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The Good Life

October 13, 2021

During the month of October, the Lord instructed us to pray every night at 10:00pm. Thank you Prophetess Blackstock for your obedience and keeping us on task. There are many forces that can attack you during these dark days so praying nightly and daily is crucial. In today’s Bishop’s Buzz I wanted to focus on our main scripture of the month John 10:10. It establishes who to watch out for, but more importantly, what Jesus wants to deliver to His sheepfold. In John 10:10, it presents a very famous portion of text that is quoted as much as any other portion of scripture. There are two dynamics going on in the scripture that don’t necessarily believe to be related. Don’t be fooled, they most definitely are. In order for us to get the full picture we must then look at the scripture in its context. The text reads “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out. And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice. And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers. This parable spake Jesus unto them: but they understood not what things they were which he spake unto them. Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep. All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them. I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” (John 10:1 – 10 KJV) When you read verse 10 now it becomes clearer. The thief is the enemy and he came to steal, kill and destroy. The Devil’s plan is to steal, kill, and destroy your life, dreams, your joy, your hopes, and your love. The Devil’s plan is obvious and we keep falling for it. Let’s realize his plan and react by rejecting him and the Devil will flee. In the same scripture we see God’s most loving plan for His children. He has come to give us life and life more abundantly. The abundant life is not meant for the occasional Christian or just for the most elite, it meant for all of us. Let’s grab ahold of the abundant life Jesus has promised us by following Jesus by our actions and our love. People of God remember Jesus came to give us the sweet life. We are called to live an abundant life. Ephesians 2:10 in the Amplified version Bible explains this principle better then I ever could. “For we are God's [own] handiwork (His workmanship), recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us [taking paths which He prepared ahead of time], that we should walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live].” (Ephesians 2:10 APC) Repeat after me “I have the Good Life!” We all should speak life into your good life! Thank you for reading another Bishop’s Buzz. A buzz is not a buzz unless you share it! God Bless, Bishop Adam Blackstock

What Are You Looking At?

October 6, 2021 • Bishop Adam G. Blackstock • Matthew 14:22

In this time the enemy has given us so much to look at, that we are bombarded with sensory overload in our eyes. We see depravity on TV, the internet, and everywhere we travel to. What used to be blocked by censors and pay walls for adults, is now available free of charge for almost everyone and available everywhere. Our mission as Christians is to fight through the clutter and keep our eyes on the Lord. It is critically important to the life of the spirit in you that we keep our eyes pure from sexual immorality and vulgarity. Our eyes are the gateway to the soul and thus we have to protect them with everything we have. When we move our eyes to our circumstance and not on Jesus we drown in a sea of despair. Let’s look at Peter’s example found in the book of Matthew. “And straightway Jesus constrained his disciples to get into a ship, and to go before him unto the other side, while he sent the multitudes away. And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone. But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary. And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea. And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear. But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid. And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?” (Matthew 14:22-31 KJV) In this example we find two principles to follow: the first is keeping our eyes on Jesus and the things of God. The second is that God controls the storms, he will never let you sink. If you keep your eyes on Jesus, remember these two things Jesus is the way and the light and when it is stormy in your life, know that Jesus is in control of the storms. He will calm the storms for you if you have the faith to believe He can do it. People of God remember to “keep your eyes on Jesus”. The windows to your soul are your eyes, so make sure you have blinders on them that keeps away the enemy. Thank you for reading another Bishop’s Buzz. A buzz is not a buzz unless you share it! God Bless, Bishop Adam Blackstock

Restored

September 29, 2021 • Bishop Adam G. Blackstock • 2 Corinthians 10:3–6, Psalm 51:1–11

