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Words Of Encouragement

Roots and Fruits...

by Bishop Chislom on 04/19/24

(Roots and Fruits) - My beloved ??, Fruit bearing trees are known and identified by their fruit, and people are much the same way. If you could look at the roots of the life of a person who is emotionally unhealthy, you would see that they lead to things like rejection, abuse, guilt, jealousy, shame, and other negative thoughts and feelings. If you have recognized unhealthy attitudes in yourself, they are most likely the bitter fruit of some- thing rooted in your thinking. But I have good news: Your mind can be renewed by God’s Word (Romans 12:2). This does not happen immediately or even quickly. It may take a while, but it is possible with the help of the Holy Spirit, and it is worth the time it takes.

God wants you to bear good fruit, and He will help you do so by replacing unhealthy roots with strong, healthy roots in your thoughts, emotions, and actions as you meditate on His Word. Luke 6:44 (NIV)

Following God’s Peace...

by Bishop Chislom on 04/18/24

(Following God’s Peace) - My beloved ??, People who do things they don't have peace about have miserable lives and don't succeed at anything. We must follow peace. If you lose your peace when you say something, God is speaking to you. Apologizing right then will save you a lot of trouble. You can say, "I am sorry I said that. I was wrong to say it; please forgive me." God wants to be involved in all of our decisions. One of the ways that He lets us know how He feels about what we are doing is by either giving peace as approval or withdrawing it as disapproval. If we don't have peace, we are not obeying God because we are to let the peace of God rule as an umpire in our hearts (see Colossians 3:15). Anytime we lose our peace, we must stop and be sensitive to what God is saying to us. Peace serves as a compass in our hearts, pointing us in the right direction. This is why God in the Bible says: Strive to live in peace with everybody and pursue that consecration and holiness without which no one will [ever] see the Lord (Hebrews 12:14 AMPC). Philippians 4:7 (AMPC)

Magnetic Love...

by Bishop Chislom on 04/17/24

(Magnetic Love) - My beloved ??, The earliest Christians didn’t have buildings and met in homes. They had no access to the mass media of their day. They had little money and absolutely no political influence. The Gospel spread through ordinary people from diverse backgrounds with one thing in common – they had given their lives to Jesus. Jesus Himself tells us that it is love that makes us magnetic. He spoke of a different kind of love…a new kind of love that is so powerful it attracts even the hardest of hearts. This kind of love cannot be manufactured on our own. It is love that the Holy Spirit brings into a heart that has been made new. It is love that is reciprocal, not original, to our reborn souls. It is a love that is first received and then poured out for the sake of Christ. “We love because He first loved us.” - 1 John 4:19

Unfailing Love...

by Bishop Chislom on 04/16/24

(Unfailing Love) - My beloved ??,As humans, we all struggle with the idea of love. What is love? Will it last? Most of our problems with love arise from looking at each other. People stop loving one another for just about any and every reason. Marriages break up because; “We just don’t love each other anymore.” Friends fall out and quit loving each other. Parents and children turn love into hate. Most human love is limited and conditional. I love you “if” and I’ll quit loving you “when.”

Then we look at ourselves and we really have trouble believing that a God who is so perfect could love us who are so imperfect and that a loving God could love unlovable me because deep down we all know we are not worthy of His love. Whatever struggle you are facing right now…a worry, a problem, a situation, or a heartache…God loves you. When it seems like the whole world is against you, God’s faithfulness will never fail you. When sin and Satan accuse you, God’s court will never condemn you. When you think nobody cares about you, God’s love will never leave you. Romans 8:38-39

The Power of Trust...

by Bishop Chislom on 04/15/24

(The Power of Trust) - My beloved ??, God is good, without respect to persons. In other words, He is good to all, all the time. His goodness radiates from Him.

Not everything in our life is good, but God can work it out for good if we will trust Him. Joseph suffered much abuse at the hands of his brothers as a young boy, but later in life when he had an opportunity to get revenge against them, he said: “You thought evil against me, but God meant it for good…” (Genesis 50:20 AMPC). Joseph could have been bitter, but he searched for the good in his painful situation. God’s entire motive and purpose is to do good to everyone who will receive it from Him. It is impossible for God not to be good, because it is His character. Don’t think that God is like people, because His ways and thoughts are far above ours (see Isaiah 55:8–9).

High Praises of God...

by Bishop Chislom on 04/14/24

(High Praises of God) - My beloved ??, We should form a habit of thanking and praising God as soon as we wake up each morning. While we are still lying in bed, let’s give thanks and fill our minds with Scripture. Praise defeats the devil quicker than any other battle plan. Praise is an invisible garment that we put on, and it protects us from defeat and negativity in our minds. But it must be genuine, heartfelt praise, not just lip service or a method being tried to see if it works. We praise God for the promises in His Word and for His goodness. Worship is a battle position! As we worship God for Who He is and for His attributes, for His ability and might, we draw closer to Him, and the enemy is defeated.

