Word For Thought




No Greater Time Than NOW!
March 19, 2019
 
Now more than ever, it is time for us as a body of Christ to step it up. The world continues to confirm the Word that the time is at hand. From natural disasters to government shut downs, persecutions of Christians in greater scale, threats of war, and more, THINGS ARE ABOUT TO SHIFT!
 
Recently as I was sharing a message on unity in the body of Christ, I felt the fire of the Holy Spirit come upon me as I began to prophecy a vision I saw regarding the greatest REVIVAL that will ever hit our lands. What I saw was so powerful, I am not sure the world is yet ready for it, but the time of its birthing is not up to me. It is up to US. While I was preaching on unity in the body of Christ, I began to see the revival break out. Yes, it was in Colorado and surrounding regions as I had seen before. However, it was not just Colorado. It was New York, Florida, Georgia. Oregon, Alaska, Pennsylvania, California, and may other states. Then from America, it was as if I looked at a map and saw London, Asia, South Africa, Nigeria, Australia, and many other countries also set aflame. They all began to erupt in a fire that was so hot in a revival compared to none we have ever witnessed. The thing is, it was simultaneous!
 
What does this mean? We read in Acts 4 how as persecution started in the body of Christ with Peter and John, the people of God stood together in prayer, in righteous anger, "How dare the nations plan a rebellion, ranting and raging against the Lord Most High? Their foolish plots are futile!" They then spoke of how Herod and Pilot along with others took a stand against Jesus, to kill him. Now the apostles are facing persecution. A dynamic shift happened in the early church as a result of these attacks. They unified!
 
"So now, Lord, listen to their threats to harm us. Empower us, as your servants, to speak the word of God freely and courageously. Stretch out your hand of power through us to heal, and to move in signs and wonders by the name of your holy son, Jesus!" vs. 29 TPT.
 
Often in the body of Christ, nowadays, with everything going on, there is more passivity than there is action. Why have we stopped and allowed the distractions of life (jobs, money, good things, family, etc.) to keep us from moving in the power of the Holy Ghost in our lives? Why do we continue to let things like witchcraft, government agenda, media, and more just walk all over Christianity and verbally, physically, and spiritually tear us down. There is so much power in the Holy Spirit, that we have yet to even see surface. The suggestion is not that we start a war in physical form. The suggestion is that we rise up as a body with less concern about anything other than the commission of the gospel, till all the word has heard! What would happen if we as a body of Christ (all people who confess Jesus Christ as Lord) joined together like those in Acts?
 
"At that moment the earth shook beneath them, causing the building they were in to tremble. Each one if them was filled with the Holy Spirit, and they proclaimed the word of God with unrestrained boldness. All believers were in one mind and heart. Selfishness was not a part of their community, for they shared everything they had with one another." vs. 31 TPT
"The apostles performed many signs, wonders, and miracles among the people. And the believers were wonderfully united as they met regularly in the temple courts in the area known as Solomon's Porch. No one dared harm them, for they held them in high regard. Continually, more and more people believed in the Lord and were added to their number-great crowds of both men and women. In fact, when people knew Peter was going to walk by, they carried the sick out to the streets and laid them down on the cots and mats, knowing the incredible power emulating from him would overshadow them and heal them. Great numbers of people swarmed into Jerusalem from the nearby villages. They brought with them the sick and those troubled by demons-and everyone was healed." Acts 5:12-16 TPT.
 
The unity of the body, and power of the Holy Spirit both in us and emulating out of us, is the key to seeing massive revival. Notice, this passage says great numbers swarmed into the city from neighboring villages. Additionally, EVERYONE was healed. Isn't it amazing today how we can see some churches operate in ways that bring healing, miracles, signs and wonders, and then other churches see none or some of it? Even in some of these churches, some people are healed, while others are not. Why? Is the Word of God and the Power of the Holy Spirit any less valid today than it was in the early church? God forbid!
 