Jesus was placed on the earth by God to purge us of our death behaviors and bring us into the marvelous light. Jesus did what only God could do for His people. Use His blood to wash us whiter then snow. We need to ask Yeshua to heal us and restore us from our sinful nature. During this season of our lives we need to do everything possible to remove the sinful residue of the enemy off of our lives. David, the King of Israel, sinned against God when he committed adultery with Bathsheba. He tricked her husband into going to the front lines of war in order to take his wife for himself. What a sinful act! What David did after that sin, is a model for repentance we should all follow. “To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet came unto him, after he had gone in to Bath-sheba. Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: According unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, And cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions: And my sin is ever before me. Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: That thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest. Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; And in sin did my mother conceive me. Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: And in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom. Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Make me to hear joy and gladness; That the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice. Hide thy face from my sins, And blot out all mine iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God; And renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence; And take not thy holy spirit from me.” (Psalms 51:1-11 KJV) Here we see repentance leads directly to restoration. He was restored. It didn’t mean he did not have a price to pay for his sin, but it did mean that it would not stop him from being a “Man after God’s Own Heart.” Repeat after me – “I am restored!” Can I say something to you without condemnation, if you take the freedom to repent, you open the door not only to restoration but increase, prosperity, health and life. Let’s spend the next week removing the hinderances to our breakthrough. Paul in the second letter to the Corinthian church knew the battle every Christian would have to fight. He stated “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (for the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; and having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.” (2 Corinthians 10:3-6 KJV) Repeat after me – “I am restored!” Why would we think we are different than David, Solomon, Peter, Paul and others that went before us. They had to battle against the wiles of the enemy, we have to battle as well. If we fight off the enemy, we have a great opportunity for a deliverance, a breakthrough, a healing, a victory, and a transformation. Let’s do it! One last time - Repeat after me – “I am restored!” Thank you for reading another Bishop’s Buzz. A buzz is not a buzz unless you share it! God Bless, Bishop Adam Blackstock

The Feast of Tabernacles

September 22, 2021

The seventh (and final) festival given to Israel is called Sukkot (סֻכּוֹת) or the "Feast of Tabernacles." Sukkot is observed in the fall, from the 15th to the 22nd of Tishri. During this time many Jewish families construct a sukkah (סֻכָּה), a small hastily built hut in which meals are eaten throughout the festival. The sukkah is used to remember the huts [plural: sukkot] Israel lived in during their 40 year sojourn in the desert after the exodus from Egypt. Later, after Israel entered the land of promise, Sukkot was associated with the fall harvest and came to be known as Chag ha-Asif (חַג הָאָסִף), the "Festival of Ingathering" (of the harvest) at the end of the year. Certain customs were incorporated into the observance of Sukkot, including decorating the sukkah, performing special "wave" ceremonies of the "Four Species" (i.e., the lulav), circling the synagogue in a processional while singing hymns (hakkafot), and reciting various Hebrew blessings to sanctify the festival. While the Torah states that Sukkot is a seven day holiday (Lev. 23:34; Deut. 16:13), an additional day called "Shmini Atzeret" is also included (Lev. 23:36; Num. 29:35). And since Sukkot marked the end of the agricultural year, a further holiday called Simchat Torah was added to celebrate the end of Torah reading cycle for the year as well. I believe Matthew 17:1-9 shows us a type and shadow of the experience we have every Feast of Tabernacles season. God is with us and shows Himself to us. “And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart, and was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light. And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him. Then answered Peter, and said unto Jesus, Lord, it is good for us to be here: if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias. While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him. And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their face, and were sore afraid. And Jesus came and touched them, and said, Arise, and be not afraid. And when they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no man, save Jesus only. And as they came down from the mountain, Jesus charged them, saying, Tell the vision to no man, until the Son of man be risen again from the dead.” (Matthew 17:1-9 KJV) If we are followers of Jesus then we should do the activities that Jesus did. He was in the temple during the Feast of Tabernacles, so we should do it also. “Then, midway through the festival, Jesus went up to the Temple and began to teach. On the last day, the climax of the festival, Jesus stood and shouted to the crowds, “Anyone who is thirsty may come to me! Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.’” (When he said “living water,” he was speaking of the Spirit, who would be given to everyone believing in him. But the Spirit had not yet been given, because Jesus had not yet entered into his glory” (JohnNLT 39-7:14, 37) Lastly I prophesy that Haggai 2 will come upon you. This is the sixth day of the Feast of Tabernacles. The day of man during the feast the lord is going to bless you tremendously. Lets see what the Prophet Haggai declared “In the seventh month, in the one and twentieth day of the month, came the word of the LORD by the prophet Haggai, saying, Speak now to Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to Joshua the son of Josedech, the high priest, and to the residue of the people, saying, Who is left among you that saw this house in her first glory? and how do ye see it now? is it not in your eyes in comparison of it as nothing? Yet now be strong, O Zerubbabel, saith the LORD; and be strong, O Joshua, son of Josedech, the high priest; and be strong, all ye people of the land, saith the LORD, and work: for I am with you, saith the LORD of hosts: According to the word that I covenanted with you when ye came out of Egypt, so my spirit remaineth among you: fear ye not. For thus saith the LORD of hosts; Yet once, it is a little while, and I will shake the heavens, and the earth, and the sea, and the dry land; and I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come: and I will fill this house with glory, saith the LORD of hosts. The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, saith the LORD of hosts. The glory of this latter house shall be greater than of the former, saith the LORD of hosts: and in this place will I give peace, saith the LORD of hosts.” (Haggai 2:1-9 KJV) Next time you wonder if you should celebrate The Feast of Tabernacles, ask yourself, am I a Christian? Because if the answer is yes then as followers of Jesus Christ you should do what he would do since he was Jewish and a descendant of David. Thank you for reading another Bishop’s Buzz. A buzz is not a buzz unless you share it! God Bless, Bishop Adam Blackstock

