what Jesus said about those who carry the heavy weight of life. Come unto me is an open invitation for all of humanity. The divine Author and Creator invites us to come to Him with expectation. The invitation is to bring your cares, your habits, your hang-ups, your failures, your disappointments, and your struggles to Him. He invites you to bring the things that keep you up at night, the issues that weigh heavy on your heart, the past regrets that keep haunting you and the past hurts you have never been able to heal from. Jesus simply invites you to come unto Him!

The book of Revelation describes this invitation as an open door. The King of Kings has set before God’s church an open door, and beyond this door you will find what God has made available to all of those who will trust and follow Him. Beyond this door is what the church, God’s glorious church, should experience and will experience if they walk through this door. What’s beyond this door that God has put before us is not reserved for the hyper-spiritual, a certain brand of religion, or a certain group of people within your local assembly. What’s beyond this door is for the STRONG and the WEAK. It’s for those who have it together, and it’s for those that are struggling. What is beyond this spiritual door that I am referring to today is for anyone who will submit to God’s plan and will walk through His door!

My assignment in this post is to turn your attention to God’s intention!

The Prophet Jeremiah gave a prophetic word that has echoed through the ages. Jeremiah 29:11  For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
 
The prophet Jeremiah declared that God has plans for His people. His plans are greater than we could ever imagine! Even though our plans are influenced by the spirit of this world at times, we can break free from earthly influence and gain access to heavenly influence. It is my belief that God wants to supernaturally influence our thoughts, our world, and our mindset. He does this because he wants to show us what we have never seen or experienced before! Paul said it like this in

Ephesians 3:20  Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,

God wants to take us beyond our limits! He wants us to realize that HE is able to do ABOVE ALL we can ASK or THINK. That’s a kingdom principle for God’s glorious church!

God’s intention is to influence your world with Heaven.

The God who can make it happen is all around us just waiting for us to step into His blessings. We have been invited into His glory to experience the supernatural influence of Heaven! This is that place where there are the working miracles, healing of all manner of sickness and disease, and lives are forever changed!  

I feel that our church services should be so influenced by heaven that the angels will want to linger because it’s just that incredible! How about our homes? Wouldn’t it be an incredible experience if our homes could be so influenced by Heaven that angels took up residence there because it was just like home for them. Think about it! Our homes can be influenced by Heaven because we have prayed and lived the words, “Thy kingdom come Thy will be done in earth as it is in Heaven”.

This world is not my home! I’m just passing through, but while I’m here, my world will be influenced by Heaven!

This is an excerpt from the message on Sunday, July 16th. To hear the message visit our sermons page or watch it on the Crossroads New Life Tabernacle Facebook page.


Thy Will Be Done

We all want to be successful.  We may hear a story, read an article in a magazine, or watch a series of episodes that lead to success, and we get inspired. Inspiration that leads to success is a good thing, but inspiration that leads to making a god of the success you are pursuing can become a very bad thing! As much as we all like success, it can become a god that rules our lives. It can be a god that will lead us away from what the true God of this world desires for us. If we are not careful, the god of success will lead us to shut God out while we pursue our goals and dreams.
Consider the phrase, “Keeping up with the Joneses”. The result of that phrase is of accomplishment and success, but it can also lead to more debt, depressed feelings, and other things that were never meant to rule your life. We miss the true definition of success when we focus on what others have and on what others have done. There’s a commandment found in Exodus 20:17 that hts this issue head on.

Exodus 20:17 Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour’s

God does not want us to measure our success by what others have. In fact, chasing what others have will create a god that will lead you down a never-ending road of disappointment.

Your success is not based on the materialism that you can gain, but it’s based on following God and being content with what He has given to you!

God never intended us to keep up with our neighbor. He never intended us to chase the dreams that have been created out of someone else’s blessings. His plan has always been about us living within our means, being good stewards of what we have, and putting Him first!  Our life was never meant to be ruled by this world, but to be honest, there are more things than ever that are waging war with us to become the ruler of our lives.

There are more gods available to us today than ever, making this war harder than it’s ever been!

