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Friday, October 2, 2015


Living a Happy Life In an Unhappy World - Part 3
“Things To Do To Make You Happy”
by Pastor Mark Taylor

“If you know these things, happy are you if you do them.”  (John 13:17)
In Part One of this series we look at qualities that a person who is living a life of well-being demonstrates.  This included love, optimism, courage, freedom to choose, and good physical and mental health.  In Part Two we discussed “How to be an Optimist in a World of Pessimists”.  In this message we emphasized the importance of overcoming fear by believing that God can and wants to make your life a happy life.

In this message I would like to give you some practical ways of doing what our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ told us to do.  I would like to give you a few things He told us to do to be happy.

One of the central teachings of our Lord was this:  “By this shall all people know that you are my disciples, if you have love one towards another.” (John 13:35).  He said it was not just a suggestion, but a command.  “A new commandment I give unto you, that you love one another as I have loved you.” (John 13:34).  Love is an action word not just a feeling or a mood.  Here are some ways to “love one another”.

  • One special quality of love that really matters is APPRECIATION.  This is simple,requires little time, and cost you nothing.  A word of kindness not only brings happiness to others, but in turn will increase your happiness because you have shown love in a meaningful way. It may be as simple as being with Christian brothers and sisters at church and telling them that you are glad to see them and spend some time with them.

  • Tell God how much you love Him by your actions of SERVICE TO OTHERS.  Every day we have the opportunity to do something good for someone without expecting something in return. Each of us has God-given talents and abilities we can use to make life better for others.

Another emphasis our Lord both taught and demonstrated was that of FORGIVENESS.  I know this is a difficult thing to do, but it is necessary for happiness.  Forgiveness is not about letting someone else get away with a past hurtful act against you, it is about you letting it go so God can give you happiness.  “If you forgive those who sin against you, your Heavenly Father will forgive you.  But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins.” (Matthew 6:14-15).

A memory is a memory is a memory - and there is no healthy way to erase it.  It is history and no one can go back and undo it.  You cannot simply talk a problem to death, but the Holy Spirit can teach you how to forgive.  You can rise above your anger by funneling your mental energy into your spirit and intellect.   They can create new meaning out of old memories.  Forgiveness will bless you with an inner security and give you an unexpected sense of personal power.  Our emotions should not be controlled by the actions of others.

Your painful memories, which may once have made you feel like a victim, battered and demeaned, can become your greatest motivators and your richest sources of wisdom.  Remember you have been forgiven many times for mean things you have done toward God.   You have sinned by sins of commission or by omission, but He has forgiven you.  “This is the covenant that I will make with them...says the Lord.  I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them.  And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.” (Hebrews 10:15-16). 

We need to get the emotional power to forgive, and to stop torturing ourselves with the question: “Why Me?”. Everyone has losses in life.   Many people blame God for things He has nothing to do with.  When there is a great loss in your life through a death, or broken relationship, or loss of a job, God is not responsible.  Jesus said:  “Satan has come to kill, steal, and destroy, but I have come that you might have life, and have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10).  If you have anger toward God, you need to ask for forgiveness for misdirecting your anger.  God can handle it, but if you continue to blame Him, you will cut your self off of the future blessings and happiness He wants to give you.  God does not to things to His children that are harmful or hurtful.

Another practical way of “Being Happy in an Unhappy World”, is by following the teaching and example of Christ about not worrying.  Our Lord said: “Let not your heart be troubled.” (John 14:1).  “Take no thought about tomorrow, for tomorrow shall take care of itself.” (Matthew 6:34).

One way to overcome worry and fear is gratitude or thanksgiving for what you have today.  When you begin to worry about tomorrow, think of the blessings you have today.  Not only think about them, but write them down.  “Count your many blessings and name them one by one, Count your many blessings and you will see what God has done.”  Take time to focus on things that are going well in your life instead of things you have no control over.  “It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord, and to sing praises unto Thy Name, O Most High.” (Psalm 92:1).

You have the power to choose what you think about.  Keep in perspective the blessings you have and how little control you have over the actions and feelings of others.  You have the power to be happy by doing the things that our Lord has asked you to do.  The opposite of “If you know these things, happy are you if you do them.”  (John 13:17), is that if you don’t do these things you will not be happy.  Doing things or not doing things is your choice, but our Lord wants you to be happy and blessed in this life time and the one to come in Heaven.