Yom Kippur (The Day of At onement)

September 15, 2021 • Bishop Adam G. Blackstock • Isaiah 53:2–7, Acts 13:36–39, 1 John 4:10

Yom Kippur is the holiest day of the Jewish year. It's the day of atonement after the Jewish new year, Rosh Hashanah. On this day, Jews ask God for forgiveness for their sins to secure their fate. It's also known as the Sabbath of Sabbaths. It begins Wednesday evening and ends Thursday evening. (Yom Kippur usually falls in September or October each year). More than half of Jews will observe the holiday by fasting, according to a Pew Research Center survey. Some will avoid working, wearing leather shoes, applying makeup or lotion, washing or bathing and having marital relations. During this time, Jews attend worship services where the machzor, a prayer book used during holy days, is read and specific prayers are recited. At the end of the services, a shofar or ram's horn is blown to signal the end of Yom Kippur. Then, Jews are able to feast, breaking the fast. Jews believe the first Yom Kippur occurred after God gave Moses the Ten Commandments at Mount Sinai. When Moses came down from the mountain, he found the Israelites worshiping a gold idol calf. After they atoned for their sin, God forgave them and offered Moses a second set of tablets. God's own Word described the One who would come, die, bear the sins of humanity, and be rejected. Jesus is the answer to many prayers and the bearer of our sins. Isaiah tells us in chapter 53 “For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.” (Isaiah 53:2-7 KJV) In this verse we clearly see that God intended for Jesus to be our “atonement.” But just like it was in His time and the Jewish people did not believe that he was the Messiah, the Christians of today do not believe or want to understand why we should celebrate Yom Kippur. In the book of Acts, chapter 13 we read “For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell on sleep, and was laid unto his fathers, and saw corruption: But he, whom God raised again, saw no corruption. Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins: And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses.” (Acts 13:36-39 KJV) Lastly in 1 John 4:10 it expressly states that Jesus atoned for our sins. “This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” (1 John 4:10 NIV) Next time you wonder if you should celebrate Yom Kippur by fasting, then feasting, ask yourself, am I a Christian? Because if the answer is yes then as followers of Jesus Christ you should do what he would do since he was Jewish and a descendant of David. Thank you for reading another Bishop’s Buzz. A buzz is not a buzz unless you share it! God Bless, Bishop Adam Blackstock

It is Time to Strip (everything that weighs us down)

