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Inspiration and Everyday Word delivered by Pastor Will Shelley

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I must admit that sometimes, I have no idea why God leads me to do the things He wants me to do until after the act has been done. A lot of the time, the reason He has me to do something isn't so obvious to me… Oftentimes, it's a little thing for someone else. But, what I find to be true to, time and time again, is that my faith is always strengthened and my soul is always satisfied when I have gone where He has led me to go and have done what He has told me.

Last night was another clear example of the sheer awesomeness of how God can and does move for the benefit of us all and how we can witness the great workings of His Holy Spirit. Here is what happened…

The drain in my kitchen was clogged and I had put off trying to do my nightly dishes until about 11:00 PM. I was not happy about the situation but, I felt like it could not wait until morning. So, I reluctantly did the dishes and decided to take the dish water outside to pour it out into the storm drain in front of my house. There wasn't a soul in sight at that late hour, save for one homeless brother who was shivering outside in the bitter cold, trying to tote his two large trash bags with his frozen fingers.

I asked him if he had a place to stay for the night and he told me that he was going to find a bridge to sleep under. I said, "Brother give me a minute…" I got my car keys and we drove around the city of Wilmington, Delaware until we found a suitable motel where he could stay for the night to get some rest, shower and shave. I provide a little assistance for food and transportation to a drug treatment clinic that he was going to the next morning.

He said to me that he was not used to anybody helping him and not judging him by his situation. I told him that it was not me who helped him but, God who told me to go outside to meet him where God planted him in that moment. I also told him that God has a purpose for showing him the He is Present and that He is always able to send help to meet you where you are. The brother said he cannot repay me and I told him he doesn't owe me and advised that he give Honor and Glory to God for His Faithfulness and to remember to bless someone else when he can. I know he has been changed, as I continue to be by remembering that God Commands us to love one another Every day.

God can turn dirty dishwater into Clean Living Water to help us "Bloom Where We Are Planted."

Don't wait for an invitation to an extravagant Affair. No, God wants to use you and will accept you just as you are right now! You matter to Him everyday and He is willing to meet you where you are. That does not mean that eventually a change won't come over you. God is The Best Farmer that you will ever meet. He plants us in His field right where He wants us to be. Our job is to "Bloom Where We Are Planted."  Your ministry is Whatever and Wherever God has chosen for you to be at a given time. As you grow, He will continue to move you to a bigger pot as necessary. The Best part about being grown by God is that there is no limit on how big you can grow! He will constantly expand your territory. But all begins with submitting to The Lord and asking Him to plant you in YOUR Calling.

Remember those popular bracelets, coffee mugs, tee shirts, bumper stickers, license plates, etc, that read, "What would Jesus do?" Well, while taking a drive with my daughter today, I thought about it and asked myself that question. An inner voice answered, "Ask him!"

 

 

Wow! How about that! Just ask Jesus what he would do in any given situation. I guess answering the, now-famous and highly marketable question, with such a simple and direct reply would have shortened the commercial shelf-life of a catchy marketing tool, aimed at the wallets, instead of the hearts, of Christians.

 

If one seriously wants to know what Jesus would do, wouldn't it make sense to cut through the chase and just ask Him? I mean, if one has a relationship with him, don't you believe he would answer and do it without folks having to swipe their debit card or dig deep into their pocket to purchase a bunch religious gear imprinted with WWJD?

 

In all honesty, I consider it quite a shame how easily people are convinced to adorn themselves with various "religious gear," bearing slogans to communicate with the world, while abandoning or neglecting to communicate with the one who is so generous in providing us with access to the wisdom and guidance of Our Risen Savior.

 

The next time I see somebody wearing anything reading WWJD, I am going to stop and say three things:

 

  1. Did you ask him what he would do?

  2. What did he say he would do?

  3. I'm sure he was glad to hear from you.

Michael Riley is a Partner at The Well FGBC
He is also Host and Producer of "From the Basement to the Upper Room"
Television Program on Channel 28 in Wilmington, Delaware.

Apart from being another great way to come together and get to know your fellow partners, Bible Study is a very important time to activate and cultivate a desire to obtain a deeper understanding of certain elements that are essential for our living according to God's Word. "Isn't reading The Bible at home before going to bed good enough?" one might ask. My answer would have to be, "You tell me…" We watch the news and read all kinds of things so that we can have informed and well thought out discussions surrounding sports, television, politics, fashion… You name it. But, when it comes to becoming adequately informed about what God has to say about how we are living, we are too tired or too busy to participate in Bible Study.

 

I am not knocking anyone for how he or she chooses to live or what they have deemed necessary for spiritual growth and salvation but, I have to share that, I am very excited about coming together during Bible Study and learning, not only from my Pastor, but also from fellow partners! I have found that some of the things that I read at home alone, take on a whole new life when discussed with others. Plus, much to my surprise, discussing God's word is more than just serious lessons on Biblical text. It can be so much fun, as well! I have yet to attend Bible Study at my church, where we didn't at some point, have plenty of laughter. Christians have some pretty funny stories to tell about their life's journey.

