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: 02/19/2017

Presenter: Wayne Engram with followup by Benjamin D. Arazu

Title: Bless the Lord

Notes:

I will praise the Lord at all times! (say it with us!) Enter into His gates with thanksgiving (Psalms 100:4). (note: when the bible talks about gates it usually refers to a place of decision.) We serve an Almighty God that cares about you. We have the keys we need to open the doors that will set us free.

Bless the Lord

We are talking about giving God praise. We must know that the blessings of God are in our lives. How much worse off we would be if the hand of God was not in our lives! God gives us the keys to unlock the door to blessings.

Praise God at all times (Psalms 150:1-6). If you have a storm in your life you should be praising the Lord. Let's discuss Psalms 103 (KJV) or see also (BBE).

David never got tired about praising the Lord. He tells us to uplift the Lord no matter what. Our God is slow to anger. We have so many people in this world (and in our lives) who anger at the drop of a pin. But this is not so with our God. He is patient and merciful.

Have understanding that you are forgiven. Lean on our everlasting God. God's loving kindness is never ending. Understand what a mighty and loving God we serve. God doesn't accept sin but will forgive it if you ask with sincere repentance. We, as parents, want our children to behave and do what we ask and what is right. We punish them when they misbehave in order to correct their behavior. We forgive them when they come and apologize. Why should our God do less? When you make a mistake and you ask forgiveness with a true heart, our loving God will forgive you. He forgives all of our inequities. Keep God's covenant. Follow his instructions. Bless the Lord at all times.

We need to bless the Lord when times are good and when times are bad. We need to bless the lord when negativity comes in our lives. We need to bless the Lord when we feel blessed. Bless the Lord always. This is the answer to your complaining. It's easy to bless God when things are going well but when things are difficult and we bless the Lord, we will in turn be blessed. He will bless us. Praising the Lord will lift your spirits.

When people see the joy in your life they will want some of what you have. What are you on/drinking? I want some! Your response should be something like I'm drunk on the love of God! Our offerings mean nothing if praises aren't behind it (1 Chronicles 16:29).

Tremble before God for He is holy. Worship him in the beauty of holiness (Psalms 29:2 and Psalms 96:9). He is deserving of our praise. The Lord has saved you. He has forgiven all of your inequities. This is why He deserves our praise.

Follow God's instructions and do that which is right in His eyes and He will bless you and heal you (Exodus 15:26). Bless his holy name. If you are feeling down and out, bless the Lord and he will lift you up. Don't praise Him because you expect to be lifted up, that's not really praise for His sake, but for selfishness sake. Praise Him because He deserves praise. Exalt God and God will protect you from the attacks of the devil. God will do great things in you if he is truly in your life. Praise God, exalt his holy name and he will work miracles in your life (Psalms 5:11-12). If you love God and put your trust in Him, you will have joy.

Have renewed strength and mount up on wings as eagles. He will renew your strength (Isaiah 40:31).

God loves it when we praise him (Psalms 99:4). Remember: You are still here. That alone is worthy of praising God. The devil has tried to attack you, tried to cause you sickness, tried to take away your will and your strength. But you are still here. God has been fighting for you. When people see God in your life they will want it too!

Praise God!

Some people will try to tell you that by being a child of God you won't pass through storms in your life. This is another one of the devil's lies. Because we are a child of God, the devil will try to attack us. The devil hates it when we love God. By having faith in God, even in the midst of trials, you will be able to overcome these circumstances. They shouldn't wear you down because God will lift you up.

There's something about praise that opens your eyes that you cannot normally see. Genesis 49:1 - say prophecy! Jacob was a spiritual man. Jacob was an instrument of God. Hearken unto the father (Genesis 49:2). The name Judah means praise (Genesis 49:8). Jacob was giving prophecy to Judah. If you praise God you will have authority. The enemy will have no control over your life. The enemy does not control you. When you begin to praise God you will have authority that the devil cannot take away, that he cannot defeat. People who give time to worship and praise have other people attracted to them because they will want to know how to have joy also.

Over the last couple of days, several members of our church went to a conference where this authority could clearly be seen. Around 6000 believers all gathered in one place sharing the love of God and experiencing the fire God puts in our hearts. And you can see it when people worship God. It shows because of their actions and the way they act towards others.

February Conference 2017

Believe in the Lord and praise Him and you will prosper (2 Chronicles 20:20-22). Even when you are going to war, you should sing praises unto the Lord our God. The Israelites were at war (read the whole Story from verse 1). There is something about praising and worshiping God. He will defeat your enemy. Praise God for his loving kindness. The ordinary mind cannot see God's loving kindness among the challenges in life. But as a child of God, you should see things differently. The Lord will launch a surprise attack in your favor because you worship and praise him.

Another example of God defeating our enemies when we praise Him is in Acts 16:25-26. Paul and Silas gave praise and worship to God and He sent an earthquake so mighty it opened all the locked prison doors.

Your worship to Jesus will direct what you say and how you approach Him (Matthew 8:1-2). Worship conditions your heart. Worship and praise conditions your heart to prepare you for miracles.

Praise God at all times. His praise should be in your mouth at all times (this is necessary to keep the fire burning - if you haven't read it, see our discussion Keep the Fire Burning). This is how we overcome the battles we face every day. You can choose the world and fight (and most likely rarely conquer) the battles on your own, or you can choose to praise and worship God and have his Almighty Power fight your battles for you. We sincerely hope you choose God.

"You have turned my mourning into dancing

You have turned my sorrow into joy

This is how we overcome"