Jonah learned a valuable lesson.  Jonah was called to do something that no one else was called to do. He had the opportunity and the ability to bring change to a city that was messed up, but he decided he was going to do things his own way. The Bible says, “Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the Lord.” I believe that Jonah was fleeing the presence of the Lord because he didn’t want to be bothered by the conviction that is associated with God’s presence. Isn’t this why so many people run from God?   Think about it. They leave a good church, change their friends, and ignore the pastor’s call or text. They run because running makes them feel like they are accomplishing something, but the truth is, you can run, but you will always run back into the familiar presence of God. Jonah was dumping God’s will and running as far as he could go so he would not feel the conviction of ignoring God’s will.

Isn’t this what we do sometimes? We run to our Tarshish. We get busier with our career. We get busier with activities that take us away from our church attendance and our calling. We get involved in relationships that are leading us away from the presence of God. We find an activity that drowns out the voice of God calling us.

Most people run from God or fail to do what God has called them to do because there’s another god that is winning the battle!

Jonah eventually got thrown overboard, swallowed by a big fish, and spit up on the shore near Ninevah where God was leading him from the start. Jonah went through all of that because he stepped outside of God’s will.
 
One principle that sums it all up for the Christian –
Matthew 6:33
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

The blessings you receive from the gods of this world are temporary, but the blessings that flow from His kingdom are eternal!

Every Christian needs to follow the prayer below.

Matthew 6:9–15

After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. 10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. 11Give us this day our daily bread.12And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.13And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

Jesus was placing the kingdom of God at the top:

  • God’s will
  • God’s provision
  • God’s forgiveness
  • God’s deliverance
    • All of God’s kingdom blessings flow from Him being at the center of your life.  Our Father which art in Heaven, Hallowed be thy name….Thy kingdom come…

This whole prayer was about placing God at His rightful place so that kingdom blessings and kingdom power would flow to us!

To experience all of God and what he wants to do in our lives, we must live out this phrase, “THY Kingdom come, THY will be done on earth as it is in heaven”.

When our earth reflects His heaven, that’s when we experience the supernatural!

The only way that Heaven can influence earth is by putting the King of the kingdom in his rightful place.

 If you want Him to influence your:

  • Marriage – Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done
  • Finances – Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done
  • Family – Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done
  • Career – Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done
  • EVERYTHING – Thy kingdom come Thy will be done.

NONE of us are worthy of it, but by His grace, Heaven can touch earth and provide a supernatural influence!

I’ll leave you with this. We want heaven to influence our needs, but will you allow heaven to influence your heart?

 

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The Right Stuff

The Right Stuff

From the beginning of time, altars have been built to present an offering to the deity of choice. History teaches us that altars were an important part of a worshippers life. This represented the place where they would commit to the god they would serve.
 
Adam and Eve taught this to their children Cain and Abel, and the day would come when they would present their own offering unto God. I am just speculating here, but I am sure they all used the same altar to present their offerings unto the Lord. With this said, I can see why Cain would become so furious! He used the same altar, but he experienced a different outcome. Even if Cain wasn’t using the family altar, he still knew how to build an altar, and even with his own altar, he experienced a different outcome. The big question is, WHY?

Genesis 4:3–4  And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the Lord.  And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the Lord had respect unto Abel and to his offering:

This is what I believe. The answer to the WHY is not in the type of offering. The answer to the WHY is not in the amount of offering. The answer to the WHY was never about how long it took to prepare the offering. The answer to the WHY is in this one little word. It’s just one word that makes all the difference. Are you ready for it? FIRST!

Notice that Cain offered the fruit of the ground. It was not the first fruits but just plain ordinary fruit. It was either the second yield of produce or it was the third, but none of that mattered to God because it wasn’t FIRST.
I believe and still believe today that FIRST represents our trust and faithfulness to God. It simply tells Him that we trust Him to give our very best, our first, our all if we had to. FIRST simply says that God gets the very best. That’s what Abel did. He brought God the firstling.
 
In the story where the widow woman fed Elisha during the drought, we see an incredible story of God’s miraculous blessings. Elisha told this woman to bake him a cake. Most people know this story. She replied, “I only have enough for me and my son. We will eat it and then die”. The prophet said, “Bake me a cake first, and then you go ahead and do what your were planning to do”. She follows the instructions and bakes the cake for the prophet. When she returns to the barrel she finds enough meal to bake 2 more cakes. The next day she peaks in the barrel and finds that there’s enough meal to bake 2 more cakes. This happened everyday because she trusted God enough to put Him FIRST!
 
