Tag: love

22
Sep

I BELIEVE IN YOU

Pastor Steve

Your eternal Father believes in you! And I believe in you!

It was one of the darkest days of my life. I decided to walk away. The overwhelming shortness of breath, an intense from-the-neck-up headache, and the subsequent light headed swirl surrounded me like a cloud. And then I heard that still small voice, “I BELIEVE IN YOU!” You see, it is God that works in you, both to will and do His good pleasure. Are you ready to change the way you think so you can walk in BREAKTHROUGH?

The frustration that blew against me that day was a fierce wind. Some of my closest friends and leaders accused me, walked away, and only for personal prejudice. I could not put my finger in the hole on the dam, and more water flowed until a breach ensued. I experienced a confusion like never before. When people walk away, you find a new strength in the LORD. He says, “I believe in You.”

As the saying goes, when life gives you lemons make lemonade!

I want to show you how to make the best of your present circumstances!

I invite you!

BREAKTHROUGH CONFERENCE

at IMPACT CHURCH,

593 Neeses Highway, Orangeburg, SC 29115

With Pastors Rick and Shelia Watts

 

Empowering the Giant Within

SozoLife Conference

with Rev Steve Scroggs

SCHEDULE

free conference, with a love offering taken

Friday – September 29 – September 30, 2017

The Day of Atonement

Friday 6:00 PM

Session One – Breakthrough – Demolishing Depression

How to face the giant death and win! Ecc. 12:6-7; Luke 16

Active Training – State Management – Circle of Power

Friday 7:30 PM

Session Two – Breakthrough – Empowering Your Soul

How to face your storm and win! Jer. 1:5; Matthew 14:22-33

Active Training – Mental Focus – Speaking Life

 Saturday – September 30, 2017

Saturday 10:00 AM

Session Three – Breakthrough – Heaven On Earth

How do I Live Heaven on Earth? Ezekiel 47; Colossians 3:1-4; Matthew 14:15-21

Active Training – Write Eternal Vision, Purpose, Mission, Goals

 Saturday 12:00 Lunch

Saturday 1:00 PM

Session Four – Breakthrough – Choosing Your State

How do I live as a son or daughter in my Father’s Kingdom?

The flow of the Vine – Genesis 3; John 15:1-15; Philippians 4:1-9

Saturday 2:30 PM

Session Five – Breakthrough – Putting it All Together

The Reason to Argue – Isaiah 1:18; Romans 8:2; Romans 12:1-2;

Active Training – The Process of Spirit Empowered Breakthrough

22
Jan

You Are a New Creation

Rev Steve Scroggs

Since God chose you to be His son or daughter, it is time for you to put away your denial and acknowledge your destiny! You are a new creation. You are special.

First of all, when you receive Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, you are born into the family of God. This means you are a son or daughter of the King. Eternal life flows through you.

Second, the kingdom of God is within you. You have all the resources within you to live strong, courageous, and confident! YOU ROCK!

Your only limiting factor is what you believe. Believe, you are a new creation.

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21
Jan

Choose Your State Change Your Life

Let the Rays of the Morning Shine on You

It’s a beautiful morning in the Great Smoky Mountains. As I walked onto the deck I saw the rays of the sun streaming through the trees. In that moment, I felt the breath of inspiration wash over my entire being. This is a state of being I call inspiration. Choose your state change your Life.

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10
Aug

I Am My Father’s Dream

OUR FATHER IN HEAVEN

Your eternal Father dreamed of you, before he created the heaven and earth. He chose you, before the foundations of the world. He gave you a purpose, before you were conceived. But, most people don’t KNOW their roots, they do not know their heritage, and they certainly do not understand their own power. Most earthlings are more connected with tangible earthly experience things than with the eternal power and glory of God. One such lady asked me, “Will you send me some Truth and confessions that will frame a new inner dialogue for my life dream?”