This is God’s will for your life now:  “These things have I spoken unto you, that My joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.” (John 15:11).  You can be happy in an unhappy world and it is your choice.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015


Being An Optimist in a World of Pessimists

“Lord, I believe, help my unbelief” (Mark 9:24)

In this message I hope to continue the series on “Being Happy in an Unhappy World”, by addressing both an enemy of happiness and a great gift from the Lord to fight that enemy.  The enemy is fear, and the gift is “Optimism”.

Our Lord often told those He was going to heal or save from personal disasters to: “Fear Not” (Luke 8:50). Fear is the greatest enemy of happiness.  Fears will keep coming up, but we can rise above them.  Fear fits in to one of two categories:  Fear of not having enough and Fear of not being enough.

In Part One, I wrote about the greatest antidote to fear, and that was love.  You get love for yourself and for others from God.  “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and every one that loves is born of God, and knows God.  He that does not love, does not know God.”  (I John 4:7-8).  It is unlikely you can be happy in an unhappy world without love, and loves starts with God and ends with God.

These words above were said to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ by a man who asked Him to heal his child.  The Lord had just said to him:  “If you can believe, all things are possible to him that believes.” (Mark 9:23).  With the help of the Holy Spirit today, it is my prayer that your unbelief can be helped by God’s Word and you can believe.

Believe what?  Believe that God loves you and that He wants you to be happy in an unhappy world, and wants to meet your needs. “My God shall supply all your need according to His in glory by Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19).

In this message I would like to discuss  “Optimism”.  Optimism believes that God can help you.  It is a positive outlook on your circumstances and problems.  Optimism provides power over painful events.  Optimism gives you power over fear of the future and over regret for the past.  You can learn a set of skills that free you from the tyranny of pessimism and will allow you to use optimism when you choose.  Each of us carries a word in our hearts, a “no”, or a “yes” in deciding how we think of situations.

There are two kinds of people and they look at life in two different ways.  First there is the pessimists.  They live in fear. They say “no” to trying again after a failure. They tend to believe bad events will last a long time and will undermine everything they do, and often blame themselves or others..  Secondly, the optimists, when confronted with the same hard knocks of this world, think about their misfortune in the opposite way.  They say “yes” to starting over after a failure.  They tend to believe defeat is just a temporary setback and it is due to circumstances or bad luck..  They perceive their problems as a challenge and try harder.  They have learned what Jesus meant when he told His disciples “Be of good cheer; it is I, be not afraid. (Matthew 14:27).  He was telling them to be optimistic in the storms of life for He is there with us.

Our Lord wants us to be optimistic in difficult times and even be happy when the world around us is not a happy place.  “In this world, you shall have tribulation, but be of good cheer; for I have overcome the world.”  (John 16:33).  Optimistic people become successes in school, at work, on the playing field and in relationships.  They are successful because of what they do when they feel they have run up against a brick wall.  What one does is the difference between helplessness and success,  They learn how to keep going and do not quit.  The child of God says and believes: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13).

The way we think about life can actually diminish or enlarge the control we have over it.  The pessimist can become paralyzed by fear and the very thought “Nothing I do matters”, prevents them from acting.  Pessimistic prophecies are self-fulfilling..  One of the most significant findings in psychology in the last twenty years is that individuals can choose the way they think.  Isn’t it amazing that the Bible told us about this 4000 years ago:  “For as a person thinks in his heart, so is he”  (Proverbs 23:7).  And our Lord Jesus told us how important it is the way we think.  “A good person out of the good treasure of the heart, brings forth good things, and an evil person out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things.” (Matthew 12:35).

It is important about what you believe and say to yourself.  It is important the way you explain things to yourself.  If you have a pessimistic conversation with yourself you are more likely to get depressed easily, second, you are probably achieving less in your life than your talents could produce, and third, your physical health is probably not what it should be and may even get worse as you get older.  
Ask yourself: “What good will it do me to dwell on these negative feelings and thoughts?”

