Friday, June 14, 2024

Bible Study for Friday, June 14, 2024: Pleasing God with our Minds

Summary

In today's study, we will discuss the importance of aligning our minds with the will of God and the blessings that come from living a life that pleases Him.

Bible Verses to Read
  • Romans 8:5-8 (NLT)
  • Colossians 3:2 (NLT)
  • Philippians 4:8 (NLT)
Questions to Consider
  1. According to Romans 8:5-8, why is it impossible for those who live according to the flesh to please God?
  2. How does Colossians 3:2 encourage us to set our minds on things above, not on earthly things?
  3. Reflect on Philippians 4:8. How can you apply this principle to your thought life?
  4. What are some practical ways you can align your thoughts and actions with God's will?
How can you encourage others to pursue a mindset that pleases God?
Feel free to share your thoughts and insights in the comments section below. Let's encourage one another to live lives that honor and please God in all that we do.

Morning Prayer for Friday, June 14, 2024

Heavenly Father,

We thank You for the dawn of a new day and the chance to serve You with our lives. As we step into this day, we ask for Your wisdom and guidance. Fill us with Your Spirit, so we may walk in Your truth and love.

Help us to see the needs of those around us and to respond with compassion and grace. May our lives be a reflection of Your goodness and our hearts be attuned to Your will. Strengthen us to carry out Your purposes faithfully.

In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

Thursday, June 13, 2024

Evening Prayer for Thursday, June 13, 2024

Heavenly Father,

As night falls, we turn to You in prayer. Thank You for Your faithfulness and love that sustain us each day. As we prepare for sleep, we ask for Your protection over us and our loved ones. Guard us from all harm and grant us restful sleep. May Your peace envelope us, calming our hearts and minds. Help us to trust in Your promises and to find refuge in Your presence.

In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

Letter from the Pastor - Thursday, June 13, 2024: Blessings Through Giving

Dear Faithful Supporters,

I pray this letter finds you in good health and filled with the joy of the Lord. As we continue our journey of faith together, I want to take a moment to express my heartfelt gratitude for your ongoing support of our ministry.

Your donations play a vital role in helping us freely share the message of salvation with people around the world. Through your generosity, lives are being transformed, hearts are being healed, and souls are being saved.

As you know, we do not charge for access to our resources or require subscriptions. Instead, we rely on the kindness and generosity of individuals like you to sustain and grow our ministry.

Would you consider making a donation today to support our mission? Your contribution will enable us to continue spreading the love of Christ and making a positive impact in the lives of countless individuals.

Thank you for you
r faithful partnership in ministry. May the Lord bless you abundantly for your generosity.

With gratitude,
Brother Jesse
Co-founder & Sr. Chaplain
SFIHG Ministries

Letter from the Pastor - Thursday, June 13, 2024: The Incompatibility of the Sinful Nature with God

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

As we progress through this week, I want to revisit an important lesson from our Sunday message, drawn from Romans 8:7-8. These verses remind us of the inherent hostility of the sinful nature towards God. "For the sinful nature is always hostile to God. It never did obey God’s laws, and it never will. That’s why those who are still under the control of their sinful nature can never please God."

The sinful nature is fundamentally opposed to God’s will, rejecting His commandments and living in rebellion. Those who allow their sinful nature to dominate their lives find themselves perpetually at odds with God's laws and unable to please Him.

Living a life that pleases God requires a transformation that can only be achieved through the Holy Spirit. We must surrender to His guidance, allowing Him to renew our minds and hearts. This transformation moves us away from rebellion and towards obedience, faith, and a desire to fulfill God’s will.

I encourage you to seek the Holy Spirit’s influence in your life daily. Pray for His guidance, study the Scriptures diligently, and engage with our community of believers for support and accountability. By doing so, we can overcome the hostility of the flesh and live a life that is pleasing to God.

In His Service,
Brother Jesse
Co-founder & Sr. Chaplain
SFIHG Ministries

Bible Study for Thursday, June 13, 2024: Living in Freedom

Summary

In today's study, we will explore the freedom that comes from living a Spirit-led life. We will discuss how the Holy Spirit empowers us to overcome the bondage of sin and walk in the liberty of Christ.

Bible Verses to Read
  • Romans 8:5-8 (NLT)
  • Galatians 5:1 (NLT)
  • 2 Corinthians 3:17 (NLT)
Questions to Consider
  1. According to Romans 8:5-8, what is the difference between living according to the flesh and living according to the Spirit?
  2. How does Galatians 5:1 describe the freedom we have in Christ?
  3. Reflect on your own experience of freedom in Christ. In what areas have you experienced victory over sin through the power of the Holy Spirit?
  4. How can you continue to walk in the freedom that Christ has provided for you?
  5. What steps can you take to help others experience the same freedom in Christ?
Feel free to share your thoughts and insights in the comments section below. Let's celebrate the freedom we have in Christ and encourage one another to walk in His liberty.

