Are you clean?
In John Chapter 13, Jesus washes the disciples’ feet. This act was to take on the position of a servant. As He was washing their feet, He came to Peter, and Peter said to Him, “You will never wash my feet.” Jesus replied, “Unless I wash your feet, you will have no part with Me.” Peter said, “Then wash all of me!” Jesus said, “Anyone who has bathed need only to wash their feet and will be completely cleaned.”
Jesus was giving an example of being a servant to each other which is a key point of the Kingdom of God. However, one verse I want to point out is, “If you bathe, only your feet need to be washed and then you are completely cleaned.” Once we have washed ourselves in the blood of Jesus and been baptized, we have been made completely clean.
As we live in this world, we become contaminated doing things that we do not wish to do because of our flesh and a mind that fights against our spirit.
It’s important we realize that when we are saved and are walking in this life as Christians, that when we fall or do things that may not be pleasing to God, all we need to do is repent and turn from those things. In short, when we cleanse ourselves by washing our feet, or shall we say, repenting of our sin, we are once again clean.
We need to bathe on a daily basis by staying in His Word and having a relationship with the Holy Spirit.
Let us allow Jesus to wash us with His word and new life each day that we may remain in Him! So again I ask, are you clean?
In His service,
Greetings Family of God,
Happy New Year! It’s time for all of us to move into the new provision our Father has for us in 2018. I pray the Lord will replace all that you have poured out in His service this last year. There is an endless supply of grace that we all can receive, which includes new vision for every area of our life. He is just waiting on us to make the withdrawal from The Kingdom. The key is to let go of the past to possess the future.
Philippians 3:13-15 encourages us, “Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Therefore, let us, as many as are mature, have this mind; and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal even this to you.”
My prayer for the Family of God is to be healed and released from the past, so that we can be filled and released into our future. We must take an aggressive stand against the strategy of hell to hold us back from Heaven‘s plans. If we wage war on the enemy to wipe out the images and thoughts of our past failures and disappointments, we will prevail.
2 Corinthians 10:4 says, ”For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.” What a privilege we have to humble ourselves before the Lord so that He can set us free from our past. Let’s all run the race God has set before us in 2018, focusing on the new opportunities He has for us.
Blessings In Christ,
Pastor Seymour Driggers
Greetings Family of God,
Each Sunday we gather together to declare Hope, Peace, Joy and Love. We praise Him for our blessings and stand in unity for our brother and sister during their trials. We all look forward, in faith, to the fulfillment of His promises.
One great promise that we celebrate is the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Right from the start of His life we see the impossible become POSSIBLE! Jesus is born of a virgin.
Mark 1:26-28 “In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, ‘Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.’ Vs.30: “But the angel said to her, ‘Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.’”
The birth of Jesus is the Good News for all of humanity! He came to bring peace between God and man. The angels declared triumphantly, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” Luke 2:14
As followers of Christ, we are commissioned to preach the GOOD NEWS of Christ. To tell of His miraculous conception and the glory of His death. He humbled himself to become the sacrificial Lamb and save a lost and dying world.
I pray that we also will find favor with God and see the impossible become POSSIBLE through His mighty hand!
Blessings Gathering Family,
The month of November is the time of year that we take to be thankful for God’s abundant blessings.
Even though being thankful isn’t just for the Thanksgiving holiday, scripture tells us to be “thankful in everything; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18
When we are burdened down with the cares of this world, we can praise God for who He is and for His promise that He will never leave us or forsake us. We are also thankful that we have been blessed with the gift of eternal life.
Colossians 3:17 says, “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”
I encourage you this season to be thoughtful in all you do and say. Let us remember what He has brought us through and how faithful He is every day to work all things for His glory!
So many are lost, weary, sad, discouraged and depressed, but we have the answer! We need to have boldness to share our testimony with these people, so that they would experience the hope of His salvation.
I pray that we would be a body of believers that display His love for all to see. That we live godly lives that are pleasing to Him and honor His name. It is a privilege to be a child of God and serve in His kingdom. Help us, Lord, to serve You with our whole being.
May the Lord bless the time with your families and let you experience His amazing grace!
Greetings Gathering Family,
Welcome to the beautiful month of October! As we shift from one weather season to the next, The Lord is bringing His people of The Gathering into a new season of transition and change as well. This is both an exciting and challenging time for all of us.
Proverbs 16:9 says, “A man’s heart plans his way, but The Lord directs his steps.” Many times, we are moving along in a certain rhythm of life that we are comfortable with, when suddenly, The Father grabs our attention to re-focus us where He wants us to go and helps us shift into the next season of our life.
I want to encourage you to remember the faithfulness of our Father who has demonstrated, over the years, His ability to bring us all through many seasons of transition from faith to faith.
Isaiah 55:8-12 tells us, “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways, says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts. For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, and do not return there, but water the earth, and make it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall My Word be that goes forth from My mouth; it shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it. For you shall go out with joy, and be led out with peace; the mountains and the hills shall break forth into singing before you, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.”
I pray that we yield our hearts to accomplish His plans and purposes in this new season.
Greetings Family of God,
Happy Labor Day!
I pray each of you will take the day and rest and also enjoy fellowship with friends and family….
So often, because of the busy lives we lead, we miss the God-given opportunity to rest. Many times in my life I have forgotten the Lord’s command to work six days and on the seventh or Sabbath to REST, and enjoy the Lord’s presence.
I encourage you all to learn to enjoy the Sabbath rest the Lord has provided for us.