August 25, 2021 • Bishop Adam G. Blackstock • Romans 12:1–2, Ephesians 4:17–24, Hebrews 12:1–6

If you have a desire to go higher in the Lord, you must be willing to take off the things that separate you from Him. Jesus took on every burden that causes us concern or keeps us from Him. The sin that trips you up must be destroyed for you to be used by God. When it is too warm. You must remove layers of clothing, it is the same in the kingdom of God. When you are getting hotter and hotter for the Lord and the ministry, you must get rid of the activities that stop your elevation in Him. Let’s look at a portion of scriptures that backs up this argument. In the book of Hebrews, the writer proclaims that “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne. Think of all the hostility he endured from sinful people; then you won’t become weary and give up. After all, you have not yet given your lives in your struggle against sin. And have you forgotten the encouraging words God spoke to you as his children? He said, “My child, don’t make light of the Lord’s discipline, and don’t give up when he corrects you. For the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes each one he accepts as his child.” Repeat after me, I am a child of the light.” (Hebrews 12:1-6 NLT) We cannot continue to look like the world and think we are leading our non-believing neighbors to the Lord. Who are you fooling? No one. We of course are saved but we must be truly converted. What does God say about this? Here are a few scriptures that back answer that very question. In the book of Romans, Paul writes “And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” (Romans 12:1-2 NLT) He also writes in the book of Ephesians in chapter four that “With the Lord’s authority I say this: Live no longer as the Gentiles do, for they are hopelessly confused. Their minds are full of darkness; they wander far from the life God gives because they have closed their minds and hardened their hearts against him. They have no sense of shame. They live for lustful pleasure and eagerly practice every kind of impurity. But that isn’t what you learned about Christ. Since you have heard about Jesus and have learned the truth that comes from him, throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy. (Ephesians 4:17-24 NLT) My brothers and sisters, it is imperative to strip down and take off any sin, guilt, burden, hurt, pain, or wicked devise that separates you from reaching the highest levels with God. Thank you for reading another Bishop’s Buzz. A buzz is not a buzz unless you share it! God Bless, Bishop Adam Blackstock

The Dark Comprehended it Not

August 18, 2021 • Bishop Adam G. Blackstock • John 1:1–5, Ephesians 5:11, 2 Corinthians 6:14, 1 John 1:7, John 8:12

As you begin to draw closer and closer to the Lord, you find yourself surrounded by more and more people that either look like you and are light people or the opposite, people that are darker than they used to be. It is important to know that they are not getting darker in most cases, your light is just getting brighter. God wants your light to shine so that you will draw all men unto Him. He also wants you to be brighter so that you may expose the darkness for what it is, Satan-led activities. Jesus showed us that even His light was bright and the darkness did not understand Him. John said “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.”(John 1:1-5 KJV) Repeat after me, I AM a child of the light. I believe this refrain is an important call of the believer. We should shout it from the mountain tops. If you live right, you won't even need to shout at it at all. Your light will show up everywhere you go by your actions. In the sermon on the mount in the book of Matthew, Jesus shared with us the importance of showing the light of God off through our activities. Jesus said “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:14-16 KJV) Jesus said that you showing your light off will glorify God. I believe a mandate from God was drawn at that point. Has your light stopped shining? Has it dimmed because of circumstances and concerns of the world? The greatest proof of your citizenship in the kingdom of God is your ability to shine your light bright even amid trials and tribulations. Repeat after me, I AM a child of the light. Here are a few more scriptures for you to ponder. “Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” (John 8:12 KJV) “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.”(1 John 1:7 KJV) “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?” (2 Corinthians 6:14 KJV) “And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.” (Ephesians 5:11 KJV) Last time, repeat after me, I AM a child of the light. Thank you for reading another Bishop’s Buzz. A buzz is not a buzz unless you share it! God Bless, Bishop Adam Blackstock

Rebellion

August 4, 2021 • Bishop Adam Blackstock • 1 Samuel 15:23, Proverbs 17:11, Isaiah 30:8–9