Morning Prayer for Thursday, June 13, 2024

Eternal God,

We praise You for the gift of a new day and the opportunities it brings. As we rise this morning, we seek Your presence and Your guidance. May Your Spirit fill our hearts and minds, directing our steps according to Your will.

Help us to be instruments of Your peace, spreading Your love and light wherever we go. Grant us the strength to overcome challenges and the humility to rely on Your grace in all circumstances.

In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Evening Prayer for Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Loving Father,

As we close this day, we are grateful for Your presence and provision. Thank You for guiding us and sustaining us through the challenges we faced. As we prepare for rest, we ask for Your peace to fill our hearts and minds. Help us to release any burdens or worries into Your hands and trust in Your perfect plan for our lives. May we find comfort and strength in Your presence as we sleep.

In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

Letter from the Pastor - Wednesday, June 12, 2024: Empowering God's Ministry

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I trust this letter finds you well and blessed by the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Today, I am reaching out to you with a special appeal for your support of our ministry.

At SFIHG Ministries, we are dedicated to freely sharing the message of salvation with people around the world. We believe that everyone should have access to God's Word, regardless of their financial circumstances. That's why we do not charge for our resources or require subscriptions.

However, maintaining and expanding our ministry requires financial resources. Your donations play a crucial role in helping us reach more souls with the Gospel and provide spiritual nourishment to those who need it most.

Would you prayerfully consider making a donation today to support our ministry? Your contribution will enable us to continue spreading the love of Christ and making a positive impact in the lives of countless individuals.

You can click the "Donate" button on our website to make a secure donation. No amount is too small, and every gift makes a difference in advancing God's kingdom.

Thank you for your partnership in ministry. May the Lord bless you abundantly for your generosity and faithfulness.

In Christ's love,
Brother Jesse
Co-founder & Sr. Chaplain
SFIHG Ministries

Mid-Week Message - Keep Praying

 "Rejoice always and delight in your faith; be unceasing and persistent in prayer; in every situation [no matter what the circumstances] be thankful and continually give thanks to God; for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus."  1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (AMP)

Since the time I was a little tiny girl, my greatest ambition was to be a wife and mother.  Playing house was my absolute favorite thing to do.  When I was asked what I wanted to be when I grew up, my answer was always the same.  A mommy.  So of course as I grew I assumed that as soon as I graduated I would get married.  

High school was a difficult time for me as I have told you before.  I didn't have a boyfriend so all ideas of marrying right after high school went out the door.  Fine.  There was always college.  I had always wanted to go to college.  I still didn't worry about marrying after graduation because surely God would never give me that desire if He wasn't going to fulfill it.  However, I had no boyfriends in college either so after graduation, I worked.  

Several more years passed during which I prayed regularly for the Lord to bring into my life the man I was meant to spend life with.  I was edging closer to the age of thirty and I was starting to get a little concerned that it wasn't going to happen for me.  However, by the age of thirty-three I was growing weary of asking and trusting.  I began to convince myself that it just wasn't going to happen.  Within two weeks, I had my answer.  

What I didn't know was that God was doing many things that I didn't know about.  I had lost the job that I had worked at for several years and been hired by Dell Computer Corporation.  Little did I know that the man the Lord had chosen for me was working about twenty feet away from me.  We met, had our first date, were engaged a month later and married three months after that.  My Father in Heaven had heard all those prayers after all.

I used this story because it is the incident in my life that taught me the importance of praying continually.  Even though I had begun to think that my prayers were going nowhere, God was putting things together that I couldn't even imagine.  Now, when I am praying over any situation and I feel like the answer will never come, all I have to do is look at my husband to be reminded that prayer is never fruitless.  It may take longer than we want it to and the answer may not be what we had hoped or it may be something better, but our Father always hears the cries of His children. 

When dealing with hardships and uncertainty I have clung to this verse.  "Be unceasing and persistent in prayer."  The other part is to "be thankful and continually give thanks to God."  I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that He is listening and moving whatever mountains need to be moved to cause all things to work together for our good.  He loves us enough to send His Son to die for us.  Why would He do anything less?

Are you searching for answers today?  Have you prayed until you think you can pray no more?  Have you just about decided that He isn't listening?  I beg you not to give up!  Talk to the Lord.  He loves to hear your voice addressing Him.  He is faithful, true and trustworthy. I can't tell you when the answer will come but I know it will.  I know because it always does.  Don't give up!  God bless you! 

Bible Study for Wednesday, June 12, 2024: Surrendering to the Spirit

Summary

In today's study, we will explore the importance of surrendering to the Holy Spirit and allowing Him to transform our minds and hearts. We will discuss the process of yielding to the Spirit's guidance and the blessings that come from living in obedience to God's Word.

