by GTFILife | Feb 3, 2019 | C. Edward Smith
There is a “Hearing” of Faith, that’s “the Hearing of Him;” and The Lord has brought us to that place …that we might have ears to hear His speaking.
In these last days, God has spoken to Us [In] [by and through] His Son, Whom He hath appointed heir of all things, by …The Word of His power.
And, if we are the children of God …then we (too) are heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ …what an incorruptible inheritance. [Romans 8:17; 1 Peter 1:4]
It is in the dynamic of an intimate (son/daughter) union with God, Our Father; through the “Love energies” of The Spirit, that “the Hearing of Him” takes place.
“He that hath an ear, let him hear what The Spirit saith …for whatsoever He shall hear, that shall He speak: and show you things to come.”
[Revelation 3:6; John 16:13]
AND HE WALKS WITH ME, AND HE TALKS WITH ME;
AND HE TELLS ME I AM HIS OWN.
AND THE JOY WE SHARE AS WE TARRY THERE,
NONE OTHER HAS EVER KNOWN.
by GTFILife | Jan 20, 2019 | C. Edward Smith
The New Year, Now Year!
Behold, Now is the accepted Time, going forward, to wake up to a right relationship with God …and that right relationship is being loved by God.
[1 Corinthians 15:34; Pastor]
…hereunto were ye called [kjv], even if it means suffering, as Christ suffered [newlivingtranslation], leaving an example …that (we) might follow in His footsteps [treeoflifeversion]: Who His own self bare our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live (Now)(as He lived) (by the Ripeness of His) righteousness; by Whose stripes ye were healed [kjv] (lavished by virtue).
[1 Peter 2:21, 24; Pastor]
This is the Day of Salvation; and the “Time” is Ripe for Response to the “Gospel.”
HOW BEAUTIFUL ARE THE FEET UPON THE MOUNTAIN THAT BRING GOOD NEWS, GOOD NEWS;
PROCLAIMING PEACE, GLAD TIDINGS OF SALVATION; OUR GOD REIGNS! OUR GOD REIGNS!
OUR GOD REIGNS! OUR GOD REIGNS!
OUR GOD REIGNS! OUR GOD REIGNS!
by GTFILife | Jan 20, 2019 | Jenelsie Howell
Dear GTFI Family,
Beloved, our Father has given many infallible proofs that Lord Jesus is alive in us. We have heard recent testimony from Elders Willie and Elizabeth Green, Sister Marilyn, Brother Wiley, Elder Smith, and Sister Andreeta who all proclaim that HE provides, heals, and delivers! HE supplies that which we “think” we need and even more than what we ask. Our Father knows how to love us! Behold what manner of love HE has given to the body at Grace and Truth International. “With grateful hearts, we pour out our praise to HIM.”
Love in Christ Jesus,
Sister Jenelsie, Pastor’s wife
by GTFILife | Dec 23, 2018 | Jenelsie Howell
My Grace and Truth Family,
The Holy Ghost brings to my remembrance the faithfulness of our Father God to take us in and bring us out of situations. We have heard Him speak His purpose, and we have seen Him perform His Word. HE has manifested His love towards us. This is our choral response to HIM: “We will bless You, oh, Lord; we will bless You oh, Lord, with hearts of thanksgiving we will bless You oh, Lord. With our hands lifted up and our mouths filled with praise (with our hearts of thanksgiving), we will bless You oh, Lord!”
In this very “Kairos” moment we receive the “good news” sent from “our Father” by the birth of Jesus, our Lord: “…and on earth peace, good will toward men”!
Hallelujah to our God! Let us worship HIM together.
Love in Christ Jesus,
by GTFILife | Dec 23, 2018 | C. Edward Smith
The Day of “Now”
“Now the birth of Jesus Christ …”
This “Now” was a kairos moment in a chronos time line …that opportune, critical, moment in (tick tock) time, where something happens that changes things eternally. [Pastor]
For “When the fullness of the time was come, God (Who only operates in the fullness of time) sent forth His Son, made of a woman (His mother Mary …found with child of the Holy Ghost [Matt. 1:18c]), subject to the law, ‘to free those who, just like Him, were subject to the law,’ [the voice] that we mightreceive the adoption (or placement) of sons (to be adopted is to be set in place). And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth The Spirit of His Son into your hearts, (the release that changed things eternally), crying Abba, Father.”
[Gal. 4-6/kjv; Pastor]
MILD HE LAYS HIS GLORY BY,
BORN THAT MAN NO MORE MAY DIE:
BORN TO RAISE THE SONS OF EARTH,
BORN TO GIVE THEM SECOND BIRTH.
HARK! THE HERALD ANGELS SING,
“GLORY TO THE NEW-BORN KING!”
by GTFILife | Dec 2, 2018 | C. Edward Smith
The leaders of the synagogue were upset and offended by Jesus, saying, “Why do ye eat and drink with publicans and sinners?” Who had no religious motivation to follow Jesus …yet, they were drawn by His every word.
