Praise Away Your Burdens

Saturday June 22, 2013

Pastor Vitaliy Kozachencko (Odessa, Ukraine) gave a “now” word about God’s visitation (repentance, miracles) for the U. S. church (Joel 2:1, 28, 29).  We must say, “Yes, Lord.” Sermon: We must lay aside weight and sin, run with patience, and look to Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith (Heb. 12:12). God wants to pour His Spirit on the whole church. He needs us to pray and pay the price for the next generation. He sets us on a path. Are we going to walk it out? Don’t stop thinking about God’s plan and will. When you have a burden on your back, you’re looking down, and all you see is your feet. Confess your sin to God and your pastor. Burdens hinder us in our race. Instead, LOOK UP TO JESUS! Keep running the race. Praise will get rid of the burden! Pastor Vitaliy tells of a woman in Ukraine dying of cancer who was healed through Jesus and praise to Him. KEEP PRAISING! KEEP MINISTERING TO GOD! In 1 Cor. 15:58 we are told to be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, and that our labor is not in vain. We have changed; we have lost our fire and passion. Pastor Vitaliy told of a man who for years stood in a grocery store in Ukraine, passing out flyers that said, “God loves you”, and on the other side was a prayer for salvation. At a pastors’ conference, there were three pastors who received salvation as a result of that man’s faithfulness and labor. (Listen for the rest of the story.) Does what you do and does what you have, serve the Lord? Be faithful to finish your race.