Bible Verses to Read
  • Romans 8:5-8 (NLT)
  • Romans 12:2 (NLT)
  • Galatians 2:20 (NLT)
Questions to Consider
  1. According to Romans 12:2, what is the transformation that occurs when we allow God to renew our minds?
  2. How does Galatians 2:20 describe the process of surrendering to the Spirit and allowing Christ to live through us?
  3. Reflect on your own journey of surrender. In what areas do you struggle to yield to the Spirit's guidance?
  4. What steps can you take to surrender more fully to God's will and allow Him to transform your thoughts and actions into alignment with His Word?
  5. How can you cultivate a daily habit of surrendering to the Holy Spirit and seeking His guidance in all areas of your life?
Feel free to share your thoughts and insights in the comments section below. Let's encourage one another as we seek to surrender fully to the Holy Spirit and live lives that bring glory to God.

Morning Prayer for Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Loving Father,

This morning we come before You with thanksgiving and praise. Thank You for the beauty of creation and the reminders of Your love all around us. We ask for Your guidance as we embark on this new day.

Fill us with Your Holy Spirit, empowering us to be witnesses of Your truth. Help us to love others as You have loved us, showing kindness and grace in all our interactions. Keep us rooted in Your Word and steadfast in our faith.

In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Evening Prayer for Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Eternal God,

As the evening falls, we come before You with gratitude and praise. Thank You for the blessings of this day and for Your faithfulness in every season of our lives. As we prepare for sleep, we ask for Your protection over us and our loved ones. Guard us from harm and grant us peaceful rest. May Your peace reign in our hearts and minds as we surrender to Your care.

In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

Letter from the Pastor - Tuesday, June 11, 2024: A Call to Generosity

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

I hope this letter finds you well and blessed by the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Today, I am reaching out to you with a special request for your support.

At SFIHG Ministries, we are committed to freely sharing the message of salvation with people around the globe. We believe that everyone should have access to God's Word, regardless of their financial circumstances. That's why we do not charge for our resources or require subscriptions.

However, our ministry relies on the generosity of donors like you to continue operating and expanding our outreach efforts. Your donations enable us to maintain our website, produce new content, and reach more individuals with the Gospel message.

Would you prayerfully consider making a donation to support our ministry? Your generosity will help us continue to spread the love of Christ and make a positive impact in the lives of countless souls.

Thank you for your partnership in ministry. May the Lord bless you abundantly for your generosity and faithfulness.

In Christ's love,
Brother Jesse
Co-founder & Sr. Chaplain
SFIHG Ministries

Letter from the Pastor - Tuesday, June 11, 2024: Consequences of the Fleshly Mindset

Dear Faithful Congregation,

As we continue to reflect on Sunday's message from Romans 8:6, I am reminded of the serious consequences of allowing the sinful nature to control our minds. The verse clearly states, "So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace."

The fleshly mindset leads to spiritual death, which signifies separation from God and a life devoid of true fulfillment. This destructive path pulls us away from God's intended purpose for us, resulting in turmoil and emptiness.

Conversely, a mindset controlled by the Holy Spirit brings life and peace. This "life" is not only the eternal life promised through Jesus Christ but also a more abundant and fulfilling life here and now. It is marked by a profound sense of peace that comes from living in harmony with God's will.

Today, I urge you to reflect on the long-term impact of your daily decisions. Seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit, and let Him lead you to the life and peace that God desires for you. Engage in regular prayer, immerse yourself in Scripture, and stay connected with our faith community to nurture a Spirit-led mindset.

May God bless you as you strive to live according to His Spirit.

In His Service,
Brother Jesse
Co-founder & Sr. Chaplain
SFIHG Ministries

Bible Study for Tuesday, June 11, 2024: Walking in the Spirit

Summary

In today's study, we will explore the concept of walking in the Spirit as outlined in Romans 8:5-8. We will discuss what it means to live a life guided by the Holy Spirit and how we can experience the fruit of the Spirit in our daily lives.

Bible Verses to Read
  • Romans 8:5-8 (NLT)
  • Galatians 5:22-23 (NLT)
Questions to Consider
  1. According to Romans 8:5, what does it mean to set our minds on the things of the Spirit?
  2. How does Galatians 5:22-23 describe the fruit of the Spirit?
  3. Reflect on your own walk with God. In what areas do you see evidence of the fruit of the Spirit in your life?
  4. What are some practical ways you can cultivate the fruit of the Spirit in your daily interactions with others?
  5. How can you rely on the Holy Spirit to guide your thoughts and actions throughout the day?
Feel free to share your thoughts and insights in the comments section below. Let's encourage one another as we strive to walk in the Spirit and live lives that honor God.

Morning Prayer for Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Almighty God,

As the dawn breaks, we turn our thoughts to You, our Creator and Sustainer. Thank You for the breath of life and the chance to experience Your blessings anew. We ask for Your presence to accompany us throughout this day.