 

I guess, to sum up how I feel about attending Bible Study, my suggestion would be to have a discussion with one's Pastor about attending and then to give it an honest try. I believe many folks will be pleasantly surprised once they experience the benefits of attending Bible Study on a regular basis.

I heard something today, that I feel bares repeating. "Nature formed us, sin deformed us, environments conform us, schools inform us, prisons reform us... But, only Christ Jesus can transform us."

 

Yes, that makes it pretty clear!

 

  1. We had a natural conception that formed us and brought us into this world

  2. Sin and all of the hell that it took us through deformed us

  3. Everything in our environment conformed us

  4. Schools informed us with what they wanted us to know

  5. Prisons reform us, or so they claim

  6. Only Christ Jesus can transform us

Wow! How awesome! Although nature may form us in our natural state, Christ can still transform us. In our sinful ways, Christ can still transform us. No matter what our environment is, Christ can still transform us. No matter what we are learning from somewhere else, Christ can still transform us. Even if they lock us away and throw away the key, Christ can still transform us!

 

Nothing is greater than the love and grace of The Lord, as evidenced by His willingness to sacrifice the Blood of His Own Begotten Son, Our Savior Jesus Christ, so that we may have everlasting life.

 

I know that God is working things out on our behalf right now. Sometimes, we may not even know that He is doing things for us, because we were not even aware that trouble was heading our way but, He intercepted it before it found its way into our lives. This is the benefit of trusting and believing that GOD WILL DO what is reasonable for our salvation, serenity and well-being.

 

Romans 12:2 King James Version (KJV)

 

2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

 

As we move forward in our living from day to day, let us be transformed and remember to live from "Faith to Faith." We claim the victory over all adversity, not through our carnal thoughts or our natural mind but, by our connection and contact with God, our relationship with Him by way of prayer and meditation and by the course of our actions. We trust The Lord in all areas of our lives. We trust Him to sustain us on our jobs, in our relationships, during our trials and tribulations and give Him the praise for all of our accomplishments.

 

Romans 1:17 New King James Version (NKJV)

 

17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, "The just shall live by faith."[a]

 

Reap your full benefit from the goodness of The Lord by not limiting His working on your behalf. Renew your mind by faith and change your mindset from "He can" to "He will!"

 

God Bless You!

Often times, some of the things we hear seem to go in one ear and out the other but, does the impact of what we hear truly have such a short shelf-life? Just because one is not conscience of a thought that was produced or influenced by something we might have heard, doesn't mean that there was no consequence or benefit from hearing it. For truly, the tongue has the power of life and death. It's not good enough, to just watch what we see and hear. No, we have a responsibility, as followers of Christ, to also "Watch Our Mouth!" It is amazing how frequently we can speak death into a situation or a life, without intentionally doing so. We say things like, "So and so makes me sick!" Well, guess what… The next day you wake up and, lo and behold, you're not feeling that well. Hmmm… I wonder why. Some have said things, even to loved ones in the heat of the moment, such as, "I hate you," or "drop dead!" Now, these might seem like things that will be forgiven and forgotten, and that may be true, however, those words have power in the way of spiritual and universal laws. See, once again, there is "Power of Life and Death" in the tongue, so yes, we have to watch our mouth! Speak life and blessings into your life and the lives of others.

I am so excited about Pastor Will Shelley's sermon series, "Watch Your Mouth!" and invite you to come as you are and worship at The Well Full Gospel Baptist Church located in Chester, Pennsylvania, where you will find a warm family atmosphere and receive a Word that is rooted in sound doctrine and taken right out of Word of God, The Holy Bible. For more information about what's happening at The Well, or to follow Pastor Will's Series, please visit the contact page. You may also submit your prayer requests, sow a seed or become a partner.

 

One thing, I can guarantee that you will discover during your very first visit to The Well is that You Matter!

I have heard it a million times… but, somehow, it seems like a revelation every time I stop long enough to let it sink into my think head. They tell me to "Wait on The Lord," and "You don't have to carry the load alone..." So, after once again finding myself in a place of extreme pressure and in serious need of a breakthrough, I am reflecting upon that sound advice. I am going to wait on The Lord and place my weight on The Lord.

 

Nothing is too hard for the God I serve to handle and He told me that I can lay my burdens down. What a wonderful and powerful realization! It makes me think of that poem, "Footprints." I am sure we can all think of so many times when it would have been most wise to "Be still and know that He alone is God." Playing the hero has never worked out to well for me.  Talk about something being ill-advised… I would be hard-pressed to think of a single situation wherein my disobedience and impatience worked in my favor.

 

My takeaway from the lessons learned from trying to "play God," is that I have learned as wonderfully and fearfully made as I may be, I am not equal to The Lord in wisdom, endurance or might. So, I need to move in His time and let His strength be my strength I need to be mindful of this at all times… not just when things are messed up, but also when things are going well. Maybe that way, I can hold onto my joy a little longer and spend less time bemoaning how hard my journey has become.