God Touches Man

God Touches Man

The Dream

Say this with me, “I am my Father’s dream.” Is this true?

Your earthly father and mother participated to get you here, but your Father in heaven is your original Father. Therefore, our Father God is a family man. Although many people hunt for themselves in their family tree, I did not find myself in my family tree. But, I did find a judge from England, a doctor in the Civil War, and a heritage that established the King’s edicts on the borderlands between Scotland and England.

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11
Jul

Any suggestions for depression?

This is what the State of depression looks like. Change your posture!

This is what the State of depression looks like. Change your posture!

This morning someone texted me…Any suggestions for depression? It feels like a vacuum sucking the joy out of me…

I responded quickly. I know what God says, but you must choose to literally enter into His promise. The most powerful being that fills eternity says this to you right now!!! “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” (Mark 9:23)

MY TEXT –

Yes…stand straight up, jump up and down, and Say out loud… I am the son\daughter of the king of the universe! I have the power and love of God living in me! I choose to focus my mind and heart right now on His eternal life! NOW!!!! In Jesus name!

I bring my personality and my focus into the state of God’s love! My value is determined by His Love for Me! I am walking in the Spirit of eternal LOVE, POWER, and SOUND MIND!!!

papaSkyI bring every thought into agreement with the scripture that says… God has not given me a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind!”

Now put you hands on your chest and pat your chest right below your neck, and while you do that say, I agree with my Father, I have his mind, I have his love, and he will take care of me!!!

Now pray, Father, will you please fill me with your perfect love? Right now?

Then take a deep breath and release your soul to Him.

Now tell someone what God has done for you…always give what God gives you.

Your belief system is seeing you as defeated, your health ending, and your job as a dead end. But – BELIEVE GOD! It is temporary!!!

Your choice is powerful!

REMEMBER – CHOOSE TO AGREE WITH GOD NOT DEPRESSION!

Your choice is powerful! What will you do for someone who you are in love with?

06
Jun

Tell Your Story

 

Tell Your Story

By Steve Scroggs

And this story has been spread among the Jews to this day.[1]

The heavens and earth tell a story

The heavens and earth tell a story

Stories are powerful. They quickly engage people in non-threatening ways to open understanding, exam belief systems, and confront the prejudice that tops the human psyche. I experienced many heart and soul revisions because, through a story, I let my guard down. Tell your story.

It was late when the subway doors opened. A bewildered father with five loud adolescents took his seat next to the chrome stabilizer bar. With one hand on the pole, his head down and his shoulders slumped, he seemed detached from his boisterous children. He sat stunned as they disrupted the entire cabin. I tried to get his attention, a few times. I asked myself, how could a father be so thoughtless and insensitive? Continue Reading..

02
Jun

Choose JUST THE STORIES

LOVE

Sometimes it is just the stories. There are literally thousands of story books. I just finished one that will change your life. I titled it JUST THE STORIES. God has a story book about you, that records every event in your life told from his point of view. He is the best writer and the the most accurate, for he only sees the truth.

Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loves is born of God, and knows God.…[1]

 

Melinda when I met her. 1975

Melinda when I met her. 1975

My wife and I are days from our wedding anniversary. I married the woman of my dreams. I am different because she chose to love me. However, this state of mind was not always my address. My address was a delusion, “I design my own destiny, determine my own fate, and choose my own future.” And my life exemplified the characteristics of my belief system. Working hard. Focusing my attention toward success. Desiring to be rich. And feeling the muscles tighten up the back of my neck and toward the temples. When you are the source, stress becomes a daily friend, with reoccurring headaches as brothers.

Now, I have peace and I want you to have the same. I just released a new book JUST THE STORIES, and it can help you find that place of LOVE and PEACE.

In my youth, my eternal Father knew I was missing something, but I was in the dark. He continued to reach out to me on countless occasions, and surrounding me with demonstrations of love. I received numerous invitations to enter a personal relationship with him, but my focus on daily struggles emptied my reservoirs. Then he opened a door for me to unconditional love. The most important door in my life opened the day I met my girl.

