Breaking Bread with Bishop Houston
CHOF Ministry’s Scripture for Today:
Hebrews 13:8 (Amp)
Jesus Christ is [eternally changeless, always] the same yesterday and today and forever.
Praise the Lord Beloved!!!
Years ago, God spoke a phrase to my heart that I’ve never forgotten. I had been asking Him to teach me to walk in the spirit, to operate more fully in the supernatural power of God. He said: “In consistency lies the power”.
Beloved, that revelation was tough for me. In the natural I’m anything but consistent. My human nature tends to be up one day and down the next. But, praise God, I don’t have to depend on my human nature to get me by. I have Jesus Christ living within me and He’s the same yesterday, today and forever!!!
You see, Jesus isn’t indecisive. He doesn’t change His mind from one day to another. He’s constant, and if you’ll press in to Him, He can cause you to be that way also.
Most believers don’t do that. That’s why there are so many “faith failures” around. They stand on the Word one day and fall off it the next.
Beloved, what we need to do is “continue.” Jesus said if we’d continue in His Word, then we’d be His disciples.
John 8:31-32, He said if we’d continue, we would know the truth and that truth would make us free. There’s a revelation of God that comes from consistency that the inconsistent person will never see.
Beloved, determine today to be consistent. Don’t try to base today on yesterday’s Bible study. Base today on today’s Bible study. Start with the Word today, stay on the Word all day, and end the day with the Word.
Then tomorrow get up and do it all again!!! There’s power in constant consistency. So, don’t be an “off again, on again” Christian.
Continue in the Word every day.
Have a blessed Day Every!!! 😀

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“An Exceptional Benefit”

Morning Blog
Many of you that know me, know I love to pray and praying for others has never been an issue with me. As a matter of fact, I spend most of my prayer time praying for others. Over the last several years I have come to realize that exerting my energy to pray for others when I’m hurting has a very exceptional benefit.
The last couple of weeks was kind of a rough week around here. Attending business meetings for our new travel agency, our ministry video podcast season had arrived and needed a lot of studio enhancing and tweaking and a few other things that needed to be addressed.

But the silver lining to that, was my prayer life was very active. However, I must admit, I didn’t spend much time praying for my children and grandchildren, mother, myself or my wife. I was more attentive on praying for a lady that had fallen back into her drug (heroin) addition, a Facebook friend whose daughter had a breakdown at college, for a close friend whose 16-year-old was in a coma after a suicide attempt.

Beloved, when my own life is tough, I have found that praying for others is actually, a form of self-care, part of what keeps me healthy, productive and sane.

Now, just in case some of you think I walk around with a halo, I assure you this is a learned behavior. I have a strong tendency to turn inward and block out others’ problems when I’m facing tough times, in other words, shrink into my imaginary secret closet to focus on myself because in my mind, I feel I don’t have the bandwidth to cope. But, I’ve come to understand that tendency doesn’t come from God.

I recognized this, when I belonged to a prayer group during a particularly hard time in my life. Hearing and honoring the needs of others whose concerns were different from my unbalanced affairs was, extremely energizing.

You see, it didn’t matter how big or small the other people’s needs were, they all pointed my heart toward God.

Beloved, that experience taught me that making an effort to pray for others when there are concerns has an exceptional benefit. It prevents my prayer life from shrinking to the size of my anguishes.

And more than just that, it expands, develops and rejuvenates my conversations with God.

Let me tell you, it really does some good!!! 😀
Now, how great is that???!!!

Beloved, we’re given the ability to add good to the world, even when we’re suffering ourselves.

Take care and take it one step (one day)
at a time. You’ll be glad you did.

Have a blessed Monday. 😀

Take It One Step (One Day) at a Time”

Morning BlogI John 4:4
Greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world.
As you can see, I started this morning’s blog with scripture. That’s because many of my blogs will be God centered, as it is this morning.
There was an e-mail that was sent to me from our CHOF Ministry Website prayer request box.
It was from a woman urgently requesting prayer. She opened by telling me she is a crack and meth addict and that she’d been through rehab three time and had relapsed once again. Now she had to pull herself back up out of the pit of her addictions and face her family with the truth, and she wasn’t sure she could go through with it.
She told me that, she keeps thinking she’s hopeless, and that she will never get better. She said, “Bishop Houston I can’t pray anymore by myself. I need help.” I will keep her name anonymous, her name is not my focus here but her soul is.
Beloved, let me tell you, of all the outwardly intractable problems the world faces, war, hunger, environmental calamities, and terrorism “addiction” is one of the greatest pestilences, it’s a kind of terrorism of the soul. It affects rich people and poor people the same way, advanced nations and developing ones, men and women, and people of all ages and races and religions. The toll addiction takes on the world’s economies is in the trillions. The personal suffering is incalculable.
Yet Beloved, as someone who has not gotten drunk or used an illegal drug in many, many years, I know there’s a solution, one that begins with the individual. By the grace of a Higher Power whom I choose to call God and the powerful words of Jesus Christ, any addict or alcoholic can take back his or her life from the grip of addiction.
There are millions that have succeeded, one step (one day) at a time, by being willing to put their lives “COMPLETELY” in the hands of a loving God, the only power greater than their addiction(s). I don’t know what happened to the woman who e-mailed us, but I do know that by asking for prayer and by turning her addiction over to God, she has taken the first step and given herself more hope than she knew.
Beloved, where God goes, hope really grows!!!
Beloved, God is your deliverer, you must take it one step (one day) at a time. Jehovah Rapha-God has the power to heal you. He’s the one force that’s greater than any difficulty you may have.
Take care and take it one step (one day) at a time.
You’ll be glad you did. 😀

Breaking Bread with Bishop Houston

“Get in Position to Hear”

CHOF Ministry’s Scripture for Today:
John 10:27, (AMP)
The sheep that are My own hear and are listening to My voice; and I know them, and they follow Me.

Praise the Lord Beloved!!! 😀

You know Beloved, there are so many believers that are unsure, insecure and even shy about their ability to hear God or know His voice. They’re always afraid that they won’t be able to tell when the Spirit of God is talking to them.

But, what they don’t realize is this: Hearing the voice of the Spirit is a privilege that the Bible says belongs to every believer. Romans 8:14 says:
“For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God.”

All we have to do to exercise that privilege is to receive it by faith and put ourselves in a position to hear. So, the next time the devil tries to tell you that you can’t hear God’s voice, remember that.
John 16:13 says: Jesus said His sheep will know His voice and a stranger’s voice they will not follow.

Beloved, that’s a promise of God to you today. You see, the Spirit of God will never guide you in opposition to the written Word of God. So, if you’re not familiar with what the Word says, you’ll find it more difficult to discern His leading.
Get familiar with God’s voice by meditating and studying the Word of God. Follow God’s instruction to Joshua and meditate on it day and night. Act on what you find in the Word, not just when it’s easy and everything is going right, but every time. Be obedient even in the slightest things.

Beloved, that constant obedience to the written Word will bring you into maturity and tune your inward ear to the voice of the Spirit. You’ll soon be able to recognize it as easily as you recognize the voice of your Best friend.

So, instead of wondering about it, start expecting to hear from Him. Start sharpening your spiritual ears by spending time in the Word.

To God Be the Glory!!!

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