Due to the fact that Mr. Flood does not have a typical church background, the book has a purity about it, not being tainted or spoiled with a lot of religiosity, "church lingo" or stale traditions of man. It simply and emphatically states the truth.
The book carries a fresh message, straight from God Himself: "A word in due season" (Proverbs 15:23 KJV), to be read by All. God's man, Winston C. Flood was chosen by God to bring this timely message to God's people.
Filled with fresh new ideas and insight, the book will uplift you, inspire you, and also minister to your deepest emotional and spiritual needs.
The message in these pages is truly inspired by the Holy Spirit. You Will Not Be The Same after reading this book.
Thank you, Mr. Flood for your obedience to the Lord in blessing us with this book!
Claudia "Chole" Greene
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The Lord Sent This Message "We Must"
By Winston C. Flood II
Copyright © 2008 Winston C. Flood II
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Thanksgiving for Faith
Taking him by the right hand, [Peter] helped him up, and instantly the man's feet and ankles became strong. He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God. -Acts 3:6-8
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
We always thank God for all of you, mentioning you in our prayers. We continually remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. -1 Thessalonians 1:2-3
In the third chapter of Acts, there is a wonderful account of how a man in Jerusalem was released from an imposing disability. He had been crippled all of his life, both physically and financially, the latter affliction most likely a direct result of the former. As you might imagine, there probably were not many social programs in ancient Jerusalem for the disabled that would afford them the opportunity to earn a living. Consequently, most of them remained in a state of poverty, dependent upon the charity of others-not only for money and food, but also for transportation to a busy temple gate where they could beg for sustenance. If attitudes of that time were anything like those of today, then no doubt these people were often looked down upon and even considered "deadbeats" by some of the less discerning members of Jerusalem's community. It could also be possible that some of the beggars themselves felt so angry at God and mistreated by society that they had given up on ever living a better life.
But not so with our gentleman who begs a morsel of comfort from Peter and John! He remains expectant even after the disciples inform him they have none of the usual handouts. Perhaps many would turn away in disappointment or even laugh upon hearing Peter declare, "Silver or gold I do not have, but what I have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk" (3:6). No, this man simply follows directions. He acts on faith-he "believes and receives!"
The subject of faith and its blessings is a continuing thread that runs throughout this book. Here, the idea presented is one we don't seem to hear much about-thanksgiving for the opportunity to be faithful. Peter addresses this clearly when, speaking to a crowd of astonished disbelievers that has just witnessed the healing of the crippled beggar, "It is Jesus' name and the faith that comes through him that has given this complete healing to him ..." (3:16). In other words, the man could not have received healing without God providing him with the opportunity to believe. Scripture does not relate whether the restored man realizes it yet, but he has more than the obvious reason to be "walking and jumping, and praising God!"
Peter and John, as well, have reason to give thanks-not only for this man's faith, but even more so for God's faithfulness. Just as the cripple could not have been made whole without faith, neither could the disciples have healed him without faith that God would keep his promise to them and allow them to do so. Deuteronomy 7-9 is just one of many passages in the Bible that describes God's faithfulness and how it works in the lives of believers: "Know, therefore that the Lord your God is God, he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commands."
Wouldn't it be great if every minister, before every sermon, took time to openly thank God for the faithfulness of the congregation? Wouldn't it be encouraging to know that your pastor praised Him every day for your belief in Jesus Christ? That is exactly what the New Testament records Paul doing in several of the epistles (letters) to the various congregations of the early Christian church. As believers, we are all called to minister. We may not shepherd a congregation as Paul did, or lay hands on the afflicted like Peter and John, for we each possess different spiritual gifts, but we all are charged to "encourage one another and build each other up" (1 Thessalonians 5:9) with the blessed gospel of hope in Christ.
And shouldn't we, as believers, continually thank God for allowing His Word to be proclaimed to us through faithful servants like preachers and teachers, prophets, and even special messengers we might encounter anywhere along the way? Should we not rejoice and praise Him for showing us how to "... accept it not as the word of men, but as it actually is-the word of God ...?" (1 Thessalonians, 2:14).
And we must never forget, when we face obstacles in our lives, to petition and thank God for the opportunity to operate through faith. As Paul puts it, in his first recorded letter to the church in Thessalonica, "Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus" (5: 16-18).