The first time I saw her seems like yesterday. The leaves were falling and the cool winds were blowing when our family pulled up in the Independent Baptist Church of Red Bank driveway, beside the church parsonage, and next into the back parking lot. My family and several friends had come into town from North Carolina. We came into town to attend the Youth Harvest Celebration, complete with a hayride, pumpkin carving contest, refreshments with hot chocolate, and a special speaker.

I stepped out of my family’s 1976 blue Dodge van. I was the visitor, and at seventeen years old, I was looking for girls.

My brother Mike, who lived in Chattanooga because he was attending Tennessee Temple University, attended this church. He walked up behind me, “What do you think about her?” He pointed at the girl I was staring at. I don’t know how, but he saw our eyes meet.

I said, “She looks a little plump.” She was actually very slim, but donned layers of sweaters. Of course, I said this to throw my brother off the scent. What I could have said was, “She is beautiful and I am in love…”

Melinda and Steve in Hollywood, California

Melinda and Steve in Hollywood, California

I didn’t believe in love at first sight, but that night made me a believer. I began to work out a plan to make a great first impression and secure her heart. As our eyes met so did our smiles. I knew. My heart was smitten.

I felt the rush of excitement and infatuation all the way to my toes. The creativity that hit me in my quest to win her attention and affection was simply unbelievable; ideas for the team pumpkin carving contest, the way to get her attention while riding on the hayride, and the strategy to get her undivided attention in the last event of the night.

The walking beauty with bright blue eyes was on an opposing team during the pumpkin-carving contest. My team won. Yeah! Our eyes met again, and she knew I did it for her.

Next, the entire youth group climbed into the back of a box-truck filled with hay. She was sitting with the guy she came with, a friend who was too old for her. She was fifteen and he was a friend of my older brothers, a rough twenty-something year old in the middle of the 1970’s. She was being a polite friend. So I thought to myself, “I will start a hay fight in the middle of the truck, and he (her date) and my brothers will jump in and finish it. This will then give me an opportunity to meet her, and sit next to her.”  I threw hay at my brothers, then at him, and a fully-fledged hay fight erupted. It was fun for them, and totally sensational for me, my plan worked. I sat down next to her and introduced myself, “Hi, my name is Steve, What’s yours?” She said, “Melinda Troxel.” And she said it so fast that I couldn’t understand her. So I said, “I’m sorry, what’s that again?” She said, “Melinda Troxel.” Again, so fast I missed it. Then I said, “I am sorry; could you slow that down a little for me, please?” Then, I heard the sweetest voice I ever heard. “Melinda Troxel.” Ahhhhh! I caught the prize.

NEW BOOK! Just the Stories - Order yours now!!!

NEW BOOK! Order yours now!!!

When we returned from the hayride, we stood in line to grab some snacks and hot chocolate, and then sat down to hear the speaker. But, before the meeting started, I noticed her standing in the front and surrounded with mostly guys.

She then came back to me and said, “Do you want to come up here and sit with us?” I felt a conflict inside me, I wanted to be with her, but I didn’t want to be just another guy in her crowd. So I said, “No. But if you want, you can sit here with me.” She said, “Ok.” I don’t remember a single thing that speaker talked about. I am sure it was good, but I had her beside me. All I remember was the sense of love and affection.

Something happened inside me and I felt it. I took her home that night, and the rush of love and affection although overwhelming did not end. I can still smell the strawberry lip-gloss she wore. I was taken and she owned my heart. You will enjoy the fresh look at Just the Stories.

Now it is more than 35 years later, and we have enjoyed a lifetime of fun, family, and the kingdom of God. I have a lifetime of memories that speak to me about God’s unconditional love. My delusion, “I design my own destiny, determine my own fate, and choose my own future.” is not as rewarding or fulfilling as loving God with all of your heart, soul, mind, and strength, and loving your neighbor as yourself. The creation is all about love.