Rebellious, a word we use to describe our unruly family members, our children, and others, is thrown around way too often, not knowing the spirit behind it. We have to be careful about labeling others with that word or others just like it. Let’s look at a few scriptures that support my argument about using the word rebellion. “For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, And stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, He hath also rejected thee from being king.” (1 Samuel 15:23 KJV) “An evil man seeketh only rebellion: therefore a cruel messenger shall be sent against him.” (Proverbs 17:11 KJV) “Now go, write it before them in a table, and note it in a book, that it may be for the time to come forever and ever: that this is a rebellious people, lying children, children that will not hear the law of the LORD:” (Isaiah 30:8-9 KJV) So let’s discuss what to do when we come across the spirit of rebellion in our families. Prophetess has provided a prayer for us to use. Do not be shy to use it. God does not want rebellion in our families, churches, and homes. Reject rebellion, kick the spirit out of your life and homes. Cover your children with the blood of Jesus by praying the following confessions over them. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, I repent for all generational idolatry. I repent for all personal and generational rebellion, stubbornness, and disobedience that have contributed to witchcraft in my life and my generational line. I repent for all envy and jealousy of the mind, physical bodies, and personalities of others. I repent for any worship of myself and any need for personal recognition. I repent for all envy and jealousy of the spiritual giftings and capacities of others. I repent for myself and for those in my generational line who did not guard the gates of the spiritual and physical senses. I repent for choosing my will above the will of the Lord. I choose to owe no one anything but to love one another. I choose to cast off the work of darkness and to put on the armor of light, the Lord Jesus Christ, and to make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lust. I choose to walk only according to the grace and anointing God has given to me. I choose to walk in unity with my brothers and sisters in the Lord. I choose to follow Christ, living a life of love, preferring others above myself. I choose to yield and surrender my rights so that I might serve the Lord wholeheartedly. I choose to be devoted to one another in brotherly love and to honor one another above myself. I will never be lacking in zeal but will keep my spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. I will be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer. I will share with God’s people who are in need. I will practice hospitality. I will bless those who persecute me. I will rejoice with those who rejoice and will mourn with those who mourn. I will live in harmony with other believers. I will not be proud, but I will associate with people of low position. I will not be conceited. I will not repay evil for evil. I will have regard for good things in the sight of all men. I will live at peace with everyone. I will not take revenge on others. Lord, please now remove all ungodly spiritual beings and devices that have been empowered by my idolatry, rebellion, and jealousy, and the idolatry, rebellion, and jealousy of my ancestors. Lord, please disconnect me from any evil network and I break all ungodly ties between the abode of the enemy and myself. Lord, please remove the generational tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Lord, please break the cords of death that entangle me, the torrents of destruction that overwhelm me, the cords of Sheol that are coiled around me, and the snares of death that confront me. Lord, please return through the blood of Jesus any godly anointing, energy, authority, finances, and health given away and perverted because of my sin and my ancestors’ sin. Lord, please set me as a seal upon Your heart, and as a seal upon Your arm, for Your Love is stronger than death. I declare that the Lord, Jesus Christ, is the Lord overall. Thank you for reading another Bishop’s Buzz. A buzz is not a buzz unless you share it! God Bless, Bishop Adam Blackstock