 

A quick little example of a time that things went terribly, yet comically wrong, because I didn't wait on The Lord or place my burden in His hands has to do with a gambling episode that I had. See, I am a very impulsive person and when I want something to happen, I want to happen right now or yesterday! I had a few unexpected bills come up and I just didn't have it in my budget to cover them. So, I started thinking, how can I get some quick money in my pocket. Ah Hah! I can take a few dollars to the casino and win enough to give myself a little cushion. Uh, yeah… No! That casino tore me up! Took everything I brought with me, along with adding an additional bounced check in my bank account to boot. So, "How did that work out for ya?" you might ask.. (Laugh) Not too good!

 

So, after that horrible gambling fiasco, guess what happened the following day… The mailman brought my mail and, included along with a bunch of junk mail, was refund check from a car purchase that I had made several months earlier. Accompanying the check, was a letter explaining that the dealer had overcharged me for taxes and tags on my vehicle. Amazing! You mean to tell me that all I had to do was just sit still for another day in order for God to deliver the help that I needed? Absolutely! That is exactly the lesson that I learned from that experience and I am excited to share it with you as a friendly reminder. Today, my friends, I am encouraging you to wait on The lord and place your weight on The Lord, for what Mighty God we serve!

 

Amen and God Bless you.

 

Bro. Michael Riley is a Partner at The Well FGBC
He is also Host and Producer of "
From the Basement to the Upper Room" in Wilmington, Delaware.

SMALL STRAWS IN A SOFT WIND by MARSHA BURNS

"The bombardment of too many voices and too many opinions will take you out of the place in the Spirit where you can hear My voice. Stop the outside noise by getting alone with Me in a quiet place, and listen. Separate yourself from conflict and confusion, and listen. Be still, and listen. I will speak. I will direct you by My Spirit, says the Lord. Psalm 131:2 Surely I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with his mother; like a weaned child is my soul within me."

Pastor Will PreachingWhat a powerful Move of God this morning at The Well Full Gospel Baptist Church! From the moment Praise and Worship began, The House was filled with The Holy Spirit. Lady Dez always ushers in The Spirit of The Lord with such passion and conviction. She is truly called to lead the Congregation in welcoming The Holy Spirit into The Well.

 

Pastor Will Shelley poured out so much Good Word today that I know he must have been completely drained by the end of service. You could just see God moving him and inspiring him as to what He wanted His children to learn and receive today.

 

When you are serving God under a Pastor who is truly anointed, it is practically impossible to leave service and not feel a stirring in your soul. Pastor Will always "brings it," just like it is, no filter needed and definitely no chaser. However God gives it to him, that's how he is going to deliver it.

 

One thing that can be said about Pastor Will is that he waits on The Lord to order his steps and to inspire him. Don't even bother to ask him, "What time is church over?" He will tell you that, "It's over when God says it is over." Not before or after God says, "Amen"

 

At The Well, we have church and it's for real! Times are trying and there is no time to play "willy nilly" with the walk that leads to The Way that God wants us to go. Also, at The Well, you will always be given a word that is based on the Bible, which is the unadulterated Word of Our Lord. Nothing is added to it and nothing is subtracted from it.

 

This is why partners at The Well are "On Fire for The Lord." Pastor Will is consistently and constantly watering the flock, by way of great leadership, accountability and sound doctrine. Matthew 7:16-20 "You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they?"

 

There is always something new going on at The Well that will ultimately benefit the community, the church and overall body of Christ. Sometimes, you just need somebody like Pastor Will who is willing to "meet people where they are," and encourage them by reminding them that "you matter!"

 

I have seen so much personal and spiritual growth in myself and other partners at The Well. From the oldest to the youngest, I have just witnessed people practicing Enlisting, Voicing, Extending, Reading, Yielding (E.V.E.R.Y.) day!

 

Come join us for Victorious Worship every Sunday Morning Beginning at 10:00 AM. We welcome you to fellowship with us and also invite you to become a Partner of The Well. Contact Lady Dez for more information and don't forget to visit our prayer page and feel free to make a donation to help us in our quest to expand God's Kingdom.

 

God Bless YOU!

An Original Poem by Michael Riley

 

If I make it to the top don't give me no fancy parade

For the path that I chose was a simple one

Full of footprints that were already made

 

The best of the best traveled along a bare and perilous track

In search of freedom whose price was so high

There were no tickets back

 

If I make it to the top please save your accolades

For my feet were not shackled not a lash did I receive

No decisions at the end of barrels and blades

 

My roots have not been torn from their garden of birth

Then planted on another land's distant shores

 

Nor have I labored from sunup to sunset

Until blood instead of sweat ran from my pores

 

Burdened by strife yet driven by faith

Toiling without thoughts of rewards

 

My ancestors slept on beds made of straw

In houses fashioned from old boards

 

Still, despite all of the adversity and pain

They endured and rebuilt their will

 

The best of the best had to climb a mountain

While I struggled to get up a hill

 

So, if I make it to the top by following that path

Which someone else has already made

 

Don't take it too personally when humbly I say

Don't give me no fancy parade.

 

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