Grant us the wisdom to make decisions that honor You and the courage to stand firm in our convictions. May our hearts be sensitive to Your leading and our lives be a testimony of Your grace and mercy.

In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

Monday, June 10, 2024

Evening Prayer for Monday, June 10, 2024

Gracious Lord,

As the day comes to an end, we reflect on Your goodness and mercy. Thank You for guiding us through this day and for Your constant presence in our lives. As we prepare for rest, we ask for Your peace to fill our hearts and minds. Help us to release any worries or anxieties into Your hands and trust in Your unfailing love. May we find rest and refreshment in Your presence tonight.

In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

Letter from the Pastor - Monday, June 10, 2024: Partnering in Ministry

Dear Beloved in Christ,

I trust you had a blessed weekend, filled with the presence and peace of our Lord. Today, I want to express my heartfelt gratitude for your continued support of our ministry.

As you know, SFIHG Ministries is dedicated to freely sharing God's Word with people all over the world. We believe that everyone should have access to the life-transforming message of salvation, regardless of their financial situation. That's why we do not charge for our resources or require subscriptions.

However, maintaining and expanding our ministry requires financial resources. Your donations play a crucial role in helping us reach more souls with the Gospel and provide spiritual nourishment to those who need it most.

Would you prayerfully consider partnering with us in ministry by clicking the "Donate" button on our website? Your contribution will enable us to continue spreading the love of Christ and making a positive impact in the lives of countless individuals.

Thank you for your generosity and faithful support. May the Lord bless you abundantly for your willingness to sow into His kingdom.

With gratitude,
Brother Jesse
Co-founder & Sr. Chaplain
SFIHG Ministries

Letter from the Pastor - Monday, June 10, 2024: The Two Mindsets

Dear Beloved Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I trust you had a blessed and enriching Sunday as we delved into the profound message of Romans 8:5-8. Today, I want to remind you of the critical lesson regarding "The Two Mindsets" that we discussed.

Romans 8:5 speaks of the stark contrast between those who are dominated by the sinful nature and those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit. The mindset of the flesh is consumed with worldly desires, leading to actions that are contrary to God's will. This mindset aligns with Aristotle's concept of the appetitive side of the soul, which seeks immediate gratification and earthly pleasures.

In contrast, the mindset of the Spirit seeks to please God, pursuing spiritual growth and godliness. This aligns with the contemplative side of the soul, aspiring for truth, wisdom, and virtue. As we start this new week, I encourage you to examine your own thoughts and priorities. Are they dominated by the flesh, or are they aligned with the Spirit?

Let us commit to nurturing a Spirit-led mindset through prayer, Scripture study, and engagement with our faith community. By doing so, we can live a life that pleases God and experiences the peace and fulfillment He offers.

In His Service,
Brother Jesse
Co-founder & Sr. Chaplain
SFIHG Ministries

Bible Study for Monday, June 10, 2024: Overcoming the Fleshly Mindset

Summary

In today's study, we will explore practical steps for overcoming the fleshly mindset and living a life led by the Spirit. We will examine how prayer, Scripture study, and fellowship with other believers can help us align our thoughts and actions with God's will.

Bible Verses to Read
  • Romans 8:5-8 (NLT)
  • Galatians 5:16-17 (NLT)
  • Ephesians 6:18 (NLT)
Questions to Consider
  1. How does Galatians 5:16-17 encourage us to walk by the Spirit and not gratify the desires of the flesh?
  2. According to Ephesians 6:18, how does prayer help us in overcoming the fleshly mindset?
  3. Reflect on your own spiritual disciplines. Are you consistent in prayer and Scripture study?
  4. How can fellowship with other believers strengthen your resolve to live a Spirit-led life?
  5. What practical steps can you take today to overcome the fleshly mindset and cultivate a life led by the Spirit?
Feel free to share your thoughts and insights in the comments section below. Let's encourage one another as we seek to live in obedience to God's Word.

Morning Prayer for Monday, June 10, 2024

Gracious Lord,

We thank You for this new day and the fresh mercies that come with it. As we rise to face the day, we seek Your guidance and strength. Fill our hearts with Your love and compassion, so we may reflect Your grace to those around us.

Help us to remain steadfast in our faith and diligent in our work. May our actions glorify You and our words bring encouragement and hope to others. Lead us in paths of righteousness for Your name's sake.

In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

Sunday, June 9, 2024

Evening Prayer for Sunday, June 9, 2024

Heavenly Father,

As this day draws to a close, we thank You for Your faithfulness and provision. We are grateful for the opportunities and blessings You have bestowed upon us. As we prepare to rest, we ask for Your protection throughout the night. Watch over us and grant us peaceful sleep, knowing that You are always with us. May Your presence bring comfort and assurance to our hearts.