The Lord is saying to us all today, to think about how you treat yourself and in turn others.  “You have planted much, and bring in little; you eat, but you have not enough, you drink, but you are not filled with drink; you put clothes on yourself, but there in no warmth;; and he that earns wages, earns wages to put into bags with holes.  Thus says the Lord of hosts; Consider your ways.”  (Haggai 1:6-7).  This is what happens to people who live a life of pessimism.  Will you “Consider your ways”?

You may say that you cannot help the way you feel, but you can control what you think.  And when you control what you think and what you say to yourself, your feelings will change. 

“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” (Philippians 4:8).

It is not easy to change, but it is possible.  Happiness is a choice, and a choice that the Lord Jesus desires to help you with. “I have come that they may have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10).

Will you be happy in this unhappy world?  It depends on how you talk to yourself and if you will let God help your unbelief.

Saturday, September 5, 2015


By Pastor Mark Taylor

“I have come that you might have life, and that you might have it more abundantly.”  (John 10:10).

“These things have I spoken unto you, that My joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.” (John 15:11)

In the next few sermons, the Holy Spirit wants to reveal to all of us the hidden or lost principles of happiness.  There have been many books and articles written on the subject of happiness and it is my desire that the Lord will show us through His Word and the wisdom He has given others, how to “Be Happy in an Unhappy World”.

Millions of people throughout the world have become so used to not being happy that they barely even notice it. They have accepted unhappiness and think it is normal.  Even great men in the Bible, like David found themselves wondering why they were unhappy at times.  “Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you troubled within me?  Hope in God: for I shall yet praise Him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.” (Psalm 42:11).  But notice David knew it was still possible to find happiness.  Happiness is possible for all of us who love the Lord, because He has desired that quality to be in all of us.  

Happiness is neither a mood nor an emotion.  Happiness is a way of life.  An outlook composed  of qualities such as:  optimism, courage, love, and fulfillment.  It is amazing how quickly people can begin to change, once they start dealing with their whole lives, not just their feelings. 

 “Being Happy in an Unhappy World” requires some understanding and some soul work.  It requires that you ask the same question David did:  “What are you cast down, O my soul?”.  Then it requires that you find some answers.

There is another word for happiness and that is “peace”.  This is a word our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ often used.  “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you; not as the world gives to you.  Let not your heart be troubled,neither let it be afraid.” (John 14:27).

Fear is the greatest enemy of happiness.  Fear fits in to one of two categories:

Fear of not having enough. Fear of not being enough.  There are many faces of fear - perfectionism, obsession, insecurity, shyness, guilt, and many more.  We often try to make sense of our pain by assuming that it is outside forces that are causing our pain.  We blame others, our jobs, the traffic, etc.  It is really some inner turmoil that is causing us to have fears and be unhappy.  We will discuss fear and how to deal with it in another sermon.

Your mind, body, and spirit, working together can make you happy.  Sometimes when our minds and bodies are shattered by life it is only our spirit that can heal us and keep us alive.  

This is why you need to be “born again”, to have the Holy Spirit guiding your spirit to overcome things that are making you unhappy.  “The Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, who the Father will send in My Name, He shall teach you all things.” (John 14:26).

To begin this journey of “Being Happy in an Unhappy World”, let us look at a few things we can work on to receive the happiness the Lord wants to give us.

 LOVE.  We often think that being loved is the best feeling in the world when the best    
 is loving someone else.  It is the antidote to feat and the first step toward happiness.
 “This is my commandment, That you love one another, as I have loved you.” (John 15:12).       
   Isn’t it odd that the Lord had to command us to love?  That would remind us that Love is more than just a feeling, it is an action. Demonstrate your love by actions this week. 

OPTIMISM.  Optimism provides power over painful events.  Optimism gives you power over fear of the future and over regret for the past.  God wants to remind us that he has a great future for those who love Him.  “Eye has not seen, nor has ears heard, neither has it entered into the heart of man, the things God has prepared for them that love Him.”  (I Corinthians 2:9).  Speak words of optimism to yourself and to others this week.

COURAGE.  This is the strongest weapon for overcoming the split second power of the fear system.  It is the quality that allows us to thrive instead of just survive.  We have the same promise that God gave to Joshua.  “Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be dismayed: for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”  (Joshua 1:9).  Step out of your comfort zone and make a decision that will make you and others happy this week.