When we are united and filled with the Holy Spirit power, it not only drives us to action with boldness, but also attracts many. My question then remains, can you imagine the magnitude of what would happen if we, the body of Christ, could all unite with one mind and purpose until the Holy Spirit fills us all to the point of an earth shaking experience? I long for those days and pray the Church will rise and stand in unity to see this in fruition. If God revealed this to me and I could imagine it, then His ways are even bigger. For he is able to do far greater than I can dare to ask, think, or imagine, according to His power at work within us! Ephesians 3:20-21. This means He will do it and even greater, if we all could get on the same page.
 
We all have a part to play. At the end of the journey, nothing we have or attain in this life comes with us for eternity. My thoughts are, what part will you play?
 
The Bible is clear that some are called to work the ministry and some are called to sow towards ministries. Exodus 36 is one great example of that. As Moses was building the temple, many came to give DAILY to the building of the temple while others were meant to work for the building of the temple. When everyone plays their part, we ALL succeed in the commission to "Go" into all the world and preach the Gospel. What part will you play in helping us do our part of sharing the gospel? It will take many resources, finances, and time. However. at the end it all, we will hear from our Father in heaven, "Well done my good and faithful servant. Enter into the joy of the Lord."
 
I would challenge you all to play your part in helping us reach our goals in ministry. There are many promises from God on how he will prosper us as we give and obey His plans. Remember, God's promises are based on the contingencies of our movement not our lack thereof. Declare His promises over your life as you put action to your giving and see God move in mighty ways on your behalf.
 
Blessings to you all in the mighty name of our Lord Jesus Christ, forever!
 
Rev. R. E. Merskin

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What Are Your Plans?
February 13, 2019
 
Of recent, one of the things God has been doing in our ministry is defining the guidance of the Holy Spirit as we run this race. Becky and I recently returned from an amazing week at Winter Camp Meeting at the River Church in Tampa, Florida. We drove over 30 hours one way, twice! You know you are hungry for the things of God when you drive that far to grow and learn with other people who are hungry for the things of God in their lives. The Bible tells us, “ . . . fan into a flame and rekindle the fire of the spiritual gift God imparted to you when I laid my hands upon you.” 2 Tim 1:6. This is the very reason we attend these quarterly meetings with RMI. Of course, my personal relationship and time with the Lord and the presence of the Holy Spirit attains this. However, there is something about being in the very atmosphere of it all. Joining with others that are likewise hungry and thirsty for the best the Holy Spirit has for us keeps the flame burning brightly! The time is NOW that we as the body of Christ need to be as white-hot for God as possible! The times are screaming out that everything is about to change. God has a plan that will not fail and we need to be ready. “He that has ears to hear” is a constant refrain in the Bible. So I would encourage you to keep your ears listening and fan the flame regularly!
 
We will run with the fire of God and see a wildfire of the Spirit set over Denver, Colorado, the surrounding regions, the country, and beyond. Our tasks are not small. Our heavenly assignment is not something to pass by and we are determined to run this race to its completion. However, we cannot and will not do it without the Fire and Power of the Holy Spirit. Therefore, we gain everything we can from God’s Holy Spirit to empower us as we go. We have seen some great things begin in healings, salvations, and divine appointments directed by the Holy Spirit. But, the best is yet to come as we press on.
 
There was something significant that happen to me during this camp meeting, which has been manifesting in amazing ways. It all started with the drive home. As we began the journey home, I wanted an afternoon coffee. Gas stations are typically full of overheated, day-old coffee that taste more like burnt dirt than actual coffee. Well, (those in Georgia and North Florida will appreciate this) RaceTrac gas stations recently started offering these amazing coffee bars where you can enjoy freshly ground coffee. I mean fresh! You go to the machine, choose the coffee and size, and then watch as the machine grinds the beans and pours it fresh into your mug, pressed with a slight froth on top. So good! Additionally, they have real creamers and even whipped cream for topping. Over the top for a gas station! Let me tell you, way better than Starbucks and only a dollar.
 