In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

Letter from the Pastor - Sunday, June 9, 2024: Supporting God's Work

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I pray this letter finds you well and filled with the peace of our Lord Jesus Christ. As we continue to serve the Lord through our online ministry, I am writing to humbly ask for your support.

Here at SFIHG Ministries, we are committed to freely sharing God's Word with all who seek it. We do not charge for access to our resources, nor do we have any subscription fees. Instead, we rely on the generosity of individuals like you to help us grow and reach even more souls with the message of salvation.

Your donations enable us to maintain our website, produce high-quality content, and expand our outreach efforts. Every contribution, no matter the size, makes a difference in advancing God's kingdom and spreading His love to those in need.

Please consider clicking the "Donate" button on our website to support our ministry. Your generosity will help us continue to freely share the life-changing message of Jesus Christ with people around the world.

Thank you for your faithful partnership in God's work. May the Lord bless you abundantly for your generosity.

In Christ's love,
Brother Jesse
Co-founder & Sr. Chaplain
SFIHG Ministries

The Mindset of the Spirit versus the Mindset of the Flesh

Romans 8:5 states, "Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit." This verse highlights the fundamental distinction between two types of mindsets: one governed by the flesh and the other by the Spirit. The mindset of the flesh is characterized by a preoccupation with worldly desires, selfishness, and sin. It focuses on immediate gratification and earthly pleasures, leading to actions that are often contrary to God’s will. This mindset can be associated with the appetitive side of the soul, as described by Aristotle in his *Nicomachean Ethics*. The appetitive side is driven by passions and desires, seeking to fulfill bodily and material wants.

In contrast, the mindset of the Spirit is focused on spiritual growth, godliness, and pleasing God. It engages in actions and thoughts that align with God’s commandments and lead to a deeper relationship with Him. This mindset aligns with Aristotle’s contemplative side of the soul, which seeks truth, wisdom, and virtue. The contemplative side aspires to understand and live according to higher principles, transcending mere physical desires.

To apply this to our daily lives, it is essential to engage in self-examination, evaluating where our thoughts and priorities lie. Are they dominated by the appetitive desires of the flesh, or are they cultivating the contemplative pursuit of spiritual truths? Practical steps to nurture a Spirit-controlled mindset include regular prayer and meditation to realign our thoughts with the Holy Spirit, dedicating time to study the Bible and allowing its teachings to shape our minds and hearts, and joining a faith community that encourages spiritual growth and holds members accountable to living a life led by the Spirit. By consciously choosing to nurture the contemplative side of the soul, believers can transform their mindset to one that is controlled by the Holy Spirit, thus aligning their lives with the will of God.

We see the profound impact of our thought patterns on our spiritual well-being. By understanding the distinction between the flesh and the Spirit, and incorporating Aristotle’s insights on the soul, we gain a richer perspective on how to live a life pleasing to God.

Romans 8:6 states, "So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace." This verse succinctly presents the stark contrast between the consequences of a fleshly mindset and a Spirit-controlled mindset. Allowing the sinful nature to dominate our thoughts results in spiritual death, which signifies a separation from God, a lack of true fulfillment, and ultimately, eternal consequences. The fleshly mindset is inherently destructive, leading individuals away from God's intended path and into a life filled with turmoil and emptiness.

Conversely, a mindset controlled by the Holy Spirit leads to life and peace. This "life" refers not only to eternal life promised through Jesus Christ but also to a more abundant and fulfilling life here and now. It is characterized by a deep, abiding sense of peace that transcends circumstances, grounded in a strong relationship with God. The peace mentioned here is not merely the absence of conflict but a profound sense of well-being and wholeness that comes from living in harmony with God's will.

The reality of spiritual death underscores the importance of consciously choosing to let the Spirit guide our thoughts and actions. It invites us to reflect on the long-term impact of our daily decisions and to seek the life and peace that come from a Spirit-led existence. Practical ways to cultivate this mindset include regular prayer, immersing ourselves in Scripture, and engaging in Christian community for support and accountability. By focusing our minds on the things that please the Spirit, we not only avoid the destructive consequences of a fleshly mindset but also embrace the rich, full life that God desires for us.

As Christians, we need to understand  the critical importance of our thought life and its far-reaching effects on our spiritual state. By choosing to let the Holy Spirit control our minds, we can experience the life and peace that only God can provide, steering clear of the spiritual death that comes from a fleshly mindset.

Romans 8:7-8 states, "For the sinful nature is always hostile to God. It never did obey God’s laws, and it never will. That’s why those who are still under the control of their sinful nature can never please God." These verses clearly articulate the inherent opposition between the sinful nature and God’s will. The sinful nature, by its very essence, is hostile to God. It resists and rebels against His commandments, refusing to submit to His authority. This rebellious nature is fundamentally incapable of pleasing God because it is driven by self-centered desires and is in constant conflict with the principles of godliness and righteousness.