The sin in Cain’s heart started as a thought. Isn’t that where every sin comes from? Just one little thought or idea can trigger a process that leads you down the wrong path. Cain thought his sacrifice was good enough. He thought it was better than Abel’s sacrifice. He thought that he should have been blessed. He thought that giving God leftovers was good enough. He thought that if he changed the plan up a bit that no one would recognize. It was just one thought that led Cain down a path of sin and deception.

In Cain’s mind he was bringing to God what he thought was good enough, but at the end of the day, God only wanted him to trust him. He wanted him to put Him first. This simply means that you will bring what He wants and not what you have left over.

Cain’s altar was influenced by carnality which led to completely loosing it and doing what he thought he would have NEVER dreamed of doing!

Cain lived a life that was outside of God’s plan because he chose to do things his way. It’s true that our emotions will be governed by the gods we allow to rule our lives. The gods that you’re not willing to dethrone will rule your life and keep you far from God. When we are far from God, we stand the chance of doing something we thought we would have never done.

We need an altar to sacrifice our self-will and put God at the very top where He belongs!
 
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Eternity Is Unavoidable

A harsh reality is that every heartbeat brings us one moment closer to eternity.
 
Jesus is recorded saying in Matthew 6:19-21 “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:  But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:  For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
 
The person whose treasure in on earth is headed away from his treasure day by day, but the person whose treasure is in heaven is getting closer with every passing day.  When all is said and done, eternity will be the finale of our lives, so we should prepare everyday for the eternal.
 
What are you doing to prepare?  If you don’t know, then join us Sunday and start preparing for the eternal.  This life is temporary, so prepare for the eternal as if it were coming tomorrow.
 
 


I Am One Of Them

Joel 2:28

28 And it shall come to pass afterward, That I will pour out my spirit upon ALL flesh; And your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your old men shall dream dreams, Your young men shall see visions:
 
In this text the prophet Joel was speaking prophetically about the future.  He was declaring that God’s glorious church would experience something bigger and better than it’s ever experienced! He was declaring that AFTERWARD, God would pour out His spirit upon ALL flesh!  The prophet did not declare that this outpouring limited.  He never said it would be just for a certain group of people.  Never did he say that it was reserved for the religious leaders only.  He prophesied that a day is coming that God would pour out is Spirit upon ALL flesh.  That’s every living breathing human being on the face of this earth.
 
In the Old Testament you will find some really awesome miracles!  Moses led over 1 million people from bondage after experiencing some powerful miraculous events.  Joshua trusted God and said, “sun stand still” and the sun stood still long enough for the army of Joshua to conquer their enemy.  That’s pretty AWESOME right there!  Gideon had 300 men left, but God gave him a miraculous victory.  David killed a giant and became the victor of the day.  Elijah and Elisha were some pretty awesome guys.  They saw incredible miracles such as, a dead son raised to life, empty barrels of meal that never ran out, an ax head that floats, and so many more miracles.  There were miracles throughout the Old Testament that were simply amazing, and the Old Testament prophet Joel declared, “in the last days God is going to pour out His spirit upon flesh”.  He was simply declaring the BEST IS YET TO COME!!!  It’s like my late father Rev. Danny L. White would say, “you ain’t seen nothing yet”.
 
ALL FLESH!!!  That’s us!  I AM ONE OF THEM!  I am one of them that will experience the miracles, signs and wonders that are brought by a demonstration of the Holy Ghost.  I am one of them that will experience the outpouring of the Holy Ghost and the ability to talk in another tongue as God gives the utterance.  I am one of them that will experience the gifts of the Spirit that edify the body of Christ.  I am one of them that has had my sins forgiven and remitted through baptism.  I AM ONE OF THEM!!!!
 
 
Are you one of them?  If you want to hear more on this subject then join us for our Sunday morning sermon series.  You can join us in person on Sundays at 10:00 a.m. or by way of our live webcast.  If you miss the service or the live webcast then check out our archives. God has great plans for His people, so experience all that He has for you!  
 
I AM ONE OF THEM!!!
 



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