So, on the way to Tampa, I was able to enjoy this coffee both in Georgia and the next day in Florida. On the way back to Colorado, 12 days later, I had the desire to stop at a RaceTrac for one last coffee before heading out of Georgia. Well, for me, I love driving long distances to pray and spend time with the Lord, as the family sleeps. While in the midst of driving through downtown Atlanta nearing rush hour, I did not want to stop, and so decided to wait until after leaving Atlanta. As I was driving out of Atlanta, still in the midst of heavy traffic, I simply thought, “I would love one more coffee at RaceTrac, but I’m not sure where the next one is and don’t want to stop during this traffic.” Immediately, I felt a drop in my spirit by the Holy Ghost. “There is a RaceTrac you can stop at 10 miles down the road.” Honestly, kind of shocked I figured, “Let’s see what happens.” As I drove out of Atlanta, traffic was still a little heavy but dwindling at about 3 miles out. I noticed a RaceTrac sign and thought, “Maybe I could stop here.” Then immediately said, “No! I want to test this. I know I hear from the Holy Spirit and I need be assured that in everything He is calling us to, I AM LED BY HIS SPIRIT!”
 
So I then prayed, “Father, I know this is a small thing, but a great learning experience in trust. I will drive on, and if there is not a RaceTrac right at the 10 mile mark, I will understand I need to learn and grow in this. If there is, I will rejoice that I am truly hearing from you in these new ways.” Just as I reached the 9 mile mark on my odometer, I saw the famous sign with the gas symbol on the emptying highway, “RaceTrace, one mile ahead” right on it! HA! I was filled with joy as my wife awoke and I explained to her what had happened. No, this wasn’t me asking God what I should drink, or wear, or even eat for dinner. This was simply God demonstrating His care for me and what I like and leading me to find it. He does the same for all His children. “Make God the utmost delight and pleasure in your life, and he will provide for you what you desire the most.” Psalm 37:4, TPT. For me, I really wanted a coffee as I drove, but not just any coffee. And since I delight in God, He was just doing what He does. For you, that could be multiple things in life (debt cancelation, provision, healing, property, vehicles, etc.). Delight in Him and He will give you the desires of your heart!

As we drove back, it was like the Holy Spirit began to download me with the blueprints for this year in the ministry. And I must say, things have not stopped coming. Nearing the end of 2018, I felt the Lord say, “I didn’t call you to be a normal church.” This was in light of trying to run weekly services at a Holiday Inn for nearly 4 months with little results and finances. God was still gracious to us during this learning experience. We knew God called us full-time, but needed clarity on the path. Well, that is what happened during our drive back from Tampa. Things just poured in and I had Becky write them down as we drove over the next two days.
 
Upon implementation of these things, God is opening doors and we are seeing movement in an easy, peaceful way. As with anything, it takes patience, trust, and and most importantly, a yielding to the Holy Ghost to be led by Him. When we do that, we can’t go wrong. “For all who are led by the Spirit of God are the sons of God”. Romans 8:14 AMPC. So, February of 2019 has begun such a great change for this ministry as directed by the Holy Ghost.
 
One of the new things we are doing is working with the Denver Rescue Mission. They are a great organization geared to helping the homeless and needy, providing food, shelter, and even help with transitional housing. We are partnering with them in several ways, including the implementation of “Houses of Joy” (discipleship groups), we will begin soon to mentor, disciple, and get people on fire for God and filled with the power of God’s Holy Spirit. Jesus didn’t come to those who were well, but to the sick (Mark 2:17). Jesus is our ultimate example and who we follow after as Christians. Another facet of the Denver Rescue Mission is for various ministers and churches to volunteer to host chapel services for the needy seven days a week and twice on Sunday. After the services, they rescue mission feeds and shelters the homeless. We get to be part of this! Before we were allowed to preach, the director of the chapel services asked me to come observe one of the chapels to see if it is something we still wanted to do. So, I chose a Sunday morning to visit, as directed by the Holy Spirit. On the drive there that Sunday morning, the Holy Spirit spoke to me just like the day I wanted the RaceTrac coffee. He said, “You are going to preach today.” The minister that is supposed to be there today will not show up.” Immediately, several scriptures dropped in my spirit and I knew exactly what to speak on. I love the Holy Spirit!
 