The hostility and disobedience of the sinful nature underscore the futility of trying to please God while living according to the flesh. Those who are dominated by their sinful nature find themselves perpetually at odds with God’s laws, unable to align their lives with His divine purposes. This disobedience is not merely a matter of external actions but a deep-seated condition of the heart and mind that rejects God’s sovereignty.

Living a life that is pleasing to God requires a fundamental transformation that can only be achieved through the power of the Holy Spirit. It necessitates a complete surrender to God, allowing the Holy Spirit to renew our minds and hearts. This transformation leads us away from the rebellious inclinations of the sinful nature and towards a life characterized by obedience, faith, and a desire to fulfill God’s will. Practical steps to achieve this transformation include daily prayer for the Holy Spirit’s guidance, immersing ourselves in the study of Scripture to understand God’s commandments better, and engaging with a community of believers who encourage and support our spiritual growth.

By recognizing the deep incompatibility between the sinful nature and God, we are reminded of the importance of continually seeking the Holy Spirit’s influence in our lives. Only through His power can we overcome the hostility of the flesh and live in a manner that is truly pleasing to God.

In reflecting on Romans 8:5-8, we are confronted with the profound contrast between the mindset of the flesh and the mindset of the Spirit. We have seen how the fleshly mindset, driven by sinful nature, leads to death, spiritual alienation, and a life devoid of true peace and fulfillment. On the other hand, the Spirit-controlled mindset brings life and peace, guiding us into a deeper relationship with God and aligning our lives with His divine will.

We began by understanding the two mindsets and their implications. The mindset of the flesh, akin to Aristotle's appetitive side of the soul, is consumed with worldly desires and selfish pursuits. In contrast, the mindset of the Spirit, comparable to the contemplative side of the soul, seeks truth, wisdom, and a life that pleases God. This section emphasized the importance of cultivating a Spirit-led mindset through prayer, meditation, Scripture study, and engagement with a faith community.

Next, we examined the consequences of the fleshly mindset, which leads to spiritual death. This section highlighted the destructive nature of sin and the ultimate separation from God that it causes. Conversely, allowing the Holy Spirit to control our minds results in life and peace, offering us the fulfillment and inner tranquility that comes from living in accordance with God's will.

Finally, we explored the inherent incompatibility of the sinful nature with God. The sinful nature's hostility towards God and its refusal to obey His laws make it impossible to please God while living under its control. This section underscored the necessity of surrendering to the Holy Spirit and allowing Him to transform our hearts and minds, enabling us to live a life that is pleasing to God.

Let us be encouraged to examine our own lives and mindsets. Are we allowing the flesh to dominate our thoughts and actions, or are we striving to live under the guidance of the Holy Spirit? Let us seek the Holy Spirit’s help in overcoming the sinful nature and embracing a life that reflects God's love, wisdom, and peace. 

I invite each of you to engage in self-reflection and repentance, recognizing the areas where the flesh may be influencing your thoughts and actions. Commit to practical steps such as regular prayer, diligent Scripture study, and active participation in a supportive faith community to cultivate a Spirit-led mindset. 

May the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. May you be filled with the Holy Spirit, living a life that is pleasing to God and reflecting His love and grace to those around you. Thank you for your continued engagement and support of this ministry. May God bless you abundantly.

Bible Study for Sunday, June 9, 2024: The Two Mindsets

Summary

In today's study, we will delve deeper into the contrast between the mindset of the flesh and the mindset of the Spirit, as discussed in Romans 8:5-8. We will explore how these mindsets affect our daily lives and our relationship with God.

Bible Verses to Read
  • Romans 8:5-8 (NLT)
Questions to Consider
  1. According to Romans 8:5, what are the characteristics of those who live according to the flesh?
  2. How does a mindset dominated by the flesh lead to spiritual death, as described in Romans 8:6?
  3. In Romans 8:7-8, what is the relationship between the mindset of the flesh and hostility towards God?
  4. Reflect on your own mindset. Are there areas where you are allowing the flesh to dominate your thoughts and actions?
  5. How can you cultivate a mindset that is led by the Spirit and aligned with God's will?
Feel free to share your thoughts and insights in the comments section below. Let's learn and grow together in our journey of faith.

Morning Prayer for Sunday, June 9, 2024

Heavenly Father,

As we begin this blessed day, we come before You with hearts filled with gratitude. Thank You for the gift of a new day and the opportunity to gather in Your name. We ask for Your presence to guide us and fill us with Your Spirit.

Help us to embrace Your peace and joy as we worship and serve You today. Open our hearts to Your Word, and may it transform us into the likeness of Christ. Grant us the strength to walk in obedience and the wisdom to discern Your will in all we do.