Who's House? God's House

July 28, 2021 • Joshua 24:14–15

When I was a teenager, there was a rap group called Run D MC and every concert they sang a song before the real show started, called Run’s House. It was a refrain we youngsters did not realize was setting us up to receive a great concert…no matter how they performed because they established it was Run’s House! They would have us say “Who’s House?” And we would loudly say “Run’s House!” Today I would like you to try it with the most important change to the saying. I am asking you “who’s house?” And your response has to be “God’s House!” We cannot take God’s House for granted nor should we ignore who’s name is truly on the inside and outside of it. When a guest enters your home, there are certain rules a guest must maintain to stay there. Better yet, there are certain rules a new family member must adhere to to stay in your family. In the book of Joshua, it is written that “Now, therefore, fear the LORD, and serve him in sincerity and truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye the LORD. And if it seems evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD” (Joshua 24:14-15 KJV). We as Christians need to live by this in our homes, but more importantly, that must be one of the first rules of the house of God. We cannot and will not treat God’s house any old way. God’s house is precious to Him and it should be just as precious to us. We cannot accept any mess in His house and expect God to bless it. His house is called a House of prayer and we must continue that tradition. At Glory Bible Fellowship, we follow God’s rules for our lives through His Holy Word. I am asking you, the reader to share this refrain everywhere you go. Who’s House? God’s House! Let’s try that again, Who’s House? And you say God’s House! Didn’t that feel good and a relief that you are telling anybody and everybody that you belong to God. Your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost, so in essence, you are saying my body belongs to God. Thank you for reading another Bishop’s Buzz. A buzz is not a buzz unless you share it! God Bless, Bishop Adam Blackstock

In The Right Place!

July 21, 2021

In the last Bishop’s Buzz, I talked about doors. Doors that God will open, close, and give you access to. In a similar vein, I would like you to explore being in the right place and the right time to receive a supernatural breakthrough. Let’s look at a few people in scripture that did just that. Some times you need to be in the right place or put yourself in the right place to get the miracle blessing from God. In Mark 8:22 - 26, we find someone in the right place. Jesus comes to the pool of Bethsaida and heals a blind man. The blind man was always there, but what would have happened if he left too early? Let’s see what happened because he waited on the anointing of God to show up. The bible reads “And he cometh to Bethsaida; and they bring a blind man unto him, and besought him to touch him. And he took the blind man by the hand, and led him out of the town; and when he had spit on his eyes, and put his hands upon him, he asked him if he saw ought. And he looked up, and said, I see men as trees, walking. After that he put his hands again upon his eyes, and made him look up: and he was restored, and saw every man clearly. And he sent him away to his house, saying, Neither go into the town, nor tell it to any in the town.” (Mark 8:22-26 KJV) In Mark chapter 5, we find Jesus on the way to raise someone else’s child from the dead, and while on the way another miracle happens. Sometimes we need to wait on Jesus to come or we need to ensure we are on the road for him to pass by for a touch. “And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years, and had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse, when she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment. For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole. And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague. And Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him, turned him about in the press, and said, Who touched my clothes? And his disciples said unto him, Thou seest the multitude thronging thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me? And he looked round about to see her that had done this thing. But the woman fearing and trembling, knowing what was done in her, came and fell down before him, and told him all the truth. And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague. (Mark 5:25-34 KJV) Lastly let’s look at Zacchaeus. He ensured he would see Jesus and Jesus would see him when Yeshua passed by. And Jesus entered and passed through Jericho. And, behold, there was a man named Zacchæus, which was the chief among the publicans, and he was rich. And he sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the press, because he was little of stature. And he ran before, and climbed up into a sycomore tree to see him: for he was to pass that way. And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchæus, make haste, and come down; for to day I must abide at thy house. And he made haste, and came down, and received him joyfully. And when they saw it, they all murmured, saying, That he was gone to be guest with a man that is a sinner. And Zacchæus stood, and said unto the Lord; Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold. And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham. For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost. And as they heard these things, he added and spake a parable, because he was nigh to Jerusalem, and because they thought that the kingdom of God should immediately appear. (Luke 19:1-11 KJV) People of God remember to get in place to receive your miracle. What changes will you have to make? Make them now before it is too late. Thank you for reading another Bishop’s Buzz. A buzz is not a buzz unless you share it! God Bless, Bishop Adam Blackstock