I enjoy worshipping the Lord and looking into His Word. I find such refreshment of body and soul.
Many times our maladies and illness can be attributed to the failure to practice the Sabbath rest.
I am learning, and might add the hard way, how important it is to obey all of the Lord’s commands even the one about a day of rest after six days of toil!
Let’s all work on this together by reminding each other to observe the Sabbath rest.
I am certain it will truly benefit each of us.
Grace and peace to you from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ! I declare that His grace is present to empower you to live boldly in the knowledge of Him and that you are led in His paths of peace.
I want to share a excerpt of a declaration that I wrote in my journal that I believe will apply to you, as well as you speak it over yourself in faith.
“God is faithful in every season. God has started a good work in me and will not fail to complete it. He bears me up on wings like eagles. My wings are not being clipped; I am maturing. The sky is the limit. It’s time to see from a higher perspective by getting low. The one who is great will be servant of all. It’s an opportunity to see man’s wisdom for what it really is–foolishness to God. It’s time to step into greater kingdom reality.
I rejoice in where You have taken me. I praise You for lighting my steps in front of me. Even at night I am secure. I keep my lips from speaking evil and guard my heart. You train my fingers for battle and my hands for war. In my weakness You are strong. You are a Good Father to Your children. Your lovingkindness is better life and I will serve You with my whole heart. Lead me into wide open spaces and satisfy my longing with Your Spirit.”
What an awesome God we serve. His grace has been extended to us in great measure. I leave you also with this exhortation from Philippians 4:16-17:
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Summer is in full swing! Kids are out of school, vacations are on the brain, and the watermelon is ripe and ready to be carved up at barbecue gatherings. So many of us look forward to vacation because of the freedom it brings. Leaving behind the cares and concerns of everyday life looks so attractive! And it is! God hasn’t created us to fire on all cylinders all the time. But trust me when I say that God is not just interested in giving you a care-free vacation only. He wants to give you a “whole man” tune up –spirit, mind and body– and strengthen you for the road ahead.
Isaiah 30:15 says, “This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says, ‘In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength…’ “ When you rest, God is still at work. What a great arrangement! He aligns outside circumstances and things you have no control over while you rest. Even when you think you can’t get away, God has designed rest to strengthen you in trusting His influence in your affairs.
Rest also gives us an outside-looking-in perspective on what is important. Jeremiah 6:16 says, “Thus says the Lord: ‘Stand at the crossroads and look; and ask for the ancient paths where the good way lies; and walk in it, and find rest for your souls.’ ” God assures us that if we will rest physically (stand apart) from our own busyness, He’ll give us new perspective and desire for a better way–His good way. Then when we begin working (walking) in God’s good way, we’ll have greater rest even when we’re working–even rest for our souls.
So while you vacation this summer, I pray you release your burdens to Christ (Matthew 11:27-30). All that has weighed you down is now His to carry. In finding His way, you will find rest for your souls!
Dear Family of God,
Greetings in the Name of our Great God and Savior Jesus Christ!
What an exciting month June is!
Graduations—from primary, middle, high school and college; we are so proud of our graduates and their accomplishments. God has amazing plans for your life and is willing to bless your steps forward as you put your faith in Him.
Now we have completed our move and this Sunday we will worship the Lord at the Corona Civic Center. The book of Numbers describes how God led the Children of Israel for forty years across the wilderness to the Promised Land; the Bible teaches us to become like them…..Cloud Followers!
I believe we are doing just that…following the Holy Spirit as He leads The Gathering forward; our faith is growing, our trust in the Lord is increasing with each move we take!
The Lord loves those who trust in Him!
Be encouraged, brothers and sisters; our time of victory is upon us!
Favor from God is waiting for our activation! Forward progression into ALL the Lord has for us is now full steam ahead!
Look for God’s very best to overcome you.
A super big thank you to ALL those who blessed us by moving The Gathering. Your hard work and joyous spirit in the labor has brought great honor to the Lord!
Thanks so very much!
Dear Family of God,
God’s grace be upon you! I am writing to announce to you the birth of a new move of God in the Corona Valley. Just as Jesus’ birth was hailed by the shepherds after the heavenly announcement was made to them, so, too, the shepherds of Corona will hail the coming of God’s special grace upon His people in this region.
A heavenly announcement was made to us declaring, “…there’s a sound that is coming forth even from heaven in this hour. And many leaders are hearing this sound. It’s a sound of My voice. And I say to you that unique sound will come together as the leaders in this region come together… for there is a glory and there is an outpouring that is yet to be released in this region, but it’s always been My great desire.”
For years the Church in Corona has been fragmented and divided. Even though we rightly say we have been reconciled to God through Christ Jesus and He remembers our sins no more, it is difficult to reconcile ourselves one to another— even among leaders. Pastor Dave Tanner exclaimed, “This does not happen,” except the Lord be in the midst. And He is. We are witnessing a reconciliation movement taking place among church leaders that for us is ten years in the making. When leaders begin to defer to one another in the love of God and wash each others’ feet as a sign of humility and forgiveness, God is on the move!
Hear this shepherd; hail the Word of the Lord. This move will touch the whole valley and beyond! Church leaders are becoming one and soon the Church will follow. This is God’s great desire, the results of which will be truly astounding. Get ready to see the book of Acts continue in our day as we’ve never seen before!
Family of God, contend for more church leaders in this region to hear the sound of God’s voice calling them to reconcile one to another and for the body of Christ to be one. Then joy will overflow to us as it says in John 16:24, “Ask and you will receive, that your joy may be full.”