FREEDOM.  Freedom is choice, and choice is what makes us human.  When we choose, we define who we are.  Everyone has the power to make choices, but unhappy people don’t know they have it.  Choice is available to anyone who has the courage to exercise it.  The Lord Jesus Christ living in your life can give you both the desire and courage to choose happiness.  “If the Son therefore shall make you free, you shall be free indeed.” (John 8:36).  Remind yourself that choice is the father of freedom.  Anyone can choose the course of their lives, but only happy people do it.  Happy people turn away from fear and look at their options and act upon upon them. Make a “freedom choice” this week regardless of how little it is.  Choose to "Be Happy".

Saturday, August 29, 2015


by Pastor Mark Taylor

“I Have Glorified You on the Earth.  I Have Finished the Work Which You Gave Me to Do.” (John 17:4)

God wants you and I to “Finish Well”.  He wants us to be able to say as Jesus did: “I have glorified You upon the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do” (John 17:4) There is a lot at stake in this matter of serving the Lord.  First of all it is a privilege that you and I have been chosen to be one of God’s children; Jesus said:  “You have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you and ordained you that you should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain; that whatever you shall ask of the Father in My name, He may give it to you” (John 15:16).

Most people who read this message will remember their commitment to the Lord Jesus Christ.  They will remember the day they asked the Lord to forgive them of their sins, save them, and give them eternal life.  Many of these people decided to live a life pleasing to the Lord and become faithful in attendance and giving in a local church.  However, some of these are not “Finishing Well”.  Their lives have become so busy and full of other things, they have very little time for worship of the God who saved them or fellowship with those who are living for the Lord Jesus. 

It is both dangerous and short-sited for you or I to turn back on serving the Lord Jesus after He has done so much for us.  “Now,The Just shall live by faith. But if he draws back, My soul shall have no pleasure in him." (Hebrews 10:38). We will be in danger of losing the blessings and protection that God wants to give us.

 God choose Saul to be the first king of Israel.   After Saul had reigned as King for two years, he committed a great sin against God by taking Samuel’s responsibility of offering burnt offerings before he went into battle.  Listen to what God told a King who He honored and loved:  “And Samuel said to Saul, You have done foolishly: you have not kept the commandment of the LORD your God, which He commanded you…But now your kingdom shall not continue: the LORD has sought him a man after His own heart…because you have not kept that which the LORD commanded you” (I Samuel 13:13-14).  And in another situation Saul disobeyed God again:  “Samuel said unto Saul: for you have rejected the word of the LORD, and the LORD has rejected you from being king over Israel” (I Samuel 5:26).  “But the spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD troubled him.”  (I Samuel 16:14). 

One of the problems we see in Saul’s life is pride.  He became proud of his position and power.  He felt like he could do God’s work better than God. He felt like he did not need God.  Twice God gave him specific instructions and twice he disobeyed them.  When God’s Holy Spirit quits working in a person’s life, there is an empty vacuum.  We can be sure if God held Saul accountable for his sins, He will hold us accountable if we don’t “finish well”.  Serving God is not a game, it is an eternal commitment on your part and on God’s part.

The first way is to know if you are “Finishing Well” is to ask yourself: “Am I keeping His Commandments”.  “And by this we know that we have known Him, if we keep His commandments” (1 John 2:3). There are two important commandments that our Lord Jesus emphasized.   “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.  This is the first and great commandment.  And the second is like unto it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22:38-39).  Do you really know the Lord and love Him as your God and Savior?  Do you ever tell Him you love Him?  Do you ever show Him you love Him?  Jesus said:  “If you love Me, keep my commandments.”  (John 14:15).  Maybe you started out keeping His commandants and loving Him, but what about today?  Are you “Finishing Well”?

Another way to know if you are “Finishing Well”, is to look at your priorities in life.  Do you love the Lord Jesus and His work more than the things of this world?  “Do not love the world, nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him” (1 John 2:15).  Have you asked the Lord Jesus his opinion about the things you are doing and how you are living?  Would you take the Lord Jesus with you where ever you go?  Would you invite Him to hang around your friends and participate in the activities you call fun?  Would you invite the Lord to watch your favorite TV shows with you and look at what you see and write on the internet?  “Grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, who has sealed you until the day of redemption.” (Ephesians 4:30).   If not, then you are not “Finishing Well”.  Be careful that you do not end up like Saul and lose all the wonderful blessings that He wants to give to you.  “If we say that we have fellowship with Him and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth” (1 John 1:6).