Doors

July 7, 2021

Some doors are present in our lives that we must truly investigate. One question you must ask is what am I hiding behind the door? Or even better, should I have closed that door? Wait there is one more even deeper question, should I open the door? Should I open the door to my heart? Should I open the door to this relationship? Should I open the door to this opportunity? Doors have so much meaning in our lives, physically, emotionally, and socially. Do you need to ask yourself a question is it the right time to open the door again? Some of us have closed our doors for way too long. There is a simple principle to God, it is found in Mathew chapter seven. Jesus tells us to “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: for every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.” (Mathew 7:7-8 KJV). At Glory Bible Fellowship International Church, we believe that Jesus can open any door that needs to be open and will close the doors that need to be closed. I agree that some doors need to stay shut, but there are some doors that you may need to open again. I want you to watch the video again and listen to the narrator. He presents many options about your specific door. Keep it open, shut it, you make the call. Or do you? Let the Lord show you which doors need to be shut or open. In Revelation chapter 3, Jesus tells us He knows our works and tells us that if we stand fast, he will open doors that no man can shut. “And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth, I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.” (Revelation 3:7-8 KJV) People of God remember doors, doors, doors! What will you do? Thank you for reading another Bishop’s Buzz. A buzz is not a buzz unless you share it! God Bless, Bishop Adam Blackstock

Freedom

June 30, 2021

We must never stop thanking Yeshua for the freedoms we have, as we come upon Independence day, please remember the freedom that comes from our Heavenly Father. As we have cookouts, family gatherings, and ceremonies this weekend, do not let one moment get past you to remember when you were in bondage to sin and the fleshly world. Dr. Martin Luther King, in his most famous speech, repeated these immortal words, “Free at Last, Free at Last, Thank God Almighty, We Are Free at Last.” As we dig deeper into those words, we recognize that God gives us our freedom. King was talking about equality for African Americans, but those words can easily be exchanged for the freedom the Lord gives us from sin. Here are some scriptures to remind you about your freedom. “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.” (Galatians 5:1 KJV) “Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” (2 Corinthians 3:17 KJV) “For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness. What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death. But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:20-23 KJV) “Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. They answered him, We be Abraham's seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free? Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin. And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever. If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.” (John 8:31-36 KJV) Glory Bible Fellowship International Church, family, and friends let’s keep Jesus on our mind as we remember the freedom He gives us this Independence day. Remember, Freedom comes from God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Ghost, Three in One! Thank you for reading another Bishop’s Buzz. A buzz is not a buzz unless you share it! God Bless, Bishop Adam Blackstock

When Men Pray

June 16, 2021

As we approach Father’s Day, I believe this is the appropriate time to discuss what happens when men pray. In the second chapter of First Timothy, Paul encourages a prayer to be the answer; the expected results are an atmosphere conducive to Christian discipleship and a demonstration of fruitful evangelism. In the second half of the chapter, Paul addresses first the men and then the women about issues specific to each gender. Paul spoke specifically to the men about the matter of prayer; it seems he didn’t need to raise it with the women. Sounds familiar to what happens in the body of Christ now perhaps? Or was this just an issue in Paul’s day? Paul stated “I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.” (1 Timothy 2:8 KJV) He tells us that men should pray everywhere and anywhere. I am reminded, in the book of James, that when men pray there is power and authority. James tells us that “Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms. Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: and the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” (James 5:13-16 KJV) Let us look especially close to the b section of James 5:16, James tells us that “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” (James 5:16b KJV) When a righteous man prays there is effective power that God delivers through the Holy Spirit working through the man. In most churches in America and maybe across the world there are way more women in church than men. That does not mean the men are to sit back and let the women lead out in every facet of ministry. It is not time for men to be passive church members. It is time for men to take leadership positions. Not leadership positions in the church but a leadership position in pray. I challenge every man to pray 15 minutes more a day, then 30 minutes, then an hour, then two hours, and so on. I believe if you add more prayer to your life you are guaranteed to see the power of Jesus change your life and the lives of your family members forever. Remember, never stop praying men! Paul tells us that in 1 Thessalonians 5:17. He commands us to “Pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17 KJV) So I tell you again men and everybody for that fact, pray without ceasing! Thanking you for reading another Bishop’s Buzz. A buzz is not a buzz unless you share it! God Bless, Bishop Adam Blackstock