We can never be too thankful! Thank God all day long, and remember the many things He has done for you. Psalm 149:5-6 (AMPC)

The Bible Transforms Us...

by Bishop Chislom on 04/13/24

(The Bible Transforms Us) - My beloved ??, The reason we can believe the Bible is because it is personally transforming. I have never come across a book that has transformed so many people’s lives. Sure, you’ll hear of a book every now and then that is getting popular and helping people. But in a year or two, you stop hearing about that book. But the Bible is not that way. The words in Scripture have been impacting people’s lives for thousands of years. It’s never been forgotten. It’s never gone out of style. It’s never been proven wrong. Year after year, it continues to do transformative work in the lives of the people who read it. That should give us confidence and hope that we can take God at His Word because His Word is truth. Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. – John 17:17

A Case of the Ifs...

by Bishop Chislom on 04/12/24

(A Case of the “Ifs”) - My beloved ??, Do you have a bad case of the “ifs”? It is a common misconception that if only we had this, that, or the other, we would find the happiness and fulfillment we so desperately desire. We find ourselves saying things like: If I didn’t have to work, if we had more money, if I had a bigger house, if the kids were grown, if I were married, if I weren’t married….  Stop thinking that you could be happy “if” your circumstances were different, and start being happy right now because God loves you and has already blessed you in many ways. Our unhappiness usually comes from within us and not from something around us. So I recommend that you take responsibility for your own joy and stop blaming the lack of it on anything or anyone. The people who are happy are the ones who decide to be happy. Colossians 3:2 (NIV)

Stop Waiting and start trying...

by Bishop Chislom on 04/11/24

(Stop Waiting and start trying!) - My beloved ??, Many people are confused about what they are to do with their lives. They don’t know what God’s will is for them; they are without direction. If you are doing nothing with your life because you are not sure what to do, then I recommend that you pray and begin trying some things. It won’t take long before you will feel comfortable with something. It will be a perfect fit for you. Think of it this way: when you go out to buy a new outfit, you probably try on several things until you find what fits right, is comfortable, and looks good on you. Why not try the same thing with discovering your destiny? A confident person is not afraid to make mistakes, and if they do, they recover and press on. Philippians 1:6 (AMPC)


by Bishop Chislom on 04/10/24

(Church) - My beloved ??, This definition reflects the purpose of the Body of Christ, doesn’t it? The purpose of the Church is to reach people with the Gospel so that the Holy Spirit can draw them into a relationship with Jesus Christ. Two thousand years ago the earliest Church had a magnetic draw that was to this day unparalleled.  The same is true today. When we get right down to it, our witness is all we have to draw people to Christ. The Spirit of God still draws people to the Word of God. When we let our light shine, God can use our witness to do this incredible work of drawing lost souls to Himself. How are you being used? Acts 2:41

God Says,...

by Bishop Chislom on 04/09/24

(God Says, “I Will Be with You”) - My beloved ??, The presence of God in our lives helps us overcome fear. If we know by faith that God is with us, we can be grateful for His presence and we can take on any challenge with confidence and courage. We may not always feel God’s presence, but we can be thankful for His Word, remembering that He said He would never leave us or forsake us (see Hebrews 13:5). In the Bible, the basis for not fearing is simply this: God is with us. And if we know God’s character and nature, we know He is trustworthy. We do not have to know what He is going to do, when He is going to do it, or how He is going to do it. Simply knowing He is with us is more than enough. Joshua 1:5 (AMPC)

Never Do anything...

by Bishop Chislom on 04/08/24

( Never Do anything) - My beloved ??Never do a single thing in anticipation to prove something to someone who has hurt you. If someone has hurt or offended you (whoever that person may be), never perform anything or strive for anything in your life with the mind of proving something to that someone/ to those people. May nothing that you do be done with any thought of them in mind. There is nothing that needs to be proven.

Go with God’s Flow...

by Bishop Chislom on 04/07/24

(Go with God’s Flow) - My beloved ??, God’s Word makes it clear. If you follow the carnal mind—the natural, unregenerated mind—it leads to death. But if you are spiritually minded, which means the Spirit of God lives in you and you heed what He tells you to do, you are alive and you walk with God. No matter how often you have failed or how weak you are, God holds out to you the wonderful assurance in the words of Paul: For I am persuaded beyond doubt (am sure) that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities, nor things impending and threatening nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:38–39 AMPC). That’s the message: Nothing can separate you from God’s love. The more you meditate on God’s love for you, the more easily you will flow in His love. 