In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

Saturday, June 8, 2024

Evening Prayer for Saturday, June 8, 2024

Dear Lord,

As we close this day, we thank You for Your unwavering love and faithfulness. We reflect on the blessings and challenges of the past week and offer them up to You. Forgive us for any wrongdoings and guide us towards Your path of righteousness.

Grant us a peaceful night's sleep and protect us from all harm. May we wake up with hearts full of gratitude and minds ready to serve You in all that we do.

In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

Letter from the Pastor - Saturday, June 8, 2024: Support Our Free Ministry

Dear Beloved Congregation,

Peace and blessings to you.

At SFIHG Ministries, we are committed to freely sharing the Word of God with everyone. We do not charge for our services or have subscription fees, as we believe that the Gospel should be accessible to all.

We rely on the generosity of supporters like you to sustain and grow our ministry. Your donations enable us to provide valuable resources, maintain our web-based ministry, and reach more people with the message of God's love and salvation.

Please click the "Donate" button to support our ministry. Your contribution, no matter the amount, makes a significant impact and helps us to spread the Good News.

In His Service,
Brother Jesse
Co-founder & Sr. Chaplain
SFIHG Ministries

Letter from the Pastor for the Upcoming Message on Sunday, June 9, 2024

Dear Beloved Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I greet you in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I pray this message finds you in good health and filled with the peace and joy that comes from walking in the Spirit.

I am delighted to announce that our new Sunday message, titled "The Mindset of the Spirit versus the Mindset of the Flesh," will be published on our ministry website this Sunday, June 9, 2024. This message, based on Romans 8:5-8 (NLT), explores the profound contrast between living according to the flesh and living according to the Spirit, drawing also on the wisdom of Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics to enrich our understanding.

This teaching is a powerful reminder of the importance of allowing the Holy Spirit to guide our thoughts and actions, leading us into a life of peace and fulfillment in God's will. It is a message that speaks to the very core of our spiritual journey and challenges us to evaluate our own mindsets and priorities.

I encourage each of you to read and reflect on this message. Let it inspire you to seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit in all areas of your life. Moreover, I urge you to share this message with your family, friends, and loved ones. Together, let us spread the transformative power of God's Word and encourage others to live a life led by the Spirit.

Please mark your calendars and set aside time to join us in delving into this important teaching. As always, your engagement and support are deeply appreciated, and I am grateful for the opportunity to share God's Word with you.

May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all, guiding you in truth and love.

In His Service,
Brother Jesse  
Co-founder & Sr. Chaplain  
SFIHG Ministries

Bible Study for Saturday, June 8, 2024: Living a Life of Encouragement


Summary

Our final study emphasizes the importance of adopting a lifestyle of encouragement. We reflect on how consistent, intentional encouragement can impact our lives and the lives of those around us.

Bible Verses to Read
  • Colossians 3:16 (NLT): "Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts."
  • Philippians 4:8 (NLT): "And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise."
Questions to Consider
  1. What are some daily practices you can adopt to become a more encouraging person?
  2. Reflect on how a life of encouragement can transform your relationships and community.
  3. How can you encourage others to also live a life of encouragement?
Please share your thoughts and insights in the comments section. Sharing personal reflections can further enrich the community and provide additional encouragement.

Morning Prayer for Saturday, June 8, 2024

Heavenly Father,

We greet this morning with gratitude and joy, thanking You for the restful night and the new day ahead. As we embark on this day, we seek Your guidance and Your blessing. Fill our hearts with Your love and our minds with Your peace.

Help us to be a blessing to others, showing kindness and compassion in all our interactions. Strengthen us to face the day with faith and hope, trusting in Your unfailing love and grace.

In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

Friday, June 7, 2024

Evening Prayer for Friday, June 7, 2024

Heavenly Father,

We thank You for the gift of this day and the many ways You have blessed us. As we prepare to rest, we surrender all our worries and concerns to You. May Your peace, which surpasses all understanding, guard our hearts and minds.

Bless our families and friends, keeping them safe through the night. May our sleep be restful and our dreams be filled with Your presence. Equip us with strength and courage for the day to come.

In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

Letter from the Pastor - Friday, June 7, 2024: Make a Difference

Dear Beloved Congregation,

Blessings to you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Our ministry is dedicated to making the Word of God freely available to all. We believe that the message of salvation should not be hindered by fees or subscriptions, and we are committed to providing our services at no cost.

To continue this important work, we need your support. Your donations make it possible for us to maintain and grow our ministry, ensuring that we can reach more people with the Gospel.

Please click the "Donate" button to contribute to our ministry. Every donation is a blessing and helps us to continue sharing God's Word freely.

In His Service,
Brother Jesse
Co-founder & Sr. Chaplain
SFIHG Ministries

Letter from the Pastor - Friday, June 7, 2024: Living a Life of Encouragement

Dear Beloved Congregation,

I greet you with the love of Christ as we end another week together. Our recent discussions have highlighted the importance of living a life characterized by encouragement. Philippians 4:8 reminds us to focus on what is true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, and admirable (NLT). By fixing our thoughts on these virtues, we can become consistent sources of encouragement to those around us.

