Meeting Notes from Large Group Gatherings

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12/11/2016 (Sun) Ransoms by Bishop Alan Bassette
12/18/2016 (Sun) Maturing Disciples by Benjamin D. Arazu
12/21/2016 (Wed) Knowing Who We Are and Who Christ Is by Benjamin D. Arazu
12/25/2016 (Sun) Having a Plan by Wayne Engram and follow up by Benjamin D. Arazu
12/28/2016 (Wed) Study the Word Daily by Brother Benjamin D. Arazu
12/28/2016 (Wed) How Do I Go About a 21 Day Fast? A conversation between pastor and brother
01/01/2017 (Sun) Three Things We Need to Do in 2017 by Benjamin D. Arazu
01/08/2017 (Sun) Who Is Christ? By Pastor Andrew Traub
01/15/2017 (Sun) Things About Grace by Benjamin D. Arazu
01/15/2017 (Sun) Be Knowledgeable in the Word of God and Avoid False Doctrine by Martin Parker with follow up by Benjamin Arazu
01/18/2017 (Wed) Importance of Understanding by Benjamin D. Arazu
01/22/2017 (Sun) Importance of Holy Communion by Benjamin D. Arazu
01/22/2017 (Sun) Importance of Learning by Benjamin D. Arazu
01/25/2017 (Wed) The Identity of Believers by Benjamin D. Arazu
01/29/2017 (Sun) How to Avoid Panicking by Benjamin D. Arazu
02/01/2017 (Wed) The Danger of Religion by Benjamin D. Arazu
02/08/2017 (Wed) The Love of God by Benjamin D. Arazu
02/12/2017 (Sun) Keep the Fire Burning by Wayne Engram with followup by Benjamin D. Arazu
02/15/2017 (Wed) Faithlessness and Discouragement by Bishop Alan Bassette
02/19/2017 (Sun) Bless the Lord by Wayne Engram with followup by Benjamin D. Arazu
02/26/2017 (Sun) The Great Commission by Benjamin D. Arazu
02/26/2017 (Sun) Children's Time: The Blood of Christ by Martin Parker
03/05/2017 (Sun) How to Follow the spirit of God by Benjamin D. Arazu
03/12/2017 (Sun) Knowing the Love of Christ by Benjamin D. Arazu
03/19/2017 (Sun) Walking in God's Love by Benjamin D. Arazu
03/26/2017 (Sun) It is Finished! by Brother Wayne Engram
04/02/2017 (Sun) When did the old covenant end and the new covenant begin? By Benjamin D. Arazu
04/05/2017 (Wed) The Law Written on Our Hearts is not the Ten Commandments by Benjamin D. Arazu
04/09/2017 (Sun) What is the Law Written on Our Hearts? By Benjamin D. Arazu
04/16/2017 (Sun) The Resurrection is a Person, Not a One Day Event by Benjamin D. Arazu
04/23/2017 (Sun) Audio Recording on YouTube entitled 'Activating Prophecy' by Benjamin D. Arazu
04/23/2017 (Sun) The Man in Christ is Fully Forgiven by Brother Wayne Engram
04/30/2017 (Sun) The Man in Christ is a New Man by Martin Parker based on inspiration from Benjamin Arazu
05/07/2017 (Sun) What is Life? By Benjamin D. Arazu
05/14/2017 (Sun) Biblical Definition of Life (continued) by Benjamin D. Arazu
05/14/2017 (Sun) Who is a mother? By Vivian Mommy" Arazu"
05/24/2017 (Wed) "Spirit of Faith" Notes and YouTube Video by Benjamin D. Arazu
05/28/2017 (Sun) Revival is Coming by 3 Guest Presenters
06/04/2017 (Sun) The Spirit of Faith (continued) - The Law of Faith (Notes and YouTube Video) by Benjamin D. Arazu
06/07/2017 (Wed) Spirit of Faith - Prayer in Faith (Notes and YouTube Video) by Benjamin D. Arazu
06/11/2017 (Sun) Spirit of Faith - Prayer in Faith Part 2 (Notes and YouTube Video) by Benjamin D. Arazu
06/14/2017 (Wed) Supernatural Manifestations by Benjamin D. Arazu
06/18/2017 (Sun) (Blessings of) Seeking the Face of God by Benjamin D. Arazu
06/21/2017 (Wed) Spirit of Faith - Releasing Faith Through Prayer by Benjamin D. Arazu
06/25/2017 (Sun) Culture of a Strong Church, a Culture of Prayer by Benjamin D. Arazu
06/28/2017 (Wed) How to Ask Things in Prayer by Benjamin D. Arazu
07/02/2017 (Sun) Worship is an Important Part of Prayer; Pray in Two Dimensions. by Wayne Engram with followup by Benjamin D. Arazu
07/12/2017 (Wed) Two Dimensions to Prayer (cont) by Benjamin D. Arazu
07/16/2017 (Sun) Two Dimensions of Prayer Review and Essence of Godly Knowledge by Benjamin D. Arazu
07/23/2017 (Sun) Believers are taught to know and not to become by Benjamin D. Arazu
07/26/2017 (Wed) Essence of Godly Knowledge by Benjamin D. Arazu
07/30/2017 (Sun) Essence of Godly Knowledge (continued) by Benjamin D. Arazu
03/11/2018 (Sun) Know Your Nature by Benjamin Arazu
03/18/2018 (Sun) Spiritual Growth by Benjamin D. Arazu
04/01/2018 (Sun) Benefits of Resurrection by Benjamin D. Arazu
06/03/2018 (Sun) Righteousness - an ingredient to Spiritual Growth by Vivienna Arazu
07/01/2018 (Sun) Leading of the Spirit by Benjamin D. Arazu
09/16/2018 (Sun) Spiritual Warfare: Importance of Meditation by Benjamin D. Arazu