God is always speaking through the circumstances of your life, but the interpretation of these circumstances must be guided into truth. When you receive these life changing lessons and revelations of wisdom, write them down. There are many people who will be lifted to a new level in life when you share your story. When I met my girl, I experienced another facet of God’s love in the story of my own life.

This story was taken from my new book, Just the Stories.

[1] 1 John 4:7

06
Jun

Don’t Worry, Be Happy

God whispers. The rustle in the trees is not the only wind that blows on earth. There are times when God whispers truth into the soul of a man or woman, and a song is born. He whispers to your heart. He says, “I love you, and I created this world so that you could experience me and know me.” The Father loves you, and wants you to enjoy the life He has given you. He has given you a way to be happy, in whatever circumstance you find yourself. The decision is yours, because you make up your own perspective by the focus of your thoughts and paradigms.

In 1988 Bobby McFerrin wrote a BIG little song that swept the world titled, “Don’t be worry be happy!” It won a Grammy Award for the song of the year. I loved the song then, and I like it even more now. The whole world listened, danced and moved with Bobby’s song, but I don’t think they understood it. God was whispering through a musician and most of us missed it.

Bobby Mcferrin

The Blessings of Musicians

Here’s a little song I wrote
You might want to sing it note for note
Don’t worry, be happy

In every life we have some trouble
But when you worry, you make it double
Don’t worry, be happy

Don’t worry, be happy (x4)
Oo, ooo…

Ain’t got no place to lay your head
Somebody came and took your bed
Don’t worry, be happy

The land-lord say your rent is late
He may have to litigate
Don’t worry, be happy

Look at me, I’m happy

Don’t worry, be happy

Ain’t got no cash, ain’t got no style
Ain’t got no girl to make you smile
Don’t worry, be happy

‘Cause when you worry your face will frown
And that will bring everybody down
So don’t worry, be happy

 

Don’t worry, don’t worry, don’t do it, be happy
Let the smile on your face
Don’t bring everybody down like this

Don’t worry, people will soon pass
What ever it is

Don’t worry, be happy

I am not worried, I am happy

Most people are happy when everything is going good, because it seems easy to be happy when your life comes together. But the Father wants you to be happy and joyful in every circumstance, good or bad. How do you do that? Number 1, always praise your Father in heaven for everything that comes into your life. (2 Chronicles 20:1-30) Choose to say, what I experience I am experiencing with God and is my opportunity to trust Him and believe Him. Number 2, thank God for every circumstance. (Job 1) Choose to say, thank you God, I believe you know best, and you are allowing everything to come into my life for a purpose. Number 3, choose to let the event play out in faith believing that God will work all things together for good. (Romans 8:13-30) Choose to say, the story I will tell from this experience will be the most exciting and most encouraging part of my earth’s journey. God created this life for you and he knows how to make everything work together for your good.   

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Covenant Promise

Your mindset; the paradigm of life and the filter through which you choose to process life will determine whether you have a positive or negative state of mind and whether you will enjoy or hate the life God has given you. Have you ever met a person who always saw what could go wrong in every circumstance? You know him as the critic who can never see the silver lining, or the eternal purpose for the difficulty you will face, but only congratulate himself when the bad happens he predicted. There is another way. 

Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks:for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)

When Job was faced with the worst circumstance in his life he made one declaration, “Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.” In all that Job went through the scripture says, “In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.” (Job 1:21-22)

When the Israelites were facing an enemy massively larger than they, they bowed their knee to the Lord and began to pray. Their imminent destruction was at hand. Tomorrow they would all die, if they believed the press. But King Jehoshaphat led his people in prayer. He didn’t call the defense minister, he didn’t call the generals, he didn’t call other nations to join him. He called God to join him. The scripture records it this way.