A third way to know if you are “Finishing Well”, is to evaluate how much you love His Church.  “Christ also loved the Church, and gave Himself for it”.  (Ephesians 5:25).  How often do you attend the worship services and Bible studies?  How often do you spend time with other Church members and talk about the Lord and His work?   “We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the (Christian) brothers (and sisters). He who does not love his brother (or sister) abides in death” (1 John 3:14). Jesus said: “By this all shall know that you are My disciples, if you have love toward one another” (John 13:35).  Just because you had some faith at one time in your life, will not guarantee you will “Finish Well”.  “What does it profit, my brothers and sisters, though someone says they have faith, and they do not have works?  Can faith Save Him?.....Even so faith, if it does not have works is dead, being alone.”  (James 2: 14, 17).

Let us consider all the advantages of “Finishing Well”.  “But as it is written, "Eye has not seen, nor ear heard," nor has it entered into the heart of man, "the things which God has prepared for those who love Him” (1 Corinthians 2:9).  If we haven’t been “Finishing Well” then we need to ask for forgiveness and “Finish Well”.  “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).  

Thursday, August 20, 2015



by Pastor Mark Taylor


While traveling along the border of Samaria, Jesus met a group of people suffering from leprosy and miraculously healed them. One of the ten men, a Samaritan, returned and thanked Jesus for healing him:
For a child of God thankfulness is not confined to a day or a season, it is an attitude that we should have everyday and every hour. Jesus asked, "Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?" Then he said to him, "Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”  (Luke 17:11-19)
Over fifty years ago the Lord Jesus Christ reached out and forgave me of all my sins, and invited me to become a child of God.  I accepted His forgiveness and became a child of God.  I do not wait until a special day like Sunday or “Thanksgiving” to thank Him and remind Him how much I appreciate His love for me.  I cannot help but say “Thank You” to the Lord for loving me and taking care of me.

There is one sin that is prevalent today, it is the sin of ingratitude. God does so much for us. Our indebtedness to him is enormous and yet we rarely or at least infrequently offer thanks for what He has done. In fact, most professing Christians don’t even offer thanks over their meals much less offer thanks over all that God does in their lives.

There are many more blessings He gives to you and me everyday and we need to be more thankful and show the Lord how much we appreciate His goodness to us.   “Bless the LORD, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name!  Bless the LORD, O my soul.  And forget not all His benefits:  Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all our disease.  Who redeems your life from destruction.  Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies.”  (Psalms 103:1-4).  

I want to give thanks unto the Lord today for you, as I do many times during the week.  “After I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all Christians, I cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers” (Ephesians 1:15-16).  I cannot help but say “Thank You” to the Lord for you.  I appreciate the love that my friends show me and the prayers they offer up for me.  It is no telling where I would be in my life today if it were not for the precious gift of good friends.  If we are thankful to others, we need to express it in words and deeds.  We need to express it and they need to hear it.  Give thanks for a little and you will find a lot.

I thank the Lord Jesus Christ, God the Father, and the Holy Spirit for their presence in my life. I want to take this day to “just say thanks” for all They have done for me. 

I want to thank God for the wonderful things He has done for me. “Many O LORD my God are Your wonderful works.  Which You have done.  And Your thoughts toward us Cannot be recounted to You in order.  If I would declare and speak of them.  They are more than can be numbered”.  (Psalms 40:5).

Thank You Lord Jesus for leaving Heaven and coming to Earth to die for my sins.  “For Christ also has once suffered for sins, the Just for he unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but brought back to life by the Spirit.” (I Peter 3:18).  Thank You God for your gift of eternal life.  “Thanks be unto God for His unspeakable gift”.  (2 Corinthians 9:15).  If you have received the Lord Jesus as your Savior, you have received a gift so great and wonderful, you will never understand how valuable it is until you step into Heaven.

Thank You Holy Spirit for teaching me about the Love of God and the Lord Jesus Christ.  “The Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, He shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.” (John 14:26).  God lives inside of our lives through the Holy Spirit and we should always be thankful of His presence.  “Do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?  For you were bought at a price: therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.”  (I Corinthians 6:19-20). 