Whatever you are doing at any given moment, remember it is always possible to praise the almighty God for His loving faithfulness.
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Dear Heavenly Father, Thank you for your unfailing promises. Thank You for the opportunity to believe in your constant loving care even during times of trouble, for we trust that these are the times that increase our faith in You. Praise be to You now and forever! This we offer through the aid of the Holy Spirit and in the Name of your precious Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen and Amen!
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Here I Am
When the LORD saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, "Moses! Moses!" And Moses said, "Here I am." -Exodus 3:4
Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in.... to him who overcomes, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne.... -Revelation 3: 20-21
If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing. -1 Corinthians 13:1-3
When we look up the word "called" in the Bible (NIV), we find a whopping 499 references. In a great many of these passages, we find that it is God who initiates the action, calling to a variety of individuals or groups from all walks of life. Sometimes God's call is the invitation to simply believe in Him, to find out who He is. Much of the time, the call is a call to service. God has a job that needs to be done, and according to His wise plan, He calls upon that which He created, that which He loves-people. All kinds of people, people just like you and me!
"Hold on there a minute, Flood!" you might be saying right now. "God called on folks like Abraham, Moses, Paul, and the earlier Apostles. Great people-not people like me!" Well, let's see; we aren't given much information about Abraham (Abram) before he first responded to God, except that God chose him, but Moses was an inarticulate (some speculate that he may have stuttered) refugee, Paul (Saul) was a self-righteous murderer of Christians, and the backgrounds of the men Jesus called to join Him during His earthly ministry ran the gamut from an impetuous fisherman to a zealous enemy of the state to a tax collector, probably despised for his occupation, since most tax collectors of the day tended to be quite shady in their dealings with people. Starting to feel better about the idea that God might have something great in mind for you as well?
So what is it that produced "greatness" in these men? Three little words: "Here I am." Sounds so easy, but imagine you are Moses. You are out with the flocks on the far side of the desert one day and up on the mountain in front of you, which is known by all as "The Mountain of God," is a bush that is on fire. "Lightning?" you may wonder, "or spontaneous combustion?" Nothing else around this bush is burning, which is strange enough in itself, but after watching for a while, you notice that the bush is not consumed. It does not burn up! Curiosity gets the best of you-you feel drawn to investigate this phenomenon (Exodus 3:1-3). To be sure, it is a little scary! After all, this is God's mountain, right?
But what if next, this flaming shrub proceeds to call out your name? What would be your first reaction? I believe many people would turn and run and forget all about their father-in-law's precious flock of sheep! But Moses says, "Here I am" (Exodus 3:4). Now, I imagine that his voice may be a bit shaky, because by now he probably realizes he is definitely not talking with your average lightning-stricken tree, particularly when he is then instructed to remove his shoes because he is standing on holy ground! (3:5). When I read this passage, I think, "Moses, get ready for your spiritual awakening!" For what comes next is a formal introduction to the One who calls to him from within those holy flames: "I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob" (3:6).
Scripture tells us that Moses is so afraid, so overcome by the presence of God, that he hides his face in fear, only to discover that what has prompted this meeting in the first place is God's love! God is concerned about the people of Israel, because they suffer in slavery. He has heard their miserable cries, and has determined to free them from their oppression (3:6-9). The catch? Moses is being drafted! (God is offering him the opportunity to be faithful.) He is being called into service for the sake of God's promise to the Hebrew people-that He would make them into a great and prosperous nation, and that He would not desert them. (Genesis 12:1-3).
God's holiness is, indeed, so overwhelming to us that we often do tend to hide when He calls us. We cannot help but feel ashamed of our own uncleanliness that is so conspicuously exposed by the pure light of Love, for "God is love" (1 John 4:16). But because of Jesus Christ, we do not have to worry. We can answer God's call with confidence. Our Savior, our advocate-God's very own Son-declares, "Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me. To him who overcomes, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I overcame and sat down with my Father on his throne" (Revelation 3:20-21). To someone who does not know Him, what a golden invitation! As believers, how profoundly comforting and beautiful should we find those opening words, "Here I am!"
