Stand Your Ground, by Pastor Carl H. Stevens.

The Word of God is filled with accounts of great battles fought by men and women who looked to God for the victory. As Christians, we have the promises throughout Scripture to get us through difficult times. When we see the faithfulness of God, we grow in faith. But 1 Samuel 17:52 speaks of the “wounded who fell down by the way.” The wounded are “cast down,” according to Proverbs 7:26. People who have been wounded may stop growing spiritually. The wounded soul is crying out in despair (Job 24:12). It cries out in need.

How does God heal a person who has wounds in his soul? In Jeremiah 30:17, He said, “I will restore health unto thee, and I will heal thee of thy wounds.” The hands of the Lord make a person whole (Job 5:18). God binds up the wounds and heals the broken heart (Psalm 147:3).

But God also provides spiritual protection—armor to keep us from being wounded further.

When we put it on daily by faith, this armor enables us to resist Satan; it causes him to flee. In this booklet, we will show how God’s armor enables the believer to stand his ground in any battle.

Love's Plan For You, by Pastor Carl H. Stevens.

The plan of God’s love is a tremendous principle. Billions of years before we were born, the Lord Jesus Christ knew each of us by name.
There is no reason for us to suffer from self-pity, because He has considered each one of us. Before we came into this world, Jesus Christ knew everything about our weaknesses. He knew every problem we would have. He knew every sin we would commit.
God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit sat down in an eternal convention before the foundation of the world (see Acts 2:23; Isaiah 46:10; Ephesians 1:4) and perfectly planned the provisions we would receive the moment we accepted Christ as our Savior.
Everything we would need to live in Him was provided for us at the point of salvation (see 2 Thessalonians 2:13).
God planned our lives so that regardless of what we do as Christians, everything will work together for good. There is not a thing we can do to defeat God’s plan. We can challenge it at times, but we can never, ever defeat it.
God knows our end from the beginning. He chose us before the foundation of the world. God was able to plan things on the basis of who Jesus Christ is and what He has done. He deals with us according to the fact that what Jesus did is a finished work. This booklet will show that no matter what you have done, no matter how much you have failed, if you have accepted Christ you will never be defeated. God is love, and He has a plan for you.

Redeeming the time, by Pastor Carl H. Stevens.

See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil (Ephesians 5:16,17).

Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time (Colossians 4:5).
A statement that is so often heard by people is, "Time goes by so quickly!" Important events are viewed with great anticipation for months, and soon they become memories. Each moment is precious in that once it has passed, it can never be brought back again. Time is a gift from God. To the believer, it represents tremendous opportunities to further God's Kingdom. Not a moment should be wasted.

By studying the parable of the prodigal son in Luke 15:13-32, this booklet discusses God's estimation of time and the necessity of the believer to plan and take advantage of his every hour.

Choices, by Pastor Carl H. Stevens

There’s so much going on today in Christianity. Problems continue to arise throughout the Church. I have received many, many letters— not just from people in our assembly and affiliated ministries, but also from folks in other denominations.

I have observed closely what’s been happening in our church. It’s a very precious ministry. But I’ve observed what Satan is doing in the lives of those who love Jesus with all of their hearts. Scores are giving a place to the devil through the choices they are making.

It is possible that if you will take heed to this message, your prayers will be answered and you can help put a stop to all the foolishness that Satan is bringing into the lives of godly people. Please concentrate. Think it through. Take these thoughts to heart, because those who hear the Word of God are of God. You will not benefit from the Word unless the soil of your heart is prepared in meekness. Without condemning yourself, mix absolute trust in your reception of this message. Let the Holy Spirit administer God’s operation of grace, and you will develop a capacity to make godly choices.

Rest on Every Side, by Pastor Carl H. Stevens

“So Abijah slept with his fathers, and they buried him in the city of David: and Asa his son reigned in his stead. In his days the land was quiet ten years. And Asa did that which was good and right in the eyes of the LORD his God” (2 Chronicles 14:1-2).

“Asa did that which was good and right in the eyes of the LORD.” This is a beautiful and precious statement. So many people are trying to do what is right in their own eyes, just as the Israelites did, in Judges 17:6, “In those days there was no king in Israel, but every man did that which was right in his own eyes.” As a result, they have no quietness in their land; they cannot enjoy the rest God has provided for them in the Finished Work.

On the other hand, I know many people who bow down before the Lord in prayer every morning and live their lives in the power of the Holy Spirit. They live right, in the eyes of God, through the Spirit of God. Living right brings a certain conviction, a certain confirmation, a certain peace that nothing else can bring.

Why do some have joy, peace, and rest? Because they have ceased from their own works and have entered into God’s rest. Why do some have their personalities changed while others do not? Why do some continue to live in the personality of Adam’s nature? It is because they do not believe this message of freedom that guarantees us a life of rest on every side.

Who Is Master of Your Soul?

“Thou shalt have no other gods before me” (Exodus 20:3).

People are quick to acknowledge the Ten Commandments as good rules to live by. Still, many of us from predominantly Christian nations have turned aside from the living God only to become servants of “other gods.” Christians are not immune to the seductions of the gods of this world. We may not bow down to images, yet born-again believers can be strongly influenced by seductive spirits in the atmosphere — “gods” in the kingdom of darkness that plague individuals and bring down nations.

Drug addicts relentlessly pursue the next high; the sensual person keeps trying to fulfill his lust; and workaholics ruin their lives and their families in a consuming thirst for money and security. Driven by dissatisfaction, people repeatedly go back for more of what brought only momentary pleasure. Because of the dayto-day onslaught of the entertainment industry, a lack of godly convictions, and improper priorities, many people worship at least one of the three gods we will discuss in this booklet: Bacchus, Venus, and Mammon.

All of us must ask ourselves, “Who is my master?” Christians need to settle on all the promises of God revealed through categories of doctrine. We must learn to pray as never before for discernment, protection, and complete freedom from the enemy who is only out to rob, maim, and destroy God’s creation.

What Happened When You Received Christ?

The moment you were saved by receiving Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, sixty-eight things happened in your life. These are called “positional” truths, because regardless of your experience, they remain in you and toward you as a completed work, irrevocable from the viewpoint of eternity.

In addition, there are at least twenty-seven “experiential” truths that are available for Christians to appropriate in their lives because of the goodness and grace of God toward His children who walk in the light of His Word (Colossians 2:6).

Paul said, “Unto me, who am less than the least of all the saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ.” To find out and then meditate upon the things God has done for us is to “mine” or to dig out these unsearchable riches. Some of these verses you may know well.

But put them together, and you will begin to see how great God is. The Finished Work is not just a possibility, but a reality. And that is why Christ pleaded, “Come unto me….Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me…” (Matthew 11:28a-29/a).

This booklet is not so much devotional as it is to instruct us in the things that God, through the Holy Spirit, has accomplished in us and toward us. We have taken the first few dynamic truths and have shown how any believer can meditate on the Word of God. By masticating, digesting, and assimilating each word, we prepare a way to understand and experience our inheritance, line upon line, precept upon precept (Isaiah 28:9-10).