So, the question becomes, (a) What was Jesus saying to them? Such that it would be a continual cause of concern, and offense, for the religious leaders? And, another question is, (b) What was going on inside the publican and sinner’s hearts and minds as well …in other words, What was the hunger? and What was the bait?
Now, it was in that context that Jesus began to minister the parable of the prodigal son; which spoke to the Love of God for the lost and dis-enfranchised; or, “whosoever believeth,” Saying,
“I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” For, it is written, “In due season, Christ died for the ungodly.”
[Luke 15:11-32; Matt. 9:13; Romans 5:6]
INTO MY HEART, INTO MY HEART,
COME INTO MY HEART, LORD JESUS;
COME IN TODAY, COME IN TO STAY;
COME INTO MY HEART, LORD JESUS.
[Harry D. Clark] (1888-1957)
by GTFILife | Nov 25, 2018 | C. Edward Smith
God does not have any authority in the earth realm apart from man, by His design. He is at work IN the “release” of His Words, through a man. [Pastor]
God Blessed man to impart and empower man to be the medium of His Power; to be realized IN/to/thru creation.
[Gen 1:28; Pastor]
Christ Jesus, the man, said, “I must work the works (or, administrate the Power) of Him that sent Me.”
Remember, The Word of God became flesh, to do the will of God.
[John 1:14; Hebrews 10:5-7]
This “being-ness” of God IN man is the “substance” of the Gospel …and the Gospel is the meditation by which we will prosper and be in health, to bless the nations; which is His Purpose In Us.
I AM NOT ASHAMED OF THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST, FOR IT IS GOD’S POWER OF SALVATION;
TO EVERYONE THAT BELIEVES IT
TO EVERYONE THAT RECEIVES IT
THEY SHALL HAVE EVERLASTING LIFE
by GTFILife | Sep 30, 2018 | C. Edward Smith
We live this life in steps; a shifting of our weight to engage/become fully involved/to participate in being what God has called us to “be” …while putting one foot in front of the other. [Pastor]
And, when all has been said and done, we will be witnesses of what The Lord has accomplished IN us; “for it is God which worketh IN you both to will and to do of His good pleasure.” In essence, The Lord is 180-degree-ing us (or, turning us around) out of our lost-ness into a found-ness. [Pastor; Philippians 2:13]
If you have been “hearing,” and “hearing,” and receiving the engrafted Word of The Lord; at the end of the day, He will have walked you into His purpose. [Romans 10:17; Pastor]
But we believe that through the grace of The Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved. [Acts 15:11]
THERE’S A BREAKING, IN MY FAVOR
THERE’S A SHIFTING, IN MY DIRECTION
THERE’S A BREAKING, IN MY FAVOR
AS I PRAISE!
[Tasha Cobbs Leonard, w/David & Nicole Binion]
by GTFILife | Sep 23, 2018 | C. Edward Smith
What does “it” (“Walking into Purpose”) mean? and, How so does “it” (“Walking into Purpose”) become (or, come to pass)? [Pastor]
Not forgetting that “He calleth those things that be not as though they were;” for their becoming to be what “it” (“Walking into Purpose) IS. Selah. [Romans 4:17; Pastor]
Walking into Purpose requires a mental/paradigm shift; weighted/steps, from independence (the Lie) to dependence (The Truth); which is accomplished in a people, after they have been redeemed. [Pastor]
This Purpose is “learned” by the way of the wilderness; through the obedience of faith; in the presence of God and the great dragon (aka, the deceiver); by the “new man,” in a vile body of death; by the things which he must suffer. [Hebrews 5:8; Revelation 12:4(b), 9(a); Pastor]
I’M A NEW CREATION, I’M A BRAND NEW MAN;
OLD THINGS ARE PASSED AWAY, I’VE BEEN BORN AGAIN; MORE THAN A CONQUERER, THAT’S WHO I AM;
I’M A NEW CREATION, I’M A BRAND NEW MAN. [David Ingles]
by GTFILife | Sep 23, 2018 | Jenelsie Howell
My GTFI Family,
Our Father has brought us through another year to celebrate HIS GOODNESS TOWARDS US! Oh, how HE has revealed Himself to us, one by one, with great demonstration and manifestation. And what manner of love our Father has given to us in real proof! What a glorious week we shall have as we assemble to bless our LORD in worship!
So, let us all present ourselves to Him at the appointed times to offer our voices of praise, the clapping of our hands, the lifting of hands, kneeling before HIM in thanksgiving, and bearing up one another with encouragement to walk in HIS “newness”.
CELEBRATION: October 21-28, 2018.
Hallelujah to our LORD and FATHER!
Your sister in Christ Jesus,
Jenelsie, Pastor’s Wife