There are many ways to say  “thank You” to the Lord.  We can start with our lips.  “By Him, then let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is with the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.” (Hebrews 13: 15).  There is a tremendous difference between simply feeling gratitude and expressing gratitude.

You may not think you have much today to offer the Lord.  You may be “hanging on by a thread”.  But you still have “one thing” more you can do, one more prayer you can pray, and one more promise from God’s Word you can depend upon.  You can be thankful.   You may not be recognized in this life time by others for any great talent or achievement in your service for the Lord Jesus, but when you are thankful, God takes notice and accepts it as a offering to Him.

Make it a habit to tell people thank you. To express your appreciation, sincerely and without the expectation of anything in return. Truly appreciate those around you, and you’ll soon find many others around you appreciate you. Truly appreciate life, and you’ll find that you have more of it.

Here are the words to a song we sing in Church.  “Thank you Lord, for saving my soul. Thank you, Lord, for making me whole. Thank you, Lord, for giving to me, your great salvation so rich and free!”

Friday, August 14, 2015


By Pastor Mark Taylor
“Then God said unto Elijah, “Go out, and stand on the mountain before the Lord.” And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire, a still small voice spoke unto him.” (I Kings 19: 11-16). 

The verses above are about a prophet who loved God and lived for God with all his heart. But he allowed fear and anxiety to overcome Him. Elijah was hiding in a cave afraid that the wicked queen, Jezebel was going to kill him. Then God spoke to Elijah in a way that He wants to speak to you and I today - in a “small still voice”.
In today’s technology, we have the GPS (Global Positioning System) to give us physical directions to get from one place to another. And being directionally challenge, I appreciate and use it frequently.  

God has given each of His children a unique way to follow Him. It can also be identified as a GPS system which some have called “God’s Positioning System”. We know that this is the Holy Spirit who is that “still small voice” that guides His children throughout their lives. Even before we accept Him as our Savior, the Lord guides us toward Him. This is also called “grace”. He gives us an internal navigational package that divinely aligns us with people and events that helps us reach our destiny that God has given us.

“For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb.
I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works,
And that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, and skillfully made in my mother’s womb.” (Psalm 114:13-15) 

There are times when you meet people who change your life. There are times when you choose to drive a different direction and you miss a terrible accident. Something just told you to change directions and go a different direction. When you begin to see these things as God directing your life, you can understand that your life is not an accident at all. You are not just a life full of random events. You are not just “lucky” or “unlucky” in your life.

So, how do we engage this GPS (God’s Positioning System)? 

How do we get it to operate for us? The best way to find the “on” switch is to simply start talking to your Heavenly Father through prayer. You talk to Him the same way you would talk to your father, your grandfather, or your best friend. 

You have His permission to talk with Him about anything. “If you remain in me, and my words remain in you, ask whatever you ask, and it will be done for you you.” (John 15:7). His “words” in you is the programming of your GPS system. You will understand what to ask for and to also pray for God’s will to be done in your requests. “Your will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven” (Matthew 6:10). 

Prayer is cooperation with God, a consent that opens the way for grace to work. Prayer is not our achieving contact with Him, but is is a gift of Him coming down to us from on height like a meteor, rather than up like a rocket.
Prayer exerts an influence upon God’s action. That is what the word “answer” means. God has chosen a different style of governing the world, a partnership, which relies on human agency and choice. The partnership binds so tight that it becomes hard to distinguish who is doing what, God or the human partner. God seems to do nothing of Himself which He can possibly delegate to you and me. Prayer is the power by which that comes to pass which otherwise would not take place. 

After it is engaged or turned on, listen to the “small still voice”. Often we have loud external voices all around us that overpowers the inner voice of the Holy Spirit. You need to find the volume control of those voices and turn them down, and turn up the “still small voice” within you.

The events in our lives are not random. When we walk with God we have a destiny built in us. God has given us each free will, and it is up to us to program ourselves to find His will for our lives.

 The Holy Spirit will continually place opportunities , events, and people along each of our paths to help get us to where we need to go. But if we sit by the side of the road waiting for our destiny to come to us, nothing will happen. Determining where you want to go in life is your job. As the Cheshire cat said to Alice, In Wonderland, “If you don’t know where you are going, any road will take you there.” “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.” (Jeremiah 29:11-13). 