Think about it! If God is Love, and Jesus is one with God, then who but Love is at our heart's door? And eating, or "the breaking of bread" together with someone has always been symbolic of closeness-quality time, so to speak. So, Love wants to enter into our hearts and become closely acquainted with us. God wants His Holy Spirit to dwell inside us. Moreover, just as He desired to rescue and restore the Hebrew people, to "... bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land fl owing with milk and honey ..." (Exodus 3:8), He has promised the same to all who answer His call to believe. When we say, "Here I am, Lord," we open the door to a spiritual awakening that allows Love to take charge and grow in our consciousness. We begin to realize Love's power, the Spirit of the almighty God, living within us.
Indeed, we cannot accomplish nor receive anything worthwhile without God's love, for without it, there is nothing eternal. No lasting protection; no reason for hope or trust or perseverance. No purpose for faith, and no means to acquire it! The thirteenth chapter of
1 Corinthians, the classic Christian portrait of Love, offers excellent insight into God's character and the virtues of the Spirit that He wills for us. "Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails" (13:4-8).
With this Love planted in our hearts, how can we not emerge from spiritual slumber and be stirred into faithful service to the Lord? The call we hear will probably not come from within the midst of a burning bush, but if we listen prayerfully, God will tell us what He wants us to do. Just as faith without Love really can't be faith, so faith without deeds doesn't really exist. Action always follows true faith; this is the very nature of faith (James 2:14-25).
Is God calling you? Call out to Him, then, and say, "Here I am." Whether your response leads to rebirth or revival, He has promised to you His blessings forever! There may be some perseverance involved, but remember that there is also protection. And trust brings hope; God has sworn it. It does not matter what circumstances surround you-today's world is full of trouble-know that if God rescued the Hebrews out of slavery, He can (and desires to) do the same for you. Be prepared to battle any criticism you may face by donning the armor of prayer. Your weapon is Truth, your commander's name is Love, and together there is nothing you cannot accomplish!
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Our Dear Heavenly Father, Thank You for loving us. We long to hear Your voice. Stir our hearts, Lord; implant in us Your very Spirit. Forgive us when we tremble, for we sometimes forget that you are Love. Guide our paths, dear God, and protect and strengthen us to withstand the forces that come against us as we endeavor to answer your call to service. Within the language of Your Spirit, Father, These things we ask and receive in the Name of Christ Jesus. Amen and Amen!
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Religion to Spirituality
Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is-his good, pleasing and perfect will. -Romans 12:2
See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ. -Colossians 2:8
We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us. This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words. -1 Corinthians 2:14-15
"God helps those who help themselves." We hear it all the time. After all, it is in the Bible, right? Somewhere in Proverbs, maybe? Or did Paul say it? Maybe it was even Jesus? Funny, no one ever seems to know the Scripture reference number, and it never seems to be listed in any concordance. Want to know why? IT ISN'T THERE! Never was, never will be! It actually first appeared in print in 1698, in Algernon Sidney's Discourses Concerning Government. Sidney's statement is actually a rewording of a phrase passed down in the works of Sophocles, and it became commonplace in American thought during revolutionary times, due in large part to the popularity of a collection of quotes attributed to Benjamin Franklin. It is born of Greek philosophy and political activism. It has everything to do with the assumptive principles of man, but absolutely nothing to do with the character of God. If it did, then why would God send His Son to die for us when we were helpless? (Romans 5:6). If it did, then Jesus certainly would have painted a very different picture of what we now refer to as a "good Samaritan." Under this premise, the Samaritan simply might have told the injured man to "pull himself up by his bootstraps" and get on with life because "God helps those who help themselves!" (The account of Jesus' parable of the compassionate Samaritan may be found in Luke, Chapter 10.)
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Table of ContentsContents
Spiritual Awakening Thanksgiving for Faith....................1
Here I Am....................5
Religion to Spirituality....................10
Holy Living in a Carnal World....................32
The Power Triplets: Prayer, Faith, and Patience The Essence of Prayer....................47
The Evidence of Things Not Seen....................53
Is He Listening?....................59
Victory in Jesus Go To the Power....................67
The Supremacy of Christ....................75
Call On the Doctors....................81
Too Much Trouble for the Devil....................91
Realizing You Are a Winner....................96
Our Lives as Witness Holy Boldness....................103
Wisdom and Foolishness....................109
Freedom in the Yoke of the Lord....................117