“And Jehoshaphat stood in the congregation of Judah and Jerusalem, in the house of the Lord, before the new court, And said, ‘O Lord God of our fathers, art not thou God in heaven? and rulest not thou over all the kingdoms of the heathen? and in thine hand is there not power and might, so that none is able to withstand thee? Art not thou our God, who didst drive out the inhabitants of this land before thy people Israel, and gavest it to the seed of Abraham thy friend for ever? And they dwelt therein, and have built thee a sanctuary therein for thy name, saying, If, when evil cometh upon us, as the sword, judgment, or pestilence, or famine, we stand before this house, and in thy presence, (for thy name is in this house,) and cry unto thee in our affliction, then thou wilt hear and help. And now, behold, the children of Ammon and Moab and mount Seir, whom thou wouldest not let Israel invade, when they came out of the land of Egypt, but they turned from them, and destroyed them not; Behold, I say, how they reward us, to come to cast us out of thy possession, which thou hast given us to inherit. O our God, wilt thou not judge them? for we have no might against this great company that cometh against us; neither know we what to do:but our eyes are upon thee. And all Judah stood before the Lord, with their little ones, their wives, and their children.'”

The King’s eyes were turned to God, and in this circumstance he only had a few choices. He could have said, “we are all going to die, so eat drink and be merry.” He also could have said, “I told you this was going to happen… if you all kept on sinning and treating God badly.” But instead, he choose to focus his own heart and the heart of the people on the only one who could save them. And then, someone in the crowd who was tuned into God’s channel began to prophesy.

“Then upon Jahaziel…, came the Spirit of the Lord in the midst of the congregation; And he said, ‘Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou king Jehoshaphat, Thus saith the Lord unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God’s. To morrow go ye down against them: behold, they come up by the cliff of Ziz; and ye shall find them at the end of the brook, before the wilderness of Jeruel. Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the Lord with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; to morrow go out against them: for the Lord will be with you. And Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground:and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem fell before the Lord, worshipping the Lord. And the Levites, of the children of the Kohathites, and of the children of the Korhites, stood up to praise the Lord God of Israel with a loud voice on high.

In the face of certain destruction the King and the people of Israel began to pray and seek the Lord for their help and protection. This strategy is the only strategy for you and me. The only way to engage God’s help and favor is to pray and trust him! Do not complain. Do not threaten. Do not challenge. Do not swell up in anger. Do not stand up for your rights. Give yourself completely into the hands of your loving and gracious heavenly Father. There is a time to fight, but the first step in God’s economy is surrender and trust.

When you choose believe God mountains will move when you speak to them. Look at the mindset of Israel as they go out face the enemy.

Harp and shofar

You are the Instrument of Praise

“And they rose early in the morning, and went forth into the wilderness of Tekoa: and as they went forth, Jehoshaphat stood and said, ‘Hear me, O Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem; Believe in the Lord your God, so shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper.’ And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed singers unto the Lord, and that should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army, and to say, Praise the Lord; for his mercy endures for ever.”

This strategy will always be rewarded. It may not turn out like you think, but it will always be rewarded! Look what happens when the people began to sing and praise the Lord. You must answer a huge question! IS GOD REAL? While He is invisible, will he intervene in physical circumstances? Does He want to intervene for you?

 

“And when they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushes against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten. For the children of Ammon and Moab stood up against the inhabitants of mount Seir, utterly to slay and destroy them:and when they had made an end of the inhabitants of Seir, every one helped to destroy another.

And when Judah came toward the watch tower in the wilderness, they looked unto the multitude, and, behold, they were dead bodies fallen to the earth, and none escaped. And when Jehoshaphat and his people came to take away the spoil of them, they found among them in abundance both riches with the dead bodies, and precious jewels, which they stripped off for themselves, more than they could carry away: and they were three days in gathering of the spoil, it was so much.” 