Reverse My Thinking

June 9, 2021

When we open our bibles there are several stories of God reversing someone’s future destiny. Jesus does this by His love, His faith, and by His powerful word. Moreover, when Jesus shows up in our lives, he immediately reverses our thinking. Let’s look at an example of God showing us how to reverse our thinking. In the Beatitudes found in Matthew chapter 5, we see God explaining that those who might be the least will receive the most. “And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him: and he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying, Blessed are the poor in spirit: for their's is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for their's is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. 12Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.” (Matthew 5:1-11 KJV) Isaiah also tells us that in chapter 61 of his namesake book that God reverses our circumstances. What we have God gives us the opposite. “The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; to proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; to appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified. And they shall build the old wastes, they shall raise up the former desolations, and they shall repair the waste cities, the desolations of many generations. And strangers shall stand and feed your flocks, and the sons of the alien shall be your plowmen and your vinedressers. But ye shall be named the Priests of the LORD: men shall call you the Ministers of our God: ye shall eat the riches of the Gentiles, and in their glory shall ye boast yourselves. For your shame ye shall have double; and for confusion they shall rejoice in their portion: therefore in their land they shall possess the double: everlasting joy shall be unto them.” (Isaiah 61:1-7 KJV) People of God it is time for us to reverse our thinking because Yeshua has given us every tool needed to return to our status of when we walled in the garden of Eden with God. I am going back to that state in my mind, and my heart. What about you? I am Blessed because Yeshua tells me so. Thank you Jesus for reversing our thinking. Thank you for reading another Bishop’s Buzz. A buzz is not a buzz unless you share it! God Bless You! Bishop Adam Blackstock

Young Christians Need to Elevate

May 26, 2021

As we prepare for another youth Sunday, God wanted me to remind the adults in the world that the young Christians in their lives need to be encouraged to do more, be more, and live like Jesus. The generation after us is the first generation of Christians that identify with having a church home significantly less than the previous generation. Considerably fewer young people identify themselves as Christians than the previous generation. Although more third-world countries are finding the Lord in incredible growing numbers, right here in the United States and other first- world countries the numbers of new Christians is decreasing at an alarming rate. Parents, grandparents, and guardians, it is crucial in this season to defend the faith and evangelize to the young person in your life. They are not just the future of the church. They are the present! Young people cannot wait until they are adults to make a difference for the Kingdom of God. Do it now! There are two scriptures we have to continue to enforce to all young people in our lives. They encourage them to become the best version of themselves in the eyes of God. The first scripture is Ecclesiastes 11:9-10. This scripture tells young people that what they plan to do in their youth is vanity. Clean up their act right away. “Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth; and let thy heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thine heart, and in the sight of thine eyes: but know thou, that for all these things God will bring thee into judgment. Therefore remove sorrow from thy heart, and put away evil from thy flesh: for childhood and youth are vanity.” (Ecclesiastes 11:9- 10 KJV). The scripture reminds the young believer to make the transition to spiritual adulthood sooner rather than later. I encourage you to minister this scripture to your teenager and young adult. Let’s get them back into the household of God right away. The second scripture is 1 Timothy 4:10-12. This scripture encourages the young person that is already moving in the gifts of God that they are important to the body of Christ. Be a true example of the Lord. For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe. These things command and teach. Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity. (1 Timothy 4:10-12 KJV) Again I say to the young people in your life, you are not just the future you are the present. Rise young person it is your time to shine. You are not the future of the church. You are the present! Don’t wait until you are adults to make a difference for the Kingdom of God. Do it now! In May, Prophetess Adrinne Blackstock instructed us to declare in the atmosphere the following refrain: May will be filled with blessings. May will be filled with positivity. May will be filled with progress. May will be filled with opportunities. May will be filled with new beginnings. May will be filled with “peace of mind.” Rise young person, it is your time to shine. Thank you for reading another Bishop’s Buzz. A buzz is not a buzz unless you share it! God Bless You! Bishop Adam Blackstock

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