As I arrived at the Chapel, I entered and set my things down. I then proceeded to walk towards a gentleman, who was the coordinator for the shelter program. He asked, “Are you the minister scheduled to preach today?” I explained to him that I was just a visiting minister here to observe. He then said, “Wow! I just want to tell you, when you came in, I could see Jesus in you and the presence of the Holy Spirit on you. I just want you to know that you have IT!” Sometimes it is a great encouragement when working hard for the Kingdom that someone says they can tell you have been with Jesus. It reminded me of the scripture, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16 KJV. He then proceeded to say, “I am not sure where the minister is today. He has not shown up yet and I have been looking for him.” I said, “Well, I am here if you need me. Anything to help spread the Word of God today.”
 
Six minutes past time to start a 50 minute chapel service, the coordinator’s helper spoke to me and said, “Well, the minister is still not here and we should have started already. So, if it’s okay, I will go up and pray and introduce you as the Pastor for today.” I agreed and went to my seat for my Bible. The Holy Spirit, as John 16:13 says, “ . . . will reveal prophetically to you what is to come.” It just so happened, that what the Holy Spirit prophesied to me fulfilled in a matter of an hour. I went up, directed by the Holy Spirit, preached, the fire of God showed up, 15 people gave their lives to Jesus, healings took place, people fell out under the power of the Holy Spirit, and I believe lives were changed! All glory to God and his amazing work of the Holy Spirit!
 
I made a determination when starting this ministry, “I will make Jesus famous!” He will be known, as He was in the days of His earthly ministry and for what He continues to do now! He is alive! He lives forever! He does great things AND He commissioned us to do the same. “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto the Father.” John 14:12 KJV. The Lord revealed this to me in a vision at age 18, without ever reading this scripture. The time is at hand for us as BELIEVERS to start doing the works of Jesus in greater ways. We should all strive to make Jesus famous. But it is going to take POWER. Acts 1:8 declares, “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost has come upon you: and ye shall be my witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” KJV. We ought to strive for this power of the Holy Spirit to continually burn in and through us regularly, so we can DO the works of Jesus, the Christ, the Name above all names! Hallelujah!
 
I do not boast nor claim to have “arrived.” However, of one thing I am certain. Paul in Acts 9, the Bible says, “ . . . became more and more proficient in proving that Jesus was the anointed Messiah.” TPT. I, too, am growing in proficiency with one aim, to PROVE JESUS is the Messiah. To demonstrate the power of God, being used by the fire of the Holy Ghost as a vessel. Why? To draw all men unto Jesus. So my challenge to you is, what are your plans? Get on fire for Jesus! Make a determination that, come what may, YOU WILL SUCCEED in making Jesus famous till all the world has heard. I understand not all are called, but for those that are, GO! Too those that aren’t, SOW! Exodus shows a perfect example of those that are meant to work in the ministry and those that are to sow towards the ministry in chapter 36:1-7. Read it. Either way, when we all work our part, God does HIS and no one lacks. Do whatever the Lord would have you to do. If it is to work, get along side a ministry until you have your own. If it is to sow, place your seed in the ground and help us reach and do what God is calling us to, and watch what God does!
 
Blessings to you all in the mighty name of Jesus Christ our Lord. May you be prosperous in spirit, health, finance, and all things pertaining to life and godliness.
 
Rev. Elliott Merskin
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