Date: 02/15/2017

Presenter: Bishop Alan Bassette

Title: Faithlessness and Discouragement

Notes:

aka Don't Be a Doubting Thomas

There were lots of examples of men starting off discouraged in the Old Testament. For instance, Moses, Thomas, Zechariah, Samson, and several more. This discussion is going to focus on Moses. You know the story right?

When Moses was born, there was a decree to kill all male Hebrews babies. The pharaoh was worried the Hebrews were going to take over Egypt. Moses grew up and was trained by the Egyptians. He knew he was not an Egyptian. He knew he had a calling from God. He ends up killing an Egyptian and bury's him in the sand because he was beating a Hebrew. Soon Moses realized he was ousted when he was spotted by two Hebrews. At this time he was 40 years old and God wasn't ready for him to bring the Egyptians out of slavery yet.

For the next 40 years Moses was a shepherd of sheep. Fast forward to when he was 80 years old and he see's a burning bush. God spoke to him from that bush. In Exodus 4:2 God asked Moses what he had in his hands. A rod Lord. On God's command he threw it down and it turned into a snake. A snake of deceit which had previously caused Moses to feel like he was a loser for 40 years. He was discouraged and didn't have faith because of that snake.

Do you ever hear that voice of discouragement? The one that tells you that you are a loser? That you're not a good Christian? Or maybe not a good provider? You need to throw down that rod! That's the demon speaking to you. You need to look at all of the good things you've done. Don't listen to the devil! Exodus 4:20, all of a sudden that same rod, when God was through with it, gave him encouragement. It led him back to Egypt where he's going to do some miracles with that rod. All because now he was carrying the rod of God. God worked his wonders on that rod and removed the serpent of deceptiveness.

After Jesus was resurrected, He appeared to the disciples. Thomas wasn't there at the time. When he heard the story, he refused to believe until he could put his fingers in the wound because he was faithless. Our flesh is always being tempted. Have you ever tried to eat just one donut? We fight spirits every day. Read the parable of the sower (see Matthew 13:1-23, Mark 4:1-20, and Luke 8:1-15). The devil comes and takes our seed before it can reach our heart. When we are tempted, we are dealing with a negative spirit around us somewhere. When we start to become faithless (maybe God hasn't answered our prayers fast enough; maybe you've fallen into sin or became discouraged;) we need to ask ourselves why we are doing those things that we know better than to do. When these things happen we are being tempted by evil spirits. When we start being faithless and we start getting negative, all of a sudden we will become truly faithless. We will start to believe in the world more than God. Every one of us has probably already received a rod from God. Have you ever been healed? Did that come from the devil or from God? Have you ever had a vision from God or received a Word from God? Have you ever read your bible and received revelation? When these things happen, God is handing you a rod. Count your miracles.

He handed Peter a rod in Luke 22:31-32. The devil wants you because you have Jesus. You have a God that loves you. Satan knew Peter had a place with God. It's easy to become converted when someone forgives you.What was Peter's rod? The Lord prayed for him and he remembered that.

Maybe God delivered you out of a bad situation. Or shared his Word with you. You've been handed a rod.

When you need to be handed a rod, remember these verses. Romans 8:37 - through all these things (famine, distress, etc) we are conquerors because God loves us. The enemy will try to penetrate your head. He tries to get you to believe things that are untrue. Like God doesn't love you because you are a sinner. It's untrue - God loves you very much. And Isaiah 54:17 - no weapon formed against you will prosper. Learn it. It's true. Let God fight your battles. Give in and put God in control.

Sometimes we need God's rod in our hand to make it through. Sometimes our first born (our inner selves) needs to die for us to be born (set free). Be encouraged that God loves you. Stay faithful, especially in the trying times. God will make you a conqueror!