We have all been inspired by the children’s book “The Little Engine That Could”. We admire how he reached way down inside himself to find the belief, the commitment, and the persistence to get a train full of toys to children waiting on the other side of the mountain. Many people have become “The Little Engine That Should”. We should be going up the mountain, but we are still at the train station doubting ourselves and God. God has people and events all along our journey positioned to help us get to our destiny. But starting your engine and going forward is part of that “free will” God has given you.

There is a “small still voice” speaking to you as you read this message from the Lord. He is asking you to turn on your GPS (God’s Positioning System) and let the Holy Spirit put people and events in your path. You have “Path Power” and you have choices. 

You can choose the path that leads to destruction or the path that leads to the happy abundant life. Jesus put it this way: “The gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it.” (Matthew 7:14). You need the Heavenly GPS (God’s Positioning System) that God wants to give you. Begin by asking Him for it today, and then allow Him to help you use it. “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)

(Thoughts and information for this sermon comes from Divine Alignment by Squire Rushnell - A great inspirational book) For more sermons by Pastor Mark go to: www.sermonstotheworld.blogspot.com )

Monday, August 3, 2015


Let Your Wants Equal Your Haves
by Pastor Mark Taylor

“For I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content” (Philippians 4:11)

Did you know you are rich if you decide to be rich?  You can be rich when your “wants” and your “haves” are equal.  If you have a million dollars, but you want two million dollars, you are not rich.  If you want five dollars, and someone gives you ten dollars, you are rich.  If your cup is half full, you are rich.  If your cup is half empty, you feel you are not rich.  That is up to you!!
“Now godliness with contentment is great gain.” (1 Timothy 6:6).

“Delight yourself also in the LORD, And He shall give you the desires of your heart.” (Psalms 37:4).  This verse is not saying that He will give you what you want, but “He shall give you the desires of your heart.”  This is saying He will give you what to want.  If you have everything you want, then you will be content.  But if you want things you cannot have, you will never be content.
So the Lord wants to give you the right “wants”.

We are made to have control over our wants.  We have a free will and we have the ability to choose what to want and what not to want.  I am rich because God has given me my “wants” and I have chosen to be content with them.  Some great principles to keep your “wants” equal to your “haves” is: 

1.  Look at what you have today. Think about others who have less.  Do you have your health, friends, a relationship with the Lord?  Then you are rich.  I have good health, good friends, a great church, a wonderful wife, three healthy children, the Lord in my heart, and enough food to eat today.

2.  Want no more than you have.  That does not mean you don’t plan for the future, it means be satisfied with what you have right now, today.  I have a church with 100 members.  I don’t want a church with 200 members, today.
I wouldn’t be able to minister to that many people right now.  I have a house with 1274 sq ft.  I don’t need a house with 3000 sq ft so why want one.

3.  Look at what you can have some day.  Plan for it, work for it, save for it, and pray for it.  But don’t let your wants for tomorrow make you unhappy today.  Think about why you want it.  Do you really want it or are you trying to impress someone else?  That is the wrong reason and when you do get it, you will not be happy.  There is an old saying: “Be careful what you want, because you might get it”.

4.  Decide to want it when you can have it.  Don’t make something a “want” until you can have it.  When you can have a new car, then “want” it.  When you can have a better job, then “want” it.  If you keep feeling bad about what you don’t have, you will never be happy about what you do have today.

5.  Don’t want it now.  Want it later.  Don’t use up your life to quickly.
Sometimes we give our children and teenagers everything they want, right now.  They don’t have anything to look forward to when they get older. I waited until I was 61 years old to buy myself and my wife a new car that we wanted. We waited to help our children and gave most of our time and money to the ministry, and then the Lord gave us both the “want” and the finances to have what we have today. There are still some things I want to do because I am waiting on the right time and waiting on the Lord to give them to me.

The Lord has always kept me happy and content.  “Rejoice because your names are written in heaven." (Luke 10:20).  I keep my wants equal to my haves by thinking about Heaven.  “If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.”
(Colossians 3:1-2).  Ask the Lord to give you a heart for Heaven and for people.  Then you can really mean this: ““For I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content” (Philippians 4:11).

Remember what really matters is people in our lives, and the life to come and how we prepare for it. “For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition. (1 Timothy 6:7-9).