Life is Short

by Bishop Chislom on 04/06/24

(Life Is Short) - My beloved ??, Even if we live to be 100 years old, those long years are still nothing compared to eternity. It is good to think about this occasionally, because we should not waste any of the time God has given us on earth. David asked God how long he would live, but he didn’t get an answer, and neither will we. There is a time appointed for each of us to leave this earth, and only God knows when it is. We should live every day as though it is our last—make wise choices, walk in love, be obedient to God, and bear good fruit. You may have many more days left to live, but you might not, and it would be a shame to waste the last one you have. Don’t waste one more day being angry, jealous, or disobedient, or feeling anything else that steals time from you and does no good at all. Make your time count so you don’t end up regretting wasted years. Psalm 39:4-5 (NIV)

Immediate Forgiveness...

by Bishop Chislom on 04/05/24

(Immediate Forgiveness) - My beloved ??, Do you focus excessively on the past, feeling guilty or condemned about mistakes you’ve made, sins you have committed knowingly or unknowingly, or offenses against God or other people? Do you struggle to believe you can be happy today and have a great future because you feel your past has been too bad? Many people allow their past sins and failures to weigh on their hearts and minds for too long. Sometimes, the past is a problem because of what we have done to ourselves and to other people. Sometimes it is painful because of what has been done to us. When we have been victims of someone else’s wrongdoing, we need to ask the Lord to heal us. When we have sinned or failed, we need to repent. Once we repent to the Lord, forgiveness happens right away. We are immediately released from guilt and condemnation. How wonderful it is to know that God is merciful and ready to forgive when we admit our sins and repent of them. This is something for which we should be thankful each and every day. Isaiah 43:25 (AMPC) 

Not Guilty...

by Bishop Chislom on 04/04/24

(Not Guilty) - My beloved ??, Anyone who has a healthy conscience is not immune to guilt. We all sin, we do wrong. Nobody sins in secret. We may think we do wrong in secret, but there is always one – and sometimes two – watching. God is always watching. Whenever one of God’s children does wrong the Accuser drags us into God’s courtroom and makes his charge. It is not circumstantial evidence or hearsay. We do fail and we do sin. Then we are gloriously reminded, “It is God who justifies.” God’s grace has declared us “not guilty.” If you have placed your faith in Jesus Christ the Accuser has no case against you. If you are a follower of Jesus, you have been forgiven. We have been totally, completely, finally, and eternally justified by the Supreme Judge of the Supreme Court of the Universe. Romans 8:33

Pitiful or Powerful...

by Bishop Chislom on 04/03/24

(Pitiful or Powerful?) - My beloved ??, In John 5:1–9, we read about a man who had been lying beside a pool for 38 years, waiting to be healed. He was not only sick physically, but he was also sick in his soul. Sicknesses of the soul can be harder to deal with than sicknesses of the body. I believe the condition of his body and soul stole his confidence and caused him to give up gradually, to the point that he was filled with self-pity. In John 5:6–7, when Jesus asked the man if he wanted to get well, he said he had no one to help him get into the pool where he could be healed. Jesus did not stand there and pity the man. Instead, He told him to get up and walk. God finally helped me understand that I could be pitiful, or I could be powerful, but I could not be both. If I wanted to be powerful, I had to give up self-pity. Like the man in John 5, Jesus did not give me pity either. His refusal to let me wallow in self-pity was a turning point in my life. If you reject self-pity, actively look to God, and do what He instructs you to do, He will set you free. John 5:8 (NIV)

Too Big to Fail...

by Bishop Chislom on 04/02/24

(Too Big to Fail) - My beloved ??, Too big to fail – tell that to the giant Goliath. Too big to fail – tell that to Old Testament Israel, the people God personally chose for Himself. Too big to fail – tell that to the Roman Empire. Too big to fail – tell that to Nazi Germany or the Soviet Union. The truth is there is nothing or no one too big to fail except God, who created everything. With anything and everything else the saying is true, “The bigger they are, the harder they fall.” God’s grace not only saves us for eternity, it sustains us today. His grace fills every nook and cranny of our lives, giving us the strength to persevere joyfully, no matter what circumstances we may face. To put our confidence in anything or anyone other than Christ is foolish. For there is only One who is truly “Too Big to Fail.” Psalm 73:26

The Higher You Go the Clearer You See...

by Bishop Chislom on 04/01/24

(The Higher You Go the Clearer You See) - My beloved ??, When hikers get lost and they’re trying to figure out exactly where they are, they look to go higher. A higher vantage point gives them a better perspective.

The same is true for us. Sometimes it’s hard to see where we’re going because we have limited vision. We can become confused by our problems and unsure where to go next because we don’t have the right perspective. In order to get God’s perspective, spend your quiet time with Him going higher. Hike past ingratitude; climb above doubt and discouragement. If you choose higher expectations and higher hopes, you’ll begin to get a new perspective—a godly perspective. And when that happens, you’re going to be able to see God’s plan for your life clearer than you ever have before. Psalm 61:2 (AMP)

Happy Easter!

by Bishop Chislom on 03/31/24

(Happy Easter! He has risen) - My beloved ??, “In this season of rebirth, may you feel your faith renewed and your heart made new with the hope Easter brings.”

“Happy Resurrection Day to a wonderful family!”
“Praying your Easter will be bright with the hope and joy of our risen Savior.”
“He is risen! I hope your Easter is happy and blessed.”
“Whatever lifts your spirits, brings you hope, and fills you with the miracle of Easter—that’s what I’m wishing for you.” “‘Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the Resurrection of Jesus Christ…’ —1: Peter 1: 3 (NIV)
Just wanted to share these words of joy and wish you blessings at Easter!”