God Is

God is my refuge and strength. A very present help in the time of trouble. - Psalm 46:1

This verse tells us that God is…in the present tense for you and me right now. It doesn’t say God was or God will be….but it says, God is… He is a safe place. His presence is a safe place.

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We usually seek safe places when we are in danger… particularly when we are in a physical storm. If I am outside when a thunderstorm is occurring, I get nervous and immediately look for a place that I can take refuge. And depending on the severity of the storm, determines how desperate I am to find a refuge from it. Once I enter into that place of refuge, the storm may still be occurring but, I feel secure and at peace because I am in a place of safety.

And the reality of life is that we experience many storms throughout our life. Storm can be in the form of financial struggles, relationship breakdowns, ill health, the loss of loved ones…the list is endless. Yet, just as when we find a refuge from a physical storm and we are at peace, even though the storm is still raging outside, this is how we can be through the storms of life.

When we learn that regardless of what is going on around us, God is a refuge for us, we can be at peace and feel secure. This doesn’t necessarily mean the storm stops…it just means we are sheltered through it.

Consider the verse that we are looking at today…It says that God is our refuge and strength…in the same sentence. To me, this verse is saying when I need a refuge, God will be there and whilst I am in that place of refuge, allowing God to shelter me, He will strengthen me to face what the storm has brought with it.

God is my strength. There is a verse in the Bible that says, ‘the joy of the Lord is my strength.’ Another verse says, ‘in His presence, is fullness of joy.’ Hmm…so, let’s put all that together now. So, joy (inner joy – which is not dependent on what I have or who I am physically with) comes from being in God’s presence. This joy from God strengthens me to face life. How beautiful is that!

God is there to help us through life…through our storms…through our ups and downs…He desires to be part of our every day life. Do you need help when you are in trouble? Seek refuge in the Almighty. You feel like your strength is gone today? Spend time in His presence and draw strength from His Spirit.

God is there for you and I. What a wonderful promise that is to rejoice and thank God for! He will never leave me or forsake me! Allow God to be your refuge. Allow God to be your strength. Allow God to be your help today.

This is a post from Jena Grech, the Assistant Pastor of The Pentecostals of Sydney and author of “Fruitful in the Land of My Affliction”

Pushpay Giving System

mzl.wmugwnweRecently we introduced a new way to give at the POS called Pushpay. We realise that people are using less and less cash, so we wanted to provide an easy, no-hassle, way to give.

With Pushpay you are able to give online by visiting our website and clicking on the Giving tab. This will direct you to our Giving page. From there, just click on the Pushpay link and give (click here for a step-by-step video on how to give online).

Giving Online is simple but what sets Pushpay apart is that they have introduced the world’s first 10 second giving App. This allows you to give whenever and wherever you would like, all you need is your smart phone. The Pushpay App is free and is available in the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store. Once you have downloaded the App, all you need to do is set-up your account, search ‘ The Pentecostals of Sydney’ and give. It’s that simple (click here for a step-by-step video that guides you through using the Pushpay App).

With Pushpay, you can
• Give easily, quickly and securely
• Store multiple cards
• Give recurring donations like Tithe or your ReBuild Pledge
• Login to http://www.Pushpay.com and see your giving history

Thank you for your continued support of the POS and the Kingdom of God! We hope that you find this new way to give useful.

Keep Building

As members of the Church, Scripture tells us that we are; “no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God; And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;” Eph 2:19-20

When we were once alienated in sin from God, we are now part of God’s family and as such we are all brothers and sisters in Christ. We belong to God and He is our heavenly Father. In addition, we are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets or that could be interpreted as the foundation of the Old and New Testaments.

We have the Word of God as our sure foundation and so the call is to continue to build our spiritual house higher upon that foundation. Strengthen your faith with prayer, fasting, Bible reading and service in the House of God. Be faithful in your witness and giving to the cause of Christ. Walk in righteousness and study God’s truth to bring liberty and peace in your heart. Since our foundation is secure, let us aim to grow higher for heaven is the limit.

This is a blog post from Stanley Harvey, the Senior Pastor of the Pentecostals of Sydney.

Higher

This year our theme is ‘Higher’ based from the text 2 Peter 1:3-8.

Seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence. For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust. But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge temperance, to temperance patience, to patience godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

In his final Epistle to the Church, Peter is admonishing the Church with some very pertinent and profound insights. He is calling us to “grow in grace and the knowledge our Lord Jesus Christ.” 2 Pet 3:18

Growth is the expectation for every Christian, particularly in the areas of grace and the knowledge of Christ. In order for that to occur, Peter reveals in this text that it must be something that we work on with diligence, by building up the various attributes of Christ-likeness in our lives. These attributes are not to be isolated features, but as interconnected characteristics of faith, virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, godliness, brotherly kindness and love. Building one upon another like a house that grows higher and higher as each component is added.

These principles are characteristic of Jesus Christ and to know him in an intimate relationship means to have these principles developed in our lives. This year, we want to soar higher in Christ in our spiritual journey. We want our spiritual house to be built up higher as we abide in ‘Heavenly places in Christ’. Rise Higher in Christ, in 2015!

This is a blog post from Stanley Harvey, the Senior Pastor of the Pentecostals of Sydney.