You must begin to see with His eyes! When a bad situation comes, you are getting ready to be blessed and prospered, if you will stand with the Lord! Praise in the midst of difficulties is a theme in the apostle Paul’s writings. 

“Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.” Romans 12:15 KVJ

“And I wrote this same unto you, lest, when I came, I should have sorrow from them of whom I ought to rejoice; having confidence in you all, that my joy is the joy of you all.” 2 Corinthians 2:3 KJV

“Rejoice in the Lord alway:and again I say, Rejoice.” Philippians 4:4 KJV

This Book can Help You

This Book can Help You

On day, on my way home from our church, Mountain Vintage Fellowship, the Lord whispered to me. “I give all the music you hear on the earth. Life is hard here. Without music man would not survive. And I give all kinds of music. Music will touch people in every stage and in whatever emotional state they find themselves. Music is an eternal medium that will always remind you of me. There is meditative music for those who seek serenity, angry music for those who are angry, happy music for those who are happy, depressed music for those depressed, praise music for those who praise, and worshipful music for those who worship me. When people are young and rebellious, I have a way to touch them. Through their music. And usually, as people grow older and learn how to resolve their conflicts their taste in music changes. Music is an eternal medium that falls from heaven into the soul. But, the words come from the heart and can bring darkness into the music. Be happy and enjoy what I have made for you”

You always have a choice. But you may say, “I can’t help but see the bad, because bad is always happening!”  When your heart and mind has been trained to see the bad, you will always see it first. But, that does not have to be your focus. Choose God and live in His promise and Power.

Remember what to do! Number 1, always praise your Father in heaven for everything that comes into your life. Number 2, thank God for every circumstance. Number 3, choose to let the event play out in faith believing that God will work all things together for good. The story you live and share will bless thousands. Life is short, live it! Don’t worry, be Happy! God created this life for you and he knows how to make everything work together for your good.

Check out www.stevescroggs.com, or www.theiamnetwork.net.

01
Oct

A Story of Victory with SozoLife

Have you ever had a sense of darkness surrounding you… like a cold emptiness sucking the life out of you? This loneliness and depression can be paralyzing. Feelings may not tell you the truth, but they can weigh so heavy on your psyche that insanity seems just a few steps away. You have to tell yourself they are just feelings and you can beat them. Displaced emotions and demonic oppression are two culprits of dis-ease. If you have ever experienced these symptoms I have good news for you. This story will give you hope!

One day a lady came in with a list of symptoms. She said, “My life is falling apart! I ache inside for peace and love, but I do not know why I cannot have it. Does God really love me?” The overwhelming feeling was that her life was falling apart. I sat facing her with two other people on my team that day; and after I introduced the process I said, “How would describe the issue you are facing?”

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16
Sep

The Eternal Purpose of God in Christ

The Eternal Purpose of God in Christ

One day as I was sitting in my office, I heard my next appointment in the waiting room. She had made an appointment a week earlier. I wondered why would she need to talk to me? She had a successful marriage of 18 years, three teenage children, and what looked like a good life. Or so I thought…

The waiting was over and she stepped into my office. “Hi Sarah, please have a seat. How are you today?” I asked.

“Oh, I’m fine.” She said, with a hesitant and almost apprehensive tone.

Sensing the struggle in her, small talk was cancelled. I asked, “What is on your heart today?”

The Heart Issue

She hung her head, sat down in the chair and said, “I need your help. I need to forgive my father. . . . .For some reason, I am not able to do that.”

I sighed, and in a rather candid expression, “Well, you know what the scripture says about forgiveness?”

“Yes, and I have said ‘I forgive you’ over and over again. I have prayed it. I have spoken it out loud, but somehow feelings of anger and rage keep coming up inside me, and pain comes up with it.” Her hands scooped the air from her stomach and then over her head. She tried to brush it off, but it would not be denied. The flicker in her eyes was the inner conflict surfacing. In that moment Continue Reading..