Saturday, July 25, 2015


by Pastor Mark Taylor

We serve a mighty God.  There is no language that can express all of His qualities or begin to understand all of His power.  God is so amazing that one name cannot describe Who He is.  Below are three of His names from the Hebrew language.  May the Lord Jesus and the Holy Spirit reveal to us a partial list of His Names.

“Then Moses said to God, "Indeed, when I come to the children of Israel and say to them, 'The God of your fathers has sent me to you,' and they say to me, 'What is His name?' what shall I say to them?" (Exodus 3:13)


“And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovah-Jireh”  (Genesis 22:14)

The meaning of “Jehovah-Jireh” is The Lord Who Provides. The name is literally, “The Lord Who Sees”, or “The Lord Who Will See To It.”  This is what we long for when we have a need that is personal and special; One who will see to our needs and provide for us. This is what Jehovah-Jireh means; the Lord Who will see to it that my every need is met.  One Who knows my need because He sees. One Who is able to meet my need in just the right time as He did for Abraham, and One Who can meet it fully. For Abraham, it was the ram caught in the thicket that was offered in Isaac's place. For us it is whatever we need.  “The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, And His ears are open to their cry. The face of the LORD is against those who do evil” (Psalms 34:15-16).
From these scriptures and others we can learn several things.  We can learn that God’s provision will come in the time of our greatest need.  Where will He provide?  He will provide for us “in the mount”, that is the place of our trial.  When you cannot see the answer to your need, the Lord will see you and see to your need.  He will be your Jehovah-Jireh.   Jehovah-Jireh will provide for His children:  “I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread” (Psalms 37:25). “But as it is written: Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him." (1 Corinthians 2:9).

The Lord That Heals – Jehovah Rapha
“For I am the LORD that heals you!” (Exodus 15:26)

Rapha means “to restore”, “to heal” or “to make healthful” in Hebrew.
Jehovah is the Great Physician who heals the physical and emotional needs of His people, as well as their nation. Jehovah-Rapha is the healer of all our sicknesses.  “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits; Who forgives all your sins; who heals all your diseases..” (Psalm 103: 2-3).  
Jehovah-Rapha is the healer of all our troubles.  “This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles” (Psalms 34:6).  The Lord our God has many ways by which he makes our bitter waters of trouble sweet.  Sometimes he simply changes our circumstances.  At other times the Lord turns our sorrow to joy and makes our bitter waters sweet interjecting something unexpected, which changes everything.  Our Lord Jesus is always present with us in our troubles.  Giving in to the will of God and making our hearts submissive to Him will bring peace to the troubled heart quicker and more effectually than anything else.  “And He said unto me, My grace is sufficient for you: for My strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me” (2 Corinthians 12:9).

There is healing for your deepest pains and disappointments.  There is healing over addictions, past hurts, and past failures.  There is healing for your body.  If you have become sidetracked by bitter waters in your soul and spirit, the only way to go to find the sweet water is to run to Jehovah-Rapha, The God Who Heals.

El-Shaddai – The Almighty God

“I am the Almighty God (El-Shaddai); walk before me, and be perfect” (Genesis 17:1-3)

God revealed another of His names to Abraham as He promised him that he would be the father of mighty nations.  The name “God Almighty”, or “El-Shaddai” in the Hebrew emphasizes God’s ability to handle any situation that confronts His people.  It literally means that God is “self-sufficient” and adequate to deal victoriously for His people.  When God told Abraham “I am the Almighty God”, He was telling Him, I am bigger than any of your problems, and I’ll fulfill My promises to you despite all the problems, if you’ll turn them over to Me”.  “The LORD is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble: and He knows them that trust in Him” (Nahum 1:7).
We serve the “Almighty God” – “El-Shaddai”.  He is able to meet our every need. “Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen” (Ephesians 3:20-21). “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16).

Now, when you pray to your Heavenly Father, you can call Him by His Name.  When others ask you about your God, you can tell them His Name.  “I serve and love Jehovah-Jireh, Jehovah Rapha, and El Shaddai”.  Or you can simply say I serve the Lord Jesus Christ.  “Jesus said to him, "Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, 'Show us the Father'?” (John 14:9 ) - Who is my Provider, my Healer, and My God.