As we move forward, let us make a conscious effort to incorporate encouraging words and actions into our daily lives. Whether it’s a kind gesture, a listening ear, or a simple prayer, every act of encouragement reflects the love of Christ and strengthens our community.

In His Service,
Brother Jesse
Co-founder & Sr. Chaplain
SFIHG Ministries

Bible Study for Friday, June 7, 2024: Sharing the Burden


Summary

In today's study, we focus on the importance of sharing our burdens with one another. We explore the biblical principle of mutual support within the Christian community.

Bible Verses to Read
  • Galatians 6:2 (NLT): "Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ."
  • Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 (NLT): "Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble."
Questions to Consider
  1. How can sharing your burdens with others provide relief?
  2. How can you be a supportive presence for those who are struggling?
  3. What role does the Christian community play in helping each other through tough times?
Please share your thoughts and insights in the comments section. Sharing personal reflections can further enrich the community and provide additional encouragement.

Morning Prayer for Friday, June 7, 2024

Dear Lord,

We thank You for the gift of this new day and the opportunities it brings. As we rise to meet the day, we ask for Your guidance and strength. Help us to walk in Your ways and to be mindful of Your presence in all that we do.

Grant us the courage to face any challenges and the wisdom to make decisions that honor You. May we be instruments of Your peace, sharing Your love with those around us.

In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

Thursday, June 6, 2024

Evening Prayer for Thursday, June 6, 2024

Merciful God,

As the day ends, we come to You in gratitude and humility. Thank You for Your love and mercy that sustains us. We seek Your forgiveness for any wrongs we have done and ask for Your strength to overcome our weaknesses.

Fill our hearts with Your peace and our homes with Your presence. Grant us a restful night and awaken us refreshed, ready to serve You with joy and faithfulness.

In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

Letter from the Pastor - Thursday, June 6, 2024: Join Us in Our Mission

Dear Beloved Congregation,

Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Our ministry exists to freely share the Word of God with everyone. We do not charge for our services or have subscription fees, because we want the message of salvation to be accessible to all.
We are asking for your support to help us continue and expand our mission. Your donations enable us to provide valuable resources, maintain our web-based ministry, and reach more people with the love of Christ.

Please consider clicking the "Donate" button to support our ministry. Every gift helps us to fulfill our mission and share the Good News with the world.

In His Service,
Brother Jesse
Co-founder & Sr. Chaplain
SFIHG Ministries

Letter from the Pastor - Thursday, June 6, 2024: Encouragement Through Actions

Dear Beloved Congregation,

Blessings to you as we continue to meditate on the lessons from our recent message. In addition to our words, our actions play a crucial role in encouraging others. As we read in 1 John 3:18, "Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions" (NLT).

My wife and I have seen firsthand the impact of visiting those in need and offering tangible signs of God's presence, such as the clinging cross from Bethlehem. Our actions speak volumes and can bring hope and encouragement to those going through tough times. Let us commit to being the hands and feet of Jesus, showing His love through our deeds.

In His Service,
Brother Jesse
Co-founder & Sr. Chaplain
SFIHG Ministries

Bible Study for Thursday, June 6, 2024: Faith in God's Promises


Summary

This study encourages us to place our trust in God's promises as a source of strength and hope. We examine how faith can help us overcome worry and anxiety.

Bible Verses to Read
  • Psalm 55:22 (NLT): "Give your burdens to the Lord, and he will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall."
  • Romans 15:13 (NLT): "I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit."
Questions to Consider
  1. 1. What are some of God's promises that bring you comfort and hope?
  2. 2. How does trusting in God's promises help alleviate your worries?
  3. 3. How can you share the message of God's faithfulness with others?
Please share your thoughts and insights in the comments section. Sharing personal reflections can further enrich the community and provide additional encouragement.

Morning Prayer for Thursday, June 6, 2024

Merciful Father,

We give You thanks for the gift of this new day. As we open our eyes to the world around us, may we also open our hearts to Your presence. Guide us with Your wisdom and fill us with Your peace.

Help us to be a source of encouragement and strength to those we meet today. May our words and actions reflect Your love and grace. Keep us safe and focused on Your path, trusting in Your steadfast love.

In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

Wednesday, June 5, 2024

Evening Prayer for Wednesday, June 5, 2024

Loving Father,

As night falls, we pause to give thanks for Your many blessings. We are grateful for Your presence in our lives, guiding and protecting us. Help us to release any anxieties and rest in Your peace.

May our hearts be filled with gratitude and our minds be at ease. Bless our sleep with tranquility and our dreams with Your peace. Keep our families and friends safe under Your watchful eye.

In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.